Week 27: May 28 - June 3, 2017


An Advent Message from President Efrem Smithtop right ascension 2016 17

 

Wednesday, May 31st, 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
  • Let God Arise!

    Psalm 68.1-10, 32-35

    This psalm of David celebrates God’s triumph and victory over his enemies as he sets out in battle. The promise is sure: God shall arise, and his enemies shall be scattered, and all those who hate him will flee before him. His foes will be driven away as wind does smoke; as wax melts before fire, so they will perish before God, while the righteous will be glad, exulting in God, jubilant with great joy. Singing and praise should be offered to God who is the father of the fatherless, and protector of widows in his holy habitation. When he went before his people, marching through the wilderness, the earth quaked, and the heavens poured down rain before the God of Sinai, the God of Israel.

    In reference to Christ’s ascension, the psalmist asserts that God ascended on high, leading a host of captives in his train, providing gifts of his victory to men. As a result of his triumph, let all the kingdoms of the earth sing to God, who rides in the heavens, sending out his mighty voice. We should ascribe power to God whose majesty is over Israel, and who is awesome in his sanctuary, who gives power and strength to his people.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    O awesome God, God of Sinai, Israel, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, may you arise and all your enemies be scattered! Let the victory of Christ over sin, death and the grave now be on full display among us, your people, those who cling to you in faith. In your victory we have our victory. 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)

    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

    Wednesday: Isa. 28; 1.1-20; 2 Kings 17.5-41; 18.9-12



    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 68.1-10, 32-35

    Acts*:Acts 1.6-14

    Gospel: John 17.1-11

    NT:1 Pet. 4.12-14; 5.6-11

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    * During Eastertide, a reading from Acts is often substituted for the lesson from the Hebrew Bible.

  • 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  
    Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, and makes known to everyone everywhere the glory of his great salvation through the deeds and works of his people! We stand in awe of your great victory, and boast in you alone. Be glorified in us today, for Christ’s sake, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan! [16] Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desired for his abode, yes, where the LORD will dwell forever? [17] The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary. [18] You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.

    ~ Psalm 68.15-18

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Let God arise, and let his enemies flee from before him!

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    Let God Arise

    Psalm 68.1-10, 32-35



    Book Reading

    Doriani, Women in Ministry