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Christ Church Davis Prayer Book (January 10 – April 17, 2016)

Cover Photo: Christ Shows Himself to Thomas (By Rowan and Irene LeCompte, Washington Cathedral)


The Lord's Prayer (Albani Psalter, 12th century)

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Table of Contents About Christ Church Davis…………………………………………………….…. 4 An Overview of the Christian Year………………………………………….….. 6 Common Terms of Historic Christian Devotion…………………….……. 7 Foundational Christian Creeds……………….………………………………..….8 Historic Prayers of the Church……………………………………………………11 Compline Service (Evening Prayer)…………………………..........................17 Introduction to Baptism…………………………..............................................20 Introduction to Holy Communion…………………………..........................24 Scripture Readings and Prayer Devotional (The Season of Epiphany – Year C)………………………….……………..…27 Introduction to Lent……….…………………..………………….........................75 Ash Wednesday Prayer Service……….………………………..........................86 Scripture Readings and Prayer Devotional (The Season of Lent – Year C)……………………………………………..……91 Holy Week Scripture Readings and Prayer Devotionals.....................149 Scripture Readings and Prayer Devotional (The Season of Easter – Year C)……………………………………………....203 *All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ 3


About Christ Church Davis Christ Church began in the fall of 2010 as a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. We are a worshipping community whose beliefs and practices are rooted in the Christian Church around the world and through the ages. Our hope is founded on the historic tenets of the Christian faith, as articulated by the ecumenical creeds -- Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed.

Our Faith All Christians believe that the Bible reveals one God in three “persons” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In other words, God is a perfect community of love, revealing himself to us through the person of Jesus Christ, uniting us to Christ through the Holy Spirit. We seek to participate in the Kingdom of God by announcing and embodying the story of Jesus. We are oriented toward this kingdom as we respond to God’s grace in corporate worship and in our daily lives.

Worship Life and Practice Christian discipleship doesn’t just happen on Sunday. Our spiritual lives are entangled and intertwined with the ordinary: in our work, studies and relationships. This book is intended to be a connection between Sunday worship and our lives throughout the week. In its pages you will find some of the historic building blocks of individual and communal Christian worship. Each weekly unit contains the Psalm for the week, readings from the Old and New Testaments (including the sermon text for the week), and a prayer service designed for both individual and corporate use. We encourage you to take time each week to read, pray, and reflect on some, or all, of these elements.

The Shape of Discipleship In conversation with the past and the present, our worship flows from the words and life of Jesus, the witness of Holy Scripture, and the practices of the Christian church through the ages. We believe that God, in His love, has initiated a conversation with his children. God more fully reveals his grace and Holy Spirit as we respond to His love in prayer and faith. 4


Historic patterns of dialogue give us the language of praise, thanksgiving, confession, and assurance. In addition to words, we gather every Sunday to hear God’s promises, celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and remember the promises that have been communicated to us through baptism. These sacraments give shape to individual and corporate worship, while prayer, especially the Psalms, shapes the language we use as we relate to God and others.

Christian Time Worship and prayer celebrate the hope we have through Jesus, who is the culmination of the promises of God to restore all that is broken. The Christian Calendar provides believers with a unique and formative orientation towards time. Seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost allow us to “live into” the mighty acts and promises of God past, present, and future; and encourage us to see ourselves as participants in that redemptive story.

Toward Others These practices form us to understand that our whole lives are an act of worship. Prayer and worship compel us to live out the priorities of Jesus by loving our neighbor, our community and our world. We are animated by our hope that through Christ, God is making “all things new.”

With Others The journey of faith is full of doubts, questions, and struggles. God’s grace is experienced when we practice our faith together. Therefore we eat together, pray together, learn together, serve together and care for one another. Over time, the rhythms of common prayer, Scripture reading, and the practice of the Christian calendar can help to shape us into people of faith and mission. As we pray and patiently submit to these words in the midst of many seasons, we find that the Triune God is truly the anchor of our lives. This book is a catalyst for the journey.

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An Overview of the Christian Year The Christian year begins on the first week of Advent and follows the pattern of the life of Christ. This orientation towards time allows Christians to communally and individually follow Jesus through His life, death, and resurrection. The rhythm of this story defines the Christian life.

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Common Terms Associated with Historic Christian Devotion Lectionary: A pre-selected collection of Scripture readings that follows the liturgical year in a three-year cycle. Readings in this prayer guide are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. Website: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/ Compline: The final service of the day in the Christian tradition of fixed-hour prayer. It is used to commit the completed workday and approaching nighttime to God. Collect: A short written prayer extolling a person of the Trinity for a divine attribute. It usually includes a petition based on that attribute and the mediation of Jesus Christ. Gloria Patri: The “Glory Be” is an ancient Trinitarian hymn of praise often said after the recitation of a Psalm. The repetition of this hymn reminds us that our lives are lived within the context of eternity, and that God’s presence and providence undergirds everything that happens. Canticle: A hymn or song of praise taken from a passage of Scripture, not from the Psalms. Antiphon: A short response from a congregation (said or sung) in the context of a Psalm or other Scripture reading. Matins: Originally referred to the concluding morning service of the monastic prayer cycle. It is now often used by Protestant denominations to refer to any morning service.

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Foundational Christian Creeds Memorization of these texts is a vital part of rehearsing and remembering the faith that all Christians share, in all times and places. These creeds emphasize the theological foundations of God as Trinity and the incarnation of God in Christ. These are the wellspring of Christian faith and the building blocks of corporate worship that all Christians share in common.

The Lord’s Prayer Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living 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.

Profession of Faith (from Philippians 2:5- 11, NRSV) Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! 9


The Nicene Creed We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Gloria Patri Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

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Historic Prayers of the Church

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Prayer for the Morning Te Deum Laudamus – A Song of the Church Written by two early church fathers, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine

We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as the Lord; all creation worships you, the Father everlasting. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, the 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 praise, the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide. You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you took our flesh to set us free you humbly chose 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. Amen.

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Prayer for the Evening Phos Hilaron – A Song of the Light Originally written in New Testament Greek, this is the earliest known hymn recorded outside of the Bible that is still in use today. Both Eastern and Western Churches use this hymn in daily worship.

O gracious Light, pure brightness of the ever living Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds. Amen.

Prayer of Humility The Jesus Prayer – From Luke 18 This prayer from the Gospel is used widely throughout the Eastern Christian tradition and can be said many times throughout the day.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

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A Prayer of General Thanksgiving From The Book of Common Prayer (1979 ed.) Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Abbreviated Prayers for Morning and Evening From The Small Catechism of Martin Luther Morning Prayer In the morning when you get up, make the sign of the holy cross and say: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may also say this little prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. Then go joyfully to your work, singing a hymn, like that of the Ten Commandments, or whatever your devotion may suggest. 14


Evening Prayer In the evening when you go to bed, make the sign of the holy cross and say: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Then kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may also say this little prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. Then go to sleep at once and in good cheer.

Prayers Before Meals Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the Universe, for you give us food to sustain our lives and make our hearts glad; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -from The Book of Common Prayer

Loving Father, we thank you for your countless blessings, especially for the gift of your Son, for the Church, for our faith, and now for this meal. Bless this food and the love that unites us. Keep us forever grateful and generous in your service. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For these and all his mercies, God’s holy Name be blessed and praised; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -from The Book of Common Prayer

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Response: For his love endures forever. Praise the Lord, who is so good. (Response) Praise the God of gods. (Response) Praise the Lord of lords. (Response) He freed us from our foes. (Response) And gives food to all flesh. (Response) Praise the God of heaven. (Response) -From Psalm 136 The eyes of all wait upon You, O Lord, and You give them their food in due season; You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. –From The Small Catechism of Martin Luther

Prayer for Dependence on God Grant, Almighty God, that we may learn, whether in want or in abundance, to submit ourselves to you, that it may be our only and perfect source of happiness to depend on you and to rest in your salvation, the experience of which you have already given us, until we shall reach that eternal rest, where we shall enjoy it in all its fullness, when made partakers of that glory which has been procured for us by the blood of your onlybegotten Son. Amen. –John Calvin, 1509-1564.

Doxology (from The Genevan Psalter, 1551) 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.

