Sabbath Worship

Silence and Centering – Pause for 5 minutes of Silence    

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

Confession:

Eternal and Gracious God, You are the One in whom we find our meaning and joy. Our lives are in Your hands, and we say we trust You. Yet our faith is often limited and conditional, not unlimited and unconditional. We are flawed and fallen people. We rely on our plans rather than Your plan. We trust our ways over Your ways. We depend on our abilities instead of Your abilities. We do not love You with our whole heart, soul, and mind, nor do we love our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us and free us, O God. Strengthen us to serve You as Your joyful, forgiven people. May we live to give Your name glory. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

FIRST READING: Psalm 86

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2086;%201%20Samuel%209:27-10:8;%202%20Corinthians%206:14-7:1

SECOND READING: Luke 8:4-15

Reflection:

They are the ones who . . . bear fruit through perseverance. (Luke 8:15)

Perseverance: we all know what it means. Don’t give up. Keep going when the going gets tough. Grit your teeth and keep trying hard. All of which sounds unpleasant at best and, at times, nearly impossible.

But why does Jesus use this word when describing the “rich soil”—the people in whom God’s word takes root and bears good fruit (Luke 8:15)? Perhaps because without perseverance, it’s much more difficult to be fruitful. Just look at the people described in today’s parable. Those on rocky ground received God’s word with joy, but they believed “only for a time” (8:13). And rather than hold fast in adversity, those in thorn-infested soil allowed themselves to become “choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life” (8:14).

Perseverance is key to every aspect of our spiritual journey. We need to persevere as we battle temptation and the lies of the devil. We have to persevere to fight the distractions that take our focus off of God and place it onto lesser things that don’t satisfy us. And most important, we need to persevere in prayer.

When we spend time with God each day, we are more able to bear fruit for God and his kingdom. It’s in prayer that God gives us the grace to face our challenges and the will to carry on. So if we can persevere in prayer, we’ll find the strength to persevere in everything else he is asking of us.

It’s not always easy to stay faithful to daily prayer. So often, life gets in the way. If you’re struggling in this area, ask God to help you. He can point out times in your busy day when you might be able to get away for some precious time with him, even if for only a few minutes. Perhaps you could ask a friend to intercede for you. Just keep trying, and know that over time, your daily “appointment” with God can become the most treasured part of your day—one you won’t ever want to miss!

“Jesus, help me persevere in prayer so that I can bear fruit for you.”

Prayers:

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

O Lord of hosts, You oppose the proud and give grace to the humble. Help us by Your Spirit to submit ourselves to You and resist the devil, that he would flee from us. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, give our Synod’s leaders and all pastors the wisdom that comes down from above, that they may be peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. Let them sow among us in peace, and grant a harvest of righteousness. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, pacify our passions by Your Spirit, that we may not be ruled by the jealousy and selfish ambition that give rise to disorder and every vile practice. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, uphold this world in Your order. Preserve the Church and the preaching of Your Word against all enemies. Bless our homes, that parents and children may serve one another faithfully and grow in instruction and faith until life’s end. Give health and wisdom to all who serve in public office, that their authority may be exercised for the benefit of our people. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, look with kindness on the sick and those in any need [especially _____________]. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of hosts, give us faith to draw near to Your altar in repentance, that we may receive Your Son with cleansed hands and purified hearts as He draws near to us in His body and blood. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord of hosts, grant that what we ask from You may not be squandered after our passions, but sought rightly in faith, that we may receive them and put them to service for You and our neighbors; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen.

Communion

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION

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.

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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Sabbath Worship – Sept. 10 , 2021

Silence and Centering – Pause for 5 minutes of Silence    

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

Confession:

There are many ways to be unfaithful to what we have become through baptism,
to our commitment and our obedience to God.
We offer God now our prayers of repentance.
We confess to you, living God,
our failure to live as brothers and sisters, and as your children.

