Monday, May 24, 2010

Readings - Introduction - Trinity

Intro to the Readings for: Trinity Sunday
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 – Psalm 8 – Romans 5:1-5 – John 16:12-15

In Genesis we have the stories of Creation. But today from Proverbs we will hear another creation story – the story of the creation of Wisdom.
Psalm 8 is full of praise glorifying God the Creator.
From Roman’s we will hear, and be reminded, that justification comes by faith, and that God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
In the Gospel the Saviour speaks of the Spirit of truth who will guide us into all truth.

Let us listen attentively to God’s Word.
Let us receive the out pouring of the Love of God into our hearts.
Let us hear the Spirit of truth speaking to our hearts that we may grow in the Wisdom that is ours’ in Christ.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Readings - Introduction - Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 – Gen11:1-9 Or Rom 8:14-17 – Psalm 104:25-35, 37b – John 14:8-17 (25-27)
Intro to the Readings

The reading from Acts is the story of Pentecost following the Ascension. The first Pentecost of the Church.
With the reading from Acts we hear from:*
from Genesis – the story of the Tower of Babel. It is the story of the languages of the world.
from Romans – that we have been adopted into the Family of God.
Psalm 104 is a hymn with strong association with the creation story of Genesis, and with Acts as God’s Spirit is sent to renew the face of the earth – to renew God’s people.
In the Gospel we listen as Philip asks Jesus to show him the “Father.” In response Jesus tells him he will send another Advocate – the Spirit of truth.
Again the Lord speaks of love, and says “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”
Let us listen and receive the spirit of truth, and live in the love of Christ.

* (These are optional readings. Acts is to be read with one of the other readings for Pentecost.)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Readings - Introduction - Easter 7

Acts 16:16-34 – Psalm 97Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 – John 17:20-26

Intro to the Readings

Have you ever been annoyed and worked a miracle. Listen then what the Apostle Paul is about. After a miracle which annoyed others Paul and Silas are jailed. And one asks “what must I do to be saved?”

Psalm 97 declares that the Lord is King over all the earth. We are encouraged to rejoice and to be truthful in our hearts.

The reading from Revelation is the final chapter, in once sense the end of the story. In another sense this is where we begin as Christ-like ones.

The Gospel we will hear, from John 17, is part of Christ’s high priestly prayer. Listen as Christ prays for you – that you may be with him – that the love the Father and Son share may also be in you.

Let us listen as the Book of Life is opened, as we open our hearts that we may be filled with the love of Christ – that we may be in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Readings - Introduction - Easter 6

Acts 16:9-15 – Psa 67 – Rev 21:10, 22-22:5 – Jn 14:23-29 Or Jn 5:1-9
Intro to the Readings
In Acts we listen as the Apostle has a vision – makes his way to Macedonia – and meets “Lydia, a worshipper of God.” Lydia is one who’s heart is open to the Word.
Psalm 67 is a communal song of thanksgiving and praise. While it speaks of judgement the Psalm also speak of equity for all.
From Revelation we listen as we hear of the new Jerusalem. A city where the “glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
In the Gospel we are reminded to love the Lord and to keep his word.
In this reading we also hear familiar words about peace, troubled hearts, and the Holy Spirit.
With open hearts and ears let us listen, and hear how God meets us, and all nations, in the world – mindful that we are the light of the world.