Evening Prayer- March 20, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:11-19 

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

 

Ten men with leprosy met Jesus. They had a skin disease, and they were not allowed to live with healthy-skinned people unless they were cured. Jesus healed all ten of the men, and they were able to return to the company of other people. Once again, this is a story of Jesus’ great healing power.

This particular story, though, includes an unusual detail. After finding that he was healed, one of the ten men came back to Jesus. He was so grateful to be healed that he shouted praise to God and threw himself at Jesus’ feet. Jesus welcomed and praised this man as someone who truly knew how to praise God, even though the man was a Samaritan, an outsider who wasn’t supposed to know much about God and faith. Jesus also asked, “Where are the other nine?” and we are left wondering how thankful they were.

By praising the man who said thank-you, Jesus shows us that receiving healing is best when it flows into a life of thanking and praising God. It’s one thing to receive salvation from Jesus, and it’s an even better thing to live out our appreciation for that salvation by sharing Jesus’ love with the world.

Let gratitude take root in your heart and life as you praise Jesus for all he has done for you!

Evening Prayer:

Heavenly Father, my day is drawing to an end, and I’m ready to turn in. But before I do, I have to thank you for your faithfulness today. It’s always a good day, even when things may not go the way I plan, or when the world seems in chaos, because you are in control.  For all the times when I was aware of your help today, all the times when your unseen presence seemed so near, thank you, God. But for all the ways you worked behind the scenes, unknown to me, moments when heaven-sent angels moved on my behalf in ways I’ll never know, thank you for those also, Lord. Amen. ~

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

 

Evening Prayer- March 19, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 34

1 At all times I will bless the LORD; *
whose praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the LORD; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; *
let us exalt the Name of the LORD together.
4 I sought the LORD, who answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon the LORD and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Luke 14:7-14 (NIV)

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

The guests and host of a banquet met Jesus. At the banquet, the guests tried to sit in seats of honor, near the place where the host would sit. This was common in that society, which cared about honor for people who were respectable and had status in the community. It was also common to invite people over who would invite you back, because you could benefit socially from attending another dinner party hosted by someone else.

But Jesus introduced a different kind of world by what he said to the guests and the host. He told them to sit in the least honorable seats, and to invite guests who were too poor to return the invitation.

In this way Jesus revealed a way of life in which status doesn’t matter, and in which shame and honor are erased.

Jesus revealed this way of life in his teachings, and he made this way of life possible by becoming the most despised outsider of all. He died on a cross and bore the worst of all rejections in order to make God’s kingdom a reality in our world.

God’s kingdom is the place where the only status that matters is that we are “loved by God.” God’s kingdom is a gift that Jesus Christ gives to us.

Evening Prayer:

Lord

You bless us as we rest
Restore us as we sleep
You care for us as we drift off
And make our dreaming sweet

You are the safest place
You are the God of Grace
Forgiven, loved and held by you
Is each small seed of faith

You know our thoughts and feelings
You see our deep desires
You understand our weariness
And catch each tear we cry

You walk beside us every day
You are a constant friend
You stay with us all through the night
On you we can depend

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

 

MORNING PRAYER – MARCH 19, 2020

 

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Scripture: Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Scripture: 2 Cor 3:12-18

12 Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, 13 and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. 14 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil [e]remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 15 But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; 16 but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Scripture Insight:

Moses was the only man who was able to speak to God as though he was face to face (Exodus 33:11). Whenever he did this, his face would start to shine. He would come out of the tent of meeting with his face shining and tell the Israelites what God had spoken to him. Then, he would cover his face (Exodus 34:34-35). Paul says that Moses covered his face because his face would eventually lose it’s shine, or the glory of God would fade (2 Corinthians 3:13).

But, we are not like Moses, who would have periodic encounters with God and experience His glory. No, we are constantly being transformed by the glory of God now that we are followers of Jesus Christ.

Our lives should constantly be shiny according to Paul. Do those who you are in constant contact with notice a glow about you? This glow is obviously the glory of God because you are constantly encountering him throughout your day.

James says that God’s word will bring about action in our lives (James 1:22). Let the glory of God shine from every area of your life.

2 minutes of Self-Examination: Are those around you seeing God’s glory in your life?

Journaling: 3 Minutes of Examination

2 Minutes of Supplication: Praying for the world.

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

 

Wednesday Night Bible Study – March 18, 2020

Centering verse: 

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.

Ecclesiastes 12:13(NASB)

PREPARING OUR HEARTS:

Heavenly Father, Our sin deserves Your judgement. Our trespasses are worthy of Your wrath, yet we seek Your forgiveness. We are sorry for our tendencies toward selfishness. It is clear that with You we bring nothing to the table, yet You give freely to us. Without You, there is nothing, but with You, there is everything. Fix our eyes on Your perfection and goodness so that we may experience Your love and power. In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray.  Amen.

Silence: 2 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENING PRAYER – MARCH 18, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Scripture: Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

Scripture: PHILEMON 1:4-7

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 30 seconds OF SILENCE

This passage represents to two main lessons. The first is to defend those who have radically changed and the second is to exercise a heart of forgiveness. The context of this passage is that Paul is writing a letter on behalf of a run away slave, Onesimus. He had run away from Rome and as a result broke both the Roman law and defrauded his master. Paul knew that those issues had to be dealt with, and therefore decided to send Onesimus back to Rome. He sent with him a very important letter urging Philemon to forgive Onesimus an welcome him back to service as a brother in Christ.

Paul has seen the change in the life of Onesimus. He has seen that this man had been radically transformed by God’s Grace. He wanted for Philemon to see that and to extend a heart of forgiveness. Philemon had every reason to hold a grudge and to punish him. However, Paul makes a compelling and deep argument that Christ has performed a change in this mans heart, and that he would now be used as a tool to help spread the message of Christ and serve alongside those ministering in Rome.

The  main verse that portrays this urgent point that Paul makes about Onesimus being changed and now being useful is found in verse 11 “Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me”. This sums up the change that Paul has witnessed in him. Prior to his run away, Onesimus was not a committed slave to Philemon nor was he committed to the work of Christ. Now not only has he been saved but he is ready to go back to serving along side Philemon in a much deeper way.

There is no one that is ever outside the reach of God’s Grace. Change can happen in a person’s life in ways that we can never imagine. He also sets the expectation that we too should not give up on those who appear to be “hopeless” cases. This passage should fill our hearts with hope because we were once that person who was deemed to be lost and are now saved. It should also fill our hearts with a sense of urgency to keep praying for those who are lost and allow for God to do the saving work in their lives.

Evening Prayer:

Lord

You bless us as we rest
Restore us as we sleep
You care for us as we drift off
And make our dreaming sweet

You are the safest place
You are the God of Grace
Forgiven, loved and held by you
Is each small seed of faith

You know our thoughts and feelings
You see our deep desires
You understand our weariness
And catch each tear we cry

You walk beside us every day
You are a constant friend
You stay with us all through the night
On you we can depend

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.