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.
Psalm 111:1-7, 10
Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
FSConnect Prayers for the day:
Pray for the many people who are caring for a loved one and balancing appointments, home care in and out of the house and keeping their family safe and protected from the coronavirus. If you know someone who balancing this, send them a note of encouragement today.
Prayer for the day*:
Jesus, two little words that mean the world: for us. You are for us, and all you do, good Savior, is for us. Your birth, your life, your death, your resurrection, and now your ascension are for us, for our good. As you have been for us, may your people be for others. Amen.
*Today’s prayer is taken from Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 46 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.