Next Week: The Scripture readings for Sunday, September 22 are Mark 14:32-36 and Genesis 32:9-13. Other readings for the lectionary insert are Amos 8:4-7 and 1 Timothy 2:1-7.
Prayer for the week: God we can't ignore the things we need to talk about. We can't bury our feelings. That's like holding a beach ball under the surface of the water. Eventually, we lose our grip and get smacked in the face. Talking about our troubles is uncomfortable and sometimes painful and embarrassing. Help us get over it, God. We have to make room inside us to grow as human beings, and we can't do that with all the clutter of thoughts and feelings that have no direction. Help us make room, God. Give us courage. Give us strength. Help us bring things out into the open so we may fill the empty space with knowledge and love. AMEN.
-Book of Uncommon Prayer 2, Steven L. Case.
Questions for the week: Who is the person in your family who will not give up until they get what they want? How would you describe the wrestling match between Jacob and this man/angel? Who won? What does this mean? Where is the place in your life where you and God meet face to face?