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Readings & Prayers | February 5th-11th, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

We are currently in the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is about God’s revelation where we celebrate the coming of the Magi to honor Jesus, representing Jesus’ mission to bring his good news to all nations under heaven. In Epiphany, we remember Jesus’ earthly life and mission to bring God’s Kingdom among us and to reclaim the world and make it whole again.

Monday Psalm 104 | Genesis 25.19-34 | Hebrews 13.1-16 | John 7.37-52

In faith and love we ask you, Father, to watch over your family gathered here. In your mercy and loving kindness no thought of ours is left unguarded, no tear unheeded, no joy unnoticed. May the blessings promised to the poor in spirit lead us to the treasures of your heavenly kingdom.

Tuesday Psalm 105 | Genesis 26.1-33 | Hebrews 13.17-25 | John 7.53-8.11

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Psalm 106 | Genesis 27.1-29 | Romans 12.1-8 | John 8.12-20

Keep us, O God, from presuming lightly to preach or lightly to hear your word, so upholding us, and so opposing us, that in all our weakness your strength may be made perfect.

Thursday Psalm 107 | Genesis 27.30-45 | Romans 12.9-21 | John 8.21-32

God, our Father, we thank you for the revelation of yourself to us, you who spoke by the prophets, but in these days has spoken to us by your Son. Show us your glory, whose face we may not see save in him whom you sent; and in him deliver us, not just from peril, not just from pain, but out of the bondage of our narrow, selfish ways into the freedom of your love.

Friday Psalm 108 | Genesis 27.46-28.22 | Romans 13.1-14 | John 8.33-47

Cleanse us, O God, and deliver us from all other fears save that fear of your name, which is the coming among us of your holy love.

Saturday Psalm 109 | Genesis 29.1-20 | Romans 14.1-23 | John 8.47-59

O God, who is eternally both merciful and just, be our God: and that not in our way but yours.

Sunday Psalm 110 | Genesis 29.20-35 | 1 Timothy 3.14-4.10 | Mark 10.23-31

God our Father, you have promised to remain for ever with those who do what is just and right in Christ. Help us to live in Him, day to day, moment to moment.

*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q23: Why must the Redeemer be truly God?

A: That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

In you, O Lord, do we take refuge; let us never be put to shame!

In your righteousness deliver us and rescue us; incline your ear to us, and save us!

Be to us a rock of refuge, to which we may continually come;

You have given the command to save us, for you are our rock and our fortress.

For you, O Lord, are our hope, our trust, O Lord, from the time we were young.

Upon you we have leaned from before we were born…our praise is continually of you.

O God, from our youth you have taught us, and we still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake us,

until we proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.

Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens.

You have done great things, O God, who is like you?

We will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O God;

we will sing praises to you!

Our lips will shout for joy when we sing praises to you, our souls also, which you have redeemed.  (from Psalm 71)

RESPONSIVE PRAYER

God who sees,

draw in those who languish in the shadows of our city.

Sustain the exhausted and lift the heads of the hopeless.

Connect your church to the lonely and encourage the sick and homebound.

For this, O Lord, we pray:       

Lord, hear our prayer.                   

God who acts,

guide teachers and students as they begin a new semester.

Pour into them a hunger for truth, justice, and humility.

Lend us your wisdom to assist parents, teachers, and students.

For this, O Lord, we pray:

Lord, hear our prayer.

God who serves,

make us servants humbly aligned with your agenda.

kindle our imagination; nurture in us a vision of a city renewed.

Grant us opportunities to bless our neighbors and our enemies

and give us keen eyes to recognize these opportunities.

For this, O Lord, we pray:   

Lord, hear our prayer.


CONFESSING OUR SINS

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Hear the words of our Savior:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.” Come, then, for all is ready.

We come not because we are righteous, but because we are penitent,

not because we are sufficient, but because we are in need,

not because we are strong, but because we are weak,

not because we are whole, but because we are broken.


CLOSING SCRIPTURE

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:19-25)

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