Community Groups: Nov 28 – Dec 4

  • Welcome and Greeting // (10 Minutes)
  • Catch Up – Highs and Lows, Peaks and Pits, or Icebreaker // (30 Minutes)
  • Share Your Story: Check with your facilitator about scheduling  // (20 Minutes)
  • Discuss // (40 Minutes)
  1. Read Isaiah 7:14 outloud together
  2. How are you at waiting for things?
  3. What are you waiting for in your life right now? (i.e. relationships, finances, breakthrough, addictions, etc.)
  4. What could God be doing right now through your waiting?
  • Pray For One Another – as a GROUP or in TRIADS // (20 Minutes)

Day ONE: Nov 28 – Dec 4


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Psalm 75

1 Unto you, O God, do we give thanks;
indeed, unto you do we give thanks.
2 Those who call upon your Name
declare your wondrous works.
3 “Surely at the time which I appoint,
I, the Lord, will judge according to what is right.
4 The earth shakes with fear, and all that dwell therein;
but I, even I, have made firm its pillars.
5 I say to the proud, ‘You should not boast!’
And to the ungodly, ‘Do not lift up your horn!
6 Do not lift up your horn on high,
nor speak with a stiff neck.'”
7 For help comes neither from the east nor from the west,
nor yet from the wilderness or the mountains.
8 For it is God who is the Judge;
he puts down one and lifts up another.
9 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is foaming;
it is fully mixed, and he pours it out.
10 As for the dregs of it,
all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them and drain them out.
11 But I will magnify the God of Jacob
and praise him for ever and ever.
12 All the horns of the ungodly will I break,
but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus, in teaching the disciples how to pray, prayed the follow prayer in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. We learn as well as we join with the prayers of Jesus!

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prompt

What do you look forward to most during the Christmas season?

Intercession Prompt

Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.

Closing Prayer

O Lord, thank you for dwelling with us in the midst of the longings of this world. Help me to hold today as a gift. Your grace covers yesterday. Your Spirit holds tomorrow. Today I am thankful that you are with me. Help me to be more alive to the reality of your presence. Amen.

Day TWO: Nov 28 – Dev 4


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is nothing good in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His name. Amen.

Psalm 78:1-18

1 Hear my teaching, O my people;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
3 Which we have heard and known,
and such as our forefathers have told us,
4 That we should not hide them from the children of the generations to come,
but show the honor of the Lord, his mighty and wonderful works that he has done.
5 He made a covenant with Jacob, and gave Israel a law,
which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
6 That their posterity might know it,
and the children which were yet unborn;
7 With the intent that when they came up
they might show it to their children,
8 That they might put their trust in God,
and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;
9 And not be as their forefathers, a faithless and stubborn generation,
a generation that did not set their heart aright, and whose spirit did not cleave steadfastly to God,
10 Like the children of Ephraim, archers carrying bows,
who turned back in the day of battle.
11 They did not keep the covenant of God,
and would not walk in his law,
12 But forgot what he had done,
and the wonderful works that he had shown them.
13 Marvelous things he did in the sight of our forefathers,
in the land of Egypt, even in the field of Zoan.
14 He divided the sea and let them go through;
he made the waters to stand in a heap.
15 In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night through with a light of fire.
16 He split the hard rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink in abundance, as out of the great deep.
17 He brought waters out of the stony rock,
so that it gushed out like the rivers.
18 Yet for all this they sinned more against him,
and provoked the Most High in the wilderness.

Scripture Memory

Memorizing Scripture is a great way to allow God’s word to transform you. Take these small sections of our passage and say them outloud. Then look away and test yourself; can you say it without looking? Good job!

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.

Romans 12:9–17 (NRSV)

Thanksgiving Prompt

What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving this year?

Intercession Prompt

Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.

Closing Prayer

O Lord, thank you for dwelling with us in the midst of the longings of this world. Help me to hold today as a gift. Your grace covers yesterday. Your Spirit holds tomorrow. Today I am thankful that you are with me. Help me to be more alive to the reality of your presence. Amen.

