Weekly Guide for Prayer and Study

and Spiritual Practices Videos

April 19 – 24, 2021

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Monday, April 19

Read – 2 Kings 10:15, Romans 14:1-4

Notice – John Wesley’s “Catholic Sprit” sermon asked: Through we cannot think alike, may we not love alike?  May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion?…Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller difference.”  (He used the root meaning of “catholic” – “including many different types of thing: universal.”  John Wesley did not mean the Roman Church, which in his day was a denomination that did not love Christians who thought differently.)  Wesley taught us much about a “Catholic Spirit,” but he did not originate this way of thinking and living.  Jehu, newly anointed King of Israel, needed to defeat Ahab’s family, who urged Israel to worship false gods.  Meeting Jehonadab, Jeu asked: “Are you as committed to me as I am to you?”  (i.e. “Do we share the same ultimate goal?” – 2 Kings 2:15).  (Jeriemiah 35 said Jehonadab founded a family faithful to God, though some of their religious practices were not common in Israel.)  How can it strengthen God’s work, and our own walk with God, when we and oters focus on essentials we agree on more than on small differences that divide us?  God made each person unique and wonderful (cf. Psalm 139:14).  Paul reminded the Roman Christians that since each person is unique, each person’s spiritual journey is too.  Encouragement and accountability are vital for spiritual growth, but comparing others to ourselves and judging them is dangerous and destructive.  How can you best help others on their personal journey of “knowing, loving, and serving God and others,” without comparing or judging it by yours?  Who has helped you in that way?

Pray – Jesus, your family is large and diverse.  Give me your spirit on non-judgemental love (John 3:17), so that differences that do not bother me either. Amen

Tuesday, April 20

ReadEphesians 4:1-6

Notice – While Ephesians called on all Christ-followers to “accept each other with love,”  Edwin Prince Booth wrote that John Wesley’s father, Samuel, and his family “were exiled from their parishes or put in prison bccause of their obstinacy, their logic and their vigor.”  His famil’s history no dobt made John aware of the ways human inguity and harassment based on religious differences can damage Christ’s cause.  In his “Catholic Spirit” sermon Wesley said, “I do not mean, ‘Embrace my modes of worship’ or, ‘I will emprace yours.’…We must both ast as each is fully persuaded in his own mind….I believe the Episcopal form of church government to be scriptural an apostical.  If you think the Presbyterian or Independent is better, think so still, and act accordingly.  I believe infants outht to be baptized; and that this may be done either by dipping or sprinkling.  If you are otherwise persuaded, be so still, and follow you own persuasion.”  How did his approach make the humility, gentleness, patience, love and unity Ephesians called for a practical reality in his day?  How would it strengthen God’s Kingdom today if more of us adopted that same attitude to areas of difference? 

Pray – God, free me from the emotional blocks which blind me to people, and that make me argumentative, judgemental and unloving.  I whant this “Catholic Sprit” that you, Paul and John Wesley had. Amen.

Wednesday, April 21

Read Ephesians 6:1-4

Notice – British politician and historian Augustine Birrell wrote that Wesley’s mother was “cast in a mold not much to our minds nowaday.  She had nineteen children and greatly prided herself  on having thaught them, one after another, by frequent chastisements to-what do you think? to cry softly.”  But in keeping with the wisdom of Ephesians, there was also love: “Though a stern, forbidding, almost an unfeeling parent, she was successful in winning and retaining not only the respect but the affection of such of her huge family as lived to grow up.”  Today we call in the “nature/nurture” question.  When children lead fruitful, effective lives (as John Wesley did), how much of that is inborn and would emerge regardless of how they are raised, and how much is taught and modeled by parents or other key people?  What good things can you see in your own life that you believe came from your home of origin?  Are there ways you’ve had to overcome factors from you background?

Pray – Jesus, for the positives from nature and nurture in my life, I’m thankful.  For any negatives, I pray for your continued work in my life to keep healing me, turning my vulnerabilities into blessings for your kingdom.  Amen.

