Archive for May, 2014

Seventh Sunday in Easter 2014 – Psalm 68:5-6

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Psalm 68:5-6Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.

The Psalm praises God for caring for those less fortunate than we are. We honor God through our work to help those among us who struggle to help themselves effectively.

Loving God, bless our collective efforts to minister to your children who need the help we offer in your name. Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2014 – Acts 1:7-8

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Acts 1:7-8Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

People from across our city experience the opportunities offered at Church Health Center Wellness, Perea Preschool and through our outreach to area congregations. Our clinic has treated people who have come from every corner of the world. Together we are witnessing “to the ends of the earth.”

Gracious God, bless all of our efforts to bring hope and healing to our world. Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 17:10-11

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

John 17:10-11 – All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

I was moved by this prayer Jesus offered to God. I believe Jesus still wants us to be one. This remains an appropriate prayer for us today.

Almighty God, help us to blend our voices into a beautiful choir that honors our individual abilities while still creating a beautiful song. Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2014 – Psalm 68:32-33

Monday, May 26, 2014

The season of Easter is about to come to a close in a few weeks. For the upcoming seventh week of Easter, we are offered the following passages: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11.

Psalm 68:32-33Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord, Selah. O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

Since the Psalms were often sung, the word “Selah” was an instruction to pause before the next line. Today, pause periodically, and take time to listen for God’s “mighty voice” in your life.

Ever-present God, help us to bend our ears toward you so that we can hear your will for us. Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2014 – Acts 17:22-23

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Acts 17:22-23Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”

I still remember the thrill when as a 12 year old, my Dad stood below the Acropolis, stretched out his arms and said, “Butch, this is where Apostle Paul spoke to the Athenians!” 42 years later, I am still challenged to walk in the footsteps of the forebears of our faith.

Steadfast God, help us to hear your voice in our lives so that we can faithfully walk the path you have set before us. Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – John 14:18-19

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

John 14:18-19“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.”

Christians anxiously await the return of Jesus. Till that time, I believe we witness to this hope by serving others.

Loving God, bless our efforts to help our brothers and sisters this and every day. Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 14:15-16

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

John 14:15-16“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”

‘God won’t abandon you,” Jesus assured the disciples. ‘The Holy Spirit will be in you.’

Almighty God, help us to sense your Spirit in us at all time, but especially at those times when we feel most alone. Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2014 – Psalm 66:16

Monday, May 19, 2014

We are approaching the sixth Sunday of the Easter season. The lectionary offers us the following passages to consider this week: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21.

Psalm 66:16Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.

We begin our week with a simple reminder in this passage. We are not to practice our faith in silence. We should tell others about the marvelous ways God is at work in our lives.

Wonderful God, give us the courage to share our faith with others. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2014 – Acts 7:58-59

Friday, May 16, 2014

Acts 7:58-59Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

I think it is important to remember that the man who would become Apostle Paul stood by with coats at his feet while the first Christian martyr was stoned to death. God can use anyone for a greater purpose.

Merciful God, help us to be as forgiving to those around us as is humanly possible. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 14:11-12

Thursday, May 15, 2014

John 14:11-12Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.

Emulate Jesus! We may not be able to miraculously heal people of their diseases, but we can lead them toward a healthier lifestyle and offer them the best of modern medicine. We can offer a loving, healing hand to those in our community who are less fortunate than we are.

Almighty God, help us as we try to bring healing to your world one brother and sister at a time. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2014 – 1 Peter 2:4-5

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

1 Peter 2:4-5Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

For me, this is a passage about the community of faith in which we live. One stone gets in the way. One stone is a trip hazard. But many stones, when bound together by a common mortar, can create a mighty wall.

Loving God, help us to focus on those aspects of our faith which bind us together so that we can be a powerful testament for you. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2014 – John 14:1-2

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

John 14:1-2“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

As I read this, I thought of the difference between my sister’s room and my room when we were kids. She had an autographed poster of Marie Osmond on her wall while I had an eerie black light poster. God’s house is large enough to accommodate all of us in our infinite variety.

Gracious God, thank you for loving us as we are throughout our lives. Amen.

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