Day THREE: Nov 28 – Dec 4


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Devotional Thought // Pastor Chris – Check Back Wednesday!

Psalm 78:41-73

41 Many times they provoked him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the desert.
42 They turned back, and tested God,
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
43 They remembered not his power,
nor the day when he delivered them from the hand of the enemy,
44 How he had wrought his miracles in Egypt
and his wonders in the field of Zoan.
45 He turned their waters into blood,
so that they might not drink of the rivers.
46 He sent flies among them, which devoured them up,
and frogs to destroy them.
47 He gave their fruit to the grasshopper
and their labor to the locust.
48 He destroyed their vines with hailstones
and their sycamore trees with the frost.
49 He smote their cattle also with hailstones
and their flocks with hot thunderbolts.
50 He cast upon them the furiousness of his wrath, anger, displeasure, and trouble,
sending these destroying angels among them.
51 He made a way for his indignation, and did not spare their soul from death,
but gave their life over to the pestilence,
52 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the dwellings of Ham.
53 But as for his own people, he led them forth like sheep
and carried them in the wilderness like a flock.
54 He brought them out safely, and they were not afraid;
he overwhelmed their enemies with the sea,
55 And brought them within the borders of his holy land,
to his mountain which he obtained with his right hand.
56 He cast out the nations before them,
and caused their land to be divided among them for an inheritance, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
57 But they tested and displeased the Most High God,
and did not keep his testimonies,
58 But turned their backs and fell away like their forefathers,
twisting aside like a broken bow.
59 For they grieved him with their hill altars
and provoked him to displeasure with their images.
60 When God heard this, he was full of wrath
and utterly rejected Israel,
61 So that he forsook the tabernacle in Shiloh,
even the tent that he had pitched among them.
62 He delivered the ark into captivity,
and his glory into the enemy’s hand.
63 He gave his people over to the sword
and was angry with his inheritance.
64 Fire consumed their young men,
and their maidens had no marriage songs.
65 Their priests were slain with the sword,
and their widows made no lamentation.
66 Then the Lord awakened as one out of sleep,
and like a warrior recovered from wine.
67 He drove his enemies backward
and put them to a perpetual shame.
68 He rejected the tabernacle of Joseph
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
69 But chose the tribe of Judah,
even the hill of Zion which he loved.
70 And there he built his sanctuary, like the heights of heaven,
like the earth which he had established for ever.
71 He chose David his servant,
and took him away from the sheepfolds;
72 As he was following the ewes that were great with young, God took him,
that he might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
73 So he fed them with a faithful and true heart,
and guided them with skillful hands.

Closing Prayer

O Lord, thank you for dwelling with us in the midst of the longings of this world. Help me to hold today as a gift. Your grace covers yesterday. Your Spirit holds tomorrow. Today I am thankful that you are with me. Help me to be more alive to the reality of your presence. Amen.

Day FOUR: Nov 28 – Dec 4


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I admit that I have been wrong in thought, in motive and in action. It is only by your grace that I can be freed from my guilty conscience. Please forgive me. Help me to live purely today. Thank you. Amen.

Psalm 81

1 O sing merrily unto God our strength;
make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take the psalm, bring hither the timbrel,
the merry harp with the lute.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
even in the time appointed, and on our solemn feast day.
4 For this was made a statute for Israel
and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This he laid upon Joseph for a testimony,
when he came out of the land of Egypt.
6 “I eased his shoulder from the burden,
and his hands were delivered from bearing the load.
7 You called upon me in troubles, and I delivered you,
and I answered you in the thundercloud and tested you at the waters of strife.
8 Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you;
O Israel, if you will hearken unto me,
9 There shall be no strange god among you,
neither shall you worship any other god.
10 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
open your mouth wide, and I shall fill it.
11 But my people would not hear my voice,
and Israel would not obey me.
12 So I gave them up to the stubbornness of their hearts,
and let them follow their own imaginations.
13 Oh, that my people would have hearkened unto me,
that Israel had walked in my ways.
14 I would soon have put down their enemies
and turned my hand against their adversaries.
15 The haters of the Lord would humble themselves before him,
and their time of punishment would endure for ever.
16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat-flour,
and with honey out of the stony rock would I satisfy him.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus, in teaching the disciples how to pray, prayed the follow prayer in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. We learn as well as we join with the prayers of Jesus!

