Prayer: Grant to us, our God, delight in the day you have made. Out of your abundant loving-kindness, you have granted us one day in seven in which you call us out of the world to find rest in your presence as a picture of that eternal blessedness to come. Grant, we plead with you to help us through the Eternal Spirit to love the Lord’s Day with all the hopes, expectations, comforts, and conviction it begins for your weary and exiled people. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways we trample underfoot this day you have given to us as a gift for our souls. Forgive us for our lack of zeal to prepare for worship and the preaching of your Word. Please help us not to be like the visible church of old that disregarded the voice of the prophets as they warned them of the judgment to come. Please give us ears to hear from your Word as those set apart to labor and feed your sheep the good food that the Good Shepherd promises to all those who love him. Please move in such a way that we hear the voice of the Savior today as he continues to guide and direct his people. Please help us not only to listen but also to learn the oracles of the faith once delivered to the saints. Please cause us to raise our voices heavenward, praising you for your abundant mercies and grace. We know that we do not deserve the least of your mercies, but in Christ, there is no longer any condemnation. Instead, we are your children and you, our Father. So, help us, holy Father, to serve and love you today as you have commanded. Please give us what you command we ask and pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Scripture Meditation: Psalm 23; Hosea 9

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