Day 17. 25 March. Death and Resurrection Foretold

Luke 9.18-27

Reflection

Day 18. 26 March. The Transfiguration

Day 19. 27 March. The Mission of the 70

Day 20. 28 March. Teach Us To Pray

Luke 10.1-11


Luke 9.28-36



Luke 11.1-4


Reflection

Reflection

Reflection

God of harvest,
gardener supreme,
you place us at the centre,
feed us, equip us and,
having provided for us,
look to a different harvest—
a fruitfulness of lives
in service to you
and others.

God of harvest,
feed us
prune us
harvest us
that our lives
might bring glory to you.


—Copyright © John Birch, posted on Faith and Worship - Prayers and Resources.

Day 21. 29 March. Do Not Worry

Luke 12.22-34


Renouncing Fear: A Prayer

“Say to those who have an anxious heart,
‘Be strong; fear not!’” Isaiah 35:4


Phantasm of fear, I renounce you!
I refuse to call you “spirit” for you are not of God.
You work to oppose the creative forces of the Lord in life and resurrection.
Your efforts will not last.
And you know this.

Delusion of fear, I renounce you!
You may talk loudly, boastfully.
You may bring your buddies, death and destruction, as backup to your threats.
You know your days are numbered.
There is no fear in the life to come.

Specter of fear, I renounce you!
Your work of dividing, fomenting, pain-causing…
We will overcome. With God on our side,
You cannot stand.
Perfect Love, the kind that comes from Christ, casts out fear.

Revenant of fear, I renounce you!
Shrivel and die, you impotent thing!
You may plant, but you will not reap.
You may build, but you will not inhabit.
You may fish, but you will not catch.
There is no home for you,
no toe hold, no place of belonging.
You are banished to wither and die…
fertilizing the soil of hope and joy.

So be it.

In the name of Christ, so say we all.

~ written by lutheran julia and posted on RevGalBlogPals. https://revgalblogpals.org/

Reflection

O Lord Jesus,
gentle and humble of heart,
full of compassion and maker of peace,
you lived in poverty and suffered persecution for the cause of justice.
You chose the Cross as the path to glory to show us the way of salvation.
May we receive the word of the Gospel joyfully
and live by your example as heirs and citizens of your kingdom. Amen.

~ posted on the Catholic Forum website. http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/pray0483.htm

A Prayer
(inspired by Amos 8:4-7)

Tilt the scales,
O God of the mustard seed:
That the poor shall see justice.

Share the feast,
O God of Eden’s abundant garden:
That each crop may fetch a fair price.

Upset the tables,
O God of the upside-down Kingdom:
That the least can benefit from their trade.

Open our eyes,
O God of life in all its fullness:
That we may learn to walk the way of your son
tilting, sharing, upsetting this world

Not satisfied
until the products we bring to our table
Give a better deal, to all who hunger for one.
In His name, Amen.

~ posted on the Fairtrade Foundation website. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved/campaigns/fairtrade_places_of_worship/fairtrade_churches/ideas_for_worship.aspx

O Breathing Life
(inspired by Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 11: 2-4)


O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Imagine your possibilities now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment's bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us,
as we release the strands we hold of others' faults.
Help us not forget our Source,
yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every Vision,
Power and Song from gathering  gathering.

Amen!  May our future actions grow from here!

~ written by Mark Berry, and posted on Jonny Baker’s blog.

http://jonnybaker.blogs.com/jonnybaker/2005/12/the_lords_praye.html

Day 22. 30 March. The Kingdom of God
Parables of the Mustard Seed and Yeast.

Luke 13.18-21


Benediction
(inspired by Luke 17: 5-6)

Imagine what a mustard seed of faith
might do this week in your life.

Not a quart,
nor a gallon,
nor a truckload.

Just a mustard seed.

Imagine.

Now go and live out that grace.

Yes! Let it be so! Amen!


~ from the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren website. http://rockhay.tripod.com/worship/orders/2010/10-10-03.htm

Reflection

3rd Sunday in Lent

Lord God, our Redeemer,

who heard the cry of your people

and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery:

free us from the tyranny of sin and death

and, by the leading of your Spirit,

bring us to our promised land;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the week, APBA 1990

Kingdom of God

Aramaic Lord’s Prayer

Lamb of God

Transfiguration, Macha Chmakoff

Do not worry

Mustard Bush

1-6 April

Lent 4

18-23 March

Lent 2