Week 31, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

When the first human pair joined the rebellion of Satan, God promised to send a savior to crush evil and save humankind. This Savior would make war, or enmity, against the serpent. At the cost of his own wounding, He will be victorious in the battle, crushing the head of the serpent. This is the first telling of the Gospel in Scripture (the proto-evangelium). In the fullness of time, Christ our Savior fulfills God’s promise. He was wounded for our transgressions and died in our place. He rose from the grave victorious, and he will return to destroy evil forever. This is the sure and trustworthy promise of our God.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Gracious God, maker and redeemer of all creation, thank you for your sure and trustworthy promise given to the first human pair in the garden. You defeated the devil by sending a savior to abolish evil and rescind the curse. Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, your chosen one who alone paid the penalty for sin, redeemed us from Satan’s power, and saves us from death and hell. You kept your promise to restore all creation through the champion you sent for us. Blessed be your name, for Jesus’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.

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: Jer. 1-4

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 30
OT: Lam. 3.2-33
Gospel: Mark 5.21-43
NT: 2 Cor. 8.7-15

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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.

Benediction 
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the savior and redeemer of those who believe. Through your matchless life, your suffering and saving death, and your glorious resurrection you defeated Satan and his minions, and paid the price for sin. You are our champion and our hope. Show us how to live in the victory you won for us, and we will bless your name. For your sake we pray, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
In the great war of the ages, Christ is the victor. He has bound the strong man (Luke 11.22) and he is plundering his house (Matt. 12.29). While the enemy is already defeated, he is not yet destroyed. He constantly attacks the servants of Christ, and prowls about like a lion looking for prey (1 Pet. 5.8). We must adopt a warfare mentality if we are going to represent Christ and his Kingdom.

~ Don L. Davis, Sacred Roots: A Primer on the Great Tradition.
Wichita: TUMI Press, 2010. Loc. 581, Kindle.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Alpha and Omega: King: The Almighty, Daniel 4.34-35

Book Reading
Webber, Common Roots