Easter 2

My Lord and my God!

WHITE IRISYearly Rhythm

Sunday 12 April
The Second Sunday of Easter,
Year B,
Colour: White

Faith is a fire that illumines as it burns;
Faith can and will break you down and tear you wide open,
It necessitates persistence, submission and work.

Molly Sabourin

The Easter Season is a time of celebration and discovering our place of service in the power of the Spirit.
White is the colour of Resurrection – a fresh start, like a blank page or freshly washed bed-linen or an un-marked tablecloth. Perhaps you would like to add something white to your personal worship space during this season to remind you that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you.

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary   6 – 12 April 2015

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Readings for this week, with thanks to www.gbod.org

Acts 4:32-35Christians living in Jerusalem show clear signs of the Risen Christ among them by sharing all things, bearing witness to the resurrection of Jesus, and caring for all who are in need.

Psalm 133A meditative psalm that celebrates the unity of those who share spiritual life together. Though the psalm was originally designed to celebrate the unity of a group of pilgrims heading toward the temple in Jerusalem, it quickly came to be used to express the unity of the whole people of God around the earth.

1 John 1:1-2:2More signs of the presence of the risen Lord in our midst: honest confession, assurance of God’s forgiveness, and lives where sin’s power is being overcome.

John 20:19-31To help Thomas believe, Jesus appeared among the disciples, showed Thomas the scars in his hands and side and invited Thomas to touch them.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 1:6 …he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion…

Confession: In our confessions this week we again reflect on the spirit of life that fills us.  Each day will be an opportunity to examine our lives in terms of a new list of suggested ‘spirits’ and to bring our lives to God to be filled by His Spirit of love, life and resurrection. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of hopelessness.  Pray for the spirit of hope and expectation to be resurrected within you.

The Word: See above readings or use your own scripture reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we simply suggest an area of concern and you are invited to pray for any particular need that you feel called to.  Pray with the resurrection of Christ in mind.  God can turn death into life!  Today you are invited to pray for a global concern.

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:  May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 2:8 …he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of boredom.  Pray for the spirit of exploration to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of national interest.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Philippians 2:10 …at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of giving up.  Pray for the spirit of application to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that is of interest to your province.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 2:13 …it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of judgement.  Pray for the spirit of enjoyment of others to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that affects your town/city.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of bitterness.  Pray for the spirit of joy to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your place of work or your living environment.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of retaliation.  Pray for the spirit of letting go/acceptance  to be resurrected within you.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern within your family\friend circle.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

Confession: See Monday’s confession focus. Suggested focus for today: Examine your heart for the spirit of “Not me.”  Pray for the spirit of “Yes, me!”  to be resurrected within you.

The Word:.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today you are invited to pray for a concern that relates to your church community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: May the strength of God pilot us, May the power of God preserve us, May the wisdom of God instruct us, May the hand of God protect us, May the way of God direct us… (St. Patrick)

 

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.)

Remember as you read to ask:

What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

Acts 4:32-35. Christians living in Jerusalem show clear signs of the Risen Christ among them by sharing all things, bearing witness to the resurrection of Jesus, and caring for all who are in need.

Try to list the marks of a community living in the Spirit of Resurrection.
Where do you see these marks today?
How can you live out this resurrection life?

Psalm 133. A meditative psalm that celebrates the unity of those who share spiritual life together. Though the psalm was originally designed to celebrate the unity of a group of pilgrims heading toward the temple in Jerusalem, it quickly came to be used to express the unity of the whole people of God around the earth.

Here is a new take on Psalm 133 from Rachel Hackenberg:

Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

It is like a pianist
pouring beauty into the world
with every note, with every
phrase rehearsed, reworked,
with every scale
spilled deliciously
into a song

like a mountain stream
tumbling out over its banks
with the fullness of spring rains.
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

It is like a woman
quietly brushing her hair
indulging in the joy
of undivided
being,

a moment
without fracture
and contortion from life’s
carnival mirrors;
at peace with herself.

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

 

1 John 1:1-2:2. More signs of the presence of the risen Lord in our midst: honest confession, assurance of God’s forgiveness, and lives where sin’s power is being overcome.

Again note the signs of risen life.  How can we live out this life?

 

John 20:19-31. To help Thomas believe, Jesus appeared among the disciples, showed Thomas the scars in his hands and side and invited Thomas to touch them.

Prayer

“You believe because you have seen me.
Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway. John 20:29

Jesus,

We dare to believe in the things we cannot see:
In your love for us
In your love for those around us
In the hope of eternity.
We dare to believe that another world is possible
That suffering can end
That we can play a part
In the kingdom to come.
We dare to believe in heaven on earth
In the light breaking through
In justice made new
In your love for us.

 

— posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.

Gospel Reflection

He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22

The Lord God formed us out of clay
and blew into our nostrils
the breath
of life.

Breathe upon us, again, O God.
Guide your Holy Spirit
into our lives.

Spread in us this year
your Easter
peace.

Let forgiveness
become our
name.

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

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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