The 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23 Aug 2020: Isa 51:4-6, Matt 16:13-20, Ps 138, Rom 11:25-36, ~ “Who do you say I am?”

The 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 23 Aug 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Living God, you sent your Son among us to reveal your wisdom and make known your ways. Increase our faith, that we may confess Jesus as your Son, take up his work on earth, and trust his promise to sustain the Church. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Then [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

(Matthew 16:15-16)

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Come Thou Almighty King – The Prestonwood Choir

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A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 51:4-6 (NLT)

“Listen to me, my people.
Hear me, Israel,
for my law will be proclaimed,
and my justice will become a light to the nations.
My mercy and justice are coming soon.
My salvation is on the way.
My strong arm will bring justice to the nations.
All distant lands will look to me
and wait in hope for my powerful arm.
Look up to the skies above,
and gaze down on the earth below.
For the skies will disappear like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a piece of clothing.
The people of the earth will die like flies,
but my salvation lasts forever.
My righteous rule will never end!

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Mighty To Save – Laura Story

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A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 16:13-20 (NLT)

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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Psalm 138 (“You Answered Me”) Tony Alonso

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Prayer

For Your Church

Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Amen.

For Our Congregations

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear our prayers, and grant that in our local congregations the pure Word of God may be preached and the Sacraments duly administered. Strengthen and confirm the faithful; protect and guide the children; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; arouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of your truth; and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For A Spirit of Evangelism

Almighty God our Savior, you desire that none should perish, and you have taught us through your Son that there is great joy in heaven over every sinner who repents: Grant that our hearts may ache for a lost and broken world. May your Holy Spirit work through our words, deeds, and prayers, that the lost may be found and the dead made alive, and that all your redeemed may rejoice around your throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Rescue the Perishing – Altar of Praise Chorale

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Closing – Romans 11:25,-30-32 (NLT)

I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ….

Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – 16 Sep – Mark 8:27-35 ~ “Who do you say I am?”

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Make us one, O God, in acknowledging your Son, Jesus Christ. As we proclaim him by our words, help us follow him in our works; give us strength to take up the cross and courage to lose our lives for his sake. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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“Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship


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Gospel Reading: 8:27-35 (NLT)

Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”

Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.”

But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.

Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
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Prayers of Intercession:

Lord Jesus, we look to You. You are the peace that surpasses all our understanding and we worship You.

+ Pour out your peace on those who suffer devastation from Hurricane Florence…
+ Pour out your peace on those who have evacuated and who now anxiously await the unknown…
+ Pour out your peace on those who make travel plans and guide them home safely…

Lord Jesus, You are Lord of the wind and the sea. We are in agreement: nothing surprises You and nothing overwhelms You.

+ Protect the innocent and be glorified in this recovery…
+ Raise up your people that we may participate in this recovery…
+ Give us the boldness to proclaim you, Jesus Messiah, Lord of all…

We pray this in Your holy and life-giving Name. Amen.
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“Psalm 116” (You Turned My Soul To Rest) – Robbie Seay Band

From my dying | From my shame
You heard my growning | You called my name
From the darkness | From the grave
O, I cried out to you | And you came to save me
O, you saved me

I will dwell in the shadow of your mercy
I will walk in the land of those who live
I’ll raise up the cup of your salvation
You turned my soul to rest
You turned my soul to rest

In your kindness | In your grace
By such mercy | You have saved me
For your glory | For your name
For your kingdom | You came to save me
O, you saved me

I will dwell in the shadow of your mercy
I will walk in the land of those who live
I’ll raise up the cup of your salvation
You turned my soul to rest
You turned my soul to rest

O, I love you Lord | For you alone
Can hear my cry | Can hear my cry
You hear my voice | And only you
Can give me life | You can give me life

O, I love you Lord | For you alone
Can hear my cry | Can hear my cry
You hear my voice | And only you
Can give me life | You can give me life

I will dwell in you
I will walk with you

I will dwell in the shadow of your mercy
I will walk in the land of those who live
I’ll raise up the cup of your salvation
You turned my soul to rest
You turned my soul to rest
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Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Reading: Luke 9:18-22 ESV – The Christ of God

Reading: Luke 9:18-22 ESV

Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

Passion_of_the_Christ_by_SaviourMachineAnd they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.”

Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Confession of Faith: Lord Jesus – I confess… “You are the Christ the Son of the Living God.”

Heidelberg Catechism (1563):  

1. Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That I, with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who with his precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, wherefore by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him

2. Q. How many things are necessary for you to know, that you in this comfort may live and die happily?
A. Three; the first, how great my sins and misery are; the second, how I am delivered from all my sins and misery; the third, how I am to be thankful to God for such deliverance.

Spiritual Song: “In Christ Alone”Stuart Townend (YouTube)