Good morning everyone. It's that time of the week again where I take a rest day and allow the old batteries to recharge. Whatever you are doing, why not take a few moments to pause, ponder and pray.
Take a moment now to recognise that you are in the presence of God. It might help to slow your breathing. Take a few deep breaths in and out.
Let’s pray together:
Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.
We say together our family prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Today’s reading is Luke 9:18-22
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah of God.”
He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
- Why do you think Jesus was asking about the crowds; for his own information and encouragement or to help the disciples to think about his identity?
- How do you understand the purpose of Jesus suffering, dying and rising from the dead?
- What is Jesus saying to you today?
Jesus, thank you for your willingness to go to the cross. Help me to understand more deeply the meaning of your sacrifice. Amen
Say a prayer today for those who are dealing with trauma, either in their past or present.
On our church list today we pray for:
Let’s finish by praying this blessing:
May the almighty and merciful Lord,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless us and keep us.