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Christian faith is best encountered together in community, and Lent is a traditional time for us to give an extra focus to our faith; and the faith of others in our church community. Join in one of our daily small groups, either in-person or on-line, to walk the journey towards Easter together.


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    Together in Community


    Check in with one another. If there are 6 or more in the group, then share high’s and low’s in small groups of 2 or 3.

    • If there is a new person, welcome them and introduce group members.
    • (High) Share something good or eventful that you give thanks and praise for?


    Open in Prayer


    We thank you God for bringing us together. We give thanks and praise for the good gifts you have given us. For the concerns and challenges we experience, help us to give them to you in the confidence of your loving care for us. In our sharing and listening, open us to your presence. Amen. 


    Five Minutes with God

    (Optional)

    Introduction: The next several weeks we will be looking at the faith stories of our spiritual ancestors in the Letter to the Hebrews. These faith stories are both inspiring and daunting. Inspiring because we’d like to have faith like that too. Daunting because we don’t want to live the lives that grew such faith. (Spoiler alert for next week: who wants to be sawn in two?) However, when it comes to faith, we need inspiration, not comparisons. We need encouragers, not showoffs. We don’t need someone else’s faith; we need our own. We grow our faith by looking at the faith-filled lives of others and by paying attention to all the ways God has shown up in our own lives.


    Spiritual Practice: Give thought this week to your own faith story by reflecting on all the ways God has shown up in your life. Miracles, large and small; those coincidences that are more than coincidences; the right friend at the right time; small events that encouraged you—these are all ways that God grows our faith to live our own stories of faith. Is there someone who needs the encouragement of your faith story?


    Discover Scripture and Life


    Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 

    Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.


    1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

     8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

     13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.



    Opening Discovery

    1. As you look over your life: What has been a promise or a picture of the future that keeps you going? Has that changed over time?


    More about the Scripture
    1. “By faith” is linked to a specific action in each verse. How do these actions describe or fill out what it means to have faith? Faith…assurance, Faith…received approval, Faith…understand, Faith…obeyed when called, Faith...set out, not knowing, Faith…stayed in land promised, Faith…looked forward to the city of God, Faith…procreation in old age, Faith…many descendants born, Faith…died without the full promise, Faith…saw and greeted the promise, Faith…strangers on earth, seeking a homeland, Faith…desired a better country, heavenly

    2. Is faith directed toward the future, the present, both? Faith directed toward God or people?

    3. Assurance gets played out in many ways. Assurance leads to daily actions of “this not that.” How does faith lead you to act a certain way, “this not that.” 

    4. Reread vs 13-16. What does it mean to you to be an alien and a stranger on earth? What is the writer getting at?

    5. Who are some contemporary heroes of faith who inspire you today? How do they seem like stranger or aliens, ie. as someone who doesn’t buy into he culture, who stands apart from the crowd in some way?

    6. What do you learn about the example of faith provided by Abraham and Sarah? Was faith something easy for them? Or Hard? 

    7. Hebrews is written to a people who lived in troubled times. How does this passage give perspective and hope?

    More about Life
    1. What gives you hope and assurance? 
    Together in Prayer
    1. As you look to the coming week, what is one word that summarizes how you are feeling.
    2. Do you have any prayer concern that you would like to share? What is it?

    Closing Prayer

    Pray for the concerns shared in the group. Close in the Lord’s Prayer.

    You may also use this prayer.

    O God, we thank you for this time we have shared. We bring before you the joys and concerns of our heart. We pray especially for….. Grant us your healing and peace, in Jesus name. Amen.


    Lord’s Prayer

    Lord remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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    Together in Community

    • If there is a new person, welcome them and introduce group members.

    Discover Scripture and Life


    Introduction: In teaching his disciples this prayer, Jesus also reminds them to focus on God’s coming reign, God’s mercy, and the strengthening of the community. Jesus encourages his disciples to childlike trust and persistence in prayer.



    Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 

    Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.


