Daily Devotional

Rev. Dr. Steven Sunghwan Cho, Pastor​
11023 Liberty Road 
Randallstown, Maryland 21133

410-922-6556    Email: WardsChapel@verizon.net

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Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am
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Serving Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard Counties. We are conveniently located on the corner of Liberty Rd and Wards Chapel Rd in Baltimore County, just a short drive from Carroll County and Howard County.​
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Important Information - COVID-19 Update

The church will be closed beginning March 13 for all functions. This includes all worship services, Sunday School classes, and all administrative, programmatic, and committee meetings. Please join us for our Virtual Sermon each Sunday and Daily Devotional online.

If any parishioners need assistance, please contact Pastor Cho by phone at 240-394-1162, or by email at pastorstevencho@gmail.com. The church office voicemail and email also will be checked regularly.

The Food Pantry ministry will operate under an alternative procedure.

Please try to keep in touch with one another for encouragement or needs anyone may have. We will try to keep everyone as up to date as possible and will continue to send church-wide emails as needed.

Daily Devotional

5/29 Friday

by WCUMC Member on 05/29/20

Today's Bible verse:

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Pray with us:

 Lord, if we are honest, very few – if any- of us can say we have obeyed your desire for us to obey our parents in everything.  Just as you tell us to obey our parents, we, as children of God, know we should obey our Father, as you did, in everything.  Again, we fall short.  We ask your forgiveness.  Since the time of Adam, we have been curious beings and need to learn "the hard way” that parents really do want what’s best for us.  Lord, help us to better obey our Father’s commands, and to seek His advice and guidance in all we do, so our lives are much fuller and richer; the way He wants them to be.  AMEN

(Prayer by Cindy Chambers

5/28 Thursday

by WCUMC Member on 05/28/20

Today's Bible verse:

Proverbs 22:6
6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Pray with us:

O Lord, we come to you refreshed from the nights rest and are renewed by the blessings of a new day. For this we give you thanks. We are reminded today that our faith in you and our principles come from our training as a child. We remember also that you said, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. “To have faith like a child, not to be childish, for this we pray. We know that you continue to be by our side and that our training never ends. We are thankful for the part your church plays in this. We are thankful that you are with us and continue to guide us in your ways. In your name we pray. Amen.

(Prayer by Charlie Dell)

5/27 Wednesday

by WCUMC Member on 05/27/20

Today's Bible verse:

Luke 1:46-47

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

Pray with us

Lord, our sustainer through the Holy Spirit, may we hear and act upon your message. As Mary, like Hannah, expressed her gratitude to You for blessing the lowly of the world, let us be open to your grace. As lowly sinners give us your strength and power to change our lives and share with the world the way toward forgiveness and peace. We ask this in your mighty and eternal name. Amen.

(Prayer by Wayne Reisberg)

5/26 Tuesday

by WCUMC Member on 05/26/20

Today's Bible verse:

Proverbs 23:25

25 May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Pray with us

Dear Lord, parent of us all, we know you rejoice when we honor you, giving you thanks and praise. We are thankful for our own parents who taught us to love one another and showed us your love through their example. Be with all parents today through this difficult time as they take on extra responsibility for their children's education as well. May they be encouraged and assured that they are not alone having Christ by their side. Open the hearts of their children that they might be receptive to their parents' teachings and the example they set. May you continue to direct our paths as parents bringing joy into our lives. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

(Prayer by Pauline Reisberg)

5/25 Monday

by WCUMC Member on 05/25/20

Today's Bible verse:

Exodus 20:12

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Pray with us

Our Heavenly Father, please help us to understand the importance of honoring our fathers and mothers. This is the first commandment which comes with a promise from You. You promise us a long life not only in our time but in the times to come if we obey this commandment. Please give us Your guidance in honoring this commandment as we cherish those who have shown us Your love and taught us Your ways. You are our loving Father and we strive to walk in the way of your Son whom you sent as an example and Redeemer. Thank you, Father, for your love and constant presence in our lives. Amen. 

