A New and Living Way

white eye in a treeSunday 27th April
The 2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A
Colour – White

This week is the second Sunday of the Easter Season (Easter Sunday was the First). This is a fifty day period ending with Pentecost. It is a time to reflect on the life that we are called into. It is a new and living way.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary
21-27 April 2014

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The Word – Lectionary Readings for this Sunday:
Acts 2:14a, 22-32 The first of several readings from the sermon of Peter at Pentecost. In today’s text, he declares the resurrection of Jesus to a crowd amazed at the signs of the Spirit’s presence and power.

Psalm 16

1 Peter 1:3-9 We have been born anew and granted an imperishable inheritance in the Risen Lord.

John 20:19-31 This story is not only about Thomas, but about Christ. It reminds us, the body of Christ, to go to similar lengths to show the signs of Christ’s resurrection to those who doubt so they may come to believe.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: facing a challenge.
The Word: Use readings above.
Seeking the Kingdom
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.
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: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: forgiveness/reconciliation.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area
Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: using a gift that he has given you.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: learning to love and accept your life.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around us. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: being creative.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: Joy/optimism.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day try to spot a new sign of resurrection in the world around you. Then praise God for his gift of new life.
Confession: Focus on resurrection. Ask God what he wants to raise up in your life. Then as he gives you a focus spend some time allowing the Spirit of God to produce that fruit that God desires in you. Today’s hint: resting in the work that God has done on your behalf and for you.
The Word:
Seeking the Kingdom:
Shared Focus: This week pray resurrection into the world around you. Pray for your church, for your town, for your land and for our world. Each day allow God to lead you into a new area.
Personal prayers:

Dedication: “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me!” (St Paul)

Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings (Comment and Questions)
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We are exploring the meaning of resurrection and the difference it may make in the way we live our daily lives.
As you reflect on the readings this week consider this quote:
Philip Yancey in his book “The Jesus I never knew” explores Easter faith. He concludes: “There are two ways to look at human history. One way is to focus on the wars and violence, the squalor, the pain and tragedy and death. From such a point of view, Easter seems a fairy-tale exception, a stunning contradiction in the name of God…
There is another way to look at the world. If I take Easter as the starting point, the one incontrovertible fact about how God treats those whom he loves, then human history becomes the contradiction and Easter a preview of ultimate reality. Hope then flows like lava beneath the crust of daily life.” (Philip Yancey)

As you read ask how you are being challenged to move into the second way of looking at human history.

Acts 2:14a, 22-32.
Peter declares the resurrection of Jesus to a crowd amazed at the signs of the Spirit’s presence and power.

Psalm 16

1 Peter 1:3-9.
We have been born anew and granted an imperishable inheritance in the Risen Lord.

John 20:19-31.
This story is not only about Thomas, but about Jesus Christ. It reminds us, the body of Christ, to go to similar lengths to show the signs of Christ’s resurrection to those who doubt so they may come to believe.

Praying the Lectionary Readings

Sunday 27th April 2014

Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 

Prayer to St. Thomas the Apostle
Almighty and ever-living God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

O Lord,
give us a mind
that is humble, quiet, peaceable,
patient and charitable,
and a taste of your Holy Spirit
in all our thoughts, words, and deeds.

O Lord,
give us a lively faith, a firm hope,
a fervant charity, a love of you.

Take from us all lukewarmness in meditation
and all dullness in prayer.
Give us fervor and delight in thinking of you,
your grace, and your tender compassion toward us.

Give us,
good Lord,
the grace to work for
the things we pray for.
Amen

by Hans Holbein

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