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. Is there a word or idea that stirred with you? Linger over it and give it your attention, is there something about the reading you’d like to ask God about? Pray your life and thoughts to God. May your heart be nourished and grounded for today.
The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
The Lord sends out from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes.
Your people will offer themselves willingly
on the day you lead your forces
on the holy mountains.
From the womb of the morning,
like dew, your youth will come to you.
The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!
FSConnect Prayers for the day:
While we enter into Phase 1 of re-opening, pray for things to go smoothly and safely. Pray for the ones returning to work and remaining on pause until the next phase. Pray for the friends who might be experiencing anxiety or relief as we begin to re-open. For the ones who think it’s too early and the ones who think it’s not soon enough. Maybe make a phone call to someone to check in on them.
Prayer for the day*:
Ascended Jesus, I often move through my days with a guilty conscience, an accusing voice that tells me of the evil I have done, or the good I have failed to do. Cleanse my conscience by your shed blood, and strengthen me to serve the living God. Amen.
*Today’s prayer is taken from Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 56 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.