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Readings & Prayers | February 12th-18th, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

We begin this week in the season of Epiphany but enter into the liturgical season of Lent on Wednesday, as we observe Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season recalling Jesus’ suffering and atoning death for us and calls us to renewed repentance. Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) and leads up to Good Friday, the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Monday  Psalm 111 | Proverbs 27:1-12 | Philippians 2.1-31 | John 18.15-27

Father, your love never fails. Hear our call. Keep us from danger and provide for all our needs. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Tuesday  Psalm 112 | Proverbs 30.1-33 | Philippians 3.1-11 | John 18.28-38

God our Father, teach us to cherish the gifts that surround us. Increase our faith in you and bring our trust to its promised fulfillment in the joy of your kingdom.

Ash Wednesday  Psalm 113 | Amos 5.6-15 | Hebrews 12.1-14 | Luke 18.9-14

Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the season of Lent, make this season holy.

Thursday  Psalm 114 | Habakkuk 3.1-18 | Philippians 3.12-21 | John 17.1-8

Lord, may everything we do begin with your inspiration, continue with your help, and reach perfection under your guidance. 

Friday  Psalm 115 | Ezekiel 18.1-32 | Philippians 4.1-9 | John 17.9-19

Lord, with your loving care guide this season of reflection we have begun. Help us to persevere with love and sincerity.  

Saturday Psalm 116 | Ezekiel 39.1-29 | Philippians 4.10-20 | John 17.20-26

Father, look upon our weakness and reach out to help us with your loving power. 

Sunday  Psalm 117 | Daniel 9.3-10 | Hebrews 2.10-18 | John 12.44-50

Father, through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives.

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

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die? 

A: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life. 

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

We will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

Everyday we will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, we will meditate.

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

(from Psalm 145)

CONFESSING OUR SINS 

[SIlent Confession]

Eternal God, in every age

you have raised up men and women to live and die in faith.

Forgive our indifference to your will.

You have commanded us to speak, but we have been silent.

You have called us to do what is just,

but we have been fearful.

Have mercy on us, your faithless servants.

Keep before us faithful people for us to follow

so that, living with courage and love,

we may inherit the kingdom promised in Jesus Christ,

and reign with him forever. Amen.


WORDS OF ASSURANCE

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24-25)

CLOSING SCRIPTURE

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:9–11)

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