To God be the glory – great things he has done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord; let the people rejoice! O come to the Father through Jesus the Son, and give him the glory – great things he has done!
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
The whole earth is full of your glory!
You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. You created all things, and by your will you brought them forth.
To you, the One who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!
Triune God, we acknowledge the profound mystery of your being, beyond our comprehension, Three in One, One in Three.
Yet what we could never know by ourselves, you have revealed to us. Through your word and your mighty works, through Jesus Christ and the presence of your Spirit, you have made yourself known.
You offer the gracious gift of eternal life. Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
As we bow before you, holy God, we confess our ungodliness and receive your word of forgiveness.
Gracious God, we confess our sin, which separates us from you. We know how people who belong to you should live, but we fail to live that way. We have done evil, and have failed to do good. We have lived for self rather than for you or our neighbor. Thus our lives are diminished, our
witness is stifled, and your image in us is tarnished. Forgive us, good Lord, through Jesus Christ. By your Spirit, guide us to live as people who know and love you. Amen.
The Lord, who saves you, says: I am the God who forgives your sins; I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you. The Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Let us love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.
We know God as Father, who seeks loving relationships with all whom he has created. Like a mother, God has nurtured us all our days and has been near in time of trouble. Praise the Lord, and do not forget how kind God is: Who forgives our sins and redeems us from the grave.
Who blesses us with steadfast love and tender mercy,
Who fills our lives with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
We know God as Jesus Christ, the Word who became a human being and lived among us, full of grace and truth. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is one with God and is at the Father’s side, he has made God known.
God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place.
Jesus was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death, even death on the cross.
For this reason God raised him to the highest place above, and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. And so, in honor of the name of Jesus, all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
We know God as the Holy Spirit, who reveals the truth about God.
The world cannot receive the Spirit because it cannot see or know him. But we know him, because the Spirit remains with us and is in us.
God’s Spirit joins with our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.
The Holy Spirit is the helper who stays with us forever.
Because we are God’s children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who cries out: Father, my Father.
Like a mighty wind, like a blazing fire, the Holy Spirit comes upon us and fills us with power, making us witnesses for Christ, to the neighborhood, to the nation, and to the ends of the earth.
May you have power to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, and so be filled with all the fullness of God. It is through Christ that all of us are able to come in the one Spirit into the presence of the Father.
Watchword for the Week
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3
You, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing joy. Psalm 92:4
With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33
Prayer for Today
Daily, Lord, we are amazed at your works. Grant us the courage to go out and spread the good news of your Son’s resurrection to the world. Let us sing your praises to all peoples. Amen
Congregation Watchword for the Year
The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:1