Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
May the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of my mind, so that I can see what hope his call holds for me.
Morning Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32 (NLT)
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you. Through your cross and resurrection you offer freedom and hope to those ready to receive them. Lord, show me your loving-kindness.
+ I am a child of the day: help me to live in the light of your presence.
+ Guide my thoughts, my words, my actions: so that what I do today may be pleasing to you.
+ Help me to avoid wrongdoing: show me your mercy and love.
+ Through your passion and death you have won life for me: give me the strength of your Holy Spirit.
Lord God, you hold out the light of your Word to those who do not know you. Strengthen in my heart the faith you have given me, so that no trials may quench the fire your Spirit has kindled within me. Through my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
“First Loved Me” – Covenant Worship
I can’t forget | I still remember | The place You found me | And I surrendered | When Your grace covered my shame and saw my need | You gave me hope | Hope and a future | My heart is Yours | Now and forever | I am loved only because You first loved me
And I love You | Jesus I love | Yes I love You | Because You first loved me
Your sacrifice | Is overwhelming | Suffered and died | Because You loved me | I’m alive | Only through Christ who first loved me
Nothing can tear me away from Your love Lord | Nothing can separate your heart from mine | Nothing can tear me away from Your love Lord | I am Yours, I am Yours
(May) Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!r