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Friday, June 1, 2012, Devotion

His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” (John 9:20, 21)

Put on the spot by those in authority, it can be difficult to do the right thing. The circumstance does not matter. Preserving ourselves, even at the cost of our integrity, is a sinful response. Jesus came to save us even from ourselves. Could you say, “It was a miracle”? Would you be able to stand up for Jesus no matter the cost?

Lord, it is one thing to say I could and quite another to not back down, or deny You. In many ways, I am guilty of having played down my faith, not speaking it boldly. Help me to be someone who simply speaks the truth always. Grant that I would not be afraid of anyone else, but that I would always hold fast to that which is true.

Help me this day, Holy Spirit, to be humble, yet bold in what I say and do. Grant that if confronted for my faith that I would hold firm to what You have revealed and share that You are the One who is able to do all things. Help me, I pray, to live according to what You have revealed, knowing that all things work for the glory of the Father. Amen.

Thursday, May 31, 2012, Devotion

Thursday, May 31, 2012, Devotion

The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, and questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?”  (John 9:18)

Those who are opposed to Jesus are now and always have been relentless in their pursuit of eradicating Jesus.  We see it today in the angry people who do not care what you believe, as long as it isn’t in Jesus.  There is no One else in all creation who is able to save, so the demons do not want You to believe.  You do not need to explain Him, only believe that He is.

Lord, I get caught up in the negative people who want me to become like them.  They want me to be tolerant of all things and willing to compromise the truth.  Help me to hold fast, for You have the Word of eternal life and there is nowhere else I can go.  Guide me in the truth that I may not waver, or be led astray.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming and leading the way.  There is no one else who can heal but You.  Help me to listen to the Holy Spirit today and rebuke those who would deny You and seek to kill You yet again.  Grant that I become faithful in following You this day, that I may do those things which are pleasing to the Father.  Amen.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Devotion

“So they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”  (John 9:17)

Looking for answers in all the wrong places, those who are seeking after Jesus to get rid of Him never seem to let up.  Yet for the man born blind, he was given the ability to see right through these so called religious leaders.  What the man had to say was really irrelevant, because he knew Jesus had healed him.

Lord help me see through all, the devil included, who would lead me astray from the truth that You have already revealed to me.  Help me to understand that You have already performed the greatest miracle through Your gift of grace.  In that truth, help me to hold fast no matter what others may say against You.

Thank You Lord Jesus for breaking into my world and rescuing me from darkness.  Help me be a faithful witness, not denying You, no matter the pressure from others, that I may be a witness for You in a dark world.  Use me today to be a bold witness of Your never-failing love and mercy.  Amen.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Devotion

Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others were saying, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And there was a division among them.  (John 9:16)

“He cannot be from God, because He doesn’t obey our rules.”  “But wait, how can a man bring sight to the blind, except through the power of God?”  “But He sinned, for He healed on the Sabbath.”  “Yes, but He healed.”  And so the battle continues to this day.  We look at things from our perspective alone and do not see that God has always been at work in our midst.  To know the Lord is to know truth.  To say you know truth means nothing.

Lord, help me to not get caught up in myself so that I do not see that You have come to show the way to a new life.  Help me overcome the inclination to think I know everything, the way it should be, in order to receive Your Good News that declares the way things really are.  Grow me into a faithful disciple who lives according to Your revelation and will.

Guide me throughout this day, Holy Spirit, that I would see my ego overcome by the truth of Your presence guiding mey.  Help me to share what You have spoken.  Help me live this day humbly and willingly for the cause of the Gospel, sharing the simple truth that You are present and leading us throughout this day.  Amen.

Monday, May 28, 2012, Devotion

“Then the Pharisees also were asking him again how he received his sight. And he said to them, “He applied clay to my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”  (John 9:15)

The process was simple.  Jesus did something and then I was told to follow through.  I followed through, and what He told me would happen, happened.  This is the process of faith.  To believe that what Jesus is doing requires the next step of acting upon what He said was being done.  We need to exercise our faith, step out and obey.

Lord, help me to see that it is not just about You doing everything, although Your grace is something only You can give, but that I need to be an active participant in faith.  Guide me to become active in my faith, knowing that I can do nothing without You, so I have no excuse not to live out this gift of faith You have given me.

Lord, help me take the Word You have given me this day and put it into action.  Through the actions of this day, may my faith grow and be witnessed by others.  Lead me in the power of the Holy Spirit to be the kind of person who is willing and obedient to all the commandments You give in order that I may live this day faithfully.  Amen.

Sunday, May 27, 2012, Devotion

“They brought to the Pharisees the man who was formerly blind. Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.”  (John 9:13, 14)

Ah, working on the Sabbath.  “Now we have Jesus!”  Always looking for some way to trap Jesus, they ignore the most amazing things.  Jesus gave sight to a blind man.  But He did this at the wrong time according to men.  But God’s timing is always right.  God neither slumbers, nor sleeps.  We do well to understand that God’s laws always have purpose and meaning, but also that God is guiding and directing to something new.

