We return to our study of the Gospel of Luke this morning with a passage from the sixth chapter on neighbors, loving enemies, and fulfilling the call of the Gospel in grateful obedience. We begin worship with the Call to Worship from Psalm 116 and the recognition of our love for the Lord because of His initiating love and mercy that calls for a response of thanksgiving. We continue with singing the words of Psalm 138: I Will Give You Thanks and Praise You for He has magnified His Word in the person of Christ. In Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder, we sing of the redemptive power of the blood of Christ who bought us and pitied us even when we were enemies of God.
The New Testament Reading from Romans 9 exhorts God’s people to love genuinely—including our enemies. We too often fall short of even loving our family and friends well let alone our neighbors and enemies, so we turn to Psalm 15 for our Prayer of Confession. We do not walk blamelessly or do what is right, but we slander and do evil to our neighbors. Thanks be to God who clothes us in the likeness of Christ in true righteousness and humility.
We respond by singing My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness for the saving and sustaining work of the Gospel in our lives. Our final hymn is Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken as a prayer for the grace to follow Christ, day by day, above all of our own ambitions, desire for self-protection, and the trials and temptations that arise.