Lord God, our Father in heaven, you have shown your great love toward us by sending your Son into the world to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. We give you thanks because you have made us worthy to share in the inheritance of the saints in light, having rescued us from the power of darkness, and brought us into the kingdom of your beloved Son, In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Lord God, Son, the Savior of the world, though you were in the form of God, you did not consider equality with God something to cling to, but emptied yourself, taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness. You humbled yourself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Your love compels us to live not for ourselves, but for you.
We give you thanks because you, our merciful and faithful High Priest, have made reconciliation for the sins of the people. You were despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. You were wounded for our transgressions; you were bruised for our iniquities.
Upon you fell the punishment that made us whole and by your wounds we are healed.
Lord God, Holy Spirit, one with the Father and the Son, we give you thanks because you descended upon the Christ, anointing him to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed and to proclaim the time of the Lord’s favor.
You fill our hearts with the love of God and make our bodies your holy temple.
Deliver us, gracious Lord and God.
Bless and comfort us, gracious Lord and God.
By your tears and agony, your crown of thorns and cross.
Lead us to repentance for our sins.
By your willing sacrifice of yourself even unto death.
Make known to us the mystery of your love.
Into your open arms stretched out upon the cross.
Bless us and save us, Christ Jesus, our Redeemer.
Fulfill in us your prayer that all who love you may be one, as you are in the Father, and the Father in you.
Hear us and help us, gracious Savior. You have made God known to us as Father, so that the love with which he has loved you may be in us, And you in us.
Watchword for the Week
No one who believes in Christ will be put to shame.
Watchword for Today
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!
The wise men said, “We have come to worship him”
Matthew 2:2 NKJV
Prayer for Today
God of wonders, we stand astonished and lower our eyes in awe. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory, yet you walk to Jerusalem. Prepare us for the journey ahead and the steps we take in faith this day. Amen.
Congregation Watchword for the Year
Serve God with single mind and willing heart for the Lord searches every mind
1 Chronicles 28:9