Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. (John 1:35)
Jesus, please help us to stand with your disciples.
And looking at Jesus as he walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
Jesus, please help us look to you, the author and finisher of our faith, and help us behold you and know you as the Lamb of God.
The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:37)
Holy Spirit, please work in our words so that when we point to Jesus, people will follow him.
Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are you staying?” (John 1:38 )
Father, please give us a heart like Ruth’s so that we can say to Jesus, “Wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; and your father will be my father.” Thank you! (See Ruth 1:16)
He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and remained with him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). (John 1:39)
Jesus, please help us come to you as these two disciples did; help us daily “Come and see.”
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. (John 1:40)
Lamb of God, we pray that our names will be written in your Book of Life.
He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). (John 1:41)
Father, please help us to be faithful and effective witnesses in our families as Andrew was.
And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, he said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone). (John 1:42)
Holy Spirit, please help us bring our family members to you as Andrew did. Help each of us receive that new name and be marked out as Christ’s own forever. Please help us to be rock steady in Jesus. Thank you.
A word received: Come to me; I AM waiting. Come to me and I will give you rest for your souls.
STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 23, March 13, 2011
Lectionary A, First Sunday in Lent
Theme Verse: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Readings: Matthew 4:1-11; Romans 5:12-19; Genesis 2:15-3:7; Psalm 51:1-18
Memory Verse: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Next Week: John 3:1-17; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; Genesis 12:1-8; Great Litany
Epistle: Romans 5:12-19
A word received: I want you to recognize your sin for what it is and your need for forgiveness. I want you to come to me knowing (underline knowing) that my heart’s desire is to see you free and forgiven.
Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
A word received: Come to me and I will lead you through every temptation Satan brings to you. Come to me and I will give you strength and refreshment.
Old Testament: Genesis 2:15-3:7
A word received: Both were there — either could have and should have stopped the other. I want you to be a helpmate in stopping the other as well as abetting each other.
Psalm: Psalm 51:1-18
A word received: This is the way to peace: acknowledge your transgressions to me and ask for my forgiveness.
Friday: 95 & 31 * 35; Deuteronomy 7:12-16; Titus 2:1-15; John 1:35-42
Notes from the Front Line
***** The Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori will be accompanied on her visit to this diocese by her public relations person, Neva Rae Fox. Please pray that their visit will be blessed and anointed by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
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***** Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Athletes in Action – Father Son interactive retreat
Father/Son interactive retreat with NY GIANTS Keith Elias and Chris Canty, others to be announced. April 8 — 10th ” What does it mean to be a man from a Biblical standpoint.” Christ the King Spiritual Life Center.
Program pkg $99.00 adult $69.00 youth ( lunch/dinner ) Program with lodging father/son double occupancy $387.00 includes 2 night accommodations and all meals.
Contact Sandra for reservation: 692-9550 x 202