Dear speaking God, may we never cease to be astonished at the many ways you have spoken, first in many and various ways you spoke through the prophets, but now in these last days you spoke in the most eloquent way, your speech brought your Son into our sin-broken world.
Words fail us to describe Christ’s surpassing excellence:
he is heir of all things,
creator of the world,
reflecting God’s glory
the exact imprint of God’s being,
the one who sustains all things by his Word.
He made purification for sins,
honored to be seated at God’s right hand,
superior to the angels
named by the most excellent name.
Glory to you, Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Dear Father, Redeemer,
the gospel of salvation is the free gift of the greatest treasure we have ever been offered or received.
We neglect this salvation at our greatest peril, since every transgression or act of disobedience receives a just penalty.
Father, obviously we don’t see all the impact of your saving work,
but we see Jesus in his humiliation and exaltation,
crowned with glory and honor.
God, you bring many sons and daughters to glory through the suffering of the pioneer of salvation.
It is Christ’s that made his saving work perfect,
sufficient for our salvation.
Through death, Christ destroyed death and the one who has power of death, and thus he frees all who fear death from its terror.
Father God, your son Jesus the Christ has become like us, his brothers and sisters, and for us he became a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, and so became a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.
Thanks be to you, God, for through the tests your Son endured, you are able to help us when we are tested.
Head of the church, you have called us to be holy partners with a heavenly calling to serve the gospel of our Savior.
As Jesus was most faithful in his serve to the one who appointed him
may we also be found faithful.
Together with Jesus Christ, we are a house fit for you to dwell in, our God, if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to our hope.
Therefore we pray that none of us may be found to have sinful and unbelieving hearts that turn away from you the living God.
So, through all the twists and turns,
the joys and sufferings of life,
may we hold on to our first confidence, firmly, to the end.
We thank you, Father God, that the promise to enter into your eternal Sabbath rest remains open to all who turn to you in faith.
May this gospel be proclaimed as an invitation to all people,
and may everyone who hears take the opportunity to turn to you in faith.
Thank you, God, for the rest that remains for the people of God.
May we learn not to take our entry into your eternal kingdom for granted, but to be honest with you, for you know us inside and out,
so by repentance we should make every effort to enter.
Father God, we do not need to be afraid of you.
Your word teaches that we may boldly approach your throne of grace.
And as we do so, we receive mercy and grace o help us in time of need.
Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus, the perfect High Priest. This High Priest is both like and different from human high priests.
You called and sent Jesus.
He understands our human frailties.
He gave his life a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world,
although unlike human high priests he committed no sin.
We are grateful because Jesus offers up prayer and supplications with passion to you, Father, who alone can save us from death.
We acknowledge that it is difficult for us to learn obedience through suffering, but Jesus did, and through perfection became the perfect source of salvation to all who obey him.
May we, through the example of Jesus,
learn to distinguish good from evil.
We offer our prayer through him who provides access to the Father.
Dear Parenting God,
your word presses us to move from childhood to maturity,
from milk to meat.
We learn the sad truth that it is impossible to restore to repentance
those who once were enlightened and tasted your goodness.
Forgive us for frequently trifling with your word.
You are a just God and will not overlook the work and love shown for Jesus’s sake in the service given to the saints.
By the Spirit’s encouragement may we be diligent in living the Christian life, so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end.
We rejoice in the hope we have,
a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul,
a hope that enters the inner shrine
behind the curtain where Jesus entered,
a forerunner on our behalf.
He became a high priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.
Thanks be to you, our God. Amen.
Most High God,
you have always provided wonderfully for your people.
In the time of Abraham, King Melchizedek was a great High Priest.
He blessed Abraham after he had defeated the kings, and Abraham acknowledged the king of righteousness by a gift of a tithe of all his possession.
But now we have been blessed with an even greater High Priest,
Jesus Christ, who has established an eternal covenant,
a better hope through which we can approach God.
Father God, because Jesus holds the new and better covenant eternally,
he can for all time save those who approach God, for Jesus is always alive to pray for us.
Through Christ we have a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled,
separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Jesus, you sacrificed yourself, once for all, for us, sinners.
