Gathering and Praise

Focus on worshiping God.

Read these words:

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?

By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

Praise be to you, LORD;

teach me your decrees.

(Psalm 119:9-12, NIV)

Read this poem, or, if you know it, sing the hymn:

Blessed Jesus, at your word

we are gathered all to hear you.

Let our hearts and souls be stirred

now to seek and love and fear you.

By your gospel pure and holy,

teach us, Lord, to love you solely.

All our knowledge, sense, and sight

lie in deepest darkness shrouded,

till your Spirit breaks our night

with your beams of truth unclouded.

You alone to God can win us;

you must work all good within us.

Glorious Lord, yourself impart;

Light of Light, from God proceeding,

open lips and ears and heart;

help us by your Spirit’s leading.

Hear the cry your church now raises;

Lord, accept our prayers and praises.

(“Blessed Jesus, at Your Word.” Tobias Clausnitzer, 1663, trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1858. Public domain.)

Name something that God has taught you during the last week. Give thanks to God for these things.


Pray these words:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

(Psalm 51:10-12, NIV)

Read this promise from the Old Testament of what God will do in Jesus Christ:

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel

after that time,” declares the LORD.

“I will put my law in their minds

and write it on their hearts.

I will be their God,

and they will be my people.

No longer will they teach their neighbor,

or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’

because they will all know me,

from the least of them to the greatest,”

declares the LORD.

“For I will forgive their wickedness

and will remember their sins no more.”

(Jeremiah 31:33-34, NIV)

Name something that you hope God will teach you this week—a way he will “write his law on your heart.”

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Teaching on 1 Kings 13:11-22


Your Will Be Done

Verse 1

Your will be done, my God and father

As in Heaven, so on earth

My heart is drawn to self exalting

Help me seek Your kingdom first

As Jesus walked, so I shall walk

Held by Your same unchanging love

Be still my soul

Oh, lift your voice and pray

Father not my will but Yours be done

Verse 2

How in that garden he persisted

I may never fully know

The fearful weight of true obedience

It was held by him alone

What wondrous faith, to bear that cross

To bear my sin, what wondrous love

My hope was sure

When there my Saviour prayed

Father not my will but Yours be done

Verse 3

When I am lost, when I am broken

In the night of fear and doubt

Still I will trust in my good Father

Yes, to one great King I bow!

As Jesus rose, so I shall rise

In ransomed glory at the throne

My heart restored

With all your saints I sing

Father, not my will but Yours be done

Verse 4

As we go forth, our God and Father

Lead us daily in the fight

That all the world might see Your glory

And Your Name be lifted high

And in this Name we overcome

For You shall see us safely home

Now as your church

We lift our voice and pray

Father, not my will but Yours be done

(Used by permission. CCLI#39626)

Here are some prayer requests:

• People in nursing homes, assisted living, prisons, and other places where they are largely confined to their rooms, including Carl D’s father who is living in a home with active covid cases.

• Pray for comfort for the family of Kelly M as they mourn the death of her grandfather in Northern Michigan and are thankful for his hope in Jesus.

• Pray for people who will lose their jobs in the coming weeks and months.

• Pray for the Lee family (misisonaries in Mexico) who must make a decision about their scheduled trip to Fresno this summer.

Pray about these and other things.

Read these words:

And the peace of God,

which transcends all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(2 Peter 3:18, NIV)

Some prayers and portions of prayers reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, © 2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.