6/22/2017 8:59:00 AM
June 25, 2017 Pentecost 3
Posted under: Pentecost
Sunday Worship at 9:30am, Spiritual Growth Minutes at 9:08am
Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! God desires mercy, not sacrifice. We practice God-pleasing mercy only when we see our own lost condition and rejoice that the Son of God has condescended to suffer all for our salvation.
Order of Service
Service of Word and Sacrament, page 26 in the front part of the hymnal
How Firm a Foundation, #416
Prayer of the Day
O God, the strength of all who trust in you, mercifully hear our prayers. Be gracious to us in our weakness and give us strength to keep your commandments in all we say and do; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)
When God's people no longer listen to him, he gives them their way and leaves them floundering in their own hopelessness until they repent. Even then, God does not seek the sacrifice of a quick, but eloquent, 'Forgive us, Lord.' Nor is he satisfied with love that disappears like the morning dew. God wants that loyal love that keeps him at the center of our lives at all times and in all places.
Psalm of the Day
Psalm 119c, page 111 in front of the hymnal
Faith in God's promises is the golden thread that links believers of all ages to our Savior-God. Though Abraham was too old to sire a son, he believed that God could do everything he promised. In the same way, we believe that God has kept his word and done what is humanly impossible: he raised our Lord Jesus from the dead. Therefore we are justified by faith.
Jesus' mission was to save sinners. In mercy, the holy Son of God associated with sinners—even ate with the notorious ones—to call them into his kingdom. This scandalized the Pharisees who guarded themselves from any association with those whom they considered hopelessly lost. Jesus warns us that the inability to rejoice in his mercy to the lost stems from the proud assumption that we are not in need of Jesus' mercy.
Hymn of the Day
Let Me Be Yours Forever, #596
Romans 4:18-25—What an Object for Our Faith!
You Satisfy the Hungary Heart, #744
Just As I Am, without One Plea, #397