Prayer: Our God and glorious refuge, we give you praise and thanksgiving that you gave us one day in seven as a reminder of the eternal rest you promised your people. We are grateful that you have called us out of the world and redeemed us to yourself. We are grateful that you give us this day as a day of rest from our usual struggles, endeavors, trials, and difficulties as we pilgrim through this fallen and sin-wrecked world. We cannot thank you enough, our Father, for your wisdom in making the Sabbath for man and not man for the Sabbath. You are a God of lovingkindness and compassion, not treating us as our sins deserve. Indeed, they deserve your eternal wrath and threats of doom, but we have hope and security in Christ as we flee to you. Forgive us, Father, for not calling the Sabbath a delight. Forgive us, Lord, for not honoring you on this day you made, rejoicing in it as those who understand your great love for us. Please grant us this day a sense of your presence and grace as we gather as one people to praise you for your infinite mercies and hear from you as your Word is read and, especially, preached. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see your majesty. Please grant your ministers the power of your Spirit as they declare your Word to us. Please bring forth fruit of it in our lives so we will glorify you in all we do. We pray for these things in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Isa. 58:13-14; 2 Tim. 4:1-5

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