Thursday, May 24, 2018

Anticipating Worship (May 27)

The First Sunday after Pentecost—Holy Trinity

Worship Focus:  Our Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—works together to save us.

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 150
Romans 8:14-17
John 3:1-17

Sermon Meditation:  Isaiah 6:1-8

Stand in the Presence of the King
1.  In humility
2.  For service

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God and Father, dwelling in majesty and mystery, filling and renewing all creation by your eternal Spirit, and manifesting your saving grace through our Lord Jesus Christ:  in mercy cleanse our hearts and lips that, free from doubt and fear, we may ever worship you, one true immortal God, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, living and reigning, now and forever.  Amen.

The angels praise our Triune God in heaven.  We join them on earth.  See you on Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Anticipating Worship (May 20)

The Coming of the Holy Spirit—The Day of Pentecost

Worship Focus:  The Holy Spirit gives life

Scripture Readings:
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 51
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:25-27

Sermon Meditation:  Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Lord Breathes Life into the Lifeless

Prayer of the Day:  Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace.  Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Holy Spirit allows us to see God's love and celebrate Jesus' work.  We do that together in worship.  See you Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Anticipating Worship (May 13)

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  The risen and ascended Lord prepares his Church for its work.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 1:15-26
Psalm 8
1 John 4:13-21
John 17:11b-19

Sermon Meditation:  Acts 1:15-26

The Ascended Lord Leads His Church
1.  Through his Word
2.  Through his workers

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, your Son our Savior was taken up in glory and intercedes for us at your right hand.  Through your living and abiding Word, give us hearts to know him and faith to follow where he has gone; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Lord of Church is with us in worship.  See you at 9:30 AM on Sunday to thank him for his work in us and among us.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Anticipating Worship (May 6)

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Worship Focus:  Learning about our risen Savior’s love leads to living in Christian love.

Scripture Readings:
Acts 11:19-26
Psalm 98
1 John 4:1-11
John 15:9-17

Sermon Meditation:  John 15:9-17

Remain in Jesus' Love
1.  To be friends with him
2.  To bear fruit for him

Prayer of the Day:  Father of lights, every good and perfect gift comes from you.  Inspire us to think those things that are true and long for those things that are good, that we may always make our petitions according to your gracious will; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Contact with our Friend keeps us close to him.  We worship the living Lord again this Sunday.  See you at 9:30 AM.