1 Corinthians 6: Glorify God in your body

12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” 17But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

  • 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.
  • Pay attention to your body as you breath.
  • What tension do you feel?
  • Send the breath to this place of tension, inviting the tension to leave your body.  Continue to send the breath to this place until you feel freedom from the tension.
  • Name the freedom you feel?
  • Allow the breath to carry this freedom through your body.
  • Where does the freedom flow?
  • Where is the Holy Spirit in this freedom?
  • What is the Holy Spirit building in the temple within you?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, reflecting upon the temple of the Holy Spirit within you.  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, January 14, 2018, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

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

Prayer is a surge of the heart

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart;

it is a simple look turned toward heaven,

it is a cry of recognition and of love,

embracing both trial and joy.

-Thérèse of Lisieux 1873-1897

St. Therese of Lisieux

  • 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.
  • What word or phrase captures your attention?
  • Sit with this word or phrase and allowing it to be poured over you again and again.
  • Where does it rest on or in your body?
  • What freedom does this word or phrase give to you?
  • What tension still exists?
  • Embrace both the freedom and the tension.
  • Invite God into both places.
  • Be open to a message from God.
  • Stay with this place of openness.
  • Listen.
  • What do you hear?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, embracing freedom and tension.  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, January 15, 2012, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

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1 Corinthians 6: Glorify God in your body

12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” 17But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

  • 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.
  • Pay attention to your body as you breath.
  • What tension do you feel?
  • Send the breath to this place of tension, inviting the tension to leave your body.  Continue to send the breath to this place until you feel freedom from the tension.
  • Name the freedom you feel?
  • Allow the breath to carry this freedom through your body.
  • Where does the freedom flow?
  • Where is the Holy Spirit in this freedom?
  • What is the Holy Spirit building in the temple within you?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, reflecting upon the temple of the Holy Spirit within you.  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, January 15, 2012, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
John 1:43-51

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

Matthew 22: 34-46 Which commandment in the law is the greatest?

GOSPEL MATTHEW 22:34-46

34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39and a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 42“What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
44  ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
45If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 46No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in silence 5 to 15 minutes paying attention to the breath.
  • Name the ways that you love God with your heart.
  • Name the ways that you love God with your soul.
  • Name the ways that you love God with your mind.
  • Love the ways you love your neighbor as yourself.
  • What do you notice is missing from the love you share?
  • Who needs the love you share?
  • Give thanks to God for this time celebrate Gods love for you and your love for God.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 23, 2011,  the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Deut 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
I Thessalonians: 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46
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Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD