Jesus then affirmed that if he would be lifted up (on the Cross), he would draw all peoples to himself. The crowd was puzzled by the statement, supposing that the Messiah would be present forever. Jesus declared, however, that their time for salvation was constrained, and that their opportunity for life was short. While he was in the world, he was the Light for the world; he appealed to them to receive him while they could, that they might become children of light.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Lord Jesus, truly you are the light of the world. Instruct us in your truth that we may walk in light, not in darkness, that we might embrace our own death to ourselves that we might live to you, and bear fruit that honors you. This we ask in your 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.
Chronological Reading for the Day
Tuesday: Pss. 144-145; 88-89
Chronological Holy Week Readings
Tuesday of Holy Week: Matt. 21.20-26.13; Mark 11.20-13.37; Luke 20-21
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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.
To you, eternal Son of God, who yielded up your life to the Father as a sacrifice, so now reproduce in us the same attitude and yieldedness, in order that your life might again be seen in us, and your Word heard through us, to your greater glory’s sake. In your name we pray, amen.
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Lord Jesus, help me to die to myself in order that I may constantly live for You.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of All Believers
This message, this Gospel, has been entrusted to us as like a treasure put in a common breakable clay pot (2 Cor. 4.7). We are ambassadors of Christ, and through us God announces salvation for the world (2 Cor. 5.20).
~ Ryan Carter. Guard the Good Deposit: The Great Tradition for the Whole Church. Wichita, KS: TUMI Press, 2019. p. 22.
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord, Luke 19.28-40
Fish and Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today
Special Church Year Services
Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Good Friday: Friday, April 15, 2022
Holy Saturday: Saturday, April 16, 2022