Worship Service Text


August 2, 2020 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 642 O Living Bread from Heaven

O living Bread from heaven, how well You feed your guest!
The gifts that You have given, have filled my heart with rest.
Oh, wondrous food of blessing, oh, cup that heals our woes!
My heart, this gift possessing, with praises overflows.

 

My Lord, You here have led me, to this most holy place
And with Yourself have fed me, the treasures of Your grace;
For You have freely given, what earth could never buy,
The bread of life from heaven, that now I shall not die.

 

You gave me all I wanted; this food can death destroy.
And You have freely granted, the cup of endless joy.
My Lord, I do not merit, the favor You have shown,
And all my soul and spirit, bow down before Your throne.

 

Lord, grant me then, thus strengthened, with heav’nly food, while here
My course on earth is lengthened, to serve with holy fear.
And when You call my spirit, to leave this world below,
I enter, through Your merit, there joys unmingled flow.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean.

We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done

and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole

heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your

present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have

mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your

will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

 

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  Isaiah 55:1–5

1“Come, everyone who thirsts,
          come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
          come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
          without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
          and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
          and delight yourselves in rich food.
3Incline your ear, and come to me;
          hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
          my steadfast, sure love for David.
4Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
          a leader and commander for the peoples.
5Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
          and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
          for he has glorified you.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 9:1–5

1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “One Basket”

 

Today is the day, for which I’ve been waiting, Jesus is a preachin’ and I’m going there.

I’m packing my lunch, it won’t be empty, I’m bringing plenty so that I can share.

 

CHORUS:

1 basket, 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread

 

Now we’re miles from home, with nothing to eat

Listening to Jesus has been such a treat. There are

Thousands of people as far as I see, but the only food for miles around has come with me

 

CHORUS:

Just 1 basket, 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread

 

At the feet of Jesus, laid down to share

The basket and I worry ‘cuz there’s not more there

Jesus said, “bring them here.” And so all could hear

He lifted and He blessed the food - with His prayer

CHORUS:

For 1 basket, 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread

 

(Key Change)

Now the basket was bulging with fish and with bread

Something special happened, more good news to spread

When the dinner was over, our bellies were full

Everyone agreed it was a miracle

 

CHORUS:

For 1 basket, 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread

Just 1 basket, 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 14:13-21

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the fourteenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

13Now when Jesus heard [about the death of John], he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 699 I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “come unto Me and rest;

Lay down, thou weary one, lay down, thy head upon My breast.”

I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn, and sad;

I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “behold, I freely give

The living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink and live.”

I came to Jesus, and I drank, of that life-giving stream;

My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light.

Look unto Me; thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright.”

I looked to Jesus, and I found, in Him my star, my sun;

And in that light of life I’ll walk, till trav’ling days are done.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “Abundance Comes from Listening to Jesus”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offering Hymn LSB 789 Praise and Thanksgiving

Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer
For all things living, created good:
Harvest of sown fields, fruits of the orchard,
Hay from the mown fields, blossom and wood.

 

Bless, Lord, the labor, we bring to serve You
That with our neighbor, we may be fed.
Sowing or tilling, we would work with You,
Harvesting, milling, for daily bread.

 

Father, providing, food for Your children,
By Your wise guiding, teach us to share
One with another, so that, rejoicing
With us, all others, may know Your care.

 

Text: © 1987 Oxford University Press. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Prayer of the Church

P Relying on Your mercy, which tirelessly seeks the lost and the least and transforms the lives of sinners, we bring our prayers before You, our merciful and almighty Lord.

 

P You give the gift of adopting us into the family of the faithful of this and every generation. Enable the Church in this and every place to be a blessing to the communities in which we live. Empower pastors to preach the Word with power, teachers to teach the Word with wisdom, and all believers to serve our neighbors in love. Bless our synod, that walking together our voices give a clear, spirited, and compassionate witness to the gifts of God in Christ to this hungry world. We give thanks for adopting us as Your sons and daughters as we cry,

C O Lord, hear our prayer.

P You give abundant promises to calm us in the midst of anxiety and trouble. Guide all who govern to do so with reverence, impartiality, and compassion. We give thanks for Your hope-sustaining promises as we cry,

C O Lord, hear our prayer.

P You give the gift of Your presence when our faith wanes and our hope is nearly lost. Comfort all who are experiencing anxiety, all who are sick, all who are dying, and all who are mourning. Help them to see that even in the midst of suffering, You are there, and You will never leave nor forsake those in trouble. We give thanks for Your glorious presence among us as we cry,

C O Lord, hear our prayer.

