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Readings & Prayers for April 16th-22nd, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

Jesus is Risen! This week continues in the season of Eastertide. Easter is about Jesus’ resurrection. We celebrate his rising from the dead and his triumph over sin, death and hell!

Monday  Psalm 20 | Exodus 18.13-27 | 1 Peter 5.1-14 | Matthew 1.1-17, 3.1-6

God our Father, your light of truth guides us to the way of Christ. May all who follow him reject what is contrary to the gospel.

Tuesday  Psalm 21 | Exodus 19.1-16 | Colossians 1.1-14 | Matthew 3.7-12

Father, you open the kingdom of heaven to those born again by water and the Spirit. Increase your gift of love in us. May all who have been freed from sins receive all that you have promised. 

Wednesday  Psalm 22 | Exodus 19.16-25 | Colossians 1.15-23 | Matt. 3.13-17

Merciful Lord, hear the prayers of your people. May we who have received your gift of faith share for ever in the new life of Christ.

Thursday  Psalm 23 | Exodus 20.1-21 | Colossians 1.24-2.7 | Matthew 4.1-11

Father, in this holy season we come to know the full depth of your love. You have freed us from the darkness of error and sin. Help us to cling to your truths with fidelity.

Friday  Psalm 24 | Exodus 24.1-18 | Colossians 2.8-23 | Matthew 4.12-17

Father, by the love of your Spirit, may we who have experienced the grace of the Lord’s resurrection rise to the newness of life in joy.

Saturday Psalm 25 | Exodus 25.1-22 | Colossians 3.1-17 | Matthew 4.18-25

God our Father, you give new life to the faithful. May we not succumb to the influence of evil remain true to your gift of life.

Sunday  Psalm 26 | Exodus 28.1-38 | 1 John 2.18-29 | Mark 6.30-44

Almighty and ever living God, give us new strength from the courage of Christ our Shepherd, and leads us to join the saints in heaven.


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


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q33: Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

A: No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior. 

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of our salvation!

(from the Book of Psalms)



PRAYER OF LAMENT

Father in heaven, we find ourselves captives in what we thought was our own land.

We are sojourners, we long for our heavenly home.

We weep in response to the sin around us and the sin in our own lives.

Lord, have mercy on us sinners.

At times we  find ourselves unable to sing or experience joy.

We too often are at the mercy of who don’t live according to your Kingdom,

who mock and ridicule and torment. And we confess, sometimes we do this to others.

Lord, have mercy.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in this land that is ultimately not our home?

If we forget you, O Lord, let us falter in our work!

Do whatever it takes to get our attention back to you, our highest joy!

Lord, have mercy.

We thank you that justice belongs to you.

We cast ourselves upon your mercy, grateful beyond measure that you are mighty to save, slow to anger, and that you abound in steadfast love and mercy.

Lord, have mercy on us, sinners. Amen.



WORDS OF ASSURANCE

If you are in Christ you have died to sin, so that you might live to God. You have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer you who lives, but Christ who lives in you. And the life you now live in the flesh you live by faith in the Son of God, who loved you and gave himself for you. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again! Be filled with Christ!

Thanks be to God!


CLOSING SCRIPTURE
[I pray you would know] the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:19-23)

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