Monday, December 7

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You are all powerful, and You expect Your followers to experience the power You give. Help me to make the most of the power available to believers in Jesus. Amen.

Read: Psalm 108

Read: Matthew 28:16-20

Reflect: Compare the Great Commission of Matthew 28 to Jesus’ words in Mark 16:15-18. How are the two passages similar? What differences stand out between the two? Jesus promises to be with his disciples to the very end of the age, how have you experienced Jesus presence?

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

Hymn: “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega-
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and Evermore!

O that birth forever blessed,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face,
Evermore and Evermore!

Christ, to Thee of God and Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

Closing Prayer: Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen (Psalm 72:18-19)

 

Monday, November 30

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for the many gifts You have given me. Help me to better understand the gift of Your grace in this time. Amen.

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Reflect: How does Paul’s definition of love inform our understanding of God’s grace? What is the most important part of this chapter to you? Why does it stick out to you most? How can you apply this understanding of love to one relationship in your life today?

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

Hymn: “Fairest Lord Jesus”
Fairest Lord Jesus!
Ruler of all nature!
O Thou of God and man the Son!
Thee will I cherish;
The will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown!

Fair are the meadow;
Fairer still the woodlands,
Roved in the blooming garb of spring.
Jesus is fairer;
Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing!

Fair is the sunshine;
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry hosts.
Jesus shines brighter;
Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast!

Beautiful Savior!
Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of man!
Flory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Closing Prayer: Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen (Psalm 72:18-19)

Friday, November 27

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You are my only King. Teach me to be obedient in service and devotion to You, that I will please you with all that I am. Amen

Read: Luke 23:35-43

Reflect: What does this interaction with the criminal being crucified with Jesus teach us about his kingdom? Why do you think so many people insulted Jesus during the crucifixion? What is Jesus’ attitude on the cross? How does Jesus’ response to those who mocked him give us hope as his followers?

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

Hymn: “Come, Thou Almighty King”
Come Thou Almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing.
Help us to praise.
Father all-glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

Come, Thou Incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty sword.
Our prayer attend.
Come, and Thy people bless,
And give Thy word success.
Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.

Come, Holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour.
Though, who almighty art,
Now rule in ev’ry heart
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of pow’r.

To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore.
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.

Closing Prayer: Loving God, do not hide your face from us or we will be lost. Speak to our longing spirits with your sustaining Spirit. Show us through the scriptures how we are to live, for we lift our attentive souls to you. Instruct us in the way of your will, and lead us as only your Spirit can lead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, November 26

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You are my only King. Teach me to be obedient in service and devotion to You, that I will please you with all that I am. Amen

Read: Colossians 1:11-20

Reflect: How does Paul use the truth about Jesus to encourage his readers? How does Jesus’ exaltation help us to live as better Christians? What does Jesus’ true identity mean for our hope as his followers?

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

Hymn: “Come, Thou Almighty King”
Come Thou Almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing.
Help us to praise.
Father all-glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

Come, Thou Incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty sword.
Our prayer attend.
Come, and Thy people bless,
And give Thy word success.
Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.

Come, Holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour.
Though, who almighty art,
Now rule in ev’ry heart
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of pow’r.

To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore.
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.

Closing Prayer: Loving God, do not hide your face from us or we will be lost. Speak to our longing spirits with your sustaining Spirit. Show us through the scriptures how we are to live, for we lift our attentive souls to you. Instruct us in the way of your will, and lead us as only your Spirit can lead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.