Groaning for Now, Glory Forever

Jul 14, 2002
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Salvation
Hymns: 15; 45; 448; 783
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord open my heart to hear and through Your Word to me draw near; let me Your Word ever pure retain, let me Your child and heir remain [TLH 5, st.1]. Lord, as I journey through the sufferings of this life and groan with all of creation in the effects of sin, keep me focused on my Savior and the far better glory that awaits me. Fill my heart with hope that is built upon You, and with peace that surpasses all understanding. Bless us in worship this day. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 65

First Reading: 

Isaiah 55:10-11

When the earth is in the icy grip of winter all is death and gloom. Yet, in the Spring the snow melts, the rain comes, and the earth lives again! Just as surely as the springtime watering causes the earth to grow and bear fruit, so the Word of God goes forth to bring life to the spiritually dead. While we wait in hope on this sorrowful earth, we have the promise of God that His Word will go out and accomplish its purpose, namely, bringing life and hope to sinners.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 13:1-9, Matthew 13:18-23

Jesus’ parable describes the effects of the Gospel in the hearts of sinners as it is spread throughout the world. As disciples of Christ, we are called upon to be sowers, spreading the Gospel at every opportunity. As we sow the "seed," some will not even hear, others will hear and follow Christ for a time, and some will grow and bear fruit. We are not to worry ourselves with the growth. We plant, we water, but GOD GIVES THE INCREASE! (cf: 1 Corinthians 3:6).