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
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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.
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.
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.