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Many circumstances can become invitations to rebirth: a move to a new community, a new role or relationship, a major loss, or an offer to try something fresh vocationally. It’s often scary to encounter and embrace the invitation in any of these situations.
Romans 8 invites us to a freedom...

Abba God, today I receive your love that promises I am your child. I receive your peace that reminds me all will be well. I receive your voice as the wise whisper I follow. I receive a new story. Thank you, God, that you enfold me in a giant embrace, releasing me to freedom and receiving me to love. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
May 21–27, 2018
Scripture Overview

This Sunday we will celebrate the Trinity, the Christian belief that God is one being and exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christian theologians point out that there are many references to this doctrine throughout the Bible. In Isaiah, the voice of the Lord asks, “Who will go for us?” not, “Who will go for me?” In the passage in Romans, Paul speaks of all three persons of the Trinity: We pray to the Father through the Spirit because of the work of the Son. Jesus also speaks to Nicodemus about the role of all three persons of the Trinity. This may not be the simplest of Christian doctrines, but it is foundational because it explains the nature of God and God’s work throughout human history.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Isaiah 6:1-8. When have you experienced a cleansing by God, resulting in a greater willingness to serve?
• Read Psalm 29. As you read about the power of the Lord’s voice, do you find yourself frightened or drawn in? How approachable is God to you?
• Read Romans 8:12-17. What have you released to God? What bitterness has taken its toll on your soul? Are you ready to let it go?
• Read John 3:1-17. How has your life been reshaped by the Spirit? How did sins and failings manifest in the new creation?

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