[Note: Jean and I will be out of town until Tuesday afternoon visiting our son Tamba and his family in Massachusetts. There will be no prayer notes sent out while we are away from our computer.]
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)
Jesus, this is a recipe for chaos and disaster, and that is where we are today in your church and in this nation. Please help us make you king of our hearts. Thank you.
Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. (Ruth 1:1)
Father, there is a famine of your word in this land and your people are wandering and looking for food in all the wrong places — draw them back to you by your Holy Spirit. Thank you.
The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion–Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. (Ruth 1:2-7)
Holy Spirit, we pray for all who are on the way back to Jesus and his word. Thank you for what you are doing in their lives.
And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. (Ruth 1:8-9)
Jesus, please help us lift up our hands in blessing others — help us to be a blessing to others.
And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.” But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go–for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. (Ruth 1:10-14)
Lord, thank you for the Naomis of this life: women who model the walk with yout such that others follow after them. Bless the Sisters of St. Mary and the Daughters of the King, that they will be Naomis to many.
And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said:
“Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”
When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. (Ruth 1:15-18 )
Holy Spirit, give us steadiness of purpose in following Jesus. Thank you.
Praying the Nicene Creed, a word received 12/29/07: Each day I want you to take a phrase from the Nicene Creed and pray that phrase. My people need to hear what is true and make it their own.
I believe in one God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thank you for being one and thank you for your love for one another. Please help me, help your people live in the reality of your unity and love. Thank you.
the Father Almighty,
Father, thank you for being a father to me. Thank you that by your might you have made your son Jesus known to us so that we can become your children.
maker of heaven and earth,
Thank you, Father, for your creation. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to be better stewards of your creation.
and of all things visible and invisible;
Father, we know that we are surrounded by your angelic hosts and that whole company of heaven, that cloud of witnesses that has gone before us. Help us to be steady in you till we reach that place of rest. Thank you.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit so that every other “lord” in our lives is brought under the sovereign rule of Jesus and he becomes our one Lord. Thank you.
the only begotten Son of God,
Father, thank you for sending your one and only son to us so that we might become your children.
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
Jesus, you have always been there; help us receive you into every part of our lives.
God of God, Light of Light,
Jesus, you are God and you are the light to take us through this time of darkness in the church and in the nation. You are the word of God and are a lamp to our feet.
very God of very God,
Jesus, you and the Father are one; please help us come to know you and him better.
begotten, not made,
Father, thank you for choosing Mary to bring Jesus to us. Help us to respond as she did.
being of one substance with the Father;
Jesus, you came to us bearing the image of the Father so that we might know his love for us. You are one with him and there is no division between you. Please help us by your Holy Spirit to know the unity and character that you share with the Father.
by whom all things were made;
Jesus, everything we have was made by you, there is nothing that we can have that we can call our own except for your cross and resurrection. It is all a free gift of yours; thank you.
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
Jesus, thank you for being willing to give up the glory of heaven to come and live with us. Thank you that day by day your Holy Spirit is willing to live in us in the midst of all our sin.
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
Holy Spirit, thank you for Mary’s willingness to receive your over-shadowing and her willingness to risk all to bear Jesus for us.
Friday: 95 & 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Jeremiah 29:1,4-13; Romans 11:13-24; John 11:1-27, or 12:1-10
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 42, 43; Jeremiah 31:27-34 Romans 11:25-36 John 11:28-44, or 12:37-50
Palm Sunday: 24, 29 * 103; Zech. 9:9-12**; 1 Timothy 6:12-16**; Zech. 12:9-11,13:1,7-9***; Matthew 21:12-17***
Liturgy of the Palms: 118:19-29; Matthew 21:1-11
Liturgy of the Word: 22:1-21 or 22:1-11; Isaiah 45:21-25 or Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew (26:36-75), 27:1-54(55-66)
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Jeremiah 12:1-16; Phil. 3:1-14; John 12:9-19
Tuesday: 6, 12 * 94; Jeremiah 15:10-21; Phil. 3:15-21; John 12:20-26
Wednesday: 55 * 74; Jeremiah 17:5-10, 14-17; Phil. 4:1-13; John 12:27-26
STUDY GUIDE: SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON 28, April 17, 2011
Lectionary A, Palm Sunday
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 26:36-27:66; Philippians 2:5-11; Isaiah 45:21-25; Psalm 118:19-29
Memory Verse: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
Next Week: No Sunday School Easter Sunday.
Gospel: Matthew 26:36-27:66
(verse 26:36) He knew that to prepare himself for what lay ahead he had to pray. A word received: I want you to come to me in prayer when you are facing hard times.
(verse 26:38 ) “Stay here and keep watch with me.” We need to be willing to watch and pray with Jesus. Be attentive to what Jesus is asking of us.
(verses 26:39, 26:42) A word received: I want you to surrender your will to me as my son did.
(verse 26:59) If you seek what is false, you will find it.
(verse 27:3) Judas was filled with remorse not repentance.
(verse 27:45) It is amazing that God went to such lengths and that Jesus suffered so much for us. Matthew 27:51 What does it mean that the curtain was torn in two from top to bottom? (See Hebrews 10:19-20)
Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
(verse 11) A word received: My heart’s desire is that you will confess that I AM Lord to bring glory to my Father.
Note: Surrendering your will. Your attitude should line up with the attitude of Christ.
Note: Jesus humbled himself even to death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place.
Old Testament: Isaiah 45:21-25
(verse 22) A word received: Turn to me and be saved.
(verse 24) A word received: I want you to find your righteousness and strength in me.
Psalm: Psalm 118:19-29
(verse 19-20) Jesus is the gate, the righteous gate. You can only enter in by him and through him.
Note: Jesus, the stone, the capstone, our salvation.
(verse 26) How do we serve in the name of the Lord?
(verse 27-29) Since the Lord is God and has made his light to shine upon us, how are we giving thanks? Praise and exultation?