We Share Unity in Christ

May 11, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Church
Hymns: 39, 785, 473 (with revision), 464, 465
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, in You I share a treasure with all other believers from all walks of life and in every place. Teach me to treasure this bond with others through You. In families where the bond of faith in You is not present, come with Your saving Gospel so that they may enjoy not only a blood-relationship with one another, but also a Christ-relationship. As we treasure our family in Christ fill each of us with an ever deepening love for You so that we love one another as You have so richly loved us. Bless us all in worship today. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 119:49-64

First Reading: 

1 John 2:28-29, 1 John 3:1-2

We seek to show a love to one another that is modeled according to God’s great love for us. What a great love God has demonstrated to us—He calls us His children! Through the redeeming work of Jesus our Savior we will stand righteous before God on the Last Day and inherit eternal life with our Father.

Second Reading: 

John 10:11-18, 27-28

Jesus is our Shepherd. The sheep in His fold are many and varied. However, all the sheep in Jesus’ fold have one thing in common—they all hear His voice. The Good Shepherd provides for His sheep, He leads them, and He is actively gathering other sheep and bringing them into His fold.