Week 36: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

For us and for our salvation Jesus died and was buried. He rose from the dead, appeared to many, and ascended to the right hand of the Father. In this simple set of events lie the redemption and salvation of all things. He died in our place, took the penalty of our sin, bound the strong man, and conquered death. On the third day, he rose from death to eternal life. He appeared to his disciples and to many others. Forty days after his resurrection he ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father. The invitation of the Gospel is to come die with him that we would be raised with him, and seated with him in the presence of the Father forever.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Great God and our Father, thank you for raising Jesus from the dead. He is alive, forevermore, exalted and soon to appear to complete the work he started on the cross. We believe that he rose again as the Scriptures testified, and that he appeared to select witnesses chosen before, by you. He is our living Mediator to represent us before you today. In his name, we give you thanks, 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 Chron. 8.29-9.1a; Dan. 4; Ezek. 40

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 51.1-12
OT: Ps. 78.23-29
Gospel: John 6.24-35
NT: Eph. 4.1-16

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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.

Lord Jesus, thank you for Paul’s explanation of the Gospel here in this passage in Corinthians. This is not an invented or exaggerated message; rather, Paul has given to us what your messengers gave to him. You died, were buried, and rose the third day, and appeared to witnesses. We believe you will return and gather your own to yourself. Give us the grace to stand on the Gospel, till the end. In your name, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
We have received the Gospel Paul preached, the same Gospel in which we stand, and are committed to hold fast that Word, till the end.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
Our desire in exploring our Sacred Roots is unashamedly missional. As a ministry of World Impact, TUMI is dedicated to empowering church planting movements to reach and transform America’s inner cities. Our heart passion is to represent the historic orthodox faith, to see the millions in unreached urban areas come to saving faith in Christ. We desire them to become new members of the Greatest Story ever told–the Story of God’s love in Christ.

~ Don L. Davis, Sacred Roots: A Primer on the Great Tradition.
Wichita: TUMI Press, 2010. Loc. 2164, Kindle.

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

Book Reading
Heine, Classical Christian Doctrine

Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Day Retreat: Friday, August 6, 2021

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