Week 5: Saturday, Holy Name of Jesus / New Year’s Day

The name of Jesus is the highest name given among human beings, and the only name granted to us whereby we can be saved and restored in right relationship with God. Our Lord Jesus Christ, even though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to hold on to. Rather, our Lord made himself nothing, took on the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Then, as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. As a result of his humility and obedience, God has highly exalted Jesus and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. His is the sweetest name in this world, and also the world to come.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Eternal Father, you gave your incarnate Son the Holy name of Jesus to be a sign of our salvation. Plant in every heart the love of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

~ Evangelical Lutheran Worship, in Conference of Bishops, ELCA.
Bread for the Day 2008: Daily Bible Readings and Prayers.
Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2007. p. 7.

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
Holy Day of Jesus / New Year’s Day: Exod. 10-12

Lectionary Readings for Holy Name of Jesus
Psalm: Ps. 8
OT: Num. 6.22-27
Gospel: Luke 2.15-21
NT: Phil. 2.5-11

Lectionary Readings for New Year’s Day
Psalm: Ps. 8
OT: Eccles. 3.1-13
Gospel: Matt. 25.31-46
NT: Rev. 21.1-6

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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 Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, Who didst manifest Thyself in our flesh at this season, shine graciously into our hearts, that, walking as children of light, we may glorify Thee before men, and being always ready to obey Thy call, may, in our place and measure hold up the light of life to them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Hear us. O Lord, for Thy great mercies’ sake, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen.

~ Rev. H. Stobart, Nineteenth Century, in Selina Fitzherbert Fox.
A Chain of Prayer Across the Ages: Forty Centuries of Prayer from 2000 B.C.-A.D. 1916.
New York, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1943. p. 215.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Receive our submission to the name of Jesus, for we bow our knees to his name and confess with our tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord, to your glory, O glorious Father and God.

Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
Jesus of Nazareth has all authority in heaven and on earth. He conquered sin, death, and Satan, and established a Kingdom that will never end. He poured the Holy Spirit on the Church and sent us to call everyone everywhere to freedom and eternal life. The Holy Spirit dwells within us. “Us” means the whole Church. Every believer – man, woman, boy, and girl, no matter your age, culture, ethnicity, personality, education, background, or wealth – if the Holy Spirit dwells within you, you can guard the good deposit that has been entrusted to you. Friends, our intent is to empower the whole Church to guard the good deposit that has been entrusted to us. The Great Tradition provides a clear witness to what has been believed and practiced everywhere, always, by all Christians. It serves as a reliable pattern for the whole Church to represent Christ with faithfulness and freedom.

~ Ryan Carter. Guard the Good Deposit: The Great Tradition for the Whole Church.
Electronic Edition. Wichita, KS: TUMI Press, 2019, Locations 95, 97.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
To the Praise of His Glorious Grace, Ephesians 1.3-14

Book Reading
Carter, Guard the Good Deposit