The KING of the Jews

The Jews were blinded; still are.  They did not believe their King, Jesus of Nazareth, was their King.  They were blinded to the truth.  Jesus was an imposter, they reasoned, and so they rejected Him, and sought to kill Him.  It was just not possible this humble and meek man was who He claimed to be. From their youth they studied the Scriptures, but they zealously skipped over Isaiah 53, which foretold that their Messiah would come as the “suffering servant,” and that He would die a cruel death for their sins. No, they looked for the real Messiah in the mold of the warrior King David, who would one day crush their enemies and restore the Kingdom of Israel. They should have known what the Prophets said about the Messiah; they should have heeded what the Roman ruler, Pilate, said during his judgment of Jesus.  Surely word went out as to what the Roman guards said and did to Him.  And then their was the cross upon which our Lord was crucified.  Did they not know what Pilate had written, even though they wanted the wording to be changed?  Did they not hear Pilate’s final words?

When Jesus came to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, it was the beginning of what we Christians call “Holy Week.”  There He made His triumphal entry amid the roaring cheers of the crowds.  First, Jesus had to fulfill the prophecy of the prophet of Zechariah, when he wrote:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Not the bright, flowing robe of a king, on a great white horse, with sword and crown that the Jews might have expected. No, they missed it, for all prophecy must be fulfilled.  He came into the city as a commoner, someone you could not pick out of the crowd.  Humble and meek this man, with the dress as any ordinary man of that time.  They missed what Isaiah wrote so long ago, how Messiah would be a servant.  

But the masses did not miss this historic moment; they knew, and proclaimed Him their King, even if it was just for a short, glorious moment.  We pick up the event in the Gospel According to the Apostle John, in chapter 12, verses 12-13:

“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel  that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

The people knew, but the rulers of Israel, who were supposed to know the Scriptures, did not know!  For they should have known who their Messiah was. But this was meant to be in the Plan of God.

Then comes a Gentile leader, a Roman and his soldiers who, knowingly or unknowingly spoke the truth during the trial of Jesus.  Listen to the story as we pick up the account again in John 18:33-34; 37, 39…

“Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then?

Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king.  To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.  Everyone that is of the truth hears my voice.”

Pilate then called out to the Jews: “But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the Passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?”

But they demanded the release of a robber named Barabbas, instead of Jesus.  Pilate granted their evil wish.

The account picks up in chapter 19…

“And the soldiers made a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and said, Hail, King of the Jews, and they smote him with their hands.”

“And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he sayest unto the Jews, Behold your King!”

“Pilate said unto them, Shall I crucify your King?  The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”

And they crucified Him.

“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross.  And the saying was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS…and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.”

“Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews: but that he said, I am King of the Jews.”

“Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.”

Many knew He was the King; most didn’t! 

But, praise be to God, when Jesus comes the second time as the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, nobody will miss it.

Amen.

  

        

               

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In His Glorious Image

What a most glorious thing the Almighty GOD did when He created the very first man, Adam, on the sixth day of creation.  Not only did GOD create the first man out of the ground and he became a living soul, but the Almighty GOD created the first man in His own image!  Can you grasp that?  In the very first book of the Holy Bible, the “book of beginnings,” Genesis, in chapter one, verse 26, it tells the account:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

We are like God and we are in His own image…He said so and did so…but do we really reflect that image today?  Do we imitate that image and likeness today?  I see it in many, many, many Christians and Jews today…but that image became marred and distant the moment the first man and the first woman in history, Adam and Eve, sinned against GOD by following the lie of Satan.  And from that moment forward, through some 6,000 or more years of human history, man has become more and more distant from that image of GOD, even to the point where now our children are born in our own image!  This distancing from GOD was see in Adam and Eve, when, 130 years later,…

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” -Genesis 5:3.

But GOD in his great love and mercy and grace has put in motion His plan for restoring that image and likeness, His very own, for one day soon, after we die the sleep in Christ Jesus, there will be a glorious, eternal reappearing of that image of God and in God.  For at the first resurrection we shall rise from the dead with new, immortal bodies just like Christ’s; and so that glorious image, lost somewhat and faded when man sinned against GOD so long ago, will once more be restored in the very image and likeness of Jesus Christ….”for we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him face to face.”  And from that point on, we shall ever be with the Lord. 

