Jesus Is the Desire of All Nations

Dec 23, 2012
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 55,CW 7 (alt. TLH 72), 94
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear Heavenly Father, as I enter into Your presence to worship this morning on this last Sunday in Advent, fill my heart with Your peace.  The world around me is filled with violence, hatred, and strife.  It can be and is so unsettling.  I need to find refuge in Your presence, so that I might be strong and prove faithful to You and to those whom I love.  Be with and bless me this day.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 85

First Reading: 

1 Timothy 2:1-6

Paul encourages us to pray for everyone, especially those in authority.  He goes on to speak of God’s desire that all people be saved and come to know Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a ransom for all!

Second Reading: 

John 1:29-34

John identified Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  He further bore witness to the fact that the Holy Spirit had descended upon Jesus at the time of His baptism, identifying Him thereby as the Promised Savior!