Lord--Our Hope Is in You!

Dec 31, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 110 (1,4,6), 34 (1,3,4), 85, 755, 36
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, as I enter into Your presence for worship this New Year’s Eve may I do so with a heart filled with thanksgiving and a soul confident of Your blessing.  You have been good to me this past year—sustaining me amidst every trial and rejoicing with me in every triumph.  You have promised graciously to be with me at all times as I go forward.  Bless my worship this evening.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 90

First Reading: 

Colossians 2:1-10

Paul’s desire is that we grow closer to God the Father and Jesus Christ, in whom are hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Paul warns us not to be misled by the traditions and philosophies of men, but rather recognize that we are complete in Christ, who is Lord of all!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 6:19-24

Jesus urges us not to seek and horde the treasures of this world, but rather to seek those treasures found in heaven.  We cannot, He says, serve two masters, for we must choose between God and mammon.  When we serve God we will walk in the light, rather than in darkness.