Week 23: April 30 - May 6, 2017

An Advent Message from President Efrem Smithtop right resurrection 2016 17


Wednesday, May 3rd, 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 Suffering and the Glory of the Christ

    Luke 24.13-35

    Two of Jesus’ followers were conversing together while walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles northwest from Jerusalem. They were discussing the things that had recently happened, and the various reports that Jesus had been resurrected. Jesus joined them, but they did not recognize him.

    They recounted the facts regarding Jesus of Nazareth, whose ministry and death were known to all in the city and most of the nation. Their chief priests and rulers delivered him up to condemnation and death by crucifixion, but they had hoped that he would be the redeemer of Israel. They even reported to Jesus that a rumor was circulating started by women of their company that angels had testified that he was alive. On hearing these things, Jesus reprimanded them for neither understanding nor believing what the Prophets said. He then explained to them that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and then to enter into his glory. From Moses and all the Prophets he taught them about his necessary suffering and his glory to follow.

    The suffering and glory of Christ were foretold and foreshadowed in the Scriptures, revealing the sovereign will of God in his death and resurrection. Jesus’ death and resurrection are at the center of God’s plan for redeeming his people, and the world.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Sovereign God, whose holy Scriptures foretold both the suffering and the glory of the Messiah, thank you that your plan was fulfilled in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In his name, all who believe receive eternal life, and we cling to him in faith. Reveal him more and more to us, that his life might be seen in all we do. In his 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: Prov. 14-16

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 116.1-4, 12-19

    Acts*:Acts 2.14a, 36-41

    Gospel: Luke 24.13-35

    NT:1 Pet. 1.17-23

    (Click here for all readings)
    * During Eastertide, a reading from Acts is often substituted for the lesson from the Hebrew Bible.

  • 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, we affirm your word that according to Moses and all the Prophets, it was necessary for you to suffer in order for you to enter into your glory. As you taught your disciples on the road to Emmaus, so teach us that we may come to know you more and serve you better, for your glory’s sake. In your name we pray, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; [6] my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. [7] O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. [8] And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

    ~ Psalm 130.5-8

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Thank you, dear Savior and Lord of all, Jesus our King, for suffering on the Cross and rising from the dead to save us all from sin.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    The Suffering and the Glory of Christ

    Luke 24.13-35

    Book Reading

    Doriani, Women in Ministry