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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 (4/23-4/29)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018

Theme: Touched/Indwelt By Love

This Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 for the week of April 23rd to 29th (W/Gold)

I. Opening Prayer

O God in heaven, we approach you with praise on our lips and thanksgiving in our hearts.  We thank you that in unconditional love you have accepted us all as your children though not one of us deserves to be called as such.  Indwell us with your Spirit that we may serve you.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise:

Psalm 22:25-31 (UMH 752)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April 23, Monday – Psalm 17:1-7

April 24, Tuesday – Galatians 5:13-15

April 25, Wednesday – John 13:1-9

April 26, Thursday – Romans 3:21-31

April 27, Friday – Romans 5:1-11

April 28, Saturday – Ephesians 5:21-32

April 29, Sunday – Acts 8:26-40
(5th Sunday of Easter) 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8 

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:

The Church’s One Foundation (UMH 545) / Only Trust Him (UMH 337)


VII. Closing Prayer

Dear God we come to you in praise.  We come near to you in thanksgiving for goodness and mercy manifested in your Son, Jesus.  We thank you for your love manifested in all that you do.  Fill us with your Spirit so that we can be with you always.  In the name of Christ.  Amen.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 (4/16-4/22)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018

Theme: Our Good Shepherd

This Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 for the week of April 16th to 22nd (W/Gold)

I. Opening Prayer

O God, our Father, who provides all that we need for our bodies, minds, and spirits, allow your children the bounty and grace of your holy presence; that in this hour of devotion you may infuse in us with inspiration and motivation to do our best and be as shepherds to your people.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

 

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

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April 16, Monday – Psalm 80:1-7

April 17, Tuesday – Isaiah 40:1-11

April 18, Wednesday – Jeremiah 31:10-14

April 19, Thursday – Hebrews 13:20-21

April 20, Friday – 1 Peter 5:1-11

April 21, Saturday – 2 Corinthians 4

April 22, Sunday – Acts 4:5-12
(4th Sunday of Easter) 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

 

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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) / The King of Love My Shepherd Is (UMH 138)


VII. Closing Prayer

O God, our Shepherd true and faithful, allow us now your blessings of strength and purpose so that we may be able to fulfill our mission in the vineyard of our Savior Jesus Christ through whom we pray.  Amen.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 (4/9-4/15)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018

Theme: Walking With Christ/God

This Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 for the week of April 9th to 15th (W/G)

I. Opening Prayer

O Lord, your wondrous birth means nothing unless we are born again, your death and sacrifice mean nothing unless we die to sin, your resurrection means nothing if you be risen alone.  Raise and exalt us, O Savior, both now to the estate of grace and hereafter to the state of glory; where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God for ever and ever.  Amen.
– Eric Milner-White, England, 20th cent., alt.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 4 (UMH 741)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April  9, Monday –  Acts 4:5-12

April 10, Tuesday – Acts 9:1-20

April 11, Wednesday – Acts 13:44-52

April 12, Thursday – Acts 11:1-18

April 13, Friday – Acts 4:23-31

April 14, Saturday – Romans 8:1-11

April 15, Sunday – Acts 3:12-19
(3rd Sunday of Easter) 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:

Amazing Grace (UMH 378) / Open My Eyes, That I May See (UMH 454)


VII. Closing Prayer

May the indwelling of the Triune God in our lives – in our minds and hearts – be ours not only now, but for always.  In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
-Querubin D. Canlas, September/2007

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 (4/2-4/8)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018

Theme: The Inheritors

This Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2018 for the week of April 2nd to 8th (W/Gold)

I. Opening Prayer

God of life, through Jesus Christ you have bestowed upon the world the light of life.  Sanctify this new fire, and grant that our hearts and minds may also be kindled with holy desire to shine forth with the brightness of Christ’s rising, that we may attain to the feast of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
– UM Book of Worship, 2002  

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 133 (UMH 850)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April 2, Monday – Matthew 28 April 3, Tuesday Mark 16:1-19

April 4, Wednesday – Luke 24:13-35

April 5, Thursday – Luke 24:36-53

April 6, Friday – John 20:1-18

April 7, Saturday – John 21

April 8, Sunday – Acts 4:32-35
(2nd Sunday of Easter) 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:

