Are We Ripe for Reformation?

Nov 7, 1999
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 546 (1-4); 263; [163; 264] 313 (3)
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, after a week of news such as we have had this week, I come to worship You with a clear reminder of the sin in the world. Help me and all my fellow Christians to proclaim the Gospel so that the true solution for sin will go out in the world and make a difference, not only for this life but for the eternal life of many souls. I come today worn and tired by the sin that is in me and around me. Forgive my sin, lift me up, refresh me with Your Gospel and Sacrament, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 130

First Reading: 

Romans 1:16-32

God’s greatest gift to sinful mankind is His Gospel because it is the power of God for salvation. God also showers the earth with countless other blessings. These blessings are abused when people honor and love the creation instead of the Creator. When sinners continually reject God there comes a time when He turns them over to their own lusts and destruction.

Second Reading: 

John 17:1-17

Through His ministry, Jesus had given the disciples everything they would need to make a difference in the world and to preserve themselves from the world. What Jesus had given His disciples was His Word. Children of God live in the world but are NOT OF the world. The Truth of God separates and keeps believers from being "of" the world.