Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
Song for departing brothers and sisters
41 As soon as the lad had gone, David arose from a place toward the south, fell on his face to the ground, and bowed down three times. And they kissed one another; and they wept together, but David more so. 42 Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the LORD, saying, 'May the LORD be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.' " So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city. 1 Samuel 20:41-42 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us continue to love one another as David and Jonathan did, though competing loyalties separate us.
27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, "Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!" 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: "We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:27-29 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help us honor your call uppon the consciences of our brothers and sisters who must walk another path.
15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." 17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Acts 9:15-17 (NKJV)
Father, help us recognize your servants even though they have formerly been our persecutors and enemies.
"Up Above My Head"- Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Marie Knight
A Word Received: Look for my work among the separated brethren. Let forgiveness cleanse your hearts.