With the Help of God Strive to Keep Your Vows!

May 7, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 747; 19; 338; 306; 899
Pre-Service Prayer:

O LORD God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier—we come into Your presence this day to hear Your holy word. We pray that You would instruct us and uplift us with Your truths. Bless our Confirmands, who this day will confess their faith in You and promise to be faithful to You. Help them…help us all to keep those vows and to ever remain faithful to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 32

First Reading: 

Isaiah 40:9-11

In this reading the prophet Isaiah speaks of the coming Savior. He would come with “a strong hand” to rule over His enemies, but with a gentle and loving “arm” to carry His “lambs” next to His heart. Let us ever rejoice in our strong, but gentle Savior!

Second Reading: 

John 10:14-18, John 10:27-30

Jesus declared Himself to be “the Good Shepherd” who knows His sheep and is known of His own. As our Shepherd Jesus assures us that He will give us the gift of eternal life and provides us the safety that only He and His Father can provide. Let us always listen to Him and follow Him with joy!