Great Plains Daily Devotional for 11/11/2020

Today please be in prayer for

Mountain Sky Conference
Five Rivers District
Baldwin City: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Baldwin City: Ives Chapel UMC
Five Rivers District
Burlington UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 8:31-36

Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They responded, “We are Abraham’s children; we’ve never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say that we will be set free?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. A slave isn’t a permanent member of the household, but a son is. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free.

Today's Devotional

Today our Scripture is in the Gospel of John when Jesus describes about true freedom. Freedom is a concept that I am constantly amazed at and grateful for each day. The freedom that God gives us to live and choose life. The freedom we experience by living in the United States. Today we recognize our veterans for those who have lost their lives and who are currently serving. We pause to remember those whom we know and do not know who are veterans. I think of my cousin, uncle and dear friends. I think of the people in congregation, in community and the names and pictures celebrated in our communities. I think of those whom I met at our Extension Ministries Breakfast who are United Methodist pastors serving as chaplains as an extension from our churches. On this Veterans Day, I invite you to pause and pray for those you know and do not know and give thanks.

(One-time permission to print and use this litany in congregational worship has been granted by The Armed Forces Chaplains' Board, Washington, D.C.)
Leader: Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country's story:
People: We give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For leaders in nation and state, and for those who in days past and in these present times have labored for the commonwealth:
People: We give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the worlds common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows:
People: We give you thanks, O God.
Leader: For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave even their lives in that service:
People: We give you thanks, O God.
Leader: O almighty God and most merciful Father, as we remember these your servants, remembering with gratitude their courage and strength, we hold before you those who mourn them. Look upon your bereaved servants with your mercy. As this day brings them memories of those they have lost awhile, may it also bring your consolation and the assurance that their loved ones are alive now and forever in your living presence.
Litany from:
--Rev. Nicole Conard,
Coordinator of Young Adults and Campus Ministry


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