Week 15: March 5 - March 11, 2017

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Sunday, March 5th, 2017: First Sunday in Lent

  • 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
  • It Is Written

    Matthew 4.1-11

    After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit immediately led him into the desert for a period of being tested by the devil. After forty days of fasting, our Lord was hungry, and then Satan tempted the Lord to transform stones into bread to satisfy himself. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8.3, affirming that man does not live by bread alone but by every Word of God.

    Next, Satan took him to the highest point of the temple, asking him to throw himself down to be rescued by the angels, as Psalm 91 testifies. Again, Jesus responded quoting from Deuteronomy 6.16, that testing the Lord is forbidden.

    Finally, Satan showed to Jesus the kingdoms of this world in all their glory. Having the power to give these kingdoms to Jesus, he said he would do so if Jesus only would bow down and worship him. Jesus responded again from Deuteronomy 6.13 and 10.20 that God alone should be worshiped, and he alone should be served.

    In each confrontation, Jesus said, “It is written,” quotingthe Scriptures, which silenced the devil’s test, and resolved the issue fully and finally. We, too, should learn the powerof saying, “It is written,” in our warfare with the lies and temptations of the enemy.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Father, in every temptation our Lord encountered he quoted your authoritative and powerful Word, which provided all the wisdom and strength he required to both silence the enemy and end the test. Grant us wisdom to be able to say the same – “It is written” – and so overcome in the evil day of temptation and trial. In Jesus’ name, 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

    Sunday: 1 Sam. 2-4



    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm: Ps. 32

    OT: Gen. 2.15-17; 3.1-7

    Gospel: Matt. 4.1-11

    NT: Rom. 5.12-19

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  • 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  
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the example you provide to your people of effective spiritual warfare when encountering the lies and temptations of the enemy. Thank you that the Word of God is more than able to silence the devil’s lies, and bring us into the truth. Give us your mind, the same mind you had as you effectually defeated the enemy. Your grace is sufficient. In your name we ask this, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. [2] O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. [3] Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. [4] Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. [5] Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

    ~ Psalm 25.1-5

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus Christ, show me how to employ your Word as my spiritual sword, and declare “It is written” in my moments of testing.