Philippians 2:5-11 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 
6   who, though he was in the form of God, 
          did not regard equality with God 
          as something to be exploited, 
7   but emptied himself, 
          taking the form of a slave, 
          being born in human likeness. 
     And being found in human form, 
8        he humbled himself 
          and became obedient to the point of death — 
          even death on a cross.

9   Therefore God also highly exalted him 
          and gave him the name 
          that is above every name, 
10  so that at the name of Jesus 
          every knee should bend, 
          in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
11  and every tongue should confess 
          that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
          to the glory of God the Father.

  • 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.
  • Empty all that you can.  Continue to breathe.  Empty some more.
  • Write down anything you are afraid you will forget.
  • Move aside anything that is distracting you.
  • Empty to be able to be obedient.
  • What does God ask you to do?
  • Empty to be able to receive.
  • What is God trying to give you?
  • As you respond to this gift, how do you confess Jesus Christ is Lord?
  • 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, April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year C)

  • Liturgy of the Palms Luke 19:28-40
  • Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
  • Liturgy of the Passion Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 31:9-16
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Luke 22:14-23:56

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Mark 14:1-15:47 You will not always have me…

MARK 14:1-15:47

14:1It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”

3While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.4But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me.7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Remember a time you did something extravagant for Christ.
  • Remember hearing the call.
  • Remember making the plans.  What details stand out as you recall?
  • Remember the joy that was created.
  • Remember the light that burst forth in glory.
  • Was there a voice that scolded you?
  • How did that make you feel?
  • How did Christ comfort you?
  • What is told in remembrance of your act of glorifying Christ?
  • How is the good news still proclaimed?
  • 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, March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year B)

Liturgy of the Palms:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Mark 11:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Liturgy of the Passion: Psalm 31:9-16 – Deliver me from the hands of my enemies

Psalm 31:9-16

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10  For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13  For I hear the whispering of many —
terror all around! —
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16  Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • The morning brought Hosannas and rejoicing.
  • As the day goes on the distress and the grief returns.
  • Something is not right.  I have lost sight of you.
  • I hear the whispers of those who plot to take my life.
  • Who is plotting to take your life?  Who wants you to turn away from God?
  • Turn to the light and feel the warmth on your face. Feel the face of God shine upon you.
  • Stay turned to the light as you invite God to deliver you from your enemies.
  • 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, March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year B)

Liturgy of the Palms:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Mark 11:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Liturgy of the Passion: Psalm 31:9-16 – Deliver me from the hands of my enemies

Psalm 31:9-16

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye wastes away from grief,
my soul and body also.
10  For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
a horror to my neighbors,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
13  For I hear the whispering of many —
terror all around! —
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16  Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • The morning brought Hosannas and rejoicing.
  • As the day goes on the distress and the grief returns.
  • Something is not right.  I have lost sight of you.
  • I hear the whispers of those who plot to take my life.
  • Who is plotting to take your life?  Who wants you to turn away from God?
  • Turn to the light and feel the warmth on your face. Feel the face of God shine upon you.
  • Stay turned to the light as you invite God to deliver you from your enemies.
  • 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, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) (Year A)

Liturgy of the Palms:
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Passion:
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:14-27:66

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD