Week 44: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Holy Spirit leads the people of God into the will of God as we keep in step with him. The presence of God’s Spirit produces certain fruit in our lives. His transforming work in us will produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The Spirit of God leads us especially in how we act toward one another. For the fruit of the Spirit to mature in us, we must walk in step with the Spirit rather than following the desires of our flesh.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Thank you, Lord, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We who believe in Christ know that our righteousness can only come through the working of the Holy Spirit. Help us to know the Spirit’s power and blessing, and enable us to depend on his strength alone. He is our strength and blessing. Cause us to wait on his leading and prompting, and so will we bear fruit for Christ, fruit that remains and glorifies your name. In Jesus’s name we pray, 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: Mark 14.1-2, 10-26; Matt. 26.1-5, 14-30; Luke 22.1-30; John 13.1-30

Lectionary Readings
Psalm: Ps. 124
OT: Esther 7.1-6, 9-10; 9.20-22
Gospel: Mark 9.38-50
NT: James 5.13-20

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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 
Holy Father, we know that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against the fruit of your righteousness. We belong to Christ Jesus by faith; show us how to crucify our sin nature, and not be controlled by its passions and desires. Help us to live by the Spirit, and to keep in step with the Spirit. Give us strength to be humble, to not become conceited, to neither provoke nor envy others. Dear God, make us like Christ, and help us to honor him in all our conduct and relationships. We acquire full possession of that same inheritance. We acknowledge your gift, and give glory to your name! In you we pray, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
The Great Tradition depends entirely on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God lives in us, uniting us across space and time. Through the power of the indwelling Spirit, the Church is enabled to know God, experience his restoration, represent Christ, and proclaim his victory to all people everywhere.

~ Ryan Carter, Guard the Good Deposit.
Wichita: TUMI Press, 2019. Loc. 282, Kindle.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Your Word Is Truth: Divine Inspiration: The Word of God,
2 Peter 1.20-21

Book Reading
Heine, Classical Christian Doctrine