Icon of the Resurrection

“From the East Unto the West” (Ode 26)

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the week — Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Psalm 85:9

Sunday, July 11 — Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.
Isaiah 56:7 NKJV

Join hands, disciples of the faith,

whate’er your race may be.

All Children of the living God

are surely kin to me. (523)

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11 NKJV

In Christ there is no east or west,

in Him no south or north,

but one great fellowship of love

throughout the whole wide earth. (523)

Forgiving God, we find it easy to build walls between us and those whom we perceive to be different. Help us to see that, in Christ, all people are your children. We pray as we hope to live, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 85 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 85

Prayer that the Lord Will Restore Favor to the Land

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

Lord, You have been favorable to Your land;
You have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people;
You have covered all their sin. Selah
You have taken away all Your wrath;
You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.

Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy, Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.

I will hear what God the Lord will speak,
For He will speak peace
To His people and to His saints;
But let them not turn back to [a]folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth,
And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good;
And our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before Him,
And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

Icon of the Resurrection. Eastern Orthodox Byzantine icon by Paul Bérard Cousineau. Public domain image.

The resurrected Christ breaking the doors and locks of Hades/Sheol and then ascending. Christ is retrieving those souls who died before He came to earth, taking Adam and Eve out first by the wrist with firm grip, to be sure He can get them out. Surrounded by Adam and Eve are the just men and women of the Old and New Testaments.

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18 KJV

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine!
(Original Lyrics) Author: Fanny Crosby

1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

2 Perfect communion, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight.
Angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love. [Refrain]

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest.
I in my Savior am happy and bless’d,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love. [Refrain]


Closing Prayer

LORD JESUS,

If I love thee my soul shall seek thee, but can I seek thee unless my love to thee is kept alive to this end?

Do I love thee because thou art good, and canst alone do me good?

It is fitting thou shouldest not regard me, for I am vile and selfish; yet I seek thee, and when I find thee there is no wrath to devour me, but only sweet love.

Thou dost stand as a rock between the scorching sun and my soul, and I live under the cool lee-side as one elect.

When my mind acts without thee it spins nothing but deceit and delusion;

When my affections act without thee nothing is seen but dead works.

O how I need thee to abide in me, for I have no natural eyes to see thee, but I live by faith in one whose face to me is brighter than a thousand suns!

When I see that all sin is in me, all shame belongs to me; let me know that all good is in thee, all glory is thine.

Keep me from the error of thinking thou dost appear gloriously when some strange light fills my heart, as if that were the glorious activity of grace, but let me see that the truest revelation of thyself is when thou dost eclipse all my personal glory and all the honour, pleasure and good of this world.

The Son breaks out in glory when He shows Himself as one who outshines all creation, makes men poor in spirit, and helps them to find their good in Him.

Grant that I may distrust myself, to see my all in thee.

(Courtesy: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Edited by Arthur Bennett, p. 26)