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Evening Prayer Devotional Compline Modified from The Book of Common Prayer (1979) *This service can be adapted for individual or corporate use. If a leader and congregation are present, the part of the congregation is designated in bold The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen. Our help is in the Name of the Lord; The maker of heaven and earth. Let us confess our sins to God. Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen. May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

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*One or more of the following Psalms are sung or said. Other suitable selections may be substituted. Psalm 4 Psalm 31 Psalm 91 Psalm 134 Gloria Patri (Sung or Spoken) Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. - Matthew 11:28-30 Thanks be to God. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; Hide us under the shadow of your wings. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

The Lord’s Prayer Lord, hear our prayer; And let our cry come to you. Let us pray: Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 18


Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. *Silence may be kept, and free intercessions and thanksgivings may be offered. Canticle: Song of Simeon (Luke 2: 29-32) Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen. 19


An Introduction to the Sacrament of Holy Baptism The seasons of Epiphany, Lent, and Easter provide opportunities to reflect upon two of the most important practices that define Christians. Baptism and the Holy Communion are testaments of grace that all Christians are called to participate in as members of the body of Christ, worldwide and throughout history. The following explanations of these sacraments are taken from a recent document published by the Christian Reformed Church in North America and reflect upon some of the most basic ways we understand their significance within the historic Reformed tradition. These documents can be found online here: https://www.crcna.org/resources/church-resources/liturgical-formsresources/liturgical-forms-review Baptism: What Does This Sacrament Mean? Baptism is the sacrament by which we are brought into the body of Christ and the family of God. As with the Lord’s Supper, in the Reformed tradition, this sacrament is much more than a mere symbol of being united with Christ, or a testimony of one’s personal faith, or the dedication of a child to God. In the physical act of baptism with water, God claims us as his own, unites us to his Son, Jesus Christ, washes away our sins, and sets the seal of the Holy Spirit on us.

While we make some distinction between the baptism of infants and young children, and the baptism of older children and adults, especially in the vows taken in the baptismal covenant, there is but one baptism, which offers the same blessing and assurance. God’s action in baptism is highlighted in our confessions, as the following selections from the Belgic Confession (Art. 34) demonstrate: “By it we are received into God’s church and set apart from all other people and alien religions, that we may wholly belong to him whose mark and sign we bear. Baptism also witnesses to us that God, being our gracious Father, will be our God forever. . . 20


“In this way God signifies to us that just as water washes away the dirt of the body when it is poured on us and also is seen on the bodies of those who are baptized when it is sprinkled on them, so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally, in the soul, by the Holy Spirit. “It washes and cleanses it from its sins and transforms us from being the children of wrath into the children of God. “Our Lord gives what the sacrament signifies—namely the invisible gifts and graces; washing, purifying, and cleansing our souls of all filth and unrighteousness; renewing our hearts and filling them with all comfort; giving us true assurance of his fatherly goodness; clothing us with the ‘new self’ and stripping off the ‘old self with its practices.’ . . . “We believe our children ought to be baptized and sealed with the sign of the covenant, as little children were circumcised in Israel on the basis of the same promises made to our children. “And truly, Christ has shed his blood no less for washing the little children of believers than he did for adults. “Therefore they ought to receive the sign and sacrament of what Christ has done for them. . . .” Baptism was instituted by Christ after his victorious resurrection. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20). In this command, Christ himself makes baptism the universal entrance into his church, and the mark of our discipleship. 1. Baptism unites us to Christ in his death and resurrection. In Romans 6:1-11, Paul identifies baptism as our participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” 21


(vv. 3-4, NRSV). Baptism is a kind of drowning, in which the old self dies and a new self in Christ comes to life. 2. Baptism brings us into the new society, the body of Christ. This society lives by the norms of the kingdom of God. “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek . . . slave or free . . . male or female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:27-29, NRSV). We become members of Christ and members of each other in the one body. 3. Baptism signifies the washing away of our sins. Peter announced at Pentecost, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38). Paul argued that the Corinthians were to abandon their pagan ways of life because in baptism they were “washed” and “sanctified” (1 Cor. 6:11). 4. In baptism we are adopted into the trinitarian family through Christ. Being baptized “into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” declares that we have a new name because we have been adopted through the Son into the family of God, at the heart of which is the blessed Trinity itself. Jesus’ own baptism in the Jordan River by John also demonstrates what our baptism means. Taking his place as the new human alongside sinners, Jesus receives the Spirit’s empowerment and hears the Father’s voice: “This is my beloved Son.” So our baptism marks our adoption into the trinitarian family through Christ. 5. In baptism we are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit. After Peter calls people to repentance and baptism on Pentecost, he adds this promise: “And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). 6. Our children should also be baptized, for all the promises of baptism are for them as well as for us (Acts 2:39). We are to teach our children that they have been baptized and prayerfully encourage them to affirm the promises of their baptism by professing their faith in Jesus Christ. 22


7. All these blessings of baptism become ours by faith. “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27, NRSV). While our faith is in Christ alone, the Heidelberg Catechism (Q&A 69) teaches that baptism assures us that Christ’s salvation is personally ours. We do not believe in our baptism, as though it automatically applies Christ’s blessings to us, but we believe in the salvation of Christ through our baptism as a visible sign and seal of God’s grace.

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Introduction to the Celebration of Holy Communion Holy Communion: What Does This Sacrament Mean? In order to properly integrate the Lord’s Supper in worship, it’s important for congregations to have a clear understanding of this sacrament. This is especially important because a proper understanding of the Lord’s Supper will serve to increase the desire for believers to participate in it and the benefits they derive from it.

Broadly speaking, the main issue is whether the Lord’s Supper is merely a memorial of Christ’s death on the cross, or whether, in and through the sacrament, Christ actually communicates his risen and ascended life to believers. Do we receive Christ in the sacrament, or do we just remember what he has done for us? While we “do this in remembrance” of the Lord, more is happening at the table than a mere remembering of what he has done for us. While no one can claim to fully understand the mystery of participation in Christ through this meal, the Belgic Confession (Art. 35) gives a thorough theological understanding of what the Lord’s Supper means for the life of the believer. A few key quotations: “We believe and confess that our Savior Jesus Christ has ordained and instituted the sacrament of the Holy Supper to nourish and sustain those who are already regenerated and ingrafted into his family, which is his church. . . . “Thus, to support the physical and earthly life, God has prescribed for us appropriate earthly and material bread, which is as common to all people as life itself. But to maintain the spiritual and heavenly life that belongs to believers, God has sent a living bread that came down from heaven: namely Jesus Christ, who nourishes and maintains the spiritual life of believers when eaten—that is, when appropriated and received spiritually by faith.

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“To represent to us this spiritual and heavenly bread, Christ has instituted an earthly and visible bread as the sacrament of his body and wine as the sacrament of his blood. He did this to testify to us that just as truly as we take and hold the sacrament in our hands and eat and drink it with our mouths, by which our life is then sustained, so truly we receive into our souls, for our spiritual life, the true body and true blood of Christ, our only Savior. We receive these by faith, which is the hand and mouth of our souls. . . . “Yet we do not go wrong when we say that what is eaten is Christ’s own natural body and what is drunk is his own blood—but the manner in which we eat it is not by the mouth, but by the Spirit through faith. . . . “Finally, with humility and reverence we receive the holy sacrament in the gathering of God’s people, as we engage together, with thanksgiving, in a holy remembrance of the death of Christ our Savior, and as we thus confess our faith and Christian religion.” In addition, the Scriptures indicate that the Lord’s Supper is a meal that symbolizes and effects the unity of believers in the congregation and at all times and places (1 Cor. 10:14-17). It also causes us to anticipate the coming of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:26). It is clear, then, that in this meal we receive Christ and all his benefits through the mediation of the Holy Spirit. This understanding of the sacrament should prompt us to celebrate it often (perhaps weekly, as John Calvin desired), and with appropriate joy, reverence, and faith.

