Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Luke 12:4-12 read by Mark Beingessner

Second Week of Easter, Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Luke 12:4-12
“I tell you, my friends, don’t be afraid of people who can kill the body but after that can do nothing more to hurt you. I will show you the one to fear. Fear the one who has the power to kill you and also to throw you into hell. Yes, this is the one you should fear.

“Five sparrows are sold for only two pennies, and God does not forget any of them. But God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows.

“I tell you, all those who stand before others and say they believe in me, I, the Son of Man, will say before the angels of God that they belong to me. But all who stand before others and say they do not believe in me, I will say before the angels of God that they do not belong to me.

“Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

“When you are brought into the synagogues before the leaders and other powerful people, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say. At that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Even before we arrive here in your sacred prayer space you know our every thought. You know our fears and celebrations. Even still, we come to you like bleating sheep, crying to you all our fears and failures. We feel you running your holy fingers through our hair. We hear your voice calming us, reminding us that each hair was created and placed by your careful, intimate attention.

O God of Comfort, thank you for your great mercy and love. Your voice soothes us as we hear You tell us not to be afraid. You know us so well; you even know how many hairs are on our heads. Thank you, Life-Giving Spirit, for giving us the words to use.

I feel your gentle touch today, Loving LORD, and thank you for…

We release all our worries, fears and judgemental attitudes to you, LORD. We do not want to hold onto our condemnation of ourselves and others. We meditate on your forgiving nature so we can forgive ourselves and each other.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 122:1-9
Esther 9:1-5, 18-23


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