Expectant Beings

1 SAMUEL 2:1-10

1Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord;
my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in my victory.

2   “There is no Holy One like the Lord,
no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3   Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
4   The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble gird on strength.
5   Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
6   The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7   The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low, he also exalts.
8   He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
and on them he has set the world.

9   “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
for not by might does one prevail.
10  The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered;
the Most High will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king,
and exalt the power of his anointed.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • It is the season of Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit has been given to Christian community in a new way.  God is working on something new within you as well.
  • As you breathe in meditation, consider the new work God is accomplishing in you.
  • Expect something new to be opening in you.
  • What in you is growing?
  • How are you seeing differently?
  • How are you hearing in a new way?
  • What leaps within you with life?
  • Give thanks to God for this new life, whatever it may be.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

PSALM 113:1-9

1   Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD;
praise the name of the LORD.

2   Blessed be the name of the LORD
from this time on and forevermore.
3   From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
4   The LORD is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.

5   Who is like the LORD our God,
who is seated on high,
6   who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?

7   He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8   to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9   He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the LORD!

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • It is the season of Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit has been given to Christian community in a new way.  God is working on something new within you as well.
  • As you breathe in meditation, consider the new work God is accomplishing in you.
  • Expect something new to be opening in you.
  • What in you is growing?
  • How are you seeing differently?
  • How are you hearing in a new way?
  • What leaps within you with life?
  • Give thanks to God for this new life, whatever it may be.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

ROMANS 12:9-16B

9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • It is the season of Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit has been given to Christian community in a new way.  God is working on something new within you as well.
  • As you breathe in meditation, consider the new work God is accomplishing in you.
  • Expect something new to be opening in you.
  • What in you is growing?
  • How are you seeing differently?
  • How are you hearing in a new way?
  • What leaps within you with life?
  • Give thanks to God for this new life, whatever it may be.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

LUKE 1:39-57

39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

46And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47       and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48  for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49  for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50  His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51  He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52  He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53  he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54  He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55  according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath.
  • It is the season of Pentecost.  The Holy Spirit has been given to Christian community in a new way.  God is working on something new within you as well.
  • As you breathe in meditation, consider the new work God is accomplishing in you.
  • Expect something new to be opening in you.
  • What in you is growing?
  • How are you seeing differently?
  • How are you hearing in a new way?
  • What leaps within you with life?
  • Give thanks to God for this new life, whatever it may be.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any  new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, Year B

1 Samuel 2:1-10
Psalm 113:1-9
Romans 12:9-16b
Luke 1:39-57

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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