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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020 (1/20-1/26)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020

 

Theme: A New Life in Ministry

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 20th to 26th (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 27:1, 4-9 (UMH 758)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 20, Monday-Isaiah 6:1-8
 
January 21, Tuesday – Luke 5:1-11 
 
January 22, Wednesday – Luke 8:1-3
 
January 23, Thursday – Acts 9:1-22
 
January 24, Friday – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
 
January 25, Saturday – John 21:15-19
 
January 26, Sunday – Isaiah 9:1-4
(3rd Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn: 
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.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020 (1/13-1/19)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020

 

Theme: A New Life With Jesus Christ

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 13th to 19th (G) 

 

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.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 40:1-11 (UMH 774)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 13, Monday-John 1:35-45
 
January 14, Tuesday-Matthew 4:18-22
 
January 15, Wednesday – Luke 9:23-26, 57-62
 
January 16, Thursday-Matthew 10:34-42
 
January 17, Friday-Matthew 11:25-30
 
January 18, Saturday (Week of Prayer for Christian  Unity) – Matthew 20:1-16
 
January 19, Sunday-Isaiah 49:1-7
(2nd Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Human Relations Day (offering) – John 1:29-42

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


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


VII. Closing Prayer

Praise God, Alleluia!  Thank you dear God for every opportunity of being a follower of Jesus Christ, your Son, our brother, friend and Savior.  Allow us your continued blessing of strength every day of our lives to be able to do so.  Amen.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020 (1/06-1/12)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2020

 

Theme: Jesus, Son 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 6th to 12th (W/Go) 

 

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 6, Monday – Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (UMH 795)
Epiphany of the Lord – Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

January 7, Tuesday – John 1:29-34

January 8, Wednesday – John 5:19-25

January 9, Thursday – Luke 10:1, 3, 17-24

January 10, Friday – Mark 1:21-28

January 11, Sat (Human Trafficking Awareness Day)1 John 4:13-17

January 12, Sunday – Isaiah 42:1-9
(1st Sunday after the Epiphany) – Acts 10:34-43
Baptism of the Lord – Matthew 3:13-17

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


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


VII. Closing Prayer

Father in heaven, we praise and thank you for your gift of your Son, through whom we have the opportunity of salvation. Teach us daily, how to partake of the bread of life he offers us and may we serve you every day of our lives. In his name we pray. Amen.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 (12/30-1/05)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019

 

Theme: God’s Children

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 for the week of December 30th to January 5th (W/Go) 

 

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. Passage of Praise: Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 (UMH 795

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 30, Monday – John 15:12-16 
 
Dec 31, Tue   (Watch Night; New Year’s Eve; W/Go) 2 Peter 1:3-11
 
January 1, Wednesday – Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8 (UMH 743)
 
(New Year) -Revelation 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46 
 
January 2, Thursday – Ezekiel 34:11-15
 
January 3, Friday – Romans 8:31-39
 
January 4, Saturday  -Matthew 25:31-46
 
January 5, Sunday -Isaiah 60:1-6
(Epiphany/2nd Sunday after Christmas) – Ephesians 3:1-12
Twelfth Night – Matthew 2:1-12

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (UMH 218); Away In a Manger (UMH 217)


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.  

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 (12/23-12/29)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019

 

Theme: Emmanuel!

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 for the week of December 23rd to 29th (W/Go) 

 

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 Bible Readings

December 23, Monday – Luke 2:1-20

December 24, Tuesday – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96 (UMH 815)

(Christmas Eve) – Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

December 25, Wednesday – Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98 (UMH 818)
(Christmas Day) – Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14

December 26, Thursday – John 3:1-8

December 27, Friday – Ephesians 4:17-32

December 28, Saturday – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

December 29, Sunday – Isaiah 63:7-9
1st Sunday after Christmas – Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


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


VII. Closing Prayer

And now, may the spirit which was 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.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 (12/16-12/22

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019

 

Theme: Gateway to Heaven

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 for the week of December 16th to 22nd (P/B) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

Almighty God, who by the birth of your holy child Jesus has given us a great light to dawn upon our darkness:  Grant, we pray, that in this light we may see light.  Allow us, dear God, that most excellent Christmas gift of peace and love to all, so that the likeness of your Son may be formed in us, and that we may have the ever brightening hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (UMH 801

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 16, Monday : Isaiah 7:10-15

December 17, Tuesday : Isaiah 35

December 18, Wednesday (Charles Wesley’s birthday) : Isaiah 40:1-10

December 19, Thursday : Ezekiel 34:11-16

December 20, Friday : Isaiah 9:1b-7

December 21, Saturday : Philippians 4:4-9

December 22, Sunday : Isaiah 7:10-16
4th Sunday of Advent : Romans 1:1-7
Winter Solstice/1st Day of Winter : Matthew 1:18-25

