TODAY’S MEDITATION JUNE 5. 2016

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Call to Worship:
We come into your presence Oh God amidst a level of chaos that seems to be growing. The global political scene, health conditions, division of rich and poor, power structures, and people praying for their sports team as if you choose one over the other hoping for a win because you are on one side over the other…. the thoughts ramble on. But we come into your presence because while we are confident that we have to alter the way we think and live we must also seek your guidance, your insight into living. Lead us now, thought by thought, concept by concept, precept by precept. We seek thee in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
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This morning I entered into two totally different worship services. The first was a progressive liberal Episcopalian service. The worship was very clearly led by the organ. It was as if each part of the liturgy was choreographed and introduced by the organ. Then after that service I drove down the road and went into the sanctuary of the Church of Christ. This was the branch of people who do not use musical instruments. They are traditionally conservative. The singing was phenomenal. Each voice knew it’s part as the congregation sounded like a well tuned choir.
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In both buildings I could close my eyes and be lifted by the music to a higher feeling of something stronger then myself holding me.
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Both worship services even though representing different philosophical/social/theological perspectives could have followed the same outline. They both began with very similar directions and ended with the celebration of the Lord’s supper.
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How is it that two so very different conclusions are often arrived at even though both beseech the same God, use the same Bible, and seek to walk as God would want us to walk.
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Each of the Biblical texts/stories this morning bring us to some level of miracle. Something happens that moves us beyond the dogma of religious words. In deed in each case traditional thinking is suspended. Yet the Psalmist returns us to the core. Worship arises not just out of our expectations but as a part of our story. Our story carries us into the world around us. Elijah is often pictured as some kind of crusty critter. He seems to be a bit rough around the edges. But just as Jesus prayed new life into a boy who had died, Elijah is depicted as having the same experience.
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There seems to be a consistent under current to this message-God calls us back to our roots, to the experience and understanding of the nature of God. This then becomes the basis for our Christian walk. Know the personality, know the attributes credited to God, This will give us the boundaries for showing and experiencing God. Each of the Biblical texts ultimately cause us to accept not just our need to know God but to surrender to the understanding of God as well.
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Closing Prayer: We have come into your presence. We recognize Oh God the chaos that is brought to our attention by reading the scripture. We recognize our political interests are often identified yet expressed and justified by our religious interpretations. Our desire to see health conditions improve, to see the division of rich and poor be balanced with justice, to see power structures become servant structures, and even our need to recognize our people praying for their sports team be brought intune with a more sensible declaration of our faith. The thoughts ramble on. But we come still into your presence because we are confident that we have to alter the way we think and live. We must seek your guidance, your insight into living. Lead us now, thought by thought, concept by concept, precept by precept. We seek thee in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

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