Day 408 | Saturday, 1 May 2021
Day 408 | Saturday, 1 May 2021
Welcome May! We have had a wonderful rain to replenish the earth and fill up the pond.
We are still in the Easter season on our way to Pentecost.
An Easter Season Beginning:
“Let everything that breathes - Praise the Lord.
Babies, infants and loud purring cats, Praise the Lord.
Children on skateboards and towering waterfalls, Praise the Lord.
Coyotes howling at the moon and the crash of cymbals, Praise the Lord.
Sun, moon, stars and all living creation, Praise the Lord.
Easter voices, piano chord and drumbeats, Praise the Lord.”
An Easter Season Invocation:
“Awesome and loving God, in this morning light, open our eyes to the brightness of your resurrection. Open our ears to the call of our name. Open our hearts to the joy of forgiveness, the blessings of healing and the peace of believing. In Jesus' name. Amen.”
An Easter Season Prayer
“O radiant God, in the midst of crippled hopes and shattered dreams, you worked your brightest surprise- the shining glory of the risen Christ. Even now, you are birthing new hopes and prompting new dreams. Our eyes are open wide - seeing traces of your glory in the lemon blossom and the rosebud, noticing that your blessing leaves a calm in our hearts and a patience in our voices, sensing your presence in the breaking of bread, the embrace of a friend, the planting of the seed. O radiant God, with songs of praise and hearts of gladness, we serve you as beams of joy and candles of hope. In the name of our risen Lord Amen.”
An Easter Season Affirmation of Faith
“We believe in God- creator of shoreline and mountain range, who fashions a world of beauty, splashes it with color, renews it with rain and blesses it with sun; who made us to see and appreciate the variety around us and calls us to delight and cherish; who turns darkness into day, despair into hope and dead ends into living options.
We believe in the risen Christ- still present to each of us, turning our eyes from death to life, beckoning us to look up and out to see beauty in creation, to look into the eyes of another and know they too are God's beloved, to look into a mirror and see ourselves loved and cherished.
We believe in the Holy Spirit- mysterious yet as real as the wind, a force for good, for justice, for reconciliation, blowing away hatred and fear, stirring up the dull and the bored, kindling hope and joy.
This we believe. God, help us live as Easter people.”
An Easter Season Blessing:
“May the re-possessed life of our Lord comfort you in your grief over the death of loved ones and help you overcome your own fear of death. May the power of the risen Lord convince you that, with God, all things are possible. And may the love of the risen Lord spur you onto deeds of self- giving love, enabling you to accept and embrace all fellow humans as creatures of God and all fellow Christians as members of Christ body. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Go, celebrate God's gift of new life! Amen”
Today: Celebrate May day!
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Rev. Douglas Knopp, Pastor Emeritus