You Have Been Called by God to Inherit a Blessing. Therefore, Be a Blessing to Others!

Jul 20, 2014
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 742; 40; CW 463 (alt. TLH 270 w/ changed st. 5); 37; 48
Pre-Service Prayer:

O Lord God, my dear heavenly Father, I come before You today confessing that all too often I fail to represent You properly as Your child and heir in this life.  Often my thoughts are impure, my words unkind, and my actions unloving.  Please forgive my many sins and create within my heart a renewed desire each day to serve You.  Send Your Spirit to live within me, so that my thoughts reflect Your will, my words Your kindness, and my actions Your love.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 27

First Reading: 

Genesis 12:1-4

God called Abraham to faith and then instructed him to leave behind his country, his family, and his father’s house.  He was to go to a land God would show him—there to be blessed by God and to be a blessing to all the families of the earth! 

Second Reading: 

Luke 5:1-11

Peter, Andrew, James, and John were called to be four of Jesus’ disciples after Jesus performed a miracle of a large draught of fish.  Peter’s reaction to the miracle was to protest his sinful unworthiness, but Jesus calls us all to follow Him with complete devotion.