Poured Out

by Beth A Richardson on May 7, 2012 · 5 comments


Monday, May 7. Read the entire story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10. How does this experience challenge Peter’s understanding of what it means to be faithful to Christ?

How is Peter’s ministry changed by this experience?

Words from The Word: Shout your praises to God, everybody! Let loose and sing! Strike up the band! -Psalm 98:4, The Message

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray the words of John 15:9-15 with us this week.

Pray for: the people and countries of Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Spiritual Tools: Revisit The Examen as a powerful tool for discerning the call of God in your life.


Gracious Lord, who called your church to witness that you were in Christ reconciling all people to yourself: gather all of your children around your table for the gospel feast and shape me in such a way by your Spirit that your invitation might be extended to all through me. Amen.

-Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From p. 121 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Prayer: Lord God, transform me into the crispest of apples, the juiciest of peaches or the sweetest of berries. Use my fruitiness for you. Amen.

Art Credit: Lyre (Golden Gate Park), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Buzz May 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

Peter carries the gospel of Christ into all the world where he had been taking it only to the Jews.

Buzz May 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

RESPONSE TO AUDIO LECTIO 05/07/12 John 15:9-15
Phrase: …without me you can’t do anything….
Meaning: Keep my ego in check
Response: Let the Holy Spirit shine through me

Buzz May 7, 2012 at 10:09 am


O Lord God Almighty,
Hear this our prayer for Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.
Bring healthful nourishment to Your hungry children.
Bring curative healthful water and land to Your sick children.
Bring peace to wars raging between Your children.
Heal Your beautiful, loving children.
Show Your Holy Spirit in power over lesser spirits in this place.
Tell Your children the gospel of Jesus.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

Pat May 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

His ministry expanded to be more inclusive. May our churches follow suit

Molly May 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

There is also the matter of him being faced with being right out of his ‘comfort zone’, venturing where he had never considered going, against what he had been taught and what he believed, all that ‘received’ opinion and knowledge.. It was a monumental experience of following Jesus into a whole new way of doing things. And then he had to convince the leadership that this was the right way!
I still like that photo of the fronds of the vine reaching out towards the sun. Closely attached, part of the vine, yet they are eagerly following the light which supplies the life. It is very meaningful for me.

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