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Evening Devotion for November 10, 2019

The Arrest of Christ by Grégoire Guérard
The Arrest of Christ, by Grégoire Guérard, ca. 1520. Peter strikes off the ear of Malchus, when the troops come to arrest Jesus (John 18:10).



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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Our “Virtual Sunday Church” this week is actually a recreation of a 19th century American church service, put together by the Gaithers.

For Diligence at Prayer

O  Lord, take from me: idleness of spirit, which destroys time; vanity of thoughts, which hinders Your presence and distracts my attention to prayer. If, while in prayer, I turn away from You in my thoughts, help me; so that this distraction may not be willful, and that - averting my mind - I may not avert my heart from You.

I confess to You, O my Lord God, all the sins of my wickedness committed before You, now and in the past. Forgive me for them for the sake of Your Holy Name, and save my soul, which You have redeemed with Your precious Blood. I entrust myself to Your mercy. I submit to Your will. Do with me according to Your mercy and not according to my evil and wickedness.



Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, for I am a humble and miserable sinner. [At this point, pause to remember specific sins you have committed during the day and speak or think them.] I renounce all of these sins, heavenly Father, and repent of them, and I promise to make every effort not to repeat them.

Have mercy on me, pardon me for these offences and any I might have omitted from forgetfulness or ignorance; in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray for forgiveness. And I pray that your Holy Spirit may dwell with me in the coming day, to comfort me, to give me strength against temptation, and to guide me into the path of righteousness.


Glory to God

O  Glorious God, I see Your heavens resplendent with stars. How glorious You are, radiant with light! Eternity watches me by the rays of the distant stars. I am small, insignificant, but You are at my side. Your right arm guides me wherever I go.

Glory to You, ceaselessly watching over me;
Glory to You for the encounters You arrange for me;
Glory to You for the love of parents, for the faithfulness of friends;
Glory to You for the humbleness of the animals which serve me;
Glory to You for the unforgettable moments of life;
Glory to You for the heart’s innocent joy;
Glory to You for the joy of living,
Moving and being able to return Your love.
Glory to You, O God, from age to age,


To Lay My Suffering at Jesus’ Feet

Jesus Light of the World

Lord Jesus, you call me to live every aspect of my life in your presence, and so I come before you as I am. With the myrrh that the wise men carried I bring, too, the pain and sorrow and suffering that I have experienced. I lay them before you because they are all part of who I am. I ask that good may come from whatever negative things happen to me, knowing that nothing can ever separate me from your love.



God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and Spirit of God amidst us, direct our way unto you. Make us to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you; to the end we may establish our hearts unblameable in holiness before you, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.

endless knot

Psalm 73:25-28 (KJV)

Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.

For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish:
thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
that I may declare all thy works.

Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 4:18-19 (ESV)

Bible Basics—St. Peter

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Notes on the Scripture


t is always a good idea, from time to time, to step back and look at a famous person or concept in the Bible. Some readers will find this familiar territory, but to tell you the truth, I always find out something I didn’t know, or at least needed refreshing to be perfectly clear about, when I look at the basic facts about our beliefs and the Bible.

Peter (and his brother Andrew) were simple fishermen who came from Bethsaida on the north shores of the Sea of Galilee. Little did he suspect that he would become one of the most famous men in history! The brothers became the first of the twelve original apostles of Christ, and Peter would become first in importance.

Peter was married and lived in Capernaum. His name was originally Simon; he came to be called Peter because “petros” means “stone” in Greek, and he would become the rock upon which Christ’s church was founded. Oddly, it is the meaning of his name that has stuck with him rather than the actual name: he was called “Cephas” which means “stone” in Aramaic, the language he and Christ both spoke.

So Jesus said to Peter, <br>“Put your sword into its sheath.”
So Jesus said to Peter,
“Put your sword into its sheath.”

Peter seems to have been Christ’s favorite, for he was at the Transfiguration and, like Jesus, once walked on water (at Jesus’ bidding). Other notable moments for him in the Gospels were his criticism of Jesus—which prompted Christ’s famous statement, “Get thee behind me, Satan”—his denial of Jesus “three times before the cock crows,” and because he drew his sword during Christ’s arrest. After the Resurrection, Christ once appeared to Peter alone.

It was Peter who first spoke of Christ’s divinity, the turning point of the Gospels. In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked him “Who do you say I am?” and Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

After Christ ascended to heaven, Peter and Paul became the two most prominent figures in establishing the church. Peter was especially important in his mission to Gentiles, non-Jewish believers in Christ. He championed the idea that Christians did not need to be circumcised or follow the Hebrew laws to become full members of Christ’s church. Like Paul, he made journeys (trips to Antioch and Corinth are mentioned in the Bible), got arrested repeatedly, healed the sick, raised the dead, and preached the Gospel in public. He was not as prolific a writer as Paul—he was probably illiterate when he first met Jesus—but he did write two Epistles (1 Peter and 2 Peter).

According to tradition, and supported by non-Biblical history, Peter was crucified in Rome by Nero in 64 AD. He was crucified upside-down at his request, because he did not consider himself worthy to die as Christ had, and thus his symbol is an upside-down cross.

Peter is often depicted holding keys, stemming from Jesus’ statement that “into your hands I give the keys to the kingdom of God.” This is also the source of the widespread (and often rather vulgar) depiction of St. Peter standing in front of pearly gates deciding who goes into Heaven.

And finally, Peter was quite a character. He was excitable, impulsive, emotional, and full of spirit. When he saw Jesus walking on the water, he threw himself over the side of the boat! He swore he would die before he would deny Christ, and then turned around and denied Him three times. Yet, at the Pentecost, it was Peter who had the courage to stand on a balcony in Jerusalem, when Christ’s follower were being arrested, and deliver a long public sermon to thousands of Jewish listeners.

<i>St. Peter</i> by Giotto, ca. 1295.
St. Peter by Giotto, ca. 1295.

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