FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF NORMAL

DAILY PRAYERS FOR MARCH 2020

31         “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

              My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!  ow hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away, O let me from this day be wholly Thine! 

Words:  Ray Palmer    Music:  Lowell Mason

DAILY PRAYERS FOR APRIL 2020

1           Creator of all that exists and Lover of all You have made, bless me with eyes to see Your presence in the world You love, ears to hear Your tender voice of guidance, and courage to say, “Here I am, use me this day for I am Yours.”

                     Rev. Rueben P. Job

2           Psalm 25:4-5

Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth, and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all day long.

3           Renewing God, trusting in Your infinite grace, we confess that we need Your healing and Your forgiveness.  For all that is broken in our minds and bodies, we ask Your healing.  For all that is amiss in our choices and our relationships, we ask Your forgiveness.  For all that works against life and wholeness, we welcome Your love and grace.  Heal us, forgive us, and make us new.  Amen.

                                         Steve Gamaas-Holmes

4           Psalm 118:26-29

              Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.  We bless you from the house of the Lord.  The Lord is God, and he has given us light.  Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.  You are my God, and I will give thanks to You; You are my God, I will extol You.  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.

5           O God, like the crowd who greeted Your beloved Son in Jerusalem, our love can be so shallow; Yours is so deep.  Our love can be so fleeting; Yours is forever.  Our love is often merely words; Yours is Yourself – in Jesus, Your Son.  May we welcome You not only into Jerusalem but into our hearts, not only on this Palm Sunday, but for all our lives.  May our faltering love be transformed by Your perfect love.  In Your Son’s Name.  Amen.

                                         Rev. John Hamilton

6           “Lead Me to the Cross”

              Lead me to the cross where Your love poured out.

              Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down.

              Rid me of myself, I belong to You.

              Lead me, lead me to the cross. (Chorus)

                           Words and Music:  Brooke Fraser

7           Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first He suffered pain, and entered not into glory before He was crucified:  Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

                                          The Book of Common Prayer

8           God, as we walk toward the cross, may we remember the wonder of who You are.  Beyond sin, Your love is inexhaustible. Beyond brokenness, Your forgiveness is incomprehensible.  Beyond betrayal, Your grace is poured out eternally.  Beyond death, Your life is unimaginable.  Beyond human understanding, Your ways are always higher than ours.  Amen.

                                                       Christine Sine

9           Lord God, You sent Your Son into the world, and before His hour had come, He washed His disciples’ feet.  He was their Teacher and their Lord, yet He washed their feet.  Lord God, help us learn from His example; help us to do as He has done for us.  The world will know we are His disciples if we love one another.  Strengthen our hands and our wills for love and for service.  Keep before our eyes the image of Your Son, Who became a Servant for our sake.  All glory be to Him Who lives and reigns with You, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

                                         Rachel Marie Stone

10         Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; Who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.

              Amen.

                                         The Book of Common Prayer

11         Lord Jesus, I await You.  Be risen anew in my heart as the light of Easter dawns tomorrow.  Amen.

                                         Bob Hostetler

12         Gracious God, we praise You for the light of new life made possible through Jesus.  We praise You for the light of new life that shone on the first witnesses of resurrection.  We praise You for the light of new life that continues to shine in our hearts today.  We pray that the Easter light of life, hope and joy will live in us each day; and that we will be bearers of that light into the lives of others.  Amen.

                                         Rev. Michaela Youngson

13         “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross”

              Jesus, keep me near the cross; there a precious fountain, free to all, a healing stream, flows from Calvary’s mountain.  In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever, till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river.

                      Words:  Fanny J. Crosby     Music:  William H. Doane

14         Ephesians 3:16-19

              I pray that, according to the riches of His glory, He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.  I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

15         Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am Your sin.  You took on You what was mine; yet set on me what was Yours.  You became what You were not, that I might become what I was not.

                                         Martin Luther

16         “Into My Heart”

Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus; come in today, come in to stay; come into my heart, Lord Jesus.  Out of my heart, out of my heart, shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus; shine out today, shine out alway; shine out of my heart Lord Jesus.

