Easter, Day 21
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Reading: Psalm 85
You showed favor to us; you restored our fortunes. You forgave our iniquity and blotted out our sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. Restore us again. Revive us again, that we may rejoice in you. Show us your unfailing love, and save us.
I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who revere him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
As you begin your day, spend few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, recall any words or phrases that stood out to you from the passage that you just read. Speak them aloud if you wish.
• for the church to work for the common good and benefit of all people
• for care, love, and community to be experienced in the church
• for day cares, schools, colleges, and universities
Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
As your day draws to a close, spend few moments in silence and stillness. As you do, recall any words or phrases that stood out to you from the passage that you just read. Speak them aloud if you wish.
Father, it is a wonder what you have made of me in Jesus. It’s the hope I cling to today, the comfort that satisfies my heart. I am a dearly loved child of God; I am not my own but belong to Jesus Christ, body and soul, in life and in death. I am rescued at great cost, protected and provided for, guarded and guided. How great is your lavish love. Amen. (HC)
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Beginning on Easter Day and concluding on the Day of Pentecost, this season celebrates the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.