    1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

     8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

     13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


    Question—Choose 1 (If there are 6 or more in the group, breakout in groups of 2 or 3.)


    1. Who are some contemporary heroes of faith who inspire you today? How do they seem like stranger or aliens, ie. as someone who doesn’t buy into he culture, who stands apart from the crowd in some way?
    2. What do you learn about the example of faith provided by Abraham and Sarah? Was faith something easy for them? Or Hard? 
    3. Hebrews is written to a people who lived in troubled times. How does this passage give perspective and hope?

    Together in Prayer


    Connect with one another before prayer. Choose one of these options.


    Option 1: One word—As you reflect about your day, what is one word that summarizes how you are feeling.


    Option 2—Share High’s and Low’s—If there are 6 or more in the group, then share high’s and low’s in small groups of 2 or 3.


    Prayer—We thank you God for bringing us together. We give thanks and praise for the good gifts you have given us. For the concerns and challenges we experience, help us to give them to you in the confidence of your loving care for us. In our sharing and listening, open us to your presence. Amen.


    Lord’s Prayer—Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


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    Discover Scripture and Life


    Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 

    Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.


    1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

     8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

     13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


    Questions for Reflection


    1. Who are some contemporary heroes of faith who inspire you today? How do they seem like stranger or aliens, ie. as someone who doesn’t buy into he culture, who stands apart from the crowd in some way?
    2. What do you learn about the example of faith provided by Abraham and Sarah? Was faith something easy for them? Or Hard?
    3. Hebrews is written to a people who lived in troubled times. How does this passage give perspective and hope?


    Discover More about the Message


    Reflect on the message you heard in person or on-line. You can listen to the message online here.

    https://firstlutherancr.org/resources/sermons


    1. What is something you heard that was interesting or engaging?
    2. Is there anything that raised a question or needed more explanation?
    3. What is one thing you take with you? It may be something to do, something to trust, or a wisdom of insight to have. 

    Together with God in Prayer


    OPTION 1—ONE WORD. Take time to reflect about your day, your concerns, and how God may be speaking to you. As you reflect about your day, what is one word that summarizes how you are feeling? What might God be saying to you in this word?


    OPTION 2: Reflect on the past 24 hours


    Step 1: Ask God to calm your self and help you see your life from God’s perspective.


    Step 2: Review the last 24 hours. What happened? What stands out? What captures your attention? What is a

    High and Low of this time? When did you experience God’s presence? When did you feel apart or distant from God?


    Step 3: Give your day to God your day. Ask for forgiveness where needed. Give thanks.


    Step 4: Look forward. How might you be more loving this day? What is God calling you to do?


    Prayer—Who or What can you pray for today?


    Close in the Lord’s Prayer—Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


    Five Minutes with God


    Introduction: The next several weeks we will be looking at the faith stories of our spiritual ancestors in the Letter to the Hebrews. These faith stories are both inspiring and daunting. Inspiring because we’d like to have faith like that too. Daunting because we don’t want to live the lives that grew such faith. (Spoiler alert for next week: who wants to be sawn in two?) However, when it comes to faith, we need inspiration, not comparisons. We need encouragers, not showoffs. We don’t need someone else’s faith; we need our own. We grow our faith by looking at the faith-filled lives of others and by paying attention to all the ways God has shown up in our own lives.


    Spiritual Practice: Give thought this week to your own faith story by reflecting on all the ways God has shown up in your life. Miracles, large and small; those coincidences that are more than coincidences; the right friend at the right time; small events that encouraged you—these are all ways that God grows our faith to live our own stories of faith. Is there someone who needs the encouragement of your faith story?

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    Five Minutes with God


    Introduction: The next several weeks we will be looking at the faith stories of our spiritual ancestors in the Letter to the Hebrews. These faith stories are both inspiring and daunting. Inspiring because we’d like to have faith like that too. Daunting because we don’t want to live the lives that grew such faith. (Spoiler alert for next week: who wants to be sawn in two?) However, when it comes to faith, we need inspiration, not comparisons. We need encouragers, not showoffs. We don’t need someone else’s faith; we need our own. We grow our faith by looking at the faith-filled lives of others and by paying attention to all the ways God has shown up in our own lives.


