Day 23. 1 April. The Kingdom of God - The Prodigal Son

Luke 15.1-3, 11-31

Father, it was said of the Prodigal Son that he “came to himself.”

Help us to wake up to ourselves, and to You.
Set us free from the illusion of trying to be perfect
so that we might be more fully human.
Help us not to chase after an imaginary life,
and to find satisfaction in our real lives.

And turn us away from our self-rejection
so that we might see that Your arms open in welcome. Amen.

~ written by Ann Siddall, in Lent to Easter liturgies: Year C.  Posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.  http://stillpoint.unitingchurchsa.org.au/


Reflection

Day 24. 2 April. The Kingdom of God- How to Inherit it

Day 25. 3 April. The Last Week - Entry into Jerusalem

.Lord, we would follow you
wherever you might lead.
Lord, we would follow you.
Forgive us when we stumble
and when we stray.
Forgive us when, distracted
we lose our way.
Be the one to whom we turn,
whose hand we hold,
the Shepherd who leads us
safely to the fold.
Lord, we would follow you
wherever you might lead.
Lord, we would follow you.

~ written by John Birch, and posted on Faith and Worship. http://www.faithandworship.com/

Luke 19.28-40


Luke 18.18-30



Reflection

Reflection

Day 26. 4 April. The Last Week. Trouble at the Temple

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

Luke 19.40-48


Reflection

Luke


An Offering Prayer

(inspired by Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4)

O Lord,
you graciously pour out your blessings on us.
Your gifts surround us.

Despite our abundance,
help us see the widow’s gift,
for we long to give as she did,
gladly giving all she had.

All we have
is a gift from your hand.
Help us loosen our hands,
giving to work of this church on your behalf,
for in giving freely to you,
we gain the opportunity
to live abundant lives!


~ posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3215/worship-elements-november-8-2015

Reflection

Day 28. 6 April. The Last Week. The Widow’s Mite and Fate of the Temple

Day 27. 5 April.The Last Week- The Wicked Tenants

Luke 20.9-19


Almighty God,
you have built your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself
being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit
by their teaching,
that we may become a holy temple,
acceptable to you:
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

— from Starters for Sunday, posted on the website of the Church of Scotland.

Knowing
(inspired by Luke 19:39-40)

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him,
"Teacher, rebuke Your disciples."

But Jesus answered,
"I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!"

Did the stones know?

Did the stones know
they would soon have to shout ‘Hosanna’
because those who had first shouted  it
would soon be shouting ‘Crucify’?

Did Jesus know?

Did Jesus know
that those who followed in this fickle crowd
would soon turn their backs
on the only hope they had

Did Jesus tell the stones?

Did Jesus tell the stones
that they would be needed to shout
for they alone knew
the secret of tombstones

Do we know?

Do we know when to shout
and when to hold silence
as the saviour struggles for love
and love struggles with him

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

4th Sunday in Lent

Almighty God,

in Christ you make all things new:

transform the poverty of our nature

by the riches of your grace,

and in the renewal of our lives

make known your heavenly glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the week, APBA 1990

By Kristi Valiant

St Francis, by John Guiliani

 The Cleansing the Temple,
by Sadao Wantanabe,1967

Parable of the Wicked Tenants, James B.  Janknegt,

The widow’s mite, The Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey

Triumphant entry into Jerusalem

Reflection

8-13 April

Lent 5

25-30 March

Lent 3