P You give the food that sustains both our bodies and souls. Bless the labor of all who set their hands to useful tasks—farmers and business owners, construction workers and accountants, homemakers and retail workers, factory workers and executives. Calm the hearts of the unemployed and underemployed. Grant that our land will produce an abundant harvest of goods and services that will bless many. Guide our stewardship of the gifts You entrust to us. We give thanks for Your gracious provision as we cry,

C O Lord, hear our prayer.

P You give the example of ancestors in the faith, all those who have gone before us in the faith and have now died and abide in Your tender arms. We thank You for their life and witness, and how Your grace was shown in some way through them as we cry,

C O Lord, hear our prayer.

P You give the invitation to bring everything to You in prayer. We entrust these prayers to You, relying on the promise and trusting in Your gracious and merciful disposition toward us through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Song – “In Christ Alone”

In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

In Christ alone! – who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live.

 

There in the ground His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine – bought with the precious blood of Christ.

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

 

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July 26, 2020 –8th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 542 When I Behold Jesus Christ

When I behold Jesus Christ, true God who died for me,
I wonder much at His love, as He hung on the tree.  Refrain

 

Refrain:

What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there, to me on Calvary.
What kind of love is this? What kind of love is this?
You showed Your love, Jesus, there, to me on Calvary.

 

For me You gave all Your love, for me You suffered pain;
I find no words, nothing can, Your selflessness explain.  Refrain

 

You had no sin, holy Lord, but You were tortured, tried;
On Golgotha there for all, my sins You bled and died.  Refrain

 

What love is this? Greater love, no one has ever known.
My life with God— this I owe, to You, and You alone.  Refrain

 

Text (sts. 1, ref, 2–3): © 1970 Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus; (st. 4): © 1998 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love, that, receiving what You have promised, we may love what You have commanded; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  Deuteronomy 7:6–9

6“You are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 8:28–39

          28We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

          31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
          we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

         

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “Jesus Loves Me”

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.

 

Singin’ na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Ooh – swing arms over right shoulder)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Aah – hands up on either side of head)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Ooh – swing arms over left shoulder)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Aah – hands up on either side of head)

 

Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)  Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)

Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)  The Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me when I’m good, when I do the things I should.

Jesus loves me when I’m bad, even though it makes Him sad.

 

Singin’ na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Ooh – swing arms over right shoulder)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Aah – hands up on either side of head)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Ooh – swing arms over left shoulder)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Aah – hands up on either side of head)

 

Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)  Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)

Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)  The Bible tells me so.

 

Singin’ ‘bout His love, about His love, singin’ ‘bout

Singin’ ‘bout His love, about His love sing.

Singin’ ‘bout His love, about His love, singin’ ‘bout

Singin’ ‘bout His love, about His love sing.

 

Singin’ na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Ooh – swing arms over right shoulder)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Aah – hands up on either side of head)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Ooh – swing arms over left shoulder)

Na, na, na, na, na, nana, na (Aah – hands up on either side of head)

Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)  Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)

Yes, Jesus loves me. (clap, clap)  The Bible tells me so.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 13:44-52

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the thirteenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

44[Jesus said:] “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

          45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

          47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

          51“Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 724 If God Himself Be for Me  (Tune: The Church’s One Foundation LSB 644)

If God Himself be for me, I may a host defy;
For when I pray, before me, my foes, confounded, fly.
If Christ, my head and master, befriend me from above,
What foe or what disaster, can drive me from His love?

 

I build on this foundation, that Jesus and His blood
Alone are my salvation, my true, eternal good.
Without Him all that pleases, is valueless on earth;
The gifts I have from Jesus, alone have priceless worth.

 

No danger, thirst, or hunger, no pain or poverty,
No earthly tyrant’s anger, shall ever vanquish me.
Though earth should break asunder, my fortress You shall be;
No fire or sword or thunder, shall sever You from me.

 

No angel and no gladness, no throne, no pomp, no show,
No love, no hate, no sadness, no pain, no depth of woe,
No scheming, no contrivance, no subtle thing or great
Shall draw me from Your guidance, nor from You separate.

My heart with joy is springing; I am no longer sad.
My soul is filled with singing; Your sunshine makes me glad.
The sun that cheers my spirit, is Jesus Christ, my King;
The heav’n I shall inherit, makes me rejoice and sing.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “Inseparable”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offertory

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P As the Lord’s treasured possession, a people loved and redeemed through our Savior Jesus Christ, let us bring acclamations of praise, cries for justice, pleas for mercy, and requests for peace for all those in need in our lonely and broken world and for ourselves.

