John 5:1-18

 

Sabbath healing sick
“Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
Persecute! Blaspheme!

 

(A haiku I wrote for my “Preaching with Imagination” course 19 Feb 2013)

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Prayer for those seeking deeper knowledge of God

Gracious and holy God,
give us diligence to seek you,
wisdom to perceive you,
and patience to wait for you.
Grant us, O God,
a mind to meditate on you;
eyes to behold you;
ears to listen for your word;
a heart to love you;
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

 

(From the Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 76, Additional prayers for mission)