Easter, Day 24

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Morning

Reading: John 10:14-18

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

Meditation

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.

Prayer

• 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


Evening

Reading: Psalm 88

Lord, you are the God who saves me. Day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you. Turn your ear to my cry. I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death. I call to you, Lord. Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do the spirits rise up and praise you? Is your love declared in the grave? I will call to you for help again in the morning.

Meditation

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.

Prayer

Good Shepherd, keep me alert to your unconventional friends and followers, wherever they may be found: people of faith who stand against what is wrong and pursue what is right; people who love God and serve their neighbors; people who nail pretense and pride, ego and arrogance. Wherever your church is, make it recognizable by its likeness to Jesus. Amen. (BC)

 

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About Easter

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.


Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism