Liturgy / Oct 15, 2017

Come, let us praise the Creator of all things!
Let us praise the Creator, who is blessed forever.
For the Lord God has dominion over all, molding us from clay,
that we may be with Him and be His children.
Let us be reminded of His eternal power and divine nature.
May God’s people remember his Word,
for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Let us prepare our hearts to receive his Word, that we may know Him more fully.
To all those who are loved by God and called to be saints: Let us gather in worship together. 
We gather to praise God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
giver of grace and granter of peace.

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Father thank you that you are a God who invites his children to speak. We pray for the whole people of God hidden in Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

For believers throughout the world who endure physical harm because they follow our Lord Jesus, shelter them this week;
God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
For the lives, homes and businesses lost—and continuing to be lost—in California wildfires this week; please help and comfort;
God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
For the people of Puerto Rico, as they continue to rebuild from the shambles of the island; would you be a strong provider for them;
God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
For those among and around us struggling to pay bills, rent and other necessities, would we make our needs known; would you provide;
God of all mercy…God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
For the Church in Chicago; grant us a spirit of generosity toward our neighbors and one another;
God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
For the Immanuel Anglican Church, as they gather today in Uptown; grant them unity and wisdom;
God of all God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
For the people of The Painted Door, for those of us who are weary—lift us up;
God of all mercy... hear our prayer.
And for all who come to the feast of Jesus this morning, for the hearing of our ears, rejoicing of our minds, and stillness of our souls;
God of all mercy... hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, these are our requests. We trust in your mercy made known through your Son, Jesus, Christ our Lord. Amen.

The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.
— Thomas Merton

Romans 1:1-3:20

God created a good world and very good people. All the material of the universe is laden with his beauty and human persons are stamped with his image. But the corruption of sin has choked all that goodness and shrouded its light. We have turned love into lust and passion into envy and justice into malice. We have rejected the harmony and simplicity of life with God and embraced the fractures and chaos of life apart from him. What we have chosen is not life, but death. We have ripped apart the fine woven fabric of creation. And what hope now remains for this pile of tattered rags in the menacing hands of its destroyers? Can we mend what we have rent? No. The goodness of our humanity is damaged beyond repair. We need a new humanity. We need fresh life to recover the mantle of our original design. We need a gift from beyond our shores.

Father, we claim each day to be wise,
exchanging the glory of an immortal God for the images of our own invention.
Although we know you, we do not honor you.
Our foolish hearts are filled with darkness, selfishness, and judgment for one another. 
We heap blame upon our neighbors, our family, and our friends,
rather than seek the truth of our own souls.
We condemn ourselves with our judgment, as we are the sin we despise. 
None of us is righteous, not one;
and through your righteous decree, Father, we are deserving of death.
But you God, are true, though every one of us be a liar. 
Through your son Jesus, we have redemption for our broken, weary souls.
We thank you God, that our faithlessness does not nullify your love.
Let the forgiveness and kindness of our Savior move us to repentance.
Let us be reminded each day of our ever present need for Him. Amen.