Devotions for Congregation Leadership

Congregation Leadership Meeting Devotions

Gathering:

Creator God, you give us work to do and call us to use our talents for each other and the world.  Guide us as individual servants and together as one body in the Spirit.  Make us one with him as he is one with you so that we may carry your love, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

+ A Responsive Litany +

Our bodies have many different parts.  God created us that way.

Even the parts that seem the least important are valuable.  God created us that way.

If one part hurts, we hurt all over; and if one part does well, the whole body benefits.  God created us that way.

Our group is like a body.  Each part is important.

God calls us to work together.  And to care about each other.

The world is like a body.  Each part is important.

God calls us to work together.  And to care about each other.

Dear God, Help us to work together, to see how important we are to one another and to value our ministry together in this place.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Word:

+ Responsive Psalm 19:1-12 +

God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.  Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.

Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.

God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome!  The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, the day-breaking sun an athlete racing to the tape.

That’s how God’s Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith.  The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.

The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.  The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.  God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.

The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.  God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds.

You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.  There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure.

Otherwise how will we find our way?  Or know when we play the fool?

+ A reading from 1 Corinthians 12:24b-31 +

But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles?  Are all prophets?  Are all teachers?  Do all work miracles?  Do all possess gifts of healing?  Do all speak in tongues?  Do all interpret?  But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Prayers:

Almighty God, grant that your holy word which has been shared this evening may enter into our hearts through your grace, that it may produce in us the fruit of the Spirit for service in this place and to the praise and honor of your name, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Sending:

+ Based on Psalm 19 +

We come into this meeting space with God.  Whose teaching is perfect; whose directions are sure.

We come into this meeting place with God.  Whose standards are right; whose commandment is clear; whose judgments are true.

Come—to share life and wisdom together, to have our hearts stirred and eyes opened wide.
Come—to share the work and leadership that God calls us to in this time and place.

Let the words of our mouths and the whispering of our hearts be according to your will, O God.

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2 thoughts on “Devotions for Congregation Leadership

  1. I think this is quite lovely. I am going to use it for our community life team devotions this evening. (I cited your name and this web address on the copies I will hand out.) Thank you.
    Grace and Peace to you,
    Joyce

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