Serve the Lord with Gladness!

Oct 17, 1999
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 32; 44; 335; 417(1,2,5,7); 625
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, we humbly come before You this day confessing that all too often our lives are filled with selfish desires. Forgive us, O Lord, and lead us to live lives of dedicated service to others, for in so doing we are in reality serving You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 48

First Reading: 

Psalm 100; Romans 12:1-13

The Psalmist urges us to "serve the Lord with gladness!" We are, after all, "His people and the sheep of His pasture." He is good and His mercy and truth are everlasting.

St. Paul urges us to present ourselves to God as "living sacrifices." This we can do under the Spirit’s guidance when we use our gifts in ways that will prove beneficial to others. In so doing, we are "serving the Lord!"

Second Reading: 

Matthew 20:20-18

Greatness in God’s Kingdom is tied to service. Jesus came into this world to serve us by redeeming our souls from sin. May we then be moved to serve others out of love for Jesus!