Jesus Has Ascended--It's Time for Growing Up

May 28, 2006
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Church
Hymns: 221(1-5), 767, 477, 216
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, as I come to hear Your Word, send Your Holy Spirit with His blessing. Cause my faith to grow. Lead me, equip me, and enable me to fulfill the role You have prepared for me within Your Church on earth. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 93

First Reading: 

Isaiah 32:12-20

Waiting was what the disciples did in the ten days between Jesus' Ascension and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit comes to sinful hearts (barren, desolate, fruitless) and brings righteousness, peace, life to the soul, and vitality.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 15:21-28

The woman who came to Jesus pleaded for her daughter. She persisted even though the disciples wanted Jesus to send her away, and even though Jesus tested her faith. The woman's faith persisted, because she was so confident that Jesus could and would help.