and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, please help us live in the hope of the resurrection and the life of the world to come. Thank you.
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones - LSB 670 (Te Deum Conference - 2015 NE)
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 1 Peter 1:1-2 (NKJV)
Father, we live in a time when your people are being and scattered and dispersed. Guide us by your Holy Spirit so that we can all enter into the fellowship of the blood of Jesus.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for bringing us to a living hope through the resurrection of your son Jesus. Father, through the power of your Holy Spirit help us enter into the incorruptiible inheritance you have prepared for us.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, let your refining fire purify our faith so that it brings honor, praise and glory to Jesus.
1 "For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. Joel 3:1-2 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring back all the captives and restore your scattered heritage.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, many are in the valley of decision; guide their decisions, for you are near us.
19 They made a calf in Horeb, And worshiped the molded image. 20 Thus they changed their glory Into the image of an ox that eats grass. 21 They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt, 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea. Psalm 106:19-22 (NKJV)
LORD, many have forgotten what you have done for us and have gone after the false god of cultural relevance. Have mercy on us.
A Word Received: Listen to me my people; I am waiting for you.
All Souls Orchestra 'In Christ Alone' 40th Anniversary
"My Soul Magnifies the Lord" (The Magnificat) from Evening Prayer
We Praise You and Acknowledge You (LSB 941)