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The Baptism of the Lord The First Sunday after the Epiphany January 10, 2015 (Year C)

John Baptizes Jesus (by JESUS MAFA, 1973, Cameroon)

The Epiphany of the Lord was celebrated on January 6th, but is extended by some churches into a season that includes the weeks preceding Lent. The word epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning “manifestation or appearance,” in church history this word has become closely associated with the revelation of Christ in connection with the visit of the Magi and Christ’s revelation extending to the Gentiles and the whole earth... Epiphany season is used to focus on the teaching and healing ministry of Christ. These weeks can be a time to focus on Jesus’ ministry so that, from Christmas onward, worshipers grow in awareness of the significance of Jesus’ entire life and prepare for the call to discipleship that will happen in Lent. 27


Weekly Scripture Readings Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Themes: Because the Lord loves us and knows us by name, we don’t need to be worried of fearful (Is 43:1-7). God is all-powerful and blesses us with strength and peace (Ps 29) and with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17). Through Christ’s baptism, and renewed understanding of our own baptism (Lk 3:15-17, 21-22), we can better understand the plan God has for our own salvation. –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Isaiah 43:1-7 (NIV) But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. 4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ 28


Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Acts 8:14-17 (NIV) 14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Luke 3:15-17 (NIV) 15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:21-22 (NIV) 21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Opening Scripture From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of Hosts. -Malachi 1:11

Hymn - Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above. Praise his name, I’m fixed upon it, Name of God’s redeeming love. O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee.

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Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above. Words by Robert Robinson, 1785 / Music by Asahel Nettleton, 1825

Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. –from The Book of Common Worship Silence May the God of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Psalm 29 (NIV) A psalm of David. 1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. 3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!� 10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

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Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Profession of Faith - Philippians 2:5-11 (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People From The Worship Sourcebook (Second Edition) Let us pray for the church and for the world. Grant, almighty God, that all who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. We pray for your church around the world, especially those who suffer because of your name in places of conflict. We join in their suffering and pray for those who persecute them. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace that we may honor one another and serve the common good. We pray for those who lead in serve us in our own community, for our civil and spiritual leaders. (A time for silence and free intersessions) 33


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. We pray for those in our own congregation who are directly involved in this task and reflect your image by seeking to cultivate the beauty of your Creation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them and love one another as he loves us. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Comfort and heal all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of your people and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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A Prayer for Epiphany O God, you spoke your Word and revealed your good news in Jesus Christ. Fill all creation with that Word again, So that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations And singing of your glorious hope to all peoples, We may become one living body, The body of Christ on earth. Amen.

Benediction May we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. –from 1 Peter 3:18 Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or Doxology is sung)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1 11 Themes: God delights in us (Is 62:1-5); His steadfast love offers us refuge in the shadow of His wings (Ps 36:5-10). Christ showed his power while on earth, working many signs and miracles, including one at the wedding of Cana (Jn 2:1-11). God gives each of us spiritual gifts to use in his service (1 Cor 12:1-11). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Isaiah 62:1-5 (NIV) For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. 2 The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. 3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married. 5 As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. 38


1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (NIV) Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. John 2:1-11 (NIV) 2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

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8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Invitation to Prayer Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. —Ephesians 6:18, NRSV

Hymn – Come Holy Ghost (Veni Creator Spiritus) Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, And in our hearts take up Thy rest; Come with thy grace and heav’nly aid to fill our hearts which thou hast made, To fill our hearts which thou hast made. O Comforter, to thee we cry, Thou heav’nly gift of God most high; Thou fount of life, and fire of love, And sweet anointing from above, And sweet anointing from above. Be not afraid, where you go there I am with you. Be not afraid, where you go there I am with you. O Holy Ghost, through thee alone, Know we the Father and the Son; Be this our firm unchanging creed, That thou dost from them both proceed, That thou dost from them both proceed. 41


Be not afraid, where you go there I am with you. Be not afraid, where you go there I am with you. Praise we the Lord, Father and Son, and Holy Spirit with them one; And may the Son on us bestow all gifts from the Spirit flow, All gifts that from the Spirit flow. Be not afraid, where you go there I am with you. Be not afraid, where you go there I am with you. Words: Veni, Creator Spiritus (9th Century) Music: Bruce Benedict & Raymond G. Mills

Confession Come, Holy Spirit of God, And search our hearts with the light of the risen Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, our God, in our sin we have avoided your call. Our love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy on us; deliver us from judgment; 42


bind up our wounds and revive us; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Silence May the risen Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

Opening Psalm: Venite O Come Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9,13 O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have molded the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him. For he comes, for he comes to judge the earth and with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples in his faithfulness. 43


Gloria Patri Glory 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.

The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 36: 5-10 (NIV) 5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

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Confession of Faith: Te Deum (Pg. 12) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Sisters and brothers, our baptism calls us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world: Intercessions (Spontaneous prayers - say “out loud” the names of those who come to mind that you would like to bring before God.) o We pray for the people of...(countries or regions) o We pray for our sisters and brothers...(churches, believers in other Christian traditions, spiritual leaders) o We pray for friends, relatives, and neighbors o We pray for the day and its tasks, individuals in need, the world and its needs, and for the Church and her life Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are bold to pray:

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A Prayer for the Second Week after the Epiphany O God of steadfast love, At the wedding in Cana your Son Jesus turned water into wine, delighting all who were there. Transform our hearts by your Spirit, that we may use our gifts to show forth the light of your love as one body in Christ. Amen.

Benediction Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or Doxology is sung)

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Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 24, 2016 (Year C)

Hands, all together (Photograph, 2007)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Themes: The joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10). We desire to follow the Lord in everything we do (Ps 19), proclaiming freedom (Lk 4:14-21) with the knowledge that we are a small but important part of something greater than ourselves (1 Cor 12:12-31a). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Nehemiah 8:1-3 (NIV) 1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. 2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. 3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Nehemiah 8:5-6 (NIV) 5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah 8:8-10 (NIV) 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read. 9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day 48


is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. 10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (NIV) 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance,and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all 49


prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way. Luke 4:14-21 (NIV) 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue,as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Your light springs up for the righteous and all the peoples have seen your glory. The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Invitation to Prayer The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. -Romans 8:26-27, NRSV

Song – Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore thee, Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, Who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be. Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth and sky and sea; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! 51


Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Silence Blessed be the Lord. who has heard the voice of our prayer.

The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 19 (NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 52


8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

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Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People From The Worship Sourcebook (Second Edition) Let us pray for the church and for the world. Grant, almighty God, that all who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. We pray for your church around the world, especially those who suffer because of your name in places of conflict. We join in their suffering and pray for those who persecute them. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace that we may honor one another and serve the common good. We pray for those who lead in serve us in our own community, for our civil and spiritual leaders. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. We pray for those in our own congregation who are directly involved in this task and reflect your image by seeking to cultivate the beauty of your Creation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. 54


Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them and love one another as he loves us. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Comfort and heal all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of your people and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. To God be all honor and glory, dominion and power, now and forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we are bold to pray:

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A Collect for the Renewal of Life O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death in the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ out Lord. Amen

Benediction Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or Doxology is sung)

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Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany January 31, 2016 (Year C)

Beloved (Linda Crossan, 2007)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30 Themes: God is with us; He is our fortress and refuge (Ps 71:1-6). He knew us before we were born (Jer 1:4-10). Because of His love for us, we are to love others with a patient, kind and enduring love (1 Cor 13:1-3). This love was shown to us by Christ, who came to earth as a man and endured threats and abuse and finally, death, so that we might live with him eternally (Lk 4:21-30). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NIV) 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” 1 Corinthians 13 (NIV) If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a 58


faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Luke 4:21-30 (NIV) 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. 23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’” 24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there 59


were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.� 28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard 29 this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. —Psalm 124:8, NRSV

Invitation to Prayer The first words of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father in heaven,” teach us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father able and ready to help us, and that we should pray with and for others, offering up our desires to God for things agreeable to his will in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies. —based on Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A’s 98, 100

Hymn – Bless the Lord Bless the Lord, my soul And bless God’s holy name Bless the Lord, my soul Who leads me into life. Music: Jacques Berthier (Taize)

Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. 61


We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. –from The Book of Common Worship Silence May the God of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Confession of Faith - Te Deum (Pg. 12) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People God of all creation, full of love and abounding in mercy; May the whole earth be filled with your glory. Lord, bless and guide all ministers of your church; Clothe them in righteousness and grant them wisdom. Direct the leaders of our government; That they may act in accordance with your kingdom. Enlarge our own hearts, O Lord, To love the things that you love May we proclaim your light In every place where there is darkness. May we proclaim your Holy Name In every aspect of our lives. 63


We pray for those in sickness, grief, persecution, bondage, fear, or loneliness, and for all of our own needs; Lord, have mercy. (A time of spontaneous prayers and intersessions Say “out loud” the names and situations that you would like to bring before God.) Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are bold to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) A Prayer for Mission O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Benediction Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or version of the Doxology is sung)

