O Beauty, so ancient and so new! Late have we loved you, though you were always with us. Call still to our heart, burst still on our deafness and scatter even yet our blindness. Still let our hearts pant for you, still let our soul hunger for you and touch us even yet with the gift of your peace. Amen.Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Holy God of the morning: still our minds.
Holy God of creation: create through us new life and vitality today.
Holy God of whispering gentle breeze: come to us in sighs too deep for words.
Holy God of crashing thunder: break into our lives and into our complacency.
Holy God of sun and warmth: encourage us to reach out with love.
Holy God of the evening: fill the fading light of this day with your awesome presence that we might worship you, honour you, glorify you, bless you, praise and adore you as we take our rest. Amen.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””
Luke 24:36b-48 (Alive in Christ)
“Peace be with you.” (v. 36)
Romans 4:13-25 (God’s promise, realised through faith)
“For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” (v. 13)
Romans 5:1-11 (Justification and sanctification)
“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (v. 5)
Romans 5:12-21 (Sin and grace. dead or alive!)
“Just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (v. 21)
Romans 6:1-14 (A new way of living)
“Walk in newness of life” (v. 4)
Romans 6:15-23 (Slavery or freedom?)
“The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 23)
Romans 8:1-11 (Life in the Spirit)
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” (v. 11)