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The Divine Service of the Lord Jesus Christ
Third Sunday After Epiphany January 23, 2011
Salutation The Lord be with you! And also with you! Welcome & Announcements Preparation for Worship (silently pray the following collect to prepare for worship) Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
<STAND when the pianist stops playing> 2 Timothy 4.22
I. The Lord Gathers Us for Worship
Invocation & Entrance
We are gathered in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen! Matthew 18.20; 28.19 I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth! Hymn of Procession (on following page)
Psalm 122.1-2 Psalm 124.8
Note: The congregation says all bold words and sings all printed songs.
II. The Lord Cleanses Us from Sin
Brothers and sisters in Christ, the Scriptures teach us that if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.9 Kyrie Eleison ~ Lord Have Mercy
Psalm 51.1; 123.3; Matthew 17.15; 20.30-31
Confession of Sin Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker! <KNEEL>
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole hearts, and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry, and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. <REMAIN KNEELING>
Absolution ~ Pronouncement of Pardon
By virtue of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you are fully and freely forgiven of all your sins. Believe this and know that you are at peace with God! Thanks be to God! 3
III. The Lord Raises Us Up to Heaven and Seats Us With Christ
Sursum Corda ~ Lift Up Your Hearts Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Prayer of Ascent to Heaven Let us give thanks to the Lord our God! It is good and right to do so! It is very good and right that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty. By the star you led magi to bow to your Son, a revelation of your plan to guide all nations and peoples to worship you. In the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused light to shine in our hearts, to give us the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, with the angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and singing: Sanctus ~ Holy
Traditionally called the Preface (to the Sanctus). Ephesians 2.6; Colossians 3.1
O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths will declare your praise! Hymn of Ascent (on following page)
Prayer of Illumination Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may understand and choose the way of your wisdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. <BE SEATED> Scripture Lesson This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Psalm
Hebrews 10.1-25 (text printed on back page)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; Alleluia ~ Praise the Lord
my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Gospel Lesson (and primary sermon text) This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise be to you, O Christ!
Matthew 9.1-8 (text printed on back page)
Profession of Faith Christian, in whom do you trust? I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds: God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen! Gloria Patri ~ Glory to the Father
Pre-sermon Prayer May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, Lord Jesus Christ, our Rock, and our Kinsman Redeemer. Psalm 19.14 Amen. <BE SEATED> Sermon Post-sermon Blessing May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. Philippians 4.7 Offertory Hymn (on following page) 7
Pastor Jeremy Sexton
Offertory Response & Prayer What gifts have you brought for your Lord? We give only what the Lord has first given to us. We offer ourselves in Christ through confession, praise, and thanksgiving; we give our prayers and alms for the sake of the world; and we participate in the Lord’s Supper as a memorial of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen! Blessed are you, O Lord God our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty; indeed all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord Jesus Christ, and you are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you reign over all, and in your hand is power and might, and it lies in your hand to make great and to strengthen all. Now therefore, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name, for all things come from you and of your own gifts we have given to you. 1 Chronicles 29.10-14 Amen! <STAND> Kingdom Prayer God the Father in heaven, be gracious to us and hear us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us and help us. God the Holy Spirit, Giver of life, bless us for Jesus’ sake. From all sin, from all error, from all evil; from the crafts and assaults of the devil; from sudden and evil death; from deadly disease and famine; from war and bloodshed; from sedition and rebellion; from lightning and storms; from calamity by fire and water; and from everlasting death; deliver us, good Lord. By the mystery of Your holy incarnation; by Your holy birth; by Your baptism, fasting, and temptation; by Your agony and bloody sweat; by Your cross and passion; by Your precious death and burial; by Your glorious resurrection and ascension; and by the coming of your Holy Spirit, the Comforter; help us, good Lord. In all our tribulation; in all our prosperity; in the hour of death; and in the day of judgment; help us, good Lord. To rule and govern Your holy Christian Church; to preserve all pastors and ministers of Your Church in the true knowledge and understanding of Your wholesome Word and to sustain them in holy living; to put an end to all divisions and causes of offense; to bring into the way of truth all who have erred and are deceived; to beat down Satan under our feet; to send faithful laborers into Your harvest; and to accompany Your Word with Your grace and Spirit; hear our prayers, good Lord. To raise those who fall and to strengthen those who stand; and to comfort and help the weakhearted and the distressed; hear our prayers, good Lord. To give to all peoples unity and peace; to preserve our land from discord and strife; to give our country Your protection in every time of need; to direct and defend our nation and all in authority over us; to bless and protect our magistrates and all our people; to watch over and help all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; to protect and guide all who travel; to grant every woman with child, and all mothers with infant children, increasing happiness in their blessings; to defend all orphans and widows and provide for them; to strengthen and keep all sick persons and young children; to free those in bondage; and to have mercy on us all; hear our prayer, good Lord. To forgive our enemies, persecutors, and slanderers, and to turn their hearts; to give and preserve for our use the kindly fruits of the earth; and graciously to hear our prayers; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be gracious to us and answer our prayer. Now, O God, hear the very words Jesus taught us to pray: <RAISE HANDS> 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6.9-13 9
