Week 32: July 2 - July 8, 2017

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Wednesday, July 5th, 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
  • Tenderhearted: Samaritan Woman

    John 4.1-42

    When Jesus and his company had departed from Judea for Galilee, they passed through Samaria, through a town called Sychar, stopping off at Jacob’s well. Wearied from his journey, he sat beside the well around noon. A woman of Samaria came to draw water, and was asked by Jesus to give him a drink. Curious, she asked why a Jew would ask her for a drink, since Jews and Samaritans did not associate. He answered her that if she knew who she was speaking to, she would ask him, and he would grant her living water. Mistaking that he spoke of the well water, Jesus told her that those who drink of the well water would be thirsty, but whoever drank of the water he gives would never be thirsty again, for it would become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

    Desiring this water, she asked him for it, and he told her to go and get her husband. She told him, “I have no husband,” which Jesus said was correct, since she had had five husbands, and the one she currently lived with was not her husband. Deducing that he must be a prophet, she asked about the proper place for worship: is it Samaria (Mount Gerazim) or Jerusalem (Mount Zion). Jesus said a time is coming when the Father would want worship not anchored in either place, but in sync with the God who is a spirit, and asks for true worship in spirit and in truth. The woman affirmed that “when the Messiah comes, he will tell us all things,” at which comment Jesus said, “I who speak to you am he.”

    Leaving her water jar, the woman went into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” In the midst of her own fractured life, undoubtedly accompanied by much burden, sorrow, and rejection, she was tender and open to the Lord. She opened herself to him, engaged him, listened to him, and finally received him as he was – her Lord and Christ. Her tender­hearted, open spirit is truly a worthy model for all who long to know and grow in Christ.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Father, thank you for the open and tenderhearted Samaritan woman, who listened to our Lord, engaged him on her own life, and finally responded to his invitation for new life in his name. Grant to us the same kind of spirit that can hear him and respond, even in the midst of the things we encounter, our “everyday life.” In Christ’s 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: Hab. 1-3

    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 13

    OT:Gen. 22.1-14

    Gospel: Matt. 10.40-42

    NT:Rom. 6.12-23

    (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, your conversation with the Samaritan woman was frank, real, and probing. You are so honest, so fresh. Give us the kind of heart that she had, the kind that is willing to listen to you, respond to you in honesty and openness, and welcome your invitation to faith and to follower-ship. We ask this in your name, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. [4] Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. [5] For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. [6] Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.

    ~ Psalm 86.3-6

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord Jesus, provide us with an open and transparent spirit, the kind that can listen and respond to your Word.

  • Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

    Standing in Awe of God

    2 Chronicles 9.1-12

    Book Reading

    Cunningham and Hamilton, Why Not Women

    Our Corporate Disciplines

    Book Discussion: Monday, July 3, 2017