Devotions

Devotions

Genesis Prayer Focus: Racial Healing

UMC Global Board of Discipleship is inviting United Methodists everywhere to join in prayer daily towards racial healing and is providing daily prayers and other resources. Let us go to God in prayer for racial healing in our nation, communities, and within our own hearts. Dear God, We implore you to open our hearts and minds each day to the actions and inactions that wound your children. We have not been the glorious reflection of your love for all God’s…

Genesis Prayer Focus: Genesis Vision and Core Values

Please join in the corporate focus prayer on Genesis Vision and Core Values from the Genesis Prays meeting. Thank you to our lay leader Danny O’Byrne. Dear Almighty and Loving God, Thank you for this day. Thank you for revealing yourself through the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and through His teachings. You taught us to live to love everyone; you, ourselves and those around us. You instructed us to teach this love to others. We, Genesis…

3:16 Devotion July 7, 2020

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” A lot has happened in the last two weeks in…

3:16 Devotion June 29, 2020

Fire Fire is good and useful, but let’s imagine that fire is evil, that fire is the devil.  Let’s also imagine that water is good, full of kindness, and God’s love.  How do you put out a fire? Water. Just like when you “put out” evil. You use God, and kindness.  You can’t put out love with evil. You can’t put out water with fire. Just like water, God’s love can never be put out. God survives all. It’s useless…

Genesis Prayer Focus: Vision 2030

This is our corporate focus prayer from Genesis Prays June 24, 2020. The Genesis Vision 2030 team, also known as Cornerstone, has invited the congregation to enter a time of prayerful discernment and offer feedback regarding the proposed building plan and increased monies and pledges needed to proceed.    Let us keep the Genesis vision 2030 in mind as we pray tonight. Heavenly Father, You are our guide and our light in this present day and in the future.   We love…

Prayer for National and Church Leaders

From UMCDiscipleship.org Prayer for National and Church Leaders Lord, we believe you when you say you will lead us. But we have suffered at the hands of those who would destroy and scatter your sheep. You promised that you would raise us up shepherds who will gather us together so that no one will live in fear. So, we look for those shepherds, Lord. We pray for those shepherds who will do good and do right, for those who will…

A Prayer for Perseverence and Hope

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. “ Join us in praying this corporate Prayer for Perseverence and Hope from GenesisPrays. Heavenly Father, Thank you for the beauty of the world you created.   Throughout this spring we have enjoyed watching the trees grow leaves, listening to the singing birds, and admiring the colorful flowers.   Your works are magnificent.  There is no one like you Lord. We…

3:16 Devotion June 2, 2020

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  Two days ago I learned about a family with a baby that has a congenital disease that makes him especially vulnerable to the COVID virus. In order to feed their baby they need to buy special nutrients…

3:16 Devotion May 26, 2020

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12) “More than 23,000 people from 102 countries have volunteered to be a part of a test to find an antidote for the Covid-19 Coronavirus. The testers will voluntarily infect themselves with the virus as part of a global project called One Day Sooner. The goal of the program is to find a vaccine…

3:16 Devotion May 21, 2020

“David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes!” – This passage in the Bible describes how David was celebrating God while bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. We know that David…

3:16 Devotion May 18, 2020

 “may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,” For the last two weeks I have been wrestling with this verse. It turns out this is the key verse for our Summer VBS, so I will be wrestling with it longer. This is a daunting verse from Paul. When he says “to grasp” he is implying I am not capable of understanding the love of Christ.…

3:16 Devotion May 14, 2020

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. . The latest news about the coronavirus is always in front of us. News programs, social media, youtube, etc. It is hard to turn them off. Constantly seeing the news makes me anxious. It makes me think about what might happen, but has not. It makes me focus on the negative. I go back to this verse in Philippians often to…

3:16 Devotion May 13, 2020

A miktam of David. Keep me safe, my God,    for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;    apart from you I have no good thing.” I say of the holy people who are in the land,    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,    for in you I take refuge.I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings    until the disaster has passed.  I…

3:16 Devotion May 12

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” I really like this passage from Luke. Jesus was talking about the cost of being a disciple. The most known part of this passage is “whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” It’s a powerful and scary statement. He followed it with other analogies. To make…

3:16 Devotion May 8, 2020

Even though we are stuck in our homes, we should be thankful.  I am making efforts to be thankful for: It’s starting to get a little better in some areas.  Some shops will be opening soon.  We can order some take-out food, when we are tired of cooking.  We have devices to stay connected.  We can go on walks.  We can mail letters.  We can write and most of all we can Pray!  I am praying we can go back to church together soon. During this time…

3:16 Devotion May 7, 2020

A Pollyanna story that’s true    “… those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.             My high school participated faithfully and joyfully in the American Field Service Exchange program, which has grown into the study-abroad movement. And I was a foreign student from New Jersey when my family moved to Tulsa, OK. From 9th grade, I identified with the AFS kids…