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Feb
27
Tue
Young, Black & Christian Panel Discussion
7:00 pm
Fellowship Hall
Mar
03
Sat
Lenten Season Prayer Service
9:00 am
Main Sanctuary
Mar
03
Sat
Annual Membership Meeting
10:00 am
Main Sanctuary
Mar
05
Mon
Marriage Monday
7:00 pm
Mar
10
Sat
Lenten Season Prayer Service
9:00 am
Main Sanctuary
Mar
17
Sat
Lenten Season Prayer Service
9:00 am
Main Sanctuary
Mar
24
Sat
Lenten Season Prayer Service
9:00 am
Main Sanctuary

Fast Guide

For 40 days our Lord fasted from food. His dependence upon God, His father, and His insistence to live by the very word He embodied proved most effective in overcoming one of His most severe seasons of temptation. His witness to us is also a model for us. This year, for the 40 days leading up to Resurrection weekend, The Progressive Church will begin a congregational fast, Tuesday February 20 through March 31. We are asking every member of the church to participate with us. Fasting is the spiritual discipline of forsaking food (and other things) for spiritual purposes.

Fasting is made rightly spiritual when joined with prayer. That is to say that without the accompaniment of prayer, fasting is just a diet. As a church, we want to fast and pray. Below is a prayer guide, complete with daily prayers, Biblical passages, themes for reflection, and songs to sing that will help us join together on the road to resurrection. In addition to this daily guide, we will host regular, weekend sessions for prayer at the church and prayer walks in the neighborhood as the weather breaks. Plan now to join us March 3, March 17, and March 24 at 9am for our congregational prayer gatherings. If weather permits, we will walk and pray in the neighborhood the last 2 sessions.

 

Prayer Guide
The instructions are simple. Pray the opening devotional prayer each morning, then read the same Psalm each day according to the week’s assignment, then read the passages assigned to the day, pray for yourself, your loved ones, and the church. You might want to end each devotional period with a singing aloud.

February 20 – February 24: The Making of a Disciple

Devotional Prayer: Almighty God, there is no other like You. You made the earth, You created all that we see and do not see, and You created me. You must have a purpose for my life. Help me, as I pray and read Your word today, to know the duty that You have assigned to me, and to live out my purpose today. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Daily Psalm: Psalm 32

Daily Scripture Readings:

Tuesday, February 20: Luke 14:7-14
Wednesday, February 21: Matthew 3:13 – 4:17
Thursday, February 22: Luke 14:25-34
Friday, February 23: Acts 4:32-37
Saturday, February 24: John 6:60-71

Prayers: For the Church, for Others, for Myself

Song: Follower of Christ
I want to be a follower of Christ 
I want to be one of his disciples 
I want to walk in the noon day of light 
Oh, let me be a follower of Christ 

What do I have to do? 
What do I have to say? 
How do I have to walk, each and everyday? 
Tell me what does it cost, if I carry the cross? 
Oh, let me be a follower of Christ.

 

February 25 – March 3: The Power of God’s Word
Devotional Prayer: At Your word, O Lord, the worlds were created, and by Your word new life is given. Open now my ears that I may hear Your special word spoken to me today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Daily Psalm: Psalm 29

Daily Scripture Readings
Sunday, February 25: Micah 6:1-8
Monday, February 26: John 1:1-13
Tuesday, February 27: Genesis 1:1-19
Wednesday, February 28: Genesis 1:20-31
Thursday, March 1: Matthew 9:1-8
Friday, March 2: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Saturday, March 3: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Prayers: For the Church, for Others, for Myself

Song: How Firm A Foundation [YouTube the Sovereign Grace Version]
How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

 

Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
for I am your God, and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

 

When through the deep waters I call you to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
for I will be with you in trouble to bless,
and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

 

When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flame shall not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no never forsake!

 

March 4 – March 10: Choose Life
Devotional Prayer: Today, my God, let me hear again Your word spoken to me, “Choose this day whom you will serve” and assist me to choose the way of life eternal. Speak, my Lord; your servant is listening. Amen.

Daily Psalm: Psalm 51

Daily Scripture Readings
Sunday, March 4:  2 Kings 5:1-14
Monday, March 5:  Philippians 3:8-16
Tuesday, March 6: 1 Timothy 6:3-19
Wednesday, March 7:  Matthew 7:1-14
Thursday, March 8:  Ephesians 4:1-8
Friday, March 9:  Luke 12:22-32
Saturday, March 10: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

Prayers: For the Church, for Others, for Myself

Song: I Am On The Battlefield
I am on the battlefield for my Lord,
I'm on the battlefield for my Lord;
And I promised Him that I would serve Him till I die.
I am on the battlefield for my Lord.

