Marriage Belongs to God

Oct 7, 2012
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 798, The Earth and All Creation, 310, 467(1,4,6,7), 51
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, teach me to humbly listen to Your Word. Forgive me when I think or act as if I “know better” and go my own way or make my own decisions about what’s right and wrong and about what is wise, rather than patiently going to Your Word for direction. Rebuke and calm the rebel within me. Strengthen and nourish my faith and love for You so that I am moved ever to follow You. Enable me to be a clear beacon of Your truth even in a world that stands in opposition to You, Your Son, and Your Truth. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 146

First Reading: 

Genesis 2:18-24

God made Eve and presented her to Adam, thus creating and establishing marriage.

Second Reading: 

Ephesians 5:15-33

In the context of urging a Christian life and showing love toward one another, the apostle Paul applies this specifically to marriage. In so doing, he compares the love of a husband and wife for each other within their God-designed roles to the love between Christ and the Church.