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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 (3/30-4/05)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020

 

Theme: Betrayal and Praise/ The Passion:  Peace Amidst Pain! 

This Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 for the week of March 23rd to 30th (P) 

 

I. Opening Prayer 

We praise you God, we thank you Lord!  You have blessed us with much but, more often than not, we turn our backs on you in the midst of your goodness and love.  Allow us your presence as we recall the ups and downs of our relationship with your Son, our source of hope and strength.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.                                                       

 

II. Passage of Praise:  

  • (Palm)* Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 UMH 839
  • (Passion) Psalm 31:9-16 UMH 764

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 30, Monday – Psalm 22:9-23

March 31, Tuesday – Mark 11:1-10

April 1, Wednesday – Psalm 31:19-23

April 2, Thursday – Isaiah 53:1-6

April 3, Friday – Isaiah 53:7-9

April 4, Saturday – Isaiah 53:10-12

April 5, Sunday – Isaiah 50:4-9a
Passion/Palm Sunday*P – hilippians 2:5-11 – Mt 26:14-27:66 or Mt 27:11-54/ Matthew 21:1-11*

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart (UMH 160) / Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (277 )


VII. Closing Prayer

Praise your Holy Name!  O God, you gave us your Son as atonement of our sins.  Forgive us our betrayal of him.  Be merciful to us and allow us to approach you, ask for your forgiveness, and remain in your love.  Grant us strength to make him known to our neighbors and to the whole world.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 (3/23-3/30)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020

 

Theme: A New Life

This Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 for the week of March 23rd to 29th (P) 

 

I. Opening Prayer 

O God of knowledge, life, and love; we come before you in praise and thanksgiving.  Amidst distress and grief we ask and plead for your presence.  Be with us to guide and inspire us in this devotion.  May our acts of piety and devotion be pleasing to you.  In the name of Jesus. Amen.                                                       

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 130 (UMH 848)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 23, Monday – Jeremiah 31:31-34

March 24, Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

March 25, Wednesday John 12:20-26

March 26, Thursday – Philippians 3:12-31

March 27, Friday – Colossians 3:1-11

March 28, Saturday – Colossians 3:12-25

March 29, Sunday (Charles Wesley d. 1788) – Ezekiel 37:1-14
(5th Sunday in Lent) – Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
Lord of the Dance (UMH 261) / This Is a Day of New Beginnings (UMH 383)


VII. Closing Prayer

Our Lord of Heaven, truly we can only approach in praise, in thanks for your manifest goodness and mercy.  You have given us new life and the opportunity to be with you in eternity.  While we are still here in this world, guide us to be like your Son in doing good for our fellow men and women and allow us your Holy Spirit in the perfecting of our beings.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 (3/16-3/22)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020

 

Theme: Succor Amidst Suffering    

This Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 for the week of March 16th to 22nd (P) 

 

I. Opening Prayer 

O God, you manifest to us in truth, in love, in wisdom, in justice, and in love.  Join us in this time of prayer and devotion, that we may feel the wonder and joy of your presence, and by the power of your Spirit, lead us into a joyous encounter with the Son.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.                                      

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or UMH 137)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 16, Monday – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

March 17, Tuesday – Ephesians 2:1-10

March 18, Wednesday – Luke 8:40-56

March 19, Thursday – Psalm 137:1-6

March 20, Friday (Vernal Equinox/Spring) – Joshua 24:14-15

March 21, Saturday – Psalm 34:1-8

March 22, Sunday – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
(4th Sunday in Lent) – Ephesians 5:8-14
UMCOR Sunday – John 9:1-41

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
He Leadeth Me:  O Blessed Thought  (UMH 128) / Open My Eyes That I May See (UMH 454)


VII. Closing Prayer

O Lord, you who have afforded relief in times of pain, help in times of need, aid in times of want, bless us now with the empowerment of your Spirit, that we may be your channels of the same to others who are in distress.  Through Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 (3/09-3/15)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020

 

