As We Approach Good Friday and Easter, Let Us Prepare Our Hearts!

Apr 13, 2014
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 160; 75 (modified); He Leadeth Me; 725
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, as I prepare to worship You this day, please, send Your Spirit both to inspire and instruct me.  Open my heart so that I might break forth in joyous praise of Your holy name.  Open my ears to hear the glorious truths of Your inspired Word.  Lead me to grow in faith, love, and hope so that I might serve You with faithfulness all my days.  It is in Your saving name that I pray.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 73:1-2,23-28

First Reading: 

Philippians 2:5-11

Paul urges us to have the same mind (attitude) as Jesus, who humbled Himself as a bondservant to the point of death on the cross.  Thereafter He was exalted above all to the glory of God the Father!

Second Reading: 

John 6:32-35

God provided Old Testament Israel with manna in the wilderness, even as He now provides us with “the bread of life”—Jesus, to whom we come and in whom we believe with great blessing!