Devotional Material

For the week beginning 3rd March – (the week before Lent)

God of life and light,
your Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death on the cross.
Give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to follow him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord God,
whose glory shines upon us
in the face of Jesus Christ,
and whose nature is made known to us
in the mystery of the cross:
number us, we pray,
among his faithful followers
for whom nothing matters
but the doing of your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Some suggestions for devotional readings during this week taken from the Methodist Prayer Manual with a Bible reading, a hymn from Singing the Faith and a Psalm.

Week beginning 3rd March
The week before Lent

The Authority of Christ

S 3 Luke 9:28—36 (37-43)/td> StF261 Ps 99
M 4 Matthew 7:28-29 StF447 Ps 89:1-18
T 5 Matthew 8:1-4 StF653 Ps 89:19-37
W 6 * Luke 15:11-32 StF236 Ps 51
T 7 Matthew 8:5-13 StF661 Ps 90-36
F 8 Matthew 8:14-22 StF246 Ps 92
S 9 Matthew 8:23-27 StF241 Ps 93

* Ash Wednesday

Preparing for the following Sunday

Methodist Preachers are not required to use the lectionary, but many do and members of the congregation may like to read the lectionary readings in the days before Sunday so that they will be attuned if the preacher does use some or all of the appointed readings.

For Sunday 10th March (1st in Lent) they are:

Deuteronomy 26.1-11

Psalm 91.1-2,9-16

Romans 10.8b-13

Luke 4.1-13

Even if these readings are not used, there is still value in having read and considered them.

For the week beginning 10th March – (1st in Lent)

Almighty and merciful God,
you hate nothing that you have made,
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts,
so that when we turn to you and confess our sins
we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ
fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves
in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as we know our weakness,
so we may know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gracious Father,
your blessèd Son Jesus Christ came from heaven
to be the true bread which gives life to the world.
Evermore give us this bread,
that he may live in us, and we in him;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Some suggestions for devotional readings during this week taken from the Methodist Prayer Manual with a Bible reading, a hymn from Singing the Faith and a Psalm.

Week beginning 10th March
1st in Lent

The Christ fr Others

S 10 Luke 4:1-13 StF235 Ps 91:1-2,9-16
M 11 Matthew 8:29-9:1 StF654 Ps 94
T 12 Matthew 9:2-8 StF650 Ps 95
W 13 Matthew 9:9-13 StF462 Ps 96
T 14 Matthew 9:14-17 StF449 Ps 97
F 15 Matthew 9:18-26 StF366 Ps 98
S 16 Matthew 9:27-31 StF364 Ps 99

Preparing for the following Sunday

Methodist Preachers are not required to use the lectionary, but many do and members of the congregation may like to read the lectionary readings in the days before Sunday so that they will be attuned if the preacher does use some or all of the appointed readings.

For Sunday 17th March (2nd in Lent) the readings are:

Genesis 15.1-12,17-18

Psalm 27

Philippians 3.17 – 4.1

Luke 13.31-35

Even if these readings are not used, there is still value in having read and considered them.

For the week beginning 17th March – (2nd in Lent)

Almighty and merciful God,
you hate nothing that you have made,
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts,
so that when we turn to you and confess our sins
we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ, Son of the living God,
who for a season laid aside the divine glory
and learned obedience through suffering;
teach us in all our afflictions
to raise our eyes to the place of your mercy
and to find in you our peace and deliverance.
We make our prayer in your name. Amen.

Merciful Lord,
grant your people grace to withstand the temptations
of the world, the flesh and the devil,
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you,
the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Some suggestions for devotional readings during this week taken from the Methodist Prayer Manual with a Bible reading, a hymn from Singing the Faith and a Psalm.

