Christ Healing the Paralytic

“Keep On Walking” (Ode 23)

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the week — The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. Psalm 145:13

Sunday, July 25 — 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Psalm 82:3

Faith in the conscience works for peace,

and bids the mourner’s weeping cease,

by faith the children’s place we claim,

and give all honor to one name. (700)

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18

God is with us in ev’rything we do,

taking note of ev’ry thoughtful deed;

“As you have done unto one of the least of these,

you have also done unto me. (39s*)

Creating God, we are thankful for all that you have done and all that you continue to do in our world today. May your Spirit awaken us to be people of action today in building up others and the kingdom of God. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)


Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 145 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 145

A Song of God’s Majesty and Love

A Praise of David.

I will [a]extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is [b]unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
[c]I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And [d]on Your wondrous works.
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
They shall [e]utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.

10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all [f]generations.

14 The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.

Christ Healing the Paralytic. St. Nikita Monastery in the Village of Banjani, Republic of Macedonia. Public domain image.

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “Just As I Am
(Original Lyrics) Author: Charlotte Elliott

1 Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidd’st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2 Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3 Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4 Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Closing Prayer

LORD JESUS,

Give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach;

Help me chastely to flee it, and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be thine alone.

Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in thee, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being.

Give me a deeper knowledge of thyself as Saviour, Master, Lord, and King.

Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in thy word, more steadfast grip on its truth.

Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from thee.

Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until thou alone art seen in me, thy beauty golden like summer harvest, thy fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no Master but thee, no law but thy will, no delight but thyself, no wealth but that thou givest, no good but that thou blessest, no peace but that thou bestowest.

I am nothing but that thou makest me,

I have nothing but that I receive from thee,

I can be nothing but that grace adorns me.

Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.

(Courtesy: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Edited by Arthur Bennett, p. 75)