Great High Priest,
have mercy on us,
and grant us Your peace.
Majesty on High!
We have a High Priest who exceeds even the excellence of Melchizedek:
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God,
a minister in the sanctuary,
and true tent the Lord has established.
We thank you for the more excellent ministry of Jesus.
He is the mediator of the better covenant
promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah.
You, O God, found fault with the first covenant,
and you made it obsolete and replaced it with the new covenant.
What is obsolete and growing old will soon disappear.
But we are confident that the new covenant will last forever,
for we have confidence in you.
Dear God Almighty,
we sing of the greatest High Priest,
the one who surpasses even Melchizedek in excellence,
God, Father, your son entered the Holy Place
with his own blood,
thus earning eternal salvation!
We sing of the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit,
offered himself without blemish to God,
so purifying our consciences
to worship the living God.
We sing to you, because your called people
receive the promised eternal inheritance
because through the death of Christ
redemption has also come to those are under the first covenant.
We sing because Jesus’ blood is the blood God ordained for us,
knowing that without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness of sin.
We sing to you, because Jesus is both priest and victim
who sacrificed himself,
and by this sacrifice saves those who eagerly wait for him.
Lord our God!
Already through priests and prophets of old you promised good things to come, but sacrifices offered yearly could not bring those good things.
However now, through the offering of Christ’s body,
salvation has come,
bringing sanctification once for all.
We marvel: one sacrifice, one offering, able to make perfect for all time
those who are made holy.
So, Father God, we now enter confidently into the sanctuary,
not because of what we have done, but through the blood of Jesus.
Now we take courage to approach you with a true heart
in full assurance of faith,
for you promised and you are faithful.
As brothers and sisters, we will help each other to love and do good works, and so we don’t leave one another in the lurch.
In hope we stick together as we see the Day of your coming approaching, so we can also face sufferings and enemies together.
As we journey arm in arm, we will not shrink back and become lost,
but together we will persevere in faith and we will be saved.
Father God, we recognize that faith is essential to our relationship with you. Without faith, we cannot please you, nor approach you. And when we believe, we declare that you exist, and that you reward those who seek you.
We read in the Bible all the stories of believers to whom you came, and to whom you responded by providing for them according to their needs even though their hardships were great.
These were people who were strangers and foreigners on earth. They desired a better country, a city whose builder and maker you are.
Because they desired this better country, you were not ashamed to be called their God, and you indeed prepared a city for them.
Give to us, your people of today, also a faith that believes confidently that we will receive the things hoped for, the conviction of things we do not see, and like our ancestors, may we receive approval from you.
Hear our prayer for a faith that can stand the light of day, and endure the dark of night. Amen.
Dear God, we cannot help but notice that with great seriousness Your Word urges us to be faithful by following the example of our Savior, the one who started us on the journey of faith and who will bring us to perfection in the end.
Father, so great a joy was set before Jesus that he was able to endure the cross and its shame, and therefore he was permitted to take his seat at your right hand.
Show us how to keep that same joy of the kingdom before us, so that we may not grow weary, and endure the discipline of the Father for his discipline is for our own good.
Prod us to lift up drooping hands, and strengthen weak knees, and make straight paths for our feet, so that what is lame and wounded may be healed.
Father, we are confident that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. For this we thank you, and desire to offer you acceptable worship with reverence and awe, for you, our God, are a consuming fire.
Dear God of peace,
teach us to heed and hear all the good and wise instructions concerning life in prayerful community.
May we be present to each other to bless, and never to hurt.
Strengthen our hearts by grace, and show us how to hold on to your truth.
Limit our dependence on the good things of this creation for they cannot be our ultimate security. We pray for help to keep our hearts firmly fixed on the city that is to come.
Finally we pray that you, God of peace,
who brought back from the dead, Jesus,
the good shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
will make us complete in everything good,
so that we may do your will.
Work in us that which pleases you.
We cannot do this on our own, we admit,
and so we lift our prayers to you,
through your Son, Jesus Christ.
To him be glory, now and forever. Amen.