Scripture: Genesis 15:1-18, Luke 13:22-35, Psalm 3
Writers: Mike Kresnik, Bob Thune, Darby Whealy, Tyler Anderson
Narrators: Charlotte Bertrand, Gary Nebeker, Bob Thune, Darby Whealy, Kevin Huddleston
Music: Dan Phelps and William Ryan Fitch
Production: Mike Kresnik, Bethany Gilbert
Sources: The Worship Sourcebook; The Valley of Vision; The Book of Common Prayer; + original contributions by the authors.
Lord God Almighty: Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things in your law. Open my ears, that I may tremble at your Word. Open my lips, that my mouth may declare your praise. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. For you I wait all the day long.
CONFESSION OF SIN & PRAYER FOR GRACE
God of mercy, whose Son, Jesus Christ, beckons me with the wide embrace of his love: I confess that I have been a wayward child. I have disobeyed your commands; I have been deaf to your call; I have been cold to your love. In thought, word, and deed, I have hurt others and dishonored your name. In your great mercy, receive me again as your beloved child, not because I am worthy, but for the sake of Jesus, who loved me and gave himself for me.
OT READING: Genesis 15:1-18
THE LORD’S PRAYER
NT READING: Luke 13:22-35
PRAYER OF ADORATION:
Jesus: I praise you for your resolute faithfulness to your mission. No amount of human cunning or political scheming could deter you from setting your face toward Jerusalem and the cross that awaited you there. Thank you that because of your faithfulness, I have been redeemed.
PSALM READING: Psalm 3
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
O God: thank you for the way this psalm instructs me in times of uncertainty and fear. The psalmist’s enemies gather on every side, rising relentlessly against him. Yet he responds, not with fear, but with a radical confidence in the protective care of God. Salvation, he says, belongs to the Lord. And he lays down to sleep. As I confront my own stresses and anxieties, I thank you that you are a shield about me. I lift my cares and concerns to you. Be my glory. Lift my head. Let me sleep deeply, knowing that you sustain me and surround me with your salvation. Remind me that because I belong to Jesus, I can be at peace in the midst of my enemies, resting in your loving care. Finally, God: please break the teeth of the wicked. Deliver the vulnerable from those who would harm them, and look after all who are in need today. Amen.
And now may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and always, until the day of Christ's return.