May 11, 2020 | We Owe Credit

Leader: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Psalm 91

Reader 1: You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shade of the Almighty,

Reader 2: Say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

Reading – Acts 14:8-13

Reader 3: At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked.  He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet.” He jumped up and began to walk about.  When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in human form.” They called Barnabas “Zeus” and Paul “Hermes,” because he was the chief speaker.  And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, for he together with the people intended to offer sacrifice.

Reflection:

Leader: As Paul and Barnabas continue to preach and gain followers for the Lord, they encounter successes and challenges.  Many have come to believe because of their healing and their preaching.  But some see them as being gods “in human form” and Paul corrects them.  Paul is very aware that his power to heal and to evangelize comes from God “who made heaven and earth.” (Acts 14:15) and he wants the crowds to give the glory to God.  Often successful leaders, even those in the Christian community are tempted to think that good things happen solely because of themselves.  This reading reminds us that we owe the credit to the Lord.

Intentional Prayer

Leader: Filled with your goodness, O God, we pray:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 1: For CommonSpirit Health leaders to serve with wisdom for the common good, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For the religious and chaplains who care for the spiritual health of those in our communities, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For those who grieve that they will be comforted and find peace, we pray to the Lord:

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer

Reader 3: Our Father …

Closing Prayer

Reader 4: God and Father of the Word made flesh., you have sent men and women to spread the Good News.  May your word take root in the hearts of all who hear, and bear fruit in the lives of all who follow your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever,   Amen.

 Leader: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!