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Beth A. Richardson

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Saturday
Jun202015

Hear Our Prayer

God weeps. "A voice is heard in Ramah -- in Charleston -- mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more."
- Based on Jeremiah 31:15

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

           

Friends, I'm honored to share with you that I have a new book scheduled to be published in March, 2016. Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings will a book of prayers for many occasions. If you'd like to receive information about this project, I invite you to sign up for my mailing list below or by following this link.

Blessings,
Beth

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Thursday
Jun112015

Bless This Day

Let this day be your day.
Let your Spirit be in my spirit,
Your words in my mouth,
Your love in my heart.

Let me be your hands,
Your feet,
Your heart
In the world.

Let this day be your day.

Amen.

 

Friends, I'm happy to share with you that I have a new book scheduled to be published in March, 2016. Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings will a book of prayers for many occasions. If you'd like to receive information about this project, I invite you to sign up for my mailing list below or by following this link.

Blessings,
Beth

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Sunday
May242015

Pentecost - Happy Birthday to the Church

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What Is Pentecost? Pentecost is a Greek word meaning "the fiftieth day." The feast of Pentecost was celebrated 50 days after the Jewish Passover. (When counting, omit the Sabbaths.) The Jewish feast of Pentecost was the festival giving thanks for the first fruits of the corn harvest. Acts 2:1 notes that on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus' disciples. This event was called Pentecost by the early Christian Church. And it is observed today as the birth of the Church. Read the whole story: Acts 2:1-21.
Sunday
Apr052015

Easter

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

Jesus said to [Mary], "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
- John 20:15-17 (NRSV)

 


Audio Lectio for Easter Sunday: Pray John 20:11-18.

Scripture Readings for Easter Sunday (April 5)

Photo Credit: © Beth A. Richardson. Dogwood bloom outside The Upper Room.

Saturday
Apr042015

Holy Saturday

We wait in sorrow and in hope.

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. ... And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
- John 19:40, 42 (NRSV)

 


Scripture Readings for Holy Saturday (April 4)

Photo Credit: Photo © Beth A. Richardson. The Pietà by Michelangelo housed in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.