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Saturday, June 1, 2013 Devotion

Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”   (John 20:17)

Jesus instructs us to not freeze in the moment, but to continue and to share with others what we have discovered. This is the first thing we are instructed to do, go tell others. We are to be able to give an account of the hope that is within us. When we know Jesus is alive, not dead, we know His promises are true. Those who are perishing need to know. It is in the telling that we grow.

Lord, I am often dismayed, even embarrassed to speak of You, yet without believing, those to whom I am talking are perishing. Help me to have a heart for all others that I am willing, in season and out of season to share the amazing truth of what You have accomplished and what You promise. Give me a heart that willingly shares with others the amazing grace You offer.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for reminding me to be on task today. Grant to me boldness that in every circumstance and with respect and humility, I would share with others the truth of the Gospel that You have revealed for all to be saved. Guide me in Your truth that I may be a consistent witness of the truth that You have risen from the dead, the first of all that are to follow. Amen.

Friday, May 31, 2013, Devotion

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).  (John 20:16)

For those who know the Master’s voice, just as He said, they will recognize Him. The Master speaks, and we are to listen. He is our teacher, Lord, Master and friend. This reality is lost to those who do not know Him, but for those who do, He takes them on the journey we call salvation. Do you hear the voice of the Master?

Lord, speak to me that I may speak. Let me hear clearly Your voice as You speak so  that I may know the truth and live in the freedom You have come to bring for those who believe. Guide me in Your salvation and keep me firmly on the path You have set before me so that I may remain faithful to You, my Lord and Master.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for speaking so that those who have ears may hear. May I be guided by Your voice alone today, doing what You give me to do, knowing that in You alone is there a hope and a future. May others be blessed through me this day as I listen to Your command and obey. May the Father be glorified in all I do in this obedience. Amen.

 

Thursday, May 30, 2012 Devotion

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”   (John 20:15)

Still wrapped up in her false grief, Jesus goes the extra distance, speaking to her that she would not be unbelieving, but believing. We too often need that little extra to bring us out of the delusion. Jesus patiently brings His own into understanding, but we must shed the false ideas that are in our heads. We often ask the wrong question. No one took Jesus anywhere.

Lord, guide my questions so that I ask the right questions. Guide my thinking so that I am able to see the truth as it is evident. Help me not cling to my own idea about things, but to meditate on Your Word, for Your Word is truth. Help me to seek only You and follow in only the direction where You lead, for You are the Way of eternal life.

Guide me today, Lord Jesus, that I would be clear-thinking and speak only truth. Help me to be the person You have created me to be today, that I may serve my neighbor and fulfill Your command. In all I do this day, may it bring glory to the Father. Thank You, Jesus, for patiently bringing Your disciples into eternal life. Amen.

Wednesday, May 29, 2012 Devotion

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.  (John 20:14)

How often is Jesus standing right there?  All the time. How often do we not recognize Him?  Too often. Rather than thinking that Mary should have been more attentive, wrapped up in her grief, not believing what Jesus said, we too, like Mary, become distracted and do not realize that we often ignore reality for what we imagine to be true.

Lord, help me to see truth. Help me to see You. You are always there, just as You promised. Clear my eyes so that I may see that You are there, just as You said, knowing You are with me always, even unto the end of the age. Guide my thinking so that I do not believe what I imagine, but believe what You say, knowing that all things are in Your hands.

Thank You, Jesus, for being there in spite of all of the foolish doubts and questions that come. Thank You for never leaving, nor forsaking us. Guide me today to be firm in my belief, knowing that You are with me each step of the way. Help me understand that others doubt, just as I do, and know that You will lead all who believe in You through every doubt and question. Amen.

Tuesday, May 28, 2012 Devotion

And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”  (John 20:13)

We often weep needlessly over things that are not true. Distraught because we do not understand what has really happened, we weep. The Lord knows everything that has, or ever will, happen. It is in His hands, and He has given us the promise that all things will work out. Rather than some kind of nice idea, we should live knowing that the Lord will accomplish what He said will happen.

Lord, help me to trust You over all the things I think. Guide me into the place where, even though I may not understand, I realize that You are Master of all things. Guide my thinking and doing that I may live into the hope You give me and not weep needlessly. In times where I am uncertain, remind me of the certainty of the hope You have already given.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for doing all things according to the eternal purpose set out before the world began. Guide my thinking today so that I would be faithful in all that You have given me to do. Although there will be surprises today, they are surprises only to me, for You already know all things. Help me take comfort in every situation, knowing that You are there. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 2 (June 2, 2013)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Pentecost 2 (June 2, 2013)

 A ministry of the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal

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 A   Together, with one voice, let us share our thanks and pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people, everywhere according to their needs.

