Opening Prayer (say aloud if alone, say aloud together in community)
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.
May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
for the glory of the Lord is great.Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
Though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me. The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.
Affirmation of Faith (say aloud if alone, say aloud together in community)
I believe in God the Father Almighty;
Maker of Heaven and Earth;
and in Jesus Christ His only (begotten) Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy *Catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
*”Catholic Church” refers to the universal global church that transcends time, space, and culture
On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,[f] who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Podcast (listen to the sermon here)
1. Give thanks
Spend a few moments in gratitude for the gifts and blessings of the day. In what ways does being aware of God's presence lead to gratitude in your life?
2. Ask for light
Ask God to enlighten you, showing where he has been at work and present in your day through events, people and places.
3. Examine the day
Review the moments of the day, noticing what has led to consolation and what has led to desolation and my reactions to these events, people and places. Have you experienced the presence of God in any new ways today?
4. Seek forgiveness
Ask God's forgiveness for the times when you have acted, spoken or thought contrary to his grace and calling for you.
5. Resolve to change
Decide what in your behavior or attitude you will try to improve in the coming week.
After learning the biblical basis for a topic through the sermons in Celebration, each village will determine how they want to practice that topic for the following month together. The Digital Liturgy will contain suggestions to help frame our imagination towards a practice for the following month.
Word on Gratitude
In the Sermon James spoke about Dr. Emmons Forbes article on Gratitude (https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmosley/2019/11/27/the-business-impact-of-gratitude/?sh=5b48c5d7630c ) and the three steps of gratitude. Would you practice these steps?
Here is a list of suggested books for personal reading and reflection or for DNA Groups to walk though together.
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Journey through past Digital Liturgies
April 25, 2023
Listen in as Pastor Zac Kohl leads us through the year long Perhaps series focusing on an alternative method of studying Scriptures.
April 17, 2023
Pastor James Talbert focuses on the importance and identity of the scriptures as he continues in the year-long Perhaps series at Citizens Akron.