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Biblical.  Confessional.  Reformed.  Reverent.

Sunday Worship Services
10:30am – Morning Worship
5:30pm – Evening Worship
(at St. Paul's Lutheran,
604 Pitt St. Mt. Pleasant)
Church Address
Moultrie Middle School
645 Coleman Boulevard
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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Loving and Merciful Heavenly Father,

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory; for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ps. 115:1). Another year has passed, and a new year has begun. As our calendars change we are mindful of the brief passage of time that this life affords. The Psalmist reminds us that the “years of our life are seventy; or even by reason of strength eighty … they are soon gone, and we fly away (Ps. 90:10). “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Ps. 144:4). But you, O LORD, are eternal and unchanging. “A thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night” (Ps. 90:4).

Our lives are but a moment. You are the Potentate of time. We are like grass, here today and tomorrow gone. You sit on your throne forever. Therefore, dear Father, “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Grant us grace that we might make “the best use of the time” that you have allotted to us (Eph. 5:16). Help us to make our lives and our church redound to your glory more this year than it did in the last. Grant us stronger faith, greater focus, and purer love.

Strengthen our faith, O LORD, that we might abide in Christ more earnestly in the new year. Help us to recognize more fully all the glorious benefits and blessings that flow from our union with Christ— regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification. Help us to remember that we are not saved by what we do but by what Christ has already done. “It is finished!” Through faith in Christ we are fully pardoned for ALL our sins and counted as righteous in God’s holy presence. In times of temptation and doubt in the new year, therefore, grant us the grace to keep looking upwards to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. Strengthen our faith, O LORD, that we might love, serve, and obey your exalted Son with deeper conviction in the new year. Strengthen our faith that we would reflect more of Christ.

Give us greater focus, O LORD, in the new year. We are a distracted people— addicted to technology and entertainment, inattentive to your Word and Spirit. We unwittingly welcome a constellation of diversions into our daily lives through smart phones, computers, televisions, and a dozen other things. Our attention span is diminishing. Our prayer lives are vanishing. Our ability to reason and concentrate are disappearing. In addition, we have often allowed our work to consume us, leaving us on edge, and straining relationships with those most dear to us. Grant us greater focus, O LORD, on the things that matter most— our walk with you, our growth as Christian disciples, our spouse, family, fellow church members, neighbors, and our vocations. Grant us the wisdom and strength to regain the focus we need to serve you, and others we love, faithfully.

Finally, O LORD, we ask that you would foster in us a purer love— a love that hates sin and esteems holiness; a love that despises duplicity and cherishes integrity; a love that deplores worldliness and reveres godliness; a love that loathes sexual deviancy and honors sexual purity; a love that finds its deepest satisfaction and joy in walking humbly with you. O LORD, do great things in us and through us in the new year, and may you alone receive the glory.

In Jesus Name ~ Amen!

{Pastor Jon D. Payne}