Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You offer the only true solution to the real problems we face in this life. Help me to rely on Your solution, and to show Your solution to the world around me. Amen.
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Reflect: What do you think it means to live for Christ and no longer live for yourself? Why does Jesus’ death show us that we can be new people? How do we stop evaluating ourselves from a human point of view? Why does this help?
Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself
Hymn: “O Worship the King”
O worship the King, all glorious above,
And gratefully sin His wonderful love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, and sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunder clouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breaths in the air; it shines in the light.
It streams from the hills; it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee to we trust, nor find Thee to fail.
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!
Closing Prayer: So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:18)