Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 1:3a)
Father, we bless you.
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3b)
Father, thank you for the ways you have blessed us through your son Jesus Christ.
just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4a)
Father, thank you for loving us.
that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, (Ephesians 1:4b)
Jesus, thank you that your blood cleanses us from all sin and thank you for loving us.
having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (Ephesians 1:5)
Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit of adoption through your son Jesus, Thank you that is your good pleasure to adopt us as your children.
to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he has made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Holy Spirit, please help us daily give thanks and praise that we have been made acceptable through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A word received at Christ Church Schenectady 1/13/13: My people are waiting and searching for me in the streets of this city. The broken, the fearful, the lost. The streets of the city are crying out for justice and peace. Death and fear, bloodshed and crying are among you. Listen to me my children, hear my words, know my compassion, reach out to the streets and bring them my hope and love. Light the way to me, guide my people to the light. I know each of you by name, my love for you abounds, share that light and love with my people. My people are waiting for you to guide them, go out and lead them; for I am a loving and gentle God, for the time is short.
Monday: 1, 2, 3 * 4, 7; Isa. 40:12-23; Eph. 1:1-14; Mark 1:1-13
Tuesday: 5, 6 * 10, 11; Isa. 40:25-31; Eph. 1:15-23; Mark 1:14-28