IV. The LORD Feeds Us Holy Food at His Royal Table
2 Corinthians 13.14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Holy things for holy people! The gifts of God for the people of God! Pax Domini ~ The Peace of the Lord The peace of the Lord be with you always. And with your spirit. Eucharistic Prayer ~ Prayer of Thanksgiving We thank you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for making us fearfully and wonderfully in your image. When we followed the way of the evil one in the Garden of Eden, you did not leave us to perish in our sins, but instead you rescued us from sin and death. In the fullness of time you provided a new and living way through the flesh and blood of Jesus, our great high priest over the house of God. And now we can draw near in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled by Jesus’ blood and our bodies washed with pure water. We thank you, Father, that when we celebrate this memorial meal, you remember the holy life of your Son lived for us, his death offered for us, his resurrection that gives life to us, and his ascension in glory at your right hand, where, as our Great High Priest, he intercedes for us. United in Christ's priesthood, we celebrate this meal of the covenant, offering ourselves to you as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to you in Christ. In your mercy, remember your covenant by pouring out your Holy Spirit upon us, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be for us a communion in the body and blood of Christ, that we may become one in him. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever. Amen. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us. Therefore, let us keep the feast!
Psalm 34.8 1 Corinthians 5.8 John 20.19
Agnus Dei ~ Lamb of God
In the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, we at Christ Church welcome to the Lord’s Table all who are spiritually weak and seek rest; all who mourn and long for comfort; all who struggle and desire victory; all who sin and need the Savior; all who are strangers and want fellowship; all who hunger and thirst for righteousness; all who are poor in spirit and desire the riches of the gospel; all who come to Jesus Christ in living faith and repentance, looking to him as both Liberator and Lord. And, of course, we welcome all baptized children, no matter how young, to the Lord’s Table.
Communion: Bread <Sing stanza 1 on the following page as the bread is passed> Communion: Wine <Sing stanza 2 on the following page as the wine is passed> 11
May the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you steadfast in true faith unto life everlasting. Amen! <STAND> 12
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his love endures forever! <STAND>
1 Chronicles 16.34; Psalm 106.1; 107.1; 118.1; 118.29; 136.1
V. The LORD Sends Us Back Into the World
Adapted from the post-Communion prayer in Martin Bucer’s reformed Strasbourg Liturgy
Let us continue in prayer together: Almighty and gracious heavenly Father, we give You praise and thanks that through Your holy Gospel and Sacrament, You have again offered and presented to us Your most precious treasure: the true Bread of Heaven and Food of eternal life, Our Lord Jesus Christ. And we heartily ask You to grant that we may receive Him and partake of Him in true faith, now and forever, and be so nourished by His Flesh and Blood that we may be set free from all evil, and increase daily in all goodness, to Your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! Great Commission
Jesus declares, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and disciple all the nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, by teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Amen! Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered! Let those who hate Him flee before Him! Psalm 68.1 Nunc Dimittis ~ Now Dismiss [Your Servant]
Luke 2.29-32 “Song of Simeon”
Benediction ~ Blessing The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 10.1-25 1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, 2 by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any 3 4 consciousness of sin? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin every year. For it is impossible for the blood 5 of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and 6 offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have 7 taken no pleasure. Then I said, 'Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the 8 book.'" When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt 9 offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your 10 will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the 11 offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the 12 same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, 13 he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 15 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears 16 witness to us; for after saying, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I 17 will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their 18 19 lawless deeds no more." Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, 20 brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he 21 opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience 23 and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who 24 25 promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Matthew 9.1-8 1 2 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are 3 4 forgiven." And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." But Jesus, knowing 5 their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to 6 say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"- he then said 7 8 to the paralytic- "Rise, pick up your bed and go home." And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
If you are a visitor of Christ Church, we are grateful that you have joined us in our highest privilege, worshipping the Triune God. We hope you stay and eat with us after the service so that we can get to know you better. If you would like to talk with Pastor Sexton throughout the week, feel free to call him at 770.696.7521 or email him at email@example.com. You can visit our website at ChristChurch-Atl.com.
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