Prayer: Almighty God, you who are holy, we bow before you today to worship and adore you. You have displayed your glory in what we see each day. From the sunrise to the sunset, you are proclaiming your majesty and beauty. In Christ, we behold your radiance and the exact imprint of your nature. in your Word, we read and hear your mind and your will as it is communicated to your creatures. Yet, men rebel against you. They profess to be wise but are fools. They exchange your glory with things that will never satisfy. On the day that you have commanded to be kept as holy — set apart for your worship — men exchange the glory of your presence for fleeting things of this earth. Worse, those people who profess to know you and love you and adore you profane this day by exchanging it for things that have no eternal value. They do not call the Sabbath a delight. They do not cease from doing their own pleasure on your holy day. Instead, they go their own way, doing their own pleasure and trample underfoot your command. Like these people, we, too, sometimes do the same things. Forgive us, Father, for not honoring your law and for failing to see that you gave us the Lord’s Day for our good. Please grant your church a renewed love for this “queen of days” and bring her to repentance for how she has so dishonored you. We pray these things in the name of Christ. Amen.
Scripture Mediation: Ps. 19; Heb. 1:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Isa. 58:13-14