We're so happy you've joined us for Sunday School today!
It has been a little over ten months since we have met together for Sunday School. It seems like such a long time! When we met in person, we shared our joys and concerns with each other. Take some time this morning to think about what prayer requests you may have. If you would like, you can share them in the comments so that we can all pray.
Today's devotional reading is Psalm 103:1-14. I thought we could use that to build our prayer on. When you are ready, use the prayer below as a guide.
We're so happy you've joined us today!
When we met together in person, we shared our joys and concerns with each other. Consider the past week. We certainly have a lot to pray for! If you have joys or concerns you would like to share, please feel free to put them in the comments so that everyone can also pray for your concern.
When you are ready, use the prayer below to begin. It is drawn from the St. Augustine's Confessions.
Happy New Year!
Epiphany, the end of the Christmas season in the church, is this Wednesday. According to the Presbyterian Mission Agency:
"Epiphany is the celebration of God’s manifestation or self-revelation to the world in Jesus Christ. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship to the Christ child, and God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus. The symbolism of light is important: not only because of the star that guided the magi, but as it relates to the bright dawning of God’s self-revelation in Christ."
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns together. Take a moment to consider your past week, especially as we have started a new year. What joys and concerns do you have? Who do you need to pray for? Feel free to share your prayer requests with us in the comments. When you are ready, pray the prayer below:
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas this year, even if it looked a little different that most years. If you did not yet see this year's Christmas Program, you can click here to see it.
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take some time to think about your past week. Most notably it included the celebration of Christmas, which may have been much different this year than in years past.
Did you find any unexpected joys in the differences? Perhaps you had new insights into the core meaning of Jesus’s birth, free from all the trappings of modern Christmas celebrations. Or maybe you are mourning the season without so many traditions that have brought you comfort and joy in the past. Or maybe you have needs and concern of a whole different kind. You can share these in the comments if you would like. Then pray the prayer below, which is by the Rev. Susan A. Blain and is posted on the United Church of Christ website.
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns. Consider what has happened this week to share in joy, thanksgiving, or concern. Anything you would like to share can be added as a comment. When you are ready, use the prayer below (source) as your prayer this morning:
Lord, we ask You to grant us peace. Peace in our homes, peace in our churches and peace in our hearts, especially when it feels like the world all around us spins out of control.
[Pray your personal prayers here]
Help us stay focused on You, this Christmastime and always. Thank You for loving the whole world enough to send the greatest gift, Your Son, so we might truly have a very merry Christmas, even in a not-so-merry kind of world. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
We're so glad that you decided to join us this morning!
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other. Take some time to consider what joys and concerns you have this week. You can share anything you would like in the comments, and everyone will be able to pray for this as well.
As these past few weeks have been rough, I thought I might share a thought for the day with you all. I still get emails from my church in Flagstaff, and the letter from the pastor was quite appropriate for this time. Just click here to read the message.
When you are ready, continue with the prayer below, from this resource.
We're so glad you decided to join us today!
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other. We can continue to do that here. As you think about your past week, consider what things have brought you joy, and what has caused you worry. You can share any of these things in the comments section of our page. Pray for your joys and concerns. Then follow with this prayer.
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