Posts Tagged 'Year A'

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.

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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.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:45

Friday, November 18, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

Too often we talk about sin in language that emphasizes our negative actions toward each other. This passage reminds us of our sins of omission. Honestly, it is those sins about which I worry the most.

Prayer: Understanding God, you are steadfast in your love of us. Give us strength to be more steadfast in our care of each other. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:34-36, 40

Thursday, November 17, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:34-36, 40Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

All of us are members of God’s family. God is mysteriously yet intricately woven into each of us so that by serving each other, we are also serving God.

Prayer: Ever-present God, keep us mindful that your children surround us. Help us act toward them as we would act toward you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ephesians 1:15-16

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Ephesians 1:15-16I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that in addition to giving thanks to God, we need to give thanks for each other. Take a moment today to remember those special people in your life whether they be family, friends, coworkers or maybe even strangers in whom you see God’s presence.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for letting us see your light shining through people around us each day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 100

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Psalm 100Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness for all generations.

A favorite and familiar hymn based on this Psalm known as Old 100th:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. AMEN.
Thomas Ken, 1674

Prayer: Gracious God, as we near the season of Thanksgiving, may our thoughts turn to you in thanks for all of your wonderful works. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ezekiel 34:11-12

Monday, November 14, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The lectionary selections for this week (Proper 29/Ordinary 34) include: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46. An alternative selection is Psalm 95:1-7a.

Ezekiel 34:11-12For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

This is a trying time of year for me. As the temperature drops, my hands start to hurt more. With the shorter days, it is also always dark when I leave for home at the end of the work day. It is easy for me to feel frustrated, even sad, yet this scripture reminds me of God’s steadfast presence in my life as the watchful shepherd.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us to feel your presence in both the light of day and the dark of night. AMEN.


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