Easter, Day 17

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Morning

Invitation

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 81

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of slavery.

Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.“ But my people would not listen to me; So I gave them what they wanted, to follow their own devices.

“If my people would only listen to me and follow my ways, how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.

Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him. You would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Prayer

• for a heart commitment to the communities in which God has placed us

• for God to equip us to serve in uniquely compassionate ways in the public arena

• for those who work in trades


Evening

Reading: Luke 24:36-43

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I. Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Remind yourself that you are in God’s presence as you read the passage again. Notice how God might be speaking to you through the words. Dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you. Let your heart respond to God in prayer.

Prayer

Christ, the go-between God, who can blame the disbelief of the disciples? If a person dies, I don’t expect to see her walking again or sitting down to a meal. You bled and suffered, died, and were buried, yet rose from the dead with that same body, with its healed wounds and working digestive system. And with that same body you now reign in glory. With your scarred hands lifted, pray for me, Jesus. Amen. (WC)

Blessing

“Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” (Ephesians 6:24)

 

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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