Week 15: Third Sunday in Lent

With the Passover near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. After entering the temple, he saw those selling oxen, sheep, and pigeons, along with money-changers also sitting there. Seeing this, Jesus made a whip of cords, drove them out of the temple, along with the sheep and oxen, and overturned the tables of the money-changers. Jesus rebuked them for making his “Father’s house,” the Temple, a “house of trade.” This incident later brought to the disciples’ minds the text of Psalm 69.9, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Almighty God, open up our eyes to see the zeal of Jesus’s heart for your Temple. His love for you consumed him, and led him to give himself for us on the Cross. Enable us to share his zeal, to be consumed with the things that moved his heart, and to give him our all even as he gave his all to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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
Sunday: 1 Sam. 2-4

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 19
OT: Exod. 20.1-17
Gospel: John 2.13-22
NT: 1 Cor. 1.18-25

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Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling

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.

Eternal God, the heart of our Savior burned with passion for your glory and honor. His cleansing of the Temple revealed his true commitment to your holiness and fidelity to your will. His discipline, his zeal, his love for you shined brightly during his earthly journey so long ago. We ask that you, through your Holy Spirit, reproduce his heart within us, that we may serve and sacrifice for him as he demonstrated his zeal for you, both in his life and his death. Amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Father, please reproduce in us the same love that Christ revealed for you.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
The engine that moves the Church forward is spiritual reproduction, disciples making disciples, churches planting churches, and movements sparking movements. The spirit and power of the ancient Church to expand and multiply rapidly can still be seen today around the world. God’s Kingdom is advancing powerfully through disciple-making and church-planting movements. Consistent spiritual reproduction requires beliefs and practices that are easily passed on from person to person and church to church. The Great Tradition provides a credible and substantive guide to what is worth reproducing everywhere.

~ Ryan Carter, Guard the Good Deposit.
Wichita: TUMI Press, 2019. Loc. 241, Kindle.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
For God So Loved the World, John 3.14-21

Book Reading
Davis, Sacred Roots

Our Corporate Disciplines
Concert of Prayer: Tuesday, March 9, 2021