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John 14:6

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Saved By Grace

By Karl Barth


“Someone once said to me, “I need not go to church. I need not read the Bible. I know already what the church teaches and what the Bible says: ‘Do what is right and fear no one!’” Let me say this at this point: if this were the message at stake, I would most certain not have come here. My time is too precious and so is yours. To say that, neither prophets nor apostles, neither Bible, Jesus Christ nor God are needed. Anybody is at liberty to say this to himself. By the same token this saying is void of any new, of any very special or exciting message. It does not help anyone. I have never seen a smile on the face of a person reassuring himself with this kind of talk…Let us hear what the Bible says and what we as Christians are called to hear together: By grace you are saved! No man can say this to himself. Neither can he say this to someone else. This can only be said by God to each one of us. It takes Jesus Christ to make this statement true…

You probably know the legend of the rider who crossed the frozen Lake of Constance by night without knowing it. When he reached the opposite shore and was told whence he came, he broke down, horrified. This is the human situation when the sky opens and the earth is bright, when we may hear: By grace you have been saved! In such a moment we are like that terrified rider. When we hear this word we involuntarily look back, do we not, asking ourselves: where have we been? Over an abyss, in mortal danger! What did I do? The most foolish thing I ever attempted! What happened? I was doomed and miraculously escaped and now I am saved!...

Look once again to Jesus Christ in His death upon the cross. Look and try to understand that what He did and suffered, He did and suffered for you, for me, for all of us. He carried our sin, our captivity and our suffering, and did not carry it in vain. He carried it away. He acted as the captain of us all. He broke through the ranks of our enemies. He has already won the battle, our battle. All we have to do is to follow Him to be victorious with Him. Through Him, in Him we are saved. Our sin no longer has any power over us. Our prison door is open…When He, the Son of God, sets us free, we are truly free.


Christians around the world profess the Apostle’s Creed.

We do so to join with others as a statement of our beliefs in God.



Apostle’s Creed



I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,

The creator of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again from the dead

.He ascended into Heaven,

And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,

The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.





Let us lift up in prayer the following in the Name of Jesus:

