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 January 20- January 26
Word – Mark 6:6b-13
Then Jesus went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
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.)
______,“May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; May the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26
Other Devotional Resources:
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.