Monthly Archives: April 2015

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Yearly Rhythm

The 5th Sunday of Easter
Year B
Colour: White

God’s name cannot be known; it is wondered at.
Gregory of Nyssa

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Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary   27 April – 3 May 2015

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The Revised Common Lectionary Readings for this week, with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

Acts 8:26-40. An angel sends Philip, deacon and evangelist, to “hop on board” the chariot of an Ethiopian official puzzling over the meaning of Isaiah 53. Philip re-reads it through the story of the life, execution, and resurrection of Jesus. The man is baptized and will become a “road evangelist” in his own right.

Psalm 22:25-31. The “turnaround” verses of this psalm of profound lament were chosen as the response to the first lesson because of verse 27: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.”

1 John 4:7-21.  The deep heartbeat of life in the Risen Lord — Abide in love; abide in the Spirit given to all who confess Jesus as Son of God; abide in God and you will abide in love; love one another.

John 15:1-8. Abide in Christ, the true vine, and you will bear much fruit, and even more as the Father prunes you. Bear no fruit, because you are not abiding in Christ, and you may expect to be cut off and cast away. The Father’s will isn’t to cast you away, but that you abide in Christ and bear much fruit.

This week our praise focus uses words from the Methodist Hymn Book.  This week we also begin a new cycle of a 21 day confession focus.  We are asked the same questions but God’s Spirit will work in new ways.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “All praise to our redeeming Lord who joins us by His grace.” (Hymn 745)

Confession: In what areas am I envious?  Does this envy “drive” my life in any areas?  How does this indicate restlessness within my own spirit?  How can my relationship with God help me with my envy?

The Word: See readings above and comments/prayers.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus:  We begin by thanking God for the amazing gift of a land filled with such diversity, creativity and potential.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Christ, who knows all His sheep, will all in safety keep.” (Hymn 639)

Confession: Does a seething anger just wait to rise up within my heart?   Do I find that I am quite controlled until I unexpectedly burst out in a rage?  Do I drive my car aggressively?  Ask God to allow you to acknowledge your anger and release its hold over your life.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus: Shalom, a peace that includes all and is fair and just…

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “Eternal life to all mankind Thou hast in Jesus given.” (Hymn 561)

Confession: In the face of crying needs we often choose not to notice or even deliberately ignore them.  Ask God to open your heart to his call to serve.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus: That even in the face of our fears we may risk love, care and generosity.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee.” (Hymn 448)

Confession: Lord, make me aware of the pride in my life: Pride that keeps me aloof and apart;  Pride that is rooted in insecurity and a need to prove myself;  Pride that makes me humiliate other human beings.  Lord, help me to make myself vulnerable and to serve rather than be served.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus: People in unjust and abusive work situations whose hearts are being hardened, that they may know who they are in Christ: God’s children created to love…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Stronger His love than death or hell, its riches are unsearchable…” (Hymn 434)

Confession: Lord, forgive me for alienating myself from this world that you love.  Help me to reach out in love and care.  Help me to make a difference.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus: For a change of heart in those who are self-serving, that we may know that we are called to serve…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “What hast Thou done for me?  O, think on Calvary!” (Hymn 203)

Confession: Lord forgive me when I invest huge resources for my own entertainment but will be resentful about a minor offering to alleviate another’s deep suffering.  Lord God, I pray for a generous heart.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus: That the goodness of God may rise up within the peoples and communities of our land…

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “Christ above all glory seated!  King triumphant, strong to save!” (Hymn 225)

Confession: Lord, forgive me when I give all for my own ambitions and lose your call to share in love in important relationships in my life.  Help me to count the cost of loving and discover new joy in giving.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying for your country.  Today’s focus:  All those who gather for worship, that we may have a deep awareness of our connectedness with all of life around us and that we worship on behalf of our surrounding world.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” (Hymn 516)

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

Additional information about the readings:
(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

Acts 8:26-40. An angel sends Philip, deacon and evangelist, to “hop on board” the chariot of an Ethiopian official puzzling over the meaning of Isaiah 53. Philip re-reads it through the story of the life, execution, and resurrection of Jesus. The man is baptized and will become a “road evangelist” in his own right.

What is the message (good news) that transforms this Ethiopian?