We lift up Charlie Gard and his parents, we ask for YOUR Precence and YOUR will in Charlie’s life. We lift up Congress, that they will see their way past their differences and seek YOU and listen to YOU to guide them, to make laws according to YOUR way, to provide a health care bill that will help people in all circumstances, tax reform that is fair for all people, Please heal Austin and Piper, give them YOUR strength and let YOUR joy shine through their illnesses. We pray, LORD, that people will open their eyes and stop the violence that is happening in this country. We pray that people will accept our president, who was elected according to the laws of this country and that those who lost would not be trying to overthrow this government that was duly elected. We pray for those who were shot, that you would heal them.  We pray that people will stop spreading the lies of the devil and that people will listen to YOUR truth. We pray for the children who are abducted and abused, who are homeless and hungry. We pray for our loved ones who are sick. We lift up those who have lost their jobs and their homes and have given up. Give them Your peace, O Lord. Father, help us to let Your grace flow in all parts of our lives. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus.  God send us revival and spiritual awakening in our Christian churches that will set our nation aright, that radical Islam would stop their assaults, religious intolerance of Christianity, Mariam, Stephen, Edwin & Sherie & Eric & Ethan, Ester, Cindy, healing for Kathie, Shirley, Wayne and Shawna, safe travels, that Christians would seek Your Word daily & learn and seek Your way, Your truth and Your life in all areas of their lives and not allow the lies of the devil and the people he uses to spread his lies about You, especially the lie of the queen Bible that removes Your Words about homosexuality, and that Your truth about all things will be revealed & that people will see that You ordained marriage between men and women, let Christians rise up and declare their faith in You and Your Word and stop believing the lies of the liberal agenda,  Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Joseph Prince, Kirk Cameron, Joyce Meyer, Jack Graham, Michael Youssef, Oral Roberts Ministry & the many other ministries that preach the Word Of God in truth & spirit, that people will tune in and watch in order to learn about you and that people would live in Your ways Father, for those trying to open new businesses will be successful, for Beth and her new business, Play Date to be a success, for Chrissy to quickly get certification, that parents would learn to put their children before themselves and to do what is best for their children according to YOU, that the media would be truthful and not distort stories to meet what they think people want, for Christian ministers and musicians and radio stations that play Christian music, for people to seek YOU and YOUR truth and not think they know better than YOU, spiritually curious people, Arthur and Denise Blessitt, the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria by Boko Haran, Syria,  Sudan, Iran and many other lands, President Donald Trump and those he has chosen to serve with him, that they will bring good changes to the United States, that people will realize that we are all YOUR children and as such we are brothers and sisters and to treat each other in YOUR amazing love, Christians United for Israel, stay-at-home moms and dads, we pray for the children who are homeless and hungry, aborted and are victims of pediphiles and sexual slavery, we pray for our loved ones who are sick. We pray that people will get ready for Your return Lord Jesus, for those who suffer with addictions, for peace in Israel, that Your chosen people would come to know You Lord Jesus as their Savior. Pray for those who are out preaching the gospel both here in the United States and all around the world, that seeds of faith may be sown to bring glory to our Lord God. We pray for all who love the Lord that they will completely abandon themselves to YOU. We pray for those who do not know the Lord that they will come to the Lord and ask Him for His forgiveness and give their lives to God. We pray that they will learn that only through Jesus can they find eternal life, Michele & Dana & family, Carey & Martin & family, Michelle & family, Deanna & Josh & family, OJ, Anna, Ethan & Serenity, Sherie, Tommie, Mark, Bill and Bev, Hyma & family, Glenn, Dee Dee, Nancy & Dave, Emily & Joseph & Jamie & Kacie & Melissa & Phil & Mila & Karen & Kenny & family, Prodigals to come back, Robert & Elizabeth, Donna & Johnny & family, for those that are working to keep us safe and provide emergency services, Home Churches all over the world, for those who kill through abortion, prayer requests, Felicia & Campus Ministry, those affected by the weather and natural disasters, fires & drought, Aspen & AJ, for the children who suffer from disease or abuse, CJ & mom April, Callie & Cozy & Noah & parents Karen and Joe,  Bowen, Patty, Nathan & Erica & Sophie, Anna & Craig & family, Andrea & Jason & Ian & Ava, Barbara, those suffering from cancer and mental illness, Michael, Middle East, Israel, for judges to not make laws, Elaine & Tony, Jeanine, Beth & Eric & Isaiah & Alliyah & Addyson, Chrissy & JD & Noah & Ashton & Konner & Elle & Briley, Henry & Monica & Isaiah & Branson & Flora, Nora & Chris & Ethan & Jocelyn, John & Carol, Kat, Kim, Marie, Craig, Michael & Gina, Toni & Angel, Kevin & Ro, Monica, Bill, Mike, Shannon, Johnny & Jamie & Mikey, Becca, Allie, Harry & Sandy, Sara & Bella, Emily, John & Cheryl & family, Kathy, for our families and friends, for those that are in hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, Patt and Ron, Melanie & Nick, Sean, Scott, Kathie, Scot & Fran, Caity & Corey & Aiden & Tristan, Krissy & Travis & family, Renee & LA, Dwight & Brandy & Savannah & Blake, Brenda, Sebastian, Kathryn & Sean & Julian & Hunter, Suzette, Mike & Erin & Nathan & Michaela & Colin, for all those who loved ones have passed on, Donna & Erick & family, Melissa & Aaron & Patrick & Kailyn & Macey & AJ, Crystal & Luke & son, Mary, Maureen & daughter Nicole & child, Janet, Henry & Noreen, this church & ministry & the Journey, peace, Christians who are persecuted & killed, our men & women in the armed forces and our veterans & their families, for all those who have asked for prayers (Your prayers and petitions)


We thank You Father for hearing our prayers spoken and unspoken. We know that You are the way to life. We believe that by following Your way that when we ask of You, we will receive; that when we seek, we will find; and when we knock the door will open. So with faith we humbly ask You to answer our prayers and grant our petitions and prayers according to the Father’s Will. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Therefore, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your FATHER in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Matthew 11:24-26



Readings


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ


Psalm 36:1-12

1 I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b]
There is no fear of God before their eyes.

2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.

