Come, O Long-Expected Jesus!

Dec 8, 2002
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Advent
Hymns: 58(1,4-7); 705; 58(8-9); 606
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord God, may we live our lives in joyous expectation of the return of Your dear Son. Lead us to genuine repentance over sin and instill within our hearts a love for You and Your Word. Bless us as we worship this day. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 85

First Reading: 

Isaiah 40:1-11

Isaiah here foretells both the ministry of John the Baptizer and the coming of the promised Savior. John would prepare the Savior's way, while the Savior would come as a Shepherd to care for His sheep.

Second Reading: 

Mark 1:1-8

Mark reports on the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy. John the Baptizer came "preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins."