Hope in the Impossible

Jul 29, 2012
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 744; LSB 536, LSB 765; 428
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, I am so often worried, under stress, anxious, and in turmoil simply because I underestimate Your ability and desire to help me. Prayer sometimes only comes as a last resort after I have exhausted all of my efforts and options.Going to Your Word for comfort, direction, and strength is shelved because I have too much to do and too much in my life to spend that time—how foolish! Forgive my sins, and lead me always to the certain hope and trust in Your grace and power to help and save. Bless me and all who gather here today in worship. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 119:1-8

First Reading: 

Romans 4:18-25

Abraham hoped against hope. He believed the impossible. This was true not only in terms of having a son in his old age, but also for the forgiveness of sins. Who would ever imagine that we sinners would be righteous in the sight of the holy and almighty God? Believe it! Jesus has redeemed us!

Second Reading: 

Luke 10:38-42

Mary and Martha both loved the Lord and wanted to serve Him. Both chose her own way of serving Jesus, but when Martha became discontent in her service, she needed a reminder from Jesus. Jesus gently rebuked Martha and reminded her that while earthly matters have their place, His Word is truly the greatest possession we have and the only one that gives a confident, certain, and eternal hope.