Prayer: Grant almighty God that you would be pleased to turn the hearts of your people wholly unto you as we worship you today. We are thankful for your lovingkindness and grace in giving to us your beloved Son who, though in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of s servant, being born in the likeness of men. We stand in awe of the eternal love that you demonstrated as you were pleased to crush your Son for our sakes. Though we are like sheep often go astray, you are patient and kind, forgiving our sins and transgressions. We confess that we sin daily in thought, word, and deed. We are ashamed at our lackluster zeal and cold affections for all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done. In him, we have all the inheritances that he secured through his suffering and death. In him, we have a high priest that has gone through the heavens to mediate for us. Yet, far too often, we fall short of your glory. We approach you in worship with hearts and minds focused more on the things of this world and not on those above. Too often, we sing your praises with our lips, but our hearts are from you. Forgive us, Lord. Please grant us a greater zeal and delight to be with your people, praising and adoring you today. Please cause us to delight in the Lord’s Day. Remember your people for good, O Father, and meet with us and speak to us today we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Phil. 2:5-11; Is. 53; Is. 58:13014; Mark 7

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