SING “GLORIA PATRI”
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:
World without end. Amen.
Morris Chalfant said, “The elements one needs to build a family altar are one family, at least one Bible, a personal relationship with God, some knowledge of the doctrines and convictions which parents hold as truth, and a sense of responsibility toward one’s children. These elements must be packaged in determination and prayer, for Satan will relentlessly oppose such an altar.”
RECITE: THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic [universal] and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
DEVOTIONAL PASSAGE: PSALM 38:1-11
1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary, “Nothing will disquiet the heart of a good man so much as the sense of God’s anger. The way to keep the heart quiet is to keep ourselves in the love of God. But a sense of guilt is too heavy to bear; and would sink men into despair and ruin, unless removed by the pardoning mercy of God. If there were not sin in our souls, there would be no pain in our bones. When we perceive our true condition, the Good Physician will be valued, sought, and obeyed. Yet many let their wounds rankle, because they delay to go to their merciful Friend. When, at any time, we are distempered in our bodies, we ought to remember how God has been dishonoured in and by our bodies. The groanings which cannot be uttered, are not hid from Him that searches the heart, and knows the mind of the Spirit. David, in his troubles, was a type of Christ in his agonies, on his cross, suffering and deserted.”
PRAYER FOR GOVERNMENT LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
President Donald Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
First Lady Melania Trump
Second Lady Karen Pence
Presidential aides: Chief of Staff to the First Lady Lindsay Reynolds
Leaders of federal agencies: Chemical Safety Board Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland
State governors: Hawaii Governor David Ige
City mayors: Omaha, NE, Mayor Jean Stothert
U.S. Senators: Nevada Senator Dean Heller
U.S. Representatives: Arkansas Representative French Hill
Police Chiefs: Mesa, AZ, Police Chief Michael Dvorak
Sheriffs: Oakland County, MI, Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard
Military Leaders: Admiral Michael S. Rogers Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency
All law enforcement officials
Leaders of nations around the world: Comoros’ President – Azali As-sou-mani
PRAYER FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Leaders of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod: President Mark Schroeder
PRAYER FOR CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
– For the families and the community of the 4 young men who were murdered in Pennsylvania
– For the families of nearly 20 people killed in a Boko Haram attack in Nigeria
– For the protection of Christians in the Philippines
– For protection, provision, housing, and clothing for the thousands of migrants who are fleeing the Middle East and North Africa
– For the peace of Jerusalem
– Persecuted Christians around the world
PRAYER FOR THE MEDIA
ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila
please bless him with a good job, and help him to go to college
help their government to make the right decisions for the people of Myanmar
please end the drought in Israel; for the peace of Jerusalem
deliver him from all devilish spirits
please take away all evil spirits and poverty and heal him of hypertension
please provide her and her two children with a home; bless her with a better job with more opportunities in her business
grant her the desires of her heart regarding her professional career; bless her with the assistant professor position at her University
give her a stronger relationship with You; for a better relationship with her mother and father; for a better job and to have faith for all these things to happen
bless him with insight into your word; grant him a godly wife; grant him grace and favor to win lost souls for You
please bless and prosper his Gospel ministry in Kenya
PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST
PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOMMITTED THEIR LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST
DEVOTIONAL READING: “Am I Looking To God?” by Oswald Chambers
Isaiah 45:22 says, “Look to Me, and be saved…”
Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, “Look to Me, and be saved…” The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. “Look to Me….”
Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians’ lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation — it is not simple enough. He says, in effect, “Look to Me and you are saved,” not “You will be saved someday.” We will find what we are looking for if we will concentrate on Him. We get distracted from God and irritable with Him while He continues to say to us, “Look to Me, and be saved….” Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God.
Wake yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter how many things seem to be pressing in on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him. “Look to Me….” Salvation is yours the moment you look.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!