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April 29


Elementary:

In our readings today, the people who believed in Jesus were bold enough to share his story with the world – a story we think about every day even today after 2000 years.

Consider this story:

The man whispered, "God, speak to me."

And a meadowlark sang.  But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled, "God, speak to me!"

Thunder rolled across the sky.  But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said, "God, let me see you."

A star shone brightly.  But he did not notice it.

And the man shouted, "God show me a miracle."

And a baby was born.  But the man was unaware.

So, the man cried out in despair,

"Touch me, God, and let me know that you are here!"

Whereupon God reached down and touched the man.

But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

Sometimes we miss out on blessings because it isn't packaged the way we expect it to be – we can be a little blind in some ways.

Let's pray:

God open our eyes and ears, mind and heart

to help us see you all around.

We thank you for this day Lord.

May we see you in one place today

And in more places tomorrow.

We make our prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.

With eyes wide open we continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


High School

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Things are popping up in our Easter season

Psalm 48:1 says: " Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; …."

Like many parents, I always made a point of praising my children. When they were little, they would show me their works of art. I would say to them "What a good job you did!" "That's great!" And then I might say "So what is it?"

Many of the psalms are full of praise. Sometimes it is the king who is being praised. Sometimes it is God. But does God need us to praise God? It is an interesting question. I don't think God needs our praises to build up God's confidence and self-esteem.

Perhaps the main reason we need to praise God is not because it boosts up or changes God, but because it changes us. The more we praise God, the more we open our eyes to all that is praiseworthy in our lives and in the world around us. Praising God helps us focus on all that is good and holy in our lives.

Encountering God in Jesus changes us – that is how holy love works.  The challenge before us is: "Are we open to such a boldness that puts us at the service of Jesus and the world?"

So, we pray:

Here I am. Lord – body, heart and soul.

With your love, may I be big enough to touch the whole world,

With moments of your grace and life.

And small enough to be at one with you.

In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

We boldly go where no one has gone before – into our future in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.