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  • 1. Gospel (John 4:43-54) The royal official said to Jesus, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. He and his whole household came to believe.” ...from some food item today and offer that sacrifice for those who are unwell at this time. ... someone help if you see that they need it. Respond to the signs that are given to you. ...Lord, the people in the gospel would only believe when they saw your miracles. Give us faith without seeing. In the words of Thomas, Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. Amen.
  • 2. Gospel (John 5:1-16) After healing a sick man, Jesus found him in the temple area and said, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” ...from doing something intentionally that you know is wrong. Think about the potential consequences of some of your actions. ... respect to all you meet today. ...Dear Jesus, please help me to be a good person, always looking to better myself and those around me. Please forgive me for the times I’ve hurt you or others. Keep me from sin today. Amen.
  • 3. Gospel (John 5:17-30) For the father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.” ...from doubting your own abilities today. Rejoice in your gifts and talents. ... everything you can to make today a life giving experience. Be joyful! ...Lord, we have much to be happy about but sometimes we only see the bad stuff. Let us see how great you are and that in your greatness, we can truly become people of love and joy! Amen.
  • 4. Gospel (John 5:31-47) Jesus said to the Jews, “You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.” ...from looking for happiness in the wrong places, knowing that they are not helpful to you. ... encouragement to someone who often seems down and almost out! ...Lord, we seek to know the truth about you and sometimes we look in the wrong places or find it hard to accept certain things. Please give us patience, increase our faith and give us the hope for eternal life. Amen
  • 5. Gospel (Matthew 4:4) One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God ...from one meal today or eat very simply. Maybe try living on £1 for the day, or even maybe try that for a week! ... your local church the pleasure of your company during this season. Why not go to church during Holy Week and Easter. Give thanks for all God has provided for you. ...Lord, as we enter this holiday period, we remember the journey that you took to your death. You were not defeated by death though, and we look with hope to our future with you, the hope of our resurrection. Thank you so much for your love. Amen.