Lent

Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter Day. Year B, 2015

March LilyYearly Rhythm

5th April 2015
Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter Day
Year B
Colours: Purple for Holy Week,
White or Gold for Easter Day.

This week is Holy Week.  It is holy in that we set it aside to specifically and intensively focus on the events of the week in Christ’s journey which culminated in death and resurrection.  I have given you the set readings for each day (thanks to www.gbod.org).  If you do not find time to reflect on all the readings, focus on the Gospel readings.  This week all you are asked to do is read the story.  But read it slowly and be open to God’s Spirit.  This is God’s work of salvation for you and your world.

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary 

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As you read the scriptures ask:

What is this passage saying?
What did it mean for the original hearers?
What does it mean to me?
How will this Good News change the way I live?

 

Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1–9
Psalm 36:5–11
Hebrews 9:11–15
John 12:1–11

Tuesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 49:1–7
Psalm 71:1–14
1 Corinthians 1:18–31
John 12:20–36

Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4–9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1–3
John 13:21–32

Holy Thursday

Exodus 12:1–14
Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19
1 Corinthians 11:23–26
John 13:1–17, 31b-35

Good Friday

Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16–25
John 18:1–19:42

Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil

Job 14:1-14
Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16
1 Peter 4:1-8
Matthew 27:57-66

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of Our Lord

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
John  20:1-18

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories to the stories of God’s people

A Story of Love

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son….” John 3:16

gather round
I have a story to tell
of one who reached inside himself
and took a handful of love
like a pile of stardust
and said: this is for you
it is all you need
it is all you will ever need
there is enough here
to change the whole world
take it

many laughed at him
mocked him
and ignored the invitation

but some dared to take it
and those who did
noticed something about this love
they found they could do what the gift-giver could do
they could stand with the lost
welcome the traveller
eat with the hungry
they found themselves doing what the man first did to them
give something of themselves to others
they became like the man
offering themselves
and as they offered themselves
others took the invitation
and many still do
and many still trust
it is enough to change the whole world

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Listening to the Stones.
http://newkilpatrickblog.typepad.com/nk-blogging/mucky-paws/

 

A holy week of statement of faith

some shout hosanna
some shout crucify
some shout Jesus
some shout Barabbas
some wave palms
some shake their fists
today we choose…
some break bread
some break silence
some proclaim Jesus
some deny Jesus
some carry the cross
some run from the cross
today we choose…

some are angry
some rejoice
some anoint with costly perfume
some complain at the waste
some like the light
some prefer the shadows
today we choose…

some weep
some conspire
some follow
some hide
some believe
some betray
today we choose

to shout for life
to follow the cross
to break bread
to hold belief
to trust love
and tell the world
we choose to follow Jesus

 

~ written by Roddy Hamilton.

Hosanna! Palm Sunday 2015

Palms and BranchesYearly Rhythm

29 March 2015
Palm Sunday, Year B,
Colours: Red or Purple

At the end of Lent:
“Let us enter the city with God today, let us sing Hosannas to our king, to the Son of God, riding on a donkey. With shepherds and prostitutes, with the blind and the leper, with the abandoned and the oppressed, let us shout for joy at Christ’s coming and follow the One who welcomes the sinner and dines with the outcast. Let us touch and see as God draws near, riding in triumph towards the Cross.” (Christine Sine)

Daily Rhythm

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Devotional Diary

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Lectionary Readings for this week (thanks to www.gbod.org) This is the sixth Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday.)

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29    This is the processional psalm traditionally used on this day. As some may note, this psalm also provides the basis of the “Benedictus” (“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”) and the “Hosannas” in the Great Thanksgiving.

Philippians 2:5-11 The way of Jesus Christ — emptying himself, taking the form of a servant, accepting death on a Roman crucifix — is to be the way of life for the people who bear his name.