              Words and Music:  Harry D. Clarke

17         James 5:13

Are any among you suffering?  They should pray.  Are any cheerful?  They should sing songs of praise.

18         God of unchangeable power, when You fashioned the world, the morning stars sang together and the host of heaven shouted for joy.  Open our souls to the wonders of creation and teach us to manage faithfully the riches of this good earth, to the honor of Your glorious Name through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

                                         St. Thomas Episcopal Church

                                         Medina, Washington

19         “O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”

O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me Thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.    

                    Words:  Washington Gladden     Music:  H. Percy Smith

20         O God, to those who have hunger, give bread, and to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice.                    

World Council of Churches

21         Philippians 1:3-4

              I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you.

22         Creator of the universe, we pray in gratitude and praise.  You were there at the beginning of all things, shaping our world and preparing it for us.  You have provided the mountains and the trees, the waters and the earth.  Help us to be caretakers of Your gifts, protecting the land from abuse, and ready to share with all in need.  Show us how to use our science and technology in creative, not destructive ways.  Deepen our awareness of our connectedness with all Your creation so that future generations will also enjoy every blessing.  Amen.

                                         Michael Gormly

23         “Holy Spirit, Truth Divine”

              Holy Spirit, Truth Divine, dawn upon this soul of mine;

              Word of God and inward light, wake my spirit, clear my sight.

                            Words:  Samuel Longfellow

                           Music:  Adapted from Orlando Gibbons

24         Creator of the forests and plains, deserts and shores, You made special trees for every place and season.  The Wise Men brought the Baby Jesus frankincense and myrrh, harvested from trees.  Jesus was a woodworker, Who rose again after death on a wooden cross.  The Psalmist calls on the fruit trees and cedars to praise You.  Thank You for the gift of trees and for all they provide and supply to Your creatures and our ever-cycling web of life.  Help us learn to be “oaks of righteousness,” tall and strong in the wind and storms.  Guide us to make sound choices in protection of all Your gifts of creation, and especially Your masterpieces – the trees.  Amen.

                           Wisconsin UCC Creation Care Team

25         “Lead Me, Guide Me”

              Lead me, guide me, along the way, for if You lead me, I cannot stray.  Lord, let me walk each day with Thee.  Lead me, O Lord, lead me.

                           Words and Music: Doris Akers

26         Jeremiah 17:14

              Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for You are my praise.

27         God, lead me today, protect me, help me make wise choices, guide my words and my actions.  Amen.

Pastor Bob Merritt     

28         Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”   -John 20:29

              Dear Lord, we cannot see You but we trust that You are there.  We trust that You hold the world in the palm of Your hand.  Help us to live every day with this perspective.  Help us to understand that faith is found in the small actions of kindness we make.  When we comfort the grieving, when we give help to the homeless, we are declaring Your victory.  Amen.

                                         Pastor Dick Woodward

29         “Lamb of God”

Your only Son, no sin to hide, but You have sent Him from Your side, to walk upon this guilty sod, and to become the Lamb of God.  O Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God, I love the holy Lamb of God!  O wash me in His precious blood – my Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

   Words and Music:  Twila Paris

                 (Ps. 23:1,4-5; Matt.27:37-44; Mark 15:26-32; Luke 23:35-38)

30         Dear God, please inspire our hearts to come ever closer to You.  We pray for those people who know us and accept us as we are.  Those people who encourage us to see what is really fine in life.  We pray for all the people of Your world, our sisters and brothers, whose names we may not know but whose lives are ultimately precious in Your sight.  With all our hearts, we pray for all Your children everywhere – yes, everywhere.  And, finally, we offer our strengths and our weaknesses, our joys and our sorrows to Your never-ending care.  Help us to remember all through our lives that we never need to do difficult things alone, that Your presence is simply for the asking and our ultimate future is assured by Your unselfish love.  In our deepest gratitude we offer this prayer.  Amen.

                                                       Fred Rogers