Tuesday, August 7, 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
  • The Six Trumpets

    Revelation 9

    In the face of the upcoming judgment of God on the world, it would be best if we rejected all pride and foolishness, and humbly rely on the goodness and grace of God to save us from the wrath to come. Our God of infinite grace is also a dreadful judge of all. Calvary’s blood is the only means to avoid the upcoming judgment of God. The battle of the Lord against evil will soon come to an end in the manifestation of God’s judgments, and will culminate in the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us in humility and fear repent of all evil, and run to God for help in the face of his awesome judgments to come. Let us do all that we can to warn our neighbors of what lies ahead. Our God, indeed, is a consuming fire.

    The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, [21] nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

    ~ Revelation 9.20-21

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Eternal God our Father, thank you for the amazing gift of your Son, the only Savior who can deliver us from the wrath to come. May we never suppose that the salvation we possess was cheaply won or incidentally given. It cost your Son everything, and through it, we have escaped. Today, make us instruments of this grace, to your glory. 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

    Tuesday: Ezek. 44-46

    Lectionary Readings for the Day

    Psalm: Ps. 51.1-12

    OT: 2 Sam. 11.26-12.13a

    Gospel: John 6.24-35

    NT: Eph. 4.1-16

    (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 Jesus, enable us always to be thankful and alert for your soon return to consummate the plan of God for creation. We are expecting you – keep us tonight in your love and grace. You are Savior and King, you are Redeemer and Judge. Help us to fall before you. Amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? [4] Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow. [5] Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke! [6] Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them! [7] Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand of foreigners, [8] whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

    ~ Psalm 144.3-8

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Enable me to bow before you, O Savior and Christ, lest I be forced to kneel at the Judgment.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    The Dragon, the Woman, and Her Seed

    Revelation 12

    Book Reading

    Ladd, A Commentary on the Revelation of John