We know God as the Holy Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive the Spirit because it cannot see or know him. But we know him because the Spirit remains with us and in us.God’s Spirit joins with our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.The Holy Spirit is the helper who stays with us forever.
When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power, and we become God’s witnesses.The fruit that the Spirit brings to the lives of those who follow Christ is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The diverse and empowering gifts of the Spirit are given to each one for the common good. None of us is useless to God. None of us is sufficient by ourselves. We serve through the body of Christ, and we depend on the people of Christ. The Spirit’s gifts are given to equip believers for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.
Lord Jesus Christ, Head of your body the church, we thank you with humble hearts that to fulfill our heavenly Father’s good will for the salvation of all, through the power of the Holy Spirit you came upon the members of our church in years past, to unite them in love and service to proclaim your name to all the world.
We ask you today that through this same Spirit, you will anoint us to love you and each other, so that with our words and with our actions, we may be a true witness to you as Lord and Savior, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
WATCHWORD FOR THE WEEK
Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust.
Jesus Christ, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to >be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Most holy Lord and God, we are in awe of you! In worship today, we contemplate the mystery of your love, which was given to us in your beloved son. May we follow his example in giving ourselves in loving service to others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
We have sung praises, and reflected on how God is at work in our lives. Now we go forth empowered by the Holy Spirit to be the fulfillment of God’s promises in the lives of those around us this week. May God strengthen our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen.