Weekly Guide to Prayer

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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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017 (3/13-3/19)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017

Theme: Love Amidst Longing

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 13th to 19th (P)

I. Opening Prayer

God 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 99  (UMH 814)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 13, Monday – Psalm 63:1-8

March 14, Tuesday – Isaiah 57:15-19

March 15, Wednesday – Psalm 103:1-5

March 16, Thursday – John 6:22-40

March 17, Friday (St. Patrick’s Day) – 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

March 18, Saturday – Psalm 84

March 19, Sunday – Exodus 17:1-7
(3rd Sunday in Lent) – Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (UMH 89) / The King of Love My Shepherd Is  (UMH 138)


VII. Closing Prayer

O Lord, our God, whose mercy saves all who have faith in the Son, empower us through your love, that we who long for your presence may find everlasting life.  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 (3/6-3/12)

Weekly Prayer Guide March 2017

Theme: Ministry and Sacrifice

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 6th to 12th (P)

I. Opening Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, open our hearts, minds, our very senses and being, through the power of the Holy Spirit to allow us to perceive your presence in our midst.  Prepare us for this hour of devotion in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 121  (UMH 844)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

March 6, Monday – Isaiah 6

March 7, Tuesday – John 13:1-20

March 8, Wednesday – Matthew 10:5-15

March 9, Thursday – Acts 6:1-15

March 10, Friday – James 1:12-18

March 11, Saturday – 1 Peter 2:18-25

March 12, Sunday – Genesis 12:1-4a
(2nd Sunday in Lent) – Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Girl Scout Sunday/DST begins – John 3:1-17

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: O God Our Help in Ages Past (UMH 117) / Blessed Assurance (UMH 369)


VII. Closing Prayer

May our God who is constantly and faithfully abiding in us grant us harmony with one another and oneness with Jesus Christ, that together as a community of faith we may serve our sisters and brothers in humility and love.  In the name of our Savior we pray.  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 (2/27-3/5)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017

Theme: God Forgive Us, Your Children

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


Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 for the week of February 27th to March 5th (P)

I. Opening Prayer

Our praise and thanks to you, our God.  Forgive us, cleanse us, renew us and prepare us, your children; for these moments of devotion and praise, and a lifetime of service.  In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 32 (UMH 766)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 27, Monday – 1 Peter 3:18-22

February 28, Tuesday – Romans 9:19-29

March 1, Wednesday – Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17

(Ash Wednesday) – 2 Cor. 5:20b-6:10; Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21

March 2, Thursday (John Wesley:  d. 1791) – Acts 9:1-30

March 3, Friday (World Day of Prayer) – Psalm 25:4-10

March 4, Saturday – Mark 1:9-15

March 5, Sunday – Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7;
(1st Sunday in Lent) – Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Take Time to be Holy (UMH 395) / Sweet Hour of Prayer (UMH 496)


VII. Closing Prayer

Almighty God, whose love allowed Jesus to be with human beings, whose mercy allows forgiveness of all our sins, affording us the way to eternity in your awesome presence, dismiss us now with strength and power to serve you and our fellow human beings.  In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 (2/20-2/26)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017

Theme: God’s Word…In Us

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


Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 for the week of February 20th to 26th (W)

I. Opening Prayer (UMH 259)

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 99 (UMH 819)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 20, Monday – Matthew 18:1-5

February 21, Tuesday – Matthew 15:1-20

February 22, Wednesday – Matthew 10:32-42

February 23, Thursday – Matthew 5:1-12

February 24, Friday – Matthew 5:13-16

February 25, Saturday – Matthew 6:9-13

February 26, Sunday – Exodus 24:12-18;
(8th/Last Sunday after the Epiphany) – 2 Peter 1:16-21;
Transfiguration Sunday – Matthew 17:1-9

 

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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, Invincible God 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.

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 (2/13-2/19)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017

Theme: God of Holiness and Truth

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


Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 for the week of February 13th to 19th (G)

I. Opening Prayer

Our God in heaven, your love has given us your Son to be our savior.  We praise and thank you.  May he be our lamp to ward away the darkness, our shield from our enemies, our protection from evil – even that which come from ourselves, so that we can bask in your presence.  Please join us now and abide in us through our hearing of your Word.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm 119:33-40  (UMH 840)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 13, Monday – Genesis 45:3-11, 15

February 14, Tuesday (Valeentine’s Day) – Isaiah 43:18-25

February 15, Wednesday – Mark 2:1-12

February 16, Thursday – Luke 6:27-38

February 17, Friday – 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

February 18, Saturday – 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

February 19, Sunday – Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18;
(7th Sunday after Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23;
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week (19-25) – Matthew 5:38-48

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Jesu, Jesu (UMH 432) / Take Time to Be Holy (UMH 395)


VII. Closing Prayer

Dear God in heaven, thank you for renewing in us your call to minister to the community of faith, to those whose knowledge of Jesus is lacking, and most of all, to those whose knowledge of him is totally nil.  Bless us as we go…into the world!  Amen.

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

 

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FirstUMCC Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 (2/6-2/12)

Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017

Theme: God of Life and Love

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


Weekly Prayer Guide February 2017 for the week of February 6th to 12th (G)

I. Opening Prayer

O God, our Guide and Guardian, you have led us apart from the busy world into the quiet of your house.  Grant us grace to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the comfort of our souls and the upbuilding of every good purpose and holy desire.  Enable us to do more perfectly the work to which you have called us, that we may not fear the coming of night, when we shall resign into your hands the tasks which you have committed to us.  So may we worship you not with our lips at this hour, but in word and deed all the days of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.

II. Passage of Praise: Psalm:  119:1-8  (UMH 840)

 

III. Daily Bible Readings

February 6, Monday – Isaiah 6

February 7, Tuesday – John 13:1-20

February 8, Wednesday – Matthew 10:5-15

February 9, Thursday – Acts 6:1-15

February 10, Friday – James 1:12-18

February 11, Saturday – 1 Peter 2:18-25

February 12, Sunday – Deuteronomy 30:15-20
(6th Sunday after the Epiphany) – 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Boy Scout Sunday – Matthew 5:21-37

 

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IV. Moments of Reflection: Silent and/or written


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


VI. Hymn:
: Let All the World in Every Corner Sing  (UMH 93) / O Master Let Me Walk with Thee (UMH 430)


VII. Closing Prayer

May the blessing of God, fountain of living water, flow within us as a river of life.  May we drink deep of her wisdom.  May we never thirst again.  May we go through life refreshing many, as a sign of healing for all; through the One who is Life eternal.  Amen.

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

 

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