Saturday, 27 April 2013

Saturday- the Holy Spirit

Prayer;  Holy God,  Holy Mighty,  Holy Saviour of the world,  with great delight we give  You our love.  Holy God,  Holy Mighty,  Holy Saviour of the world,  we ask for Your presence of peace. Holy Spirit,  You are light and life itself,  a living fountain of knowledge and wisdom.  Cleanse our sins so that we may shine the light and love of God the Father,  and Jesus Christ His only son,  and the Holy Spirit to those we meet this day and in the next.   This we ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Each of the Saturday’s  in Easter Season we will reflect upon the Apostles Creed.   The Apostles Creed was written over decades  as Christians gathered together and decided to put in writing what they believed.  This was not an easy task.  It took decades to write and re-write.  Yet the Christians did not stop because they got discouraged.  The Christians kept going because they knew how important it is for all Christians to be able to state what they believe.   

Repeat several times the Apostles Creed.  Read through it slowly. 
I believe in God the Father Almighty,  Maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ His Only Son our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost
Born of the Virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
Was crucified, dead, and buried
He descended into hell
The third day He rose again from the dead
He ascended into heaven
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead
I believe in the Holy Ghost
The holy catholic Church
The Communion of Saints
The Forgiveness of Sins
The Resurrection of the body
And the Life everlasting.

Reflection:  What does it mean to believe in the Holy Spirit?     The holy catholic Church does not mean the Roman Catholic Church but all Churches in this world.  So if we believe in a Church of the world, then why do we have so many denominations?   Are you comforted knowing that the communion of saints – those who have died and are in heaven,  are praying for you each and every day?
What three things has God promised us that is written here in the Apostles Creed?

Sit in silence for a few moments.   Let what you have read today wash over your thoughts and your mind.

Prayer:  Thank You God that You are our Creator and Redeemer and Sustainer.  All day long and through the silent hours of the night,  You guard and keep us.  We thank You that through the sacrifice of Jesus,  we have the forgiveness of sins – the resurrection of the body – and life everlasting!  Thank You!  Amen.

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