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Transfiguration Sunday February 7, 2016 (Year C)

Transfiguration (Mid 12th century, Palermo Italy)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, 37-43a Exodus 34: 29-35 (NIV) When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32 Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai. 29

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When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 (NIV) 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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4 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. Luke 9:28-36 (NIV) 28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34

While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen. Luke 9:37-43 (NIV) 37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” 41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 67


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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Your light springs up for the righteous and all the peoples have seen your glory. The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Invitation to Prayer Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. -Isaiah 60:3

Song – Come, O Redeemer, Come Father enthroned on high, Holy, holy Ancient, eternal Light, Hear our prayer. Come, oh Redeemer, come, Grant us mercy. Come, oh redeemer, come, Grant us peace. Lord, save us from the dark Of our striving, Faithless and troubled hearts Weighed down. Come, oh Redeemer, come, Grant us mercy. Come, oh redeemer, come, Grant us peace. Look now upon our need; Lord be with us. Heal us and make us free from our sin. Words and Music: Fernando Ortega

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Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. - from Psalm 51 Silence Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. – from Psalm 32

Opening Psalm Psalm 63:1-7 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; My soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have seen you in the sanctuary, and beheld your power and your glory. 70


Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live, and in your Name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest of foods, and with joyful lips my mouth shall praise you, When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you through the watches of the night. Because you have been my help, I will sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

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The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. 2 Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy. 4 The King is mighty, he loves justice— you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. 5 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. 6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the Lord and he answered them. 71


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Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Profession of Faith - Philippians 2:5-11 (Pg.9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People From The Worship Sourcebook (Second Edition) Let us pray for the church and for the world.

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Grant, almighty God, that all who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. We pray for your church around the world, especially those who suffer because of your name in places of conflict. We join in their suffering and pray for those who persecute them. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace that we may honor one another and serve the common good. We pray for those who lead in serve us in our own community, for our civil and spiritual leaders. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. We pray for those in our own congregation who are directly involved in this task and reflect your image by seeking to cultivate the beauty of your Creation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them and love one another as he loves us. Comfort and heal all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

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(A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Almighty God, mercifully accept the prayers of your people and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) (Groups are encouraged to stand together and hold hands. Individuals are encouraged to stand with open hands.)

A Prayer for Transfiguration Sunday O God, You revealed your glory and presence In your beloved Son, Jesus Christ In receiving our prayers, Reveal the glory and presence of your Spirit Alive in the world today, Free us from doubts, And empower us to act as a transfigured people. Amen.

Benediction Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the transfigured Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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The Season of Lent 2016

The Pharisee and the Publican (JESUS MAFA, Cameroon, 1973)

There is a “bright sadness” to the Lenten journey - a distinct awareness, begun with ashes, that we are frail. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and startles us from our complacency and/or pretensions by encouraging us to peer deeply and honestly at ourselves and the world and embrace humility and repentance instead of hubris and pride. Ashes remind us of the inevitability of our own death, as well as the acknowledgement that we need forgiveness. Lent begins starkly. But there is also “brightness” to Lent. We are on a journey. We are headed somewhere, and it is Easter. Lent might begin starkly, but it ends in brightness - a celebration of the death destroying resurrection of Jesus. We begin with ashes, but culminate our celebrating with Easter and baptism - a reminder that we die and rise with Christ.! Whether you are only beginning to explore the claims of Jesus, or have been a Christian for quite some time, Lent is a perfect season to allow God to shape your life around the cross and empty tomb of Christ in fresh ways. 75


What is Lent? The tradition of Lent can be traced back to at least the year 130 AD. It was used as preparation for those who were entering the Christian faith through baptism. By the year 325 AD, around the time of the Council of Nicaea, this preparatory fast would last 40 days. Not only were prospects for baptism participating, but also entire congregations, including those already baptized. By the 4th century the Western church determined that the Lenten period of fasting and renewal should correspond to Christ’s forty-day fast, and, by counting forty days back from Easter (excluding Sundays), arrived at the Wednesday seven weeks before Easter.

Lenten Practices Worship This season of community-wide reflection is marked with specific occasions to worship together. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, so named after a tradition of marking participants with ash, a sign used throughout the Scriptures to denote mourning and repentance. Holy Week, leading up to Easter, is marked by several observations. The first day of the week is Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where people praised him as a Savior King. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Passover meal, the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Passover was an observance of God rescuing his people from slavery in Egypt. At this meal Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Lord’s Supper. Good Friday is a commemoration of the death of Jesus on the cross - a death which defeats death itself. Finally, Easter Sunday is a commemoration of the victory of God over sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus. Baptism Historically, the main purpose of Lent was to prepare newly converted Christians for baptism. Therefore, Lent and Easter is our return every year to our own baptism, our identity in Christ – our own death and life with him. Easter reminds us that what is most true about us is that we are marked as God’s own, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and called to follow Christ in mission. If you haven’t been baptized, or if your children haven’t 76


been baptized, this is a time to consider what might be holding you back. If you have been baptized, use this season of Lent as a time to remember the promises of God signified to you - marked as God’s own. Fasting Fasting, joined with prayer and reading of the Scriptures, is a spiritual discipline of humbling ourselves. Fasting is traditionally the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both for a limited time. The act of self-denial can be a helpful tool for Christian growth - a reminder of our dependence on God. Some people give up certain behaviors or habits during the season as well. Prayer Lent is also a time to expand a life of prayer. Guided prayer, praying the Psalms, and intentionally praying globally are ways to encourage growth through and in prayer. Almsgiving Often the money that is saved from giving something up for Lent is given to help the poor and oppressed. Even if nothing is given up however, we are reminded that we have a savior who is rich in mercy, and in response to that mercy out of gratitude, we give of our resources to those in need. Consider seeking out ways to give to our local community, or donate to the community development and disaster response arm of the Christian Reformed Church known as World Renew. Find out more and donate at www.worldrenew.net Study Historically, Lent was a time when new converts to Christianity would learn the basics of the faith in preparation for baptism at Easter. Use this season as a time to read the story of Jesus, commit yourself to reading through the lectionary texts and selecting an appropriate book to read for your own spiritual growth.

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Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 (Year C)

Hypocrite and Slanderer (sculpture, Franz Xaver, Messerschmidt, 1736-1783)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Psalm 51:1-17 (NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 80


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with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God. 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” Isaiah 58:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 58 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. 82


They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, 83


and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10 (NIV) 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

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Matthew 6:1-6 (NIV) “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:16-21 (NIV) 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Ash Wednesday Prayer Service Based on a service from the Book of Common Prayer (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold)

Hymn – Come Ye Sinners Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love and power; Come, ye needy, come and welcome, God's free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh. Let not conscience make you linger; Nor of fitness fondly dream: All the fitness he requires, is to feel your need of him. Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, bruised and broken by the fall, If you tarry till you're better, you will never come at all

Opening Prayer Let us pray…Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 86


Scripture Readings Old Testament Epistle Gospel

A Call to the Lenten Journey Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need that all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and selfdenial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer. Silence is then kept for a time, all kneeling. If ashes are to be imposed, the Celebrant says the following prayer Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 87


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Confession (from Psalm 51) Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

Litany of Penitence The Celebrant and People together, all kneeling We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives, We confess to you, Lord. Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, We confess to you, Lord. Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves, We confess to you, Lord.

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Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work, We confess to you, Lord. Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us, We confess to you, Lord. Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, Accept our repentance, Lord. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, Accept our repentance, Lord. For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us, Accept our repentance, Lord. Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us; Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great. Accomplish in us the work of your salvation, That we may show forth your glory in the world. By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord, Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection. Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of sinners, but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live, you pardon and absolve all those who truly repent, and with sincere hearts believe his holy Gospel. Be not afraid. 89


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Prayers of the People Sisters and brothers, our baptism calls us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world. Intercessions are offered: o We pray for the people of…(countries or regions) o We pray for our sisters and brothers…(churches) o We pray for friends, relatives, and neighbors Spontaneous prayers and say “out loud” the names of those who come to mind that you would like to bring before God.

The Lord’s Prayer Closing Hymn Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love and power; I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms. In the arms of my dear Savior, oh, there are ten thousand charms.

