September 18, 2021

Sent Forth

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
Numbers 6:25
It is a wonderful thing to gather in Christ's Name. We sit quietly and meditate in the sanctuary. We sing God's praises. We hear the word. We pray. We gather round the table. We greet our brothers and sisters. It is as though the air is permeated with the Divine, and we breathe in the Spirit of Christ. Worship is calming. Worship is strengthening. Worship is encouraging. Worship is exciting.

But we cannot remain forever in the sanctuary, and our physical lives are not lived entirely in the midst of the great congregation. We are blessed by God in worship, and commissioned to share what we receive in Christ's presence. Each of us is an apostle, sent forth to freely give what we have freely been given.

Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.
 John 20:21
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you, God, for the blessings of love and hope and peace. Strengthened by the Spirit of life you have breathed into me, may I share my blessings with others.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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