Thank You, Jesus!

Sep 23, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 242, 342, 778
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, my precious Savior and Lord, I gladly acknowledge all that You have done for me and all of the blessings You have brought into my life. You became my brother, taking on human flesh, so that You might first keep God’s law for me, but then die in my place to remove my sins.  Your Father has forgiven me for Your sake.  You have bestowed upon me Your righteousness and promised me Your presence in my life.  Thank you, Jesus!  Help me to worship You aright this day!  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 40

First Reading: 

Exodus 32:7-14

In this challenging Scripture reading God reveals His just anger over sin—specifically the worshipping of a golden calf by the children of Israel.  Moses, however, reminds God of His mercy and compassion as revealed in His past deliverance of Israel and His promises to their patriarchs.  God heard, heeded, and then continued in grace to help His chosen people.

Second Reading: 

Luke 15:11-32

In this parable of two lost sons—one lost out in the world while the other was lost at home, we find Jesus revealing the always faithful love of our heavenly Father.  Just as the father in the parable was ready and waiting to receive a repentant son come home, so he was ready and patient to counsel an obstinate son who remained home.  Let us rejoice in the grace of God!