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To give you a fuller experience of worship and connecting, I am including a prayer for you, the scripture reading for this week, some hymns, and a devotion for your day.

Prayer:

Holy God of Peace, we seek your peace in these days of strife and uncertainty. We seek a calm within, yes, and an absence of conflict between people. But more deeply, we seek your shalom – the deep and abiding peace that will come only through the justice of your kingdom. Help us to seek your peace, to recognize your peace and to accept your peace into our lives. We pray in the words of the Prince of Peace, “Our Father, who is in heaven…Amen” (I invite you to pray the Lord’s prayer aloud)

Scripture: Hebrews 10:22-24

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

Devotional for this week:

The Bible tells us that God wants us to choose Him as our source of strength when times are tough. He is our anchor in the storm, our safe port in the midst of the hurricane that life has thrown at us. If you’ve relied on Him in a past difficult situation, and He’s carried you through, remember that and call on Him now.  If you’ve never made a choice to turn to Him when you’ve needed strength and guidance, trust in Him now.  One way to receive the strength that He provides is by reading the Bible, standing on it, and being reminded of the character of God and of His truths.  This is the main way God communicates to us today.  He wants each of us to find nuggets of His truth, in the Bible, that speaks to us in our own situation, and then believe and trust that He will carry us through our own “storms”

Questions to consider:

How are you handling this stressful time?

Do you feel you are being buffeted about, with no control?

Are you excluding God in your “storm” or distress?

Are you attempting to manage on your own by falling back into an unhealthy habit or an addictive behavior to cope?

Or, are you turning towards God by asking and relying on His help?

Take a moment this week and give God your ‘storms’. Put them into the hands of the one who calmed the seas. Look to the one who commands the winds and the waves and let Him take the rudder on your boat…see where putting your life in His hands will lead you.

And then, when your boat is a little calmer, let us hear Peter’s words and “And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”

Who can you pray for today?

Who can you encourage?

Hymns:

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in ev’ry high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

3 His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]

Rock of Ages

1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2 Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3 Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4 While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

 

Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

1 Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Thy folds prepare:
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

2 We are Thine, do Thou befriend us,
Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,
Seek us when we go astray:
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we pray;
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

3 Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee;
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee.

4 Early let us seek Thy favor,
Early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior,
With Thy love our bosoms fill:
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still;
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still.