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Sunday Devotion: 16 May 2021, Seventh Sunday of Easter

Sunday Devotions

Stepping up and taking responsibility

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Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocesan community, ‘Sunday Devotions’ is a column of short reflections based on a Lectionary reading of the day, suitable for small group discussion or personal use.

Main Readings: Acts 1.15-17; 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5.9-13; John 17.6-19

Supplementary Readings: Psalm 133; Hebrews 2.5-9; Genesis 14.14-20; Psalm 24; John 16.16-24

“to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” (Acts 1.25)

A girls’ soccer team lost their coach after she left to train the boys’ team. The girls’ parents seek for a new coach because they know how important the team is to their daughters. One of the girls’ older sisters steps up to take on the position.

We all face times in our lives when we are invited or required to step up and take on board the work previously done by someone else – sometimes this is dramatic and daunting and sometimes this is smooth and expected. Matthias stepped up to replace Judas Iscariot, taking on board Judas’ ministry and apostleship.

We all have a calling to share the Gospel message – sometimes we choose to step up of our own volition and at other times we may be elected or invited. There will be many times that we will be a part of something important and someone involved will leave. It’s in these moments that we can stop and ask God if we should step up and take the responsibility into our own hands.

God has a role for everyone and will guide us through it.

This Sunday Devotion was written by Year 11 Fraser Coast Anglican College student BecK Joy, with the assistance of Chaplain The Rev’d Jeff Jarvis.

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