What a most blessed future He has in store for us! O blessed art thou, O Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit…forever and ever and ever…

And so think on these things of heaven; ponder them in your heart.  Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and  all your mind.  Pray and give thanks and praise for this most wonderful, awe inspiring thing He has yet in store for those who truly  love Him and follow Him, our Great Shepherd.  

For all these things and more shall yet come to pass.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.  Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest, O Holy One of Israel.

Amen.

    

   

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Praise His Mighty Works

Brother Monk is speaking at a seminar…

And this I say to you, my fellow brothers in Jesus Christ…that we can do all things in Christ Jesus who strengthens us…without Him we can do nothing, and are nothing…but in all humbleness let us always give thanks to Almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit for all the blessings He has given us in this life…for all things are by Him, and in Him, and through Him…for in Him we live and move and have our being…for we were created in the very image of GOD…let us be holy, for He is holy; therefore, let us humbly praise Him forever and ever, unto the ages of ages…Amen.

In the Psalms we read how we are to sing praises to God, and tell the world of His most mighty and wonderful works…we are to give thanks and praise for His awesome creation of all things, both visible and invisible…to behold all things He created in an instant…faster than I can even think it….yet not able to comprehend His mighty works of creation by His spoken word, “Let there be…” and it was everything we know and see and understand was created by GOD in sequence over three 24 hour days…everything…the earth, the sun, and the moon, and the stars of the universe…even angels before all this…and the crowning wonder of all…the first man and the first woman…Adam and Eve…on the sixth day…and everything worked just as it is today, the very moment He created it!   “The heavens and the earth declare the glory of GOD.”

And what about how God, the Son, Jesus came down to earth in Spirit and manifested Himself as a man to Abraham and Jacob and Joshua, and Hagar saw Him, too.  And can we not tell of His leading Israel through the Red Sea into Midian and unto Mt. Sinai where the Law was given, and how He led Israel those forty years in the Wilderness, and nourished them, and clothed them, and fought for them in leading them over the Jordan River near Jericho into the Promised Land? 

The Holy Scriptures is inexhaustible of the richness of the accounts recorded there for us that we might give prayers of thanks and sing of His mighty works…

But the mightiest of all, the birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of God’s only begotten Son, unto the Father in heaven, and His promised coming again…unto Him, Jesus, belong the salvation of the world of all who are called in Christ Jesus unto forgiveness and salvation and life forever with Him: these praises of thanksgiving and blessings are thoughts that are eternal and we shall now and forever praise and worship and give Him our eternal prayers of the mind, soul, and heart…

Let us not hide the name of Jesus, but boldly sing out and proclaim His mighty name whereby, one day, perhaps soon, every knee shall  bow and confess the Lord Jesus…

O today that the world might know the richness of His glory and promises…and that today, one more Jew and one more Gentile may come to a saving faith in Yeshua, Jesus the Christ, as their Lord and Savior…may it ever be so….

Amen.     

   

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Sennding Out

  • Brother Monk awakes to the rising of the sun. From the small window in his cell comes the light that will get him up and about. Still, must put my three candles on my table near my pen and ink. Need a nice cup of tea and warm milk to get started.  There it is then,  Right.

I write what is on my heart as the Lord gives me.  I don’t know how many I have sent out from this, my island home in the north of England.  I just write!   And when it is finished, off it goes into a bottle where I seal it with a cord, and toss it into the sea.  This is my ministry.  And I pray  someone, somewhere will find it and read it; God knows. And perhaps it will yield the seed to bear the fruit?  God only knows. 

O Lord, I am ever thankful for the greatness and wonder and beauty of your creation, and the way all things work together just the way You planned. I look at the sea and all its vastness and power.  I see the clouds and  glory over the colors and formations; I see people and wonder how many love You? I see the way the world is going in this age. I thrill to know the beginning of all things and the end.  I surge in my heart and soul for the plan you have for me and millions more who are saved in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.   I marvel at the countless times You have given mankind, in every age, and in every century and generation to repent and turn to You.  Thank you Lord for all your blessings and for all things which comes from You. Thank You Lord that You have given us to know the way history works-in a chronological, sequential order.

How about this: GOD created all things by His spoken word, “Let there be”-just that fast and faster, in an instant all things visible and invisible came into  being out of nothing, save the 6th day when man was created in GOD’s own image! 

How long until Jesus the Messiah returns to reign on the earth for a thousand years?

