Worship In The Word- September 22

SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

“Be still, and know that I am God  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

 

Confession: 

God of our hearts, we are a lost, broken people who spend our lives chasing things that don’t matter. We go our own way, we have our own agenda, and we play by the rules we have created.  We are independent and full of pride. Forgive us for living like we don’t need You. We are lost, but You come searching for us. We are broken, but You put us back together. We need You to rescue us. We need You to save us. May our identity come only from the experience of Your grace, and may we rest knowing that in You we are found. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Jeremiah 11:18-20

18 It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!” 20 But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.

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

 

For the gift of divine peace and pardon, with all our heart and mind, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For the Church of Christ, that the Holy Spirit would rid us of all bitter jealousy and selfish ambition and fill the baptized with the wisdom from above, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For all servants of the Church, that they be given the grace to humble themselves before the Lord and to proclaim the mystery of the cross and resurrection with zeal and faithfulness, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For those who serve in ministry that by the Spirit’s power they may serve our Synod in their various offices purely, peaceably, gently and reasonably, always full of mercy and good fruits, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For our nation and especially our leaders: and all who make, administer and judge our laws, that God would protect them from the dangers of selfish ambition, make them true servants and give them courage and integrity, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For the homebound, the lonely, the depressed and anxious, those preparing for surgery and the ill, [especially for all who desire our prayers: _______________,] that committing their cause to the Lord and submitting themselves to God, they may know His peace and receive whatever healing He wills, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For all who commune today, that drawing near to Him who in His Eucharist draws near to us, they may receive the body and blood of Christ with repentance, faith and hope, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

 

For the faithful departed who now rest from their labors and rejoice in the presence of God and the Lamb, let us offer thanks and praise, and that He may give us our portion, too, with the saints in light, 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.

Mark 9:30-37

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Pray The Our Father – Slowly

Our Father, who 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 evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, and the glory, 

for ever and ever. Amen.

THE DOCTRINE OF TRUTH

HAPPY is he to whom truth manifests itself, not in signs and words that fade,
but as it actually is. Our opinions, our senses often deceive us and we discern very little.
What good is much discussion of involved and obscure matters when our
ignorance of them will not be held against us on Judgment Day? Neglect of things
which are profitable and necessary and undue concern with those which are irrelevant
and harmful, are great folly.

We have eyes and do not see. What, therefore, have we to do with questions of philosophy? He to whom the
Eternal Word speaks is free from theorizing. For from this Word are all things and of
Him all things speak — the Beginning Who also speaks to us. Without this Word no man
understands or judges aright. He to whom it becomes everything, who traces all things
to it and who sees all things in it, may ease his heart and remain at peace with God.

O God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting. I am
often wearied by the many things I hear and read, but in You is all that I long for. Let
the learned be still, let all creatures be silent before You; You alone speak to me.
The more recollected a man is, and the more simple of heart he becomes, the
easier he understands sublime things, for he receives the light of knowledge from
above. The pure, simple, and steadfast spirit is not distracted by many labors, for he
does them all for the honor of God. And since he enjoys interior peace he seeks no
selfish end in anything. What, indeed, gives more trouble and affliction than
uncontrolled desires of the heart?

A good and devout man arranges in his mind the things he has to do, not
according to the whims of evil inclination but according to the dictates of right reason.
Who is forced to struggle more than he who tries to master himself? This ought to be
our purpose, then: to conquer self, to become stronger each day, to advance in virtue.
Every perfection in this life has some imperfection mixed with it and no learning
of ours is without some darkness. Humble knowledge of self is a surer path to God than
the ardent pursuit of learning. Not that learning is to be considered evil, or knowledge,
which is good in itself and so ordained by God; but a clean conscience and virtuous life
ought always to be preferred. Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because
they try to become learned rather than to live well.

If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in
discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such
laxity in religious organizations. On the day of judgment, surely, we shall not be asked
what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken but how well
we have lived.

Tell me, where now are all the masters and teachers whom you knew so well in
life and who were famous for their learning? Others have already taken their places and
I know not whether they ever think of their predecessors. During life they seemed to be
something; now they are seldom remembered. How quickly the glory of the world
passes away! If only their lives had kept pace with their learning, then their study and
reading would have been worth while.

How many there are who perish because of vain worldly knowledge and too
little care for serving God. They became vain in their own conceits because they chose to
be great rather than humble.

He is truly great who has great charity. He is truly great who is little in his own
eyes and makes nothing of the highest honor. He is truly wise who looks upon all
earthly things as folly that he may gain Christ. He who does God’s will and renounces
his own is truly very learned.

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HAVING A HUMBLE OPINION OF SELF

 

EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without
fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual
who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars. He who knows himself well
becomes mean in his own eyes and is not happy when praised by men.
If I knew all things in the world and had not charity, what would it profit me
before God Who will judge me by my deeds?

Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and
delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many
things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns
himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise.
Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean
conscience inspires great trust in God.

The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you
be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of
your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you. If you think you
know many things and understand them well enough, realize at the same time that
there is much you do not know. Hence, do not affect wisdom, but admit your
ignorance. Why prefer yourself to anyone else when many are more learned, more
cultured than you?

If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be
unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and
most perfect counsel. To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and
highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin
openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know
how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that
none is more frail than yourself.

THOMAS À KEMPIS

REFRESH WEDNESDAY’S – Sept. 19, 2018

SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)

Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

“Be still, and know that I am God  I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

Confession: 

God of our hearts, we are a lost, broken people who spend our lives chasing things that don’t matter. We go our own way, we have our own agenda, and we play by the rules we have created.  We are independent and full of pride. Forgive us for living like we don’t need You. We are lost, but You come searching for us. We are broken, but You put us back together. We need You to rescue us. We need You to save us. May our identity come only from the experience of Your grace, and may we rest knowing that in You we are found. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Psalm 116:1-9

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9 I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

PRAYER 

Thank You Father, that all things have been placed under the authority and
feet of Jesus! Therefore as those who are in Christ, may we put off fear and
timidity and live out the Gospel with greater confidence and joy. (Ephesians
1:22; 2 Timothy 1:7)

Forgive us for the ways that we have trusted in other things and looked in
other places for comfort and security (relationships, job security, finances,
governments…) rather than trusting in You. (Psalm 20:7) (Pause and be still before
the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to reveal the places in your life where you are depending on
something other than God.)

Remind us by the Holy Spirit, I pray, that we are dead to our transgressions
and sins and alive in Christ! Awaken the sleeping places of our lives to this
great truth. (Ephesians 2:1, 5)

May each of us Father, use the gifts that You have given to us to serve others,
that we might be faithful in dispensing Your grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

 

Proverbs 1:20-33

20 Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. 21 At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 23 Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, 25 and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, 27 when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. 28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, 31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. 32 For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; 33 but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”