Week 1: Sunday Evening

Call to Praise: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1 (TNIV)

After a time of reflective silence, proclaim these words that Jesus spoke: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (TNIV)

Examen: Prayerfully speak these words as you open your life to the One who knows you, created you, and loves you with an unending love.

Lord Jesus, be merciful to me, a sinner. Luke 18:13 (TNIV)

Apostles Creed: We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Today we are focusing on our Connection to God

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:5-9 (NRSV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:1-5 (NRSV)

In this day and age of the self-made person, it is easy to forget that everything begins and ends with God. Isaiah and John both remind us that God is our source of life and hope. As Paul reminded the people of Athens, “In him we live and move and have our being.” Reflect on this truth for a few minutes. How does this deepen your connection to God?

Closing Prayer: Creator God, from whom all life flows, we turn again to you as the source of life and hope and strength. We recognize that without you, we are nothing, but with you all things are possible. Empower us to be your hands and feet to serve you in the world. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Week 1: Sunday Morning

Morning Praise: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

The Lord’s Prayer: Quiet your heart before the Lord your God and pray as Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Jesus Hymn: The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20 (TNIV)

Today we are focusing on our Connection to God.

LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what are mere mortals that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8 (TNIV)

Scripture informs us that God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth. What does it mean to you to know that the Creator of all things is also mindful of you?  As you move throughout this day, notice the ways God reveals Himself to you as the Creator of all things. How can your life reflect God’s creative love?

Closing Prayer: Father, may we live every moment in the reality that you created all things. May we rest secure, knowing that the one who made all things never sleeps. Let this awareness shape our walk in this world of yours. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.