Home is Where We Meet
Psalm 85:1-2, 7-13
1 You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.
7 Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. 10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 The Lordwill indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. 13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.
Do you tuck or untuck? Why?
Why do we value home and/or family?
- Gives us a sense of grounding - where we’ve come from
- Gives us a sense of belonging
- Gives us a sense of being wanted
- We can make mistakes and still be loved, welcomed, wanted
Home for the disciple of Jesus Christ:
- Being in His presence
- Being in His house
- Being with His people - your brothers and sisters
Psalms 85: How do we come home to God?
- Start your journey to God with an offering of thanksgiving
- A word of declaration of their faith - Lord
- A word of testimony to God’s mercy - kind
- Ask God, the work of the Holy Spirit, to “Let me hear” / “Give me ears to hear”
- My prayer - “God, let me honor You so through me Your glory can live in our land. I don’t need anything - I don’t want anything - Help me Holy Spirit to honor God during this advent season of 2017.
Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC