Devotions (Page 5)

Devotions (Page 5)

3:16 Devotion March 25, 2020

Isaiah 43:1-4 1But now, this is what the LORD says- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3For…

3:16 Devotion March 24, 2020

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” – This month we are learning this verse in Children’s Sunday School. It is a verse that it’s usually used to introduce Christmas time. Yes, we are talking about Jesus birth in Sunday School. And what a better time for all us to regain that hopeful feeling we have at Christmas. The most recent days have…

3:16 Devotion March 23, 2020

Good afternoon, Genesis! For today’s 3:16 prayer, I invite you to read this C.S. Lewis quote “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that…

3:16 Devotion March 21, 2020

Encouragement Scripture Reading —   Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. —  Loving others includes encouraging one another. In  , Paul lists encouragement among the gifts of grace. When people accomplish a common objective together, all are encouraged. Fellow believers encourage one another to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” ( 2 Peter 3:18 ). The Thessalonian Christians faced struggles and an uncertain future. Paul…

3:16 Devotion March 20, 2020

At a time when we all need positive thoughts, a friend posted this lovely piece on Facebook.  I thought to share it, considering our need for hope in the face of the expanding COV-19 virus and the imposed quarantine. “And the people stayed home.  And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.  They listened more deeply.  Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.  Some met…

3:16 Devotion March 19, 2020

    This is how we know love: Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. I love the letters of John.  They are beautiful reminders of who God is and how we are to live as believers in the Truth.  In the verse above, John tells us how we know love – through the laying down of our lives. Jesus tells about his Father’s sacrificial love for…

3:16 Devotion March 18, 2020

When I was a little girl, my father was in charge of bedtime rituals. He would begin with a Bible story in the living room, then we would head to bed where we would say our evening prayers. However, my favorite ritual was when he sang us to sleep with a series of songs. As a child the full impact of that experience was lost on me, but when I look back I realize how fortunate I was. One of…

3:16 Devotion March 17, 2020

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” During this time of quarantine, this verse seems to be stuck in my mind. Being still is my nemesis. I’m a doer. I’m a fixer. Being still goes against my nature, that’s how God created me. Now, he puts in front of me a great challenge. The original Hebrew word used for being still is ‘Raphah’. It means…

3:16 Devotion March 16, 2020

Wow!! How fitting today is 3/16 and we are beginning our prayer time at 3:16 pm.  Because of Who You Are Sandi Patty Songwriters: BILLY LEE SMILEY, ROBERT B. FARRELL This is one of my all-time favorite songs recorded by Sandi Patti many years ago.   As I listen, first to her magnificent voice, but second to these words, I cry every time. If you know me well, that does not happen often.   Sandi Patti posted this yesterday on her…

Let’s Pray Daily at 3:16 pm (John 3:16)

In times like this how can we BE the church? It’s as simple as prayer. How wonderful that God has given us a binding thing that we can all touch each other and be close to God with something powerful …prayer. With this in mind and in honor of the verse every day we ask the people of Genesis to pray at 3:16 pm and know we, as a congregation, are uniting, supporting, loving, and caring for one another! It…

Musical Worship – Sunday March 15

Good morning, Genesis! In lieu of corporate musical worship this morning, I offer a musical meditation for you. Here is a link to a recording of a beautiful choral motet, “Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine” composed by Pawel Lukaszewski. The Latin text for this anthem originates from the Catholic liturgy traditionally observed on Good Friday, and is appropriate for the lenten season in which we find ourselves today. The title translates to “We adore Thy Cross, O Lord.” Though it’s easy to listen…

An Invitation to Lenten Prayer

Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline from www.umcdiscipleship.org The early Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration there should be a forty–day season of spiritual preparation. During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when   persons who had committed serious sins and had separated themselves from the community of faith were…

Make Room for Christmas: Advent Devotions

As we prepare for Christmas, we make room in our lives for the coming of Christ. Every year, Christmas causes us to make room in our homes and schedules. Our routines are disrupted as we get ready to celebrate.As you go through your preparations this year,  devotions from www.umc.org by Joe Iovino* provide opportunities to pause and reflect on how you will make room for the best things—others, hope, peace, joy and love—this Christmas. A series of five devotions will…