Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You have set me free from the bondage to sin I have been subjected to. Help me to choose to live the new victorious life only you can give. Amen.
Read: Ephesians 5:8-14
Reflect: What does it mean to live in the light? How do we rise from the dead of darkness? Is there a difference between living in the light and allowing Christ’s light to shine on you? How does Christ’s light change how we behave?
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.
Hymn: “Abide with Me”
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou can changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my Guide and Stay can be?
Trough cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee.
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Closing Prayer: To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:27)