Archive for May, 2014

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.

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2014 –

Monday, May 12, 2014

This Sunday will be the fifth Sunday of Easter. Passages for this week include: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; and John 14:1-14.

Psalm 31:15-16My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

We begin our week being reminded that God’s love for us is not a passing fancy kind of love…it is not here today and gone tomorrow. God has a deep and abiding love for each on of us.

Steadfast God, help us hear your ever-present voice in our lives in our times of plenty and in our times of greatest need. Amen.

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

John 10:3-4The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

This passage would have had special meaning to the early Christians. It is my understanding that shepherds often herded sheep into a common pen at night. In the morning, the sheep would leave the pen following their own shepherd because they actually could recognize his voice.

Almighty God, help us to hear your voice more clearly in our lives. Amen.

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