At a young age Jeremiah was called to speak a word that exposed the corruption of the people. Are we willing to listen to the voices that expose the injustices in our way of living?
Worship this week:
Saturday — 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday — 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
7:00 p.m. — Community Thanksgiving Worship at Perry Lutheran Church
Devotions for the week:
November 23, 2014 “Amend your ways”
By the time of Jeremiah, the Babylonian king had defeated Assyria (who had defeated the Northern Kingdom of Israel). The Babylonian king now threatened to destroy Judah (the Southern Kingdom). Jeremiah spoke on God’s behalf, with judgments for a people who seemed to have forgotten how to remain faithful to God. God’s promise of deliverance still rang throughout Jeremiah’s prophesies, yet God showed God won’t stand idly by while the people sin. God’s promise would be kept, but not until the people had endured punishment (exile) for their unfaithfulness to God.
Read:Follow the story of Israel’s and Judah’s disobedience, and the words of God’s prophet, Jeremiah.
Sunday, Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11, Jeremiah’s Temple Sermon
Monday, Jeremiah 7:16-34, The People’s Disobedience
Tuesday, Jeremiah 8:18-9:11, The Prophet Mourns for the People
Wednesday, Jeremiah 10:1-10, Idolatry Has Brought Ruin on Israel
Thursday, Jeremiah 10:11-16, Idolatry Has Brought Ruin on Israel
Friday, Jeremiah 10:17-25, The Coming Exile
Saturday, Jeremiah 11:1-17, Israel and Judah Have Broken the Covenant
- How does mourning and lament shape the communities of Israel and Judah? What role does mourning play in shaping our lives?
- What evidence have you seen that God remains faithful to people today, despite people’s inability to remain faithful to God?
- When you were a child, what did you believe you would do to make the world a better place? What can you do now to make the world a better place?
Do:Do something this week that leaves the world in a better place than before you arrived. (Plant something, create something artistic, enhance a relationship, forgive someone, care for someone who is sick)
Bless: God of Power, remind us through your word that you are at work everywhere through the actions of your people. Move in our hearts this day. Amen.