Week 47: October 15 - October 21, 2017

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Wednesday, October 18th, 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
  • Humble: The Canaanite Women

    Matthew 15.21-28

    After a season of much questioning and disputes with the religious leaders, Jesus left the regions of Galilee and traveled north into the region of Tyre (thirty-five miles north) and Sidon (sixty miles north) on the Gentile coastal region of Phoenicia. While in that area, Jesus encountered a Canaanite woman who cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” Remarkably, Jesus did not answer her a single word. Even the disciples came and begged the Lord to send her away, apparently because her constant crying after them was becoming annoying.

    Finally, the Lord answered that he was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. However, the woman came, knelt before the Lord, and said, “Lord, help me.” Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She then said to him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Jesus then answered, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” In that very instant, her daughter was instantly healed.

    When given the picture by the Lord of a family at its meal, with portions for the children which no animal should receive, this Gentile woman was willing to see herself as a dog, able only to receive the crumbs dropped from the table of the master. Her longing for her daughter was not to steal or deprive anything from the blessing of God on his people. Her deep humility and great faith, however, simply sought the “crumbs” of his blessing for her little daughter. Our Lord saw her humility and faith, and healed her daughter. He will heal us when we, too, cling to him in humility and faith.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Eternal God, our Father, thank you for the Gentile woman’s deep faith in you, her humility, and willingness to picture herself in the lowliest way in order to petition you for help. Her kneeling, her pleas, her persistence, her picturing herself as a dog under the table looking for crumbs from the master’s table – this reveals the depth of her heart, and the greatness of her faith. Reproduce that humility in us, so you can heal us and our own, right away. In Jesus’ name we pray, 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

    Wednesday: Acts 16.1-18.3

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 106.1-6, 19-23

    OT:Exod. 32.1-14

    Gospel: Matt. 22.1-14

    NT:Phil. 4.1-9

    (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  
    Lord Jesus, as you recognized the great faith of the Gentile woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon, and healed her daughter instantly because of her faith, work in us that same depth of humility that will trust in you alone as the source of our lives and our help. In your name we pray, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. [2] Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

    ~ Psalm 28.1-2

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus, answer our prayer for help, for although we deserve nothing at all from you, still, our eyes are upon you.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    Embracing the Power of Loyalty

    Ruth 1.1-18

    Book Reading

    Sanders, Ministry at the Margins

Understanding TUMI

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The following is a summary as well as links to the resources that are listed in the Mentor Manual. "For the Next Generation: The Urban Ministry Institute's Mentor Manual" covers all of these in great detail, but the quick links give you immediate access to the forms referred to throughout the manual. May the Lord give you wisdom and insight as you walk with your students, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Understanding The Urban Ministry Institute
Section I, For the Next Generation: The Urban Ministry Institute's Mentor Manual

As Mentor, you are partnering with us to invest in the lives of Christian leaders in the city. It is important to us that you fully understand our purpose, vision, and theology, as these define the essential reason that we exist. Please be sure to read and understand the following documents, as these are key to the substance and methodologies of all we offer and do.

Dealing with Theological Diversity: Holding Fast the Good

TUMI is unashamedly evangelical but not sectarian. Your students may come from Baptistic, Reformed, Pentecostal, Methodist, Holiness, Independent or any other of the varied traditions that represent evangelical Christian belief. Our theological framework is the Nicene Creed and our focus is on the essentials of the faith held in common by all orthodox Christian traditions. On non-essential issues of doctrine there is freedom to disagree. Theological Diversity (pages 46 - 50 in your TUMI Mentor Manual) addresses the evangelically orthodox stance of TUMI, and, correspondingly, our interdenominational orientation.

Teaching Critical Skills
A major goal of our ministry training is helping our students not to over-react or respond unthinkingly to ideas and viewpoints different from their own, especially those they encounter in their textbooks, or in heated class discussions. In order to help us understand how to train our students in the skills of dialogue and critical thinking, Dr. Davis has written a short but fine essay that everyone should read and distribute at their satellite. The title of the essay is Holding Fast the Good: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Leadership Development, and deals with how we have to handle diversity of thought and opinion in our training.