Prayer

(inspired by Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 22:25-31, John 15:1-8, 1 John 4:7-21)

Holy Spirit, give us the courage of Philip who took the time to share his faith with a curious stranger.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Heavenly Father, we are the people that were yet unborn when the Psalmist in exultation exclaimed: “future generations will be told about the Lord.” May we care about the yet unborn, and may our faith be as strong as the Psalmist’s.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Lord Jesus Christ, help us love one another, for when we do so, we are loving you.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

— written by Paul Sauer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website. (abbreviated)

Psalm 22:25-31. The “turnaround” verses of this psalm of profound lament were chosen as the response to the first lesson because of verse 27: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.”

God, you promise never to forsake us,
but to bring us to life,
nurture us with your presence,
and sustain us even in the hour of our death.
Meet us in our deepest doubts
when we feel abandoned,
drowning in our fear of your absence.
Visit us in the tension between our yearning and our anger,
that we may know your mercy and grace in our time of need. Amen.

~ from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress.
Posted on Thematic, Intercessory and Scripture Prayers for the RCL,
Vanderbilt Divinity Library.http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

1 John 4:7-21.  The deep heartbeat of life in the Risen Lord — Abide in love; abide in the Spirit given to all who confess Jesus as Son of God; abide in God and you will abide in love; love one another.

Prayer

(based on Psalm 22, 1 John 4)

As the weak realize their strength;
as the poor eat and are satisfied,
God’s love abides in us.
As the stranger finds a friend;
as the family offers forgiveness,
God’s love abides in us.
As the ends of the earth know of Christ’s grace,
God’s love abides in us.

— Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012, © 2011 Abingdon Press.
Posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website.

John 15:1-8. Abide in Christ, the true vine, and you will bear much fruit, and even more as the Father prunes you. Bear no fruit, because you are not abiding in Christ, and you may expect to be cut off and cast away. The Father’s will isn’t to cast you away, but that you abide in Christ and bear much fruit.

How do you abide in Him?

Gospel Reflection

Remain in me as I remain in you.

Lord of the
one true
Vine,

in you we
live and move
and have our being.

We are your branches,
spindly and slight and fragile.

Please ask your Father to prune us
(though gently).
We want to bear more
of your fruit.

— written by Anne Osdieck,
and posted on The Sunday Website of Saint Louis University.

Good Shepherd Sunday

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Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 26 April
The Fourth Sunday of Easter,
Year B
Colour: White

(Why follow the church year? Read more here!)

“All our life is a festival. Since we are persuaded that God is present everywhere on all sides, we praise God as we till the ground; we sing hymns as we sail the sea; we feel God’s inspiration in all that we do…. Whenever we pay attention to God, every place and every time becomes truly holy.”
—Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis7.7.39

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary   20 -26 April 2015

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

Acts 4:5-12.  The leaders who had Peter arrested for healing the lame man and proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus demand by what authority he acted. Peter boldly proclaimed it was by the power and name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and that all salvation there is comes through him.

Psalm 23.

1 John 3:16-24. By the authority and power of the Risen Christ, we are led to love not in words only, but also in truth and in action.

John 10:11-18.  The authority of the Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd over his flock, comes from knowing his sheep by name, caring for them, and laying down his own life to protect them. Jesus also notes his “flock” includes people not in “this fold,” and he extends the same mission and care to them.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring God.

The Word:  See readings above and attached comments.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: When God’s great purpose and plan has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: worship

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

               Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring God’s Word.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: care

Personal Prayers:

               Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the gift of prayer.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: Resources

Personal prayers:

               Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the gift of creation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.  Focus: Joy

Personal prayers:

               Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the call to praise.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come. Focus: Security

Personal prayers:

               Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the call to be transformed by the Spirit of God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come. Focus: Healed relationships.

Personal prayers:

              Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: This week focus on the greatness of God.  Each day praise God for a different aspect of His greatness.

Confession: “Without worship you shrink, it is as brutal as that.” (Peter Schaeffer, Equus)  In our confessions we reflect on how we diminish God in our lives.  Today: Ignoring the gift of worship.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: When God’s greatness has its way with our world all creation will be renewed.  This week pray out of this future vision for our world today: that God’s Kingdom may come.   Focus: Unity, belonging.

