Week 34: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus of Nazareth is God’s Messiah. He fulfills God’s promise of a Savior, but perhaps not in the exact way that his followers expected. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus are dejected and confused. Jesus’s death and burial are incompatible with their notion of the victorious Messiah. Jesus explains from all the Scriptures how it was necessary that Messiah should suffer before entering into his glory. He has already dealt with our sin and set us free from death and the devil. We await his arrival to fulfill what we do not yet see, the final destruction of evil and the renewal of heaven and earth.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives ways his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast;
‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, and to the weary rest.

~ John Newton 1725-1807

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: Ezek. 17-19

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 89.20-37
OT: 2 Sam. 7.1-14
Gospel: Mark 6.30-34, 53-56
NT: Eph. 2.11-22

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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 
Born as a son,
led forth as a lamb
sacrificed as a sheep,
buried as a man,
he rose from the dead as a God,
for he was by nature God and man.
He is all things:
he judges, and so he is Law;
he teaches, and so he is Wisdom;
he saves, and so he is Grace;
he begets, and so he is Father;
he is begotten, and so he is Son;
he suffers, and so he is Sacrifice;
he is buried, and so he is man;
he rises again, and so he is God.
This is Jesus Christ,
to whom belongs glory for all ages.

~ Melito of Sardis, d.189

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Come, Jesus, come, destroy evil and make everything new.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
Although the church, as the new creation, is not to be equated with the kingdom that is still future, the church is, as George Eldon Ladd states, a witness to the kingdom, an instrument of the kingdom, and the custodian of the kingdom. In that sense the church is the presence of the future in the midst of the old. Although the old creation is dying and will be destroyed (at the Second Coming), a new creation has been born and is growing up in the midst of the old. A new thrust was released in the death and resurrection of Christ. It is here now, present in this life, and will be fully realized in the new heavens and the new earth. For this reason the major emphasis of the church as the new creation is that the church is to be the visible presence of the new creation in the world now.

~ Robert E. Webber and David Neff
Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith
Elec. Edition, location 1101.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Christus Victor: Recapitulation: Christ in the OT, John 5.39

Book Reading
Webber, Common Roots

Our Corporate Disciplines
Prayer and Fasting: Monday, July 19, 2021
Book Discussion: Wednesday, July 21, 2021