Opus Dei

The Opus Dei

Scroll down to see our Scripture Readings, Prayers, Psalms & Hymns, etc for each week.

What Is The Opus Dei?

Opus Dei is latin for “The Work of God.” It refers to the church’s call to worship, not as a work to make us more pleasing to God, for only in Christ is God pleased with man, but as the first and chief good work that we as Christians were all created in Christ Jesus to do. Prayer is the foundation for all other work that the Church is called to accomplish.

Each day at 7AM and 7PM we provide a “voluntary” (only for those who desire with no condemnation of those who do not) opportunity to gather digitally for prayer using the application Zoom. Each prayer time lasts about 15-20 minutes. Combined, the morning and evening prayer times cover the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. Our Scripture readings, which generally consist of four chapters a day come from a chronological reading plan that will take us completely through the Bible once each year and through the Psalms twice. Technology has in some ways damaged both the Church and our society at large. This is our effort, which the Lord has already marvelously blessed more than we imagined, to redeem technology by using it for Christ’s glory and the church’s benefit.

The Morning Prayer Time

With our mics always on mute, Pastor Jeremy opens with a prayer drawing near to our Heavenly Father. He then reads our opening Psalm for the morning. Afterwards, he mutes his mic and we all privately, wherever we are, offer prayers of praise to God, hallowing His Name. Pastor Jeremy then returns and reads our New Testament reading for the morning. Then, again he mutes his mic and we all privately pray prayers of intercession for salvation, healing, restoration, etc. of others, desiring that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Pastor Jeremy then leads us in collectively in our Psalm Prayer from our previous Lord’s Day worship if Wednesday or before, or from our upcoming Lord’s Day worship if after. Pastor Jeremy then prays that the Lord provide us all things necessary for the body (our daily bread) and we close by singing the “Doxology.” We receive the benediction and head out to our vocations, duties, and callings.

The Evening Prayer Time

With our mics always on mute, Pastor Jeremy opens with a prayer drawing near to our Heavenly Father. He then reads our Old Testament reading for the evening. Afterwards, he mutes his mic and we all confess our sins to the Lord privately. After a few moments we return and Pastor Jeremy leads us in our Prayer of Confession from the previous Lord’s Day worship if Wednesday or before or from our upcoming Lord’s Day worship if after. He then prays a prayer asking the Lord to guide us into righteousness living (lead us not into temptation) and to protect us from the work of the Enemy (deliver us from evil). We close by singing the song, “I Love You Lord,” We receive the benediction and then head off to finish our days labor before we lay down to rest in the peace of Christ.

The SPCC Prayer Book

Solomon’s Porch Christian Community produces a Prayer Book each month that one can take home. Pastor Jeremy shares his screen with the group during our prayer times. However, you may desire to have something in your hand. Some folks are old school that way. For those comfortable with a digital pilgrimage, below you will find all that you need to not only participate in the Opus Dei, but also a glimpse at our upcoming Lord’s Day songs and monthly catechism questions as well as our monthly memory and meditation verse(s). It is our desire to provide the disciples under our care with the tools needed to pursue a rich fellowship with the Lord both corporately and privately in their homes and families.

May the Lord richly bless you all in Christ Jesus,

The Consistory (Elders/Deacons) of

Solomon’s Porch Christian Community

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Solomon’s Porch Prayer Book

For the

Week of August 7th 2022

leading to

August 13th, 2022

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Psalm & Prayer for the Week of August 7th, 2022cross mosaic

Psalm 77:11-15

I will remember the deeds of the Lordyes, I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. 15 You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.

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Prayer based on Psalm 77:11-15

Father,

We give thanks to You Lord and call upon Your name. Help us to faithfully declare Your deeds to all people, but especially to our own people. Let us sing in our hearts, homes, and churches of Your wonderful deeds. O that we would glory in You Holy Name. O that we would be filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, that we would overflow with rejoicing continually.

In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Prayer of Confession for the Week of August 7th, 2022

Modified for congregational use from “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers; The Awakened Sinner”

Thou Blessed Spirit,

Author of all grace and comfort, come and work repentance in my soul. Reveal my sin to me in its odious colors that I may hate it. Melt my heart by the majesty and mercy of God. Show me my ruined self and the help that there is in Him. Teach me to behold my creator, His ability to save, to see His arms outstretched, and His heart enlarged for me. May I confide in His love, commit my soul to Him without reserve, bear His image, observe His laws, pursue His service, and be through time and eternity a monument to the efficacy of Christ’s Gospel, and a trophy of His everlasting grace. In Jesus Name, Amen

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Scripture Readings for the Week of August 7th, 2022

Sunday August 7th, 2022

Psalms 35; Hebrews 4; 2 Kings 13

Monday August 8th, 2022

Psalms 36; Hebrews 5; 2 Chronicles 24

Tuesday August 9th, 2022

Psalms 37; Hebrews 6; 2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 25

Wednesday August 10th, 2022

Psalms 38; Hebrews 7; Jonah 1-2

Begin to use the Psalm Prayer and Prayer of Confession for the upcoming week August 7th, 2022

