Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Vacant Cross and the Empty Tomb

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
That stone is now the cornerstone
that builders once despised.
This is the doing of the Lord,
and wondrous in our eyes!
 —Psalm 118:22-23
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth
—Job 19:25
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
God provides the gift of life, but our death-conditioned minds do not recognize it. It is so foreign to all that we're used to, that we discard it, unrecognized. But God does not accept our rejection. He comes again and uses what we have rejected to build our lives in salvation and to hold us together in eternity.
 —Eugene Peterson, Praying with the Psalms
TODAY'S PRAYER
Glory to you, O God, our Strength and our Redeemer. The vacant cross and the empty tomb vindicate your claim that the love which suffers is the love which saves. So fill your people with joy and your church with celebration that the world may know that your holy Son Jesus is not a dead hero we commemorate, but the living Lord we worship...
 Common Order, Church of Scotland
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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