Personal prayers:

               Dedication: Holy Spirit come, recreate us that we may be renewed to reflect your New Creation.


Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

Additional information about the readings:
(The notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

Acts 4:5-12.  The leaders who had Peter arrested for healing the lame man and proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus demand by what authority he acted. Peter boldly proclaimed it was by the power and name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and that all salvation there is comes through him.

If you were asked what authority you live by, how would you answer?
How does this authority give you power to live?

Psalm 23.

Take Me to the Water (a modern hymn)

Take me to the water
flowing deep and wide;
like a shepherd, lead me
to the riverside.

By the quiet waters,
gladly I lay down
all the things that keep me
from your holy ground.

Jesus, in the darkness
make the pathway clear;
I will fear no evil,
knowing you are near.

On a rocky table
in the wilderness,
set a feast before me-
let my foes find rest.

Show me fields of mercy
as I greet the dawn;
to your house of blessing,
I will follow on.

~ written by Daniel Charles Damon. Words © 2007 Hope Publishing Company.
Posted on Hope Publishing’s Online Hymnody website.

 

1 John 3:16-24. By the authority and power of the Risen Christ, we are led to love not in words only, but also in truth and in action.

How does this passage guide our love response?

John 10:11-18The authority of the Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd over his flock, comes from knowing his sheep by name, caring for them, and laying down his own life to protect them. Jesus also notes his “flock” includes people not in “this fold,” and he extends the same mission and care to them.

Our Shepherding God

O Lord, our Shepherding God,
come close to us now
Come near us in our time of need.

Shepherding God,
we need you in our time of anxiety.
We need you in our time of economic uncertainty.
We need you in a time of a globe-trotting disease.
We need you to bind our wounds,

and pour your healing ointment on our heads .
We need the briars, and brambles, and burrs
pulled out of our fleece and skin.

Shepherding God.
you guide us with your voice,
Help us to listen and follow no matter where your voice leads.
Help us to trust you.

Shepherding God,
protect us from the hired hands
that do not really care for us
and have neglected or abused us in the past.

Shepherding God,
thank you for your son
who lay down his life for those who follow him
and for those who are not in the fold yet..

Lord we pray for those who don’t know the shepherd,
whose life circumstances kept them from knowing the good shepherd.
We pray that by our actions, our behaviour,
and our reaching out into the community,
they may come to know you.

Shepherding God,
renew us, guide us with your love
and renew us with your peace. Amen

 

~ written by Rev. Abi and posted on her Long and Winding Road
blog.http://vicarofwadley.blogspot.ca/

 

Free to change

autumn vineYearly Rhythm

Sunday 19 April,
The Third Sunday of Easter,
Year B,
Colour: White

“The empty tomb is not the important event of Easter, the living presence of God in the resurrected Jesus is. It wasn’t the the empty tomb that transformed the disciples and the women who followed him, it was Jesus appearing to them, eating with them, interpreting the scriptures for them. They met the risen Christ in the 50 days after Easter and it changed their lives so that they went out not just talking about the things Jesus did, but living them.”

Christine Sine

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary   13 – 19 April 

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

Acts 3:12-19. After a lame beggar is cured by the power of the Risen Lord through Peter and John, Peter invites the wondering crowd to repent and follow Jesus. Five thousand of them do!

Psalm 4. Thanks to God for vindication and rebuke/teaching to those who criticize or disgrace.

1 John 3:1-7.  We are God’s children now as we abide in Jesus. Abiding in Jesus enables us to live more and more without sin. Repentance is no one-time act, but a lifelong commitment to abide in Jesus. That is why we continue to purify ourselves that we may be like him when he appears.

Luke 24:36b-48. After his appearance to two dispirited disciples heading toward Emmaus, Jesus tells the rest of those gathered at another meal to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect love of God.

