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2015 Weekly Guide To Prayer: February 9 to 15

(This weekly guide to prayer may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or  by prayer groups in retreat)

 

February 9-15, 2015 (W)

Theme 15:  God’s Word…In Us

 

I. Opening Prayer

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 50:1-6 (UMH 783)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 9, Monday  –  Matthew 18:1-5

February 10, Tuesday  –  Matthew 15:1-20

February 11, Wednesday  –  Matthew 10:32-42

February 12, Thursday  –  Matthew 5:1-12

February 13, Friday  –  Matthew 5:13-16

February 14, Saturday  –  Matthew 6:9-13

February 15, Sunday (6th/Last Sunday after the Epiphany)  Transfiguration Sunday  –  2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

 

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, InvincibleGod 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.

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

2015 Weekly Guide to Prayer: February 2 to 8

(This weekly guide to prayer may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat)

 

February 2-8, 2015 (G)

Theme 11:  God, our source of strength

 

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 Worship1965, ALT.

 

II. Passage of Praise:  Psalm 147:1-11, 20c (UMH 859)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 2, Monday  –  1 Chronicles 29:10-13

February 3, Tuesday  –  Psalm 27:1-3

February 4, Wednesday  –  Psalm 46:1-3

February 5, Thursday  –   Psalm 138:1-3

February 6, Friday  –  Isaiah 49:1-5

February 7, Saturday  –  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

February 8, Sunday (5th  Sunday after Epiphany) Boy Scout Sunday  –  Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

 

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

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

2015 Weekly Guide To Prayer: January 26 to February 1

(This weekly guide to prayer may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or  by prayer groups in retreat)

 

January 26-February 1, 2015 (G)

Theme 10:  God’s Word…With Us

 

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.-The Collect, the Book of Worship

 

II. Passage of Praise:  Psalm 111 (UMH 832)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 26, Monday   –  Matthew 18:1-5

January 27, Tuesday  –  Matthew 15:1-20

January 28, Wednesday  –  Matthew 10:32-42

January 29, Thursday  –  Matthew 5:1-12

January 30, Friday  –  Matthew 5:13-16

January 31, Saturday  –  Matthew 6:9-13

February 1, Sunday (4th  Sunday after the Epiphany)   –  Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28

 

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

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

2015 Weekly Guide To Prayer: January 19 to 25

(This weekly guide to prayer may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat)

 

January 19-25, 2015 (G)

Theme 9:  We are Called to Ministry

 

I. Opening Prayer

It is within your infinite presence where we always are, because you fill all space – on earth and in that awesome beyond, which is but in your bosom.  We cannot help feeling awed by this truth, Almighty God.  And yet this, or any other thing, cannot compare with your mighty act in the person of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord whom you gave to us unreservedly.

We acknowledge all this with joyful wonder as we lift up our hearts in eternal praise, adoration and worship.  Reward us this moment with the healing warmth of your Spirit, and lead us away from this sanctuary ready to do your bidding.  Amen.-Querubin D. Canlas, September/2007

 

II. Passage of Praise Psalm 62:5-12 (UMH 787)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 19, Monday  –  Isaiah 6:1-8

January 20, Tuesday  –  Luke 5:1-11

January 21, Wednesday  –  Luke 8:1-3

January 22, Thursday  –  Acts 9:1-22

January 23, Friday  –  1 Corinthians 1:26-31

January 24, Saturday  –  John 21:15-19

January 25, Sunday (3rd Sunday after Epiphany) Ecumenical Sunday   –  Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Matthew 1:14-20

 

IV. Moments of Reflection:  Silent and/or written

 

V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:  Personal/intercessory

 

VI. Hymn:  O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (UMH 57)/Jesus Calls Us (UMH 398)

 

VII. Closing Prayer

The blessings, joy, and peace from our loving  and caring God we now claim to keep us into His fold, to serve Him – who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and even His Church and our fellow human beings.  Amen.

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

2015 Weekly Guide To Prayer: January 12 to 18

(This weekly guide to prayer may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat)

 

January 12-18, 2015 (G)

Theme 8:  A New Life with Jesus Christ

 

I. Opening Prayer

We could hardly comprehend that you are mindful of us when we are not at all worthy because of our manifold sins.  We cannot understand how you can love us, even send your most Beloved Son for our sake.  There was rejoicing among the heavenly hosts when he came to us as an infant, but there was grieving in creation when he was tortured, nailed to the cross, and murdered.  All this for our sake.

Accept this our heartfelt plea for your forgiveness, and enable us to reach, touch, even just the tip of your throne of grace for our assurance.  In your most Blessed Son with the continued assistance of the Holy Spirit, we pray.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise:  Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 12, Monday  –  John 1:35-45

January 13, Tuesday  –  Matthew 4:18-22

January 14, Wednesday  –  Luke 9:23-26, 57-62

January 15, Thursday  –  Matthew 10:34-42

January 16, Friday  –  Matthew 11:25-30

January 17, Saturday  –  Matthew 20:1-16

January 18, Sunday (2nd Sunday after Epiphany) Human Relations Day   –  1Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

 

IV. Moments of Reflection:  Silent and/or written

 

V. Sweet Hour of Prayer:  Personal/intercessory

 

VI. Hymn:  Many Gifts, One Spirit (UMH 114)/Great Is Thy Faithfulness (UMH 140)

 

VII. Closing Prayer

The God of all mercies – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – embrace you and enable you to live victoriously in and through obedience to His leading.  Amen.