Mark 11:1-11. Mark’s story of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Note that in this version, no one waves palms. In fact, there are no palms at all. Instead we see the entourage with Jesus placing cloaks and “leafy branches” in front of Jesus’ colt as he makes his way through Jerusalem, sort of an impromptu, first-century “red carpet” treatment.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: God has chosen you and made you his holy people.  Colossians 3:12

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine your life and then come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Jealousy.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

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: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: I will praise the Lord at all times; his praise is always on my lips.  Psalm 34:1

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine you life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Pride.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: My whole being praises the Lord. Psalm 34:2

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine you life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Fear.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?  Where can I run from you?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there.  If I lie down in the grave, you are there.  Psalm 139:7-8

Confession:  “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine you life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Arrogance.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: You have been saved by God’s grace. Ephesians 2:5

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine you life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Overly independent.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: All living things look to you for food, and you give it to them at the right time.  You open your hand, and you satisfy all living things. Psalm 145:15-16

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine you life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Anger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Then I heard all creatures in heaven and earth and under the earth and in the sea saying: “To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power forever and ever.”  Revelation 5:13

Confession: “When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him so that you Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.  Matthew 11:25”.   This week in our confessions we examine our relationship with our fellow human beings. Each day we will look at a specific sin that may form a barrier between others and ourselves.  You are invited to allow God’s Spirit to examine you life and them come to God to begin or continue the process of healing. Today’s barrier: Being Judgemental.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Each day reflect on the words of this line of the Lord’s Prayer: “May your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Then think of our world, personal, local, international and pray as the Lord prompts you.

Personal prayers:

Dedication: “And I will be with you always…” (The words of Christ: Matthew 28:20)  As you go through the day that is ahead of you know this truth: God is with you.

Weekly Rhythm

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

Prayers to help you apply the readings: (Notes in italics are with thanks to www.gbod.org.)

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29   This is the processional psalm traditionally used on this day. As some may note, this psalm also provides the basis of the “Benedictus” (“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”) and the “Hosannas” in the Great Thanksgiving.

Prayer

(based on Psalm 118:19-24)

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter, and give thanks to the Lord.
We will give You thanks, for You have answered us;
You have become our salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Christine Longhurst – http://re-worship.blogspot.ca

Philippians 2:5-11 The way of Jesus Christ — emptying himself, taking the form of a servant, accepting death on a Roman crucifix — is to be the way of life for the people who bear his name.

Jesus is Lord

(based on Philippians 2:5-11)

(gradually getting quieter)

Equal with God:
Jesus is Lord
Emptied himself:
Jesus is Lord
Came as a slave:
Jesus is Lord
Found as a man:
Jesus is Lord
Humbly obeyed:
Jesus is Lord
Went to his death:
Jesus is Lord
Death on a cross:
Jesus is Lord

(getting louder)

God raised him up:
Jesus is Lord
Gave him the name:
Jesus is Lord
Higher than all:
Jesus is Lord
Every knee bow:
Jesus is Lord
All tongues confess:
Jesus is Lord

Posted on the EngageWorship.org website. Text by Michael Perry
© The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL  60188)

Mark 11:1-11. Mark’s story of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Note that in this version, no one waves palms. In fact, there are no palms at all. Instead we see the entourage with Jesus placing cloaks and “leafy branches” in front of Jesus’ colt as he makes his way through Jerusalem, sort of an impromptu, first-century “red carpet” treatment.

Hold on to the Hosannas

(inspired by the events in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11,

Luke 19:29-44, John 12:12-19)

Let us stay with the Hosannas for a while
Let us let them keep on ringing in our ears
Hosanna!
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
Instead of rushing on to hear the cries
that came later in the week
Let us stay with the Hosannas
Maybe once we have heard those
in a new way
we will be ready
to make the rest of the journey
A journey that was hastened
and given new purpose
by those Hosannas
For those Hosannas were not
simply the innocent cries
of palm branch waving children
Those Hosannas were the war cries of adults
tired of the oppression
of occupying forces
Those hosannas
were the hopeful cries
of a nation seeking liberation.
Those Hosannas
were an investment of hope
in one they thought would deliver.
Those Hosannas
that we have sanitized over the years
rang out in clear insurrection
sealing the fate
of one who rode on a donkey.
so, let us stay with the Hosannas
Let us wrest them from the lips of children
and allow them to ring in our ears
and spew from our mouths
as a call to action
a call to justice
a call to love.
Let us stay with the Hosannas
even as we journey
with the Christ
who carried those Hosannas
all the way to the cross
and ensured their fulfillment
as the justice and love of God.
Let us stay with the Hosannas.

