New Devotional Guide for You

Would you like to join others from Fairlington in a common prayer devotional?  Our new PrayerPoint for May  is here. Use it daily or weekly to connect with God and others in our congregation.  A scripture to read, questions to think about, a prayer to pray.     #prayingtogether 

Prayerpoint                                 May 2017

 A Scripture to Read

 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.   You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.                                                     

                                                                              Psalm 23

A Question to think about:

Where do you see the care of God in your life today?

A Prayer to Pray

 Good Shepherd, we want more than ever to walk with you.  We encounter difficulties that leave us disappointed, confused and hurting.  Help us to be aware of your guiding, comforting, and sometimes correcting presence in our daily lives. 

We want to practice your presence through prayer, worship, and Christian community.   Today we pray for others: ____________________.   Guide Fairlington Church to be a community that welcomes all, nurtures and serves together, shepherding all within our care.   Amen.

Prayerpoint  April 2017 

A Scripture to Read:

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.  Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name. . .                    Phillippians 2:5-9

A Question to think about:

Today, how do I have the mind of Christ?

A Prayer to Pray

God of Holy Week, Easter and beyond,

We thank you for the experience of these special days.  In remembering Jesus, we have seen a model of humility and sacrifice.  Help us to learn from Jesus.   Forgive us for the times we have been so full of ourselves that we have no space for you or others.  By your grace, make us joyful, Easter people.  

We pray for others today: ____________________.   Guide Fairlington Church to be a community that welcomes all, nurtures and serves together, exalting Jesus Christ in all we do and say.   Amen.

You are also invited to read through the Gospel of John during the 40 days of Lent.  Click Here for a suggested schedule of readings

                             Fairlington PrayerPoint for March 

 A Scripture to Read

Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the son of God, the one coming into the world.”                                                   John 11:25-27

A Question to think about:

Where do you need resurrection in your life?

A Prayer to Pray

God of resurrection and life,

To you be all glory.  From you we have received grace and the opportunity to live a new life every day.    Forgive us for the times we have been stuck in the past and doubting your power to make all things new.  During this season of journey to the cross, help us remember that repentance leads to life.  

We lift up the needs of others today: ____________________.   Guide Fairlington Church to be a community that welcomes all, nurtures and serves together so that others may also know new life.  Amen.

 Our Journey to the Cross

You are also invited to read through the Gospel of John during the 40 days of Lent.  Here is a suggested schedule of readings.

Reading the Gospel of John through Lent

 WEEK ONE

q   Sunday, March 5th                 John 1:1-28

q   Monday, March 6th                 John 1:29-51  

q   Tuesday, March 7th                 John 2:1-12

q   Wednesday, March 8th          John 2:13-25

q   Thursday, March 9th               John 3:1-21

q   Friday, March 10th                   John 3:22-36

q   Saturday, March 11th             John 4:1-30

 WEEK TWO

q   Sunday, March 12th                John 4:31-42

q   Monday, March 13th              John 4:43-54

q   Tuesday, March 14th               John 5:1-18

q   Wednesday, March 15th        John 5:19-47

q   Thursday, March 16th             John 6:1-21

q   Friday, March 17th                   John 6:22-59

q   Saturday, March 18th             John 6:60-71

 WEEK THREE

q  Sunday, March 19th                  John 7:1-24

q  Monday, March 20th               John 7:25-31

q   Tuesday, March 21st               John 7:32-52

q   Wednesday, March 22nd       John 7:53-8:30

q   Thursday, March 23rd            John 8:31-59

q   Friday, March 24th                  John 9:1-41

q   Saturday, March 25th             John 10:1-21

 

WEEK FOUR

q  Sunday, March 26th                 John 10:22-42

q   Monday, March 27th              John 11:1-16

q   Tuesday, March 28th              John 11:17-44

q   Wednesday, March 29th       John 11:45-57

q   Thursday, March 30th             John 12:1-19

q   Friday, March 31st                   John 12:20-50

q   Saturday, April 1st                   John 13:1-20

To be continued next month!

Fairlington PrayerPoint for February 2017
                                       A monthly guide for prayer at home.

 Scripture to Read
From writings of the prophet Micah:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you?
To do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Questions to think about:
What is justice? How are you doing justice today?

A Prayer to Pray

Silence

God of all that is,
We are thankful for another day of life! May we discover the joy that is in each moment. Let your peace rest in our hearts. We pray for _______________.

Forgive us for not standing up for justice, not always being loving and kind, and thinking it’s all about us. As disciples, may our witness be courageous and clear. Give us wisdom to discern what is right and then do it. Help us to transform your world by being a community at Fairlington that welcomes, nurtures and serves. Amen.

Fairlington PrayerPoint:  January 2017

-> Scripture to Read
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ”Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.”
                                                                                                          John 1:35-42

->Questions to think about:
In what one specific way did you/will you follow Jesus today?
How did/will your words or actions point anyone to Jesus?

->A Prayer to Pray

(moment of silence)

Holy God,
Thank you for filling us with your love today. Forgive us for the times we have been selfish and impatient. Help us to follow Jesus through all the ways we share your love with others. Today we pray for ________________________.

Guide Fairlington Church to be a community that welcomes all, nurtures and serves together so that others may also choose to follow Jesus. As disciples, help us to transform your world. Amen.

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