The ABC's of God's Love

May 14, 2006
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Grace
Hymns: 732, 656, 469 (1-2,4), 385 (1,4,10)
Pre-Service Prayer:

While we pray for pard’ning grace through the dear Redeemer’s name,
Show Your reconciled face, look not on our sin and shame.
From our worldly cares set free, may we rest this day in Thee!
As we come Your name to praise, may we feel Your presence near;
May Your glory meet our eyes while we in Your house appear!
Here afford us, Lord, a taste of our everlasting feast.
May Your Gospel’s joyful sound conquer sinners, comfort saints;
Make the fruits of grace abound, bring relief for all complaints.
Thus may all our worship be, till we live eternally! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 138

First Reading: 

Revelation 7:9-17

Through Isaiah God prophesied that the Servant of the Lord would set the prisoners free, and they would neither hunger, nor thirst, nor be struck by heat or sun (cf. sermon text). In His revelation, God showed John the ultimate fulfillment of this prophesy: Sinners washed clean in the blood of the Lamb, free from all sorrow, praising God and the Lamb.

Second Reading: 

John 17:9-19

On the night He was betrayed, Jesus prayed for His disciples. Jesus’ prayer for the disciples that night remains His prayer for His disciples of all time (including us): “Father, I have given them Your Word. Set them apart as Your children through that Word and protect them from the world that hates them.”