May 24, 2020
Think about the glory of God, and read these words as God leads you into a time of worship:
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
(Psalm 24:1-7, NIV)
If you live with many people, have one person read the first line, and have everyone loudly say the answer:
Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty—he is the King of glory.
(Psalm 24:8, NIV)
Read this Prayer, which is based on the song “Lord, I Want to be a Christian,” and is especially appropriate for a child to read:
I want to be a Christian in my heart;
please forgive my disobedience.
I want to be a Christian in my actions;
please forgive my bad choices.
I want to be a Christian in my words;
please forgive the mean things I say.
I want to be a Christian in my whole life;
help me to be more loving to you
and to others. Amen.
If you live with other people, mention to each other some ways you want to be a more faithful Christian, to live more as a child of God. Then, read these words:
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God
for all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
(Galatians 3:26-27, NIV)
Join together with the whole church, professing faith using the words of the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
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