Faith Daily | 29 September 2022
PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p583
you declare your almighty power
chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant us such a measure of your grace
that, running in the way of your commandments,
we may obtain your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 1: 45-51 for MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
GOSPEL REFLECTION: Rev’d Josie
Come and See. See what? See whom? No other information, no justification, just an invitation.
Come and See.
See God. See humanity. See what happens when we truly put others ahead of ourselves. See what God is still doing in and through Jesus and the community of disciples who have chosen to follow him. Of course, this assumes a) we actually have found something that is important to us at church and b) that we are able to name and share that.
When we say those words, what are we inviting people to see? I know I haven’t been physically present in a while, but what remains important to me at Kenmore is the total acceptance and inclusivity my family has found there. No judgement, no ‘helpful’ commentary, no challenge, only love and support. This is what I invite people to see. How about you?
FINAL PRAYER Donal Harrington “Love is our creed”
We call upon the Holy Trinity to bless our relationships;
to bless us with unity like that within God,
to bless us with diversity like that within God,
to bless us with intimacy like that within God,
to bless us with creativity like that within God,
to bless us with passion like that within God,
and to draw us ever more deeply,
and to draw us forever, into the life that is God.