It Is Well with My Soul: The Sacred Roots Annual 2022-2023
T he S eason from E aster to P entecost
WEEK 23 F ourth S unday of E aster April 30 - May 6, 2023
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the bodily resurrection of Jesus. The same lowly Nazarene – he who was betrayed by his own disciple, who suffered under Pilate’s cruel gaze, who was crucified on a Roman cross, and who was buried in a borrowed tomb – the same Lord rose triumphantly on the third day. Jesus has risen from death to life through the power of God. “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!” THIS WEEK’S THEME The Shepherd and Overseer of Our Souls, 1 Peter 2.19-25 Peter explains our call to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, who, in his suffering, left us an example that we might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, uttered no deceit, and never reviled in return for wrongdoing. Rather, he entrusted himself to the Father who judges justly. He bore in his body our sins on the tree, in order that we now might die to sin and live to righteousness, and we are healed by his wounds. Though in times past we were going astray, wandering without guidance or aid, now we have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.
D aily D evotional G uide P reparing O ur H earts Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, we commit ourselves to you again, affirming that while we once were roaming without help or direction, we have returned to you, and you are leading us through the work of your Son. Guide us, O great Jehovah, and lead us to the place where you have willed for us to go. We will follow no one else but you. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.
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