I was alone and idle,
I was a sinner too,
I heard a voice from heaven
Say there is work to do,
I took the Master's hand,
And I joined the Christian band,
I'm on the battlefield for my Lord.

I left my friends and kindred
Bound for the Promised Land,
The grace of God upon me,
The Bible in my hand,
In distant lands I trod,
Crying sinner come to God,
I'm on the battlefield for my Lord.

Now when I met my Savior,
I met Him with a smile,
He healed my wounded Spirit,
And owned me as His child,
Around the throne of grace,
He appoints my soul a place,
I'm on the battlefield for my Lord.

 

March 11 – March 17: What God Has Promised
Devotional Prayer: O God, whose promises are true, help me never to stagger in disbelief at your promises but to claim them as my own. In the name of Christ, amen.

Daily Psalm: Psalm 119:33-48

Daily Scripture Readings
Sunday, March 11: Genesis 17:1-10
Monday, March 12:  1 Kings 8:22-30
Tuesday, March 13: Nehemiah 9:6-25
Wednesday, March 14: Romans 4:16-25
Thursday, March 15: James 1:1-15
Friday, March 16:  2 Corinthians 1:12-22
Saturday, March 17:  2 Peter 3:5-13

Prayers: For the Church, for Others, for Myself

Song: Standing on The Promises
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

    • Refrain:
      Standing, standing,
      Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
      Standing, standing,
      I’m standing on the promises of God.

 

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

 

March 18 – March 24: The God Who Seeks
Devotional Prayer: O God, whose love is forever seeking communion with us, help me not to hid from you in this appointed encounter but to present ourselves open-faced before You. Though Jesus Christ, amen.

Daily Psalm: Psalm 107

Daily Scripture Reading
Sunday, March 18:  1 Samuel 16:1-13
Monday, March 19:  Luke 19:1-10
Tuesday, March 20:  Matthew 18:10-14
Wednesday, March 21:  Ezekiel 36:22-30
Thursday, March 22:  Jeremiah 30:1-10
Friday, March 23:  Hebrews 2:1-18
Saturday, March 24:  Romans 5:1-11

Prayers: For the Church, for Others, for Myself

Song: Love Lifted Me
I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

    • Refrain:
      Love lifted me!
      Love lifted me!
      When nothing else could help,
      Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves;
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

 

March 25 – March 31: The Cost of Right Choices
Devotional Prayer: O God, whose very presence moves us to righteousness, help me to joyfully choose always for You. Let me not be tossed about by conflicting motives but live solely for You. In the power of Christ’s name, amen.

Daily Psalm: Psalm 56

Daily Scripture Reading
Sunday, March 25: Luke 19:28-40
Monday, March 26:  Acts 14:19-28
Tuesday, March 27:  1 Peter 2:21-25
Wednesday, March 28: 1 Corinthians 1:3-11
Thursday, March 29:  Isaiah 53:1-6
Friday, March 30:  Isaiah 53:7-12
Saturday, March 31: Philippians 2:5-11

Prayers: For the Church, for Others, for Myself

Song: Oh, I Want to See Him
As I journey through the land, singing as I go,
Pointing souls to Calvary—to the crimson flow,
Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within;
But my Lord leads me on, through Him I must win.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, I want to see Him, look upon His face,
      There to sing forever of His saving grace;
      On the streets of glory let me lift my voice,
      Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.

When in service for my Lord dark may be the night,
But I’ll cling more close to Him, He will give me light;
Satan’s snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside;
But my Lord goes ahead, leads whate’er betide.

When in valleys low I look toward the mountain height,
And behold my Savior there, leading in the fight,
With a tender hand outstretched toward the valley low,
Guiding me, I can see, as I onward go.

When before me billows rise from the mighty deep,
Then my Lord directs my bark; He doth safely keep,
And He leads me gently on through this world below;
He’s a real Friend to me, oh, I love Him so.

 

Dietary Restrictions (give up a little to get more of God)

We are refraining from…
All meat (except fish and seafood)
Sugar (and items with added sugar)
Dairy
Alcohol
Bread

 

We are eating much of…
Fish
Seafood
Honey
Whole Grains
Lentils
Rice
Quinoa
Fruit
Vegetables

 

Whatever is not listed, please use your prayerful discretion.
Every Tuesday and Thursday we are consuming no meat at all.