Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Worship, Obedience and Perserverance

Notes for meeting of 15 February 2011

Picture of people in white robes holding candles in a procession walking toward Jesus.

(The person giving the picture identified the people as priests but they may also represent all those who are saved)

Psalm 95 (New International Version, ©2010)
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

Jesus we thank you that you that you are our Rock and our Salvation. We worship and adore you. Thank you that you care for us that you are our good shepherd. Help us to listen to you, to follow you, and to be obedient to your teaching, so that we can enter into the rest that you promise us now and when we enter into our heavenly home. Amen

Notes for meeting of 8 February 2011

Picture of rose on a Cross dripping blood. Our Lady prays at the foot of the cross and more blood flows from the rose.

John 14

James 5 v 7 – 10 (New International Version, ©2010)
Patience in Suffering
7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.