We confess to you, loving God,
that we have not loved you as you have loved us.
We confess to you, gracious God,
that we have doubted your word and failed to obey its teaching.

We confess to you, merciful God,
our desire to own you and contain you within our doctrines and theologies.
We confess to you, almighty God,
that we do not acknowledge you as Lord of all the earth.

Forgive us and redeem us for we have not allowed your presence to shine among us.
There are many ways in which we have failed
in our commitment and obedience to our fellow men and women.

We turn towards our neighbors and our friends
and offer them our prayers of repentance.

FIRST READING: Psalm 16

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

SECOND READING:

Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

Reflection:

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? (Luke 6:41)

Having read this verse, are you tempted to check the mirror for your own “wooden beam”? We all have one—or maybe two or three. Maybe it’s bitterness, resentment, or a grudge. Maybe it’s a critical spirit or a natural bent toward negativity. No matter what it is, it’s weighty. And Jesus says that if we don’t recognize that plank in our own eye, we really shouldn’t try to remove the “splinter” in someone else’s eye.

Why? Because Jesus wants us to be able to bless each other, but it’s hard to do that when our vision is obstructed by our sin—or by a lack of awareness of our sin. And so he tells us to remove whatever may be getting in our way.

That might seem impossible at times. But the Holy Spirit, who knows you through and through, can help you remove your wooden beams, even if they seem especially heavy. Sometimes he will bring those beams into sharp relief during your day. Or he might help you recognize some negative tendency in the way you relate to people and give you clarity on where you need his help to change.

So if you notice times that you’re being overly critical or impatient, take it to the Lord. Ask the Spirit to help you remove that beam as you sit quietly in prayer. Listen for thoughts that help you understand why you might be thinking or acting that way. Jot down those thoughts and ask the Spirit to help you correct them. Maybe discuss them with a trusted friend or even bring them to Confession. Do whatever you think will help you remove that wooden beam.

If God shows you a beam, he will help you to remove it in the most encouraging way possible. And that’s how he wants you to respond when you see a splinter in another person’s eye. A heart that wants to help others is a blessing from the Lord, but it comes with responsibility: to see as he sees and to love as he loves.

“Holy Spirit, remove the beam in my eye today so that I might build up the body of Christ.”

Prayers:

Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Heavenly Father, You have had mercy upon us by sending Your only begotten Son to atone for our sins on the cross. Grant that we may receive Your forgiveness, life and salvation with thanksgiving. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of justice, You teach that those who engage in the sins of the flesh will not inherit the kingdom of God. Crucify our flesh with its passions and desires. Grant that we may be led by the Spirit in repentance, trusting that we are forgiven of our past sins and cleansed of all unrighteousness. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, guide us by Your Spirit, that we may engage in the fruit of the Spirit. Bless us that we may love Your truth, sing praises to Your name and walk in Your ways. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of truth, You reveal Your will and ways in Holy Scripture. Bless all Your children, that they may grow in knowledge and understanding. Bless especially the children in our Sunday school and catechism classes, that they may rejoice in Your truth and receive Your Word with joy and faithfulness. Grant that all teachers may faithfully lead Your lambs to their Savior. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, grant Your protection upon our land and people. Deliver us from violence and discord. Grant safety to all who work to bring peace to our land, including those in law enforcement and members in the armed forces. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of life, You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The lepers came to Your Son for mercy. Send Your merciful hand upon the sick and needy [including ____________]. Grant that their sicknesses would be turned to health and their troubles to joy. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Good Lord, Your Son instituted the salutary gift of the Lord’s Supper. Send Your blessing upon all who receive the body and blood of Jesus for their forgiveness. Grant thankful hearts that praise Your name to all who receive the Sacrament this day. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

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

Communion

1 Corinthians 11:23-26New International Version

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.

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.

