Week 41: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Spirit teaches us the truth and convicts us concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. He convicts the world of the sin urging everyone to turn to Christ for forgiveness. He convicts the world concerning righteousness urging all to accept him as Lord. He convicts the world concerning judgment revealing the fate of the evil one and his kingdom. For the Church, the Holy Spirit leads us into truth. He teaches us and helps us to be faithful to Christ our Lord.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Lord Jesus, may the fire of your Holy Spirit consume in us all that displeases you, and kindle in our hearts a burning zeal for the service of our kingdom; through our Savior Jesus Christ.

~ Ancient Collect

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: Matt. 9.27-10.42; 13.53-58; Mark 6.1-13; Luke 9.1-6

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 125
OT: Prov. 22.1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Gospel: Mark 7.24-37
NT: James 2.1-17

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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 
O Lord God almighty, we thank you with all our hearts, for feeding our souls with the body and blood of your most dear Son. We beseech you to so illumine our minds with your Holy Spirit, that we may daily increase in faith in you, in certainty of hope in your promises, and fervency of love to you and our neighbor, to the glory and praise of your holy name.

~ Miles Coverdale, 1488-1568

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Spirit of the living God, lead us into all truth and through us glorify Christ.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
The most important authenticating mark of the Spirit in the church is the Spirit’s testimony to Christ and his agreement with Christ.

~ Ronald Heine, Classical Christian Doctrine, p. 132.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Come, Holy Spirit: Life Giver: Adoption, Romans 8.15-17

Book Reading
Heine, Classical Christian Doctrine