Week beginning 17th March
2nd in Lent

No Other Gospel

S 17 Luke 13:31-35 StF357 Ps 27
M 18 Galatians 1:1-5 StF358 Ps 100
T 19 * Matthew 1:18-25 StF219 Ps 89:26-36
W 20 Galatians 1:6-12 StF345 Ps 101
T 21 Galatians 1:13-24 StF434 Ps 102:1-11
F 22 Galatians 2:1-14 StF634 Ps 102:12-28
S 23 Galatians 3:1-5 StF401 Ps 103

* Joseph of Nazareth

Preparing for the following Sunday

Methodist Preachers are not required to use the lectionary, but many do and members of the congregation may like to read the lectionary readings in the days before Sunday so that they will be attuned if the preacher does use some or all of the appointed readings.

For Sunday 24th March (3rd Sunday in Lent) they are:

Isaiah 55.1-9

Psalm 63.1-8

1 Corinthians 10.1-13

Luke 13.1-9

Even if these readings are not used, there is still value in having read and considered them.

For the week beginning 24th March (the 3rd in Lent)

Almighty and merciful God,
you hate nothing that you have made,
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts,
so that when we turn to you and confess our sins
we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went up not to joy
but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves.
Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts
which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Some suggestions for devotional readings during this week taken from the Methodist Prayer Manual with a Bible reading, a hymn from Singing the Faith and a Psalm.

Week beginning 24th March (the 3rd in Lent)
Law & Gospel

S 24 Luke 13:31-35 StF416 Ps 63:1-8
M 25 * Luke 1:26-38 StF187 Ps 40
T 26 Galatians 3:6-14 StF339 Ps 104:1-23
W 27 Galatians 3:15-29 St685 Ps 104:24-35
T 28 Galatians 4:21-5:1 StF397 Ps 105:1-15
F 29 Galatians 5:2-6 StF500 Ps 106:1-10
S 30 Galatians 5:13-26 StF401 Ps 106:43-48

* Annunciation of the Lord

Methodist Preachers are not required to use the lectionary, but many do and members of the congregation may like to read the lectionary readings in the days before Sunday so that they will be attuned if the preacher does use some or all of the appointed readings.

For Sunday 31st March (the 4th Sunday in Lent) they are:

Joshua 5:9-12

Psalm 32

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Even if these readings are not used, there is still value in having read and considered them.

For the week beginning 31st March (the 4th in Lent)

Almighty and merciful God,
you hate nothing that you have made,
and forgive the sins of all who are penitent.
Create in us new and contrite hearts,
so that when we turn to you and confess our sins
we may receive your full and perfect forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord God,
whose blessèd Son our Saviour
gave his back to those who struck him
and did not hide his face from shame:
give us grace to endure
the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, rich in mercy,
you so loved the world
that, when we were dead in our sins,
you sent your only son for our deliverance.
Lifted up from the earth,
he is light and life;
exalted upon the cross,
he is truth and salvation.
Raise us up with Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
holy and mighty God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Some suggestions for devotional readings during this week taken from the Methodist Prayer Manual with a Bible reading, a hymn from Singing the Faith and a Psalm.

Week beginning 31st March (the 4th in Lent)
The Servant of the Lord

S 31 * Luke 2:33-35 StF278 Ps 34:11-20
M 1 Isaiah 40:1-11 StF183 Ps 107:1-16
T 2 Isaiah 40:18-31 StF113 Ps 107:17-32
W 3 Isaiah 42:1-9 St255 Ps 107:33-43
T 4 Isaiah 43:18-28 StF470 Ps 110
F 5 Isaiah 44:1-8 StF157 Ps 111
S 6 Isaiah 45:1-8 StF19 Ps 112

* Mothering Sunday

Methodist Preachers are not required to use the lectionary, but many do and members of the congregation may like to read the lectionary readings in the days before Sunday so that they will be attuned if the preacher does use some or all of the appointed readings.

For Sunday 7th April (Passion Sunday) they are:

Isaiah 43.16-21

Psalm 126

Philippians 3.4b-14

John 12.1-8

Even if these readings are not used, there is still value in having read and considered them.