DEVOTIONAL SACRED SEASON
DAY 6 and 26 - 10th and 30th June
PRAYER TIME FOR DAY 6 - 10th June COMMUNION
Especially designed for zoom prayer times during the Sacred Season of Prayer and Fasting but can be used in face to face prayer times as well. Spontaneous prayer is offered in times of prayers of praise and confession from group members using if possible some of themes in the psalm or scripture reading. The prayers for others can also be prayed spontaneously and can weave in thoughts from scripture reading, passage from Basis of Union and devotional reading.
IT IS FINISHED!
PASTOR ROBYN PAINTER
Pastor Robyn Painter is pastor of Peterborough Uniting Church in rural South Australia. She has previously been a member of National Assembly and has served on the national council of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations.
BIBLE READINGS: Hebrews 2:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the
cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
PRAYERS OF PRAISE AND ADORATION
PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
BIBLE READINGS: Hebrews 2:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
PARAGRAPH 4: BASIS OF UNION
The Uniting Church acknowledges that the Church is able to live and
endure through the changes of history only because its Lord comes,
addresses, and deals with people in and through the news of his
Christ who is present when he is preached among people is the Word of the God who acquits the guilty, who gives life to the dead and who brings into being what otherwise could not exist.
Through human witness in word and action, and in the power of the
Holy Spirit, Christ reaches out to command people’s attention and
awaken faith; he calls people into the fellowship of his sufferings, to
be the disciples of a crucified Lord; in his own strange way Christ
constitutes, rules and renews them as his Church.
Before he died, Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” His mission was complete. The victory was won. Jesus is now Lord and Messiah. He is the King of kings, the Ancient of Days, the Lamb who was slain and lives again. He is the Righteous One who makes many righteous. He is the Son of David, and of the increase of his government there will be no end.
He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the Pioneer and
Perfecter of our faith. His victory cannot be undone, his rule cannot be
usurped, his Kingdom cannot be taken away. Jesus is Lord of his church, and he is the one who will return for his bride. Jesus, the Bridegroom is passionate about his bride. He wants a large bride, a pure bride, a bride with eyes only for him. And he will bring it about.
Jesus calls us to fix our eyes on him. We are to be like an athlete with eyes on the finish line. We are to be like Peter, with eyes on Jesus as he stepped out onto the waters of Lake Galilee and walked.
Storms will come as long as this world remains, and storms can take many
different forms. But the answer to every storm we face is to look to the all powerful Lord Jesus, who has power over them all. At Jesus’ bidding we can do the impossible.
With our eyes on Jesus we will pray according to his will and see him answer in mighty ways. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus the things of this world that fight for our attention will lose their hold, and we will be transformed into his likeness.
We cannot change the world when we focus on the things we are afraid of. But Jesus has already won the battle against those things! It is finished. Fix your eyes on him and follow him with all your heart. Then you will see what he can do!
Lord Jesus, King of kings,
You are more powerful than all the things I fear. Teach me to fix my eyes on you and walk with faith. Help me to cast all my burdens on you in the sure knowledge that nothing is impossible for you.
THE APOSTLES CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Participants are encouraged to mute and read with the readers below. Unfortunately it is not possible to read all together because of the time delay on zoom, so one reader will read on behalf of everyone.
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise
(Minister prays) Thanks and praise, glory and honour are rightly yours
And so we praise you With the faithful of every time and place
Joining with choirs of angels And the whole creation In the eternal hymn:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
We praise you through our Lord Jesus Christ
Who on the night of his betrayal ………………………….
Do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me
Christ has died,
Christ is risen
Christ will come again
Pour out the Holy Spirit upon us….
All glory and honour and power and praise are your now and forever more.
Blessing and honour and glory and power are yours for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours
Now and forever. Amen.
The bread we break is a sharing in the body of Christ
The cup we take is a sharing in the blood of Christ
The gifts of God for us, the people of God
Jesus Lamb of God
Have mercy on us
Jesus, bearer of our sins
Have mercy on us
Jesus redeemer of the world
Grant us peace.
PRAYERS FOR OTHERS
CONFESSION FROM BASIS OF UNION
Within this fellowship of the Uniting Church in Australia, and as part of the Christian church around the world, let us confess Christ in the following words from the Basis of Union.
We joyously proclaim that ‘in Jesus Christ "God was reconciling the world to himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19 RSV)’,
and that ‘in love for the world, God gave the Son to take away the world's sin.’
We confess that ‘Christ…is the Word of the God who acquits the guilty,
who gives life to the dead and who brings into being what otherwise could not exist.’
Nb. The words in quotation marks are direct quotes from the Basis of Union
Prepared by Rev Rod James.