Noah’s Ark And The Great Flood
Call to Worship
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
The Lord reigns forever,
executing judgment from his throne.
He will judge the world with justice
and rule the nations with fairness.
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.
Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.
— Psalm 9:1-2, 7-11
Gracious Father, the God of life,
teach us ever more to respect and love all the lives you create.
Forgive us our lack of concern and love for those who are yet unborn,
And who are eagerly waiting to be welcomed into families.
Forgive our lack of care and compassion for the disabled.
Teach us to open our hearts and our homes to all your children.
Forgive us when we are negligent and uncaring toward the elderly,
for those who are lonely and forgotten in nursing homes.
Teach us to open our hearts, to open our homes and churches.
Forgive our indifference and callousness toward the imprisoned.
Teach us to increase our longing for justice that is just.
Forgive our cynicism and self-righteousness that leads to broken fellowship.
Teach us how to outdo one another in showing honor.
Through Christ, our Lord.
Christ The Sure And Steady Anchor
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For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
— 1 Peter 3:18-22
Thanks be to God for his salvation!
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who loved us and by his grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage your hearts and strengthen you
in every good deed and word.
—2 Thessalonians 2:16-17