Week 20: April 9 - April 15, 2017

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Wednesday of Holy Week, April 12, 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
  • The Lord God Helps me

    Isaiah 50.4-9a

    Isaiah’s prophecy highlights how the Servant of the LORD who is speaking in this passage, addresses God as the one who daily instructs him with a word on comforting the weary. God’s Servant did not reject this word of instruction, but gives his body to those who persecuted him. This foreshadows the suffering of our Lord Jesus during his Passion, who before he was pounded to the torture stake of the Cross, was beaten, mocked, brutalized, spat upon, and humiliated. Even in the face of this shame and torture, God’s Servant stood firm, he persevered and honored his God.

    How could the Servant endure so much cruel and undeserved treatment? He was convinced that the LORD, the Sovereign Lord, was his helper. Even if it seemed as if the enemy was winning, and that he was losing the battle, he nevertheless trusted in the hand of God to lead, to provide, to rescue, and to use all things in a way to accomplish his great will. Those who falsely accused him would, in God’s own time, become like moth-eaten garments – limp, unsteady, and perishable. This prophecy reveals the heart of our Savior, his absolute determination to honor his Father, no matter what. May we ever share this heart, and show this perseverance!

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Father God, whose Servant resolved to follow you no matter what happened or how things looked or appeared, grant us the grace to trust you in the same way. Develop in us the heart and devotion of Jesus in order that we might honor you, even as he did, and cling in faith to you till the very end. In Jesus’ name we ask this things, 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: Matt. 26.1-16; Mark 14.1-2,10-11; Luke 22:1-6

    * Our chronological Bible reading schedule fills 52 weeks; the current Church Year has 53 weeks. Therefore, we will focus on the Holy Week reading of the Gospels this week and return to the chronological Bible readings next week.

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm: Psalm 70

    OT: Isa. 50.4-9a

    Gospel: John 13.21-32

    NT: Hebrews 12.1-3

    (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, in the same way God sustained you through a daily word, with instruction that allowed you to know how to sustain the weary with a word, so awaken us morning by morning, helping us hear you – teach us, instruct us, and comfort us. We need your daily guidance and love, and wait on you for your grace to us. In your name we ask this, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? [2] When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. [3] Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. [4] One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

    ~ Psalm 27.1-4

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    O Sovereign Lord, Blessed Controller of all things, lead me today into your will.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    But If It Dies

    John 12.20-36

    Book Reading

    Bilezikian, Doriani, Women in Ministry

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