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Readings & Prayers | January 1st - 8th, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

This week ends Christmastide on January 5th and begins Epiphany. Epiphany is about God’s revelation. Epiphany celebrates 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 69 / Isaiah 62.1-12 / Revelation 19.11-16 / Matthew 1.18-25

Lord God, you made your blessed Son, our Savior, subject to the Law to shed his blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the spirit that our hearts may be made pure from all sin.

Tuesday Psalm 70 / 1 Kings 19.1-8 / Ephesians 4.1-16 / John 6.1-14

God our Father, when your Son was born of the Virgin Mary he became like us in all things but sin. May we who have been reborn in him be free from our sinful ways.

Wednesday Psalm 71 / 1 Kings 19.9-18 / Ephesians 4.17-32 / John 6.15-27 All powerful

Father, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to bring the new light of salvation to the world. May be enlighten us with his radiance.

Thursday Psalm 72 / Joshua 3.14-4.7 / Ephesians 5.1-20 / John 9.1-38

Father, you make known the salvation of mankind at the birth of your Son. Make us strong in faith and bring us to the glory you promise.

Friday Psalm 73 / Jonah 2.2-9 / Ephesians 6.10-20 / John 11.17-44

Lord, fill our hearts with your light. May we always acknowledge Christ as our Savior and be more faithful to his gospel.

Epiphany | Saturday Psalm 74 / Isaiah 49.1-7 / Revelation 21.22-27 / Matthew 12.14-21

Father, you revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. Lead us to your glory in heaven by the light of faith.

Sunday Psalm 75 / Deuteronomy 8.1-3 / Colossians 1.1-14 / John 6.30-51

Lord, let the light of your glory shine within us, and lead through the darkness of this world to the radiant joy of our eternal home.

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

NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

A: No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come. 


FROM SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Long ago, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;

now God has spoken to us by his Son.

God made the world through the Son,

who has been appointed heir of all things

and the perfect reflection of God’s glory.

The Son is the exact representation of God’s being,

the radiance of the glory of God

sustaining all things by his powerful Word.

After making purification for sins,

he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Thanks be to God for the gift of the Son!

(based on Hebrews 1.1-3)


THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father Almighty.

From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


CLOSING SCRIPTURE

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5.16-19)


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