Creative Closing For Easter 5 - Year A - George Hartwell -
Written by George Hartwell, 'Creative Closings' provide the preacher and liturgist with a way to lead the congregation to a deeper experience of the message of the selected Revised Common Lectionary text or texts for the day. 'Creative Closings' follow the sermon or homily and most often pick up on the theme of one of the sermons provided on the 'Sermons & Sermon - Lectionary Resources' site (as referenced in the 'the thematic background'). Each Creative Closing can also stand on it's own and might be used as well in a devotional or bible study session.
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THEMATIC BACKGROUND from: Our Desire and Our Growth
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own;
but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…
What is your dream? What do you desire the most?
Is it pure spiritual milk that you may grow in your salvation and
continue to know that God is good? Is it to do the works of God that God's
name may be glorified?
Let us take a moment to dream. What has God done through you? What does God
want to do through you? What is your part in letting God work through you?
I want you to focus on one thing that you could see God doing through you.
I want you to take a moment to imagine and feel what that one thing would be
I will give you a moment to picture God doing this through you.
First, I will pray and then you picture one thing that you could see God
doing through you... “Father, please breathe your Holy Spirit upon our spirit
and imagination as we picture doing your work.”... Okay I will give you one
minute to picture one thing that God wants to do through you.
(Pause of one minute)
Before we move on I want you to note how that went and how it felt. Did it
feel good? Was there joy in doing this? Do you feel enthused about it?
These can be signs that God is with you in this; that He is behind you as you
are in this. Make note of what happened for you.
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Rev. Richard J. Fairchild - Spirit Networks, 2002 - 2006
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