We Are the Called of Jesus Christ!

Jan 1, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: “It Makes My Heart Wonder,” “Dear Lord Another Year Is Dawning,” 89, 710, 755, 123
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, as we enter into Your presence on this first day of a new year, please send Your Holy Spirit to be with us and to guide us in worship. Lead us humbly to confess our sins and to rejoice in the announcement of Your absolution. Move us to hear Your Word with gladness and to apply it in our lives with understanding. Encourage us boldly to lay before You our petitions and to do so with confidence and thanksgiving. Yes, O Lord, send us Your Holy Spirit as we worship this day! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 51

First Reading: 

Numbers 6:22-27

The Aaronitic Blessing was given by God to Moses with the instruction that Aaron and his sons would close the worship services of those days with a reminder of the name of God, through whom they received every blessing. We use this same blessing to close many of our worship services. We do so for the very same reasons!

Second Reading: 

Luke 2:21

When Jesus was eight days old He was circumcised according to Old Testament law. He then received His name—Jesus, which means Savior. That name is precious to us, for it reminds us of God’s loving plan for our salvation!