Daily Worship - March 20-25, 2017
"Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer
to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe." Hebrews 12:28
5 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (v. 3)
See, from his head, his hand, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down:
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 96-97.
Q. 96. What is the Lord's supper?
A. The Lord's supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to Christ's appointment, his death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace.
Q. 97. What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord's supper?
A. It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord's supper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord's body, of their faith to feed upon him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience; lest, coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.
Monday John 6:28-29
Tuesday John 6:53-56
Wednesday 1 Corinthians 11:26
Thursday 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
Friday 1 Corinthians 11:29, 2 Corinthians 13:15
Saturday Lamentations 3:40
(Readings from Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism, by Starr Meade)
Time of Prayer
Lord, we pray for the children of our congregation. May we be faithful to keep the vows we have taken to teach them the doctrines of our holy religion and strive by all the means of God’s appointment to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Lord you have appointed your word, prayer and the faithful administration of the sacraments as means of Christ to nurture faith in us. Grant that we would be able to teach our children from Scripture what it means to know Christ. We ask that you would open the hearts of our children to receive your word with faith. We pray for their salvation and for their protection in this world. We pray that when they are adults they would look back on their time in our church with joy, remembering the love that they received and the truth that they were taught.
Our Father, we pray for our youth to know you as Heavenly Father. Adolescence is a time to developing one’s own ideas and coming to terms with what one believes. We pray that our youth would be granted discernment, that they would be encouraged by the faith, love and testimony of others in the church, and that they would find peace and lasting identity in Jesus Christ alone. We pray for your blessing upon their studies. We also ask for their protection and discernment as they navigate the unique challenges of adolescence in our culture.
Lord Jesus Christ, you gathered together a group of young adult disciples to teach and train them to lead the church after your ascension. We thank you for the college students and young adults in our congregation. Their enthusiasm and energy is a blessing to us. We ask that you would strengthen them as they prepare for their own unique calling. Give them grace to face new challenges as they transition into the world of full time work. Give us grace to learn from them, not despising youthful insight, but being open to fresh application from the truth of Scripture. Strengthen the life and faith of our international friends from other cultures who worship, fellowship or receive ministry with or from EPC. May we also have open hearts and minds to learn from them.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray for the adults in our congregation. We ask that they would grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray that as adults we would be truly mature in Christ, speaking the truth in love in a way that builds one another up. We pray that you would grant our adults grace to know that you have forgiven them and accept them in Christ. Likewise, we pray for them to be able to forgive their brothers and sisters in our church when they are offended. We pray that you would make us a congregation of peacemakers who love Christ and his church more than our own interests. May our ministries and events for men and women in the church foster this type of Christ- centered growth among our adults.
Our Father in Heaven, as we live together at Evangelical Presbyterian Church we pray that you would knit us together in love. The world constantly seeks to divide us along its own categories and lines. But you call us to be one in Jesus Christ. You call us to be one holy family of God with a common faith. We ask that you would give us greater love for the body of Christ. Let us see ourselves first for who we are in union with Christ and secondarily according to our common interests in this world.
Lord, we pray that you would be exalted in Lord’s Day Worship. We pray for faith to receive your word, for joy to sing your praise, and for strength to make it to the worship service. Grant those who preach divine unction from your Holy Spirit. Grant those who teach wisdom from your word. Grant us all love for one another and a love for your kingdom. We pray that you would give us such zeal for your glory and trust in your promises that our giving would be generous and rich with faith.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.