Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2023

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Take up thy cross, let not its weight
Fill your weak spirit with alarm;
His strength shall bear your spirit up,
And brace your heart and nerve your arm.

What shall we render to the Lord for all His bounty to us? We will offer to the Lord the sacrifices of thanksgiving and call upon the name of the Lord,

Come in praise and adoration, all who on Christ’s name believe. Worship Him with consecration. Grace and love will you receive. For His grace give Him the glory. For the spirit and the word and repeat the gospel story ,till all souls His name have heard.

Gracious God, for revealing yourself to us as one, who created all things, who gave us dominion over all the earth, who called us into a covenant relationship with you, who has given us the privilege of being your ambassadors in the world, who loves us as your children through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We give you our heartfelt thanks.

Our heavenly Father source of love
To you our hearts we raise
Your all-sustaining power we prove
And gladly sing your praise.

Jesus Christ our Savior, because you were willing to come to earth in the likeness of humanity, to take the form of a servant. Because you became obedient unto death, even death on a cross; Because God has highly exalted you and bestowed on you the name which is above every name, that at your name every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that you are Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We humbly bow before you in praise and adoration.

Lord Jesus, yours we wish to be. Our sacrifice receive by you preserved, from sin set free.

We acknowledge your presence and power among us

Come Holy Ghost, the Savior’s love . Shed in our hearts abroad, so shall we ever live and move and be with Christ in God.

Jesus said ; Whoever serves me must follow me and where I am, there shall my servant be also, whoever serves me, the Father will honor. If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.

We hear your call to discipleship. Master, teach us the way we should go.

Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your minds, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Jesus said; This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear much fruit, and that your fruit should abide.

Now the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. If we live by the spirit, let us also walk by the spirit.

Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Lord, as you have lived for others

So may we for others live;

Freely have your gifts been granted,

freely may your servants give

Yours the gold and yours the silver

Yours the wealth of land and sea,

We but stewards of your bounty

Sharing all by your decree.

We confess lord, that as your disciples, we have often dishonored the holy name we bear. We ask for your forgiveness for the times we have failed to labor for your kingdom; when we have not followed your admonition to seek first the kingdom of God; when we have hidden our light from the world; when we, as the salt of the earth, have lost our strength. Have mercy on us, and restore unto us the joy of faithful discipleship. Amen

The Lord, your redeemer, has said; With everlasting love, I will have compassion on you. Therefore, serve the Lord with gladness; witness to his goodness and mercy; and preach Jesus Christ as Lord, with yourselves as servants for Jesus’ sake. Amen

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