Here are your readings for the day. They come in two versions… a written form and audio form… you are invited to read or listen as best fits what you need for today. Be well, stay home, stay safe and go wash your hands, and if you must go out…wear your mask!
Please note: Moving forward, readings and prayers for the day will be shared here Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday will bring a written reflection.
As you read or listen, you are invited to breathe in … and out. Settle in and listen to God’s Word. Reminding yourself that you are in God’s presence, if there is a word or phrase that speaks to you, allow yourself to dwell on it, let your heart respond to God in prayer. May your heart be nourished and grounded for today.
A Psalm of Asaph.
God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?Selah
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk around in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I say, “You are gods,
children of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
and fall like any prince.”
Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
for all the nations belong to you!
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
FSConnect Prayers for the day:
Have you been watching the tireless and faithful work being done in Ulster County in helping with food insecurities and providing food? Pray for these folks as they coordinate, shop, prepare, plan and deliver meals and smiles to so many people! pray for their work and safety as they go out and serve. Pray for the many lives impacted through this work, that they will be nourished and blessed through these meals.
Prayer for the day*:
God of grace, the gospel is like a key that opens up all of heaven and unlocks dead-bolted human hearts. As you send your church to declare the good news, remind us that we carry a key and not a hammer; convince us that the gentle gospel promises fit the contour of human life, opening minds to know and receive the forgiveness of sins through what Jesus has done. today, unbolt my heart to accept the grace of Jesus. amen.
*Today’s prayer is taken from Heidelberg Catechism 84 as written in Seeking God’s Face, Praying with the Bible through the Year.