When Christ appeared as our high priest, he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not by the blood of animals, but with his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. If the blood of animals and the ashes of a heifer could sanctify someone, how much more then will Christ’s blood purify us to serve the living and true God. Jesus offered himself to God as our perfect sacrifice through the eternal Spirit. In so doing he has become the mediator of a new covenant, so that all who are called can now receive the promised eternal inheritance.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Great God and Father of our Lord Jesus, we believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, which he offered in the tabernacle above to you through the Spirit, is the price of our salvation. Through our faith in him, now we are forgiven, justified, and purified from our own dead works to serve the living God alone. Thank you for the victory we receive today over sin and Satan through Jesus’s offered blood which washes and redeems us from our sin. We bless your name for his sacrifice. 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)
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.
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.
Lord Jesus Christ, our great high priest, who offered yourself without blemish to God in the great tabernacle above, thank you for your cleansing and healing blood. Through that blood the new covenant has come to us, and we are transformed through it, justified before God because of it, and will never come under wrath by its great sanctifying power. Your precious blood has set us free. May all praise be to you, dear Priest of God, for you have offered yourself to God for us, and now we are whole. In your name we offer you thanks. Amen.
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Thank you Lord Jesus, for being our High Priest and perfect sacrifice, whose blood has redeemed us and reconciled us to God in the New Covenant.
Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
The essence of sacrifice lies in the self-surrendering death of the victim. Jesus voluntarily surrendered himself for the sins of the world. His blood was “poured out for many” (Mark 14:24). The blood of Christ signified his life offered to God on behalf of others.
~ Thomas C. Oden. The Word of Life: Systematic Theology, Vol. II.
San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992. p. 370.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The One Pierced for Our Transgressions, Isaiah 52.13-53.12
Davis, Sacred Roots
Special Church Year Services
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 2021
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 3, 2021