GOD created all things in one seven day week!  Seven is the number of God that means “completion,” “perfection.”  Peter said that a thousand years is as one day to the Lord. So the six days of the week equal 6,000 years of human history! That’s probably where we are today in the 21st Century, the year 2014, give or take a few, from our Lord’s birth.  On the seventh day, the seventh thousand years of history is the Messianic Kingdom on earth and Christ’s reign of a thousand years.  That will complete the seven day-seven thousand week, and after that eternity.

One day soon will come the rapture of the believing church, in an instant, and before the events of the Great Tribulations as foretold in prophetic word of God.  

You can know your destiny. We all must die one day.  What’s in store for us after death? Where does our immortal soul go at death? How long?  When and what kind of new bodies will we receive, and where will we go, what will we do for all eternity and forever?

Believe in the Lord Jesus as your Savior.  Repent and turn to God…seek forgiveness today!  The time is short! You can know God and His plan for you; just read the Holy Bible…for through it, God is calling and God will speak to you through His holy word written.  You can hear from God today!

Praying for you and your salvation…In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, mercy and blessings.  Amen. 

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Clouds

Several years ago a picture was taken of a cloud formation against the blue sky that looked like a human hand. Some said it was the hand of God.

According to the Holy Bible, there were no clouds in the sky until the time of Noah’s Flood-that’s about 1600 years or more since GOD created man-Adam.

Just as, I believe, God sends the thunder and lightening storms to get our attention of His mighty power in the weather, so likewise He forms the cloud patterns in the sky that we might look up and think of Him.

Think of the things above, both visible and invisibe, the things of GOD in heaven above, for our redemption draws near.

It was on a dark, cloudy day some 1,981 years ago, on a hill-side, on a hard, rough wooded cross, just outside Jerusalem of Judea that our Savior died.

And on the Mt. of Olives near Jerusalem on the Feast of Pentacost in 33 A.D., Jesus ascended up into the clouds and into Heaven. as is recorded in Acts 1:9-12 (RSV):

“And when He had said this, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.

And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, Behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away:”‘

Paul, an Apostle to Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, left us these words of comfort and joy in the doctrine of the Rapture recorded in I Thessalonians 4:15-18:

“For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.

And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Once the Rapture has happened, there will follow the 70th Week of the prophecy of Daniel, a seven year period of the wrath of GOD upon an unbelieveing earth. Seven years such as have never been, or ever be in all the history of mankind!

Then, at the end of this unprecedented event, the heavens will open and Christ the King with all His angels and saints will return riding on the clouds, and all the world will see His glory and power. This future great event in the clouds is recorded in the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ in chapter 19, verses 11-16:

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name inscribed which no one knows but Himself. He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is the Word of God.

And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed Him on white horses.

From His mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Clouds; of them and in them the past and future prophecies concerning our Lord are recorded also in the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 24, verses 29-30:

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the power of the heavens will be shaken.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

And in the first chapter of the Revelation, verse 7, the Apostle John recorded:

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.”

He is coming; first, for us, His saints, then with us in His mighty return to earth to rule for a thousand years.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Amen.

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Overcome the Darkness

From a Sermon delivered to the United Methodist Church, Elkton, Maryland, January 2013:

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

Out of the darkness of December past, the slaughter of the innocents: 

“A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”  -Matthew 2:18

Yet, amidst this evil, the Advent of the Light of Christ came shinning through; His Light overcame the darkness as we celebrated the remembrabce of His birth.  His star filled our hearts once more.

Now, as we move into a New Year in the Year of our Lord, and into the Church season of Epiphany, the revealing of the Christ-Child to the world, let us look forward to His blessings, mercy, love, and grace in our lives.  The birth od Christ is one of the sure foundations of our faith. 

I want to tell you today about the other “sure foundations” that we need to hold to as tightly as we would hold the Father’s hand when we pray.

I want to tell you a story about a man who was searching to find some answers in his life.  He wamted to know God’s will for his life.  Was he good enough; was he doing enough “good” works to please the Lord and be accepted, and thus earn his salvation?

He was unsure, and restless, and had a sad look about him.  People often saw him sitting alone in the churchyard with his Bible, this old man.

One day, just before a Sunday morning worship service, one of the pastor’s saw him, and went over to him.

What’s the matter, he asked?

