Thursday, April 14
1 To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 As the eyes of servants
look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
until he has mercy upon us.
3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.
It’s Maundy Thursday: watch the hands of Jesus. We see Jesus’s hands holding and cleaning dirty feet, then breaking bread and lifting up the cup, sharing food and his very heart.
We lift our eyes to the heavens, for mercy. Our appeal to the cosmic reign of God becomes manifest in the gestures Jesus makes to care for the disciples. Jesus’s intimate gestures extend throughout the cosmos—far beyond that table.
Asking for mercy is easy, until we realize how much we’ve enthroned ourselves with contempt. We don’t so much fear the contempt of others as we cringe at the way our own contempt indicts us of being so graceless. Who are we to ask for mercy?
We swim in contempt these days—so many people do not see the world the way we do! Might our contempt get arrested in the awareness that God in Christ cares for those whom we’ve held in contempt. Then, Lord, in your mercy, hear my prayer. And may we not only see your gestures of grace, but do them, as you command. May we have mercy, Lord, we pray, so that those whose eyes watch us see your mercy.
Prayer: May your mercy work through me so completely that my soul pours out ever more freely to all. Amen.
Rev. Cindi Veldheer DeYoung is a hospital chaplain, serving primarily oncology and intensive care unit patients, at Spectrum Health Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
May the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
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The Reformed Church In Kinnelon
We are a Church family celebrating our unity at Christ’s table by praising God’s name in worship and in prayer. Our Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, embracing God’s Grace, nurturing each other’s gift, supporting each other in Christian Love and reaching out to others in Christ’s name.
Grace (from the Greek New Testament word charis) is God’s unmerited favor. Furthermore, it is kindness from God that we don’t deserve. In addition, there is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God to those in his church. Grace is divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine favor.
Only through Jesus Christ we are offered grace which is a free gift. This is contrary to human nature, which in pride says I can do it myself. Our attitude is, my life is my own and I will do with it as I please. Jesus says “yes I gave you life and I gave you power to choose so it is your choice.” So we choose love and give our life to Jesus, and rest in Him, or we choose pride becoming God’s enemy, trying to work and climb up to heaven another way besides through Jesus. (John 14:6 NKJV) Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Live Well, Live Wisely
James 3:13-16 Do you want to be counted wise and to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live and not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition is not wisdom. Boasting that you are wise is not wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise is not wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom. It’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the other’s throats.
James 3:17-18 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
The Reformed Church In Kinnelon
155 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, New Jersey 07405
Pastor………..Rev. Beverly Sullivant
Music Ministry……….Arlene Mierop
Office Phone Number: 973-838-3113
Sunday Morning Worship: 10:00 A.M.
All Are Welcome