— written by Rev. E. Crumlish of Castlehill Church, Ayr.
Posted on the Church of Scotland’s excellent Starters for Sunday website.

Look up!

Look up!Yearly Rhythm

15 March 2015
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Year B, Colour: Purple

“The most important thin in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become. That’s what you will take into eternity. You are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.”

Dallas Willard

How to use this blog: for more on the Revised Common Lectionary.

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Devotional Diary   9 – 15 March 2015

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This is the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Lectionary Readings for this week. Brief notes with thanks to www.gbod.org:

Numbers 21:4-9 The people’s complaining brought death in the form of serpents. God offered healing from the serpents’ bites for all who would look upon a bronze serpent Moses fashioned and lifted on a pole.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22   A psalm of thanksgiving for deliverance from deadly disease caused by human sin.

Ephesians 2:1-10. Paul proclaims the power of God’s salvation, delivering us from “the ruler of the power in the air” and “the passions of our flesh,” which were killing us. God extends this salvation to humans through grace — not through our earning it in any way. God’s salvation not only breaks the chains of the powers that bind us, but empowers us to live lives full of good works. We become a reflection of the “immeasurable riches of God’s grace” that God desires to lavish upon all who will receive them.

John 3:14-21. Jesus offers two meta-narratives to help Nicodemus understand the meaning of God’s salvation through him — Moses lifting up the serpent, and God’s free gift of eternal life to all who will “believe into” (live as his disciples.)

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)

Confession: Lent and Easter are all about death and resurrection.  What needs to die in you so that you may truly live?  Today’s focus: Lord, I have used my tongue as a weapon of destruction.  I have spoken words that break down and do not build up.  I have despised my heart that has not been able to silence my tongue.  Forgive me and fill me with your words and your heart that seeks for the best for all.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Today pray that God would raise relevant, persevering, and wise Christian leadership in the churches of our land.

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: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus:  How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24)

Confession: Lent and Easter are all about death and resurrection.  What needs to die in you so that you may truly live?  Today’s focus: Lord, I am part of a people. I am part of a community that falls far short of your Kingdom ideals.  Forgive us I pray and enable us to realise that your Kingdom is among us.  Fill us with your justice, righteousness and peace.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray that our churches may take the call to pray for our land seriously.

Personal Prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Wednesday:

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Confession: Lent and Easter are all about death and resurrection.  What needs to die in you so that you may truly live?  Today’s focus: Lord, forgive me when I desire peace but am not prepared to sacrifice and serve in building peace.  Lord, help me to follow where you have led and to give myself that others may live in fullness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray that God may give our churches a vision for our land that would inspire the church to act in love, transformation and care.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. (Psalm 102:12)

Confession: Lent and Easter are all about death and resurrection.  What needs to die in you so that you may truly live?  Today’s focus: Lord, forgive me when I make your grace a “cheap” commercial product.  Help me to journey below the surface froth and bubble.  Help me to go deeper.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray that the churches of our land would care for more than just their own, that we would cross barriers and care for all.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. (Psalm 101:1)

Confession: Lent and Easter are all about death and resurrection.  What needs to die in you so that you may truly live?  Today’s focus: Lord, I have neglected the gifts you have given me.  Some have atrophied.  Sometimes a lack of confidence has paralysed me; sometimes I have been caught up in struggle, sometimes I have been lazy.  Lord I pray that I may thank you for your gift that you have given and that I may use them for your glory.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Today pray that the churches may be filled with acts of compassion and mercy that justice may flow like a river.

Personal prayers:

             Dedication: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

Confession: Lent and Easter are all about death and resurrection.  What needs to die in you so that you may truly live?  Today’s focus: Lord, forgive me for my sins of neglect.   Those things which I have not done where You have prompted me into action.  When You speak help me to act.  Help me to develop a habit of listening and responding.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray that God’s Spirit may prompt us as to how to pray for our local context: pray then as He prompts.

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. (Psalm 99:1)

Confession: Forgive me Lord, when I have been difficult to live with.  Forgive me when I have not carried my share of the load.  Forgive me when I have accepted unjust roles just because they have prospered my own comfort and interests.  Help me to make space for and to care for others.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Pray for a renewed desire for people to enter into a new covenant relationship with God.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, may your resurrection life spring up like a well of living water within me this day.

