Small Group Devotionals

Every week, Pastor Brad will post a simple devotional exercise for small groups, church committees, ministry teams, or family devotionals (Home Huddles).  The scripture verse that is provided is a passage that will be used in the next Sunday’s worship service at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Word - Share - Prayer
for Church Meetings, Small Groups, and Home Devotions

Week of November 18 - November 24, 2019


Mark 10:35-39

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.”


Acts 12:1-5

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.  He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.  After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.) When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.  While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him.

  Share – with a partner or as group

  a) What personal joys or concerns are on your mind? 


  b) What is one way this passage speaks to you personally?  


Prayer – specifically pray for each other by name with a partner or as a group

Loving God, bless __________________ (name of partner or people in the group) and we lift up to you __________________________ (list their joys or concerns) in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Sending out with a Blessing

As you close your time together, one person on behalf of the whole group or each person in the group may share with one another some words of encouragement with a blessing.  (Look in their eyes, say their name(s) and send them out with this wonderful reminder from God.)   


_______,“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore do not fear” – Psalm 46:1



Other Devotional Resources:

Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study

Daily Lectionary Readings

Devotions 365

Children's Chapel Family Devotionals
This downloadable resource includes the story from the week’s Children's Chapel gathering at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church. This devotional includes age-appropriate activities for children to do at home with their parents or caregivers.