Week 37: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is a God of love, the same who sent his Son to die for us out of his infinite love for his creation. The one who loves, therefore, is the one who has been born of God and truly knows God. Those who do not love do not know God, for he is love. Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and gave us his Son to die for us, and his Spirit as a pledge of his salvation.

We are part of a new family where we love one another as Christ has loved us. As God’s beloved children by faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to be imitators of God, to be like our Lord, and to care for others in love. We are, as it were, his members here in this world, as if he were living through us, right here on earth. Through our demonstration of love and good works we show the very character of Christ and the newness of life in his Kingdom.

Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
Father, we have come to know and believe the love that you have given to us. In this is love: you sent your one and only Son into the world to be our atoning sacrifice, to pay our sin debt, to overcome evil, and to restore all things whole again, under your reign. Give us eyes to understand the fullness of your love, that we might be worthy vessels of it in our relationships with others – our family and friends, our fellow followers of Christ, and those who still do not know your love. Through Jesus our Lord, 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

An annual reading through the Bible in the order in which the events took place

Sunday: Dan. 10-12; Ezra 4.24-5.1

Lectionary Readings for the Day
Psalm: Ps. 50.1-8, 22-23
OT: Isa. 1.1, 10-20
Gospel: Luke 12.32-40
NT: Heb. 11.1-3, 8-16

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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.

In this was love, Lord Jesus: you came down from heaven to earth and gave your life to redeem your own out of the world. For this we are forever grateful, for your suffering love that won us back to the Father. Now, fill us with that same love that we may become vessels and servants of that Calvary kind of love in the places where we live and work. In your name we pray, amen.

Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Jesus, dear Savior whose love won me back to God, fill me with your love that I may testify to love where you have placed me today.

While the priesthood of believers affirms the dignity and right of every Christian to access God, it carries with it the chief notion of responsibility. Christians have access to God and his Word in order that they might minister the latter in its many forms to one another. Luther’s linking of the priesthood of believers with the Word of God brings out the New Testament’s emphasis on the community and, in particular, the “one another” aspects of the Christian’s vocation.

~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. p. 82.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Live a Baptized Life, Romans 6.1-5

Book Reading
Anizor and Voss, Representing Christ

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