Scripture Readings

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Opening prayer:

O Lord, You have taught us that without love, whatever we do is worth nothing:  Send Your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts Your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue.  Grant this for the sake of Your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.  One God, now and for ever.  Amen

Readings: (we read from The Life of Christ in Stereo, so I’m putting in the references for those who want them)

“I believe – Help my unbelief” – Mt. 17:14-21, Mk 9:14-29, Lk. 9:37-43a

Discourses on Humility and Forgiveness – Mt. 18:1-20, Mk. 9:33b-10:1, Lk. 9:46-50

How Many Times Forgive? – Mt. 18:21-35

The Good Samaritan – Lk 10:25-37

Martha and Mary – Lk. 10:38-42

Evening prayerO God, the Strength of all who put their trust in You;  mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without You, give us the help of Your grace, that in keeping Your commandments we may please You both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

Readings: well, to be honest with you, we did not do a lot of reading this last week.  Ok, we did NONE!!  We were sick and then busy…and then I got too tired to make it happen.  So…we will be looking at the “I Am” statements of Jesus this week.  If you did this last week, maybe it’s good to look at them again and ask the Spirit to give you a different perspective on them.  I think the opening prayer (above) has echoes of the “I Am” statements in that we are declaring He is our strength (Bread of Life?), and we can do nothing apart from Him (Vine).

My prayer:

Holy Spirit, would you do some heart-work in me this week.  Would you show me through these “I AM” statements where I do not trust You?  Would you show me where I do not believe that You are those things?  Would you reveal to me what other things or ideas I cling to, trusting them to be what only You are?  I desire to be present with You this week, Jesus, and to hear You speak “I Am” into moments of my days.

Beginning prayer for the evening – Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which You have made known to us in Your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


“I am” Statements – bread of life, light of the world, good shepherd, resurrection and the life, the way the truth and the life, the true vine…there are probably more, but we will focus on these.

“If” statements – we may also look at the “if” statements that other people said to Jesus (ie. “if you are the Christ”, “if you are the Son of God”) and how He responded to them.

Yikes!!  It is already Tuesday…time got away from me this past week.  Anyway, here is the opening prayer for the week:

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of His salvation, that we adn the whole world may perceive the glory of His marvelous works; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Readings for this week:

Jesus with the woman at the well

The Sermon on the Mount (we’ll spend most of the week on this).

Kingdom Parables (and powerful actions demonstrating them)

Here is the opening prayer for the Epiphany evening prayer time (week 2).  All other parts stay the same.

“Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed Him Your Beloved Son and annointed Him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into His Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess Him as Lord and Savior; who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everylasting.  Amen”

Our stories this week will focus on:

Jesus’ baptism

The Temptation

The first disciples

The wedding in Cana

Cleansing the Temple (the first time)

Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus

(By the way, we are reading from a book called The Life of Christ in Stereo by Johnston M. Cheney.  It is an attemt “to interweave the four Gospels in such a way as to incorporate all the details into a single chronological story, without repeating any parts…”)

Here is a great resource for daily readings.  They are adapted from the Book of Common Prayer.

(I will post our Christmas Evening Prayer in a day or two.)week1-32


We had a slight change of plans for our Advent evenings.  We are still using the evening prayer format, but we are going to use the readings from this site.  The page is about a Jesse Tree and if you scroll down to the bottom, there is a table of readings.

We are not doing a Jesse Tree (although it is a good idea), but instead, as we read the Scriptures, our kids are going to draw a picture of what they are hearing.  Then we will take those pictures and lay them on the floor of the stable that is on our table.  They will become the ground on which Mary, Joseph and Jesus will eventually be placed.

How the Story Forms Us: We had a great time tonight with the story of creation.  Our kids wanted to light the candles and participate in the readings.  We had a great discussion about what the word “refuge” means and what it means to be in the season of Advent.

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