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Communion’s prayer, Sunday XIX after Trinity
Week from 23 to 28 October 2017
“Trust in God’s redemption”
Introduction: “Redemption” means to take away from the hand of a not owner to give back to the real owner. Our redemption was bought at a high price so that we sinners may come back to God, our Creator; and this with the precious blood of his Son Jesus Christ, as “a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Pet 1:19) through which we received the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 1:7). Our iniquities have actually separated us from God (Is 59:2). So it is by the blood of Christ that God seals his covenant which makes us children of God, heirs of the eternal kingdom. For it is written: “but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” Heb 7:24-25. Jesus fulfilled his work of redemption by enduring suffering, as it is written: “although He was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek” Heb 5: 8-10. This statement reiterates the saying of the prophet Isaiah: “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and he will of the Lord will prosper in his hand” Is 53: 10. For those who believe in Him, He declares: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one snatch them out of my hand” Jn 10:28.
Monday 23: Trust in God’s redemption.
“Return to me, for I have redeemed you” Is 44: 22b.
Reading 1: Rom 3:21-26; Reading 2: Is 44: 21-23; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Is 44:22. Other references:
– “You, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name” Is 63:16b.
– “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption” Ps 130:7.
– “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Mt 9: 13b.
Tuesday 24: God’s redemption, manifestation of his love.
“Because He has come and has redeemed his people” Lk 1:68b.
Reading 1: Is 1:17-20; Reading 2: Lk 1:67-79; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Lk 1:67-68. Other references:
– “But now, this is what the Lord says – He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” Is 43:1.
– “Jesus said to him, ‘today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Lk 19:9-10.
Wednesday 25: God’s redemption, forgiveness for the sinners.
“In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” Eph 1:7a.
Reading 1: Lev 5:20-26; Reading 2: Eph 1:7-14; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Eph 1:7. Other references:
– “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you” Ps 86:5.
– “ The blood of Christ … cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death” Heb 9:14
– “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” 1 Jn 2:2.
Thursday 26: God’s redemption brings the light of life.
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” Jn 9:5
Reading 1: Heb 2:10-18; Reading 2: Jn 9:1-11; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 9:5. Other references:
– “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory” Is 60:19.
– “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” Jn 8: 12.
Friday 27: Don’t reject the redemption of God.
“I was found by those who did not seek me, I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me” Rom 10:20.
Reading 1: Mt 23:33-39; Reading 2: Rom 10:14-21; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Rom 10:18-20. Other references:
– “Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble” Pr 28:14.
– “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart as you did in the rebellion” Heb 3:15.
– “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” 1 Pet 5:5.
Saturday 28: Receive the redemption of God by faith.
“So I went and washed, and then I could see” Jn 9:11d.
Reading 1: Rom 1:5-17; Reading 2: Jn 9:1-11; Preaching 1 (choice); Preaching 2: Jn 9:11. Other references:
– “Then He said to him: ‘Rise and go; your faith has made you well” Lk 17:19.
– “Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why it was credited to him as righteousness” Rom 4:21-22.
– “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Heb 11:1.
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