Thursday, January 24, 2019

This Week’s Theme
And He Manifested His Glory
John 2.1-11

Early in his ministry, Jesus and his disciples attended a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and his mother was there. When the party ran out of wine, Jesus’s mother said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus replied, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Six stone water jars used in Jewish rites of purification were there, holding around twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus told the servant to fill the jars with water. They filled them to the brim, and he told them to draw out some water from the jars and take it to the master of the feast.

The master of feast then tasted the water which had become wine, and praised the bridegroom, announcing that he had kept this good wine for the last, better than all they had drunk before! This was the first of Jesus’s signs, being performed at Cana in Galilee, through which Jesus manifested his glory, with his disciples believing on him.

In Jesus of Nazareth the glory and majesty of the Reign of God is visibly seen in his miracles and signs, all of which testify to his true identity as Son of the Living God.

Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation

Holy Father, Jesus your Son displayed his divine glory at the marriage of Cana, transforming water into wine. Do the same in our lives, transforming the water of our everyday journeys into the wine of your joy and glorious presence. We cling to you alone, and put our faith in you, the Giver of this amazing Gift of your Son. Reveal more of him to us, for your glory’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.

Praising Our God
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.

Listening to His Voice
Chronological Reading for the Day

Thursday: Lev. 20-22

Lectionary Readings for the Day

Psalm: Ps. 36.5-10

OT: Isa. 62.1-5

Gospel: John 2.1-11

NT: 1 Cor. 12.1-11

(Click here for all readings)

Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

Responding in Faith
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.

Departing to Serve

Dear Lord Jesus, you “kept the party going” in the midst of the wedding feast which ran out of wine by transforming ordinary water into wonderful wine. Repeat that miracle in our hearts, O Savior, and provide the blessing of your joy in our lives as you granted the newly-wed couple more wine in that ceremony so many centuries ago. Without you, we can never be changed or transformed, without you our water will remain water, and nothing ordinary will be transformed into the unique and the beautiful. Do your amazing work in us and transform us, for your glory’s sake. Amen. 

Affirmation for the Day
The Creator of all things can intervene and transform nature by his power and will.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
We exalt you, O Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, for in you alone can our everyday be transformed into beautiful, and our mundane be transformed into the magnificent.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus

The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me
Luke 4.14-21

Book Reading
Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism

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