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Faith Daily | 23 May 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 514


Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life:

grant that we may walk in his way,

rejoice in his truth,

and share his risen life;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen


Prayer of the week until Ascension

Grant, we pray, almighty God,

that as we believe your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

to have ascended into the heavens,

so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend,

and with him continually dwell;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


GOSPEL for the Day: John 15:26 - 16:4


26”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.


”I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.”


GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev'd Jan


“you may remember”….. many things of our faith journey are about remembering – from sacramental remembrance in the Eucharist, to the moments of grace that sustain us through times when we feel graceless. Like smells that prompt a happy memory, we need the words of Jesus to bring us into a connectivity of belonging, and sustaining hope. Much more than a feeling, this belonging is our life line, our mutuality with the Christ.


I was with a fellow Christian last week, visiting, and I noticed a chair in a different place. She explained that visitors had been there that morning. I remarked it is always good to have an empty chair as part of our ‘circle’, it reminds us that Jesus is always with us. Many small groups, I went onto comment, have an empty chair purposefully set that way. She had not heard that before and was quite struck with the image of it.

The Spirit of truth, the Advocate, is always with us. It is the promise of Jesus of continuing presence. Lest we forget.


FINAL PRAYER Psalm 139 6-11


Where shall I go from your spirit:

or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend into heaven you are there:

if I make my bed in the grave you are there also.

If I spread out my wings towards the morning:

or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there your hand shall lead me:

and your right hand shall hold me.

If I say ‘Surely the darkness will cover me:

and the night will enclose me’,

The darkness is no darkness with you,

but the night is as clear as the day:

the darkness and the light are both alike.

Amen.


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