October 2, 2016
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
II Timothy 1:1-14
THE GOSPEL READING:
Questions for Reflection:
The disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. By asking this, they acknowledge that faith does not grow by our own works and hard efforts but is a gift from God's grace. How has the gift of faith in your own life changed over time? Was there a particular time when you faith weakened? Can you recall a time when the strength of your faith helped you endure? God often uses special people in our lives to help us grow in faith and understanding. Who has helped you grow in faith?
Your mercies are new every morning, dear Lord. As I begin this new day, make me as merciful to others as you have been to me. Strengthen me in faith so that I may trust in you with my whole heart. If any trouble overtakes me today, help me to wait and to hope in you. May the Holy Spirit help me as I both guard and give away to others the treasure of Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.
God of my homecoming, the night falls with your steadfast love watching over the world. I put my trust in you as I prepare to lie down in sleep. Thank you for the gift of the day as it has been: for glimpses of beauty; for expressions of care; for opportunities to serve. Thank you for the gift of faith kindled and rekindled in me through the years. Thank you for those who have taught me the faith in sincerity and love. With the return of morning's light, may I rise from this resting place to live tomorrow in accord with your purpose and grace. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.