Confession: This week in your confessions reflect on what lines God is calling you to cross in order to live out resurrection in Jesus Christ.   Possible focus for today:  Rediscover the joy of prayer…

The Word: See readings above and attached comments and prayers.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Today pray for a friend.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

        Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect mind of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Possible focus for today: Receiving God’s word through scripture.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for a neighbour.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect power of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Seeing all people as sacred…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone you have difficulty getting on with.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect grace (undeserved love and merit) of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Finding new joy in living.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is ill.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect plan, purpose and future we have in God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Living with a sense of conversation with God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is far away from you.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect justice and righteousness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today: Optimism and expectation…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who is facing a challenge.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Spend a minute just glorying in the perfect holiness of God.

Confession: See Monday’s confession. Possible focus for today:  Worshipping with all your heart, soul, mind and strength…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray for someone who worships with you.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Dear Lord, help me today to cross the line of revival and live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

Additional information about the readings: (Notes in italics are with thanks to www.gbod.org.)

Acts 3:12-19. After a lame beggar is cured by the power of the Risen Lord through Peter and John, Peter invites the wondering crowd to repent and follow Jesus. Five thousand of them do!

 

Prayer
(based on Acts 3:12-19, Luke 24:36-48, 1 John 3:1-7)

Lord Jesus Christ, Author of life, help us believe Peter’s bold proclamation of your resurrection, your healing presence, and the suffering forgiver of our many sins.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Heavenly Father, when we are in distress, remind us of your Son, who makes room for us in this world and the next.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Holy Spirit, help us love being a child of God, for there is no higher calling.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

When we are startled and terrified by your unexpected presence, Lord Jesus Christ, help us hear your word of peace. Touch us as we seek to touch you.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Come to us Lord Jesus, be at our table. As you visited with your disciples after your resurrection, and ate with them, come, Lord Jesus, be our guest today.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

We name aloud those who are hungry for your touch, ready for your healing, or nearing the new life _____.

Set our minds on heavenly things. Fill us with your joy.

Help us listen closely to your Word, even as you listen closely to our prayers.Amen.

— written by Paul Sauer, and posted on the Lutheran Forum website.

Psalm 4. Thanks to God for vindication and rebuke/teaching to those who criticize or disgrace.

This psalm has been called a psalm of confidence. It is a cry from the heart (individual lament) but framed by a faithful God.  Try to feel the deep passion in the call to God, and also see how the confidence is expressed as you read.

1 John 3:1-7.  We are God’s children now as we abide in Jesus. Abiding in Jesus enables us to live more and more without sin. Repentance is no one-time act, but a lifelong commitment to abide in Jesus. That is why we continue to purify ourselves that we may be like him when he appears.

This passage tells us what we have been, what we are and what we will become.  Try to identify these three stages as you read the passage.

Luke 24:36-48. After his appearance to two dispirited disciples heading toward Emmaus, Jesus tells the rest of those gathered at another meal to proclaim repentance and forgiveness of sins in his name.

Prayer
(based on Luke 24:36-48, John 20:19-31)

How do we find the faith to believe the story of Easter, Jesus?
How do we grasp its truth?
We can only accept it;
refusing to reduce it to scientific debate
or historical literalism
kneeling with humility and awe beside the blood-stained cross
and the empty grave;
For then, we are your witnesses.

How do we understand the mystery of your death and life, Jesus?
How do we explain it?
We can only live it;
allowing it to permeate every grain
of this sand that forms us,
every thought, every priority, every act and every interaction,
For then we are your witnesses,
and you deserve nothing less from us.

Amen.

— Copyright © John van de Laar, on his excellent Sacredise website.
Visit there for many other excellent lectionary-based resources for worship.

 Prayer
(based on Luke 24:36-48)

When we are blinded by anger,
you pour out your love
for all to see;
when we wonder
what tomorrow will bring,
you call us to trust in you;
when sadness fills our lives,
you plant gladness in our hearts.
God of Easter:
touch us with your grace.

You show us your hands,
so we may reach out
to mend the broken;
you show us your feet,
so we may walk with
those the world passes by;
you show us your face,
so we may know what
our sisters and brothers look like.
Risen Christ:
touch us with your compassion.

You open our eyes,
so we may see God’s love;
you open our minds,
so we may welcome God’s Word;
you open our lips,
so we may be God’s witnesses.
Spirit of Hope:
touch us with your peace.

God in Community, Holy in One,
open us to your presence,
as we pray as Jesus has taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .

— written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his excellent Lectionary Liturgies blog.