Week 37: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

In his life, death, and resurrection Christ paid for sin, conquered death, and defeated Satan. The sin and rebellion of humanity bound us in slavery to sin, death, and the devil. We lived in the dominion of darkness destined for the wrath of God. On the cross Christ disarmed his enemies, triumphing over them by his death and resurrection. God erased the debt of sin that stood against us. He made us alive together with Christ, freeing us from death. He rescued us from the power of Satan and transferred us into the Kingdom of his Son. Christ is victorious! Let all the earth rejoice.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
All hail the power of Jesus’ Name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.

~ Edward Perronet, 1726-92

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: Dan. 10-12; Ezra 4.24-5.1

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 130
OT: 2 Sam. 18.5-9, 15, 31-33
Gospel: John 6.35, 41-51
NT: Eph. 4.25-5.2

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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.

O Lamb of God, who takest away the sin of the world, look upon us and have mercy upon us; thou who art thyself both Victim and Priest, thyself both Reward and Redeemer, keep safe from all evil those who thou hast redeemed O Savior of the world.

~ Irenaeus, c.130-200

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Christus Victor, conqueror and king, lead us to victory as we wrestle with the powers of death and hell.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
Jesus came not only to teach but also to save; not only to reveal God to humankind, but also to redeem humankind for God. This is because the major human problem is not our ignorance but our sin and guilt. And the redemption God has achieved, like the revelation he has given, is “through Jesus Christ.” Jesus Christ is the agent or mediator of both. The way this is expressed in the Letter to the Hebrews is that he “provided purification for sins” (Heb 1:3). The language is borrowed from the Old Testament sacrificial system. In the rest of Hebrews, Jesus is portrayed as our “great high priest,” greater than Aaron, and as the one who offered the perfect sacrifice for sin.

~ John Stott, Focus on Christ
Elec. Edition, location 417.

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

Book Reading
Heine, Classical Christian Doctrine