(Prayer by Barb Charnock)

5/24 Sunday

by WCUMC Member on 05/24/20

Today's Bible verse:

Galatians 4:6

6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”

Pray with us

Dear Heavenly Father, We look to you today as a child looks to a parent for guidance, support, and love.  We are indeed crying out for you as a young child cries out for a parent.  Hold us in your arms and whisper your calming words into us.  Renew your Spirit in us each day and reassure us of your love.  Show us what you would have us do each day and help us to be your hands here on earth.  We ask in your name.  Amen

(Prayer by Carol Parker)

5/23 Saturday

by WCUMC Member on 05/23/20

Today's Bible verse:

1 Corinthians 2:12

12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

Pray with us

Lord, we thank you for the Spirit, that you have sent us. So, we are not lonely nor feeling abandoned. You promised us to be with us, through your spirit, help us to find inner confidence even in this frustrating moment. Still we know we have to keep going, until we found out the end of the tunnel, under this circumstance. Be with us, and our people. We praise your name, help us to get enough wisdom to choose the right things to do. In your name we pray, Amen.

(Prayer by Pastor Steven Cho)

5/22 Friday

by WCUMC Member on 05/22/20

Today's Bible verse:

Romans 5:5

5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Pray with us

Dear Lord,

You are indeed the giver of all hope.  Without you we would quickly become overwhelmed by the forces and trials of our world; giving in and giving up would lead to our downfall.  Help us to keep the Spirit of love and hope alive in our hearts during this present time of stress, distancing, and uncertainty.  Let us boldly show the world that hope in you is strength, endurance, and assurance - not shame.  We pray for those who are suffering and have not found Your hope.  Open their hearts today that their lives may be more fulfilled.  We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Prayer by Cindy Chambers)

5/21 Thursday

by WCUMC Member on 05/21/20

Today's Bible verse: 

John 3:5

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

Pray with us

Dear Lord,

We give thanks for a new day and the blessings that it brings. Today we are reminded again that as in the days of old your Spirit is with us and among us. You are here to guide us and sustain us daily and for that we are truly grateful. You are with us through our trials and temptations as well as our times of joy and happiness. We are thankful that you remind us of these things through your scriptures during these trying times. Help us remind one another of your support by your Spirit as we go about our daily lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 

(Prayer by Charlie Dell)

5/20 Wednesday

by WCUMC Member on 05/20/20

Today's Bible verse:

Acts 4:31

31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. 

Pray with us

Holy Spirit, the empowering force of Pentecost be with us. You have poured out the blessings of our basic needs and strength for spiritual challenges. Even though we are not able to assemble in the manner of the church at Pentecost, embolden us. Help us in the seeking of your strength and wisdom. Give us the boldness to speak out on the side of human welfare over our wants. We ask this in your blessed and holy name. Amen. 

Prayer by Wayne Reisberg

5/19 Tuesday

by WCUMC Member on 05/19/20

Today's Bible verse:

Acts 2:4

4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 

Pray with us 

Dear Lord, We give you our thanks and praise for the blessings and gifts of this day.  We thank you also for that time long ago when the people in Jerusalem received the gift of the Holy Spirit in a new way, each in his own language.  Especially during this time , may we be open to experience that same power according to our abilities, so that others may want to follow you.  We pray in Jesus name.  Amen. 

Prayer by Pauline Reisberg

5/18 Monday

by WCUMC Member on 05/18/20

Today's Bible verse:

Acts 1:8

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Pray with us

Our Heavenly Father, we have so many questions. Just as the disciples questioned Jesus about His timing in temporal matters, so we question Him about His timing in earthly matters. Help us have the strength and courage to believe and follow His instructions to them. He tells them that the Holy Spirit is all they will need to endure and remain strong in their witness of His acts to the world.  We know the strength of the Holy Spirit, Father, but please keep reminding us, for we are weak and often forget Your promises in the midst of fear and confusion. Thank you, Father, for your love and guidance as we pray in your name.

