The Essence of Advent--a New Covenant

Dec 3, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 705; 73:1; 59:1-2,6; 702; 306; 370:1, 3-4
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord Jesus come to me with Your grace and blessing! Lead me to forsake all vain efforts to secure Your favor by my own works and merit. Rather, move me to put my trust in Your work of redemption and in the righteousness You bestow upon me by faith. Cause my heart to rejoice this day in Your forgiving love, and open my lips to sing Your praise, for then, and only then, will I find true hope and genuine security. It is in Your saving name that I pray this day. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 25

First Reading: 

Romans 13:11-14

Paul reminds us that the time of Jesus’ second coming is near. He urges us to “cast off the works of darkness” and “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” as we look forward to the promised fulfillment of our salvation!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 21:1-9

Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday amidst a crowd shouting out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Jesus was indeed the promised Savior-King, who came “in the name of the LORD” and brought salvation!