Week 6: Commit
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’
Prayer of Commitment
by Bruce Prewer
In a world that selfishly lives for the moment,
without thought for whatever evil we may be causing the future,
we thank you, God, for commanding us to be people of hope.
Do not allow us to be conformed
to the present short-sighted, self-serving attitudes
but open our eyes to see all those things that are possible
through Christ Jesus our Saviour.
Give us a sure commitment to your new heaven and new earth
by living some of the promised future in the here and now:
giving with no thought of reward,
reaching out to the forsaken,
bandaging the wounded,
fostering seeds of faith,
caring for mother earth,
exposing pride and greed,
building bridges of understanding,
and loving our neighbours of the future.
Stretch our vision to include the improbable
and strengthen our wills to take the next step on your road.
Assure us again that you can do exceedingly more
than we can ever ask or imagine.
Glory be to your loving purposes, now and forever! Amen.
Reading: Worship and Commitment
by Peter Sawtell
Spiritual Practice: Commit to a new practice of creation care, and begin to live out that new practice this week.