Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You have showered me and Your church with grace and peace. Help me to reflect Your grace and peace to the world I live in this week. Amen.
Read: Ephesians 1
Reflect: Paul prays and praises God in the beginning of Ephesians more than in most of his letters. What is Paul so grateful for in Ephesians? In what ways is Paul grateful for the church? How could Paul’s prayer in Ephesians influence the way you pray?
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.
Hymn: “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”
Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high!
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
Till the storm of life is past.
Safe into the haven guide.
O receive my soul at last!
Other refuge have I none;
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee.
Leave, ah, leave me not alone;
Still support and comfort me!
All my trust on Thee is stayed;
All my help from Thee I bring.
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of Thy wing.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin.
Let the healing streams abound;
Make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the Fountain art;
Freely let me take of Thee.
Spring Thou up in my hear;
Rise to all eternity.
Closing Prayer: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:2 ESV)