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prompt

What has your family done over this past year that has blessed you?

Intercession Prompt

Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.

Closing Prayer

O Lord, thank you for dwelling with us in the midst of the longings of this world. Help me to hold today as a gift. Your grace covers yesterday. Your Spirit holds tomorrow. Today I am thankful that you are with me. Help me to be more alive to the reality of your presence. Amen.

Day FIVE: Nov 28 – Dec 4


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ your Son.

Psalm 84

1 How lovely are your dwellings,
O Lord God of hosts!
2 My soul has a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3 Indeed, the sparrow has found her a house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young,
even your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are they who dwell in your house;
they will be always praising you.
5 Blessed is the one whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are your ways,
6 Who going through the valley of misery uses it for a well;
indeed, the early rains fill the pools with water.
7 They will go from strength to strength,
and the God of gods shall be seen by them in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
hearken, O God of Jacob.
9 Behold, O God, our defender,
and look upon the face of your Anointed.
10 For one day in your courts
is better than a thousand;
11 I would rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
12 For the Lord God is a light and defense;
the Lord will give grace and honor, and no good thing shall he withhold from those who live a godly life.
13 O Lord God of hosts,
blessed is the one who puts his trust in you.

Scripture Memory

Memorizing Scripture is a great way to allow God’s word to transform you. Take these small sections of our passage and say them outloud. Then look away and test yourself; can you say it without looking? Good job!

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.

Romans 12:9–17 (NRSV)

Thanksgiving Prompt

What was the best vacation you have ever taken?

Collect Prayer

These succinct prayers are designed as a way for the Church to pray together throughout time and space, in different ways throughout the seasons. Pray these prayers out loud with us!

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Day ONE: Nov 21-27


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Psalm 59

1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
defend me from those who rise up against me.
2 O deliver me from the evildoers,
and save me from the bloodthirsty.
3 For behold, they lie in wait for my soul;
the mighty are gathered against me, without any offense or fault of mine, O Lord.
4 They run and prepare themselves without cause.
Arise therefore to help me, and behold.
5 Rise up, O Lord God of hosts, O God of Israel, to visit all the nations,
and be not merciful to those who offend with malicious wickedness.
6 They go to and fro in the evening;
they howl like dogs, and run about through the city.
7 Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips,
for they say, “Who will hear us?”
8 But you, O Lord, shall hold them in derision,
and you shall laugh all the nations to scorn.
9 My strength I will ascribe unto you,
for you are the God of my refuge.
10 God shows me his plenteous goodness,
and God shall let me look in triumph upon my enemies.
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget it,
but scatter them abroad by your might, and put them down, O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth, and for the words of their lips, they shall be taken in their pride,
because their talk is cursing and lies.
13 Consume them in your wrath; consume them, that they may perish,
and know that it is God who rules in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world.
14 In the evening they will return,
howl like dogs, and run about through the city.
15 They will run here and there for meat
and growl if they are not satisfied.
16 As for me, I will sing of your power, and will praise your mercy early in the morning,
for you have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto you, O my strength, will I sing,
for you, O God, are my refuge, and my merciful God.

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus, in teaching the disciples how to pray, prayed the follow prayer in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. We learn as well as we join with the prayers of Jesus!

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prompt

What about your job or life stage are you thankful for?

Intercession Prompt

Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.

Closing Prayer

We confess before you that we have not loved the people in your church as well as we should have. And we further ask your forgiveness for caring more about our personal comfort than about providing hospitality to the strangers in our midst. We ask that you would guide us and protect us as we reach out to people both inside and outside of this church body during this difficult time in history to bring your light and love to all whom you place in our paths. Amen

Day TWO: Nov 21-27


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is nothing good in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His name. Amen.

