October 23, 2016
23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
THE GOSPEL READING:
Questions for Reflection:
What is prayer? When we hear the prayers of the two men in the temple, what does Jesus' appreciation of the tax collector's prayer tell us about the purpose of prayer?
Living God, you have made this day bright with the promise of your presence as you crown each moment with hope. Let your Holy Spirit pray in us now, that in all our tasks - at home, at work, at school, and in the community - we may express the joy you have in us. Be our peace, in Jesus' name. Amen.
God of endings and beginnings, who calls us to work and to rest, we thank you for the joys and struggles of this day. Teach us to come to a fuller knowledge of your will in our lives, that each moment might be a sign of your love for us. Take us now into your arms that in your safekeeping, we may sleep and be renewed. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.