a brief silence

A   May each of us indeed sing a new song to the Lord and proclaim every day the good news that He has saved us. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   Lord, as Solomon noted, there is no temple or building or place that can hold you. You are everywhere, all the time. May our worship, our words and our actions honor you and serve as an example for all the peoples of the world, so that they may recognize you as God and follow you. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   Raise up church leaders here and around the world who are faithful to your unchanging Gospel – who preach and teach your true Word, and who lead us in sharing the Gospel with others through word, deed and service. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   Touch the hearts of leaders in governments, businesses, organizations and communities around the world. May they use their positions, talents and influence for good, and may they follow your Word, do your will and glorify your Holy Name. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   We thank you for people who choose lives of service, especially members of our military, police officers, fire fighters and medical professionals. Be with them and their families as they serve our society, and may we follow their example in using our talents to serve others. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

You may wish to offer a petition here for current world events such as
political upheaval, natural disasters or other challenges.

 A   Like the Roman officer, let us recognize that no matter what our position here on earth is, no matter how strong or powerful or important we may seem to be, we are completely dependent on the loving care of our Heavenly Father. No matter who we are, help us humbly care for others in your Name, and may we never be too proud to turn to you on behalf of ourselves or our neighbors. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   Comfort your people who are hurting today: Those who are ill, those in pain, those who are hungry and those who live in sadness and despair. We especially ask your blessing today upon our neighbors . . . (list names) and those who we name in our hearts. (brief silence) Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   We pray for those around the world who are persecuted for their faith. May they know and show the power of your love and be encouraged to worship you and share your love boldly. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

A   Pour out your Spirit on those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Remind us that in you we have the promise of eternal life, as we thank you for each one who has touched our lives. Sing to the Lord a new song,

C   proclaim His glory to the nations.

 

P    Now we commend all for whom we pray into your hands, singing a new song and trusting in your mercy for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayers composed by Kevin Peterson, Herndon 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.

Monday, May 27, 2012 Devotion

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.  (John 20:11, 12)

How often do we weep, when we should actually be rejoicing?  We come at things from the perspective we have, rather than having heard what the Lord said and understanding the truth. The Lord provides witness that we would not believe that which is untrue, but instead would believe the truth and rejoice. We are called to look at things from what the Lord has said and not from what we imagine things to be.

Lord, help me to get beyond my own imaginings and see things as they really are. Help me put together what You have said that I may understand reality as You have revealed it. From that perspective, grant that I would become bold in witness, speaking the truth that You have revealed and holding fast to Your never-changing promises.

Thank You, Jesus, for revealing the truth of the ages. Grant today that I would rejoice where others may weep, not at calamity, or difficulties, but in the simple truth that You have conquered death and the grave through the cross. Help me to be gracious, but joyful in sharing with others the amazing grace You have given us that we may know the truth and be set free. Amen.

Sunday, May 26, 2012 Devotion

So the disciples went away again to their own homes.  (John 20:10)

After encountering Jesus, we often each go our own way. Excited at first, it wears off, and we go about our business, sometimes perplexed, other times just occupied with whatever is next in our thinking. Once connected to Jesus, we are to go into the world to share what we have found. We are not just to keep the truth to ourselves, but share it with a world that needs what Jesus gives.

Lord, too often I get caught up in my own business and do not do what You have given me to do. Help me, I pray, to live into the life to which You are calling me. Remove the obstacles that are in the way that I would continue learning, growing, reaching out and doing those things for which I have been created. Guide me, O Lord, into Your way of truth.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for this day that You have made. You have given me so many gifts for which to be thankful. Help me use those gifts today, distributing myself throughout the day that when I retire home tonight, I leave all You have given me out there where You want it, sharing the truth with others as You have shared it with me. Amen.

Register for Convocation & Theological Conference!

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Registration is now open for the 2013 Convocation for Lutheran CORE, the Lutheran CORE/NALC Theological Conference, and the NALC Convocation to be held August 6-9, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 W. Station Square Dr.  Register online at the link below….

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Saturday, May 25, 2012 Devotion

For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.  (John 20:9)

Too often, we do not listen to the Word,Who has already spoken. This is a reminder that we are to be in God’s Word daily, contemplating what He has said and what will take place. Knowing where the Lord is taking us helps us in our daily life to do what is right and fitting as His followers. You may not yet understand, but the Holy Spirit gives understanding.

Lord, help me to understand Your Word. Guide me into Your Word, to meditate on it day and night and know that Your Word will never come back void. Help me see through the pages of what You have said the truth that You have revealed for the ages. Keep me in Your Word that I may know the truth and be free.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the Word and for becoming the Word made flesh. Help me meditate on Your Word today that I may know You and what is happening around me. Through Your Word, help me to share with others that they too may know and believe. In all I do this day, bring Your Word to remembrance that I may live in the truth You have revealed. Amen.