Day 40 Sacred Season

Day 40 Sacred Season

DAY 40.  18th July    The Lamb is its lamp   Rev 22:9-27   Rev Dr Dean Drayton

day40It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.  ….The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp  (Revelation 21 11:23 NIV)

 Basis of Union Pr 3:  God in Christ has given to all people in the Church the Holy Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that coming reconciliation and renewal which is the end in view for the whole creation. The Church’s call is to serve that end: to be a fellowship of reconciliation, a body within which the diverse gifts of its members are used for the building up of the whole, an instrument through which Christ may work and bear witness to himself.

 Fire and Light.

It is the light of the glory of God that not only has shone on us on the way but will shine on us at the end – which will be another beginning.   The one who has let fire loose in our world, and in our lives, encourages us to know that we will see God’s purposes for the creation come to pass.  Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, is the one who has opened to us life lived in the promised presence of God.  The first tree of life has been replaced with an even more blessed tree of life, the cross of Christ.  The risen crucified Lamb will be the most brilliant light of the city and also our lives.

 The ultimate invitation is there – come!   When the refrain of our time is that we do not know where we come from, where we presently are, or where we are going, here is the light from the face of Christ, refracted and reflected, that shows us all that we need to know as to where we have come from, where we are now, and where in him the creation is headed.  The glowing Shalom of God, known now in part, is the ultimate promise for us all.  

 We thank God that as we have met in this Assembly, and as we have prayed and fasted these 40 days, we have known those moments when our hearts were on fire, in worship witness and serving together.   And then with this the awareness that decisions taken, attitudes reformed and life celebrated, point the way forward toward the creation, one day, finally ablaze with the glory of God.

 Prayer   Lord, as those of us at Assembly return to our homes, and others of us finish the Sacred Season 40 days of prayer and fasting, we know that your prayer for us, and ours with you, is that your reign will come on earth as it is in heaven.  For the moments of inspiration this week we praise you.  For the times of reconciliation we praise you.  For new insight into your death and resurrection we praise you.  Hold us to your call to speak up for those suffering from systems of injustice.  Hold us to your call to pray for those who are addicted and those in pain.  And for all your blessings through this Assembly we give thanks.  In Jesus name.                         

 

deandrayton

 

Pray for:  Unitingworld partner –  The United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Assembly:  Today is a round up day with a small amount of time 9:10 – 10:30 am  (11:10 -12:30 pm EST)  for final business and referrals.   Continue to pray for the final discussion on marriage during this time.  The second part of the morning is courtesies, and closing worship.  Give thanks to the Lord for all He has done these 40 days.  Please pray for safe travelling for all the delegates as they return home.  Especially remember in your prayers Stuart McMillan for a time to restore after Assembly as he begins his journey over the next 3 years as President.   Remember also to pray in the next few weeks for covering for  the prayer team, those who have travelled from interstate and those who are from Perth.