Meditation – Colossians 1:9-14 – Episode #19

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Centering Prayer & Devotional – Sept. 8 , 2021

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Heavenly Father, You have called us to a life of humility. We know we are to subject ourselves daily to the love and authority of Jesus Christ. And yet, we cannot accomplish this subjection of self in our own strength. Furthermore, we confess that humility often seems like a negative weakness to us. Forgive us for our ongoing misunderstandings of Your grace, and cleanse us from our determination to do things our own way. Help us to trust Your greater plan for reaching the world. May we walk confidently in Your way and live life to the fullest. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer of The Day:

Dear Father in heaven, how shall we thank you for all you give to us, your children, for the great wisdom and power you hold in readiness for us if we are childlike? We want to be glad in your presence. We do not want to weep and complain, though tears often threaten to come. We simply want to ask you to protect us, your children. Protect all your children on earth. Let the pain that breaks over them be taken away, for the sake of the whole world. Even when we must follow a hard road, let all the suffering we endure become part of the fight that brings in the kingdom of heaven, bringing your purpose to the earth and great mercy to the peoples, bringing to all the world the wonderful forgiveness that enables men to be reborn, until at last all are called your children. Sustain us. Help us. Bless us. May the Savior always live among us, reviving and strengthening us in body and soul. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION:

DAILY MEDITATION: MATTHEW 1:1-16, 18-23

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said. (Matthew 1:22)

When you watch a movie for the second time, you tend to pick up on details you missed at first. But you also risk losing any sense of surprise since you already know how it ends. Something similar might happen when you read today’s Gospel. As we celebrate Mary’s birth today, we already know how her story will end. But let’s delve into the details to imagine how Mary and Joseph must have felt as they learned about the special role God had for them.

Mary was “greatly troubled” and questioned the archangel about whether this was possible (Luke 1:29). When Joseph heard that she was pregnant, he decided to divorce her quietly (Matthew 1:19). Their actions hardly resound with confidence! All they could see were the scandalous risks involved with choosing to go forward. Joseph risked his reputation if he married a woman who carried somebody else’s child. Mary jeopardized not only her chance of a good marriage but her very life as well. Yet both said yes and did what God was asking of them.

If Joseph and Mary had been able to see how their choices would affect the world, would it have been easier for them to say yes to God? Probably. But that makes it all the more remarkable; they made their choices in the dark, without knowing how everything would turn out.

Think about all the times you have said yes to the Lord in your life without knowing how the story would end. In some situations, maybe you still followed him eagerly. But at other times, when you were in the “darkness” of suffering or loneliness or confusion, it may have been much harder.

Mary and Joseph were human, and like us, their understanding of what God would do through them was limited. But they went forward in trust, and God used them powerfully in his plan of salvation. In the same way, every time we say yes to God, we can trust that his plans for us are always bigger—and better—than our own.

“Lord, help me respond to you with the same trust that Mary and Joseph showed.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

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. Amen.

Centering Prayer & Devotional – Sept. 3 , 2021

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

The life we enjoy in You came as a free gift, but we play make believe that we can pay You back, as if that is something that You asked for or is even possible. We have turned Your gift into a transaction and fall back toward the grave from which we were freely saved. But in Your grace, we fall only to find that the grave was closed at Jesus’ resurrection. Forgive us for striving to repay Your gift of life that was earned for us on the cross. Being saved and accepted through Your free gift, let us go on following Jesus and overflowing with gratitude. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of The Day:

Lord our God, we thank you that you come to help us with your power and might. We thank you that you come to us in our suffering and strengthen us in all we must endure on earth. You help us so that what is good and full of light comes more and more to us and to all people. We thank you and pray that your power, coming from the invisible world into the visible, may continue its quiet working in us until the day when everyone can see Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and into all eternity. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION:

COLOSSIANS 1:15-20

Christ Jesus is . . . (Colossians 1:15)

Today’s lyrical hymn from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians gives us a terrific launching point for pondering who Jesus is. Let’s take some of the verses and use them to lift our hearts in praise and worship:

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). “Jesus, when you took on humanity, you made the eternal unseen God visible. You are proof that God is not far off and unreachable. Thank you for humbly coming near to me and showing me the Father!”