Psalm 61

1 Hear my cry, O God;
give ear unto my prayer.
2 From the ends of the earth I will call upon you
when my heart is in heaviness.
3 O set me upon the rock that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge and a strong tower for me against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in your tabernacle for ever,
and my refuge shall be under the covering of your wings.
5 For you, O God, have heard my vows,
and have given a heritage to those who fear your Name.
6 You shall grant the king a long life,
that his years may endure throughout all generations.
7 His throne shall abide before God for ever;
O prepare your loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.
8 So will I always sing praise unto your Name,
that I may daily perform my vows.

Scripture Memory

Memorizing Scripture is a great way to allow God’s word to transform you. Take these small sections of our passage and say them outloud. Then look away and test yourself; can you say it without looking? Good job!

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.

Romans 12:9–17 (NRSV)

Thanksgiving Prompt

What’s your favorite food? What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

Intercession Prompt

Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.

Closing Prayer

We confess before you that we have not loved the people in your church as well as we should have. And we further ask your forgiveness for caring more about our personal comfort than about providing hospitality to the strangers in our midst. We ask that you would guide us and protect us as we reach out to people both inside and outside of this church body during this difficult time in history to bring your light and love to all whom you place in our paths. Amen

Day THREE: Nov 21-27


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Devotional Thought // Pastor Andrea

Last week our staff spent a “soul day” together at the Mt. Angel Abbey. We took time to enjoy the striking beauty of this spot and met in the guest house to spend time praying and meditating. When we entered, we were greeted by this sign:

On this day, we were the recipients of gracious hospitality that was evidenced in so many ways – we felt welcomed by the serene architectural spaces, the simply elegant decor, the comfortable seating, the delicious and healthy lunch that was prepared for us and the friendly people who greeted us and served us. We left feeling revitalized and refreshed in our spirits, ready to go and serve others. Hospitality is the sort of gift that lends itself very well to regifting!

As I investigated the guidelines of the Benedictine Order, I discovered that the “rule” noted above was based directly on Matthew 25:35: “ I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” We have probably read this verse many times, but have we thought lately about how it applies to this particular time in history?

Andrea, “We’re in the middle of a pandemic”, you may be thinking. Hospitality seems severely restricted. In one sense, that may be true, but in another sense, it seems that there never was a time when hospitality was more appropriate and relevant! Let’s go back to one of our definitions of hospitality from Sunday’s sermon:

Hospitality is an offer to identify with outsiders and to treat them like insiders.

– Scott Cormode

Once we were ALL outsiders in relationship to God, as we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) But those of us who follow Jesus and confess Him as our Savior, have been made “insiders”.

26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26-28

Since we have been transformed into “insiders”who have unlimited access to the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ, should we not be at the forefront of extending a hospitable welcome to the weary, the angry, the tired and the outcast? Let’s discuss some ways we can do that TODAY.

  • Smile with your eyes and greet a weary, overworked store clerk with a friendly “Hello” and a patient attitude.
  • Sponsor a child on our “giving tree” from Chavez Elementary and bless them with a Christmas gift.
  • Send a note of thanks or drop a batch of cookies off to healthcare workers or emergency responders who have served all of us faithfully during this time.
  • Wear your mask without grumbling and without being asked as a way to show kindness to all around you.
  • Drop off coats here at New Hope during our coat drive for our houseless population.
  • “Visit” with someone who is homebound or medically vulnerable by calling or connecting through FaceTime or other platform.
  • Sponsor a child in Xeo, Guatemala, our “sister” city where many are still suffering the effects not only of COVID, but also of flooding from hurricanes and ongoing poverty.
  • Volunteer to serve at our Food Pantry and have the pleasure of extending welcome to those who need some extra assistance during this tough time.

Keep in mind what Jesus said:

‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Matthew 25: 45

1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!
The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.
2 The Lord protects them
and keeps them alive.
He gives them prosperity in the land
and rescues them from their enemies.
3 The Lord nurses them when they are sick
and restores them to health.

