Discernment Devotionals #3

Being and Doing Presbyterian

Devotion 3
Sharing Mercies

Scripture: I Peter 2:1-3, 9-10
Focus: 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the
Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all people the grace of God at font and table, and calling all people to discipleship in Christ. Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.

By the great grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord we are established as a people of God’s mercy. Mercy from the Word and therefore called to be people of merciful words. Mercy in beholding the birth, life, mission, ministry, suffering, death, resurrection, ascension and glorification of Christ, and therefore called to people to show that in word and deed to the world. Mercy in being joined together in Christ’s Living Body, and therefore called to be merciful with our pew neighbors, our church neighbors, and those who do not know the comfort of God’s mercies. What a Calling!
There’s an old joke that preachers sometimes hear or overhear. “Well, you know the preacher, he’s got a pretty good job, he only works one hour a week!” When I heard the teasing I always said, “That’s exactly right, it just takes all the other hours of the week to get ready for that one!” So it does for the preachers, so it does for all members of the Body of Christ. That’s a lot of hours! But the great Good News is those hours are all gifted in Mercy.
In our shared Ecclesial Work of Mission Presbytery gathers to make sure the pulpits are full, the congregational leaders are nurtured and equipped, the Sessions and Diaconates rightly resourced and guided, and our congregations are meaningfully joined for shared mission. All of that is about God’s mercies. And in our shared Diaconal Mission Presbytery gathers to make sure we are sharing those mercies with children, youth, college students, seminarians, families, singles, seniors…everybody! This is God’s Calling. It is our mission.

Meditation Question: Name five works of mercy for which your congregation is known.