Lord, help me see that all is not yet known.  Grant that I would live into this life You to which you are calling me, knowing that You have given me the ability to now see.  Let me not fall into the traps and foibles that cause me to focus on little things, but see that You have come for much greater purpose than to battle against petty tyrants.  Guide me to learn and grow from You, my Master.

Thank You Holy Spirit for guiding me through me own arrogance, that I might become Your willing servant.  Help me today to ignore small distractions but focus instead You directing  me. May I live into this day fully mindful of that last day on this earth when I shall then be prepared to meet You face to face.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH, The Holy Trinity (June 3, 2012)

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PRAYER OF THE CHURCH, The Holy Trinity (June 3, 2012)

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A      Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

a brief silence

A     Holy and mighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, great is your majesty and greatly are we to praise you. Grant us a glimpse of the faithful followers around your throne in heaven and the joy and wonder that fills their praises. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

A     We sing with praise, Lord Jesus, for the love you showed us in suffering and dying on the cross for our sins. You alone bring us the joy and hope of eternal salvation. Walk with us each day as we continue to sing your praise.  Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

A     Loving Father, we your children pray that your Holy Spirit will guide us each day to serve you. Put to death those deeds that lead us astray and keep us on the path of service in your name, that all we do may glorify you. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

A     Give strength to your people and bless your children throughout the world with the gift of peace. We remember particularly [names and] those serving in the military forces, and all leaders of this and every nation. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

A     Grant that all who suffer in body, mind or spirit may be renewed by your healing presence. We pray especially today for [names]. May those in need and those who care for them remain confident that you are a faithful God who remembers your children in every situation. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

A     Comfort those who mourn, especially the family and friends of [names], with the hope that because Jesus Christ has risen, all who die in the Lord will rejoice with you in your everlasting kingdom. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

A     Keep your One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church faithful to your Word. Guide and direct our bishops [names] and pastor/s and all who provide leadership in this congregation and in your whole Church. May they proclaim you boldly and faithfully, so that all creation might sing forth your praises and all the world may come to know you as the One true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Lord, in your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P      Guided by the Holy Spirit we place into your care, gracious Father, all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayers composed by Rev. Dr. Kenneth M. Ruppar, Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Richmond, VA

These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.

Saturday, May 26, 2012, Devotion

“He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.”  They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”  (John 9:11)

The man simply did what Jesus asked him to do.  Jesus came to teach us obedience.  Whether something large or small, the real question is whether or not we will obey.  It begins with those things we already know, the commandments, and continues from there.  Will we flee from the devil and obey what Jesus has commanded?

Lord, help me understand that this is not a test, but simply learning, day by day, step by step, to obey what You have commended.  Help me see that my journey in discipleship is to bring me to the place where I am willing to obey all that is commanded.  Grant that I would follow the path You have laid before me, willingly and obediently.

Lord Jesus, help me to not loose sight of where You are at any time.  Help to see You and follow You, but more than that, help me to obey You.  Guide me today in the Father’s will that I may be a willing and useful servant of the kingdom.  Grant that others through me may question and wonder who it is that guides my life.  Amen.

Friday, May 25, 2012, Devotion

“So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?”  (John 9:10)

How are any of our eyes opened?  The gift of seeing, whether it is physical, or spiritual, is a gift that God gives.  We take for granted these gifts that God gives, not realizing that everything is for the God who created all.  Whether it is in an event that we proclaim miraculous, or through the wonder of birth, the effect is the same: Sight is given.

Lord, though I see, help me in my heart where I do not see, that I may have true light which illumines every heart to see that You are the One through whom all things are possible.  Make me a willing servant, a miracle greater than receiving sight, that I may live a life that is pleasing according to Your purpose.

Lord, give me sight today, that I may see Your hand at work in the world around me.  Help me, I pray, to be faithful to the calling You have given me, knowing that Your work alone will endure forever.  Grant that I would be faithful to the Gospel You have pronounced, knowing that You have come that as many as would receive You would receive true sight.  Amen.

Thursday, May 24, 2012, Devotion

“Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?”  Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.”  (John 9:8, 9)

How we doubt in this age of reason.  We reason in our minds what is and what is not possible and from there, determine what we will or what we will not believe.  God is more than able to do what He says.  The Creator can give sight; more than that, He can create life.  Listen, observe and see what the Lord of Hosts has done.  Even with testimony, we do not believe, yet to those who will, there is great promise.

Lord, help me to see that You alone are more than able to accomplish what You have purposed.  Rather than be skeptical and doubting, help me see that You have come to lead the way to true purpose and meaning in this life.  Grant that I would follow You in this age to the age to come, knowing You will heal every infirmity.

Thank You Lord Jesus for doing what was determined needing doing.  Help me today to be like You, doing what needs to be done for the sake of the Kingdom You have come to establish.  Grant that I would live according to Your Word, seeing how You are at work in this world for our sake.  Amen.