    Spiritual Practice: Give thought this week to your own faith story by reflecting on all the ways God has shown up in your life. Miracles, large and small; those coincidences that are more than coincidences; the right friend at the right time; small events that encouraged you—these are all ways that God grows our faith to live our own stories of faith. Is there someone who needs the encouragement of your faith story?

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    Together in Community

    Check in with one another. If there are 6 or more in the group, then share high’s and low’s in small groups of 2 or 3.

    • If there is a new person, welcome them and introduce group members.
    • (High) Share something good or eventful that you give thanks and praise for?

    Open in Prayer
    We thank you God for bringing us together. We give thanks and praise for the good gifts you have given us. For the concerns and challenges we experience, help us to give them to you in the confidence of your loving care for us. In our sharing and listening, open us to your presence. Amen. 

    Five Minutes with God
    (Optional) 

    Introduction: Each of us runs the race of faith. Whether our race feels like a sprint or a marathon, we need encouragement, guidance, and provisions to make it to the finish line. The author of Hebrews reminds us that we have all three: those who have finished the race are a “great crowd of witnesses” cheering us on; Jesus is the “pioneer” who has run ahead to guide us; and as the “perfector” of our faith, Jesus provides us with all we need to sustain us to the end of our race.


    Spiritual Practice: What does your faith race look like these days? A sprint? A marathon? An obstacle course? Take a small piece of paper and write JESUS in the middle of it. On one edge of the paper write the name of someone who has finished their race and is now cheering you on. On another edge, write a need you have for guidance. On a third edge, write something you need to sustain your faith. Finally, on the last edge, write FAITH. Now keep this paper with you as a reminder this week that you are not alone as you run your race.


    Discover Scripture and Life


    Hebrews 11:29--12:2

    The author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.


    29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

     32And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented—38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

     39Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

     12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.



    Opening Discovery


    1. What’s the longest race or trek on foot that you have been on? What helped you to keep going when you got tired?


    More about the Scripture
    1. We continue the story of faith from last week. By faith is paired with deliverance and suffering. By faith passed through Red Sea walls of Jericho fell Rahab did not perish conquered kingdoms administered justice obtained promises shut the mouth of lions escaped the edge of the sword won strength out of weakness  tortured to receive resurrection suffered mocking How does this list strike you? What are you drawn to? What repels you?
    2. Which of these situations would be most difficult for you to face?
    3. What does it mean to you that not all these people of faith met with success?
    4. What comfort do you get from knowing that a cloud of witnesses is watching you run the face of faith? 
    5. What does it mean to run the race of faith? Who has done that well in your view?
    6. What does it mean to throw off sin and hindrances? To run with perseverance? 
    7. What helps you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? What does it mean to fix eyes on Jesus?


    Responding to the Weekly Message

    You can connect with the weekly message https://firstlutherancr.org/resources/sermons

    1. What did you take away from the message? What will stay with you this week?
    2. Is there anything that raised a question or needed more explanation?


    More about Life

    1. What encourages you to keep on in faith?

    Together in Prayer
    1. As you look to the coming week, what is one word that summarizes how you are feeling.
    2. Do you have any prayer concern that you would like to share? What is it?

    Closing Prayer

    Pray for the concerns shared in the group. Close in the Lord’s Prayer.

    You may also use this prayer.

    O God, we thank you for this time we have shared. We bring before you the joys and concerns of our heart. We pray especially for….. Grant us your healing and peace, in Jesus name. Amen.


    Lord’s Prayer

    Lord remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


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    Together in Community

    • If there is a new person, welcome them and introduce group members.

    Discover Scripture and Life


    Hebrews 11:29--12:2

    The author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.


    29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

     32And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented—38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

     39Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

     12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.


    Question—Choose 1 (If there are 6 or more in the group, breakout in groups of 2 or 3.)



