sabbath worship – 10/22/21

Silence and Centering – Pause for 5 minutes of Silence    

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Heavenly Father,
You know all the sins that drive us to confess to You;
the ones of which we are ashamed, but were not afraid to commit.
And because our senses are weak
in comprehending Your mysteries,
grant, Lord, the things we do not ask 
because of the hardness of our hearts, and grant us pardon.
With these words, we yield to You our hearts and minds.
Spare us, O Lord, and forgive the sins we confess.
Thank You, Lord, for forgiving our sins and scattering them far beyond reach.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING:

Jeremiah 31:7-9
31:7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.”

31:8 See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.

31:9 With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

SECOND READING:

Mark 10:46-52
10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.

10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

10:48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

10:49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”

10:50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

10:51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.”

10:52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Reflection:  

In the Gospel of Mark, we meet one of the few people who receive healing from Jesus who is actually named – a blind man named Bartimaeus. Only Mark names him, but the writer gives us none of his history. All we know is that he is blind, he is a beggar, and he is sitting beside the road in Jericho. However, what happens when Jesus passes by is the real point of the story. As a result of his shouting, Jesus calls him near and in response he throws off his cloak and goes to Jesus. In the New Testament the cloak is often a symbol for the person (which is why Paul instructs us to “put on Christ” in Galatians 3:27). So here, Mark is telling us that Bartimaeus is about to become a new being.

Then when Jesus heals him, we read that he followed Jesus on the way. The way is one of the terms for the new community of believers (followers of the way – see Acts 22:4). So here, Mark is describing Bartimaeus as a new believer. The point that Mark is trying to make is that Bartimaeus’ healing is not just about his eyes. It’s about his life, his whole person, his relationship with God, and his connection with his community. Where before he was an outcast, he is now part of the community of faith. Where before he was broken and rejected, now he is healed and included. It’s a wonderful parable of restoration – and an invitation to us to be restored in a similar way. Where do you need to become a new person on the way today?

DO: The Scriptures are full of the cries of those who felt broken and needed God’s restoration. When we are beaten down by life, or by our own foolishness, it is comforting to know that we can place our lives in God’s hands, and trust in God’s restoring power. Today, pray for any areas of your life that need restoring.

 PRAY: Where I am broken, O God, please heal and restore me.

Prayers:

In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

In thanksgiving for the many blessings of creation, which our Lord sustains despite every ravage of sin, death and the devil; and for faith to receive His benefits with gratitude, knowing they come through Jesus’ merits and not our own, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Church, that God would defend her against the schemes of the devil; for all Christians, especially pastors, that God would equip them with the sword of His Spirit, which is His Word, that the fallen creation may be recalled from its futility; and for all the saints, that God would outfit them with His full armor: with salvation, faith, peace, righteousness, truth and every benefit that comes from Christ Jesus, that we may stand firm to the end, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For all Christian households, the holy estate of marriage and the gift of children, that they would be honored and protected; for courage to confess that God has created us male and female; and for wisdom to exercise dominion in this world, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For boldness in our fight, recognizing that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers over this present darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places; and for the Spirit’s aid to respect godly authorities, to oppose what stands against His Word and to see every unbelieving person as God’s creature for whom Christ died, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For those who are troubled, ill or at the point of death, [especially _____________,] that God would not despise our prayers because of our weak faith, but grant life and healing, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For rest in the gifts of our God, who sanctifies us, especially the gift of Christ’s body and blood in His blessed Sacrament, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

COMMUNION:

Communion is much more than just eating a piece of bread and taking a sip of wine or juice. It is to…

  • Remember Christ our Savior dying on the cross for the sin of humankind
  • Proclaim his death 
  • Give thanks
  • Examine our hearts
  • Commune with God and fellow believers
  • Acknowledge our covenant with him
  • Anticipate his return

What a beautiful experience we are able to share in this side of the cross!

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matt 26:26-28).”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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