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Weekly Scripture Readings Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 Themes: God is merciful and keeps His promises, He is full of love toward his children and sees us in our suffering (Deut 26:1-11). We look to God as our refuge, our protector and our guardian from all trouble (Ps 91:1-2, 9-16). God gave his only son, Jesus, to become fully human, with all the same temptations we experience (Lk 4:1-13), then to die for our sins and be resurrected (Rom 10: 8b-13) so that we may live in hope of resurrection as those who are united with Christ. –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (NIV) 26 When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2 take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name 3 and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” 4 The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God. 5 Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor. 7 Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. 8 So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. 9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him.11 Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. 92


Romans 10:8-13 (NIV) 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Luke 4:1-13 (NIV) 4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. 93


Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. —Psalm 141:2, NRSV

Invitation to Prayer The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. —Romans 8:26-27, NRSV

Hymn – I Am the Lord Your God When you pass through the waters, I will be with you And the waves will not overcome you Do not fear for I have redeemed you I have called you by name, you are mine For I am the Lord, your God I am the Lord your God I am the Holy One of Israel your Savior For I am the Lord your God I am the Lord your God I am the Holy One of Israel your Savior I am the Lord When you walk through the fire, You’ll not be burned And the flames will not consume you Do not fear for I will be with you I have called you by name you are mine 94


Confession (Note: During the season of Lent it is appropriate to kneel or stand during confession) Come, Holy Spirit of God, And search our hearts with the light of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, our God, in our sin we have avoided your call. Our love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy on us; deliver us from judgment; bind up our wounds and revive us; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Silence May the Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

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Gloria Patri Glory 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.

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The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 91:1-2; 9-16 (NIV) 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

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Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Confession of Faith - Nicene Creed (Pg. 10) Prayers of the People Sisters and brothers, our baptism calls us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world. o We pray for the people of…(countries or regions) o We pray for our sisters and brothers…(churches) o We pray for friends, relatives, and neighbors (Spontaneous prayers and say “out loud” the names of those who come to mind that you would like to bring before God.) To God be all honor and glory, dominion and power, now and forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we are bold to pray:

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A Prayer of Lent God of wilderness and water, Your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, That we may not avoid struggle, But open ourselves to blessing, Through the cleansing depths of repentance And the heaven rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Benediction Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen. Let us bless the Lord and follow his Son Jesus. Thanks be to God. Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or Doxology is sung)

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Second Sunday in Lent February 21, 2016 (Year C)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 Themes: God keeps His promises (Gen 15: 1-12, 17-18); He is our light and salvation. Because of His care, we need not be afraid (Ps 27) and can rejoice in knowing Jesus Christ, no matter what the cost (Phil 3:174:1). Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord (Lk 13:31-35)! –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Genesis 15:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 7 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” 8 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

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9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. and repent in dust and ashes.” Genesis 15:17-18 (NIV) 17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— Philippians 3:17-4:1 (NIV) 17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach,and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. 4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

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Luke 13:31-35 New International Version (NIV) 31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) We pray to you, O Lord; you hear our voice in the morning; at sunrise we offer our prayers and wait for your answer. —based on Psalm 5:2-3

Invitation to Prayer Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. —Ephesians 6:18, NRSV

Song – O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean In its fullness over me Underneath me, all around me, Is the current of Thy love Leading onward, leading homeward To Thy glorious rest above! O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Spread His praise from shore to shore! How He loveth, ever loveth, Changeth never, nevermore! How He watches o’er His loved ones, Died to call them all His own; How for them He intercedeth, Watcheth o’er them from the throne! Words: Samuel Trevor Francis / Traditional Welsh melody 105


Confession (Note: During the season of Lent it is appropriate to kneel or stand during confession) Let us confess our sins to God. Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. –from The Book of Common Worship Silence May the God of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. 7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. 107


Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

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Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People God of all creation, full of love and abounding in mercy; May the whole earth be filled with your glory. Lord, bless and guide all ministers of your church; Clothe them in righteousness and grant them wisdom. Direct the leaders of our government; That they may act in accordance with your kingdom. Enlarge our own hearts, O Lord, To love the things that you love May we proclaim your light In every place where there is darkness. May we proclaim your Holy Name In every aspect of our lives. We pray for those in sickness, grief, persecution, bondage, fear, or loneliness, and for all of our own needs; Lord, have mercy. (A time of spontaneous prayers and intersessions Say “out loud” the names and situations that you would like to bring before God) Create in us clean hearts, O God; And take not your Holy Spirit from us. Grant us your peace; For only in you can we live in safety. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are bold to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) (Groups are encouraged to stand together and hold hands. Individuals are encouraged to stand with open hands)

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A Prayer of Lent God of wilderness and water, Your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, That we may not avoid struggle, But open ourselves to blessing, Through the cleansing depths of repentance And the heaven rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Benediction Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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Third Sunday in Lent February 28, 2016 (Year C)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 Themes: God is powerful and can extend mercy to us, even in our weakness. We must return to him and seek life (Is 55:1-9). We seek the Lord and His steadfast; we praise him and marvel at his power and glory (Ps 63: 1-8). We ask him for help to stand against temptation and find ways to escape it (1 Cor 10:1-13). When we fall into sin, we are called to repentance (Lk 13:1-9) –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Isaiah 55:1-9 (NIV) “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” 6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways 112


and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (NIV) For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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Luke 13:1-9 (NIV) 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ 8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) O God make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Opening Scripture Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” –Mark 8:34

Invitation to Prayer As Christians, we believe that prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. We also believe that God gives his grace and Holy Spirit to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them. —from The Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 116

Hymn – Come Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, Come With energy divine, And on this poor, benighted soul With beams of mercy shine Melt, melt this frozen heart; This stubborn will subdue; Each evil passion overcome, And form me all anew Mine will the profit be, But Thine shall be the praise; And unto Thee will I devote the remnant of my days 115


Confession (Note: During the season of Lent it is appropriate to kneel or stand during confession) Come, Holy Spirit of God, And search our hearts with the light of the risen Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, our God, in our sin we have avoided your call. Our love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy on us; deliver us from judgment; bind up our wounds and revive us; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Silence May the Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

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The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 63:1-8(NIV) A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. 1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. 6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

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Profession of Faith – from Philippians 2:5- 11 (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Sisters and brothers, our baptism calls us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world: Show us your mercy, O Lord; And grant us your salvation. Clothe your ministers with righteousness; Let your people sing with joy. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; For only in you can we live in safety. Lord, keep this nation under your care; And guide us in the way of justice and truth. Let your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

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Intercessions (Spontaneous prayers - say “out loud” the names of those who come to mind that you would like to bring before God.) o We pray for the people of...(countries or regions) o We pray for our sisters and brothers...(churches, believers in other Christian traditions, spiritual leaders) o We pray for friends, relatives, and neighbors o We pray for the day and its tasks, individuals in need, the world and its needs, and for the Church and her life To God be all honor and glory, dominion and power, now and forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we are bold to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) (Groups are encouraged to stand together and hold hands. Individuals are encouraged to stand with open hands.)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother; For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

Benediction Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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The Return of the Prodigal Son (Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Themes: God provides for His people and forgives their sins (Josh 5:9-12). We can trust him and His steadfast love-He is our refuge in times of distress (Ps 32). Through Christ, we become a new creation (2 Cor 5:16-21) and heirs to the kingdom of God (Lk 15:1-3, 11-32). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Joshua 5:9-12 (NIV) 9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. 10 On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. 12 The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NIV) 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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Luke 15:1-3 (NIV) 15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: Luke 15:11-32 (NIV) 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 123


25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) We pray to you, O Lord; you hear our voice in the morning; at sunrise we offer our prayers and wait for your answer. —based on Psalm 5:2-3

Opening Scripture If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:8-9

Hymn – Lord, Have Mercy (We Shall Be Healed) Ever begotten and only Son, light in our darkness in prayer we come. Teach us dear Shepherd our lives to dwell, deep in these shadows, we pass through hell. Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, only say the word, and we shall be healed. Blessed and hidden in love's delight, Your Holy Spirit will voice our cry. Life in the Father exalted the Son, sending Your Spirit Your kingdom begun. Words and Music: Philip Majorins

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Confession (Note: During the season of Lent it is appropriate to kneel or stand during confession) Let us confess our sins to God. Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: You have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. –from The Book of Common Worship Silence May the God of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 32 (NIV) Of David. A maskil.

