Saturday, June 30, 2018

  • 1 This Week's Theme
  • 2 Preparing Our Hearts
  • 3 Praising Our God
  • 4 Listening to His Voice
  • 5 Responding in Faith
  • 6 Departing to Serve
  • 7 For Your Weekly Journey
  • Letters to the Seven Churches: Part 2

    Revelation 3

    As we enter this Season after Pentecost, we must discern and receive that our risen Head, Jesus of Nazareth, walks among and oversees his assemblies. He walks among his lampstands exhorting, challenging, encouraging, and directing. Let us fear him, for as many as he loves he chastens and rebukes; he chastises and comforts, he disciplines and provides, and he guides and blesses. During this Season of witness and obedience, let us ask the Holy Spirit to ignite our hearts to walk worthy of him who alone will assess our service and reward us according as our deeds deserve.

    Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.~ Revelation 3.19-20

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Eternal God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for making Christ our Head and Life. Empower us by your Spirit, and make our hearts responsive to him, that we may listen to and heed the words that the Spirit is saying to the churches. Enable us to walk before you in humility and grace. Amen.

    Call to Worship  

    Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.

  • Te Deum Laudamus

    You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

    The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

    You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

    Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)

    Gloria Patri

    Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen. 

  • Chronological Reading for the Day

    Saturday: 2 Kings 21.1-22.2; 2 Chron. 33.1-34.7

    Lectionary Readings for the Day

    Psalm: Ps. 107.1-3, 23-32

    OT: Job 38.1-11

    Gospel: Mark 4.35-41

    NT: 2 Cor. 6.1-13

    (Click here for all readings)

    Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

  • The Apostles' Creed

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

    *In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).

    Prayers of Confession
    Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.

    Assurance of Pardon
    Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.

    Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
    Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

    --Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)

    Doxology (and/or closing song)
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
    Praise Him all creatures here below;
    Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

  • Benediction  
    Dear Lord and Faithful Witness, we hear your voice, and open the door of our hearts to you. Come into our hearts and lives, dine with us, and lead us to follow your will as you provide. In Christ’s name, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. [5] Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. [6] This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. [7] The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

    ~ Psalm 34.4-7

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus, I open up the door of my heart to you, asking that you enter and flood my life with your presence.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    The Second Coming of Christ

    1 Thessalonians 4.13-18

    Book Reading

    Ladd, A Commentary on the Revelation of John