5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your justice like the great deep.
You, L
ord, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights.
9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.

10 Continue Your love to those who know You, Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen--thrown down, not able to rise!

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.

Lamentations 3:19-22


                                                                                                                                                          

Romans 13:8 -14


8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing deb t to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.


11And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our Salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him."

Lamentations 3:24


John 3:1-21

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a Teacher Who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with Him.”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at My saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]

9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, We speak of what We know, and We testify to what We have seen, but still you people do not accept Our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the One Who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.”[g]

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the Name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.32 Though He brings grief, He will show compassion,

so great is His unfailing love.

Lamentations 3:31-32


Weekly Way


Judging By The Fruit We Bear


I AM the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it can be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.

Jesus from the gospel of John 15:1-4


The evil one is trying to silence the Word of God. He works through average people, coating his lies with pieces of the truth. As Christians, we are called by God to a higher standard, a moral standard that defines right and wrong and we must reflect that in the way that we live our lives. It’s no coincidence that there is so much depression, so many people who suffer from stress, so many people who have given up in believing in God, so many people who don’t live their faith and then blame God for what is wrong in their lives. Many people feel that as long as they tithe, live a life that is not overly bad, that God should answer their prayers accordingly. We are saturated, by news, television, newspapers and such, that decry all that is wrong with believing in God and His truths. We are told not to address sins, because it puts limits on what people can do. We have legalized evil things and criminalized things that are not evil. The evil one wants people to be politically correct, trying to silence those who bring God’s truth to the world. They call us intolerant, mean, not being true to loving one another according to Jesus’ command.


Oh what a tangled web Satan weaves. He has people convinced that we are never to speak out about sin, we are told that we are “judging” when we do so and that Jesus said that we are never to judge one another. They want sin in the flesh, allowing people to do things that God considers an abomination. They want people to break their faithfulness to God. Let’s get one thing straight, God loves us no matter what. But He does not give us a blank check to do whatever feels good to us and think that He doesn’t care. Many people think that as long as they repent before they die, then they might as well do evil. They will ask God to forgive them and then it will be alright. They are only fooling themselves. What type of love do you have for your Creator if you constantly break faith to Him and expect Him to let you continue down the path you have chosen. If you continue to claim to be a Christian, and continue to sin, then God is going to prune you, until you come in line to what He is trying to teach you. I don’t like being hurt by those I love, so how do you think our Father feels each time you hurt Him, when you hurt each other or yourself? God could destroy this world in an instant, but He chooses to let us work things out, to let us get things straight. If He returned today, not many would find themselves going to heaven for eternity. They would find themselves going straight to hell, and that’s what Satan wants.


Let’s take a look at that Scriptures and what they say about judging.


“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, take first the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck form your brother’s eye. (Jesus from the gospel of Matthew 7:1-5)


“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

He also told them this parable: Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is full trained will be like his teacher.”

“Why do you look at that speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Jesus from the gospel of Luke 6:37-42)


Clearly, people tend to read only the first part of this Scripture. That’s why it is so important to read and study the Scriptures. Taken in whole, Jesus is telling us that we are to know what the Word of God says in regards to what is right and wrong. Too many don’t know the laws of God. People tend to believe that they only need to confess that Jesus is their Lord and Savior and that they don’t have to change the way that they live. We are led to believe that the Scriptures tell us that we are not to “judge”. We must forgive each other our sins, continually loving each other, never condemning but teaching, being each others keeper. For as disciples of Christ, we are to go out and make others disciples.


