Invitation — Psalm 145:17-18
"The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."
Bible Song — Psalm 26:1, 8-12
Vindicate me, Lord,
for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the Lord
and have not faltered...
Lord, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.
Do not take away my soul along with sinners,
my life with those who are bloodthirsty,
in whose hands are wicked schemes,
whose right hands are full of bribes.
I lead a blameless life;
deliver me and be merciful to me.
My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the Lord.
Bible Reading — Hebrews 5:5-10
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,"You are my Son;
today I have become your Father."
And he says in another place,"You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek."
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, 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.
Remind yourself you are in God's presence and read again ... notice how God might be speaking to you through his Word — dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you ... let your heart respond to God in prayer ... take refreshment in God's presence.
- for our national and local communities
- for the continent of Australia
- for military personnel and peacekeepers throughout the world
Prayer — BC 21
Jesus, friend of sinners — what friend would stand in my place like you? You presented yourself in my name, taking the wrath that was aimed at me; you offered yourself on the cross, pouring out your precious blood for the cleansing of all my sins. Thank you Jesus, my friend, my Savior and High Priest forever. Amen.
Blessing — 1 John 5:11-12
"God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life."