Sunday, October 02, 2016

World Communion Sunday Prayer

based on Luke 17:5-10

God of all creation, we can look out at an endless ocean or attempt to count the evening stars and begin to understand how vast your universe is. It is often difficult for us to imagine places a hundred miles away, let alone other countries, and yet today is a day to remember how connected we are to disciples in places so much different than our own. Like grains of sand on a beach or leaves on the autumn trees, so too are your many followers in nations the world over. They strive to follow you where they are just as we do here.

We give thanks for the table you have set for us, and the gifts of peacemaking and forgiveness that we find here. The pieces of bread and sips of cup that we share symbolize something so much bigger, beyond what we can fathom or control. They are your gifts given, and our gifts to receive. And we remember that they are not only for us, but for people in faraway places whom we will never know or meet but who have been called and accepted just as we have. For this we are grateful, and prepare to go forth yet again to live graciously.

World-making and world-loving God, through Christ you show us that an amount of faith as small as a mustard seed can make an amazing difference. As we have tasted a small sample of your presence at this sacred meal, we return hoping to offer even a similar-sized gesture to those in need. We remember our fellow believers all over seeking to do the same. Amen.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

THE ANTI FREE-WILL CROWD by steve finnell

The anti free-will crowd is alive and well in the world today. Their position is the those selected for salvation have no free-will. That they are predestined to receive unconditional, irresistible grace, and that it can never be forfeited.

The anti free-will crowd believe that those not selected for salvation do have the free-will to sin and spend eternity in hell.

The anti free-will position is not only not a Scriptural concept; it is also illogical.

POINT ONE: According to Calvinist men do not have free-will to accept Jesus Lord and Savior, however, they have the free-will to:
engage in fornication
be a drunkard
be a homosexual
be an adulterer
be a thief
be a swindler
be an idolater
be a covetous person
be involved in sorcery
be a robber
be a prostitute
be a Satan worshiper

POINT TWO: The anti free-will crowd believe if God selects you for salvation, all you have do is wait for God to saved you. They believe God forces "the selected" to have faith and be saved.

POINT THREE: They believe that no man can seek God.

ALL men can seek God. (Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.)

The writer of Hebrews says that all who come to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. If I were a anti free-will advocate I would be more than a little concerned about my belief.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.