Weekly Guide to Prayer

FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2019 (1/14-1/20)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2019

Theme: A New Life with Jesus Christ

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

 

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2019 for the week of January 14th to 20th (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.                                                                                                    

-Querubin D. Canlas, September/2007

II. Passage of Praise:Psalm 36:5-10 (UMH 771)

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 14, Monday – John 1:35-45 – January 15, Tuesday – Matthew 4:18-22
 
January 16, Wednesday – Luke 9:23-26, 57-62
 
January 17, Thursday – Matthew 10:34-42
 
January 18, Friday (Week of Prayer for Christian Unity-18 to 25) – Matthew 11:25-30
 
January 19, Saturday – Matthew 20:1-16
 
January 20, Sunday – Isaiah 62:1-5
(2nd Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 – Human Relations Day – John 2:1-11
 
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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
Many Gifts, One Spirit (UMH 114); One Bread, One Body (UMH 620)


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.    

                                                                              -Querubin D. Canlas, September/2007

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide January 2019 (1/7-1/13)

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2019

Theme: Jesus, Son of God

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

 

Weekly Prayer Guide January 2019 for the week of January 7th to 13th (W/Gold)

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.

-Querubin D. Canlas, September/2007

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 29 (UMH 795)

III. Daily Bible Readings

January 7, Monday – Isaiah 46:5-11
 
January 8, Tuesday – Hebrews 6:9-20
 
January 9, Wednesday – Matthew 19:16-30
 
January 10, Thursday – Matthew 6:25-34
 
January 11, Friday (Human Trafficking Awareness Day) – 1 Corinthians
3:10-17
 
January 12, Saturday – 2 Timothy 1:1-14
 
January 13, Sunday – Isaiah 43:1-7
(1st  Sunday after the Epiphany) – Acts 8:14-17
Baptism of the Lord – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
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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 246); Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart (UMH 219)


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.

-Querubin D. Canlas, September/2007

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 (12/31-1/6)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018

Theme: God’s Children

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

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 for the week of December 31st to January 6th (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

December 31, Monday – John 15:12-16 

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

January 2, Wednesday – Romans 8:31-39

January 3, Wednesday – Isaiah 56:1-8

January 4, Thursday – Ezekiel 34:11-15

January 5, Saturday -1 Peter 2:1-10

January 6, Sunday – Isaiah 60:1-6
(Epiphany Sunday) – Ephesians 3:1-12;
Epiphany 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.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 (12/24-12/30)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018

Theme: Emmanuel!

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

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 for the week of December 24th to 30th (W/G)

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

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 24, Monday – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96 (UMH 816);
Christmas Eve – Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 

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

December 26, Wednesday – Ephesians 4:17-32 

December 27 Thursday – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

December 28, Friday – John 3:1-8

December 29, Saturday -vRevelation 21:1-7

December 30, Sunday – 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26;
(1st Sunday after Christmas) – Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

 

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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 2018 (12/17-12/23)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018

Theme: Gateway to Heaven

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

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 for the week of December 17th to 23rd (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 17, Monday –  Isaiah 7:10-15

December 18, Tuesday – Isaiah 35

December 19, Wednesday – Isaiah 40:1-10

December 20, Thursday –  Ezekiel 34:11-16

December 21, Friday- Isaiah 9:1b-7

December 22, Saturday – Philippians 4:4-9

December 23, Sunday – Micah 5:2-5a;
(4th Sunday of Advent) Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
Jesus Loves Me (UMH 191); He Is Lord (UMH 177)


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 2018 (12/10-12/16)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018

Theme: The Coming/Constant Advent, of Jesus Christ

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

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 for the week of December 10th to 16th (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: Isaiah 12:2-6 (UMH 847)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 10, Monday – Mark 13:24-27

December 11, Tuesday – Luke 21:25-28

December 12, Wednesday – Revelation 1:1-8

December 13, Thursday – Ezekiel 34:1-31

December 14, Friday – Luke 12:35-40

December 15, Saturday – Acts 1:6-11

December 16, Sunday – Zephaniah 3:14-20;
(3rd Sunday of Advent) – Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

 

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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

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.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 (12/3-12/9)

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018

Theme: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

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

Weekly Prayer Guide December 2018 for the week of December 3rd to 9th (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: Luke 1:68-79 (UMH 208)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

December 3, Monday – Luke 1:5-25

December 4, Tuesday – Luke 1:57-80

December 5, Wednesday – Isaiah 59:15b-21

December 6, Thursday – Isaiah 61:1-3

December 7, Friday – Amos 9:11-15

December 8, Saturday – Matthew 3:1-12 

December 9, Sunday – Malachi 3:1-4;
(2nd Sunday of Advent) Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

 

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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.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018 (11/26-12/2)

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018

Theme: The Coming of the King

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

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018 for the week of November 26th to December 2nd (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 25:1-10 (UMH 756)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

November 26, Monday – Matthew 1:1-17

November 27, Tuesday – Isaiah 42:1-13

November 28, Wednesday – Jeremiah 46:27-28

November 29, Thursday – Hebrews 10:11-25

November 30, Friday – Ezekiel 1:1-28a

December 1, Saturday – Zephaniah 3:14-20

November 2, Sunday – Jeremiah 33:14-16;
(1st Sunday of Advent – Year C) 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13;
(Begin lectionary Year C) Luke 21:25-36

 

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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 2018 (11/19-11/25)

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018

Theme: Christ the King

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

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018 for the week of November 19th to 25th (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: Psalm 132:1-12 (UMH 849)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

November 19, Monday – John 1:43-51

November 20, Tuesday – (Universal Children’s Day)Luke 8:22-39

November 21, Wednesday – Matthew 25:31-46

November 22, Thursday – Joel 2:21-27; Psalm 126 (UMH 847)

Thanksgiving Day – 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Matthew 6:25-33

November 23, Friday – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

November 24, Saturday –  Matthew 27:45-54

November 25, Sunday – 2 Samuel 23:1-7(Last/27th Sunday after Pentecost) Revelations 1:4b-8;
Christ the King/Reign of Christ SundayJohn 18:33-37;
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:
 Crown Him With Many Crowns (UMH 327); Jesus Shall Reign (UMH 157)


VII. Closing Prayer

In praise and thanks we come near to you O God, allow us to go forth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to serve in the strength, love, and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018 (11/12-11/18)

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018

Theme: Prepared for the Coming!

Weekly Prayer Guide November 2018 for the week of November 12th to 18th (G)

I. Opening Prayer

Almighty God, you have sent Jesus to show us how to live.  Grant us the power of your Holy Spirit so that we may follow him in faithfulness all the days of our lives.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: 1 Samuel 2:1-10 or Psalm 113 (UMH 834)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

November 12, Monday – Ezekiel 36:22-32

November 13, Tuesday – Ephesians 5:1-20

November 14, Wednesday – John 9

November 15, Thursday – Luke 19:1-10

November 16, Friday – Acts 26:12-18

November 17, Saturday – Colossians 3:5-17

November 18, Sunday – 1 Samuel 1:4-20;
(26th Sunday after Pentecost) – Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25;
Thanksgiving Sunday – Mark 13:1-8
Bible Sunday/International Bible Week (18-24)

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn: 
Fairest Lord Jesus (UMH 189); How Great Thou Art (UMH 7)


VII. Closing Prayer

Live today in Christ’s presence, remembering he is near and will sustain you as you serve in his name.  Amen.

 

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