The First Sunday in Advent: December 3 - 9, 2017

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The Second Sunday in Advent: December 10 - 16, 2017

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The Third Sunday in Advent: December 17 - 23, 2017

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The First Sunday after the Epiphany: January 8 - January 14, 2017

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The First Sunday after Christmas Day: December 31, 2017 - January 5, 2018

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New Year's Day: January 1, 2018

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The Epiphany of the Lord: January 6, 2018

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Friday, January 13, 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
  • God's Son the Beloved

    Matthew 3.13-17

    Early in his ministry, when Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan, he came to John the Baptizer, in order to be baptized by him. John would have stopped him from being baptized, but Jesus answered him to let it be so, in order to fulfill all righteousness. When Jesus, therefore, was baptized, he came up from the water, and the heavens were opened to him, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove, and came to rest on him. A voice from heaven declared, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Jesus is the Son of the living God, the Father’s beloved, whom he sent from heaven to save us and rescue us from the devil’s slavery and power.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be your daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

    ~ Evangelical Lutheran Worship (Conference of Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, p. 19)

    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

    Friday: Lev. 4-6

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm: Ps. 29

    OT: Isa. 42.1-9

    Gospel: Matt. 3.13-17

    NT: Acts 10:34-43

    (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  
    Holy God, you sent your Son to be baptized among sinners to seek and save the lost. May we, who have been baptized in his name, never turn away from the world, but reach out in love to rescue the wayward; by the mercy of Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen.

    ~ Book of Common Worship, No. 176. p. 199

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. [8] Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. [9] You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” [10] Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. [11] Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

    ~ Psalm 2.7-12

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Jesus you are God’s beloved Son, the darling of heaven, and the desire of our hearts.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    The Blessed Ones of the Kingdom

    Matthew 5.1-12

    Book Reading

    Bilezikian, Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman's Place in Church and Family

    Our Corporate Disciplines

    National Day of Prayer: Monday, January 9, 2017