Weekly Rhythm

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

Prayers to help you apply the readings:
(The notes in italics are with thanks to www.gbod.org.)

Numbers 21:4-9. 

The people’s complaining brought death in the form of serpents. God offered healing from the serpents’ bite for all who would look upon a bronze serpent Moses fashioned and lifted on a pole.

See the prayer for the gospel passage below.

Psalm Response: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22  

A psalm of thanksgiving for deliverance from a deadly condition understood to be caused by human sin.

Prayer of Intercession

(based on Psalm 107)

We come to you in prayer, O God.
We know your steadfast love endures forever.
We pray for a world that is sick through our sinful ways,
with an environment that is out of balance,
with economies that are out of balance,
with nations and races that are out of balance.
We pray to you; come save us.
We pray for people in places of conflict and danger this day . . .
for those who give their lives to keep their families, friends,
and neighbors safe . . . and for our leaders . . .                      Silence

We come to you in prayer, O God.
We know your steadfast love endures forever.
We pray for a people who are sick and afflicted
through our sinful ways,
sick and afflicted through broken relationships,
sick and afflicted because of hunger and poverty,
sick and afflicted because of bodies distressed and near death.
We pray to you; come heal us.
We pray for those who are imprisoned or alone today . . .
for those who are ill or infirm . . . and for those who mourn . . .             Silence

 

We come to you in prayer, O God.
We know your steadfast love endures forever.
We pray for your Church,
sent to heal and deliver our world
but beset by fears,
bogged down by petty problems,
broken by stingy ears and overly lavish egos.
We pray to you; come gather us at your table. 
We pray for this congregation gathered here . . . Silence

We come to you in prayer, O God.
We thank you for your steadfast love
and your wonderful works.
Remake our lives as thanksgiving sacrifices.
Send us forth to tell of your deeds with songs of joy.
Hear these and all our prayers,
in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
whom you sent to save us.  

 — written by James Hart Brumm in Praying the Psalms in Lent.  Published in the December, 2008 issue of Reformed Worship.  http://reformedworship.org/

Ephesians 2:1-10. 

Paul proclaims the power of God’s salvation, delivering us from “the ruler of the power in the air” and “the passions of our flesh,” which were killing us. God extends this salvation to humans through grace — not through our earning it in any way. God’s salvation not only breaks the chains of the powers that bind us, but empowers us to live lives full of good works. We become a reflection of the “immeasurable riches of God’s grace” that God desires to lavish upon all who will receive them.

Here are words of assurance (following confession) based on two of the scripture texts for the fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B (March 18, 2012). (John 3:16-17; Ephesians 2: 1-10)

 

God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world
but in order that through him the world might be saved.
Though we were dead through our sins,
in great mercy, God has spoken a word of healing
and made us alive together with Christ.

Sisters and Brothers,

your sins are forgiven;

be at peace.

— Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton http://www.laughingbird.net/

John 3:14-21

Jesus offers what may be for many of us an unfamiliar narrative, Moses lifting up the serpent, as analogy for how God’s free gift of eternal life works for all who will “believe into” him (i.e., live as disciples of Jesus).

 

Here’s a lovely prayer by John van de Laar inspired by Numbers 21: 4-9 (the story of the bronze serpent lifted up to heal the Israelites in the wilderness) and John 3: 14-21 (where Jesus makes a link between the lifting up of that serpent and his own upcoming crucifixion).

 

Looking Up

 

Too often, too easily, our eyes are drawn down, God,
to the suffering of victims
and the pain of perpetrators,
to the wounds we inflict on others
and the wounds we inflict on ourselves.
We need to see these things and pray,
But, we also need our eyes to be lifted, God,
to the signs of your life among us,
to the touch of your healing on our souls,
to the cross that casts its liberating shadow
across all human affairs.
We need our eyes to be lifted, God,
so our hearts may be filled with faith
and hope
and love
Amen.

 

— written by John van de Laar, and posted on his excellent Sacredise website.
Visit there for many other excellent lectionary-based worship resources.