Feb 14, 2016
Pastor Paul D Nolting
Hymns: CW 391; 723; LSB 863; 175
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, You are the very definition of love.  You have called upon me to love my neighbor as You have loved me.  As I enter into Your presence and that of Your Father to worship this day, open my mouth so that I might confess my sins—my many failures to love!  Open my mind, so that I might hear Your Word and grow in love!  Move me to lift up my voice in praise of Your love!  Finally, lead me to depart from Your house with the determination to fulfill Your desire and love others as You have loved me.  Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 91

A godly love is a selfless love.  Ruth demonstrated that love when she stayed with Naomi.  Naomi demonstrated that love when she sought security for Ruth.  God blessed their love when Boaz married Ruth and created a new family.

Second Reading: 

1 John 4:7-11; John 3:14-21

God is the very definition of love.  He revealed His love by sending His Son into the world to be “the propitiation for our sins.”  He then calls upon us to love one another accordingly! 

God loved the world of sinners, which included each and every one of us, so much that He sent His Son to save the world. Everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior will inherit everlasting life.  Those who remain in the darkness of unbelief stand condemned by their own sinful desires.