Ezekiel 37:1-38:23; James 1:19-2:17; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 117:1-2
“Know this, my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of a man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore, put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted Word which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:19-22, 26-27
Lord, Whose love through humble service
Bore the weight of human need,
Who upon the cross forsaken,
Offered mercy’s perfect deed,
We, Your servants, bring the worship
Not of voice alone, but heart,
Consecrating to Your purpose
Ev’ry gift that you impart.
Still your children wander homeless;
Still the hungry cry for bread;
Still the captives long for freedom;
Still in grief we mourn the dead.
As , O Lord, your deep compassion
Healed the sick and freed the soul,
Use the love Your Spirit kindles
Still to save and make us whole.
As we worship, grant us vision,
Till Your love’s revealing light
In its height and depth and greatness,
Dawns upon our quickened sight,
Making known the needs and burdens
Your compassion bids us bear,
Stirring us to tireless striving,
Your abundant life to share.
Called by worship to Your service,
Forth in Your dear name we go,
To the child, the youth, the aged,
Love in living deeds to show;
Hope and health, good will and comfort,
Counsel, aid and peace we give,
That Your servant, Lord, in freedom
May Your mercy know and live. Amen.
Lord God, I especially pray for the people of St. Louis, especially the area of Ferguson, that peace will reign, love prevail, and Your will be done. Grant healing, desire for cooperation, and true understanding and respect among all. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.