1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.� And you forgave the guilt of my sin. 6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding 127


but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Confession of Faith - The Apostles Creed (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People From The Worship Sourcebook (Second Edition) Let us pray for the church and for the world: Grant, almighty God, that all who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. We pray for your church around the world, especially those 128


who suffer because of your name in places of conflict. We join in their suffering and pray for those who persecute them. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace that we may honor one another and serve the common good. We pray for those who lead in serve us in our own community, for our civil and spiritual leaders. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. We pray for those in our own congregation who are directly involved in this task and reflect your image by seeking to cultivate the beauty of your Creation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them and love one another as he loves us. (A time for silence and free intersessions) Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Comfort and heal all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. (A time for silence and free intersessions) 129


Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of your people and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) (Groups are encouraged to stand together and hold hands. Individuals are encouraged to stand with open hands)

Collect for Lent God of the covenant, in the glory of the cross your Son embraced the power of death and broke its hold over your people. In this time of repentance, draw all people to yourself, that we who confess Jesus as Lord May put aside the deeds of death and accept the life of your kingdom. Amen.

Benediction Precious love, your ascended Son promised the gift of holy power. Send your Spirit of revelation and wisdom, that in the blessed freedom of hope, we may witness to the grace of forgiveness and sing songs of joy with the peoples of earth to the One who makes us one body. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or doxology is sung)

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent March 13, 2016 (Year C)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8 Themes: The Lord is doing something new! He makes a way for us in the wilderness and causes rivers to flow in the desert (Is 43: 16-21). Because of the great things he has done for us, we are filled with joy (Ps 126). Christ’s love, mercy (Jn 12:1-8) and sacrifice mean we make him our highest priority (Phil 3:4b-14). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Isaiah 43:16-21 (NIV) 16 This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, 17 who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: 18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

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Philippians 3:4-14 (NIV) …though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. John 12:1-8 (NIV) 12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared 133


about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Opening Scripture Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. -Joel 2:13

Song – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of Glory died My richest gain I count but loss And pour contempt on all my pride Forbid it Lord, that I should boast Save in the death of Christ my God All the vain things that charm me most I sacrifice them to His blood Were the whole realm of creation mine That were an offering far too small Love so amazing, so divine Demands my soul, my life, my all Words: Isaac Watts, 1707

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Confession (Note: During the season of Lent it is appropriate to kneel or stand during confession) Let us confess our sins to God. Open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. - from Psalm 51 Silence Blessed be the Lord who has heard the voice of our prayer.

Opening Psalm Psalm 63:1-7 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; My soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have seen you in the sanctuary, and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 136


So I will bless you as long as I live, and in your Name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest of foods, and with joyful lips my mouth shall praise you, When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you through the watches of the night. Because you have been my help, I will sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 126 (NIV) A song of ascents. 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.� 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, 137


carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Confession of Faith - Te Deum (Pg. 12) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Sisters and brothers, our baptism calls us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world:

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Intercessions (Spontaneous prayers - say “out loud” the names of those who come to mind that you would like to bring before God.) o We pray for the people of...(countries or regions) o We pray for our sisters and brothers...(churches, believers in other Christian traditions, spiritual leaders) o We pray for friends, relatives, and neighbors o We pray for the day and its tasks, individuals in need, the world and its needs, and for the Church and her life To God be all honor and glory, dominion and power, now and forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we are bold to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) (Groups are encouraged to stand together and hold hands. Individuals are encouraged to stand with open hands.)

A Prayer for the Holy Spirit Creator Spirit and Giver of life, make the dry, bleached bones of our lives live and breathe and grow again as you did of old. Pour out your Spirit upon the whole creation. Come in rushing wind and flashing fire to turn the sin and sorrow within us into faith, power, and delight. Amen.

Benediction Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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Palm Sunday March 20, 2016 (Year C)

Entry into Jerusalem (Pietro Lorenzetti, 1320)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29; Luke 19:28-40 Luke 19:28-40 (NIV) 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) O God make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Opening Scripture “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” –John 12:15

Hymn – Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (Tune: The Church’s One Foundation) Hail to the Lord's Anointed, Great David's greater Son! Hail in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression, to set the captive free; To take away transgression, and rule in equity. He comes with succor speedy to those who suffer wrong, To help the poor and needy, and bid the weak be strong; To give them songs for sighing, their darkness turn to light, Whose souls, condemned and dying were precious in His sight. He shall come down like showers upon the fruitful earth; And love and joy, like flowers, spring in His path to birth: Before Him, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go; And righteousness, in fountains, from hill to valley flow. To Him shall prayer unceasing, and daily vows ascend; His kingdom still increasing, a kingdom without end: The tide of time shall never His covenant remove; His Name shall stand forever, that Name to us is Love. 143


Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Silence May the God of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Opening Psalm: Venite O Come Psalm 95:1-7; 96:9,13 O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have molded the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

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For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him. For he comes, for he comes to judge the earth and with righteousness to judge the world and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

The Psalm Appointed for the Week Psalm 118: 1-2; 19-29 (NIV) 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.� 19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. 22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 The Lord has done it this very day; 145


let us rejoice today and be glad. 25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

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Confession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People God of all creation, full of love and abounding in mercy; May the whole earth be filled with your glory. Lord, bless and guide all ministers of your church; Clothe them in righteousness and grant them wisdom. Direct the leaders of our government; That they may act in accordance with your kingdom. Enlarge our own hearts, O Lord, To love the things that you love May we proclaim your light In every place where there is darkness. May we proclaim your Holy Name In every aspect of our lives. We pray for those in sickness, grief, persecution, bondage, fear, or loneliness, and for all of our own needs; Lord, have mercy. A time of spontaneous prayers and intersessions Say “out loud” the names and situations that you would like to bring before God. Create in us clean hearts, O God; And take not your Holy Spirit from us. Grant us your peace; For only in you can we live in safety.

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To God be all honor and glory, dominion and power, now and forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name we are bold to pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) (Groups are encouraged to stand together and hold hands. Individuals are encouraged to stand with open hands)

A Prayer for Palm Sunday Sovereign God, you have established your rule over the human heart, not by force But by the servant example of Jesus Christ, move us by your Spirit, to join the joyful procession of those who confess Jesus with their tongues and praise him with their lives. Amen

Benediction God our Redeemer has show us compassion and love. Amen. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.

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Holy Week 2016 What Are We Commemorating? Lent began five weeks ago on Ash W ednesday. The forty-day time of preparation is almost complete as we begin our reenactment of the final week of the life of Christ. Holy Week is marked with several important observations. The first day of the week began with a celebration of Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus entry into Jerusalem where the people confessed and praised him as the Savior King. These same people later cried out, “…crucify him, crucify him!” M aundy Thursday commemorates the Passover meal, the final meal Jesus shared with his disciples. Passover is an observance that remembers how God rescued his people from slavery in Egypt. Jesus’ celebration of this observance points to the new covenant he would make with God's people, rescuing them from spiritual slavery to sin and death. While in the upper room, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Lord's Supper. In so doing, our servant King provided a means of grace and an example for us to follow. Every day leading up to Easter is filled with opportunities to reflect on the meaning of God’s story of redemption that was accomplished through the life and death of Christ. Set aside a short time each day this week to read the assigned Scriptures and quietly reflect on the events of Holy Week. Good Friday reminds us that things got overwhelmingly dark before the resurrection on Sunday morning. This darkness, and the extent of God’s love in overcoming the darkness for us, is marked in worship marked during a Tenebrae Service on Friday evening. This “service of shadows” is a commemoration of Jesus substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of the world. Finally, Easter Sunday is a celebration of the victory of God over sin and death through the resurrection of Jesus. This is the most important of all Christian celebrations. Truly, God is making all things new through Christ!

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Scripture Readings Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11 Isaiah 42:1-9 (NIV) 42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. 2 He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. 3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.” 5 This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: 6 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. 8 “I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. 152


9 See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.� Psalm 36: 5-11 (NIV) 5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. 10 Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. 11 May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away. Hebrews 9:11-15 (NIV) 11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to 153


God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. John 12:1-11 (NIV) 12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.

