Sabbath Devotional
August 27, 2016:   #151
Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, let me give comfort.
Where there is doubt; faith, despair; hope, darkness; light, and sadness; Joy!
Oh, divine Master; grant that I may not so much seek to be loved as to Love,
to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are forgiven,
and it is in dying that we come to know eternal Life!  Amen
(Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)
Communion Service
On the night Jesus was betrayed by one of his own, he took bread in his hands,
gave thanks, broke it, and passed it around to his disciples saying;
Take and eat, for this is my Body which shall be broken for you.
Likewise, after supper, the took the cup and when he had given thanks, he passed it to his disciples saying;
Drink; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant which will be shed for you and for many.  
As often as you shall do this, do so in remembrance of me.
J. Sue Gagliardi, Chaplain
Closing Prayer
O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Abigail van Buran
(OVER; page 2 >)
Gospel of Thomas
Saying 104

They said to Jesus,
Come, let us pray today; let's fast
Jesus responded:
What sin have I committed? How have I been overcome?

Rather when the groom leaves the bridal suite,
then they shall fast and pray.
Psalm 123
A Prayer for the Lord’s Help
I lift up my eyes to You, O You Whose throne is in the heavens.  
See, the eyes of servants look to the hand of their owner.
The eyes of a woman servant look to the hand of her owner.
So our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He shows us loving-kindness.
Show loving-kindness to us, O Lord. Show loving-kindness to us.
For we have had our fill of hate.  The proud have laughed at us too long.
We have had more than enough of their hate.
According to Stevan Davies, this language is symbolic and answers the statements written in Saying 14 when
giving instructions to his Disciples as they travelled spreading The Gospel:  
If you fast, you will bring sins to yourself; if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will
damage your spirits.

Jesus considered his Disciples without sin and no need for formal rites and even, charity, because in their
work was their prayer, fasting, and charity.  Note, Davies reminds us, Jesus uses
'they' rather than you in his
instructions. So he was speaking of those not of The Kingdom in Saying 104.

"If one's principal religious duty is to seek and find the hidden Kingdom, when you succeed and return
successfully fully to the condition of the Beginning, turning to God in prayer or repentance is irrelevant or
misguided. You exist in a mythical time before sin came into being."

Stevan L. Davies. The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated & Explained (Kindle Locations 452-454). Kindle Edition.