Jesus Came to Seek and to Save the Lost...That Means You and Me!

Nov 11, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: CW 255 (alt. TLH 1), 281, 761, 377
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, how wonderful it is to enter into Your presence and to experience Your good will and abiding love! You desire my salvation and have consequently provided me a Savior. You have sent Your Holy Spirit to lead me to repentance and to move me to embrace my Savior Jesus by faith. Please, bless me and my fellow worshippers as we lift our hearts and voices in praise to Your saving name. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 85

First Reading: 

Exodus 34:5-9

After the golden calf incident at Mount Sinai, the LORD appeared to Moses and proclaimed that He is both gracious and just. Moses bowed his head in worship, as he prayed for the LORD’s continued pardon and preservation of Israel. We, too, need the LORD’s ongoing pardon and preservation!

Second Reading: 

2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Paul thanks God for the faith and perseverance of the Thessalonian Christians. He points out that God will punish those who in unbelief oppose His saints, while He will bless those believers who remain faithful. Let us take heart and strive to follow our Savior with faithfulness!