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2015 (1/5 – 1/1)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2015

Theme: Jesus, Son of God

This Weekly Prayer Guide January 2015 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2015 for the week of JANUARY 5TH (W)

 

I. Opening Prayer
We could hardly comprehend that you are mindful of us when we are not at all worthy because of our manifold sins. We cannot understand how you can love us, even send your most Beloved Son for our sake. There was rejoicing among the heavenly hosta when he came to us as an infant, but there was grieving in creation when he was tortured, nailed to the cross, and murdered. All this for our sake.

Accept this our heartfelt plea for your forgiveness, and enable us to reach, touch, even just the tip of your throne of grace for our assurance. In your most Blessed Son with the continued assistance of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise Psalm 29 (UMH 761)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 5, Monday  –  Mark 1:21-28

January 6, Tuesday  –  John 1:29-34 January 7, Wednesday John 5:19-25

January 8, Thursday  –  Luke 10:1, 3, 17-24

January 9, Friday  –  Hebrews 1:1-13

January 10, Saturday  –  1 John 4:13-17

January 11, Sunday (1st Sunday after Epiphany) (Baptism of the Lord)   –  Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

 

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IV. Reflection Silent and/or written

 

V. Sweet Hour of Prayer: Personal/intercessory

 

VI. Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (UMH 139)/Jesus Shall Reign (UMH 157)

 

VII. Closing Prayer:

May the indwelling of the Triune God in our lives – in our minds and in our hearts – be ours not only now, but for always. In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2014 (12/29 – 1/4)

(This weekly guide to prayer may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat)

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2014

Theme: God’s Children

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

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2-14 for the week of DECEMBER 29th

I. Opening Prayer

Dear God, my life with all its doubts and fears lie before your gaze.  Look upon it and cause everything that may hinder my ministry and my work to fall away, for the sake of those I serve in your name.  Amen.

 

II. Reading of Praise Psalm 8 (UMH 743)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 29, Monday –  John 15:12-16

December 30, Tuesday  – 2 Peter 1:3-11

December 31, Wednesday  –  Isaiah 56:1-8

January 1, Thursday  –  Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8 (UMH 743); Revelations 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46
(New Year’s Day)

January 2, Friday  – Romans 8:31-39

January 3, Saturday  –  1 Peter 2:1-10

January 4, Sunday  (Epiphany Sunday) 2nd Sunday after Christmas –  Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

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IV. Reflection:  Silent and/or written

 

V. Prayers:  Personal and/or intercessory

 

VI. Hymns:  Joy to the World (UMH 246)/What Child Is This (UMH 219)

 

VII. Closing Prayer

We praise you, dear God.  We thank you for your goodness, mercy, and the gift of your son.  May we live as your chosen.  May we act as your children.  In the name of Christ Jesus.  Amen.

 

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2014 (12/22 – 12/28)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2014

Theme: Emmanuel!

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2014 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2014 for the week of DECEMBER 22nd

 

I. Opening Prayer:

O Lord, the house of my soul is narrow; enlarge it enough so that you may enter in.  It is broken, please repair it.  It is unpleasant in your sight, dear God, I confess it, I know.  But who will cleanse it, or to whom shall I cry but unto thee?  Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord, and spare thy servant from strange sins. – St. Augustine

 

II. Passage of Praise:  Psalm 148 (UMH 861)

 

III. Daily Scripture Readings:

December 22, Monday  –  Revelations 21:1-7

December 23, Tuesday  –  Ephesians 4:17-32

December 24, Wednesday  –  Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96 (UMH 815); Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20
(Christmas Eve)

December 25, Thursday  –  Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm (UMH 818); Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14
(Christmas Day)

December 26, Friday —  John 3:1-8

December 27, Saturday2 Corinthians 5:16-21

December 28, Sunday 1st Sunday after Christmas  —  Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection:  Silent and/or written

 

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

 

VI. Hymns:  Joy to the World (UMH 246)/What Child Is This (UMH 219)

 

VII. Closing Prayer:

And now, may the spirit which is in Jesus Christ be in me, enabling me to know God’s will and empowering me to do it in the name of his Son, Jesus.  Amen.

 

Prepared by Rev. Q.C. Canlas, Jr.

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Christmas Cantata 2014: Thank you for the music!

We would like to congratulate and give thanks to our own First United Methodist Church of Canada choir and to the Lakeview Multicultural United Church choir for their many hours of hard work and dedication to make the Christmas Cantata 2014 a success. We were wowed by not one—but two!—musical performances in Burnaby and Vancouver. We couldn’t be any more proud of you and the wonderful gift of music that you share with all of us.

This year’s Christmas musical, Go Tell It! was arranged by Jack Schrader, and is a retelling of the Christmas story in a mix of traditional and contemporary music and narrative. The choirs’ performances ushered us into the festive holiday season.

Here are a just a few snapshots from first performance. If you have photos from the concerts that you would like to share with us, please let us know in the comments.

 

Christmas Cantata 2014

 

Go Tell It! Christmas Cantata 2014 by the First UMC of Canada and Lakeview Multicultural United Church

 

Go Tell It! Christmas Musical by the First UMC of Canada and Lakeview Multicultural United Church

 

Go Tell It! Christmas Musical by the First UMC of Canada and Lakeview Multicultural United Church

 

Go Tell It! Christmas Cantata 2014 by the First UMC of Canada and Lakeview Multicultural United Church

Go Tell It! Christmas Cantata 2014 by the First UMC of Canada and Lakeview Multicultural United Church