Scripture: Isaiah 12, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 100
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.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
CONFESSION OF SIN & PRAYER FOR GRACE #8
Merciful Father, although you have promised me everlasting joy, I am often lazy, apathetic, and hard-hearted. Deliver me, O God, from a slothful mind, from all lukewarmness, and from all dejection of spirit. I know these cannot but deaden my love to you; mercifully free my heart from them, and give me a lively, zealous, active, and cheerful spirit; that I may vigorously perform whatever you command, thankfully suffer whatever you choose for me, and be ardent to obey your holy love in all things. Amen.
OT READING: Isaiah 12
THE LORD’S PRAYER
NT READING: Ephesians 1:15-23
PRAYER OF ADORATION:
Father of Glory: I worship you for the hope to which you have called me; for the riches of your glorious inheritance; and for the surpassing greatness of your power toward us who believe. Your greatness is immeasurable and your blessings to me in Christ are incomparable.
PSALM READING: Psalm 100
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
O God: this psalm invites me to “serve the Lord with gladness!” And that’s what I want to do, today and every day. I don’t want to serve you half-heartedly, or dutifully, or begrudgingly - but with a full and joyful heart that delights to bring you glory. So today, let me serve you with gladness. Give me eyes to see my work as service to you, working heartily, as unto the Lord. Help me see every interaction with people as a chance to serve to you, honoring them as your image-bearers. And help me serve you even in the hardships, annoyances, and challenges that come my way today, responding to them in ways that please you. Fill my heart with gladness and my life with praise to you today.
And now may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship and communion of the Holy Spirit abide and remain with us, now and throughout our time on earth, until the day of His return: Amen.