Like Our Spiritual Father Abraham We Are Righteous by Faith!

Jun 13, 2010
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 745; 371; 429; 360
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, please be with me as I worship in Your presence this day. Fill my heart with gratitude for Your grace. In Your love You have bestowed upon me through faith the righteousness of Your dear Son, so that I need not fear Your wrath, but rather may look forward with confidence to the day I will stand before You in heaven. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 6

First Reading: 

Hosea 6:1-6

Hosea cried out to ancient Israel pleading with them to return with repentant hearts to the LORD! Unfortunately, the people did not respond to Hosea’s pleas, and God was left to mourn His unfaithful people. May God never have to mourn our unfaithfulness, but rather may we join Hosea with penitent and thankful hearts in the LORD’s presence!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 9:9-13

Jesus called Matthew to be His disciple. Matthew invited Jesus to a dinner in his home to which he also invited many social outcasts—fellow tax collectors and sinners who were led by Jesus to penitence and faith. The Pharisees objected to such associations, but Jesus came to bestow mercy upon repentant sinners! May we draw near, ever listen, and believe with joy!