A prayer for Sunday Worship
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
(From The Book of Common Prayer)
A song to enjoy
A video devotional
Here is the lesson for Sunday, May 24th. The text is 1 John 5:16-18. This is the last sermon in our study of 1 John. Consider reading the whole chapter before listening. Here is a prayer for the reading of God’s Word:
Most merciful Father, from whom come all the blessings of the light; And who in darkness still art near; All praise and thanks be unto Thee for all Thy dealings with us which manifest Thy goodness; And for those also which Thy love is hidden from our eyes. We thank Thee for Thy holy Word delivered to Thy Church; For the faith which it has conveyed to men from one generation to another; And for the mercies by which it has enlarged and comforted our souls. For these and all Thine other benefits, we give Thee thanks, O Father; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This week’s lesson covers 1 John 5:13-17. I recommend reading all of chapter five before listening to the message. Pray the following prayer before reading God’s Word.
Eternal God, your Spirit inspired those who wrote the Bible and enlightens us to hear your Word fresh each day. Help us to rely always on your promises in Scripture. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
(Based on Belonging to God: A First Catechism, Q 37)
This week we move on to 1 John 5. The above message covers vv. 1-5, but I recommend reading the whole chapter. Before reading God’s Word, pray the following prayer.
Father, we are looking for your truth. Lord, we are listening for your wisdom. Almighty God, we are seeking your face. Please speak to us now in the precious pages of the Bible. Amen.
This weekend, we are jumping back into our series on John’s Epistles, beginning where we left off in 1 John 4. The text for the message is vv. 7-11, but the entire chapter is relevant. Pray the following prayer before reading God’s Word:
Guide us, O God,
by your Word and Spirit,
that in your light we may see light,
in your truth find freedom,
and in your will discover your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(From Church Leader’s Guidebook)
This is a devotional study covering three verses from Proverbs 13. It is a stand-alone study that accompanies the study of Proverbs 13:25 which was broadcast on the morning of April 26th. Before reading God’s Word from Proverbs 13, use the following prayer:
Father, we thank you for the precious gift of Holy Scripture. We ask now that your Holy Spirit open up our eyes, ears, and hearts to receive these words. Your words are words of life and truth. Without them, we would not know you or how to live in your world. Father, show us your Son in these words. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Happy Easter! The text for the devotional is Colossians 3:3-4. God bless you all.
We continue our study of joy, turning now to the events of Holy Week. The above message comes from Mark 11:1-11. Please read the passage before listening. Here is a prayer to aid you before you read:
Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.
(Book of Common Worship 2018)
Here is the second in a series of studies on joy. Our text today is 2 Chronicles 20. Before you read God’s Word, pray that the Lord would give you insight into his Word. Consider praying this prayer from the Book of Common Worship:
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. In Jesus’ name – Amen.
Here is the first of two studies on the subject of joy. To prepare for the study, read 1 Chronicles 15-16. Before reading God’s Word, pray for insight and understanding. Consider using this prayer from Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s A Journey Through Lent:
Gracious Lord, in compassion you call us. By your mercy, open our ears to hear your voice, and hearing you, to return. Remove the scales from our eyes and unveil for us the wonders of your word. Your glories are revealed there. Be our delight. Be our satisfaction. Awaken in us a new sence of expectancy, as those who put their trust in you will never be put to shame. Glorious Lord, we are yours. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
The following pages are designed to be used as short Monday-Friday liturgies for personal, family, or small group use. Each office contains readings, silence, and song. Feel free to experiment with the inclusion of other elements. Questions could permit time for small group conversation. Additional hymns and songs could be added for longer worship times. Posture could be altered at different points (e.g. kneeling for prayer or standing for the doxology). Use and transmit these resources as you feel led! Beginning next week (5/31), these devotionals will be removed and replaced with a new format. Stay tuned for more information this week.