    1. What does it mean to you that not all these people of faith met with success?
    2. What does it mean to run the race of faith? Who has done that well in your view?
    3. What helps you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? What does it mean to fix eyes on Jesus?



    Together in Prayer

    Connect with one another before prayer. Choose one of these options.


    Option 1: One word—As you reflect about your day, what is one word that summarizes how you are feeling.


    Option 2—Share High’s and Low’s

    (If there are 6 or more in the group, then share high’s and low’s in small groups of 2 or 3.)


    Prayer—We thank you God for bringing us together. We give thanks and praise for the good gifts you have given us. For the concerns and challenges we experience, help us to give them to you in the confidence of your loving care for us. In our sharing and listening, open us to your presence. Amen.


    Lord’s Prayer—Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


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    Discover Scripture and Life


    Hebrews 11:29--12:2

    The author of Hebrews presents us with rich stories of faith. In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.


    29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

     32And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented—38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

     39Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

     12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.



    Questions for Reflection


    1. What does it mean to you that not all these people of faith met with success?
    2. What does it mean to run the race of faith? Who has done that well in your view?
    3. What helps you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? What does it mean to fix eyes on Jesus?


    Discover More about the Message

    Reflect on the message you heard in person or on-line. You can listen to the message online here.

    https://firstlutherancr.org/resources/sermons


    1. What is something you heard that was interesting or engaging?
    2. Is there anything that raised a question or needed more explanation?
    3. What is one thing you take with you? It may be something to do, something to trust, or a wisdom of insight to have. 

    Together with God in Prayer


    OPTION 1—ONE WORD. Take time to reflect about your day, your concerns, and how God may be speaking to you. As you reflect about your day, what is one word that summarizes how you are feeling? What might God be saying to you in this word?


    OPTION 2: Reflect on the past 24 hours


    Step 1: Ask God to calm your self and help you see your life from God’s perspective.


    Step 2: Review the last 24 hours. What happened? What stands out? What captures your attention? What is a High and Low of this time? When did you experience God’s presence? When did you feel apart or distant from God?


    Step 3: Give your day to God your day. Ask for forgiveness where needed. Give thanks.


    Step 4: Look forward. How might you be more loving this day? What is God calling you to do?


    Prayer—Who or What can you pray for today?


    Close in the Lord’s Prayer—Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.



    Five Minutes with God


    Introduction: Each of us runs the race of faith. Whether our race feels like a sprint or a marathon, we need encouragement, guidance, and provisions to make it to the finish line. The author of Hebrews reminds us that we have all three: those who have finished the race are a “great crowd of witnesses” cheering us on; Jesus is the “pioneer” who has run ahead to guide us; and as the “perfector” of our faith, Jesus provides us with all we need to sustain us to the end of our race.


    Spiritual Practice: What does your faith race look like these days? A sprint? A marathon? An obstacle course? Take a small piece of paper and write JESUS in the middle of it. On one edge of the paper write the name of someone who has finished their race and is now cheering you on. On another edge, write a need you have for guidance. On a third edge, write something you need to sustain your faith. Finally, on the last edge, write FAITH. Now keep this paper with you as a reminder this week that you are not alone as you run your race.

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    Five Minutes with God


    Introduction: Each of us runs the race of faith. Whether our race feels like a sprint or a marathon, we need encouragement, guidance, and provisions to make it to the finish line. The author of Hebrews reminds us that we have all three: those who have finished the race are a “great crowd of witnesses” cheering us on; Jesus is the “pioneer” who has run ahead to guide us; and as the “perfector” of our faith, Jesus provides us with all we need to sustain us to the end of our race.


    Spiritual Practice: What does your faith race look like these days? A sprint? A marathon? An obstacle course? Take a small piece of paper and write JESUS in the middle of it. On one edge of the paper write the name of someone who has finished their race and is now cheering you on. On another edge, write a need you have for guidance. On a third edge, write something you need to sustain your faith. Finally, on the last edge, write FAITH. Now keep this paper with you as a reminder this week that you are not alone as you run your race.