Thursday, September 17

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, help me as I try to understand Your grace, and work to show Your grace to the people around me. Amen.

Read: Matthew 5:13-16
Reflect:
In what ways are Jesus’ followers salt and light? How do you think Jesus expected his followers to live as salt and light? How are Jesus’ followers doing at fulfilling Jesus’ expectations for saltiness and light?

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

Hymn: “Jesus I Come”
Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of Life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus I come to Thee.

Closing Prayer: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” (Philippians 4:23)

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