Monday, November 2, 2020

November 03, 2020 – Tuesday prior to Pentecost 23 (Proper 27)


Amos 5:18-24 - Through Amos God is speaking, “I hate, I despise....” Can God hate? Is He not loved? Since God is a personality, He has, like us, the capacity to hate as well as to love. In fact, if one cannot hate, one cannot love.

But what or whom does God hate? It is not “whom” but “what.” Always He loves the sinner but not the sin. God hates our wickedness, our insincere worship, and our religiosity, “feasts,” “solemn assemblies,” “noises of your songs.” God hates your hypocrisy. If God hates sin, should Christians not also do the same? 

One caveat and a word of warning. Do you find God hating all the things you only hate? These words of Amos give us pause to examine our own hearts and motives. We need to pray with the Psalmist, “Create in me a clean heart o God.”-Psalm 51:10-19 We ought to be images of the Lord’s justice and mercy. If God only behaves and acts more like you – you might have a problem.

Collect for Sunday O Lord, we pray that the visitation of Your grace may so cleanse our thoughts and minds that Your Son Jesus, when He shall come, may find in us a fit dwelling place; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Today is Election Day. In our prayers we pray for our country and us as citizens who have been granted the privilege to vote. As you exercise this right guaranteed in our constitution to citizens ponder the duty, honor and opportunities these rights give you.

A prayer for our nation: Almighty God, You have given us this good land as our heritage. Grant that we remember Your generosity and constantly do Your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action.

Grant that we, who came from many nations with many different languages, may become a united people. Support us in defending our liberties, and give those to whom we have entrusted the authority of government the spirit of wisdom, that there may be justice and peace in our land. When times are prosperous, may our hearts be thankful, and in troubled times do not let our trust in you fail.

For God Government: Eternal Lord, Ruler of all, graciously regard those who have been set in positions of authority among us that they may be guided by your Spirit, be high in purpose, wise in counsel, firm in good resolution, and unwavering in duty, that under them we may be governed quietly and peaceably; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For Responsible Citizenship: Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to the other nations of the earth. Help us provide trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and thus serve you faithfully in our generation to the honor of your holy name;; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. [3]

[1] The Ten Virgins copyright © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

[2] The United States Flag copyright © Google images

[3] All Prayers from Lutheran Worship © 1980 Concordia Publishing House, St, Louis

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