Seeing the crowds, our Lord went up on the mountain, sat down, and his disciples came to him. He taught them the glorious teaching known in the Church as the Beatitudes, beginning his sermons with “Blessed are” (fortunate are) openings. He mentions the poor in spirit, who recognize their need for him, the meek, the truly humble and gentle, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those longing with spiritual appetite for the things of God. In each case, he declares who are truly blessed ones, and the reward and blessing that will come upon them for these deep, inward qualities. Those who are the truly blessed ones of the Kingdom – the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those thirsting and hungering for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers, all who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake – will know the true and lasting blessings of the Lord.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Thank you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus, for the promise of blessing for those who share your heart. You alone can work in us those things that bring you glory and cause you to smile on our lives. Make us one of the truly fortunate ones, the blessed, as we rely on the grace and love of Jesus, through the Spirit. In Jesus’ name, 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
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
~ Psalm 1.1-3
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
I am truly blessed in You, Lord Jesus, when I yield my heart to you alone.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The Blessed Ones of the KingdomMatthew 5.1-12
Special Church Year Services
Presentation of the Lord: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Monday, January 30, 2017Solitude and Silence: Wednesday, February 1, 2017