Midweek Devotion 21/5/20

St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

Midweek Devotion 21 May 2020

Led by Rev Calum I MacLeod

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

Psalm 43

Let us worship God.

The lesson is written in the Book of Acts in the 3rd  chapter.
 

Acts 3: 1-11

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” 7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished.

The Word of the Lord; thanks be to God.

Reflection

A meditation on the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

Here is Peter…
what an amazing transformation.
Here is Peter… healing a crippled beggar;
offering hope in the name of Jesus Christ.
Yes…Peter!
The self-same Peter who lacks faith,
who doesn’t understand his Master’s teachings;
whom Jesus dismisses as ‘Satan;’
who tries to walk on water,
and gets a dunking for being scared;
who gets macho with a sword,
and is a bully in a crowd,
but a weasel on his own, saying…
I don’t know him.
I don’t know him.
I don’t know him.
But here is Peter,
in the new relationship
made possible because of Jesus’ death;
born again because He is risen.
Doing what the Master did,
for the faithless, the hurt, the scared…
Here is Peter…
what an amazing transformation.
Here is you…

Amen

Prayer

Let us pray.

As you came to your friends
in the days after Easter, Lord,
so you come to us, your friends, now.

As those first disciples knew
the joy of your risen presence,
today we celebrate the blessings
of your loving presence in our lives.

As you came to your friends then
you come to your friends now.
‘Why are you troubled?’ you ask.
‘Because our world is hurting.’ we say.
So we pray for peace, Lord
and we pray for justice.
We pray for deliverance
from the illness impacting
our lives and our world

As you came to your friends then
you come to your friends now
‘I send you’ you say
So we pray for ourselves
that you would make us an Easter people
so we might bring hope to the hopeless,
comfort to those who mourn,
wholeness to the broken
and in doing so find the being of Christ within us
and in the world.

O Lord hear our prayers for ourselves and others as we join together in the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father,
which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil;
for thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory
for ever and ever, Amen.

The Benediction

Be of good courage, render no-one evil for evil,
but hold fast to the good; honour all of God’s people,
and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the Communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you
and all whom you love
this day and for ever.

(Amen)

Organ Music
 
Felix Mendelssohn Andante religioso (Sonata in B flat major Op 65 No 4)

The lesson was read by Carole Hope

Michael Harris, Organist and Master of the Music