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Pastor’s Notes for March 23, 2020

From Dcs. Pamela:

In these hours and days of ever-changing news, it is easy to become overwhelmed and even despairing. It can be difficult to decipher what is true, what is important and where is my place in all of this?

The Prophet Jeremiah knew what it meant to be oppressed and afflicted. The book of Lamentations is a book of laments and crying out. And yet, in the midst of his cries, we hear these words:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion”, says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentation 3:21–26

Let us pray: Faithful God, whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit. Keep safe our going out and our coming in, and let Your blessing remain with us throughout this day. Preserve us in Your righteousness, and grant us a portion in that eternal life, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

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MONDAY (March 23, 2020)

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”” (John 9:5)

Reading

“Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the LORD? He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear. The LORD was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.” (Isaiah 42:18–21)

Meditation

Sometimes we need an exhortation to remind of our of sin. We can become blind and deaf to God’s good news of salvation in Jesus. This is where the law comes in. It shows us our sin. Convicts us and leads us to repentance. And Jesus is ever-present to receive us once again. In fact, He never leaves us. He waits patiently for us to see and hear.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member

Heavenly Father, bless Suzanne (Nunnink) with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross her path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

 

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