We thank you, Father God, that the promise to enter into your eternal Sabbath rest remains open to all who turn to you in faith.
May this gospel be proclaimed as an invitation to all people,
and may everyone who hears take the opportunity to turn to you in faith.
Thank you, God, for the rest that remains for the people of God.
May we learn not to take our entry into your eternal kingdom for granted,
but to be honest with you, for you know us inside and out,
so by repentance we should make every effort to enter.
Father God, we do not need to be afraid of you.
Your word teaches that we may boldly approach your throne of grace.
And as we do so, we receive mercy and grace o help us in time of need.