Five Keys to Contentment

Feb 9, 2014
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: CW 87 (alt. TLH 129); 348; 412; 196:1-3, 5
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, as I enter into Your presence this day, fill me with holy awe!  Grant that those things I cannot see—Your glorious person, Your grace and forgiveness, Your presence and promises—might become the focus of my desires in life, rather than the material things that surround me in this world.  Help me to recognize that when I by faith have Jesus, I have everything that I truly need and can then truly be content.  It is in Jesus’ name that I pray.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 92

First Reading: 

Ephesians 4:11-16

Jesus has given gifts to His Church in the form of His Word and individuals to share that Word, so that all the members of the Church might grow strong together in faith, knowledge, and love!

Second Reading: 

Mark 4:26-29

Farmers sow seeds.  Those seeds sprout, grow, and produce fruit.  We do not necessarily know how, but we can see the fruit that results. Even so the Spirit plants the Word of God within our hearts and the fruits of faith are evident as a harvest to the Lord!