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READINGS & PRAYERS | January 8th-14th, 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 76 / Genesis 2.4-25 / Hebrews 1.1-14 / John 1.1-18

Father, your only Son revealed himself to us by becoming man. May we who share his humanity come to share his life, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday Psalm 77 / Genesis 3.1-24 / Hebrews 2.1-10 / John 1.19-28

Father in heaven, you revealed Christ as your Son by the voice hat spoke over the waters of the Jordan. May all who share in the sonship of Christ follow in his path of service to man, and reflect the glory of his kingdom even to the ends of the earth, for he is Lord for ever and ever.

Wednesday Psalm 78 / Genesis 4.1-16 / Hebrews 2.11-18 / John 1.29-42

Father of love, hear our prayers. Help us to know your will and to do it with courage and faith.

Thursday Psalm 79 / Genesis 4.17-26 / Hebrews 3.1-11 / John 1.43-51

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior.

Friday Psalm 80 / Genesis 6.1-8 / Hebrews 3.12-19 / John 2.1-12

You would have us ask of you, O God, whatsoever we will. Above all else we ask of your yourself, you who have never yet lost hope for any one of us, though you know us altogether. Seal upon us the image of him whom we worship. Gather up all our doubts and uncertainties into the meaning which you alone can give to our lives. Make perfect in our weakness your strength, and in the midst of all our anxiety bestow upon us that costly peace of your yours which can be ours only as your will becomes our will.

Saturday Psalm 81 / Genesis 6.9-22 / Hebrews 4.1-13 / John 2.13-22

For every mercy of the past, and for your presence still, we praise and bless you, O God: be yet our guide and our one sure hope forever.

Sunday Psalm 82 / Genesis 7.1-23 / Ephesians 4.1-16 / Mark 3.7-19

Father in heaven and earth, hear our prayers, and show us the way to peace in the world.

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


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q19: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?

A: Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.

SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

Blessed be the Lord!

For he has heard the voice of our pleas for mercy.

The Lord is our strength and our shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;

my heart exults and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people;  he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever!

(Psalm 28.6-9)


RESPONSIVE PRAYER


Almighty and merciful God,

you are the strength of the weak, the refreshment of the weary, the comfort of the sad,

the help of the tempted, the life of the dying, the God of patience and of all consolation;

you know full well the inner weakness of our nature,

how we tremble and quiver before pain,

and cannot bear the cross without your divine help and support.

Help us, then, O eternal and pitying God,

help us to be patient, to keep faith even unto death;

so shall we be strengthened with power according to your glorious might,

in all patience and long suffering; we will be enabled to endure pain and temptation and,

in the depth of our suffering and discipline, hold fast and be true,

and by your grace to praise you with joyful and steadfast hearts. Amen.



CONFESSION



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.

ASSURANCE

“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

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,

to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.

Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons,

and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters;

multiply there, and do not decrease.

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile,

and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29.3-7)

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