Genesis 1:1–5

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

 

Prayer

In the beginning, O God, when the firm earth emerged from the waters of life, You saw it was good.

Awaken my senses this day, to the goodness that still stems from Eden.

Awaken my senses, to your goodness that can still spring forth in me and in all that has life.

We thank You for your Spirit and His work woven into the fabric of creation.

We thank You for the eternal overlapping with time.

And for the life of earth interlaced with heavenly vitality, we give you thanks, Oh God.

For your untamed creativity, your boundless mystery, and your passionate yearnings planted deep in the soul of every human being, we give you thanks.

For the night skies opening outwards, star upon star, expanse after expanse, thanks be to you, O God.

For the mystery of your presence in and beyond all that can be seen, thanks be to you, O God.

Amen.


James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

 

Prayer

Oh God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,

for my heart admires, adores, loves thee,

for my vessel is as full as it can be,

and I would pour out all that fullness before thee, in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon the converse with thee,

ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,

ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,

ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,

crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,

for adorning it, sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body thou hast given me,

for preserving its strength and vigor,

for providing sense to enjoy delights,

for ability to do thy bidding;

for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,

for a full table and overflowing cup,

for appetite, taste, sweetness,

for social joys of relatives and friends,

for ability to serve others,

for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,

for a mind to think and care,

for opportunities of spreading happiness around,

for loved ones in the joys of heaven,

for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express , for what thou art to thy creatures. Increase my love, Oh God, through time and eternity.

Amen.


Psalm 19:7–10; 14

The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul;

the testimony of the Lord is sure,

making wise the simple;

the precepts of the Lord are right,

rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the Lord is pure,

enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the Lord is clean,

enduring forever;

the rules of the Lord are true,

and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,

even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey

and drippings of the honeycomb.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, (Let to sight is the first line)

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

 

Prayer

Father God, you are the rock on which we can stand and build our lives. You are the firm foundation that never wavers or changes. You are truth, living truth, solid ground to live within. Your word is lasting, eternal, and never returns to you without its work complete. Your word is alive and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. It sees to the very core of who I am, sees all of my disease and brokenness. Thank you for calling me out of my own created darkness and into your marvelous light, allowing me to boldly approach your throne. Thank you for creating a way to meet with you face to face, as I stand in oneness with Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let these rock-solid truths become a part of who I am, making me strong in you. Help me open myself to have your word and truth activated in my life. I want to own the truths that you have already given me, and I pray you teach me to truly rest in them with no further doubt.

Amen.


Colossians 1:15-20

He is the exact image of the invisible God,

the firstborn of creation, the eternal.

It was by him that everything was created:

the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities.

Every detail was crafted through his design, by his own hands, and for his purposes.

He has always been! It is his hand that holds everything together.

He is the head of this body, the church.

He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead,

so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything — he is first, he is preeminent.

God was pleased that all his fullness should forever dwell in the Son, who, as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by his death on the cross as God’s means of reconciling to himself the whole creation — all things in heaven and all things on earth.

 

Prayer

Father, we thank you for your son Jesus, our eternal sovereign Lord who created all things seen and unseen. We are in awe of Christ as he holds all things together and without him, we are nothing. We praise your Son who is preeminent, the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega and in his very being, the fullness of your glory dwells, yet he is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.

Thank you for sending your Son who was willing to associate himself and be with sinful humans like me. Father, we confess that we’ve fallen short, but we trust in Jesus our advocate who sits at your right hand as our high priest interceding for us at every moment. And as we continue to live this life, may we lay aside every weight and sin and look to our elder brother, Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. May he be our strength when we are weary, and may he be our example when we go astray.

We thank you for Jesus who is

the vine that bears fruit in our lives

the light of the world when we can’t see

the resurrection and the life when we face death

our bread of life when we are hungry

our good shepherd who leads us to green pastures

the way the truth and the life when we are lost

and our gateway to you

to the only God, our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time, now and forever.

Amen.


Ephesians 2:1–9

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

Prayer

God, we come to you today with full hearts of thanksgiving and gratitude that we have been saved by grace through faith- and that this salvation is free gift from you. We take time today to recognize that while we were your enemies, Jesus, you died for us. Lord Jesus, we come before you now and confess that You alone are the living God. You alone are worthy of all honor and praise. You set aside your heavenly glory and came into this world as a man, to redeem lost sinners from the curse of sin. God, we cannot fathom the immeasurable riches of your grace in kindness toward us in Jesus Christ, yet we ask that you would give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, and that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened in the knowledge of him.

Jesus, we thank you that your body was broken for us, and that your precious blood was shed to pay the full price for all of our many sins: past, present and future. Lord, we come before you in humble gratitude, as we receive the gift of the bread and the cup – we do so in remembrance of you.

Amen.


Romans 12:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God‘s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.

 

Prayer:

Lord, take and receive all my freedom and rights,

My past, my current life, my future and my entire will,

Everything that I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

Please grant me the immense gift of Your love and Your grace.

And make my heart realize You are enough for me.

Amen.


Ephesians 3:20–21

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.