P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
WE CONFESS OUR SIN AND RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS:
P: Each day, we face choices. Do we follow what God says or what our desire and self-interest says? From small to big decisions, what will we choose? Selfishness deceives us. In our pride, we even try to “choose” God, believing we have the power within ourselves to live a good life. But we know “there is no one who does good” (Psalm 14:1). When we search our hearts, what we choose is corrupt, evil, selfish, and motivated by sin. Today we make a different choice. Today we confess together:
C: Lord God, our hearts are twisted in on ourselves. We choose the things that benefit our desires and wants, not the things that honor You or help our neighbor. Even when we try to be the light of the world, we frequently turn the glory to ourselves. We have elected our own desires to rule, rather than You, our King. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P: Jesus has made it clear. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to bear fruit that will last” (John 15:16). You have been chosen by God, and the fruit we bear is the confession that we need Jesus to save us, that Jesus is the Leader of our lives, that Jesus is risen from the dead and Lord of all. Upon the confession of your sins, be assured that you are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
PSALM OF THE DAY………Psalm 37:23-29
P: The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
C: for the Lord upholds his hand.
P: I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
C: or his children begging for bread.
P: He is ever lending generously,
C: and his children become a blessing.
P: Turn away from evil and do good;
C: so shall you dwell forever.
P: For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever,
C: but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
P: The righteous shall inherit the land
C: and dwell upon it forever.
P: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
C: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
HYMN OF PRAISE:
“Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won!”………………………..LSB 490
Jesus lives! For me He died,
Hence will I, to Jesus living,
Pure in heart and act abide,
Praise to Him and glory giving.
All I need God will dispense;
This shall be my confidence.
THE PRAYER OF THE DAY:
P: Merciful Father, we are sinful. You have called us to faith and we need Your Holy Spirit to keep us in faith. Keep us active in Your Word that we may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior, Jesus, and that we would be prepared for the day You call us to heaven. We ask this in the gracious and powerful name of Jesus.