Hi friends and happy day of worship! I think it's so fitting that today's reading is noticeably more happy and it falls on a day of worship where we sing out our praises that Jesus, the prince of peace, is our Lord and King. You can also see where Jesus got the parable of the sheep and the goats from. It's always neat for me to imagine Jesus studying the scriptures and applying them in His own interpretation in his teachings. Thanks to all that have participated in our virtual palm parade as well. That was really fun to edit and see all of you.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this reveal was happening at the time that inspired this reading? What about this reading feels different than before? What feels the same?
What, if anything, feels applicable to today? What does it challenge me to do in response?
- My Thoughts -
Instead of my thoughts today I invite you to watch The Bible Project's overview on Ezekiel, part 2. They do a great job as always giving you an idea of what's to come and how to relates to what you've already read. Enjoy!
Our prayer today is inspired by hymn 196 in our UMH - Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus. Awe, a real classic! I invite you to join in by closing your eyes in quiet prayer or join in the music by humming, singing, or reciting the words aloud. Music beneath the video
1. Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
2. Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.