Let’s look at the word “judge”: n. 1. Senior official in court of law 2. Someone giving an informed opinion: v. 1. Consider or form an opinion especially after thought or consideration 2. Condemn or criticize somebody on moral grounds: from Latin judex “somebody who speaks the law” < jus “law, right. (Encarta College Dictionary 2001)


In Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary 2003 defines judging: The interpretation of Matt 7:1 that Christians should not make value judgments of the behavior of others is shown to be erroneous ([adj.] incorrect, based on an incorrect assumption) by multiple commands in Scriptures to do exactly that (e.g. Matt 7:15-20; John 7:24; 1Cor 5:12; 1 Tim 3:10). As is frequency the case in biblical truths, the Christian’s role in exercising judgment on others is found in a tension between warnings to avoid judging others and admonitions concerning how best to judge others. Christians are to judge others constructively with humility and gentleness (Gal 6:1). We are forbidden to judge hypocritically, that is, when such judgment entails intolerance of another’s sin coupled with blindness of one’s own (Matt 7:1-5; Luke6:37; John 8:7;Rom 2:1-4) or when human judgment impinges (to affect the limits of something, especially a right or law) on God’s prerogative as judge (Rom 14:4: 1Cor 4:5; Jas 4:11-12). Instructions on proper exercise of judgment include (1) the call to judge reputed prophets by their fruits (Matt7:15-17) (2) encouragement for Christians to arbitrate between fellow believers who have a dispute rather than going to pagan law courts (1Cor 6:1-6), and (3) instructions regarding church cases (Matt 18:15-20). 1Cor 5:3-5 illustrates the functions of a church court.
E. Ray Clendenen


But the words of Jesus show us that we must judge our own behavior, our own lives first. Unless we first take the plank out of our own eyes, we cannot show others the speck in their eyes. When we judge ourselves, we are then humbled and can lovingly show others where in their lives they are not following the way of the Lord.


Jesus tells us “The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe that good news!” (Mark 1:15) The time has come for us. The kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:20,21) and in order to accept God within us, we must become perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matt 5:48). But we are afraid to look within ourselves, afraid to read the Word of God because then we would know the truth. And if we know God’s truth, His laws, His wisdom, then we will have to accept responsibility for all that we do and say. We would have to choose to either follow God’s way or not to follow God’s way. If we accept God, then we must follow the way of the Lord.


We are all sinners, every one of us, but when we choose to accept Jesus, we are to leave our former life of sin. Can you look deeply into yourself and confess your sins? Do you see yourself as sinless? Don’t fall into the evil one’s trap. None of us are without sin. How do you know what sin is if you don’t read and study God’s Word daily, so that you can learn all that God has revealed. Do you look upon the Scriptures as written by humans thus belittling the Word of God as irrelevant? The Word of God stands on its own. It is relevant today as when the Word of God was revealed and written by those God chose. Even God’s chosen were not perfect. Moses, Aaron, Joshua, David, and Solomon disobeyed God, and God rebuked them for their sins.


God knows that the evil one is prowling, looking to snare you from God’s saving grace. Whenever we are tempted, God leaves us a backdoor, a way out of our temptation. We have to learn to restrain ourselves away from sin. Jesus will not condemn us of our sin if we leave our life of sin (John 8:11).


When we are “born again” (John 4:3), we are to become as little children and learn what it is that is required of us. Jesus said in Mark 10:15: “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it. For us as humans, the process of becoming adults takes many years. Most feel that the age of reasoning doesn’t begin until at least 7 and continues as the lessons are taught and learned. God’s Word contains our lessons, and in order to learn them we need to read them and study them, learning as a child learns.


We need to stop being self-reliant and be God reliant. That doesn’t mean we don’t do anything, it means we surrender all to God, our position, our plans, our anxiety, our lives and the lives of our loved ones to God. We seek Him daily, prayerfully, giving unto Him all glory, honor and praise. I love you, but more importantly, God loves you best, He loves you more than anyone or anything can. Give yourself to God and become a new creation in Christ, casting off the ugliness of sin and clothe yourself in His truth. Jesus is our teacher and the author of life. Our eternal life in heaven is only through Jesus. We need to learn God’s Word, be honest about being sinners, not putting ourselves as more righteous then one another. Unless we seek out our sins in our own lives and repent of them, we cannot help others to see their sins. We don’t do anything hatefully, judgmentally, but lovingly, for its not the person but the sin that God does not want us to commit. God corrects us of sin, He prunes us so that we may produce fruit in keeping with His commands.