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Angels We Have Heard on High (UMH 238); Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (UMH 240)


VII. Closing Prayer

God, our Father, allow us your grace which is able to build us up and give us the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Be with us throughout this day and our lives through the care of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray. Amen.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 (12/09-12/15)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019

 

Theme: The Constant Advent of Jesus Christ

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 for the week of December 2nd to December 8th (P/B) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

O Lord God, whose chosen dwelling is the heart of the lowly, we give you praise.  We give thanks that you revealed yourself in the holy child Jesus, thereby sanctifying all childhood in him.  We beseech you to make us humble in faith and love, that we may know the joy of the Gospel that is hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes and the simple people.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Luke 1:47-55 (UMH 199

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 9, Monday : Mark 13:24-27

December 10, Tuesday: Luke 21:25-28

December 11, Wednesday: Revelation 1:1-8

December 12, Thursday: Ezekiel 34:1-31

December 13, Friday : Luke 12:35-40

December 14, Saturday: Acts 1:6-11

December 15, Sunday : Isaiah 35:1-10
3rd Sunday of Advent : James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: When Morning Gilds the Skies (UMH 185); Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates (UMH 213)


VII. Closing Prayer

O God, our Father in heaven, allow your servant to go in peace.  I have experienced your salvation which you have prepared for everyone.  Uphold me as I seek to serve in your name, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and in the name of the Son, our Savior,  Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 (12/02-12/08)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019

 

Theme: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

 

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2019 for the week of December 2nd to December 8th (P/B) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

O God our Father, who sent your Son to be King of kings and Prince of Peace:  Grant that all the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdom of Christ, and learn from him the way of peace.  Send forth among all people the spirit of good will and reconciliation.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 (UMH 795

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 2, Monday : Luke 1:5-25

December 3, Tuesday : Luke 1:57-80

December 4, Wednesday – Isaiah 59:15b-21

December 5, Thursday – Isaiah 61:1-3

December 6, Friday : Amos 9:11-15

December 7, Saturday : Matthew 3:1-12

December 8, Sunday : Isaiah 11:1-10
2nd Sunday of Advent : Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (UMH 203); O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (UMH 211)


VII. Closing Prayer

The Lord bless us and keep us: the Lord make his face shine upon us, and be gracious to us: the Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace. Amen.

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019 (11/25-12-01)

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019

 

Theme: The Coming of the King

This Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019 for the week of November 25th to December 1st (P/B) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

Almighty God, who came to us long ago in the birth of Jesus Christ, be born anew in us today by the power of your Holy Spirit.  We offer our lives as home to you and ask for grace and strength to live as your faithful, joyful children always.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 122 (UMH 845)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

November 25, Monday : Matthew 1:1-17

November 26, Tuesday : Isaiah 42:1-13

November 27, Wednesday : Jeremiah 46:27-28

November 28, ThursdayDeut 26:1-11; Ps 100 (UMH 821)

Thanksgiving Day (R/W) : Phil 4:4-9; John 6:25-35

November 29, Friday : Ezekiel 1:1-28a

November 30, Saturday : Zephaniah 3:14-20

December 1, Sunday : Isaiah 2:1-5 : 1st Sunday of Advent : Romans 13:11-14
(Begin lectionary Year A, Matthew) Matthew 24:36-44
UM Student Day

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (UMH 196); Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (UMH 626)


VII. Closing Prayer

O Lord of all, we near your throne.  We praise, worship and adore you.  We thank you for the coming of our Savior.  We have been reminded that Jesus Christ is our Lord and that we are God’s servant.  We are loved; we are forgiven; we are empowered; and now we are sent to live as God’s faithful one.  Amen.

 

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019 (11/18-11/24)

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019

Theme: Christ the King

This Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2019 for the week of November 18th to 24th (W) 

 

I. Opening Prayer

Almighty God, as you have given Jesus Christ to be Savior, grant us now grace to accept and rejoice in our salvation and in his lordship.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208)  

III. Daily Bible Readings

November 18, Monday – John 1:43-51

November 19, Tuesday – Luke 8:22-39

November 20, Wednesday (Universal Children’s Day) Matthew 25:31-46

November 21, Thursday – Luke 19:28-40

November 22, Friday – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

November 23, Saturday – Matthew 27:45-54

November 24, Sunday – Jeremiah 23:1-6
24th /Last Sunday after PentecostColossians 1:11-20
Christ the King/Reign of Christ/Thanksgiving SundayLuke 23:33-43
International Bible Week (24-30)

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Crown Him With Many Crowns  (UMH 327); Jesus Shall Reign (UMH 157)


VII. Closing Prayer

O G

In praise and thanks we come near to you O God, our Father in heaven, allow us to go forth, empowered By your Spirit and in the name of the Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. 

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