We hope you’ll use this guide during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter, March 26-31.
It is our goal to increase our oneness with each other and with Christ by engaging in the same study together for these six days. We’ll be together but in different locations. The studies are brief and intended as a stepping-off place for your times of meditation and prayer, to help us expand our sense of community as the body of Christ.
Just before his death on the cross, Jesus prayed for us:
I do not ask for (the disciples) only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word (us),that they may all be one.John 17:20-21
As we remember his death and resurrection, let’s take time to become an answer to his prayer by increasing our unity.
A scripture passage is given, without commentary. Please be encouraged to read the scripture several times, emphasizing different aspects, asking questions of the text, asking the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts.
Chose an individual verse from the scripture passage for your meditation. Christian meditation is not eastern meditation ... it is not the emptying of ourselves. It is the filling of ourselves with the Word. As the scripture begins to occupy your mind, there will be less room for other matters. Removing the other isn’t the primary goal, but rather letting the Word permeate your mind. When your mind wanders, don’t chastise yourself for being off-task, rather, thank the Spirit for inviting your mind back.
Pray without ceasing. We’re suggesting a specific time of prayer together, in addition to other prayers you offer this week. Please see the next page for explanation.
There’s a hymn on the topic of the focal verse. The text of the hymn is shown on the daily page. There’s even a YouTube link for you to sing along.
You are invited to pray with and for the school students, together in spirit although distant in location.
Each morning, students recite the pledge of allegiance followed by a moment of silence. Rice Temple students have been encouraged to use this to begin their school day in prayer. Perhaps you’d take a moment to pray at the same time.
We are suggesting that at about 8:00 am on these four school days (Monday - Thursday), everyone pray the Lord’s Prayer. Here are the times at some of the schools our students attend:
Yes, praying a set prayer has the possibility of becoming a vain repetition. As you pray, focus on the meaning of the text and pray from your heart. It will likely be meaningful. If not, pray in another manner.
Andrea Bocelli sings The Lord’s Prayer:
Jubilee Worship sings The Lord’s Prayer:
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.1 John 1:5-10
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of his Word,
What a glory he sheds on our way.
While we do his good will
He abides with us still
And will all who will trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey.
“If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” 23 . . . . “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:15-27
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me;
Spirit of the living god, fall fresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me
Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:13-20
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Let us break bread together on our knees,
Let us break read together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O, Lord, have mercy on me
Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples went with him. 40 When he arrived at the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 Then he went off from them about the distance of a stone's throw and knelt down and prayed. 42 “Father,” he said, “if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 In great anguish he prayed even more fervently; his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 Rising from his prayer, he went back to the disciples and found them asleep, worn out by their grief. 46 He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation.”Luke 22:39-46
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt
Yonder on Calvary’s mount out-poured
There where the blood of the blood was spilt.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
James 1:2-12 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best –
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.