Breathe on Me, Breath of God (UMH 420) / Trust and Obey (UMH 467)


VII. Closing Prayer

We are sent forth in the power of Christ’s resurrection.  Alleluia!  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  Amen.
– UM Book of Worship, 2002

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2018 (1/1-1/7)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2018

Theme: God’s Children

This Weekly Prayer Guide January 2018 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide January 2018 for the week of January 1st to 7th (W/G)

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

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

January 2, Tuesday – 2 Peter 1:3-11

January 3, Wednesday – Isaiah 56:1-8

January 4, Thursday – John 15:12-16

January 5, Friday (Twelfth Night) – Romans 8:31-39

January 6, Saturday (Epiphany of the Lord) – 1 Peter 2:1-10

January 7, Sunday – Isaiah 60:1-6
(Epiphany/2nd Sunday after Christmas) – Ephesians 3:1-12
Baptism of the Lord – 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:
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 2017 (12/25-12/31)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017

Theme: Emmanuel!

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 for the week of December 25th to 31st (W)

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

December 26, Tuesday – Ephesians 4:17-32

December 27, Wednesday – Isaiah 43:1-13

December 28, Thursday  – Revelation 21:1-7

December 29, Friday – John 3:1-8

December 30, Saturday – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

December 31, Sunday – Isaiah 61:10-62:3

1st Sunday after Christmas – Galatians 4:4-7
(New Year’s Eve/Watch Night) – 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. Hymn:
O Come, All Ye Faithful (UMH 234) / Go, Tell It on the Mountain (UMH 251)


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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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 (12/18-12/24)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017

Theme: Gateway to Heaven

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 for the week of December 18th to 24th (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: Luke 1:47-55 (UMH 199)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 18, Monday (Charles Wesley b. 1707) – Isaiah 7:10-15

December 19, Tuesday – Isaiah 35

December 20, Wednesday – Isaiah 40:1-10

December 21, Thursday (9Winter/Solstice) – Ezekiel 34:11-16

December 22, Friday – Isaiah 9:1b-7

December 23, Saturday – Philippians 4:4-9

December 24, Sunday – 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
(4th Sunday of Advent) – Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
Christmas Eve readings – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96 (UMH 815); Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

 

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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) / Silent Night (UMH 239)


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.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 (12/11-12/17)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017

Theme: The Constant Advent of Jesus Christ

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 for the week of December 11th to 17th (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: Psalm 126 (UMH 847)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 11, MondayMark 13:24-27

December 12, Tuesday – Luke 21:25-28

December 13, Wednesday – Revelation 1:1-8

December 14, Thursday – Ezekiel 34:1-31

December 15, Friday – Luke 12:35-40

December 16, Saturday – Acts 1:6-11

December 17, Sunday – Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
(3rd Sunday of Advent) – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

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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 Gate (UMH 213)


VII. Closing Prayer

Lord, 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.  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 (12/4-12/10)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017

Theme: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

This Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide December 2017 for the week of December 4th to 10th (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 85:1-2, 8-13 (UMH 806)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 4, Monday – Luke 1:5-25

December 5, Tuesday – Luke 1:57-80

December 6, Wednesday – Isaiah 59:15b-21

December 7, Thursday – Isaiah 61:1-3

December 8, Friday – Amos 9:11-15

December 9, Saturday – Matthew 3:1-12

December 10, Sunday – Isaiah 40:1-11
(2nd Sunday of Advent) – 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

 

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

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide November 2017 (11/27-12/3)

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2017

Theme: The Coming of the King

This Weekly Prayer Guide November 2017 may be used by an individual for personal daily devotion or by prayer groups in retreat.


Weekly Prayer Guide November 2017 for the week of November 27th to December 3rd (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 80:1-7, 17-19 (UMH 801)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

November 27, Monday – Matthew 1:1-17

November 28, Tuesday – Isaiah 42:1-13

November 29, Wednesday – Jeremiah 46:27-28

November 30, Thursday – Luke 19:28-40

December 1, Friday (World AIDS Day)- Ezekiel 1:1-28a

December 2, Saturday – Zephaniah 3:14-20

December 3, Sunday – Isaiah 64:1-9
1st Sunday of Advent – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
(Begin lectionary Year B) – Mark 13:24-37

 

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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 327) / 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.

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

 

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