The Essence of Advent: a Day of Judgment

Dec 10, 2006
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 68; 611; 60; 608
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Lord God, our heavenly Father—I enter Your courts with joy in view of Your grace! By grace You determined to save me from the foolishness of my sinful rebellion and its inevitable result death. Through the holy life and innocent death of Your own Son, You have redeemed me and through the effective working of Your Spirit You have called me to faith. Be with and bless me this day as I sing praises to You, seek wisdom from You, and lay my petitions before You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 85

First Reading: 

Romans 15:4-13

The apostle Paul reminds us that God caused the Bible to be written “for our learning,” so that we might have “hope.” He then urges us to “receive one another, just as Christ also received us,” so that we might praise our God together and be filled with “all joy and peace!”

Second Reading: 

Matthew 24:36-51

Jesus informs us that the Father alone knows the day and the hour when this world will face its final judgment. The unbelieving world takes no thought of that day and remains unprepared. Jesus urges us to be wise and faithful—ever ready and always faithful!