Galatians 5:1, 13-25 – Called to Freedom

Galatians 5:1, 13-25

1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes focusing on the Breath.
  • Bring your attention to a place within you that desires freedom from bondage.
  • Remembering true freedom is a gift from God,  let this locked place inside of you speak.
  • Receive God’s warm embrace and love.
  • What freedom does God have for you?
  • Embrace the healing that comes with this gift from God.
  • Rest in light this brings you.
  • Bring your attention to a place in the world that needs freedom from bondage.
  • Remembering true freedom is a gift from God,  give this locked place in the world a voice.  What words emerge from you?
  • Receive God’s warm embrace and love.
  • What freedom does God have for you in the world?
  • Embrace the healing that comes with this gift from God.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Reply as you feel led in the box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 30, 2019, The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 – The Waters Saw You, They Were Afraid

Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20

1I cry aloud to God,

aloud to God, that he may hear me.

2In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;

in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;

my soul refuses to be comforted.

11I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;

I will remember your wonders of old.

12I will meditate on all your work,

and muse on your mighty deeds.

13Your way, O God, is holy.

What god is so great as our God?

14You are the God who works wonders;

you have displayed your might among the peoples.

15With your strong arm you redeemed your people,

the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16When the waters saw you, O God,

when the waters saw you, they were afraid;

the very deep trembled.

17The clouds poured out water;

the skies thundered;

your arrows flashed on every side.

18The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;

your lightnings lit up the world;

the earth trembled and shook.

19Your way was through the sea,

your path, through the mighty waters;

yet your footprints were unseen.

20You led your people like a flock

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Bring your attention to a place in you that desires to cry out to God.
  • Be loving and gently embrace this voice in you that is crying out to God.
  • Let the awe and wonder of God shower you with peace, love, and light.
  • Crawl into the redeeming, healing arms of God.
  • Believe that God will part the waters for you.
  • Your way is through the sea as God parts the might waters.
  • How does God desire to lead you?
  • What is your message from God?
  • 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 Sunday, June 30, 2019, The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 – The Spirit of the Mantle

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

1Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

13He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.

  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Recall a time of a “thin place” where heaven and earth met.
  • Revisit this time with new eyes to see what more God has to reveal to you.
  • Allow yourself to recall fully the events and the feelings.
  • What strength did God give you to be able to keep your eyes open?
  • How did you recognize the presence of God?
  • What freedom were you given?
  • How do you receive the mantle given to you?
  • What is God revealing to you?
  • Give thanks to God for thin places in our lives and the time to revisit these places and renew our strength.  Give thanks for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 30, 2019, The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD