The Spirit Brings Life

Jun 8, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Pentecost
Hymns: 224, 234, 226(1-7), 740
Pre-Service Prayer:

We now implore the Holy Ghost For the true faith, which we need the most, that in our last moments He may befriend us And, as homeward we journey, attend us. Lord, have mercy.

Shine in our hearts, O most precious Light, that we Jesus Christ may know aright, Clinging to our Savior, whose blood hath bought us. Who again to our homeland hath brought us. Lord, have mercy.

Thou sacred Love, grace on us bestow, Set our hearts with heavenly fire aglow that with hearts united we love each other, Of one mind, in peace with every brother. Lord, have mercy!

[TLH #231, st.1-3]

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 143

First Reading: 

Acts 2:1-13, Acts 2:22-36

God chose the Feast of Pentecost as the day to pour out the Holy Spirit, so that the travelers in Jerusalem would carry the Gospel message home with them. The sound of the wind brought the people to the disciples, the tongues of fire confirmed they had found the right place, and the wonderful works of God proclaimed to them in their own language stirred their hearts. In his sermon, Peter testified to a living Christ who brings life to sinners.

Second Reading: 

John 7:37-39

Jesus told the crowd of people that believers' hearts flow with living water. The Holy Spirit is the One who can change a dry heart that is dead in sin to a living heart flowing with love for God and producing fruits of faith.