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READINGS & PRAYERS | January 15th-21st, 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 83 | Genesis 8.6-22 | Hebrews 4.14-5.6 | John 2.23-3.15

Almighty and eve-present Father, your watchful care reaches from end to end and orders all things in such power that even the tensions and the tragedies of sin cannot frustrate your loving plans. Help us to embrace your will, give us strength to follow your call, so that your truth may live in our hearts and reflect peace.

Tuesday  Psalm 84 | Genesis 9.1-17 | Hebrews 5.7-14 | John 3.16-21

Almighty God, grant that your people, illumined by your Word and sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed by the ends of the earth.

Wednesday  Psalm 85 | Genesis 9.18-29 | Hebrews 6.1-12 | John 3.22-36

Whenever we try to face life with nothing but the strength that is ours, show us, O God how poor it is. Then share with us your own, down the ways of your steady purpose.

Thursday  Psalm 86 | Genesis 11.1-9 | Hebrews 6.13-20 | John 4.1-15

Show us, O God, as much of your purpose as shall steady us. We do not ask that the way be made smooth, or even that you would bestow upon us now the strength which you promised. We ask only for the grace to use what you have already provided in Christ Jesus.

Friday  Psalm 87 | Genesis 11.27-12.8 | Hebrews 7.1-17 | John 4.16-26

Grant us, O God, so utterly to believe in you and in your good and unchangeable purpose, that believing we may by our lives bring back upon the earth, for its darkness, light; and for its sadness, that glory which need never have vanished.

Saturday Psalm 88 | Genesis 12.9-13.1 | Hebrews 7.18-28 | John 4.27-42

God of our life and hope, trouble us with such visions of you, and such knowledge of your will, that our hearts, touched into love again, and quietness, may be ordered and disposed to your service.

Sunday  Psalm 89 | Genesis 13.2-18 | Galatians 2.1-10 | Mark 7.31-37

All-powerful and ever-living God, direct your love that is within us, that our efforts in the name of your Son may bring mankind to unity and peace.


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


NEW CITY CATECHISM




A: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.



SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

O Lord, we call upon you; hasten to us! Give ear to our voices when we call to you!

Let our prayer be counted as incense before you…

With our voices we cry out to the Lord; with our voices we plead for mercy to the Lord.

We pour out our complaint before him; we tell our trouble before him.

When our spirits faint within us, you know our way!

We cry to you, O Lord; You alone are our refuge.

(from Psalms 141 & 142)


CONFESSION

Eternal God,

out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence the whole universe has come into being,

We humbly confess that we have not loved you with our whole hearts,

souls and minds and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us.

We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses

rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ.

We often give in order to receive,

we love our friends and hate our enemies,

we go the first mile but dare not travel the second,

we forgive but dare not forget.

And so as we look within ourselves we are confronted with the appalling fact

that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against you.

But you, O God, have mercy upon us.

Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be.

Give us the intelligence to know your will.

Give us the courage to do your will.

Give us the devotion to love your will.

In the name and Spirit of Jesus we pray. Amen.

(a prayer from Martin Luther King Jr., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1953)

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Truly God has listened; he has attended the voice of our prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected our prayer or removed his steadfast love from us! Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need. For we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens and is able to sympathize with our weakness, who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet was without sin. (from Psalm 66.19-20 & Hebrews 4.14-16 )

CLOSING SCRIPTURE

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5.6-7)

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