Of Whose Spirit Are We? A Primer on Why We Seek to Retrieve the Great Tradition for the City Church

In theology and worship, in discipleship and outreach, nothing is more important than knowing your spiritual legacy, the roots of your spiritual ancestry, the proverbial Rock out of which you were dug. In order to discern the origins of our own heritage, we need to do some spiritual genealogical work, as it were, to detect more precisely what constitutes the roots of our faith in Jesus Christ.

Today, the contemporary evangelical church finds itself impacted by and situated in an age of postmodernism, civil religion, hedonism, pragmatism, and ego-centrism. These cultural winds of compromise and change all (to some degree) have influenced the worship and service of the body of Christ in our various traditions and cultural expressions of our faith. These challenges call for a new discovery and appropriation of the faith once-for-all delivered to the people of God. To meet these threats and to take advantage of our present opportunities, we must seek to be transformed, renewed, and enlarged by the Christian Story in order to give truer witness to Christ and his Kingdom reign. Read more...

The Story of God: Our Sacred Roots

Our Certificate and Diploma Programs

All of our courses can be applied to one or more of our Certificate or Diploma study programs:

  • The Certificate in Christian Leadership Studies
  • The Certificate in Urban Theological Studies or
  • The Ministerial Studies Diploma.

Sacred Roots and the Capstone Curriculum

The Christian Faith is anchored on the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, whose incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection forever changed the world. Between the years 100 and 500 C.E. those who believed in him grew from a small persecuted minority to a strong aggressive movement reaching far beyond the bounds of the Roman empire. The roots produced in this era gave us our canon (the Scriptures), our worship, and our conviction (the major creed is the Church, and the central tenets of the Faith, especially regarding the doctrine of the Trinity and Christ).

Capstone was created to help you equip your students to understand, embrace, and defend our shared common faith, i.e., our Sacred Roots. Once understood and embodied, then we can train them to defend and contextualize our common faith in their churches and ministries. Capstone can enable our students to ground new believers in this essential biblical story of their new-found faith, and show them how to instruct maturing Christians to deepen their faith on the solid foundation that Christ's story represents. Our desire is for you as Site Coordinator and Mentor to learn to show your students how they can benefit from hearing the story of Jesus told over and over again in the context of both private devotion and public worship. As you have treasured Christ and his salvation story for years, may he continue to transform you through it, deepening your own walk and revealing how you may fall in love with him afresh as you both retell and remember the Greatest Story ever told.

The Nicene Creed and Its Role in Leadership Development

In the Early Church, credential for leadership training involved comprehending and defending the elements in the Nicene Creed. As a matter of fact, this document served as a basic “bottom line” for orthodoxy in preparing candidates for ordination in the church. Not only can we appropriate the Creed in the same way for urban leaders, we can concentrate our theological training on the essentials of the faith itself. The Nicene Creed is our curricula’s critical foundation. It serves as our understanding of historic orthodoxy, and provides us with the content to create various syllabi for catechetical teaching in Christian belief and doctrine. We are convinced that a vital, spiritual understanding of the Nicene Creed can ground new believers in the faith, serve as a basis for doctrinal and theological education for the Church, and can be effectively integrated as a key component in our services of worship (liturgy). Furthermore, we believe the Nicene Creed provides us with the essential outline for doctrinal formation of the church’s leaders and undershepherds.

We offer the following documents to assist you in understanding the vitality and centrality of the Nicene Creed for both worship and leadership development.

Another way to familiarize yourself with the Nicene Creed is through song. Dr. Don Davis has written the Nicene Creed in hymnic form, adapting it metrically in both common meter and We’ve included a list of tune possibilities for use with these lyrics. As you know, the hymn meter system is designed to any number of well known hymn melodies to various sets of hymn lyrics. With the Nicene Creed in hymn form, you can select well-known hymn melodies and sing together the faith of the Creed as a class, with your whole heart!

The Nicene Creed hymn – Common Meter
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