Devotions for Eastertide

Companions of Brother Lawrence, April 8th 2024

by Christine Sine

compiled by Margery Tate, a friend of godspacelight writer, Carol Dixon

Call to Worship (inspired by Luke 24:13-35)

O God, you come to us in unexpected places, in a crowded
room, behind closed doors.
You come to us on dusty roads, as we go from place to place
and in conversations with loved ones.
You come bringing us peace, where there is no peace.
You come bringing us hope when everything seems hopeless
You come bringing us courage when we are afraid.
Come and be among us now, and in every place where we
are, open our eyes to see you, and open our hearts and to
know you.
In the name of the Risen Christ we pray.  Amen
Ann Harbridge, DLM, Minister at Trinity Centennial United Church in
Rosemont, Ontario.

Hymn – Lord Jesus Christ

Reflective Prayer (inspired by the events in Luke 24:13-35)
Easter is not an event that has occurred, it’s an adventure that
has begun; not a place that we have visited but a path on
which we stand.
A story not complete, but unfolding, with the promise of new
life, for you and me and for all people, in all places.
Today we continue the journey, we re-enter the story to
explore our questions to uncover our doubts, to face our
nagging need.
We walk the path of two who travelled a dusty road
wrapped in confusion and despair two who shared the
company of a stranger voicing their pain, airing their fears and
in the listening, heard words of hope and promise, and in the
eating, received true bread of life
Today we re-enter the story with expectation that Christ
will also reveal himself to us
Risen Christ
walk with us this day
be our companion and guide
be our teacher and friend
be our host and servant
bringing your gifts of faith, peace and hope
and deep joy as always Amen.

Craig Mitchell (2005) & Iona Community. In “Emmaus Worship Service,” posted
on Mountain Masala: Exploring Spirituality, Culture, Media and
As you say the prayer below remember all
Companions/your family and friends, by name
O God, here we are, all devoted to you; make us according
your heart.
Reflect on the two who met with Jesus on the road to
Picture Jesus coming alongside our fellow Companions/family
and friends in every place where they are.
Picture Him coming alongside you right now as you continue
to worship Him.
Enjoy His loving presence and hear His word of peace

Hymn – Wise men seeking Jesus

The Servant Girl at Emmaus
(inspired by Luke 24:13-35)

She listens, listens, holding
her breath. Surely that voice
is his—the one who had looked at her, once, across the
crowd, as no one ever had looked?
Had seen her? Had spoken as if to her?
Surely those hands were his, taking the platter of bread from
hers just now?
Hands he’d laid on the dying and made them well?
Surely that face—?
The man they’d crucified for sedition and blasphemy.
The man whose body disappeared from its tomb.
The man it was rumoured now some women had seen
this morning, alive?
Those who had brought this stranger home to their table
don’t recognize yet with whom they sit. But she in the kitchen,
absently touching the wine jug she’s to take in, a young Black
servant intently listening, swings round and sees the light
around him and is sure.
Denise Levertov (1923–1997). Journey with Jesus.

Prayers of Intercession
When we are stumbling in desolation and despair, our
dreams shattered, and all hope lost
Risen Christ, meet us on that lonely road.

When we cannot recognise any trace of your
presence, and are baffled by confusion and our failure
to understand
Risen Christ, speak words of comfort and peace.

In our homes, our work and our everyday living,
in our shared meals and welcome of the stranger.
Risen Christ, show yourself in the breaking of
When we are delighted by startled recognition,
and overwhelmed by joy in your presence,
Risen Christ, send us out with confidence and
hope to share the good news with friends and

Hymn – Now the green blade rises

Words of Commission and Benediction
(inspired by Luke 24:13-35)

Let us go now as those who have met with Christ
in the morning of this day.
Let us go now as those who hearts have burned within them,
as the Scriptures were explained.
Let us go now as those

who have been touched by resurrection.
May the blessing of God
be upon you, body, mind and spirit,
as you leave this place,
Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality

Day 4 Living in the Presence of God
The Everyday Spirituality of Brother Lawrence

Walk with God in simple faith,
with humility and with love,
and try diligently to do nothing
that would displease Him.
Make it your goal to persevere,
simply and solely in His presence
habitual, silent, and secret
conversation of your soul with God.
And trust, that when you have done all you can do,
He will do what is best for you.


And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of
God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all
evermore. Amen.

Prayers for the Day

Prayers for the Day, Prayer Cards – Download

These beautiful prayer cards include 11 prayers by Christine Sine and crafted by Hilary Horn with watercolor succulent design and contemplative imagery are available for download. Each card provides a prayer on the front with a photo for reflection as well as a scripture and suggested meditative response to the prayer. Allow yourself to relax, refresh, and commune with God through each prayer. Immerse yourself in the reflection as you give yourself space to enter into God’s presence.

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