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Pentecost Sunday 2015 –

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ezekiel 37:3-4The LORD said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.”  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

As I read this very familiar pair of verses, I couldn’t help but think of the charge God leaves with us:  ‘Be prepared to minister wherever I lead you.’

Omnipresent God, help us to deliver your message through word and deed wherever we are.  Amen.

Pentecost Sunday 2015 – Ezekiel 37:1-2

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pentecost is here!  The birthday of the Christian church will be celebrated in many churches this Sunday.  For our preparation for Pentecost we are offered the following passages from the lectionary: Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15.

Ezekiel 37:1-2The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.

“Dem Dry Bones” was one of the first songs I remember learning as a child.  Yet while I smile thinking of that fun song, today’s passage can also remind us that God remains with us even when we might feel most alone.

Almighty God, thank you for your never-ending presence even when we are feeling alone during desolate times in our lives.  Amen.

A Pentecost Picture for 2015

Flames on Pentecost

Flames on Pentecost

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Seventh Sunday of Easter 2015 – John 17:11

Friday, May 15, 2015

John 17:11“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.”

Many people I know routinely pray for travel mercies prior to any trip, asking God to watch over them and guide them safely their destination.  In this passage, Jesus asks for travel mercies, too, for the disciples he is leaving behind.

Loving God, be with us throughout today and all of our tomorrows. Grant each of us safe passage as we seek to be living witnesses of your love in this complicated world.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2015 – John 17:14-15

Thursday, May 14, 2015

John 17:14-15 – “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.”

We live in a world full of negative distractions, and the power to conform is quite great.  Today we pray for strength to listen to God at all times.

Forgiving God, give us the wisdom to know the path you have built before us and the strength to always walk where your light is leading us.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2015 – John 17:12

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

John 17:12“While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

At Church Health we often speak of Jesus’ ministry as preaching, teaching and healing.  Our passage today reminds us that Jesus also had the responsibility of protecting his disciples.

Almighty God, protect us from emotional, physical and spiritual harm today and every day.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2015 – Psalm 1:3

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Psalm 1:3They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.

I planted a hybrid tulip/magnolia bush in my front yard some years ago, and it was a pitiful specimen of a plant.  Two years ago, I could tell its roots had finally reached the water table where water is plentiful, because now it ushers in Spring with lush green leaves and beautiful flowers.

Loving God, help us to drink from the deep well of your Word.  Amen.


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