As We Await Our Lord's Coming...

May 10, 2015
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: 196:1-3; LSB 728 (alt. TLH 427); LSB 864 (alt. TLH 628); 201
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, as I approach Your mercy seat in prayer and look forward to praising Your holy name with my fellow believers, please send Your Spirit to inform and instruct me.  Strengthen my faith through the study of Your Word.  Increase my love for and patience with my fellow believers, even as You increase their love for and patience with me.  Grant that we might serve You effectively in Your kingdom as we await Your return in glory.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 146

First Reading: 

Joel 2:21-27

God’s Old Testament people had earlier rebelled against Him and endured His chastising.  Now Joel urged them to rejoice in the faithfulness of the LORD, Who promised to take care of them.  Joel assured them that they would never be put to shame as long as their faith rested in the LORD!

Second Reading: 

Matthew 7:7-11

Jesus promises us that if trust in the Lord and ask for His blessings, we will receive them.  Our heavenly Father is good and gracious and will take care of us—His children.