ATTEND TO MYSTERY
Word About Life - Matthew 4:1-11
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,
‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.’ ”
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Word About Life for Today
Shared by Rev. Ken Heintzelman
RESPONDING WITH OUR WHOLE HEARTS
Words for Mission
One: As we depart this space and enter the wilderness of the world, we remember that God is with us.
All: Whatever may come, God is our safe place to go and our soft place to land. We depart in trust and fidelity.
One: These are the times!
All: We are the people.
One: All of Creation is blessed.
All: May we love all and serve all.
One: May God be with you.
All: And also with you.
Sending Forth Song ~ "The Quiet Center"
Go and be the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
Find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed;
Clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
All the things that really matter. Be at peace, and simply be.
In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain.
Let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
There’s a place for deepest dreaming,
there’s a time for heart to care,
In the Spirit’s lively scheming, there is always room to spare!