Psalm 41

Psalm 68:1-18

1 Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered;
let those who hate him also flee before him.
2 As the smoke vanishes, so shall you drive them away;
and as wax melts before the fire, so let the ungodly perish before the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
let them also be merry and joyful.
4 O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him who rides upon the heavens.
The Lord is his Name; rejoice before him.
5 He is a father of the fatherless and defends the cause of the widows,
God in his holy habitation.
6 He is the God who gives the solitary a home, and brings the prisoners out of captivity,
but lets the rebellious dwell in a desert land.
7 O God, when you went forth before the people,
when you went through the wilderness,
8 The earth shook, and the heavens poured forth rain at the presence of God,
even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
9 You, O God, sent a gracious rain upon your inheritance
and refreshed the land when it was weary.
10 Your congregation found a dwelling there,
for you, O God, of your goodness have provided for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word;
great was the company of those who proclaimed the tidings.
12 Kings with their armies fled, they fled,
and the women at home divided the spoil.
13 Though you have lain among the sheepfolds,
yet shall you be like the wings of a dove that are covered with silver, and whose feathers shine like gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings,
it was as if it snowed in Zalmon.
15 As the hill of Bashan, so is God’s hill,
even a high hill, as the hill of Bashan.
16 Why look with envy, you high hills? This is God’s hill, on which it pleases him to dwell;
surely, the Lord will abide on it for ever.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels,
and the Lord has come from Sinai into the holy place.
18 You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive, and received gifts from men,
even from your enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

Closing Prayer

Dear Lord, We confess to you that we have often been more interested in our own comfort and in airing our own perceived grievances than in being hospitable to others. Help us to look for opportunities to make others feel welcome in our weary world.

Day FOUR: Nov 21-27


Each week for this season our devotions will be centered around the practice of PRAYER. Like the disciples we too have the opportunity to ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We encourage you to read all prayers and Psalms out loud – let the words of Scripture fill your prayers!

Prayer of Confession

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I admit that I have been wrong in thought, in motive and in action. It is only by your grace that I can be freed from my guilty conscience. Please forgive me. Help me to live purely today. Thank you. Amen.

Psalm 69:1-18

1 Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up even to my neck.
2 I sink down in the deep mire, where there is no ground;
I have come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
3 I am weary of crying; my throat is dry;
my sight fails me from waiting so long for my God.
4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
those who are my enemies, and would destroy me wrongfully, are mighty.
5 They bid me restore things I never took.
O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you.
6 Let not those who trust in you, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me;
let not those who seek you be confounded through me, O God of Israel.
7 Surely for your sake have I suffered reproach;
shame has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to my brethren,
unknown to my mother’s children,
9 Because zeal for your house has consumed me,
and the reproaches of those who reproached you have fallen upon me.
10 I wept, and humbled myself with fasting,
but that was turned to my reproach.
11 I put on sackcloth also,
and I became a byword among them.
12 Those who sit in the gate speak against me,
and the drunkards make songs about me.
13 But, Lord, I make my prayer to you
in an acceptable time.
14 Hear me, O God, in the multitude of your mercy,
even in the truth of your salvation.
15 Take me out of the mire, lest I sink;
O let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
16 Let not the floodwaters drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up,
and let not the pit shut its mouth upon me.
17 Hear me, O Lord, for your loving-kindness is good;
turn to me according to the multitude of your mercies;
18 And hide not your face from your servant, for I am in trouble;
O hasten and hear me.

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus, in teaching the disciples how to pray, prayed the follow prayer in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. We learn as well as we join with the prayers of Jesus!

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Prompt

As you think over the past year, what are you most thankful for?

Intercession Prompt

Take a few minutes and pray for your needs and the needs of those around you.

Closing Prayer

We confess before you that we have not loved the people in your church as well as we should have. And we further ask your forgiveness for caring more about our personal comfort than about providing hospitality to the strangers in our midst. We ask that you would guide us and protect us as we reach out to people both inside and outside of this church body during this difficult time in history to bring your light and love to all whom you place in our paths. Amen