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Daily Preparation

Daily Preparation for Gatchelville, Pennsylvania, Congregational Blessing

Dear friends,

We have asked the evangelists in our mission center to come January 27, 2008, to offer the sacrament of blessing to our congregation. As with all sacraments, preparation is a key part to the actual blessing endeavor. Please take some time each day leading up to the congregational blessing to read and pray together. How powerful and uplifting this sacrament will be when we come ready to receive!

In Christ’s love, Pastor Sherry Vojcsik.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008
 Reading: Genesis 28:13, 14
 Activity: List the strengths of your family and thank God in prayer for those blessings.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008
 Reading: Matthew 7:7–11
 Activity: Talk about and list the needs of your family and lift those to God in prayer.

Thursday, January 3, 2008
 Reading: I John 4:7–12
 Activity: Select someone who has blessed your family. Write a thank-you note together as a family and mail it.

Friday, January 4, 2008
 Reading: Romans 12:1–2
 Activity: Each person lists three accomplishments in life and tells why they are important.

Saturday, January 5, 2008
 Reading: I Thessalonians 2:9–12
 Activity: List five things you would like to try to do in your lifetime.

Sunday, January 6, 2008
 Prayer: Recite the Lord’s Prayer together as a family before coming to church.
 Activity: Come to worship prepared to share one item above from this week.

Monday, January 7, 2008
 Reading: II Nephi 1:115
 Activity: List 10 things you enjoy doing alone or with the family. Do something this week to have fun together.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008
 Reading: Luke 10:29–37
 Activity: List and talk about needs and concerns of neighbors, friends, and loved ones. Lift them up in prayer.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
 Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 163:10
 Activity: List five changes you would like to make in your life. Select one thing you want to change and work on throughout this period of preparation.

Thursday, January 10, 2008
 Reading: Psalm 139:1–18
 Activity: To each person gathered, read the following quote from Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved, substituting each person’s name at the beginning of the reading:

(Name), I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my beloved, on you my favor rests. I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child. I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step. Wherever you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch. I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench your thirst. I will not hide my face from you. You know me as your own as I know you as my own. You belong to me. I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover, and your spouse…yes, even your child…wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.

Friday, January 11, 2008
 Reading: John 13:34, 35
 Activity: Tell all people gathered how they have been a blessing to you. Praise God for each other.

Saturday, January 12, 2008
 Reading: I Corinthians 12:12–31
 Activity: Talk about your involvement with your congregation and how you would like to see that continue and/or change. Pray for God’s guidance.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
 Prayer: Recite the Lord’s Prayer together as a family before going to church.
 Activity: Come to worship prepared to share one of the items above from this week.

Monday, January 14, 2008
 Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a
 Activity: List the strengths of our congregation and thank God for those blessings.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
 Reading: Hymn #378 HS verse 5:

Commit your hearts to seek The paths which Christ has trod, And quickened by the Spirit’s power Rise up, O saints of God!

Activity: List what you consider to be three accomplishments of your congregation and tell why they are important. Praise God for those accomplishments.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
 Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 163:9
 Activity: List three things you would like to see our congregation do this year.

Thursday, January 17, 2008
 Reading: Hymn #312 HS verse 1

Let us pray for one another That our minds and hearts may blend
 As we grow in love and mercy, Day by day, till life shall end.
 We can see how others need us;
 May we also dare to say
 That in love we’ll share together;
 For each other let us pray.

Activity: Talk about the needs and concerns of individual members and friends. Lift them up in prayer.

Friday, January 18, 2008
 Reading: Matthew 25:31–40
 Activity: Talk about the surrounding community of Gatchelville and list how we might reach out to that community. Pray together for that community.

Saturday, January 19, 2008
 Reading: Hymn #190 HS verse 4

Almighty God, for this new day,
 We need your presence still.
 Create, redeem, sustain us now
 To do your work and will.

Activity: List changes you would like our congregation to make and tell why they are important.

Sunday, January 20, 2008
 Prayer: Recite the Lord’s Prayer together before going to church.
 Activity: Come to worship prepared to share one of the items above from this week.

Monday, January 21, 2008
 Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 59:3a, b
 Activity: Discuss fasting and how you can fast together (or individually) this week in preparation for the blessing.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
 Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 153:9c
 Activity: Talk about and list our congregation’s needs and lift them to God in prayer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
 Reading: In blessing we also remember persons in our past and present. We cherish them and honor their contributions to our lives and the current experiences of our common faith journey. —The Congregational Blessing (an out-of-print brochure)
 Activity: Select someone who has blessed (past or present) our congregation. Write a thank-you letter together as a family and mail it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The congregational blessing is to strengthen the faith of the congregation in its mission to be the community of Christ. It is to strengthen the bonds of love and commitment of each person to Christ and the community of the congregation…The blessing will help identify the uniqueness of God’s call and intent for the congregation in relationship to the larger community. —The Congregational Blessing

Activity: Pray together about the upcoming experience of the sacrament of blessing.

Friday, January 25, 2008
 Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 125:3a, b
 Activity: Talk about the evangelists involved in the blessing and how they may have touched your personal lives and/or the life of our congregation. Lift them up in prayer as they make their final preparations for the blessing.

Saturday, January 26, 2008
 Reading: Hymn #497 HS verse 1

With a steadfast faith together let us walk
 As we seek our Father’s mind;
 In our daily task, and in his word revealed
 His eternal purpose find.

Activity: List several activities you like doing as a congregation and thank God for those blessings of being together.

Sunday, January 27, 2008
 Prayer: Recite the Lord’s Prayer together before going to church.
 Activity: Come to worship and participate in the congregational blessing.