Go in Peace!

Dec 31, 2001
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 123, 138, 307/77, 800
Pre-Service Prayer:

Across the sky the shades of night this New Year’s Eve are fleeting
We deck Thine Altar, Lord, with light, in solemn worship meeting;
And as the year’s last hours go by, we raise to Thee our earnest cry,
Once more Thy love entreating.

Before the cross subdued we bow, to thee our prayers addressing,
Recounting all Thy mercies now, and all our sins confessing.
Beseeching Thee this coming year to keep us in Thy faith and fear
And crown us with Thy blessing.

Then, O great God, in years to come, whatever may betide us,
Right onward through our journey home be Thou at hand to guide us;
Nor leave us till at close of life, safe from all perils, toil, and strife,
Heaven shall enfold and hide us.

[TLH #110, st. 1,2,6]

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 66

The Apostle Paul encourages us to "let the peace of God rule" in our hearts. In the variety of ways Paul admonishes us to do this, we find a good source for "new year’s resolutions" even as we see our failures of the past.