Prayer: Our most gracious Father in heaven, we bow before your majesty on another Lord’s Day that reminds us of your love for us demonstrated in the giving of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We know that we are miserable creatures of dust, fallen in Adam, raised to glory by Christ and his righteousness. Through his labor and work, we are now pardoned of all our sins and counted as righteous in your sight. Through the work of your Spirit, we are being sanctified daily and moved to mortify the deeds of the flesh and walk in newness of life. Though we sin daily in thought, word, and deed, we are thankful for your constant care and presence. You have adopted us as sons and daughters. We belong to you and know that this one day in seven reminds us of the glorious hope as we await the new heavens and the new earth. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways in which we, like sheep, go astray. Please grant us fervent zeal and desire to worship you as unprofitable servants and to love you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. All of these things we place before you with hearts longing for you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Meditation: Ps. 29; Ps 103:14; Gen. 3; 1 Cor. 15; Rom. 4:25; 8:13; Is. 53:6