Friday Morning: 12 Apr 2019 – Jeremiah 20:10-11, John 10:31-42 ~ “I am the Son of God”

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening Sentence:

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O, that today you would pay attention to his voice!

Reading from the Old Testament – Jeremiah 20:10-11 (NLT)

I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say, “and then we will get our revenge on him.”

But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten.

Reading from the New Testament – John 10:31-42 (NLT)

Once again the people picked up stones to kill him. Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”

They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus replied, “It is written in your own Scriptures that God said to certain leaders of the people, ‘I say, you are gods!’ And you know that the Scriptures cannot be altered. So if those people who received God’s message were called ‘gods,’ why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” And many who were there believed in Jesus.

“Overcome” (Psalm 18) – James Block


Closing Prayer:

Almighty God: Your beloved Son suffered rejection, pain and crucifixion before he entered into the joy of glory. Grant that we too, walking in the way of the cross, may discover it to be the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Pause to Ponder Holy Week and Easter

Pause to Ponder Holy Week and Easter

Our 2019 New Testament Reading Plan has taken us through the Gospel of John and the Book of Romans. We will continue our reading plan with the Gospel of Mark after Easter on Monday, April 22nd.

Since Holy Week and Easter are only a few days away, it seems right to pause our reading plan in order to ponder the events that forever changed the world and, in turn, forever changed our lives by making us right with God.

Definition of ponder

transitive verb

1 : to weigh in the mind : appraise pondered their chances of success
2 : to think about : reflect on pondered the events of the day

intransitive verb

: to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply

We will be following the daily USCCB Lectionary Readings on the days leading up to Easter. Please pause to ponder what God has done for you.

May God transform us into new creations by changing the way we think.
Then we will learn to know God’s will for us,
which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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