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I met six-year-old Kyle just before Christmas several years ago.
He excitedly offered to recite the story of Jesus’ birth from
Luke’s Gospel. He got to his favorite part—where the angels
appeared to the shepherds and proclaimed, “Glory to God in
the highest, and on earth, peace!” But his mind...

Steadfast God, anchor me in your word and your love, so that I may work for your peace. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
May 22–28, 2017
Scripture Overview

The entire Easter season focuses on the new governance that breaks the grip of all that is old, tired, deathly, and enslaving. The psalm shows the church using the ancient language of enthronement. Now it is Jesus through whom the drama of God’s power is brought to fruition. In Acts, the community accepts the new governance as a bold witness in the world, sustained by a disciplined life of prayer. The epistle reading addresses people who are in the midst of suffering, hurt, and need. They are enjoined to powerful hope for the time of God’s eventual and full triumph. The Gospel portrays the church under the power of God’s resolve, being given a wholly new identity and vocation in the world.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Acts 1:6-14. Having received the power of the Holy Spirit, how is your life unfolding?
• Read Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35. When have you sensed God’s absence? How did you attempt to fill that void?
• Read 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11.When has God restored you?
• Read John 17:1-11. Where do you see Jesus as you go about your daily life?

Respond by posting a prayer.

Connor

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