Weekly Bible & Catechism Readings
Sun May 10 2 Sam 5-6; John 10:1-21 WCF 11.6
Mon May 11 2 Sam 7-8; John 10:22-42 WCF 12.1
Tues May 12 2 Sam 9-10; John 11:1-16 WLC 74; WSC 34
Wed May 13 2 Sam 11-12; John 11:17-44 WCF 13.1
Thurs May 14 2 Sam 13-14; John 11:45-57 WLC 75; WSC 34
Fri May 15 2 Sam 15-16; John 12:1-19 WCF 13.2
Sat May 16 2 Sam 17-18; John 12:20-50 WCF 13.3
Message from Psalm 27:
Psalm 135:1 “Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; praise Him, O servants of the LORD, you who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God!”
Almighty God, how wonderful are all Your works, in wisdom You have made them all, and Your lovingkindness is forever! You open Your hands and we are blessed with all good things, and so we give thanks. You have invited us to draw near You and You will draw near to us. O Lord, be near us now as we bow before You. As we seek You, breathe into our feeble hearts the fullness of Your gifts. We thank You that You are more than sufficient for each and all. How great and infinite You are! As we join with all Your angels and saints in glory to worship You, sanctify all our affections so that our hearts and minds might be more transformed and fit to joyfully pass through all the valleys of life as we learn to seek the things above. We give You thanks, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Reading of the Law
Romans 12:9-21, “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. ‘But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”
These words remind us of how we are to live as those who submit to God’s word, humbly trusting Him. We are to be loving, kind, and generous to all men. Patient and forgiving to enemies. Here we see our need for the Savior, for we don’t live up to this holy standard. We stumble, fall, snarl in anger, hold on to grudges, and try to exalt ourselves over others. Let us turn to God in prayer as we confess our sin to Him:
Prayer of Confession
Almighty and Righteous God, Your holy Law reveals Your moral nature and our obligation to be loving creations made in Your image, but we have broken all those laws and have failed to love You and our neighbor as we ought. But inasmuch as Jesus Christ has spilled His blood for the forgiveness of sins, we look in faith to Him and confess our guilt that we might be cleansed from all unrighteousness. Do have mercy upon us for His sake, and remove the corrupt affections of our hearts, and enable us by Your Holy Spirit to present ourselves to You as those alive from the dead, that our members would be instruments of righteousness to Your glory. This we pray in the name of Christ, our surety and hope. Amen.
Comfort of Forgiveness
1 John 2:1-2, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”
Matthew 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
O Father, You know how to give good gifts to Your children, so we humbly beseech You to give to us the best of gifts, the Holy Spirit to dwell in our spirits. We come blessing You that we can spread our wants before You, and as we pray, may we accept what You give us, believing that it is for our good. Enlarge our understanding of Your ways and fill us with a deeper love of You, we pray.
Some of our brothers and sisters are laden with burdens and care; some have sorrow, still others have anxieties, but all of us have a deep need for You. Have pity upon us as a father pities his children and give us those good things we need. Console Your people with Your mercies. This virus has brought businesses into sad financial straights, and some of our friends have been affected and are struggling in finances. Lead those who seek for employment to good jobs. Heal the sick and infirm among us and raise them to health. Keep us safe from this virus and from so many other things that threaten our health, our prosperity, our peace, and our enjoyments. Increase our love for one another and help each to serve the other in the power of the Spirit. Sanctify us by Your Word, for Your Word is truth. Grant us boldness and wisdom to share Christ with our neighbors and friends. Help us in all things, whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, to glorify You, our blessed God.
We pray for our missionaries around the world and ask for Your grace support them in all their hardships and difficulties and discouragements. We pray for Jerry and Marilyn Farnik that their labors for these many years in the Czech Republic would have great fruit. Open hearts to receive Christ and establish a strong and vibrant church there in Prague. Bless our own Presbytery and especially we pray for the church in Carson. Bless Pastor Josh Lyons’ preaching and grow that church in grace. Comfort those who are suffering and are persecuted today. May they know Your abiding presence and be filled with courage.
Bless all Your churches around the world. May each of Your people grow into a better understanding of Your Word. Grant to Your people a discerning spirit that we all may be on guard and not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from steadfastness. May Your children grow in grace and in the sanctification of the Hold Spirit. As churches are beginning to open up again, we give You thanks and praise for Your tender mercies. We pray that wisdom will be given to the leaders of each church and strength to all the deacons that they may display Your wisdom, goodness, and mercy. May this pandemic have a good effect of bringing people out of their pride and to their knees seeking mercy from You. Grant wisdom to our civil magistrates as they balance good health with the reestablishment of the economy. Hear us in these supplications as we rely upon Him who makes intercession for us before Your holy throne, even Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Read Psalm 27
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