Today's reflection comes from Rev Heegon
Lord, your greatness calls us to worship you,
your power calls us to adore you
and your love calls to trust you.
Your creation gives us the challenge to praise you
your Son gives us the reason to thank you
and your Spirit gives us the strength to serve you.
Lord take our words our lives and our service
and use everything, everywhere, for your glory. amen.
-Bible Reading: Psalm 103.
“Shanah tovah” (שנה טובה, “Good year.”) to you all.
This is a greeting for Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year.
For Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve.
It begins on Sept. 18-20 2020. The festival is known as the Feast of Trumpets which is usually held in mid-September, celebrated at the end of the agricultural year. In an age with no written calendars, trumpets (originally the ‘shofar’ or ram’s horn) were usually sounded on the first day of each new lunar month, and as a sign of the new agricultural season. (Psalm 81:3. 3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.)
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn. The first 30 (of as many as 70 during the festival) blasts of the shofar are blown following the Torah-reading during morning services.
Why so many times of the Shofar Blowing on this day? Because on Rosh Hashanah they coronate God as King of the world. They believe that the shofar’s trumpeting call heralds this exciting event. And the shofar’s trumpeting call serves to awaken slumbering souls that have grown complacent. And the shofar’s trumpeting call sound humbles and fills them with awe before God as King of the world.
Let us remind ourselves our King is God who is King of the world. Let us worship him with all that we have.
Lord, when we stand in your presence
all our pride and self-sufficiency,
our self-interest and our self- satisfaction
are exposed as the self-delusions they are.
Lord when you come to us,
our superstitions, our lies, our half-truths and our self-deceit
crumble like dust before you.
The selfish way we make us of each other
the way we look down in contempt on other people
our vanity and our self-righteousness
are shown up in all their poverty and emptiness.
Father, we seek your forgiveness
and resist your life renewing spirit no longer.
Lift us up and enable us to celebrate your love
made known to us in the risen Christ. Amen
Lord God, our creator, we praise you,
not only for the power you displayed
when you created the world out of nothing,
but also for the love
with which you continuously hold your creation in caring hands.
We praise you for the way
you have demonstrated your sovereign will,
not only through your creation,
but also through the continuing re-creation
of all things through your son
Jesus Christ who is Lord of all.
We have come to add our praises to those who,
down the centuries and all across the world
have I seen your glory,
recognized your purpose
and responded to your love.
Lord God our Creator,
we are only too well aware
that our praises will never be worthy of you.
We ask that you will receive the songs we sing,
the prayers we offer
and the commitment we make.
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
transform them into praise that brings you glory.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the one through whom we offer all our praises. Amen