Rejoice in the Work of the Holy Spirit

Jun 3, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 227; 226(1-7); 310; 226(8-9)
Pre-Service Prayer:

O God, what would we be if You were to forsake us? What can we do if You withdraw Your hand? What can we know if You do not enlighten? How quickly the educated become infants; the prudent, simple; the wise, fools! Let us walk in the light while we have the light, so that we may not be caught in darkness. Help us to remain in the zeal of truth faith so that we may daily increase in it through the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Amen. [Martin Luther]

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 143

First Reading: 

Ephesians 2:10-22

We are born sinners and "outcasts" from God’s family. By God’s grace and the redeeming work of Jesus we are saved from our sin. However, the forgiveness of sins which Jesus won for us comes through faith in Him –something we would not have without the Holy Spirit’s work. The Holy Spirit works in our hearts to create faith and through that faith brings the blessings of salvation to us.

Second Reading: 

Acts 2:1-16, Acts 2:40-42

God chose the opportune time to pour out the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. Many people from many places were gathered in Jerusalem. Their attention was caught by the sound of a great wind. They knew they had found the "right place" when they saw the tongues of fire. The Holy Spirit enabled the disciples to "preach Christ" boldly (they who had huddled in fear just a few weeks earlier) and through their preaching He brought many to faith.