I Want to Be a Compelling Christian

Oct 20, 2013
Guest Pastor
Hymns: LSB 827 (1-3)/LSB 826 (2-4) (alt. TLH 496); 770; 400; 769
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, You have made me Your witness to the world. I know all too well what a weak and fragile servant I am, but how great and glorious is Your Gospel and the treasure of salvation! Make Your strength perfect in my weakness. Do not let my sins and weaknesses stand in the way of saving souls. Keep me from raising roadblocks in the spread of Your Word. Fill my heart with overflowing thanksgiving and in that way make me a compelling Christian and faithful witness. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 96

First Reading: 

Psalm 96

The Psalmist urges us to “Sing to the Lord a new song!” Our song  is not new in the sense of a re-tooled, restructured, retro-fitted message for today’s sinner. Sin hasn’t changed and neither have those who practice it. Our message is the eternal Word of God and the salvation He gives through Christ Jesus. However, it is a “new” song because the Lord’s mercies are new every morning, and we need the Lord’s salvation anew every day. Sing a new song and spread it among the nations!

Second Reading: 

Matthew  9:35-38

Jesus saw the multitudes coming to Him with compassion and a Savior’s love, desiring to help them and save them. The multitudes in need of the Gospel still exist—the harvest is great. May the Savior’s love and compassion toward us move us to show love and compassion to others and share God’s Word with them.