Saturday, April 10, 2021

ADVENT 2020

God's Call

Grab your Bible, pen, and journal. Like Levi, leave everything and follow Jesus.


After this Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him.

Luke 5:27-28, ESV

Surrender

God is near because He loves you. What hopes, fears, concerns, and longings are weighing on you? Write them out, and then surrender them to the Lord.


...do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward! For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36, ESV

Opening Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13, ESV
 
Our Father in heaven.
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Song of Reflection

Glorious - Kings Kaleidoscope
Lyrics

You came in a minute, You took me by surprise

With a love like summer air on a moonlit mountain side

When my mind was a prison, You gave me the keys to life

I cannot stop exclaiming, I cannot stop proclaiming

You are glorious, Holy Jehovah Divine

You are beautiful, King of Creation arise

Hear the earth sing an orchestra of life

You are my delight

You came in a minute, You took me by surprise

With a peace like winter snow falling softly through the sky

And now I am living confident in Christ

In rocks and skies and trees, Your beauty revives me

You lift the waking burden from my shoulders

Your glory is all around, I’m caught up in the sound

Creation bows and sings, "All praise to the King!"

Psalms

99:1   The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
    He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
  The LORD is great in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the peoples.
  Let them praise your great and awesome name!
    Holy is he!
  The King in his might loves justice.
    You have established equity;
  you have executed justice
    and righteousness in Jacob.
  Exalt the LORD our God;
    worship at his footstool!
    Holy is he!
  Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
    They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
  In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
    they kept his testimonies
    and the statute that he gave them.
  O LORD our God, you answered them;
    you were a forgiving God to them,
    but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
  Exalt the LORD our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain;
    for the LORD our God is holy!

New Testament

Guided Study

Use the A.C.T.S. guided prayer below to shape your prayer life. Jot your answers down in your journal.

Adoration

What did I read today that reminded me of the majesty of God’s glory?

Confession

What did I read today that reminded me to confess sin?

Thanksgiving

What did I read today that sparked thankfulness in me?

Supplication

What do I need to do/believe/embrace so that I am living in the power of the Holy Spirit?

Intercession

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and behonored, as happened among you... (2 Thessalonians 3:1, ESV)

Benediction

As Hebrews says, we have need of endurance, that we may do His will!


May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Romans 15:5-6, ESV

Saturday, April 10, 2021

CALL & RESPONSE

Grab your Bible, your journal, and a pen. Just as God called out to Abraham, God calls us to commune with Him today. Let us respond like Abraham, “Here I am!”


“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

...Abraham said, “Here I am!”

Matthew 11:28, Genesis 22:1 ESV

Surrender

God is near because He loves you. Reflect and journal the state of your heart before God right now. What hopes, fears, concerns, and longings are you carrying today? Write them out in your journal, and then surrender them to the LORD.

Trust in the LORD
with all your heart, 
and do not lean on your own understanding. 
In all your ways acknowledge Him, 
and He will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5,6 ESV



OPENING PRAYER

John Chrysostom (300’s AD)

Remember, O Lord, this city wherein we dwell and every other city and country, and all the faithful who dwell in them. Remember, O Lord, all who travel by land or water, all that labour under sickness or slavery; remember them for health and safety. Remember, O Lord, those in Thy holy Church who bring forth good fruit, are rich in good works and forget not the poor. Grant unto us all Thy mercy and loving-kindness, and grant that we may with one mouth and one heart praise and glorify Thy great and glorious name, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, now, henceforth, and forever. Amen.

Song of Reflection

Glorious - Kings Kaleidoscope
Lyrics
Read all of the passages or just focus on a few. Jot down anything that sticks out. Focus, though, on anything that speaks to your hopes, fears, concerns, and longings, which you surrendered earlier.

Old Testament

Psalms

99:1   The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
    He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
  The LORD is great in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the peoples.
  Let them praise your great and awesome name!
    Holy is he!
  The King in his might loves justice.
    You have established equity;
  you have executed justice
    and righteousness in Jacob.
  Exalt the LORD our God;
    worship at his footstool!
    Holy is he!
  Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
    They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
  In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
    they kept his testimonies
    and the statute that he gave them.
  O LORD our God, you answered them;
    you were a forgiving God to them,
    but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
  Exalt the LORD our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain;
    for the LORD our God is holy!

New Testament

Guided Prayer

Use the A.C.T.S. guided prayer below to shape your prayer life. Jot any notes down.

Adoration

Adore God for all His wisdom, His Goodness, His Holiness!

Confession

Confess any sins that may be weighing you down and sapping your joy

Thanksgiving

Give thanks to God for all He has done and is doing!  

Supplication

Ask God to supply what you need to live today in thankfulness to Him

Intercession

“...I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high places..." 1 Timothy 2:2, ESV

Prayer Opportunities

Benediction

Colossians 3:15, ESV


And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were  called in one body. And be thankful.

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