Week 14: March 1 - March 4, 2017

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

  • 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
  • Listen to Him

    Matthew 17.1-9

    Shortly after Jesus affirmed Peter’s declaration that he was the Christ of God, Jesus spoke prophetically both of his passion to come at Jerusalem, and of his second coming in glory with his angels. Jesus had declared that there would be some standing there that would be permitted to view his coming kingdom glory before they experienced death. The fulfillment of this promise occurred six days later, when Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him up to a high mountain where he was transfigured before them. This revelation displayed Jesus’ glory in his face and garments becoming as white as the light. Moses and Elijah appeared from heaven, speaking with the Lord regarding his coming death (cf. Luke 9.31).

    Peter spoke of building three shelters for each of them, not fully understanding what he was saying. While he yet spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Terrified, the disciples fell on their faces, but Jesus came and touched them, calling them to rise and have no fear. When they lifted their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus.

    The voice from the cloud, the voice of the Father, declared Jesus as his beloved Son, with whom he was well pleased. We are commanded to listen to him – to allow his voice and Word to be our very life and strength. This is kingdom ethics and life at its very core – listening to and responding to the voice of the living Savior.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    O God, who on the holy mount didst reveal to chosen Witnesses thy well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

    ~ The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (The Episcopal Church, p. 191)

    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

    Thursday: Judg. 19-21

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 2

    OT:Exod. 24.12-18

    Gospel: Matt. 17.1-9

    NT:2 Pet. 1.16-21

    (Click here for all readings)

  • 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  
    O God, who before the passion of thine only-begotten Son didst reveal his glory upon the holy mount: Grant unto us thy servants that, in faith beholding the light of his countenance, we may be strengthened to bear the cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ England Revised, 1928 (Suter, p. 57)

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me! [9] There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. [10] I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. [11] But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. [12] So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels. [13] Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! [14] I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.

    ~ Psalm 81.8-14

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus, you are the beloved Son of the Father, well pleasing to him in all things; we will listen to you alone.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    Listen to Him

    Matthew 17.1-9

    Book Reading

    Bilezikian, Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family

    Our Corporate Disciplines

    Book Discussion: Book Discussion: Monday, February 27, 2017

    Special Church Year Service

    Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 1, 2017