Invitation — Psalm 130:5
"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."
Bible Song — Psalm 146
Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them —
he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
Bible Reading — 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
Read again, perhaps out loud ... how has God's Word moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind ... pray to God what it is that has moved you today ... turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.
- for the flourishing of Christ's church everywhere
- for worship that glorifies God and gathers, unites, and blesses his people
- for new church plants and church planters
Prayer — BC 37
Almighty God, this coming judgment day stretches my imagination with strange wonders. Every man, woman, and child — anyone who has lived from the beginning until the end of the world — will be summoned by the voice of the archangel and the sound of your trumpet. Where will we all fit? Will we recognize others? Today, rest me in the greatest wonder — hearing the voice of Jesus confessing my name before the Father. Amen.
Blessing — Revelation 22:20-21
"Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people."