First Steps – May 1, 2023

Either by a window looking outside, on your next walk or run, or the next time you are outside, use that time as an occasion for prayer and reflection:
Hebrews 11:3—By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Colossians 1:16—For in him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
Genesis 1:1-2—In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 
Revelation 4:11—You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.
Psalm 8:1—Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory in the heavens. 
What does each of these scripture passages tell you about God?  What does each one tell you about creation?


This Week’s Readings:
*Monday – John 12, John 13, John 14
*Tuesday – John 15, John 16, John 17, John 18
*Wednesday – John 19, John 20, John 21
*Thursday – 1 John 1, 1 John 2, 1 John 3, 1 John 4, 1 John 5
*Friday – 2 John 1-13, 3 John 1-15

Prayer Requests:
-Family restoration through forgiveness.
-Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
-Comfort those who are grieving and in distress.
-Wisdom for our leaders as they navigate through uncertain times. 
-Guidance for those seeking to find their way.
-Continued Growth Inside and Outside the Walls of St. Paul UMC.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6