Theme: Love Amidst Longing

This Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 for the week of March 9th to 15th (P) 

 

I. Opening Prayer 

God of love and life, we come before your mighty and awesome presence.  In the middle of a sea of humanity we feel the pangs of longing.  We discern our need for your indwelling.  Be with us, Lord, and bless us with your Spirit.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.                                                       

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 99 (UMH 814)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 9, Monday – Psalm 63:1-8

March 10, TuesdayIsaiah 57:15-19

March 11, Wednesday – Psalm 103:1-5

March 12, Thursday – John 6:22-40

March 13, Friday (St. Patrick’s Day) – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

March 14, Saturday – Psalm 84

March 15, Sunday – Exodus 17:1-7
(3rd Sunday in Lent) – Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (UMH 89) / The King of Love My Shepherd Is (UMH 138)


VII. Closing Prayer

O Lord, our God, whose mercy saves all who have faith in the Son, empower us through your love, that we who long for your presence may find everlasting life.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 (3/02-3/08)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020

 

Theme: Ministry and Sacrifice

This Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2020 for the week of March 2nd to 8th (P) 

 

I. Opening Prayer (UMH 259)

Our Heavenly Father, open our hearts, minds, our very senses and being, through the power of the Holy Spirit to allow us to perceive your presence in our midst.  Prepare us for this hour of devotion in the name of Jesus. Amen.                                                         

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 121 (UMH 844)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 2, Monday (John Wesley: d. 1791) – Isaiah 6

March 3, Tuesday – John 13:1-20

March 4, Wednesday – Matthew 10:5-15

March 5, Thursday – Acts 6:1-15

March 6, Friday (World Day of Prayer) – James 1:12-18

March 7, Saturday – 1 Peter 2:18-25

March 8, Sunday – Genesis 12:1-4a
(2nd Sunday in Lent) – Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Scouting Sunday (alt)/DST begins – John 3:1-17

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
O God Our Help in Ages Past  (UMH 117) / Sweet Hour of Prayer (UMH 369)


VII. Closing Prayer

May our God who is constantly and faithfully abiding in us grant us harmony with one another and oneness with Jesus Christ, that together as a community of faith we may serve our sisters and brothers in humility and love.  In the name of our Savior we pray.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 (2/24-3/01)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020

 

Theme: God Forgive Us, Your Children

This Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 for the week of February 24th to March 1st (P) 

 

I. Opening Prayer (UMH 259)

Our praise and thanks to you, our God.  Forgive us, cleanse us, renew us and prepare us, your children; for these moments of devotion and praise, and a lifetime of service.  In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.                                                                

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 32 (UMH 766)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 24, Monday – 1 Peter 3:18-22
 
February 25, Tuesday – Romans 9:19-29
 
February 26, Wednesday – Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17
 
(Ash Wednesday) –      2 Cor. 5:20b-6:10; Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21
 
February 27, Thursday – Acts 9:1-30
 
February 28, Friday (World Day of Prayer) – Psalm 25:4-10
 
February 29, Saturday – Mark 1:9-15
 
March 1, Sunday – Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
(1st Sunday in Lent) – Romans 5:12-19 – Matthew 4:1-11

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
Take Time to be Holy (UMH 395) / Sweet Hour of Prayer (UMH 496)


VII. Closing Prayer

Almighty God, whose love allowed Jesus to be with human beings, whose mercy allows forgiveness of all our sins, affording us the way to eternity in your awesome presence, dismiss us now with strength and power to serve you and our fellow human beings.  In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 (2/17-2/23)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020

 

Theme: God’s Word…In Us

This Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 for the week of February 17th to 23rd (W/Go) 

 

I. Opening Prayer (UMH 259)

Our heavenly Father, we your humble children invoke your blessings on us.  We adore you, whose name is love, whose nature is compassion, whose presence is joy, whose Word is truth, whose Spirit is goodness, whose holiness is beauty, whose will is peace, whose service is perfect freedom, and in knowledge of whom stands our eternal life.  Unto you be all honor and all glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.                                                                    

