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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 (5/22-5/28)

Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017

Theme: (Life Together) Bereft a Moment; Indwelt the Next

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


Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 for the week of May 22nd to 28th (W/G)

I. Opening Prayer

God of Time and Eternity, we approach you in thoughts of praise and thanksgiving.  Though Christ ascended to claim his rightful place, we know he is with us through the Holy Spirit.  Allow your children to feel, relish, and appreciate this presence.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 (UMH 792)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

May 23, Tuesday – 1 Peter 1:3-12

May 24, Wednesday (Aldersgate Day) – John 17:11-19

May 25, Thursday – Acts 1:1-11; Eph. 1:15-23;
(Ascension Day) –  Lk 24:44-53; Ps 47 (UMH 781)

May 26, Friday – John 17:20 26

May 27, Saturday – Ephesians 4:17-32

May 28, Sunday – Acts 1:6-14;
7th Sunday of Easter – 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11;
(Ascension/Memorial Sunday) – John 17:1-11

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Crown Him with Many Crowns (UMH 327) / My Hope Is Built (UMH 368)


VII. Closing Prayer

O Triune God, praise and thanksgiving we bring you.  In triumph Christ resurrected and in exaltation Christ now ascends to heaven.  We keep this in our hearts to cherish and celebrate for all our days.  Grant us your peace.  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 (5/15-5/21)

Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017

Theme: (Chosen by God) Live by/in Faith

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


Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 for the week of May 15th to 21st (W/G)

I. Opening Prayer

God of all, we praise you.  We thank you for you have made us prosperous in everything.  Fill us with your Spirit and allow us to be in your presence in the sweet moments we will spend in prayer with you.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 66:8-20  (UMH 790)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

May 15, Monday – Acts 11:19-30

May 16, Tuesday – 1 John 5:6-12

May 17, Wednesday (Heritage Day) – Hebrews 1:4-14

May 18, Thursday – Hebrews 12:12-29

May 19, Friday  – Hebrews 13:1-19

May 20, Saturday – Hebrews 11:1-3

May 21, Sunday – Acts 17:22-31;
6th Sunday of Easter – 1 Peter 3:13-22;
Heritage Sunday – John 14:15-21

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (UMH 384) / There’s Within My Heart a Melody  (UMH 380)


VII. Closing Prayer

O God, our Father, we are before you, in praise and gratitude for your love.  Allow us now your eternal presence to afford us faith in the promise of eternity.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 (5/8-5/14)

Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017

Theme: Indwelt/Touched By Love

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


Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 for the week of May 8th to 14th (W/G)

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 31:1-5, 15-16  (UMH 764)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

May 8, Monday – Psalm 17:1-7

May 9, Tuesday – Galatians 5:13-15

May 10, Wednesday – John 13:1-9

May 11, Thursday – Romans 3:21-31

May 12, Friday  – Romans 5:1-11

May 13, Saturday – Ephesians 5:21-32

May 14, Sunday – Acts 7:55-60

(5th Sunday of Easter) – 1 Peter 2:2-10
Mothers’ Day – John 14:1-14

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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 yoo always.  In the name of Christ.  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 (5/1-5/7)

Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017

Theme: Our Good Shepherd

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


Weekly Prayer Guide May 2017 for the week of May 1st to 7th (W/G)

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)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

May 1, Monday – Psalm 80:1-7

May 2, Tuesday – Isaiah 40:1-11

May 3, Wednesday – Jeremiah 31:10-14

May 4, Thursday (Nat’l Day of Prayer) – Hebrews 13:20-21

May 5, Friday – 1 Peter 5:1-11

May 6, Saturday (Nurses Day) – 2 Corinthians 4

May 7, Sunday – Acts 2:42-47
(4th Sunday of Easter) – 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

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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.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 (4/24-4/30)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017

Theme: Walking With Christ/God

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


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 for the week of April 24th to 30th (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 forever and ever.  Amen.
– Eric Milner-White, England, 20th cent., alt. 

