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)
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.
* 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.
*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.
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?  When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.  Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.  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.