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Our Journey to the Cross: March 16, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

3/16/2018

Prayer of Presence: Spirit of the Living God, free my mind from error, teach my heart the living words of Jesus, and inspire my lips to share the Good News, in the name of the Blessed Trinity. Amen. (Adapted from a Prayer of Illumination, North United Methodist Church)   Scripture: Today’s reading is from Hebrews 5:5-10 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he also says in ...


Spring is just around the corner

Lay Servant Ministries

3/15/2018

As we all know, spring is just around the corner. Also, Easter is just around the corner. As I look out my window today, I see some snow and lots of wind. It doen’t feel much like spring. But just two days ago it was warm and sunny, so I was out looking at my garden plot thinking about what I was going to plant in a few weeks. I was full of hope and desire to get started planting, watering, and weeding my next garden. I had to stop and remind myself that it was just March 1, and we still could ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 14, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

3/14/2018

Prayer of Presence: Almighty God, in you, is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your Word; and give me the grace that I may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ my Lord. Amen. Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 119:9-16 How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. I treasure your word...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 13, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

3/13/2018

Prayer of Presence: Tender Shepherd, bring to my awareness your constant companionship, to my weariness your matchless strength, to my brokenness your healing touch, and to my joy your blessing. Amen. Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 51:1-12 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 12, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

3/12/2018

Prayer of Presence: Tender Shepherd, bring to my awareness your constant companionship, to my weariness your matchless strength, to my brokenness your healing touch, and to my joy your blessing. Amen. 40 Days with Wesley by Rueben Job, p. 130 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Jeremiah 31:31-34 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 2, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

3/2/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other.  40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 1, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

3/1/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 19:7-14 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes....


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 28, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/28/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard, yet ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 26, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/26/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Exodus 20:1-11 Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 25, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/25/2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. (From 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29) Scripture: Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark 8:34-38 He (Jesus) called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life ...


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