All things were created through him and for him (Colossians 1:16). “Jesus, every created thing came from your love and your goodness and is a reflection of that love and goodness. The smallest atom or the biggest galaxy—everything that exists has come to be not only through you but for your glory. I give you praise for the glory that is revealed in creation.”

In him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). “Jesus, you didn’t just create the universe; you continue to hold it together even now. Lord, there is so much division and separation between people, but I believe that if you can hold creation together, you can bring your divided children together as well. Thank you for the hope you give us!”

He is the head of the Body, the Church (Colossians 1:18). “Jesus, you have primacy in all things: in creation, in the Church, even in my life. You lead and guide me even though I don’t always see how you are working. You are always ready to fill me with your love and mercy—even to reach out to the world through me.”

In him all the fullness was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:19). “Jesus, you are not only the image of God, but you are also the eternal Son of God. You are God from God, light from light. There is nothing lacking in you—you are perfect, totally pure, and completely holy. I give you thanks, Lord, that from God’s fullness dwelling in you, I can find fulfillment for my own life.

“Jesus, you are greater than I could ever imagine on my own. Thank you for the gift of the Scriptures that helps me lift my mind so that I can meditate on you and give you praise!”

“Jesus, I bow to you in humble adoration.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

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. Amen.

How to do Quiet Time – Luke 10:38-42 = Episode #16

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  5. Meditation – Luke 7:1-10 – Episode #23

Devotional Luke 9:23-24 – Episode #14

I'm Sooooo Busy – Episode #27 The Podcast Pastor

Grab a cup of Coffee, Tea or Water and join us as Pastor Ryan challenges us to slow down! 
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  2. Evening Prayer – Episode #26
  3. Morning Prayer – Episode #25
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  5. Meditation – Luke 7:1-10 – Episode #23

Aug 29-31st – Mental Vacation Days

Soul Care When You are an Introvert with the Spiritual Gift of Service -  Pastor Brian Moss

Aug 29-31st – Mental Vacation Days Over the Next 3 days I’m encouraging you to go on vacation. A Mental Vacation! you don’t have to spend a dime or go anywhere other than a quiet spot nearby to take a mental vacation.

Visualize relaxation. Steal a few quiet moments to close your eyes and think of an image that relaxes you — such as the warm sun on your skin and the sound of the ocean, a big country field sprinkled with flowers, or a trickling stream.

Treat yourself to a 5-, 10-, or 20-minute mental vacation each day and train your body to relax and reduce stress — you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after taking just a few luxurious moments all to yourself.

Here is some relaxing music to help you during your 3-day Mental Vacation.

Soul Care August 22-28th

Soul Care When You are an Introvert with the Spiritual Gift of Service -  Pastor Brian Moss

Scripture: May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. -Ephesians 3:18

Insight: God illuminated Paul’s heart when he wrote these prophetic words. We need love. But the love we find in this world is not enough. That is why Paul shared the prayer that we would have the power to really grasp God’s love. Our need does not constitute anyone else’s call but God’s.” Paul has thrown down the challenge. It will take a lifetime to try and accomplish, but can you imagine the journey? The thrill? The joy in even beginning to see the width, length, height, and depth of God’s love? Today, ask Jesus Himself to accompany you on such a glorious adventure of discovery.

Reflection: Pause for 5 minutes of Silence. What do you hear God Saying to you? Prayer: Dear Jesus, please give me the power and help me to understand how wide, long, high, and deep the Heavenly Father’s love for me really is. AMEN

Worship: Meditate in the Presence of God with this Worship Song and Give him thanks & praise.

Promises (feat. Joe L Barnes & Naomi Raine) –Maverick City