Week 50: November 5 - November 11, 2017

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Thursday, November 9th, 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
  • Walking in a Manner Worthy of God

    1 Thessalonians 2.9-13

    The Apostle Paul was a tireless worker among those whom he led to Christ, in ministering to them with great labor and hardship on their behalf. He told the Thessalonicans that he worked both night and day in order that he might not be a burden to them with them having to meet his own needs. This could have referred to his tentmaking activities, the necessity of rising before dawn, and perhaps staying up late into the night, even as he had to do in a number of other cities where he labored for Christ in the Gospel (cf. Acts 18.3). You get the sense that he probably ministered the Word when he could, whether in the day or at night, while he took care of his own needs.

    This example of focus, dedication, and selflessness formed the basis of Paul’s challenge to them to follow his example. He called them to witness regarding the character of his behavior (“holy and righteous and blameless”) (v. 10), and treatment of them, i.e., like a father with his children, exhorting, encouraging, and charging them to walk in a manner worthy of God, the very same one who called them into his own Kingdom and glory. As disciples of Jesus, our conduct is to be exemplary, worthy of being associated with the name of Jesus Christ, and able to stand up against the accusations of the enemy. This is viable, because the word they received was in fact the Word of God, at work in them, and at work in all believers everywhere.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Father God, who called us in Christ to your own Kingdom and glory, please enable us to stand before you with honor. Help us to be devout in our conduct, righteous in regard to our relationships, blameless and without reproach with those who criticize and scrutinize us. We want to walk worthy in a manner that honors your name. Make it so in our lives, 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: Eph. 4-6



    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 107.1-7, 33-37

    OT:Josh. 3.7-17

    Gospel: Matt. 23.1-12

    NT:1 Thess. 2.9-13

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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  
    Lord Jesus, we have received the Word of the Gospel as it truly is, the truth of God. We have accepted that Word as our own, and now we desire to honor you in our lives, our conduct, our speech, and our relationships. Have mercy on us; fill us with your Spirit, and help us to walk worthy of the Lord, in a manner that honors your great name. In your name we ask this, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, [2] lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. [3] O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, [4] if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, [5] let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah [6] Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. [7] Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.

    ~ Psalm 7.1-7

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus, help me to walk in a manner worthy of your Father and my God, the same who has called me into his Kingdom and glory.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    The Coming of the Lord

    Thessalonians 4.13-18



    Book Reading

    Sanders, Ministry at the Margins




    Our Corporate Disciplines

    Book Discussion: Monday, November 6, 2017

    Concert of Prayer: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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