Sunday, October 15, 2017

to God alone October 15,2017

Worship on Sunday, October 15 …
Our focus on the “Solas” of the Reformation culminates in Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory!
╬ “Do everything for the glory of God!”
The Biblical word we translate as “glory” is “doxa.”  It is the root of “doxology” as in the ending of the Lord’s Prayer:  “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.”  A foundation stone of our faith is that creation itself exists for the glory of God.  It is an invitation from the One creator and lord of all to live to that glory which God intended for all creation.  It is an invitation to understand that our lives and everything we do can be lived and carried out in thanksgiving for the gift of life and grace that comes to us from God alone.  To God be the glory, now and forever, amen!
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Blessings to all as we seek to glorify God in worship and in our daily lives!
- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org
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PRAYER OF THE DAY -------------------------

Creating God, in Christ is your fullness revealed.  We give you thanks for the gift of God-self – divinity in humanity – a gift of grace and truth and light for our lives.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY ------------------

God of all creation, we lift our hearts and voices in praise and thanksgiving to you.  May all we do be to your glory, in gratitude for your grace, for the sake of the world you love.  Amen.

READINGS ---------------------------

First Reading:  2 Chronicles 5:11-14

11 Now when the priests came out of the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to their divisions), 12 all the levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kindred, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with one hundred twenty priests who were trumpeters. 13 It was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, "For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever," the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

Psalm 19:1-9

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.  In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 4:1-6

1 Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. 6 For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Gospel:  John 17:1-5

17 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Christ Alone Oct 8. 2017

Worship on Sunday, October 8

╬ In the morning, when I rise …

He is called Messiah, the anointed one; Deliverer, Redeemer; Prince of Peace, King of Kings.  These are central pronouncements of our faith and yet have historically been treated as sedition by worldly authority.  “Solus Christus” – Christ Alone! – is the proclamation that true authority for the life of believers resides in Christ, the One who reveals the very heart of God.  This authority transcends all others in shaping our way of being in the world.  In the words of the old Gospel hymn: “Give me Jesus, give me Jesus!  You can have all this world, just give me Jesus!”

The Prayer of the Day and Readings are below.

We celebrate Christ as the gift of God to the world!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org

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PRAYER OF THE DAY -------------------------

Creating God, in Christ is your fullness revealed.  We give you thanks for the gift of God-self – divinity in humanity – a gift of grace and truth and light for our lives.  Amen.

READINGS ----------------------------------

First Reading:  Daniel 7:13-14

13 As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.  14 To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

Psalm 118:19-26

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Second Reading:  Colossians 1:9-23

9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.

Gospel:  John 1:1-5,10-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Faith Alone October 1, 2017

LOOKING AHEAD to worship on Sunday, October 1 …

We turn our Sola focus to ‘FAITH,”  Sola Fide … “Faith Alone!”



╬ Sola Fide. Jesus talks a lot about faith.  He often chastises those closest to him for being fearful and having little of this “faith.”  He claims that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.  He marvels at the faith – the trust, conviction, belief – of some, proclaiming that it is this faith that has delivered them, healed them, made them whole.  The Reformers hold as a sacred truth that it is the way to God.  Sola fide … faith alone!

The Prayer of the Day and Readings are below.

We pray for a new stirring of faith among the people of Abiding Love as we present our new mission plan – “Growing Deeper, Reaching Wider” – in a gathering of the congregation on this day.

God’s blessings to all!


- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org
PRAYER OF THE DAY -------------------------------------

Creating God, faith itself is a gift from you.  Grow our faith, strengthen it.  Teach us to hold to it, to be sustained by it.  For our faith is in you and in faith alone are we saved.  Amen.

READINGS -----------------------------------------------

First Reading:  Habakuk 2:1-4

1 I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.  2 Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.  3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie.  If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.  4 Look at the proud!  Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God,
6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;
7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.  The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.  The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.  Praise the Lord!

Second Reading:  Romans 1:8-17

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. 9 For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, 10 asking that by God's will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. 11 For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you — 12 or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. 13 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish 15 — hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to

you also who are in Rome.  16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous will live by faith."

Gospel:  Matthew 8:5-13

5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6 and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress." 7 And he said to him, "I will come and cure him." 8 The centurion answered, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and the slave does it." 10 When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, "Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; let it be done for you according to your faith." And the servant was healed in that hour.