Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. (Acts 4:1-2)
Holy Spirit, help us daily preach Jesus and his resurrection. Don’t let us be swayed by those who object to the gospel.
And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. (Acts 4:3)
Lord Jesus, when they lay hands on your faithful witnesses, give them strength to endure.
However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. (Acts 4:4)
Father, bless our witness with the power of your Holy Spirit.
And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. (Acts 4:5-6)
Jesus, set us free from fear when you call us to be your witnesses. Give us all an apostolic zeal to share the gospel.
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this? ” (Acts 4:7)
Holy Spirit, please help those who hear us recognized your power at work in us — that we could not do it on our own power.
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:8-12)
Father, bring us all to knowledge of the power of Jesus’ name.
Praying the Nicene Creed, a word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.
I believe in one God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.
and of all things visible and invisible;
Father, we know that we are surrounded by your angelic hosts and that whole company of heaven, that cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. Help us to be steady in you till we reach that place of rest. Thank you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit so that every other “lord” in our lives is brought under the sovereign rule of Jesus and he becomes our one Lord. Thank you.
the only begotten Son of God,
Father, thank you for sending your one and only son to us so that we might become your children.
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
Jesus, you have always been there; help us receive you into every part of our lives.
God of God, Light of Light,
Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.
very God of very God,
Jesus, you and the Father are one; please help us come to know you and him better.
begotten, not made,
Father, thank you for choosing Mary to bring Jesus to us. Help us to respond as she did.
being of one substance with the Father;
Jesus, you came to us bearing the image of the Father so that we might know his love for us. You are one with him and there is no division between you. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to know the unity and character that you share with the Father.
by whom all things were made;
Jesus, everything we have was made by you, there is nothing that we can have that we can call our own except for your cross and resurrection. It is all a free gift of yours; thank you.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary’s willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
Thank you, Jesus, for what you endured on the cross for us.
he suffered and was buried;
Jesus, thank you for dying for us while we were still sinners. You went to the cross and the grave for us because of your love for your father and for us. Thank you.
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
Holy Spirit, thank you that you enabled Jesus to rise from the dead. Thank you for his victory over sin and death. Please bring us to new life in him.
and ascended into heaven,
Jesus, thank you for your ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of your father. Thank you that you ever live to make intercession for us.
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
Father, thank you for giving Jesus such a place of honor; please help us honor him by our words and deeds and belief.
and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
Jesus, you are Lord and you are judge; help us to fall into your hands and not the hands of men.
whose kingdom shall have no end.
Thank you, Jesus, for your endurance to the end on the cross. Thank you for establishing an eternal kingdom.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
Father, we desperately need the renewing power of your Holy Spirit in the life of the Episcopal Church
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
Holy Spirit, thank you for helping us know both the Father and the Son!
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Holy Spirit, please help us know you, worship you, and glorify you.
STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 29, May 1, 2011
Lectionary A, Second Sunday of Easter
Theme Verse: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Readings: John 20:19-31; 1 Peter 1:1-12; Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 118:19-24
Memory Verse: Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Next Week: Luke 24:13-35; 1 Peter 1:17-23 or Acts 2:14a,36-47; Acts 2:14a,36-4 or Isaiah 43:1-12; Psalm 116
Gospel: John 20:19-31
(verse 19) A word received: I want you to come into your fears and set you free of them. Turn to me and invite me into all of the locked places in your life.
Epistle: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Greek: pilgrims/strangers/resident aliens; (verse 1) A word received: I AM calling you to be pilgrims.
* As a pilgrim you are never really a part of the culture, but you try to understand and live in it as missionaries.
* You have to separate the gospel from your own cultural background.
* For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:20)
Old Testament: Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Greek: attested/ approved; (verse 22) A word received: Are you going to be like Thomas? What will it take to ease your unbelief? I have been attested to by God by miracles, wonders, and signs. I will meet you more than half-way. I met Thomas and I will meet you.
Psalm: Psalm 118:19-24
(verse 19) A word received: I AM the gate of righteousness.
Now this is his name by which he will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:6)
In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell safely. and this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 33:16)
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous shall enter. (Psalm 118:20)
Friday: 136 * 118; Dan. 12:1-4,13; Acts 4:1-12*; John 16:1-15
HC: 116:1-8 or 118:19-24; Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14
Saturday: 145 * 104; Isaiah 25:1-9; Acts 4:13-21(22-31)*; John 16:16-33
HC: 118:14-18 or 118:19-24; Acts 4:13-21; Mark 16:9-15,20