– The Book of Worship 1944, ALT.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm:  99 (UMH 819)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 17, Monday – Matthew 18:1-5
 
February 18, Tuesday – Matthew 15:1-20 
 
February 19, Wednesday – Matthew 10:32-42
 
February 20, Thursday – Matthew 5:1-12
 
February 21, Friday – Matthew 5:13-16
 
February 22, Saturday – Matthew 6:9-13
 
February 23, Sunday – Exodus 24:12-18
(7th/Last Sunday after the Epiphany) – 2 Peter 1:16-21
Transfiguration Sunday – Matthew 17:1-9

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (UMH 57) / Immortal, Invincible God Only Wise (UMH 103)


VII. Closing Prayer

May the love and presence of the Father, the care and community of the Holy Spirit, and the hope and faith in Jesus Christ abide in us all, now and forevermore.  Amen.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 (2/10-2/16)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020

 

Theme: God of Life, and Love

This Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 for the week of February 10th to 16th (G) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

O God, our Guide and Guardian, you have led us apart from the busy world into the quiet of your house.  Grant us grace to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the comfort of our souls and the upbuilding of every good purpose and holy desire.  Enable us to do more perfectly the work to which you have called us, that we may not fear the coming of night, when we shall resign into your hands the tasks which you have committed to us.  So may we worship you not with our lips at this hour, but in word and deed all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.                                                                         

– The Book of Worship 1965, ALT.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm:  119:1-8  (UMH 840)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 10, Monday – Isaiah 6

February 11, Tuesday – John 13:1-20

February 12, Wednesday – Matthew 10:5-15

February 13, Thursday – Acts 6:1-15

February 14, Friday (Valentine’s Day) – James 1:12-18

February 15, Saturday – 1 Peter 2:18-25

February 16, Sunday – Deuteronomy 30:15-20
(6th Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (16-22) – Matthew 5:21-37

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn:
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing (UMH 93) / O Master Let Me Walk with Thee (UMH 430)


VII. Closing Prayer

May the blessing of God, fountain of living water, flow within us as a river of life.  May we drink deep of her wisdom. May we never thirst again.  May we go through life refreshing many, as a sign of healing for all; through the One who is Life eternal.  Amen.                                                                                 
– Miriam Therese Winter, U.S.A., 20th cent.



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 (2/03-2/09)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020

 

Theme: God, our source of strength

This Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2020 for the week of February 3rd to 9th (G) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.  Grant to us such piety of heart and strength of purpose that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it.  In your light may we see life clearly and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

– The Book of Worship 1965, ALT.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 15 (UMH 833)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 3, Monday – 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

February 4, Tuesday – Psalm 27:1-3

February 5, Wednesday – Psalm 46:1-3

February 6, Thursday – Psalm 138:1-3

February 7, Friday – Isaiah 49:1-5

February 8, Saturday – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

February 9, Sunday – Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
(5th Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
Scouting Ministries Sunday – Matthew 5:13-20

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn: 
I Know Whom I Have Believed (UMH 714)/We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations (UMH 569)


VII. Closing Prayer

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. – Romans 15:13



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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020 (1/27-2/02)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020

 

Theme: A New Life in the Community of God

This Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020 for the week of January 27th to February 2nd (G) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden.  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 15 (UMH 747)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 27, Monday – Matthew 18:1-5
 
January 28, Tuesday – Matthew 15:1-20 
 
January 29, Wednesday – Matthew 10:32-42
 
January 30, Thursday – Matthew 5:1-12
 
January 31, Friday – Matthew 5:13-16
 
February 1, Saturday – Matthew 6:9-13
 
February 2, Sunday – Micah 6:1-8
(4th Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:
Personal and/or intercessory


VI. Hymn: 
Be Thou My Vision (UMH 451) / Jesus Is All the World to Me (UMH 469)


VII. Closing Prayer

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen. – Numbers 6:24-26

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