Through the apostles and the prophets, the Lord gives a canonical authoritative telling and interpretation of the story. God narrates his own person and work in the Scriptures. He provides commentary on the meaning of events. His own person provides the unity of Scripture. Historically, the Church has outlined this theology in the Nicene Creed. “It provides us with a summary of the whole Christian narrative in bold relief. As a Christ-centered statement, it points to the story of Jesus of Nazareth as the key to the entire self-consciousness of Christianity, and the key to understanding the hope of all twenty-first century disciples today” (Sacred Roots).
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Thank you, heavenly Father, for the Holy Scriptures, your written word which testifies of the work of your Son in salvation for the world. We have come to know and understand that everything that was written about him in the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled. He is the hero of the biblical narrative and the theme of the Scriptures. Through him we understand the Scriptures and your offer of life to the world. In his name, 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)
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.
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.
Eternal God, the study of your Word that Jesus led with the apostles reveals your heart and mind regarding his person and mission. The Scriptures have a single narrative unity with an overriding theme: Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Lord and Victor of all! Thank you for the gift of your Son; in him we have your forgiveness and grace, and through him we have eternal life. Teach us through your Spirit to understand your Story, and its overall plot which points to your Son, the Lord Jesus, as our Champion and Life. In his name, amen.
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Blessed be the Father, who gave his Son for the world; blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ, who reigns as King above; and blessed be the Holy Spirit, who clothes us with power from on high.
Weekly Reflection on the Sovereign Love of God
A portrait is a picture of a person. It is flat, and it does not move or speak. It gives a good sense of what the person looks like. No one, however, would confuse a portrait for the actual living breathing human being. In the same way, the Nicene Creed gives a quick portrait of God. It gives a good look at who he is. We only meet the true and living God, however, as we encounter him in the Scriptures and as we walk with him as a part of his Church. The portrait in the Nicene Creed helps us to see him accurately in all of Scripture. The God of creation, promise, judgment, and wrath is the God who became incarnate to die for our sins, and the God who lives in us today. The Nicene Creed gives us a snapshot of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so we can recognize God from start to end.
~ Ryan Carter, Guard the Good Deposit.
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Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
The Lord Reigns, Psalm 93
Heine, Classical Christian Doctrine
Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Wednesday, October 27, 2021