Archive for April, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Easter, John 13:34-35

John 13:34-35 – [Jesus is speaking.] “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

What a wonderful scripture with which to end our workweek! Jesus asks that we just love one another. It is that simple. It is that hard.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us be more loving people. AMEN.

I Want to Be a Healthy Pastor

Grace Hackney shares her article I Want to Be a Healthy Pastor which first appeared in Clergy Health Initiative.

Fifth Sunday or Easter, 2010 – Revelation 21:1-2

Revelation 21:1-2Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

I believe that people of faith are called to be transforming presences in the world. While this can take on many different forms among us, collectively I see us as working to usher in a new Jerusalem.

Prayer: Gracious God, may our work this day be indicative of your will so that we might be better kingdom builders. AMEN.

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 11:8-9

Acts 11:8-9 – [Peter is still speaking.] “But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’”

In the creation narrative, God stamps a seal of approval at each stage calling each “good.” God created us in all our diversity. As children of God, we are bound together as relatives of one another.

Prayer: Almighty God, you created us in your image. Help us remember that this and every day. AMEN

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 11:4-7

Acts 11:4-7Then Peter began to explain it to them step-by-step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up Peter; kill and eat.’”

Have you ever been invited to a dinner only to find that few if any of the foods being served are items you eat? God sends Peter a picnic blanket loaded with foods Peter has never eaten, and in so doing, God is challenging Peter’s sense of religious inclusiveness.

Prayer: Loving God, challenge us in ways that better help us see as though through your eyes. AMEN.

Looking Back at Earth Day 2010

If you woke up this morning wondering how your congregation might get more involved in going green, you might check out this article on Charlene Hosenfeld discusses caring for creation and our health.

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 11:1-3

It is hard for me to believe that 2010 is almost one-third done. As we approach the fifth Sunday of Easter, the lectionary offers some familiar and favorite scriptures for us including: Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6 and John 13:31-35.

Acts 11:1-3Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him saying, “Why do you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”

Are we much different today? Don’t we tend to congregate with people who look like us, think like us and believe like us? The scriptures this week challenge us to look more broadly at who our brothers and sisters are.

Prayer: Gracious God, give me eyes that see the fullness of your creation and everyone in it. AMEN.

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