Week 48: October 22 - October 28, 2017

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Thursday, October 26th, 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
  • Truthful: Priscilla

    Acts 18.24-28

    The book of the Acts of the Apostles reveals clearly that the Christian movement grew out of the ministry and influence of John the Baptizer. Apollos, a native of the city of Alexandria (Egypt) came to Ephesus. Luke says that he was an eloquent man, “competent in the Scriptures.” He says further that Apollos had a fervent spirit, had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and spoke and taught with accuracy the things concerning Jesus, except that he was only informed as to that ministry up to the baptism of John.

    After Paul had left Ephesus (and probably before he returned there again) a church had been planted, under the influence of Aquila and Priscilla, his wife. Apollos began to speak boldly in the synagogue there, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard Apollos and saw the gaps in his knowledge concerning the Lord, “they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” Rather than seeking to correct Apollos in public, this couple (not just Aquila, but Priscilla and Aquila – note that Priscilla is mentioned first) discipled him in the truth in their home, explaining the Way of the Lord “more accurately,” i.e., adequately.

    The influence of this discipleship is immediate and impactful. Filled with new knowledge of the truth, Apollos wanted to cross the Aegean Sea to Achaia, and stepped out with the encouragement of the brothers who urged the disciples to welcome him on the other side. When Apollos finally arrived, he was used mightily of the Lord, in Luke’s language, and was of great help to those who through grace had believed. Apollos became an apologist, a defender of the faith, and powerfully refuted the arguments of the Jews in public, and demonstrated from the Scriptures that the Messiah was in fact Jesus of Nazareth.

    Priscilla’s and Aquila’s love for truth, for the Church, for discipleship, and for the Lord was used in powerful ways by Christ to found a church in their house (1 Cor. 16.19), equip Apollos in the full Gospel truth, and befriend the apostle Paul and other believers. We should emulate her heart for others and for the truth.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Thank you, eternal Father, for the focus and heart of Priscilla, the dear wife of Aquila, who together with him taught the truth of the way of the Lord, and grounded preachers and churches in the truth of Christ. Grant us her heart that we might go on to train and equip others in the ways of Christ our Lord. In his name we pray, 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: 1 Cor. 16; Acts 19.21-20.6



    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 99

    OT:Exod. 33.12-23

    Gospel: Matt. 22.15-22

    NT:1 Thess. 1.1-10

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  • 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  
    Thank you, Lord Jesus for Priscilla, whom Paul called his “fellow worker in Christ,” who taught Apollos your Word, and equipped your people in the church in her house. Illumine us in the way, that we might become worthy teachers of others in the things and truths of the Lord. In your name we pray, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. [5] Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. [6] Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. [7] Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! [8] Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. [9] He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. [10] All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

    ~ Psalm 25.4-10

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus, grant us opportunities to teach others more fully in your ways, as Priscilla and Aquila, your workers in Christ, did so faithfully for you.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    Embracing the Power of Loyalty

    Ruth 1.1-18



    Book Reading

    Sanders, Ministry at the Margins

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