We turn to Acts 24 this week where the Jews proclaim Paul to be a plague who stirs up riots among Jews throughout the world.  The truth is indeed a plague to fallen men, and this is why Jesus told us we would have tribulation in this world (John 16:33).  Those who are unable to see the kingdom (John 3:3) are in the flesh and unable to please God (Romans 8:8), but those of us in the Spirit have life (Romans 8:9-11), which enables us to stand firm as Paul does in Acts 24 when he proclaims truth in the midst of adversity.  We stand firm with an everlasting hope that we live not for this world, but for the life to come where there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain! (Revelation 21:4).

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through the Word, prayer, and sacrament in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: A Mighty Fortress is Our God

Call to Worship: Psalm 33:1-5

Song of Praise: Jesus Thou Joy of Loving Hearts (lyrics)

Corporate Confession:

All: Our Father in heaven, we confess that we have disobeyed You and done what is evil in Your sight.  We have deceived ourselves and considered our sin of little consequence.  We know that our sin is against You alone and we deserve Your just condemnation.  Hear our prayer of confession, Father, and judge us by the righteousness of Christ as You promised in Your covenant.  This is our only hope and peace.

Promise of Forgiveness: Romans 4:5

The Sacrament of Baptism

Song of Rejoicing: Friend of Sinners (lyrics)

Scripture Reading: Acts 24:1-21

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.