the PRAYER (alternate). . .
Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and our neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of kindness, and strengthen us to face our mortality with confidence in the mercy of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
the READING. . .
[Jesus said to the disciples:] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
the DEVOTION. . .
1 People who walk in darkness have sought
a light in the heart of the darkest night.
Just when we thought all would be lost,
we were drawn to the light of God.
Dawn is in sight! Gone is the night,
drawn to the light and the morning.
Glorious and bright, oh, what a sight
to be drawn to the light of God.
2 How can we tell a heaven from hell
if ev’ryone dwells in the dark of night?
Morning dispels, gently compels,
and we’re drawn to the light of God. refrain
3 Here comes the sun? The night is undone!
And now we have none but our joyful sight!
Bids us to come! Life has begun
when we’re drawn to the light of God. refrain
“Drawn to the Light,”
John C Ylvisaker, 1937-2017
Bob Barndt, pastor