“Tell me the story simply, as to a little child; for I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.”
—A. Katherine Hankey, 1866
Preparation for worship
Sit in a relaxed position. Take a slow, deep breath (or 2 or 3 or as many as needed) until you feel your body, mind, and soul begin to relax and rest in the Spirit. Take time to reflect as you move through this time of worship…
Opening Sentences Isaiah 6:8
The Lord called out: Whom shall I send?
I answered: Here I am; send me.
Prayer Worship Sourcebook, CRC, 2018
Great God, King of the universe,
dwelling beyond all worlds and stars
and yet intimately present to human hearts,
you who shine with purity and glory,
lighting up ranks of angels and archangels,
you give martyrs their comfort and saints their heavenly rest.
We praise and thank you.
Gracious God, lover of the world,
you are the one willing to suffer so that we might be healed,
willing to stoop to us in our misery,
so that we might stand tall as loved sons and daughters,
You have served us even when we were unwilling to serve you,
and longed for us even when we had ignored you.
Surely you are a surprising God
and a God of amazing grace.
We praise and thank you.
Nothing we do makes you seek us less;
nothing we do makes you seek us more.
You seek us with all the passion of a lover,
and so we praise and thank you. Amen.
Hymn of the Day
How Can I Keep from Singing, by Eva Cassidy. Listen and pray.
Reading of the Day 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Prayers for self and others
Please pray today for those who are being affected by Covid-19 and by its side effects in our world. Pray for the thousands who are still being diagnosed positive in the U.S. each day, and for the thousands who are dying. Please continue to pray for Marcy Szeliga and for Mark Sabala, both working as nurses with Covid patients, and for Brandon Jantzen and his family— Brandon is experiencing continuing health problems after having Covid. Pray for scientists analyzing new strains of the Covid virus around the world, that they would find good and helpful information to help to fight them. As we hear of more friends who are directly affected, or who are working in high risk places, we will list them here. Use this time to lift your joys, concerns, and hopes to God.
Whatever you do, in word or deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Becky Downs, pastor of John Knox, started writing daily prayers for the congregation at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, to encourage the congregation in their faith during their time of separation from each other. The daily prayers were posted throughout the year. You might want to choose one a day to read, and modify the specific prayers for self and others to fit your life today.