Readings for May 20, 2020

Readings for May 20, 2020

Here are your readings for the day. They come in two forms… 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!

As you read or listen, you are invited to breathe in … and out. Settle in and listen to God’s Word. How is God speaking to you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs and feelings from your meditation, enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior. May your heart be nourished and grounded for today.

Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 13

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

Luke 24:44-53

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.”

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

FSConnect Prayers for the day:

While we continue to remain on pause here in the Hudson Valley, there is a sense that many are wrestles and weary. Pray for these friends for peace and calm. Maybe make a phone call to someone to check in on them

Prayer for the day*:

Sending God, how can I possibly represent you to a watching world? Let me start right here, on my knees, seeking the power that comes from on high. May your Spirit move me toward the world you love. Amen.

*Today’s prayer is taken from Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 117 as written in Seeking God’s Face, Praying with the Bible through the Year.

May the peace of Christ be with you today and always, amen.

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