Archive for May, 2015

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.

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2015 – Psalm 1:1-2

Monday, May 11, 2015

With the approaching seventh Sunday of Easter, we are at the end of the Easter season.  We have the following scriptures to consider this week: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, Psalm 1, 1 John 5:9-13, and John 17:6-19.

Psalm 1:1-2Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.

People try to influence us nearly every minute of each day.  We begin our week considering these verses which remind us to minimize the bad influence others can have on us.

Gracious God, help us to keep you in the forefront of our minds throughout this day.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2015 – 1 John 5:3-4

Friday, May 8, 2015

1 John 5:3-4For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.  

Rev. Dr. Scott Morris, CEO and Founder of the Church Health Center once said that, “The Church Health Center is a testament to what can be done if everyone simply does their part.”  People of faith, from employees to donors to patients, have come together to grow this expression of God’s love into an amazing ministry.

Creator God, thank you for synergizing our individual acts of faith into a wonderful tapestry that makes this world a little bit better every day.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2015 – Psalm 98:1

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Psalm 98:1O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things…

So often in these few lines I write each day, we pray for today and tomorrow.  We ask God for wisdom and guidance for the times and the challenges ahead of us.  But today’s verse offers different advice.

Almighty God, today we pause and give thanks for your creative presence in our lives yesterday.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2015 – Acts 10:47-48

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Acts 10:47-48“Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people (the Gentiles) who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”  So Peter ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

This set of verses is very telling to me.  The Gentiles’ first act as newly baptized Christians is an act of hospitality.

Loving God, help us to offer faithful acts of hospitality and to recognize them when they are offered to us.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2015 –

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Acts 10:44-46While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.

It is easy for me to forget that Jesus was a Jew as were those first followers of Jesus.  So think of the impact of this moment on Peter when he realizes that God as revealed by Jesus Christ has been made accessible to everyone.

Awesome God, though we speak and look different, help us to remember that all of us are precious to you.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2015 – John 15:12-13

Monday, May 4, 2015 

We are approaching the sixth Sunday of the Easter season, and like the passages from last week, how we get along together continues as a theme in the lectionary.  Our selections for this week include: Acts 10:44-48, Psalm 98, 1 John 5:1-6, and John 15:9-17. 

John 15:12-13 – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”   

Friendship, especially friendship borne out of our faith, is not superficial.  While most of us will never face the ultimate test as in these verses, we are challenged to have a sacrificial love for one another.

Understanding God, help us to deepen our desire to assist one another in meaningful ways.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2015 – 1 John 4:21

Friday, May 1, 2015

1 John 4:21The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

If you have been following along this week, we have been thinking about our lives together in community.  Moreover, as we have been challenged to consider those who actually reside in our community, it is clear that our community includes humanity in its broadest context because it includes all of God’s children.

Loving God, help us to perfect our love for you by helping us to love all of our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

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