Having just proclaimed himself “the Light of the world” (John 8.12), Jesus healed a man born blind, a beggar who sat and asked for alms. Having placed mud with saliva on the man’s eyes, the blind man washed in the pool of Siloam, and came forth seeing! Being an unusual and notable miracle, the blind man was brought before the Pharisees who questioned him and his parents rigorously about the incident. The blind man thought he was a prophet, and had no information about him being a sinner, but one thing he asserted for certain: “I was blind, but now I see!”Exasperated by the blind man’s logic that only a person from God could perform such an act, the Pharisees insulted the blind man, and threw him out of the synagogue. Jesus found the former blind man and asked him if he believed in the Son of Man. He responded that he would, but did not know who he was. Jesus revealed that he in fact was the Son of Man, and the blind man affirmed in faith that he believed, and worshiped the Lord Jesus. Jesus closed this episode by affirming that for judgment he came into the world, that those who are blind might see, and those who claim to see might be blind. Some of the Pharisees asked if they themselves were blind. Jesus told them that since they claimed that they could see, they were literally unable to perceive what he had done, and who he was. We must allow the Lord, the Light of world, to grant to us the spiritual sight that we might know who he is and what he is doing in the world. Only then can we truly see.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Eternal Father, thank you for the spiritual sight you give to us who believe in Jesus, your Son. He has healed us of our blindness, we who were born blind yet cured through faith in your Gospel. Enable us to see what is true, and to act on the truth as we have come to see it in Christ. For his sake, 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.
*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
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.  They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.  For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
~ Psalm 36.7-9
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for we once were blind, but now, we see.