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Prayer Devotional for Monday of Holy Week (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) A Prayer of Thanksgiving Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we, your unworthy servants, give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

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Scripture Readings Isaiah 49:1-17; Psalm 79:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:20-36 Isaiah 49:1-7 (NIV) 49 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.” 4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.” 5 And now the Lord says— he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord and my God has been my strength— 6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” 7 This is what the Lord says— the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel— to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down, 158


because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.” Psalm 71: 1-14 (NIV) 1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;let me never be put to shame. 2 In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. 3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. 5 For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. 6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. 7 I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. 9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. 10 For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together. 11 They say, “God has forsaken him; pursue him and seize him, for no one will rescue him.” 12 Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God, to help me. 13 May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace. 14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. 159


1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (NIV) 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” John 12:20-36 (NIV) 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.25 Anyone 160


who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

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Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) Hymn – What Wondrous Love is This? What wondrous love is this? oh, my soul? oh, my soul? What wondrous love is this? oh, my soul? What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss, To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul. To bear the dreadful curse for my soul. When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down, When I was sinking down, sinking down When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing. To God and to the Lamb, I will sing. To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great I AM, While millions join the theme I will sing, I will sing, While millions join the theme I will sing! Anonymous/Southern Harmony

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Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Silence

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

The Prayers of the People Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy. A time of spontaneous prayers and intersessions Say “out loud� the names and situations that you would like to bring before God.

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Create in us clean hearts, O God; And take not your Holy Spirit from us. Grant us your peace; For only in you can we live in safety.

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Wednesday in Lent March 23, 2016 (Year C)

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Scripture Readings Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32 Isaiah 50:4-9 (NIV) 4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9 It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

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may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame. 4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” 5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV) 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. John 13:21-32 (NIV) 21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.” 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.” 25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. 167


So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night. 31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Lord, open our lips. And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Hymn – By His Wounds By His wounds, His wounds Will we be healed. And for our transgressions His Passion has made us well Let us come again and feed on Him Our Lord Emmanuel Words: Isaac Wardell (Bifrost Arts)

Confession Let us confess our sins to God. Silence

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in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have seen you in the sanctuary, and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live, and in your Name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest of foods, and with joyful lips my mouth shall praise you, When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you through the watches of the night. Because you have been my help, I will sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

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The Prayers of the People A time of silence

The Lord’s Prayer Benediction Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. - 2 Corinthians 13:14 Closing Hymn (Any appropriate song or doxology is sung)

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Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) March 24, 2016 (Year C)

Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet (Basilica di San Marco - Venice, 1210)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Exodus 12:1-4 (NIV) 12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. Exodus 12:5-10 NIV) 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. Exodus 12:11-14 (NIV) 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover. 174


12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. 14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.

Psalm 116: 1-2; 12-19 (NIV) 1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 2 Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. 12 What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. 14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. 16 Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. 17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, Jerusalem. Praise the Lord. 175


1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV) 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. John 13:1-17 (NIV) 13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” 176


10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:31-35 (NIV) 31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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Prayer Devotional for Maundy Thursday For Individual and Groups *(If used in a group setting, people’s part is in italics)

O God make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Opening Scripture I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. –John 13:15

Hymn – Abide With Me Abide with me, fast falls the eventide; the darkness deepens; oh Lord with me abide: when other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, abide with me. I need thy presence, every passing hour. What but thy grace, can foil the temptor’s power? Who like thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, abide with me. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, tears lose their bitterness. Where is thy sting, death? Where grave thy victory? I triumph still, abide with me. Hold thou thy cross, before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies. Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee; In life in death, Lord, abide with me. Words: Henry Lyte, 1847 178


Meditation “The evening meal was in progress... Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” -John 13:3-5 To disciples who argue about who will be the greatest in the kingdom of God, Jesus shows us that the way up is the way down, that humiliation comes before exaltation. “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” -John 13:14-15 In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had: “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8) All: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13:8)

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Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand)

Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

The Prayers of the People The Lord be with you. And also with you. Father, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples' feet. We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service. Lord, hear us and humble us. Silence On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one. We pray for the unity of your Church. Lord, hear us and unite us. Silence On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through their love and message. We pray for the mission of your Church. Lord, hear us and renew our zeal. 180


On this night, he commanded them to love, but suffered rejection himself. We pray for the rejected and unloved. Lord, hear us and fill us with your love. Silence On this night, he reminded them that if the world hated them it hated him first. We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith. Lord, hear us and give us your peace.

The Lord’s Prayer

(Groups are encouraged to stand and hold hands)

Collect for Mission Holy God, you have revealed the glory of your love in Jesus Christ, and have given us a share in your Spirit. May we who listen to Christ follow faithfully, and, in the dark places where you send us, reveal the light of your gospel. Amen. When they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives. -Matthew 26:30

Doxology Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him all creatures here below praise him above ye heav’nly hosts praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ -Matthew 26:36 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen. 181


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Good Friday March 25, 2016 (Year C)

Christ detail from Crucifixion (by Cimabue, 1268-1271)

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Scripture Readings Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 (NIV) 13 See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him— his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness— 15 so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand. 53 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, 184


yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Psalm 22 (NIV) For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David. 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. 185


3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. 4 In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. 10 From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. 12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. 15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. 17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my clothes among them 186


and cast lots for my garment. 19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. 20 Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 22 I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. 25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. 29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. 30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. 31 They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

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Hebrews 10:16-25 (NIV) 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV) 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 5:7-9 (NIV) 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he 188


learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him John 18 (NIV) 18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. 4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” 5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,”they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.” 10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” 12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people. 15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in. 17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter. 189


He replied, “I am not.” 18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself. 19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” 22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded. 23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. 25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.” 26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow. 28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” 30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” 31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die. 33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 190


36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” 40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising. John 19 (NIV) 19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. 4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” 7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 191


12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” 13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. 15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. 16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. 19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews.20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. 192


28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” 38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventyfive pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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Prayer Devotional for Good Friday For Individual and Groups *(If used in a group setting, people’s part is in italics)

O God make speed to save us. *O Lord, make haste to help us.

Opening Scripture The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. -Habakkuk 2:20

Hymn – Ah, Holy Jesus Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended, That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended? By foes derided, by Thine own rejected, O most afflicted. Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon Thee? Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee. ’Twas I, Lord, Jesus, I it was denied Thee! I crucified Thee. Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered; The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered; For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth, God intercedeth. For me, kind Jesus, was Thy incarnation, Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life’s oblation; Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion, For my salvation. Words: Johann Heermann, 1630 Translator: Robert Seymour Bridges, 1897 194


Silence Psalm 22 (Recited, chanted, or sung. If in a group, read responsorially - every other verse – or recite the entire Psalm together)

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please Stand)

Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

The Prayers of the People The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

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Scripture Readings Job 14:1-4; Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66 Job 14:1-14 (NIV) 14 “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. 2 They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure. 3 Do you fix your eye on them? Will you bring them before you for judgment? 4 Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one! 5 A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. 6 So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer. 7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. 8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, 9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant. 10 But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more. 11 As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, 12 so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep. 13 “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me! 14 If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. 198


Lamentations 3:1-9 (NIV) 3 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of the Lord’s wrath. 2 He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light; 3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me again and again, all day long. 4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old and has broken my bones. 5 He has besieged me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. 6 He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead. 7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains. 8 Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. 9 He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked. Lamentations 3:19-24 (NIV) 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

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Psalm 31:1-4; 15-16 (NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. 1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. 16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

1 Peter 4:1-8 (NIV) 4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 200


7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Matthew 27:57-66 (NIV) 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. 62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. John 19:38-42 (NIV) 38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventyfive pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. 201


Prayer Devotional for Holy Saturday For Individual and Groups Opening Scripture The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. -Habakkuk 2:20

Hymn – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure. That He should give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure. How great the pain of searing loss, the Father turned His face away, As wounds which mar the Chosen One, bring many sons to glory. Behold the man upon a cross, my sin upon His shoulders. Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished His dying breath has brought me life; I know that it is finished. Words: Stuart Townend

Silence Psalm 31:1-4; 15-16 (Recited, chanted, or sung. If in a group, read responsorially - every other verse – or recite entire Psalm together)

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Easter The Resurrection of our Lord March 27, 2016 (Year C)

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Scripture Readings Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 Themes: He is risen (Jn 20:1-18)! In Christ’s resurrection is peace for the world and the promise of a new creation (Is 65:17-25). The Lord is our strength and our salvation. This is the day the Lord has made-let us rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:1-2, 14-24). Death is destroyed. Christ is risenhe is risen indeed (1 Cor 15:19-26). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Acts 10:34-43 (NIV) 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Isaiah 65:17-25 (NIV) 17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 204


18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. 19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. 20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. 21 They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.

