Prayer: Our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have condescended to the needs of sinful people and given them your beloved Son by which they rest from their labors and cease striving after things that will never satisfy. We thank you for the great salvation purchased by Christ. We know the great suffering he underwent for our sakes. We know something of his passion for rescuing sinners by setting his face to Jerusalem that he might offer his life as a ransom for many. We know how you weekly remind us of your eternal love displayed and proved by offering your Son for our poor sakes. This is the day that you have made. We long to rejoice and be glad in it. Yet, we confess the struggle between the flesh and Spirit and admit we fall very short of all you demand. The Lord’s Day is unique in showing us more of our worldliness. It teaches us that we are not taking your kingdom and righteousness seriously as we trample underfoot what you call holy. Forgive us for being shortsighted, focusing on things that will pass away. Please grant us a measure of your presence as we gather to worship you today. May the Eternal Spirit bless us and help us sing for joy to you and listen diligently to you when your Word is read and preached. Please grant unction to your ministers that they may speak the words of Christ to weary pilgrims. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Isa. 58:13-14