     

    Thursday, April 22

    Read Psalm 68:3-6

    Notice – At one point, John Wesley’s parents refused to live together for 12 months because they disagreed on who ought to be king of England.  Like many of us, Wesley bore scars from his flawed family.  He loved his parents, but he put his ultimate trust in God, who said through the psalmist that he is the uniquely reliable parent for even the orphaned or lonely.  When in eith a brief crisis of loneliness or a longer time (even a lifetime), have you turned to God for nurture and comfort?  In what ways did God provide you the “family” you needed?  Part of our faith heritage from John Wesley is the faith that we are God’s voice, God’s hand and feet, in a hurting world.  In what ways can you join in who may not be an “orphan” or “widow” in the concrete sense of the term, but who you could bless by extending God’s love and care?

    Pray – God, I thank you for the gift of this day.  Help me to live this day as a gift from your hand, to let your light shine through me and to thank you for the privilege of being alive. Amen.

    Friday, April 23

    Read – Zechariah 3:1-4 

    Notice – In 1709, a fire in the Wesley’s home trapped John, age 5 1/2 on the second floor.  A brave neighbor rescued him by standing on another man’s shoulders just before the roof fell in.  From that day forward, both John and his mother said that he had been “snatched from the fire.”  They believed firmly that God had a special purpose for his life.  Zechariah’s vision originally served to encourage an Israelite high priest named Joshua after Israel had returned from exile.  Hostile neighbors and the hardships of rebuilding a city and a way of life the Babylonian army had completely wiped our taxed Josua’s courage.  In you life, what “fires” (outward or inward) has God snatched you out of?  At age 51, Wesley fell seriousl ill.  Thinking he might be about die (he would actually live another 37 years), he composed his own epitaph, which began “Here lieth the Body of JOHN WESLEY, A BRAND PLUCKED OUT OF THE BURNING.”  What experiences have made you the most grateful for the gift of life, each day?

    Pray – God, I thank you for the gift of this day.  Help me to live this day as a gift from your hand, to let your light shine through me and to thank you for the privilege of being alive. Amen.

    Saturday, April 24

    Read Romans 8:18-28

    Notice – We’ve learned that John Wesley’s early years were tough.  His family was poor, and had a mix of strenghts and weaknesses.  Religious and political divisions sowed hatred in England, and with a huge gap between rich and poor, many people had given up faith.  Yet mandy those very factors helped shape the man he became-a man who for around 40 years road and estimated 8,000 miles per year on horseback, preached and estimate 1,000 sermons per year, and dramatically changed England (and America, too) for the better.  Today’s scripture does not say as people sometimes think, that “all things” are good-because they’re not.  It says God, whis is always good, can thatk all things, even the painful and difficult ones, and bend them to serve a good purpose in our life, if we are willing to put them in God’s hands.  Can you look bak and see how God has brought good out of hard things you have faced?  What are you facing right now that is painful, frustrating or scary?  Spend time hoestly telling God how hard those things are, and expressing trust that, in God’s own timing, he can bring good for you out of them.

    Pray – Jesus, thank you for being with me in good times and bad.  Thank you for using your power to bring good out of even the bad times I face.  Teach me to trust you more and more as I journey through life. Amen.

    Spiritual Practices Videos

    Psalm 80

    Guide to Prayer & Study
    November 10, 2020

    2 Timothy 1:3-7

    Weekly Devotions
    November 3, 2020

    Philippians Chapter 3

    Prayer & Study Guide
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Philippians 1:3-8

    Prayer and Study Guide Video
    Tuesday, October 22, 2020

    Mark 14:22-26, Psalm 118:1-6, 28-29

    Weekly Guide for Prayer & Study
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    John 3:1-5

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    Sabbath

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    John 15:9-13

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    Tuesday, August 25, 2020