I’m waiting to hear from God, the man replied.  And then he told him all the questions he had about God’s will, and of works, and forgiveness, and salvation, and that he felt that he was not good enough to be loved, or saved. 

I have just got to do more; and then, perhaps.

The pastor gently took the Bible from his hand, and said, Then you shall hear from God today, for God speaks to us through his holy written word.

Doumbfounded, the man said he never thought of it that way.

Can you help me? he asked.

Yes, said the Pastor, and then he turned in the Holy Bible to the Gospel Acording to John, chapter 6, verses 28 and 29, and read:

“Then they said unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that you believe on Him who He sent.”

The first and greatest work God wants you to do is believe on His Son Jesus Christ with all your heart, and your soul, and your mind, for this is the will of God for your life.

And so that you might know God’s will for your life, Listen, for all your good works shall flow from this, and he turned to verse 40 0f the sixth chapter of John:

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that anyone which sees the Son, and believes on Him, may have everlasting life: And I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus also said, You have seen me and believe; blessed are they who have not seen me and believe.

This, my friend, is the foundation you seek.

And the man said, “O Lord, I believe, help me with my unbelief! tears streaming down his face.

But the man still had many qiestions; didn’t he need to do more works to be forgiven and saved?

Tell you what, said the Pastor, why don’t we take a walk on the old Romans Road? Right here.

Do I need to pack?

Nope.

Toothbrush?

Nope.  It’s a journey we’ll take right from here along the path of Salvation in the Book of Romans.

Remember, how the Apostle Paul walked these roads proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  And he knew the sure foundations of these roads, for all roads led to Rome.

A traveler in those days on these roads felt safe with such a firm foundation.  And along the way at different intervals were mile markers to tell the traveler how far he had walked, and how far it was to his destination.

And thus they, the Pastor and the old man began their walk on the Romans Road.

As they started out, they noticed the road as being very broad.  And soon they came to the first mile marker.  Attached was the message from Romans 3:23…

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We all have sinned against God in our hearts, said the Pastor.  We were born in sin and born under the power of sin’s control.

And the old man said, O Lord, I am a sinner!

And so they walked on.  Just up ahead was the second mile marker.  On it was a message from Romans 6:23…

“For the wages of sin is death.”

Sin has an ending, said the Pastor.  We all face physical death, which is the result of sin.  But a worse death is spiritual death that separates us from God, and will last for all eternity.

And the old man said, Surely I, the greatest of sinners deserve death for my sins against the Lord, my God.

Then the man gazed upon the second part of the message:

“But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The old man was kneeling now and heard, Salvation is a free gift from God to you!  You can’t earn this gift; you must reach out and receive by faith.

And the old man said, O God, forgive me and save me.

As they walked on steadily through the Book of Romans, the path suddenly became very narrow, and before long they reached the third mile marker, and there attached was a message from Romans 5:8…

“But God demonstarted His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

When Jesus died on the Cross, said the Pastor, He paid sin’s penalty, the price for all the sins of the world, He took upon Himself on the Cross.

He bought us out of the slavery of sin and death.  And the only condition is that you believe what He has done for us…for at that very moment of belief, you will be saved and joined to Him in new life forever.

Today, I give my life to you, Lord Jesus, said the old man, his face changing to joy.  

Look, said the Pastor, there is yet another message, and it’s from Romans 8:1…

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” 

My Lord and my Savior, Jesus, thank you; his face wet with joyful tears, his body low to the ground.

On they trod these Romans Roads with happiness in their hearts. Soon they came to the 4th mile marker, and there was another messege attached, this time Romans 10:13…

“For whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Call out to God in the name of Jesus, said the Pastor, and the old man did so with all his heart and soul and tears.

No more weary travelers on these Romans Roads, it wasn’t too long before they approached the 5th mile marker and a messege from Romans 10:16…

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

They were nearing the end of their walk on the Romans Road. But just up ahead was the final messege, yet this one was different in appearance! It seemed to glow with a bright white light that drew them nearer.

The messege was Romans 10:9 and 10; and the old man, crying to God with his hands lifted up to heaven cried:
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

And the old man said, Lord Jesus, I believe with my whole heart that you died for my sins, and that you were raised from the dead for my salvation.

And the Pastor replied, So you see, my friend, that our entire walk on the Romans Road was surrounded by God’s great, great love for us. For this is the greatest love He has for us which is echoed in the 3rd chapter of John, verse 16:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

That’s how much God loves you!

