Week 9: January 22 - January 28, 2017

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Thursday, January 26, 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 Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand

    Matthew 4.12-23

    The ministry of the Lord Jesus fulfilled the ancient prophecy spoken in the ninth chapter of the book of Isaiah that declared that in the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, in the Galilee of the Gentiles, those people who dwelt in darkness would behold a great light. Those who dwelt in the region and shadow of death have had the light dawn upon them. Jesus’ ministry of healing, teaching, deliverance announced the Kingdom of God. This is why, from the beginning of his work, Jesus preached saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In his person and work, the Kingdom of God was inaugurated and put on full display for all to see.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Eternal God our Father, thank you for the display of your kingdom rule in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. We know and believe that his work of proclaiming the Gospel, of healing every disease and affliction, of releasing folk from demon oppression was clear evidence of your Kingdom come. Now, in us here, let your Kingdom be seen in who we are and what we do, as the Spirit leads us into your will. For Christ’s 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)

    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

    Thursday: Num. 11-13

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 27.1, 4-9

    OT:Isa. 9.1-4

    Gospel: Matt. 4.12-23

    NT:1 Cor. 1.10-18

    (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, who came healing, and helping, and delivering the oppressed and broken, come now in our lives and use us as vessels to declare and demonstrate the life of your Kingdom today. We love you, and only want your righteous rule to be seen in the things we say and do today. Be honored through us today, for your sake, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob! [5] Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us. [6] For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. [7] But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. [8] In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah.

    ~ Psalm 44.4-8

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, let your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!

  • 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

    Book Discussion: Monday, January 23, 2017