Jesus Is Our Life

Oct 5, 2014
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 426; LSB 490 (alt. TLH 201); 307; 375; 200; 370
Pre-Service Prayer:

I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant [me], according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in [my] heart through faith; that [I], being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that [I] may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that [I] ask or think, according to the power that works in [me],  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV™)

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 73

First Reading: 

Philippians 1:19-26

The Apostle Paul was imprisoned and did not know whether he would be released with his life or not. No matter, he was in a win-win situation. To live was Christ—he would continue proclaiming the Gospel. To die was gain—he would escape the sorrows of life under death’s shadow and be glorified in Heaven. Such an outlook is possible for the child of God because our Savior is the Resurrection and the Life.

Second Reading: 

Luke 7:11-17

Jesus demonstrated His power over sickness by healing the Centurion’s servant. The very next day, He came upon a funeral procession of an only son making its way from Nain. When Jesus saw the grieving mother, a widow, He had compassion and demonstrated His power over death itself.