Time in the Word

A Study for Easter 7

Theme for the week: "The church of the future"

Acts 16:6-10 – The Spirit Calls Paul to a new work
Revelation 22:12-14; 16-17; 20 – Christ will return to the earth
John 17:20-26 – Jesus prays for the future disciples
Psalm of the Week: Psalm 133
Hymn of the week: TLH # 221 “Hark! Ten Thousand Harps & Voices!”

Monday, May 21, 2001 

Easter 7 is like the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. The church is to wait and pray for the coming of the Spirit. Easter 7 is a quiet period of reflection and where Jesus is now and what is to come later, the mission arm of the church and the return of Christ in glory.

Tuesday May 22, 2001 - Acts 16:6-10

“When God closes a door he always opens a window” is a typical remark used to describe our text. Twice the door is closed; in fact, it’s slammed closed! God says “no!” only to say “yes” to something else. How do we react to God’s closed and slammed doors? Sometimes his “no” means that a better “yes” is just around the corner. Watch and wait.

Wednesday May 23, 2001 - Revelation 22:12-14; 16-17; 20

The church has long since prayed come Lord Jesus, come even today!  As we wait for the celebration of Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit we also anticipate the return of Christ. What do we anticipate to happen when Christ appears? He will come to judge evil and give life to His people. This should make each of us pray “come Lord Jesus, come even today! Amen!

 Thursday, May 24, 2001 - John 17:20-26

In the Gospel lesson for this coming Sunday Jesus prays for His children that they may receive the promised Spirit. What a comfort to know that Jesus prayed for you. What did He pray for. Consider the words of our lesson; that you would be one in God, that you would be one with each other; that you would be one with Christ in heaven.  Such was the request that the Savior made for His people while He was on this earth. May it be fulfilled in us.  

Friday, May 25, 2001 - Psalm 133

Our psalm for this week, Psalm 133 is set as a prayer in which God’s people would be treated and considered as family. Dew is seen as a symbol of blessing. The point, when we are united in Christ the blessings will naturally come. May that be our aim and goal, to be united in Christ as a family of faith, a house of peace, and harbor of hope. That was the Psalmist’s goal, may it be ours as well as we serve God here at Friedheim. 

Saturday, May 26, 2001 - Hebrews 1:6

Jesus our King is enthroned above. That is the reality that our hymn speaks of this morning. Because of the Ascension Jesus reigns and heaven rejoices. He rules over all things. This is the king of glory that you and I worship in spirit and in truth. 

A Prayer for Easter 7

O King of Glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph above all heavens, we pray, leave us not without consolation, but send us the Spirit of truth, whom You promised from the Father, for Your live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p.56-56

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series C John R. Brokhoff C. S. S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 pp. 125