    James 2:14​-18

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    August 18, 2020

    Isaiah

    Guide for Prayer and Study
    August 8, 2020

    Psalms 22 & Matthew 27:46

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    July 28, 2020

    Amos 5:21​-24

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    July 14, 2020

    Corinthians 6:4

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    July 7, 2020

    Acts 8:26-39

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    June 30, 2020

    Revelation 21:1-5

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    June 16, 2020

    Nate’s Favorite Bibles

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    June 23, 2020

    Mark 3:20-35 & John 19:25-27

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    Both cats in attendance (5/12/20)

    Psalm 130

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    May 5, 2020

    James 1:19-21

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    April 28, 2020

    Book of Judges

    Monday Bible Study
    May 11, 2020

    A Look at Prayer

    Monday Sermon Follow Up
    April 27, 2020

    1 Kings 9:15-21

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    April 21, 2020

    Psalm 51

    Monday Sermon Follow Up
    April 20, 2020

    Easter Monday

    Monday Sermon Follow Up
    April 13, 2020

    Amos 5:21-24

    Guide for Prayer & Study
    March 8, 2020

    Second Kings

    The Story of Naaman
    March 16, 2020

    Psalm 147

    St. Patrick’s Day Prayer & Study Guide
    March 17, 2020

    Sunday, April 18, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, April 11, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
    Bulletin,
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Easter, April 4, 2021

    Easter
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Palm Sunday Recap
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, March 21, 2021

    5th Sunday of Lent
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, March 14, 2021

    4th Sunday of Lent
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, March 7, 2021

    3rd Sunday of Lent
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    Sunday, February 28, 2001

    2nd Sunday of Lent
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    Sunday, February 21, 2021

    1st Sunday of Lent
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    Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday Recap
    Bulletin
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    Sunday, February 14, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
    Mark 9:2-9
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, February 7, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Deuteronomy 8:12-18
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, January 31, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
    Acts 8:26-38
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, January 24, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Matthew 3:1-9
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, January 17, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
    Human Relations Day
    Psalm 137:1-6
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    Sunday, January 10, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
    Exodus 3:1-10
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    Sunday, January 3, 2021

    The Sunday Recap
    Acts 10:1-36
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    Sunday, December 27, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    A Blue Christmas Service of Hope
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    Christmas Eve

    Christmas Eve Recap
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    Blue Christmas

    Blue Christmas
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    Sunday, December 20, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Fourth Sunday of Advent
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, December 13, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Third Sunday of Advent
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, December 6, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Second Sunday of Advent
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    Sunday, November 30, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    1st Sunday of Advent
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    Sunday, November 22, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 4:21-23
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    Sunday, November 15, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 4:10-20
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    Sunday, November 8, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 4:8-9
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    Sunday, November 1, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 4:4-7
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    Sunday, October 25, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 4:1-3
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    Sunday, October 18, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 3:12-21
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week.

    Sunday, October 11, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 3:7-11
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    Sunday, October 4, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    World Communion Sunday
    Philippians 3:1-6
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    Sunday, September 27, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2:19-30
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    Sunday, September 20, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2:17-18
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    Sunday, September 13, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2:14-16
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    Sunday, September 6, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2: 12-13
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    Sunday, August 30, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2:5-11
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    Sunday, August 23, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2:3-4
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    Sunday, August 16, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 2:1-2
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    Sunday, August 9, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:28-30
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    Sunday, August 2, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:25-27
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    Sunday, July 26, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:23-24
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    Sunday, July 19, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:20-22
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    Sunday, July 12, 2020

    Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:15-19
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    Sunday, July 5, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:12-14
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    Sunday, June 28, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:9-11
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    Sunday, June 21, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:7-8
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    Sunday, June 14, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:3-6
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    Sunday, Jun. 7, 2020

    The Sunday Recap
    Philippians 1:1-2
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    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    Sunday Recap
    Senior Spotlight
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    Daily Prayer & Study Guide for the Week,
    Senior Recognition Video.