To God Be the Glory

May 8, 2016
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Word of God
Hymns: Shine, Jesus, Shine; To the Lamb on the Throne; 244; 47
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, my Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter, as I come to worship You in spirit and in truth, I humbly pray that You would open my heart to the preaching of Your Word so that I may repent of my sins, believe in Jesus Christ as my only Savior, and grow in grace and holiness. Hear me for the sake of His name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 8

Flawed, dying, sinful, limited creatures living in a cursed and decaying earth doesn’t leave much room for joy or hope. However, God’s Word which provides rescue from sin and gives certain hope through Christ, remains unchanging, constant and sure—there is where we find joy and hope!

The Apostle Paul’s love for the Philippian Christians and his fond remembrance of them centered on their shared love of the Gospel and the mutual faith they shared in their Savior. Paul knew that the unchanging God would continue to accomplish His work and give rich blessings to the Philippians through His Word.

 

Second Reading: 

Acts 1:12-26

Luke’s report of what the Apostles did during the 10 days between Jesus’ Ascension and Pentecost. They gathered together around the Word of God, worshipped their Savior, and prepared to serve Him with a new Apostle.