Dear Confirmands--Be Strong and Courageous!

May 6, 2007
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 747, 768, 436, 457, 784, 800
Pre-Service Prayer:

O dearest Jesus, my Lord and Savior-be with me and watch over me today as I worship in Your presence. Help me always to make You a priority in my life. Lead me to listen carefully to Your words of admonition, instruction, and encouragement. Move me to thank and praise You for Your many blessings and lay before You my petitions with confidence. Inspire me to desire to live my life in faithful devotion to You. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 23

First Reading: 

2 Peter 1:5-11

Peter urges us to be diligent in our faith-life, practicing Christian virtues and striving to be fruitful in our Christian lives. As we do this God, who by grace has called us to faith, will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you!

Second Reading: 

John 15:1-8, John 15:27-30

Jesus is the vine and we are all by faith branches. When we abide in Jesus, we will bear much fruit. Without Him, however, we can do nothing. Let us, therefore, abide in Him by hearing His Word and living according to it!