Week 13: February 19 - February 25, 2017

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Saturday, February 25th, 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 Foundation Already Laid

    1 Corinthians 3.10-11, 16-23

    One of the great metaphors of the working of Christ in salvation is that of a foundation stone. Paul declared that he was a master builder, a great contractor that laid a foundation, that others were (and should be) building upon. However, he declared that no one can lay a foundation other than that one which had already been laid – Jesus Christ himself. Whatever we choose to build on that foundation – whether wood, hay, stubble, precious stones, silver – will be tried by fire on the Day appointed. All works will be tested on that Day, works laid on the one, true foundation of all that is good, right, and true in salvation. And that foundation already laid is Jesus himself.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Father, who laid in Zion a foundation stone, tried and precious, a stone that can neither be moved or changed, grant us the grace to build on that foundation. Let the things that we build upon it be the kinds of things that will stand the test of fire on that Day when all the works of men will be tried. Give us the heart to build today like a master builder on that foundation already laid, Jesus Christ our Lord. I ask this in his 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)

    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

    Saturday: Judg. 4-6

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 119.33-40

    OT:Lev. 19.1-2, 9-18

    Gospel: Matt. 5.38-48

    NT:1 Cor. 3.10-11, 16-23

    (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 Christ, the Foundation laid in Zion for the salvation of the world, thank you for being the Rock that never moves or breaks, the one solid Stone upon which we build. Give me the grace to both understand and act on this truth, in order that the things I say and do may not burn, but remain in that great testing fire to come. In your name I pray, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; [8] the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; [9] the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. [11] Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

    ~ Psalm 19.7-11

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Enable me today, dear Lord, to build on the Foundation that is already laid, the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    Listen to Him

    Matthew 17.1-9

    Book Reading

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

    Our Corporate Disciplines

    Book Discussion: Book Discussion: Monday, February 20, 2017

    Prayer and Fasting: Thursday, February 23, 2017