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)
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
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;  the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;  the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.  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 HimMatthew 17.1-9
Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Book Discussion: Monday, February 20, 2017Prayer and Fasting: Thursday, February 23, 2017