“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”(Luke 6:40) Let God teach you daily in this journey to the kingdom of heaven. Learning the way of the Lord takes courage, strength, perseverance, and truth, but most of all, it takes love. Live in God and let Him live in you. Then when your life here ends and you head into eternal life, you will have won the race, this prize, heaven, eternally with God.

 

              


The Lord’s Supper



(You will need bread (or unleavened bread) and wine (or grape juice) for the Lord’s Supper. Place bread in a bowl or platter and wine (grape juice) in a wine glass or nice cup. Use the same bowl and glass each week, reserving it only for the Lord’s Supper out of reverence for the Lord. Place the bread and wine on a table. You can stand or sit around the table. You can have candles if you would like.)



Whenever two or three are gathered there is God among them. Jesus tells us: ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent. I AM the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand there praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” As Your children, Father, teach us and let Your Word become for us, a living part of our lives. Teach us to love one another and to forgive one another.



Lord have mercy on us, forgive us our sins.

Christ have mercy on us, teach us to forgive others

.Lord show us Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life.


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children. Devote yourselves to the apostle’s teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.


Father, before us sits bread and wine. Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”


He always loved those who were His own in the world. When the time came for Him to be glorified by You, His heavenly Father, He showed the depth of His love.As Jesus and His disciples were reclined at the table, He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”


And while they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, and giving a prayer of thanks to the Father, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat, this is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way, He took the cup, again giving thanks to the Father and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. Jesus said to them, “Drink it, all of you, this is My blood, which seals Gods covenant, My blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in My Father’s Kingdom.”



Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain,

To receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

And honor and glory and praise!


To Him Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

Be praise and honor and glory and power,

Forever and ever!


And by His stripes we are healed!



Teach us, Father, that in celebrating this Supper given to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ, how we are to live our lives. The greatest should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. And Jesus will confer on us a kingdom, just as You Father conferred one on Him, so that we might eat and drink at His table in heaven. Teach us to live out our Salvation in the way we live our lives.



Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.



Communion (sharing {eat and drink} the body and blood)



Prayer after Communion


May the grace of Christ our Saviour,

And the Father’s boundless love,

With the Holy Spirit’s favor

,Rest upon us from above.


Thus may we abide in union

With each other and the Lord,

And possess, in sweet communion,

Joys which earth cannot afford.Amen.

By Rev. John Newton, 1779



Lord’s Prayer (please join hands)


Our Father, Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy Kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil. Amen.


Benediction


The LORD bless you and keep you.


The LORD make His face shine upon

you and be gracious.


The LORD turn His face towards you

and give you peace.




Concluding



Jesus as They Saw Him

By William Barclay


In Hebrew the names Joshua and Jehoshua, which, as we have seen, become Jesus in Greek, mean, “Jehovah is my help,” or “Jehovah is rescue,” or, “The help of Jehovah.” “You shall give Him the Name of Jesus,” the angel said, “for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The very Name stamps Jesus as Saviour. He is God’s divinely appointed and divinely sent Rescuer, Whose function it is to deliver men from their sins. He came to rescue men from the estrangement and the alienation from God which is the consequence of their past sins, and for the future to liberate them from the bondage of sin, from the moral frustration and the continuous and inevitable defeat which are the result of sin. He came to bring friendship for fear, and victory for defeat.

This is in fact a meaning of the Name Jesus which all true Jews would recognize. In Ecclesiastics Jesus the son of Sirach speaks of Joshua the son of Nun (Jesus the son of Nave is what he calls him): “Jesus the son of Nave was valiant in the wars, and was the successor of Moses in prophecies, who according to his name was made great for the saving of the elect of God” (Ecclesiastics 46:1). Joshua the son of Nun, Jesus the son of Nave, as his name denotes, rescued his people from their enemies;

Jesus of Nazareth is the great Rescuer from sin.

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