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19  (UMH 837)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April 24, Monday – Acts 4:5-12

April 25, Tuesday – Acts 9:1-20

April 26, Wednesday – Acts 13:44-52

April 27, Thursday – Acts 11:1-18

April 28, Friday (Arbor Day) – Acts 4:23-31

April 29, Saturday – Romans 8:1-11

April 30, Sunday – Acts 2:14a, 36-41;
(3rd Sunday of Easter) – 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35

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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.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 (4/17-4/23)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017

Theme: The Inheritors

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


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 for the week of April 16th to 23rd (W/G)

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 16 (UMH 748)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April 17, Monday (Easter Monday – Canada) – Matthew 28

April 18, Tuesday – Mark 16:1-19

April 19, Wednesday – Luke 24:13-35

April 20, Thursday – Luke 24:36-53

April 21, Friday – John 20:1-18

April 22, Saturday (Earth Day)John 21

April 23, Sunday – Acts 2:14a, 22-32;
2nd Sunday of Easter – 1 Peter 1:3-9; 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:
: He Lives (UMH 310) / Breathe on Me, Breath of God (UMH 420)


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 April 2017 (4/10-4/16)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017

Theme: The Passion and the Resurrection

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


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 for the week of April 10th to 16th (W/G)

I. Opening Prayer

Praise the Lord!  Christ lives! Father in heaven we thank you for your goodness, mercy and love.  Love that has allowed your sinful children a way out of perdition and death.  But the way to salvation was not easy.  It was full of sacrifice because of our manifold sins.  Allow Christ to live in our hearts and in our beings.  Be with us, we pray, in everything we do.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 (UMH 839)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

April 10, Holy Monday – Isa 42:1-9; Ps 36:5-11; Heb 9:11-15; John 12:1-11

April 11, Holy Tuesday Isa 49:1-7; Ps 71:1-14; 1 Cor 1:18-31; Jn 12:20-36

April 12, Holy Wednesday Isa 50:4-9a; Ps 70; Heb 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

Apr 13, Maundy Thursday – Ex 12:1-14; Ps 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Cor 1:23-26; Jn 13:1-17, 31b-35

April 14, Good Friday – Isa 52:13-53:12; Ps 22; Heb 10:16-25; Jn 18:1-19:42

April 15, Holy Saturday –  Exodus 14; Ps 114; Romans 6:3-11; Matt 28:1-10

April 16, Sunday – Acts 10:34-43;
Easter Sunday – Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (UMH 302) / I Am Thine, O Lord (UMH 419)


VII. Closing Prayer

God of holiness and light, in the mystery of dying and rising with Christ you have established a new covenant of reconciliation.  Cleanse our hearts and give a new spirit to all your people, so that your saving grace may be made known to the whole world; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
– UM Book of Worship, March 2002 printing, p. 375

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 (4/3-4/9)

Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017

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

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


Weekly Prayer Guide April 2017 for the week of April 3rd to 9th (P/R)

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

April 3, Monday – Psalm 22:9-23

April 4, Tuesday – Mark 11:1-10

April 5, Wednesday – Psalm 31:19-23

April 6, Thursday – Isaiah 53:1-6

April 7, Friday – Isaiah 53:7-9

April 8, Saturday – Isaiah 53:10-12

April 9, Sunday – Isaiah 50:4-9a
Passion/Palm Sunday – Philippians 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 261) / Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (UMH 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.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017 (3/27-4/2)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017

Theme: A New Life

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


Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017 for the week of March 27th to April 2nd (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 27, Monday – Jeremiah 31:31-34

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

March 29, Wednesday (Charles Wesley d. 1788) – John 12:20-26

March 30, Thursday – Philippians 3:12-31

March 31, Friday  – Colossians 3:1-11

April 1, Saturday – Colossians 3:12-25

April 2, Sunday – 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.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017 (3/20-3/26)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017

Theme: Succor Amidst Suffering

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


Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017 for the week of March 20th to 26th (P)

I. Opening Prayer

Succor Amidst SufferingGod 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 23  (UMH 754)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 20, Monday (Vernal Equinox/Spring) – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

March 21, Tuesday  –  Ephesians 2:1-10

March 22, Wednesday – Luke 8:40-56

March 23, Thursday – Psalm 137:1-6

March 24, Friday – Joshua 24:14-15

March 25, Saturday –  Psalm 34:1-8

March 26, Sunday – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
(4th Sunday in Lent) – Ephesians 5:8-14
One Great Hour of Sharing – 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.

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

 

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