Opening Prayer: Almighty God, help me as I respond to Your grace today to walk in Your presence. Amen.
Read: 1 Peter 1:1-25
Reflect: Why does Peter say trials are necessary? What does it mean to be holy as the Lord is holy? Why does Peter speak to the temporary nature of human life? What does Peter believe comes from an accurate understanding of trials, and of God?
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.
Hymn: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of God’s unchanging love.
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come.
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God.
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace, now like a fetter,
Bind my yielded heart to Thee.
Let me know Thee in Thy fullness;
Guide me by Thy mighty hand
Till, transformed, in Thine own image,
In thy presence I shall stand.
Closing Prayer: Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Amen.