Friday, April 4

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Thank you for your Word. May the transforming power of your Word be at work in my life today and always. In the name of Jesus my Lord, Amen.

Read: Philippians 4:2-23

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

Hymn: “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of Love!
Behold His hands and side-
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bens his wondering eyes
At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Life!
Who triumphed o’er the grave;
Who rose victorious to the strive
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of Heav’n!
One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit thro’ Him giv’n
From yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise,
For Thou for us hast died.
Be Thou, O Lord, thro’ endless days
Adored and magnified!

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

Thursday, April 3

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Thank you for your Word. May the transforming power of your Word be at work in my life today and always. In the name of Jesus my Lord, Amen.

Read: Philippians 3:12-4:1

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

Hymn: “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of Love!
Behold His hands and side-
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bens his wondering eyes
At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Life!
Who triumphed o’er the grave;
Who rose victorious to the strive
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of Heav’n!
One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit thro’ Him giv’n
From yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise,
For Thou for us hast died.
Be Thou, O Lord, thro’ endless days
Adored and magnified!

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

Friday, March 28

Opening Prayer: Holy God, thank you for your resurrected Son. Help us have a deeper understanding of the power and importance of Jesus’ resurrection in our day-to-day lives. In the Name of Your risen Son, Amen.

Read: Romans 4:25-5:11

Reflect: Paul tells us a lot of consequences of Jesus death and resurrection, what are the specific consequences of his resurrection?  How does the resurrection effect our relationship with God?

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

Hymn: “Worship Christ, the Risen King”
Rise, O Church, and lift your voices;
Christ has conquered death and hell.
Sing as all the earth rejoices;
Resurrection anthems swell.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the Risen King!

See the tomb where death had laid Him;
Empty now, its mouth declares:
“Death and I could not contain Him,
For the throne of life He shares.”
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the risen King!

We acclaim Your life, O Jesus;
Now we sing Your victory.
Sin and Hell may seek to seize us,
But Your conquest keeps us free.
Stand in triumph, stand in triumph;
Worship Christ, the risen King!

Closing Prayer: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!…To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!…Amen (Rev. 5:12-14)

Friday, February 29

Opening Prayer:
Almighty God, You give hope to the hopeless. Come and place your hope in my life today through Christ, Amen.

Read: Romans 8:6-11

Reflect: What does this passage say about a person who would like to have life? How can you practice setting your mind on the Spirit?

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

Hymn: “Jesus, Thine All-victorious Love”
Jesus Thine all-victorious love
Shed in my heart a broad;
Then shall my feet no longer rove,
Rooted and fixed in God.

O that in me the sacred fire
Might now begin to glow,
Burn up the dross of base desire,
And make the mountains flow!

O that it now from heav’n might fall,
And all my sins consume!
Come, Holy Ghost, for Thee I call;
Spirit of Burning come!

Refining Fire, go thro’ my heart;
Illuminate my soul.
Scatter Thy life thro’ eve’ry part,
And sanctify the whole.

My steadfast soul, from falling free,
Shall then no longer move,
When Christ is all the world to me,
And all my heart is love.
– Charles Wesley

Closing Prayer:
Almighty God, I have loved being in your presence today, help me to continue to recognize your presence in my life this week. Amen.

Thursday, February 28

Opening Prayer:
Almighty God, You give hope to the hopeless. Come and place your hope in my life today through Christ, Amen.

Read: From: “The Privilege of those that are Born of God” a sermon of John Wesley
Exactly and essentially, the life of God in the soul involves the continuing inspiration of God’s Holy Spirit. It is God’s breathing into the soul, and the soul’s breathing back what it first receives from God. This exchange is a continual action of God upon the believers’ souls and a response of the believers’ souls to God. The Life of God in our souls is his unceasing presence as a loving, pardoning God, who is revealed to our hearts and received by faith. This life requires our unceasing return of love, praise, and prayer. We offer up to him all the thoughts of our hearts, words of our mouths, and works of our hands. Our entire bodies, souls, and spirits become holy sacrifices, acceptable to God in Christ Jesus.

Reflect: How often does Wesley say we experience and respond to God’s grace? What do you think Wesley say we are to do if we experience suffering or something that threatens to take our focus away from God? How does the continual exchange of God’s action and the believer’s soul look in day-to-day life?

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

Hymn: “Jesus, Thine All-victorious Love”
Jesus Thine all-victorious love
Shed in my heart a broad;
Then shall my feet no longer rove,
Rooted and fixed in God.

O that in me the sacred fire
Might now begin to glow,
Burn up the dross of base desire,
And make the mountains flow!

O that it now from heav’n might fall,
And all my sins consume!
Come, Holy Ghost, for Thee I call;
Spirit of Burning come!

Refining Fire, go thro’ my heart;
Illuminate my soul.
Scatter Thy life thro’ eve’ry part,
And sanctify the whole.

My steadfast soul, from falling free,
Shall then no longer move,
When Christ is all the world to me,
And all my heart is love.
– Charles Wesley

Closing Prayer:
Almighty God, I have loved being in your presence today, help me to continue to recognize your presence in my life this week. Amen.

Wednesday, February 27

Opening Prayer:
Almighty God, You give hope to the hopeless. Come and place your hope in my life today through Christ, Amen.

Read: John 4:5-42

Reflect: Did Jesus give anything to the woman at the well? Why did she believe in Jesus? How does her story give us hope in God?

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

Hymn: “Jesus, Thine All-victorious Love”
Jesus Thine all-victorious love
Shed in my heart a broad;
Then shall my feet no longer rove,
Rooted and fixed in God.

O that in me the sacred fire
Might now begin to glow,
Burn up the dross of base desire,
And make the mountains flow!

O that it now from heav’n might fall,
And all my sins consume!
Come, Holy Ghost, for Thee I call;
Spirit of Burning come!

Refining Fire, go thro’ my heart;
Illuminate my soul.
Scatter Thy life thro’ eve’ry part,
And sanctify the whole.

My steadfast soul, from falling free,
Shall then no longer move,
When Christ is all the world to me,
And all my heart is love.
– Charles Wesley

Closing Prayer:
Almighty God, I have loved being in your presence today, help me to continue to recognize your presence in my life this week. Amen.