This Week’s Theme
You Will Not Abandon My Soul
In this psalm David declared his confidence in the Lord’s preservation of his life at his physical ending. David said his heart was glad and his entire being rejoiced with his flesh dwelling secure because he was convinced that the Lord God would not abandon his soul to Sheol, the abode of the dead, or let his body see corruption. The Lord had made known to him the path of life, and in the presence of the Lord was fullness of joy, with pleasures forevermore at his right hand. The apostles Peter (at Pentecost, Acts 2.25-28) and Paul (at Antioch, Acts 13.35-37) both took this psalm to be a testament speaking to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead, rising at the Father’s bidding three days after his crucifixion. God alone can deliver from the power of death through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. In him alone do we who believe possess both hope and strength, and the promise of never-ending days of life in his name.
Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
O LORD, he who is both our portion and our cup, we rejoice and are glad through the word of truth regarding our Lord Jesus raised from the dead. In your name we receive this grace and the hope of eternal life through the resurrection of your Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus. 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)
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
Sunday: 1 Kings 5-6; 2 Chron. 2.1-3.14
Psalm: Ps. 16
Acts*: Acts 2.14a, 22-32
Gospel: John 20.19-31
NT: 1 Pet. 1.3-9
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*During Eastertide, a reading from Acts is often substituted for the lesson from the Hebrew Bible.
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
To him who makes known to us the path of life, and enriches us with pleasures evermore, and he who made our hearts glad with his salvation, secured us with his power, and will not abandon our souls to Sheol because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – to him be glory and praise and honor, in Christ’s name, amen.
Affirmation for the Day
In God my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices in Christ my Savior, risen from the dead.
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
You are my God, my strength and shield, and you will never forsake me.
For Your Weekly Journey
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
You Will Not Abandon My Soul, Psalm 16
Barrett, None Greater