Prayer by Barb Charnock

5/17 Sunday

by WCUMC Member on 05/17/20

Today's Bible verse:

Luke 24:49

49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Pray with us

Dear Heavenly Father, We read in the Old and New Testaments that you will pour out your spirit on all people.  We know we can rely on you to be with us no matter what is happening around us.  We know your spirit is in us and you are with us each day.  We are thankful for your presence and for you eternal love.  Be with us as we share you love and peace with others so they too may know your spirit is with them.  We pray in Your name, Amen

Prayer by Carol Parker

5/16 Saturday

by WCUMC Member on 05/16/20

Today's Bible verse

Joel 2:28-29

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

Pray with us

Dear Lord,

We give thanks for a new day and the blessings that it brings. Today we are reminded again that as in the days of old your Spirit is with us and among us. You are here to guide us and sustain us daily and for that we are truly grateful. You are with us through our trials and temptations as well as our times of joy and happiness. We are thankful that you remind us of these things through your scriptures during these trying times. Help us remind one another of your support by your Spirit as we go about our daily lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.  

(Prayer by Charlie Dell)

5/15 Friday

by WCUMC Member on 05/15/20

Today's Bible verse

Micah 3:8

8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. 

Pray with us

Lord, our fortress in ages past, we thank you for Your many blessings that come with Your presence in our lives. Like Micah, give us the power of Your Spirit to speak and act with courage to oppose the sinister and selfish leaders and citizens who wish to divide us into splinter groups. In our personal lives help us see and stand for justice and truth in the social distancing that separates and brings us together. We pray in your holy name. Amen. 

(Prayer by Wayne Reisberg)

5/14 Thursday

by WCUMC Member on 05/14/20

Today's Bible verse

Exodus 31:3

3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—

Pray with us

Dear Lord, We thank you and give you praise for your many blessings each day and the unique gifts with which we are empowered to carry on your work. You have filled us with your Holy Spirit just as you filled those early Israelites with your Spirit. They were specifically chosen to build the tabernacle for the Hebrews because of their abilities, talents, and craftsmanship. As your people, we also have been specifically chosen. You have equipped us with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and special gifts to carry on your work today. May we be reminded to use these gifts and graces to your glory. We thank you for your presence with us always. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

(by Pauline Reisberg)

5/13 Wednesday

by WCUMC Member on 05/13/20

Today's Bible verse

Psalm 143:10 

10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Pray with us

Just as the Psalmist cries for mercy and asks You, his God, to bring him out of trouble, so we, too, pray to You in our times of trouble.  We are anxious, fearful and confused but we know that You are our guide and our hope in all ages. Please show us the way to go as we strive to live our lives in You.  You are steadfast, a light in the darkness which shines brightly in this time. Remind us that as we do Your will, You are beside us always, keeping us on level ground.  We are so grateful to be held in your love and strengthened in your righteousness. Amen.

(Prayer by Barb Charnock)

5/12 Tuesday

by WCUMC Member on 05/12/20

Today's Bible verse

Job 33:4 

4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Pray with us

Dear Heavenly Father who created us, be with us during our time of turmoil.  Like Job and his friends we cannot understand why this suffering is happening.  We try to make sense of this and are not able.  Yet we know you who created and gave us breath are always with us.  We know you are here to support us.  Be with those who are sick and suffering and with the health care providers who care for them.  Be with those who are searching for a vaccine and give them wisdom.  Be with us and show us the ways to be your hands here on earth and to make something positive come from this pandemic.  And when this is over, help us to continue to be your hands sharing your spirit of love.  We pray in your name, Amen.

(by Carol Parker)

5/11 Monday

by WCUMC Member on 05/11/20

Today's Bible verse

 Jeremiah 29:11

 "For I know the plans I have for you " says the Lord.  "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

Pray with us

Oh Heavenly Father.  In these times of trial and tribulation, we often forget that you are our source of hope.  Be with us in our times of need.  Guide us and direct us towards a bright future.  Nurture us and give us peace.  We ask this in Jesus name . Amen.

(by Myron Horn)

5/10 Sunday

by WCUMC Member on 05/10/20

Today's Bible verse 

Proverbs 31:10 

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

Pray with us 

Gracious God,

We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of your grace, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other. 

Today, loving God, we pray for our mothers: who cared for us when we were helpless who comforted us when we were hurt whose love and care we often took for granted.

Today we pray for: those who are grieving the loss of their mother, those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love the families separated by war or conflict.

Lord, give them special blessings.

Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be.

(by Cindy Reisberg)