I end this with a story about an Irish minister of the 19th Century, known as the “Boy Preacher, who came to preach in Chicago as a guest of the great Dwight L. Moody.

For seven days he preached only on John 3:16 to show the people God’s great love for them. He kept going back to this same verse because it is the greatest expression of God’s love as a sure foundation for those who believe.

On the last night of his week long sermons, he said that all week long I have been trying to tell you how much God loves you. But my words are not enough, and my speech fails.

Then he said, that if he could take Jacob’s Ladder, and stretch it all the way to heaven, so that when I arrived and was greeted by the Angel Grabiel, who stands in the presence of God, and I asked him how much does God love me, he would say:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

This is our sure foundation.

If you have never walked the Romans Road, Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart to join Him. The foundation is still as firm as ever, and always will be.

May we rest assured in His unending love for us, and place our trust in Him.

Amen

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Do This, and Remember Me

‘Tis a hard, stormy night!

The wind is angry, and blasts against the window of my cell.

Streaks of lightning crash upon the roaring waves, smashing our tiny island. 

No sleep this night. 

A voice comes to me out of the dark, a soft, relentless sound, over and over and over again. 

I pull the covers tight around my head; my body curls into a fetal position; it is still there, somewhere.  It is clearer now: “Do this in remenbrance of Me…in remembrance….of Me.  Do this….” I hear.

Awake now, and fully about, I light the candle and am at my desk…writing quickly by what feels like a guiding hand…writing, I know not what, or why, but…writing as fast as I can: there, now  a picture of all this begins to flood my mind!

It says: “Someone, somewhere is searching to bring a short form of Holy Communion to his small church in the mountains;” that’s what I think I see in my mind. Yes.

Again, I hear the voice: “What you write will be received with joy, for I have ordained it to be so.”

And when first light of the morning flooded my room, it was finished; and I sent it abroad, and placed another copy in a bottle, sealed it, and sent it afloat in the sea. This was the message I wrote:

From Brother Monk

A Holy Communion Service

To Whom It May Concern

Greetings, and welcome dear and loved ones in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to this blessed Holy Communion Service…

Therefore, Grace be unto to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us pray;

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know thee as thou art revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread.  Grant this for the sake of thy love.  Amen.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.

Lord Jesus, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

In our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, let us bless his Holy name forever; blessed be the name of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and forevermore.  Amen. 

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, no secrets hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Let us lift up unto Almighty God our prayers of concern for our loved ones who are on our minds and hearts at this time, that thou, O Lord, will hear and comfort and have mercy on all those who in this transitory life are in trouble, doubt, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other condition, as we now name…

Grant theses our prayers, O Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our only Mediator and Advocate.  Amen.

Christ invites to his table all who love Him, and earnestly repent of their sins:

Therefore, let us humbly and silently confess our sins unto Almighty God:

Almighty God has promised forgiveness of sins to all who truely turn to Him and repent and believe His Holy Gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ said:

Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it: Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

And, That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thy heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved.

For with thy heart man believes unto righteousness; and with thy mouth confession is made unto salvation.

FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament has left us a memorial of His Passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of His Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of His redemption; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.  

Jesus said: I am the Bread of Life; whosoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the blessed mystery of Holy Communion, the Supper of our Lord, in remembrance and celebration, that receiving these holy gifts of bread and wine, may be the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus; and that we, receiving them in remembrance of His precious death, His mighty resurrection, and His glorious ascension, until He comes again, may be partakers of His most blessed Body and Blood, that He may dwell in us, and we in Him…

For in the night in which He was betrayed, He took bread; and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, 

“Take, eat, this is my Body, which is given for you. DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.”

Likewise, after supper, He took the cup; and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying,

“Drink ye all of this; for this is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. DO THIS, AS OFT AS YE SHALL DRINK IT, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME.”

Come, blessed in the Lord to the gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on Him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven.  Amen.

The Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation.  Amen.

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you that you have feed us with these holy mysteries with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and that in Him, and through Him, and by Him, we are the children of God and Saints of thy everlasting Kingdom unto life with You now, and forever.  Amen.  

And now, O Lord God, we pray the prayer our Lord Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.     

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessings of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.

Do this, and remember Me…because I love you…and remember you forever.

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