April222014

Daily E-votion 4/22/2014 - Earth Day

God speaks to me through creation.  Throughout the year I watch God’s creation from my breakfast table.  During winter months, the birds visit my bird feeder and birdbath.  The birds “neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns” (Matthew 6:26), yet they trust and do not worry… . Take some time today to notice the beauty of God’s earth and to join its living mystery.  Creating God, you created the birds, the mushrooms, the sea monsters of the deep – and you created me.  Open my eyes, my ears, and my senses today that I may become one with your living mystery.  Amen.

Beth Richardson; The Uncluttered Heart

April212014

Daily E-votion 4/21/2014

Sing to the Lord a new song

    because he has done wonderful things!

His own strong hand and his own holy arm

    have won the victory!

The Lord has made his salvation widely known;

    he has revealed his righteousness

    in the eyes of all the nations.

God has remembered his loyal love

    and faithfulness to the house of Israel;

    every corner of the earth has seen our God’s salvation.

 

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!

    Be happy!

    Rejoice out loud!

    Sing your praises!

Sing your praises to the Lord with the lyre—

    with the lyre and the sound of music.

With trumpets and a horn blast,

    shout triumphantly before the Lord, the king!

Let the sea and everything in it roar;

    the world and all its inhabitants too.

Let all the rivers clap their hands;

    let the mountains rejoice out loud altogether before the Lord

    because he is coming to establish justice on the earth!

He will establish justice in the world rightly;

    he will establish justice among all people fairly.

Psalm 98 (CEB)

April202014

Daily E-votion 4/20/2014 - EASTER!

Happy Easter!
Rejoice! The stone is rolled away, grave clothes neatly folded, no more the smell of death. Behold the empty tomb! Hallelujah!  He is risen! Rejoice! Scripture has been fulfilled, the sting of death is gone and victory has been won. Behold the risen Christ! Hallelujah!     He is risen!
Rejoice! The curtain’s torn in two, our God invites us in, Christ’s sacrifice enough to wash away our sins! Hallelujah!   He is risen!
 ©John Birch, www.faithandworship.com
April192014

Daily E-votion 4/19/2014 - Holy Saturday

Therefore I Will Hope
A Blessing for Holy Saturday

I have no cause
to linger beside
this place of death

no reason
to keep vigil
where life has left

and yet I cannot go,
cannot bring myself
to cleave myself
from here

can only pray
that this waiting
might yet be a blessing
and this grieving
yet a blessing
and this stone
yet a blessing
and this silence
yet a blessing
still.

Jan Richardson; paintedprayerbook.com

April182014

Daily E-votion 4/18/2014 - Good Friday

Good Friday –

This somber day

When Christians mourn

A 2000 year old death.

 

He died, some say,

To appease a vengeful God

demanding a one-time

capital punishment

for human sin,

both past and yet to come.

It was, they insist,

the only way

we could be saved.

 

Others ask,

Is this the same God

who said, “Thou shall not kill”

now offering his son

as a sacrificial lamb

to be slain

for our salvation?

 

Yet others say

he died because

he loved too much –

loved the outcast,

the sinner, the sick,

the poor, the oppressed.

 

As he hung there

bleeding, dying,

some heard him say:

"Father, forgive them;

they know not what they do.”

Is this what made

that bad day good?

 

Whatever we do, he had said,

we do to him,

and we are called

to follow in this way.

Thus, if we ignore another’s pain

we surely crucify him again.

 

It was indeed a bad Friday,

made good because

it shows the way to our salvation —

salvation as liberation,

liberation

from oppression to justice,

from war to peace,

from hate to love.

And this

is truly

resurrection.

© 1996 Doreen Lankshear-Smith, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

This poem was published in “Gathering” for Lent, Easter, Pentecost 1998.

April172014

Daily E-votion 4/17/2014 - Maundy Thursday

HOLDING OUR BREATH
Jesus, we are holding our breath
Waiting with you for the days to come
We know the end of this story,
and the OTHER end, too.
But the first end: it’s too hard. We don’t like it one bit.
Yet, we are ready to walk with you. Keep us ready.
Keep us courageous.
We will listen and lead and bear witness.
Our communities will ponder the mystery together
and the OTHER mystery, too
But first, but first, come the Three Days.
We are holding our breath
with you.
Mary Beth Butler; RevGalBlogPals

April162014

Daily E-votion 4/16/2014

… Lord God
You and I have walked this road so many times
We arrive in Jerusalem
And then
Anointing
Table turning
Spying and negotiating
Thirty pieces of silver - weighing heavy in my hand
Preparing with you to break bread
And taken by surprise that you would wash me…
Oh, Jesus, my brother - how can you do all this?
And tell me please, how can I help others remember, and experience and touch you?

Let me be worthy
Let others encounter you in this Holy Week

O God of all mysteries and unexpected blessings
Lead us through this week
Show us anew all that has been done for us
And show us again all that we can do in response

And dear God, if it is at all possible
Let the cup we lift be overflowing with love and grace
So that in every corner of the world
Where faithful people remember and share in the eternal story of hope
You will be there also
The unseen, yet tangible presence at every gathering

Amen and amen

Julie Woods; http://revgalblogpals.org

April152014

Daily E-votion 4/15/2014

“Thy will be done,” in its full extent, must be the guideline for the Christian life. It must regulate the day from morning to evening, the course of the year, and the entire life. Only then will it be the sole concern of the Christian. All other concerns the Lord takes over. This one alone, however, remains ours as long as we live. And, sooner or later, we begin to realize this. In the childhood of the spiritual life, when we have just begun to allow ourselves to be directed by God, we feel his guiding hand quite firmly and surely. But it doesn’t always stay that way. Whoever belongs to Christ must go the whole way with him. He must mature to adulthood: he must one day or other walk the way of the cross to Gethsemane and Golgotha.                                     

From Edith Stein: Essential Writings

April142014

Daily E-votion 4/14/2014

Lord Jesus Christ,

in this sacred and solemn week

when we see again

the depth and mystery of your redeeming love,

help us to follow where you go,

to stop where you stumble,

to listen when you cry,

to hurt as you suffer,

to bow our heads in sorrow as you die,

so that, when you are raised to life again,

we may share in your endless joy. Amen.

from the United Church of Canada worship resource, “Celebrating God’s Presence” UCPH, 2000

April112014

Daily E-votion 4/11/2014 - Palm Sunday Prayer

Loving God, at this time,
we remember that going up to Jerusalem
cost Jesus his very life.
So we come before you,
conscious of the way religious words
and holy phrases
can slip so easily from our lazy lips
and our hardened hearts.
What do we really know
of your mountainous truth,
your rock-hard integrity,
the depth of your suffering
for love of us all?
Forgive us for the shallowness
of our faith
and the timidity of our following:
forgive us for the ready excuses
we make for going our own way
and claiming it as yours.

Turn us round again, we pray,
by your Holy Spirit,
active within us and among us.
Show us how to be open again
to your faithfulness
and to your freedom,
that we may live
new lives
and be again bearers
of the seeds of the realm
of Jesus.

http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways

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