Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/9/2018

Today please be in prayer for

Alder Grove UMC
Craig Presbyterian
Elkhorn Valley District
Allen, NE UMC
Ponca First UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Amelia UMC
Atkinson First UMC
Chambers UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Bartlett, NE UMC
Ericson UMC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

16th Sunday after Pentecost in Kingdomtide-Green

Proverbs 22:1-2
Psalm 125 or Psalm 124
James 2:1-10(11-13), 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

Today's Devotional

Nehemiah 12:31-43

I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of[a] the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of[b] the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate. Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah followed them, along with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, Judah, Benjamin,Shemaiah, Jeremiah, as well as some priests with trumpets, and also Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zakkur, the son of Asaph, and his associates—Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani—with musical instruments prescribed by David the man of God.Ezra the teacher of the Law led the procession. At the Fountain Gatethey continued directly up the steps of the City of David on the ascent to the wall and passed above the site of David’s palace to the Water Gateon the east.

The second choir proceeded in the opposite direction. I followed them on top of[c] the wall, together with half the people—past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall, over the Gate of Ephraim, the Jeshanah[d]Gate, the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate. At the Gate of the Guard they stopped.

The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials, as well as the priests—Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah with their trumpets— and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah. And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.

 

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