I Believe in One Holy Christian and Apostolic Church

Aug 10, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Church
Hymns: 466, 463(1-5,8), 767, 465
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Holy Spirit, enter in and in our hearts Thy work begin,
Thy temple deign to make us; Sun of the soul, Thou Light Divine
Around and in us brightly shine, to joy and gladness wake us
That we, in Thee truly living, to Thee giving prayer unceasing,
May in love be still increasing.

Give to Thy Word impressive pow’r that in our hearts, from this good hour
As fire it may be glowing; that we confess the Father, Son,
And Thee, the Spirit, Three in One, Thy glory ever showing.
Stay Thou, guide now our souls ever that they never may forsake Thee,
But by faith their Refuge make Thee.

Thou Fountain whence all wisdom flows which God on pious hearts bestows
Grant us Thy consolation that in our pure faith’s unity
We faithful witnesses may be of grace that brings salvation.
Hear us, cheer us by Thy teaching; let our preaching and our labor
Praise Thee, Lord, and serve our neighbor. (TLH #235:1-3)

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 118

First Reading: 

Proverbs 4:10-27

The way of the wicked and the way of the righteous (the believers) are very different from one another. Solomon instructs his son to follow the wisdom of God and walk in the way of the Lord rather than be without Christ and follow the wickedness of sin.

Second Reading: 

John 10:14-16

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, came to lay down His life for His sheep. While on the earth He proclaimed the Gospel of Salvation. Jesus’ work and preaching were not only for the Jews but also for the Gentiles--the sheep of another fold. All who put their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins are believers and are sheep in His fold regardless of nationality, age, gender, or any other earthly division.