08.06.23 EChurch@Wartburg Pastor Mark Booker of Park Street Church: Thy Kingdom Come: Psalm 72 (Incredible sermon)


Akathist Hymn, Kontakion 5, Antiochian Orthodox link

I see your heavens sparkling with stars. How glorious you are, radiant with light! Eternity watches me by the rays of the distant stars. I am small, insignificant, but the Lord is at my side. your right arm guides me wherever I go.
Glory to you for constantly watching over me.
Glory to you for the encounters you arrange for me.
Glory to you for the love of parents, for the faithfulness of friends
Glory to you for the humbleness of the animals which serve me.
Glory to you for the unforgettable moments of life.
Glory to you for the heart’s innocent joy.
Glory to you for the joy of living moving and being able to return your love.
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!
Glory to you, O God, forever and ever!



A General Intercession: Antiochan Orthodox Church link

O Lord Jesus Christ our God,
in your mercy and loving-kindness
you regard the prayers of all who call on you with their whole heart.
Hear my prayer, now humbly offered to you:

Remember, O Lord, your church.
Confirm and strengthen it,
increase it and keep it in peace,
and preserve it forever.

Remember, O Lord,
all civil authorities,
our armed forces,
this city in which we dwell,
and every city and land.
Grant us peaceful times,
that we may lead a calm and tranquil life
in all godliness and holiness.

Remember, O Lord,
my parents,
my brothers and sisters,
my relatives and friends,
and all who are near and dear to me, [especially…]
and grant them mercy, life, peace,
health, salvation, and visitation,
pardon and forgiveness of sins,
that they may forever praise and glorify your holy name.

Remember, O Lord,
those who travel by land, and sea, and air,
the young and the old,
orphans and widows,
the sick and the suffering,
the sorrowing and the afflicted,
all captives,
and the poor and needy.
On all these, pour out your mercy,
for you are the giver of all good things.

Remember, O Lord,
me, your humble servant.
Grant me your grace,
that I may be diligent and faithful,
that I may avoid evil company and influence,
and resist all temptation;
that I may lead a godly and righteous life,
blameless and peaceful,
always serving you.

I remember, O Lord,
all those who have fallen asleep
in the hope of resurrection to life eternal,
whom you shelter
in a place of brightness and heavenly rest,
where all sickness, sorrow, and sighing have fled away,
and where the sight of your face gladdens all your saints.
Bring me, at last, with all your saints
to glory everlasting.

O Lord, hear my prayer,
for you are merciful and compassionate,
and you love mankind,
and to you are due all glory, honor, and worship,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

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 our 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,
forever and ever.

Last Sunday, I attended this service. It is a longsih sermon. However, about 2/3 of the way through,
he discusses how the patriarchy has hurt women throughout the ages.
He also discussed the marginalization of women and children throughout the ages.
He contrasted this with Jesus. Women were the first to spread the Gospel after the Resurrection. I almost yelled, “Amen.”

Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21 – (benediction of equipping of the spirit) link

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
equip you with everything good that you may do his will,
working in us that which is pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.



08.06.23 EChurch@Wartburg Pastor Mark Booker of Park Street Church: Thy Kingdom Come: Psalm 72 (Incredible sermon) — 3 Comments

  1. Thank you for this, Dee. I was so blessed by this sermon, watching online and, yes, I freely admit it, in my pajamas. And it struck me how very different it was from the other buffoon blasting out his criticisms. Praise the King of Righteousness!

  2. Thank you, Dee; this is encouraging.

    In a bit of serendipity, this item was highlighted this morning in my browser:


    It appears that some pastors who speak along the lines of MB’s remarks about justice, starting ~ 11:30, are experiencing “pushback”. It’s not clear how widespread this is; hopefully it’s not a harbinger (or, worse, a “trailing indicator”) of a shift in church culture. I think that in the wider culture we are moving back in the direction of the conditions described at ~12:30, that anciently “the poor were expendable”. The powerful do as they please; the powerless suffer what they must.

    The discussion, starting ~ 26:00, of benevolence in the early-ish Gentile churches reminds me of Acts 2:47, that the Jerusalem church was regarded favorably by all (or, perhaps realistically, “most”) onlookers.

    It’s a useful reminder that cultural hegemony is not a necessary precondition to the thriving of a Christian movement.

    Again, thank you.