Blessed Are the Peacemakers!

Oct 12, 2003
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Topic(s): Sanctification
Hymns: 4; 430; 395:1-5; 412
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord, we come before You and humbly confess our sins. All too often evil arises because of our envy and selfishness. All too often strife continues because of our pride and unwillingness to yield. All too often troubles continue because we fail to turn to You in prayer, having become enamored by this world. Cleanse our hearts and increase our faith, so that we with humility might better serve You to the glory of Your saving name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 33

First Reading: 

Jeremiah 11:18-20

The people of Jeremiah's day did not want to hear God's Word and so threatened his life, even as Jesus' life would one day be threatened by people who did not want to hear His Word. Jeremiah, as Jesus, commended himself to his heavenly Father.

Second Reading: 

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus here begins to instruct His disciples regarding His upcoming death. They, however, did not understand, in part because they were disputing among themselves regarding their personal greatness. Jesus then warned His disciples against false pride and urged them to serve others with humility.