Opening Prayer: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open and all desires known and from you no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify Your holy Name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Read: 1 John 4:15-21
Reflect: How are abiding in God and loving our brothers connected? Why do you think John says a person is a liar if they say they love God and hate their brother? How does loving God help us love others?
Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself
Hymn: “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee.
I give Thee back my life I woe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O Light that followst all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to Thee.
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me though pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee.
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.
O cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee.
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
Closing Prayer: Almighty Father, I have come into Your presence today to grow as a disciple of Jesus, as I go through the rest of my day, help me to live a life of worship and continue to draw me closer to Yourself. Amen.