Week 33: July 9 - July 15, 2017

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Thursday, July 13th, 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
  • Determined: Woman with Issue of Blood

    Mark 5.24-34

    In Mark 5, one story connects two episodes where Jesus performs two miracles, one for the daughter of one of the rulers of the synagogue, and the other for a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years. Jairus, the synagogue ruler, saw Jesus beside the sea, came to him and fell at his feet, imploring him to heal his daughter, who was at the point of death. Jesus went with him and a great crowd followed along.

    A woman with an issue of blood for twelve years followed along. She had suffered under many physicians, and had spent all her monies on a remedy, to no avail; her condition only grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garments, reasoning within herself, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” Having touched his garments, immediately the flow of blood stopped, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

    Perceiving that power had gone from him, Jesus immediately turned to the crowd asking, “Who touched my garments?” Looking around to see who had done it, the woman, knowing what had just happened to her, came to the Lord in fear and trembling, and fell down before him, telling him the whole truth. Jesus replied to the woman, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” The sheer determination and faith of the ill woman reveals the necessity and power of spiritual hunger in the things of the Lord. She was so convinced that if she even touched his garments, she would be made well. We should seek the Lord with the same hunger and determination as she exemplified.

  • Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

    Father, grant to us the hunger and determination to touch even the garments of our Lord, knowing full well that he is the source, and if we touch him, we, in fact, will be healed. Help us to follow hard after you, knowing that if we do, we will find you – and be healed, too. 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

    Thursday: Jer. 16-18; Jer. 35



    Lectionary Readings

    Psalm:Ps. 45.10-17

    OT:Gen. 24.34-38, 42-49, 58-67

    Gospel: Matt. 11.16-19, 25-30

    NT:Rom. 7.15-25a

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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  
    Jesus, we are moved when we think of the woman with the flow of blood and her determination to touch you, even if it were only your garment. She followed you, reached for you, touched your garment, and was healed. Help us, too, to seek you, to reach for you, and never give up till we touch you. In touching you, we, too, shall be healed. In your name we pray, amen.

    Affirmation from the Psalms
    Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. [15] When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. [16] With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.

    ~ Psalm 91.14-16

    Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
    Lord, give me the strength to seek you, to reach out for you, and to grab hold of you, for in touching you I am healed.

  • 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

    Concert of Prayer: Wednesday, July 12, 2017