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1 Corinthians 15:19-26 (NIV) 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes,those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Acts 10:34-43 (NIV) 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” John 20:1-18 (NIV) 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed 206


from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. 11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. 207


Luke 24:1-12 (NIV) 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Our God has made speed to save us. Our Lord has made haste to help us.

Invitation to Prayer Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. -Psalm 32:6 (NIV)

Hymn – Christ the Lord is Risen Today Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia! Sons of men and angels say, alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, alleluia! Lives again our glorious King, alleluia! "Where, O death, is now thy sting?" alleluia! Once he died our souls to save; alleluia! "Where's thy victory, boasting grave?" alleluia! Soar we now where Christ has led, alleluia! Following our exalted head; alleluia! Made like him, like him we rise, alleluia! Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. alleluia! Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia! First-borne fruit of new creation, Alleluia! One with Christ we too shall rise, Alleluia! When on earth his throne resides, Alleluia! Words by Charles Wesley, 1789 Tune: Lyra Davidica, 1708/ Last verse by Jay Hewitt 209


Confession Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. —Psalm 25:6-8, 11, 16-18, NRSV Silence May the risen Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

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Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Profession of Faith - Philippians 2:5-11 (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People On this day that the Lord has made, let us pray for the people he has redeemed. That we may live as those who believe in the triumph of the cross, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That all people may receive the good news of his victory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those born to new life in the waters of baptism may know the power of his resurrection, 212


let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those who suffer pain and anguish may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That in the undying love of Christ we may have union with all who have died in the faith of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. Let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead, to the mercy and protection of God this day. (free prayer may be offered)

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) Collect for Easter Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit ever, one God, world without end, Amen.

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May the God of peace, who raised to life the great shepherd of the sheep, make us ready to do his will in every good thing, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

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Second Sunday of Easter April 3, 2016 (Year C)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 Themes: We bear witness to Jesus’ death and resurrection and tell everyone the good news (Acts 5:27-32). Like Thomas, we lay aside our doubts (Jn 20:19-31) and now anticipate his second coming (Rev 1:4-8). Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Acts 5:27-32 (NIV) 27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead— whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Revelation 1:4-8 (NIV) 4 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. 7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; 216


and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” John 20:19-31 (NIV) 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 217


Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Invitation to Prayer Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. -Psalm 32:6 (NIV)

Hymn – I Know That My Redeemer Lives I know that my Redeemer lives; what comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, he lives, who once was dead; he lives, my ever-living head. He lives to silence all my fears; he lives to wipe away my tears; He lives to calm my troubled heart; he lives all blessings to impart. He lives to grant me daily breath; he lives, and I shall conquer death; He lives, and while I live, I'll sing; he lives, my Prophet, Priest and King. He lives triumphant from the grave; he lives eternally to save. What joy this blessed assurance gives: I know that my redeemer lives! Words: Samuel Medley / Tune: John Hatton 218


Confession Come, Holy Spirit of God, And search our hearts with the light of the risen Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, our God, in our sin we have avoided your call. Our love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy on us; deliver us from judgment; bind up our wounds and revive us; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Silence May the risen Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

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Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Profession of Faith - Philippians 2:5-11 (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People On this day that the Lord has made, let us pray for the people he has redeemed. That we may live as those who believe in the triumph of the cross, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That all people may receive the good news of his victory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those born to new life in the waters of baptism may know the power of his resurrection, 221


let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those who suffer pain and anguish may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That in the undying love of Christ we may have union with all who have died in the faith of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. Let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead, to the mercy and protection of God this day. (free prayer may be offered)

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) Collect for Easter Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.

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Weekly Scripture Readings Acts 9:1-6 (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 Themes: Just as Saul heard the voice of the Lord in the road to Damascus, was blinded and then regained his sight (Acts 9: 1-6), so we who turn from our sins and follow the Lord find joy and healing (Ps 30). Because we love and trust God’s Son, who became man and dwelled among us (Jn 21:1-19), we offer him all praises and glory (Rev 5:11-14). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Acts 9:1-6 (NIV) 9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:7-20 (NIV) 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. 10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered.

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John 21:1-19 (NIV) 21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 13, but even with so many the net was not torn.12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” 228


Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Our God has made speed to save us. Our Lord has made haste to help us.

Invitation to Prayer Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. -Psalm 32:6 (NIV)

Hymn – In Christ Alone In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand. There in the ground His body lay Light of the world by darkness slain: Then bursting forth in glorious Day Up from the grave he rose again! And as He stands in victory Sin's curse has lost its grip on me, For I am His and He is mine Bought with the precious blood of Christ. No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me; From life's first cry to final breath. Jesus commands my destiny. 230


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Confession Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. —Psalm 25:6-8, 11, 16-18, NRSV Silence May the risen Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

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Gloria Patri Glory 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.

Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Profession of Faith - Philippians 2: 5-11 (Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People On this day that the Lord has made, let us pray for the people he has redeemed. That we may live as those who believe in the triumph of the cross, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That all people may receive the good news of his victory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.

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That those born to new life in the waters of baptism may know the power of his resurrection, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those who suffer pain and anguish may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That in the undying love of Christ we may have union with all who have died in the faith of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. Let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead, to the mercy and protection of God this day. (free prayer may be offered)

The Lord’s Prayer Collect for Easter Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ has overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit ever, one God, world without end, Amen.

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Benediction (based on Hebrews 13:20-21) Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia! May the God of peace, who raised to life the great shepherd of the sheep, make us ready to do his will in every good thing, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Alleluia! Amen.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter April 17, 2016 (Year C)

The Good Shepard (JESUS MAFA, Cameroon, 1973)

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Weekly Scripture Readings Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 Themes: Through Christ, we are able to do more than we could in our own strength, just as Peter worked a miracle in Joppa (Acts 9:36-43). The Lord is our shepherd (Rev 7:9-17); he takes care of all our needs (Ps 23) and offers us eternal life, if we listen to his voice and follow him (Jn 10:22-30). –Thomas Oden in Ancient Christian Devotional Acts 9:36-43 (NIV) 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

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Revelation 7:9-17 (NIV) 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”

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John 10:22-30 (NIV) 22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

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Weekly Prayer Devotional For Individuals and Groups (If used in a group setting, people’s part is in bold) Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Invitation to Prayer Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. -Psalm 32:6 (NIV)

Hymn – In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful In the Lord I'll be ever thankful, In the Lord I will rejoice! Look to God, do not be afraid. Lift up your voices, the Lord is near, Lift up your voices, the Lord is near. Words and Music: Jacques Berthier (Taize)

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Confession Come, Holy Spirit of God, And search our hearts with the light of the risen Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, our God, in our sin we have avoided your call. Our love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy on us; deliver us from judgment; bind up our wounds and revive us; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Silence May the risen Christ of love and power Forgive you and free you from your sins, Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, And raise you to new life. Amen.

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Opening Psalm Psalm 23 A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Gloria Patri Glory 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.

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Scripture Readings Old Testament Lesson New Testament Lesson (Please stand) Gospel Lesson (a short silence is kept after the reading of the Gospel)

Profession of Faith - Philippians 2:5-11(Pg. 9) The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The Prayers of the People On this day that the Lord has made, let us pray for the people he has redeemed. That we may live as those who believe in the triumph of the cross, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That all people may receive the good news of his victory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those born to new life in the waters of baptism may know the power of his resurrection, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. That those who suffer pain and anguish may find healing and peace in the wounds of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: 244


Lord, hear our prayer. That in the undying love of Christ we may have union with all who have died in the faith of Christ, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer. Let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead, to the mercy and protection of God this day. (free prayer may be offered)

The Lord’s Prayer (Pg. 8) Collect for Easter Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through the same son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, Amen.

Benediction (based on Hebrews 13:20-21) Go forth in joy to love and serve God in all that you do. We are sent in the name of the risen Christ. Let us bless our Lord. Thanks be to God. Alleluia! May the God of peace, who raised to life the great shepherd of the sheep, make us ready to do his will in every good thing, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Alleluia! Amen. 245


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CCD Prayer Book (Epiphany - Easter 2016)  

Scripture readings and prayer services for Epiphany - Easter (Year C, 2016)

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