As you gather, move chairs into groups of three.
Welcome and Centering
Welcome. Let’s center by taking a deep breath in, let it out. Breath in, and out. Let’s pray together.
ALL: An Invitation to Christ by Dimitri of Rostov
Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life, and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds.
Come, Flame of divine love, and burn up the thorns of my sins,
kindling my heart with the flame of your love.
Come, my King, sit upon the throne of my heart and reign there,
for you alone are my King and my Lord.
Gratitude and Glory Sightings
1 Chronicles 16:34 NRSV
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Please stand and share with the whole group a word of gratitude or glory sighting from the last week. Did God teach you something or reveal something to you? Was a prayer answered or was God apparent in the midst of a situation? Did God give you the chance to bring peace or hope or share the Good News of Jesus?
Persons stand and share
God’s Word for Today
Adapted from Pray as You Go, a daily prayer app (Jesuit apps)
ONE: I’ll be reading the scripture three times. As you listen to the scripture the first time, place yourself in the story. Who are you and what are you feeling?
Luke 13:10-17 (NRSV) Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman
Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.
But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.”
But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?”
When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
As you listen again, what part of the scene is affecting you most? Be brave and stay with that part. Read the passage again and then pause.
Listen to the passage a third time. Discuss your experience with Jesus and listen to what he says to you. Read the passage again and then pause.
Share your experience with your group of three. When your group is ready, continue with the prayer time, spiritual goal setting time, and closing blessing.
Jeremiah 29:12 NRSV
Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.
Pray blessing over each other and for each other’s needs
Pray for the needs of your community and world
Spiritual Goal Setting
Care of Soul Question – What devotional practices are you finding most helpful in strengthening your relationship with Jesus?
Fulfilling Your Call Question – What is your mission from God and how are you fulfilling it?
Set a spiritual goal for the coming week.
In your group of three, read the closing blessing together.
Closing Blessing- Psalm 5:11-12, The Voice
Let those who run to You for safety be glad they did
Let them break out in joyful song.
May You keep them safe—
their love for You resounding in their hearts.
You, O Eternal, are the One who lays all good things in the laps of the right-hearted.
Your blessings surround them like a shield.
Soul Tending, Luke 13:10-17 compilation © 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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