Posts Tagged 'Holy Week'

Easter and Church Health Reader (chreader.org)


In preparation for Easter this coming Sunday, the editors of the Center’s Church Health Reader have created a slideshow that features images that celebrate the season of resurrection. Each image focuses on a passage from this Easter Sunday’s Lectionary Readings. Click here to see the images: http://www.chreader.org/contentPage.aspx?resource_id=476.

You can use these images in many ways:

Print them out to post around your home or office
Select one to put in your church bulletin or on your Web site
Make one the background of your computer desktop
Download our Hi-Res PowerPoint to show before or during your worship service (look for it on the right side)

If you missed this wonderful piece on Holy Monday, please check it out here: Knee Deep in Ashes by Ashley-Anne Masters.

Walking to the Cross, My Lenten Devotional

Walking to the Cross is a 40-day devotional designed for the Christian season of Lent. It invites you to make walking, reflecting and prayer a part of your daily Lenten practice. Just as Jesus traveled the long journey to the cross, we believe that walking is an act of spiritual and physical devotion.

To learn more about Walking to the Cross or for information on how to order copies visit Walking to the Cross.

To learn about our other Lenten devotionals visit Seasoning Lent on Church Health Reader.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 118:1-2, Psalm 118:24 & Matthew 28:5-8

Thursday, April 21, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Psalm 118:1-2O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Leading Cause #4 – BLESSING: “How are you doing today?” I asked one of our patients. “Fine and blessed,” was her reply. We give blessings to each other and we receive blessings from others. But blessing also occurs through the ages as we connect with our parents and their parents on through the years. Through blessing, we are connected to forever.

Prayer: Steadfast God of the beginning, middle and end of time, stand by us in our now. Help us be a blessing to those around us, and may we be blessed today. AMEN.

Friday, April 22, 2011 – Easter Sunday, Year A

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. And from Matthew 28:5-8But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

Leading Cause #5 – HOPE: The final of the Leading Causes of LIfeTM is real, grounded hope. Such hope comes from the interaction of all the other causes discussed previously this week. How does one have hope in the midst of deep despair, for instance, if their life is not connection and coherence-filled? If one feels powerless to act and has no sense of blessing how can they experience hope? Today, take a moment to embrace that for which you hope most.

Prayer: Steadfast God of hope, even in our despair, we know you are by our side. Help us be better instillers of hope in those around us. AMEN.

Daily Devotoin from the Church Health Center – Psalm 31:9-10, 14

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – Lent 6, Year A

Psalm 31:9-10, 14Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away…But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”

We often speak of how the body and spirit are one, how faith and health are connected. This wonderful passage has the Psalmist crying out the evidence that what affects our spirit also impacts our body.

Prayer: Merciful God, help us better sense your presence at those times when our spirits are wounded. AMEN.

Palm Sunday & Holy Week, 2010 – Luke 19:36-38

Clarity for the Journey
Luke 19:36-38
As [Jesus] rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!”

Unlike the people laying their coats on the road, we know how this story begins anew on Easter. It always makes me pause when I consider the fleetingness of human opinion, especially on important matters. The adoration of the crowds today will turn into disdain of the highest magnitude in just a few days.

Prayer: Steadfast God, strengthen my faith so that I might be withstand the pull of the crowd away from you. AMEN.

Palm Sunday & Holy Week, 2010 – Prayer of the Week from Psalm 118

Clarity for the Journey – Holy Week 2010
Prayer for the Week – Psalm 118

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! (v1)
The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (v22)
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. (v23)
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD. (26a)
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (v24)

AMEN.

Easter – Mark 16:1-4

From Mark 16:1-4 – When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus]. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.

I think of us, people of faith, as agents of resurrection. As we serve one another through our various gifts and skills, we help people to find renewal and rebirth in their lives. We help to roll the stones that trap them to one side so that they might step out into new life.

Prayer:

Almighty God, as we approach this Easter Sunday, we thank you for the gift of Jesus, whose life provides guidance in how we should serve and love you and one another. AMEN.

Easter – John 13:4-5, 15

Today is Maundy Thursday, and there is a special lectionary selection for today I wanted us to consider. From John 13:4-5, 15 – [Jesus] got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water in a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him…”For I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”

I think most of us want to do good, and we want to help each other. But as I read these few verses, I hear Jesus asking us to take service to one another to a different level…to that of a servant. To help someone is good, but to truly be a servant to another requires a different attitude.

Prayer:

Gracious God, bless our efforts this and every day as we seek to become servants to one another. AMEN.

Easter – Acts 10:34-36

From Acts 10:34-36 – Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all.

I love these three verses. I think each of us is called to be preachers of peace, but maybe not all as preachers who use words. As you go through this day, look for those opportunities for you to preach peace whether through words or actions.

Prayer:

God of peace, help us envision a new world living in peace. Help us walk into that vision each day. AMEN.

Easter – Psalm 118:1, 14, 24

From Psalm 118:1, 14, 24 – O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!…The LORD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation…This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

These wonderful verses are tucked inside Psalm 118. Each one is a short prayer of thanks, and together, I think they make a nice daily devotional to start each day. Embrace this day, this gift from God.

Prayer:

Steadfast and loving God, thank you for this wonderful day. Give us strength to meet any challenges which might come before us. AMEN.

Easter – Isaiah 25:7-8

Welcome to Holy Week. Our lectionary selections for Easter Sunday include: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18. Alternate readings include: Isaiah 25:6-9 and Mark 16:1-8.

From Isaiah 25:7-8 – And [the LORD] will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

I love the image of God wiping away tears, and I hope each of you have had tears wiped from your face by someone who loves you. In the Affirmation of Community at First Congregational Church in Memphis, one of the most poignant lines for me is: “We will dry the tears of those who are weeping and know that they will dry ours when the time comes.”

Prayer:

Gentle God, help us recognize the visible and invisible tears in those before us so we can be better hands for you on Earth. AMEN.


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