Daily Devotions at home

Please think of these as DIY church.  The following are devotions for five days of the week and we hope this will help you during our quarantine time to enjoy the blessing of God’s word.  If ever you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church.

Weekly Schedule of Devotions

 Monday

Romans 10:8b-10

But what does it say?

“The word is near you,
    on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

 

 

Today’s Devotion

From Roberta C. Bondi, In Ordinary Time

Prayer is such an ordinary, everyday, mundane thing. Certainly, people who pray are no more saints than the rest of us. Rather, they are people who want to share a life with God, to love and be loved, to speak, to listen, to work and be at rest in the presence of God. Certainly, they are people who want the truth about themselves and about reality. They want to find the parts of themselves they would rather not acknowledge and bring them to God for love and healing. They want to learn how to be the loving, interiorly thriving people God created them to be. They aren’t particularly holy, though. Mostly, they are just simply stubborn, persistent people who know that every close personal relationship of love, including ours with God, involves a lot of risk taking, a lot of being in the dark, and a lot of persistence through times of boredom.      

Prayer (Begin with silent prayers of joys and concerns)  W.E DuBois

Lord of the springtime, Father of flower, field and fruit, smile on us in these earnest days when the work is heavy and the toil wearisome; lift up our hearts, O God, to the things worthwhile: sunshine and night, the dripping rain, the song of birds, books and music, and the voices of our friends. Lift up our hearts to these, O Father, and grant us your peace. I pray this with the one who taught me to pray:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.
 

 Tuesday

Acts 13:30-33

30 But God raised him from the dead; 31 and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you.’
 

Devotion

from Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Resdiscovered (abridged)

I have never doubted since then that in all circumstances, whatever one’s conditions may be, or the condition of the society one lives in, or the condition of the world, life is good, and that to gain from this experience of living what has to be gained, and to learn what has to be learnt, it is necessary to live out one’s life to the end until the moment comes for one’s release. Then, and only then, can one truly rejoice in that moment. There is no catastrophe, as it seems to me, that can befall human beings which is not an illumination, and no illumination which is not in some sense a catastrophe. It is in an age like ours, an age of great superficiality of thought, that people ask how, if God allows suffering, how can he be a loving God. It’s a very superficial thought, because suffering is part of the process whereby humans exist, and we can’t judge how that comes about, or what are its full consequences. All we can say is that it’s part of the experience of living, and like all other parts, it can shed light, or it can shed darkness. Suffering is an essential element in the Christian religion, as it is in life. After all, the cross itself is the supreme example. If Christ hadn’t suffered, do you imagine that anyone would have paid the slightest attention to the religion he founded? Not at all.

Prayer (Begin with silent prayers of joys and concerns)

St Augustine
 
Soul of Christ sanctify me.
Body of Christ save me.
Blood of Christ inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Separated from you let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
That with your saints I may be praising you forever and ever.

I pray this with the one who taught me to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Wednesday

Romans 6:8-11

To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit that lives in you.

Devotion

  1. from the writings of Francis Schaeffer

There is no mechanical solution to true spirituality or the Christian life. Anything that has the mark of the mechanical upon it is a mistake. It is not possible to say, read so many chapters of the Bible every day, and you will have this much sanctification. It is not possible to say, pray so long every day, and you will have a certain amount of sanctification. It is not possible to add the two together and to say, you will have this big a piece of sanctification . . . The Christian life, true spirituality, can never have a mechanical solution. The real solution is being cast up into the moment by moment communion, personal communion, with God himself; and letting God’s truth flow through me through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer (Begin with silent prayers of joys and concerns)

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,

and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created

And you shall renew the face of the earth.

O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful

by the light of the Holy Spirit,

grant that by the gift of the same Spirit

we may be always truly wise

and ever rejoice in his consolation.

Through Christ our Lord, I pray this:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Thursday

Hebrews 7:24-27

24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself.
 
 

Devotion

  1. from the writings of Paul Tournier

I have seen many people who will go so far as to lie to themselves rather than admit that they are disappointed. They seem to be looking forward to the future, but in reality, their eyes were fixed on the past . . .Take for example, the case of a man who once was roused by the powerful inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Now he strives, by disciplining himself, to retain the old spontaneous ardor. But he fails. He reproaches himself for his luke-warmness, for the ineffectiveness, not only of his actions, but also of his prayers and resolutions. He reproaches himself for not having been able to preserve the ‘heavenly gift’, as the apostle urges. But in spiritual matters nothing is preserved, nothing can be saved up. This man is mistaking a psychological problem for a religious one. He refuses to recognize the law of adventure, which is that it dies as it achieves its object. The first requirement of religion is that we accept the laws of life. The spiritual life consists only in a series of new births. There must be new flowerings, new prophets, new adventures – always new adventures – if the heart of the human, albeit in fits and starts, is to go on beating.

Prayer (Begin with silent prayers of joys and concerns)

Lord Jesus, you told your friends not to worry about the future. You showed them

how to have the attitude of simple trust that young children have, so that they could place themselves into the caring hands of your Father. And so I ask for the power of your Spirit that I may remain positive throughout all that is ordinary in my daily life. I know that your touch can change people and situations, and so I ask you to join me in offering to our Father not only the good things of this day but also the suffering and sacrifices that I want to offer cheerfully and lovingly, and in a quiet and hidden way. And so may any difficulties and frustration and pain of this day be transformed in your presence for the benefit of other people. I pray this with the one who taught me to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Friday

1 Peter 3:18-24

 

18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Devotion

  1. from Letter from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christ kept himself from suffering till his hour had come, but when it did come, he met it as a free man, seized it, and mastered it. Christ, so the Scriptures tell us, bore the sufferings of all humanity in his own body as if they were his own – a thought beyond our own comprehension – accepting them of his own free will. We are certainly not Christ; we are not called on to redeem the world by our own deeds and sufferings, and we need not try to assume such an impossible burden. We are not lords, but instruments in the hand of the Lord of history; and we can share in other people’s sufferings only in a very limited degree.  We are not Christ, but if we want to be Christians, we must have some share in Christ’s large-heartedness by acting with responsibility and in freedom when the hour of danger comes, and by showing a real sympathy that springs, not from fear, but from the liberating and redeeming love of Christ for all who suffer. Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. The Christian is called to sympathy and action, not in the first place by his own sufferings, but by the sufferings of his fellow humans, for whose sake Christ suffered.

Prayer (Begin with silent prayers of joys and concerns)

God our Father,

the qualities I see lived out so well in some people are a reflection of your own goodness, and I know that I have much to learn from other people who reflect your image and likeness in different ways. Inspire me to respect others fully as my equals, seeing and loving in them what you see and love in them. I pray this with the one who taught me to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.