Friday, January 30

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, allow me to experience Your kingdom to the fullest, in righteousness, peace, and joy, and living in the power of Your son’s resurrection. Amen.

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Reflect: What does Paul equate with the power of God? How are God’s power and wisdom compared in this passage? How do we experience God’s power?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy”
The kingdom of God is justice and joy,
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know,
And here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.

The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place.
The outcasts are welcomed God’s banquet to share,
And hope is awakened in place of despair.

The kingdom of God is challenge and choice;
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
His love for us sinners brought Christ to His cross,
Our crisis of judgment for gain or for loss.

God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal-
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer His call,
And all things cry, “Glory!” to God All-in-all.

Closing Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but delver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Thursday, January 29

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, allow me to experience Your kingdom to the fullest, in righteousness, peace, and joy, and living in the power of Your son’s resurrection. Amen.

Read: Psalm 150
Reflect: What emotions does this Psalm stir in you? Do you think the instructions of this Psalm were meant for people who feel like praising God? How do we react to this Psalm when we don’t feel like praising God?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy”
The kingdom of God is justice and joy,
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know,
And here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.

The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place.
The outcasts are welcomed God’s banquet to share,
And hope is awakened in place of despair.

The kingdom of God is challenge and choice;
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
His love for us sinners brought Christ to His cross,
Our crisis of judgment for gain or for loss.

God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal-
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer His call,
And all things cry, “Glory!” to God All-in-all.

Closing Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but delver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, January 28

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, allow me to experience Your kingdom to the fullest, in righteousness, peace, and joy, and living in the power of Your son’s resurrection. Amen.

Read: Isaiah 9:2-7
Reflect: What would it look like for these words to come true, “there will be no end to the increase of peace”? What would it take for this kind of peace to come? Can we experience limitless peace in our lives today? Why or why not?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy”
The kingdom of God is justice and joy,
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know,
And here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.

The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place.
The outcasts are welcomed God’s banquet to share,
And hope is awakened in place of despair.

The kingdom of God is challenge and choice;
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
His love for us sinners brought Christ to His cross,
Our crisis of judgment for gain or for loss.

God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal-
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer His call,
And all things cry, “Glory!” to God All-in-all.

Closing Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but delver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, January 27

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, allow me to experience Your kingdom to the fullest, in righteousness, peace, and joy, and living in the power of Your son’s resurrection. Amen.

Read: John 14:25-31
Reflect: Why does Jesus reassure his disciples that he will give them his peace? Why do you think they needed to hear that he would leave them his peace? How do modern day disciples of Jesus experience his peace?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy”
The kingdom of God is justice and joy,
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know,
And here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.

The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place.
The outcasts are welcomed God’s banquet to share,
And hope is awakened in place of despair.

The kingdom of God is challenge and choice;
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
His love for us sinners brought Christ to His cross,
Our crisis of judgment for gain or for loss.

God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal-
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer His call,
And all things cry, “Glory!” to God All-in-all.

Closing Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but delver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Monday, January 26

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, allow me to experience Your kingdom to the fullest, in righteousness, peace, and joy, and living in the power of Your son’s resurrection. Amen.

Read: Romans 4
Reflect: Why was Abraham considered righteous? What does Paul want his readers to learn from Abraham? What does Paul teach about righteousness from this chapter?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “The Kingdom of God is Justice and Joy”
The kingdom of God is justice and joy,
For Jesus restores what sin would destroy.
God’s power and glory in Jesus we know,
And here and hereafter the kingdom shall grow.

The kingdom of God is mercy and grace;
The captives are freed, the sinners find place.
The outcasts are welcomed God’s banquet to share,
And hope is awakened in place of despair.

The kingdom of God is challenge and choice;
Believe the good news, repent and rejoice!
His love for us sinners brought Christ to His cross,
Our crisis of judgment for gain or for loss.

God’s kingdom is come, the gift and the goal-
In Jesus begun, in heaven made whole.
The heirs of the kingdom shall answer His call,
And all things cry, “Glory!” to God All-in-all.

Closing Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but delver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Friday, January 23

Opening Prayer: My Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunity to do Your will in the world around me, and to walk with You every day. Amen.

Read: Deuteronomy 30:11-20
Reflect: What does Moses (the author of Deuteronomy) say is the way to experience life? Does he believe this is a hard calling? Can you interpret Moses’ instructions, on what the Lord has required, in light of Micah 6:8?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord”
All braise to our redeeming Lord,
Who joins us by His grace
And bids us, each to each restore,
Together seek His face.

He bids us build each other up;
And, gathered into one,
To our high calling’s glorious hope
We hand in hand go on.

The gift which He on one bestows,
We all delight to prove;
The grace through every vessel flows
In purest streams of love.

We all partake the joy of one;
The common peace we feel-
A peace to sensual minds unknown,
A joy unspeakable.

And if our fellowship below
In Jesus be so sweet,
What height of rapture shall we know
When round His throne we meet!

Closing Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but delver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.