1 Corinthians 7:29-31- This world is passing away

1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31

29I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

  • 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.
  • As you read the text, consider what in your life has become more important than your discipleship.
  • How has this affected your relationship with God?
  • What is binding you?
  • Offer this to God.
  • Invite God to free you from that which is binding you.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, January 21, 2018, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

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(c) 2018 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Wednesday of Holy Week – Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely

HEBREWS 12:1-3

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

3Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.

  • 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.
  • As you breath, begin to recall the great cloud of witnesses surrounding you.
  • Who comes to mind?
  • What race did they run?
  • What perseverance was given to them?
  • How was Christ glorified in their race?
  • Allow yourself to be held by the great cloud of witnesses.
  • Feel the warmth of their breath and the gentle strength of their hands.
  • Consider the race that God has set before you.
  • What strength do you need to persevere?
  • What weight do you need to be lifted from you?
  • What sin do you need to be set away from you?
  • Draw strength from the witnesses holding you.  Draw strength from Christ.
  • Where do you notice this new strength in your body?
  • Remember the path to this strength so you may draw upon it when you are in need of strength for perseverance.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, for the great cloud of witnesses and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

ISAIAH 50:4-9A

4   The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens —
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5   The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
6   I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.

7   The Lord GOD helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8        he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9a  It is the Lord GOD who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?

PSALM 70:1-5

1   Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O LORD, make haste to help me!
2   Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3   Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.

4   Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5   But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!

GOSPEL JOHN 13:21-32

21After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. 23One of his disciples — the one whom Jesus loved — was reclining next to him; 24Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. 25So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” 28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.29Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. 30So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.”

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Wednesday, April 4, 2012, the Wednesday of Holy Week Year B
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm70:1-5
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

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

1 Corinthians 7:29-31- This world is passing away

1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31

29I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

  • 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.
  • As you read the text, consider what in your life has become more important than your discipleship.
  • How has this affected your relationship with God?
  • What is binding you?
  • Offer this to God.
  • Invite God to free you from that which is binding you.
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • 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, January 22, 2012, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62:5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20

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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Genesis 45:1-14 – God sent me before you to preserve life…

 

Genesis 45:1-14

1 Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, “Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10 You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that it is my own mouth that speaks to you. 13You must tell my father how greatly I am honored in Egypt, and all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, while Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Imagine that you are Joseph.
  • How has God sent you to preserve life?
  • Imagine that you are one of the brothers.
  • Do you feel relief?  Or guilt?  Or both?
  • What do you have to reclaim in your family?
  • How will you claim this together in Goshen?
  • How will God provide for you?
  • Notice what feelings accompany your thoughts.
  • Give thanks to God for this opportunity to seek understanding through imagination and for anything new you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 14, 2011,  the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Genesis 45: 1-15
Psalm 133: 1-3
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20) 21-28
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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.