Thursday August 11th, 2022

Psalms 39; Hebrews 8; Jonah 3-4

Friday August 12th, 2022

Psalms 40; Hebrews 9; 2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 26

Saturday August 13th, 2022

Psalms 41; Hebrews 10; Isaiah 1-2

Sunday August 14th, 2022

Psalms 42; Hebrews 11; Isaiah 3-4

 

Psalm & Prayer for the Week of August 14th, 2022

Psalm 78:1-7

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, 7so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

 

Prayer based on Psalm 78:1-7

Father,

May the Church give special attention to this teaching. Let our ears be open to the Words of Your mouth. Teach us to talk of You when we lie down, when we rise up, and also when we walk in the way. Let the name of Jesus never be far from our lips and His praise always upon our hearts. We will “tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders” He has done, so that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments all their days. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

 

Prayer of Confession for the Week of August 14th, 2022

Modified for congregational use from “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers; The Cry Of A Convicted Sinner pg 64-65”

Thou Righteous and Holy Sovereign,

Keep me from fluttering about the Christian Faith; fix me in it, for I am irresolute; my decisions are but smoke and vapor, and I do not glorify You or behave according to Thy will. Save me from myself, from the artifices and deceit of sin, from the treachery and perverseness of my nature, from denying Your charge against my offences, and from a life of continual rebellion against You. Forgive me my sin Father. In Jesus Name, Amen

 

Psalms & Hymns for the Lord’s Day Worship August 14th, 2022

Psalm 77:1-8 from the Scottish Metrical Psalter tune: Ellacomb

All Creatures Of Our God and King (Traditional)

Beneath The Cross Of Jesus (Indelible Grace)

Fairest Lord Jesus (Traditional)

 

 

Sermons

Sermon for August 14th, 2022

Acts 4:5-22 

Previous Sermon from August 7th, 2022

Psalm 25:1-10 Lifting Up Our Souls To God 

 

 

 

August 2022 Catechism Question

Heidelberg Catechism Questions 101-105

101. Q. But may we swear an oath by the Name of God in a godly manner?

A. Yes, when the government demands it of its subjects, or when necessity requires it, in order to maintain and promote fidelity and truth, to God’s glory and for our neighbour’s good. Such oath-taking is based on God’s Word[1] and was therefore rightly used by saints in the Old and the New Testament.[2]

[1] Deut. 6:13; 10:20; Jer. 4:1, 2; Heb. 6:16. [2] Gen. 21:24; 31:53; Josh. 9:15; I Sam. 24:22; I Kings 1:29, 30; Rom. 1:9; II Cor. 1:23.

102. Q. May we also swear by saints or other creatures?

A. No. A lawful oath is a calling upon God, who alone knows the heart, to bear witness to the truth, and to punish me if I swear falsely.[1] No creature is worthy of such honour.[2]

[1] Rom. 9:1; II Cor. 1:23. [2] Matt. 5:34-37; 23:16-22; James 5:12.

103. Q. What does God require in the fourth commandment?

A. First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained[1] and that, especially on the day of rest, I diligently attend the church of God[2] to hear God’s Word,[3] to use the sacraments,[4] to call publicly upon the LORD,[5] and to give Christian offerings for the poor.[6] Second, that all the days of my life I rest from my evil works, let the LORD work in me through His Holy Spirit, and so begin in this life the eternal sabbath.[7]

[1] Deut. 6:4-9; 20-25; I Cor. 9:13, 14; II Tim. 2:2; 3:13-17; Tit. 1:5. [2] Deut. 12:5-12; Ps. 40:9, 10; 68:26; Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:23-25. [3] Rom. 10:14-17; I Cor. 14:26-33; I Tim. 4:13. [4] I Cor. 11:23, 24. [5] Col. 3:16; I Tim. 2:1. [6] Ps. 50:14; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 8 and 9. [7] Is. 66:23; Heb. 4:9-11.

104. Q. What does God require in the fifth commandment?

A. That I show all honour, love, and faithfulness to my father and mother and to all those in authority over me, submit myself with due obedience to their good instruction and discipline,[1] and also have patience with their weaknesses and shortcomings,[2] since it is God’s will to govern us by their hand.[3]

[1] Ex. 21:17; Prov. 1:8; 4:1; Rom. 13:1, 2; Eph. 5:21, 22; 6:1-9; Col. 3:18-4:1. [2] Prov. 20:20; 23:22; I Pet.2:18. [3] Matt. 22:21, Rom. 13:1-8; Eph. 6:1-9; Col. 3:18-21.

105. Q. What does God require in the sixth commandment?

A. I am not to dishonour, hate, injure, or kill my neighbour by thoughts, words, or gestures, and much less by deeds, whether personally or through another;[1] rather, I am to put away all desire of revenge.[2] Moreover, I am not to harm or recklessly endanger myself.[3] Therefore, also, the government bears the sword to prevent murder.[4]

[1] Gen. 9:6; Lev. 19:17, 18; Matt. 5:21, 22; 26:52. [2] Prov. 25:21, 22; Matt. 18:35; Rom. 12:19; Eph. 4:26. [3] Matt. 4:7; 26:52; Rom. 13:11-14. [4] Gen. 9:6; Ex. 21:14; Rom. 13:4.

 

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