Sunday, April 1 – EASTER – The great festival of the Church calls us to celebrate, to affirm the message of Jesus, and to realize that a whole new way of living is being offered. Praise God for Christ Jesus, risen and whole, the ever-living gift to the world from the realm of God.
Monday, April 2 – As you pray today, ponder how your life has been changed by Jesus. Ask for courage to walk the Jesus way from now on.
Tuesday, April 3 – Pray for an end to violence in our world today. Pray that the One who rode a donkey to enact his commitment to peace fill us with divine strength to resist the evil around us. Give thanks that Jesus has defeated Evil as we call on his name for shalom.
Wednesday, April 4 – Pray today for those who have been hurt by church doctrines or members. They have a hard time believing that God loves them.
Thursday, April 5 – Give thanks today for pets. What would we do without their unconditional love that mirrors God’s love for us? Pray and become an advocate for God’s animals.
Friday, April 6 – Today, give thanks for those who have died. Remember how they influenced your life and the world for good. Forgive them when that didn’t happen, and give them to God.
Saturday, April 7 – Spring is claiming the world again. When you do yardwork, give praise to God for the amazing variety of living things that come from the divine imagination, even the weeds!
Sunday, April 8 – On this first Sunday after Easter, ask yourself how you have lived into the Easter joy of last Sunday. Examine your heart (motives) and reflect on how you have loved God’s people this week.
Monday, April 9 – Pray today for teachers and school administrators. Pray that their gifts and passion for teaching be allowed to flourish without added burdens, and with resources to be successful.
Tuesday, April 10 – Give thanks for the weather that we have had in our region. As strange or wonderful as it has been, the land is being made ready for bringing forth new life.
Wednesday, April 11 – Join your church family for Wednesday night dinner and program. This is such a wonderful time to grow together in Christ as God intends.
Thursday, April 12 – Remember the children today as you pray. Offer your resources and wisdom to one of these little ones, so they may know God loves them, and grow in their ability to love God and others in return.
Friday, April 13 – Even though there are negative myths surrounding Friday the 13th, give thanks that every day is God’s, and is another chance to praise God and offer thanksgiving.
Saturday, April 14 – Pray for our confirmands and their chaperones as they are at Lake Junaluska for their Confirmation Retreat. Pray for them by name: Chloe, Jenya and Katie. Ask God to bless this time of spiritual deepening.
Sunday, April 15 – Our pastor, Tom, is one of the keynote speakers at the Mission Celebration at First Broad Street UMC this weekend. Give thanks for his leadership and passion for sharing Christ with the world. Bless all efforts to work for peace through missional presence.
Monday, April 16 – It takes so many talents and abilities to “run” the church. Today, give thanks for those who often go without thanks. Tammy in the office, Wade who keeps things clean, the finance committee, counters, and trustees. Look for their work, and others as well, and speak blessing over them.
Tuesday, April 17 – Pray for those who are sick and in need of care. May God use each one of us to ease the burden of illness from others, and to provided prayer and friendship and comfort as we are able.
Wednesday, April 18 – Give thanks today for your wellbeing and health, no matter if you are well or sick. Trust in God’s gracious and generous love for you in whatever circumstance you are in.
Thursday, April 19 – Pray for caregivers of children, the infirmed, and the fragile elderly. May God grant them strength for the task, and encouragement to find joy in their work.
Friday, April 20 – Pray for our youth today, and the ones who lead them. They are a vital part of our church family and are so eager to share their gifts and talents with us. Give thanks!
Saturday, April 21 – Today, pray for our country. May we live into our promise of hope for the disinherited and disconsolate. May we provide a model of compassionate living that shows God’s love to all.
Sunday, April 22 – Today is Earth Day. While it is one day on the secular calendar, those of us who claim Jesus and strive to live in God’s kingdom, know that every day is an opportunity to care for Creation as God has asked us to do.
Monday, April 23 – Is there someone God has put in your mind and heart to pray for and to mentor? If not, ask God to send you someone. Pray for guidance to bring that one closer to Christ.
Tuesday, April 24 – Pray for your spouse today. If living, ask God’s blessing on that person so he/she may become the person that God intends. If living in heaven, give thanks for his / her life and for the joy you shared on this earth.
Wednesday, April 25 – Laugh today – tell a joke, watch a funny show, play a favorite game with someone else. Enjoy life! God is good and gives us every good gift, including humor.
Thursday, April 26 – Pray for every person who is away from home due to service or mission. Pray for their safety and for the peace they bring in the world.
Friday, April 27 – Look at yourself in the mirror today for five minutes. Thank God for your life. Pray for your witness to others, that it is consistent with God’s way of love. Know you are loved!
Saturday, April 28 – Rejoice always, again I say, REJOICE!
Sunday, April 29 – Gather for worship today with your Cassidy family. Take time to greet friends and strangers alike. This is the family that God has given to us – we didn’t choose them, but God has made us family.
Monday, April 30 – The month has flown by! May is right around the corner. Give thanks for time to praise God, to grow in faith and to love others. And know that when time stops for each of us, we are still creatures of eternity, and our love and praises will forever bless God and others.