Thursday, August 13

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, you have called me to walk in a manner worthy of the calling of Jesus. I can only do this by the power of Your Holy Spirit at work in my life. Please empower me. Amen.

Read: 1 John 1:5-10
How does John go from talking about the character and attributes of Jesus to talking about forgiveness? What do light and dark represent in this passage? List three descriptions of life in the light.

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

Hymn: “This is My Father’s World”
This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world.
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas-
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world.
The birds their carols raise.
The morning light, the lily white
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world.
He shines in all that’s fair.
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget.
That though the wrong seems oft so stron,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world.
The battle is not done;
Jesus, who died, shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.

Closing Prayer: When He ascended on high, He led free a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men. Amen.

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