Your steadfast love sustains the Church throughout the world. Strengthen the Church wherever two or three are gathered in Your name. Guide the Church into all truth. Empower our proclamation of the Gospel, so that the world may know the joy of Your kingdom. Bless the work of missionaries and church leaders. Enable all congregations of our Synod to be sources of God’s love and redemption to the people in the communities in which they live. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P You promise that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Guide the rulers of our nation and of all the nations of the world toward justice, wisdom, mercy, and peace. Watch over our military personnel, and make Your comforting presence known to their families. Protect innocent people in war-torn nations. Preserve us from acts of terrorism. Reconcile us with our enemies. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P You work all things together for good for those who love You. Let Your love sustain and encourage those who are facing health troubles. Bless those who are in danger, those who are feeling lonely or depressed, and those who feel separated from You. Help them to see that even in the midst of suffering, You are there, and that nothing in all creation can separate them from Your love for us in Christ Jesus. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P You faithfully keep Your covenant promise to love us and redeem us. We pray today for those in need who request our prayers, whom me name in our hearts and minds at this time. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P You provide for the needs of our bodies and souls. Bless the labor of all who set their hands to useful tasks—farmers and business owners, construction workers and accountants, homemakers and retail workers, factory workers and executives. Calm the hearts of the unemployed and underemployed. Grant that our land will produce an abundant harvest of goods and services that will bless many. Guide our stewardship of the gifts You entrust to us. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P You redeemed us from slavery to sin through our Lord Jesus. Guide us to recognize Your kingdom at work in this world, and help us so to love You, that we serve our neighbors selflessly. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P You conquer death and despair. We give You thanks for those who have gone before us and now abide in Your tender arms. We thank You for their life and witness, and how Your grace was shown in some way through them. God of steadfast love,

C hear our prayer.

P Christ Jesus, the one who died and rose, is interceding for us. We boldly entrust our prayers to You, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 543 What Wondrous Love Is This

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul!

 

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

 

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

 

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 


July 19, 2020 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 526 526 You Are the Way; through You Alone

1        You are the way; through You alone, can we the Father find;
In You, O Christ, has God revealed, His heart and will and mind.

 

2        You are the truth; Your Word alone
    True wisdom can impart;
You only can inform the mind
    And purify the heart.

3        You are the life; the empty tomb, proclaims Your conqu’ring arm,
And those who put their trust in You, not death nor hell shall harm.

 

4        You are the way, the truth, the life; grant us that way to know,
That truth to keep, that life to win, whose joys eternal flow.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. O God, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of Your final judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwell with You in perfect joy hereafter; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

 

Children’s Song – “Great Big God”

Our God is a great big God. Our God is a great big God.
Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands.

 

Our God is a great big God. Our God is a great big God.
Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands.

He's higher than a skyscraper and He's deeper than a submarine.
He's wider than the universe and beyond my wildest dreams.
And He's known me and He's loved me, since before the world began.
How wonderful to be a part of God's amazing plan.

 

Our God is a great big God. Our God is a great big God.
Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands

 

Our God is a great big God. Our God is a great big God.
Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands.

 

He's higher than a skyscraper and He's deeper than a submarine.
He's wider than the universe and beyond my wildest dreams.
And He's known me and He's loved me, since before the world began.
How wonderful to be a part of God's amazing plan.

 

Our God is a great big God. Our God is a great big God
Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands

 

Our God is a great big God. Our God is a great big God.
Our God is a great big God, and He holds us in His hands.

And he holds us in His hands (Quieter)

And he holds us in His hands (Quieter)

And he holds us in His hands (Quieter)

And he holds us in His hands (Quieter)

And he holds us in His hands (Loud)

 

© 2001 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Adm. Song Solutions  www.songsolutions.org)

CCLI # 3373437

 

 

Old Testament Reading  Isaiah 44:6-8

6Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
          and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;
          besides me there is no god.
7Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.
          Let him declare and set it before me,
since I appointed an ancient people.
          Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.
8Fear not, nor be afraid;
          have I not told you from of old and declared it?
          And you are my witnesses!
Is there a God besides me?
          There is no Rock; I know not any.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 8:18-27

18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

          26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the thirteenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

24[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” . . .

          36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed is the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 645 Built on the Rock

1        Built on the Rock the Church shall stand
    Even when steeples are falling.
Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land;
    Bells still are chiming and calling,
Calling the young and old to rest,
But above all the souls distressed,
    Longing for rest everlasting.

 

2        Surely in temples made with hands
    God, the Most High, is not dwelling;
High above earth His temple stands,
    All earthly temples excelling.
Yet He who dwells in heav’n above
Chooses to live with us in love,
    Making our bodies His temple.

 

3        We are God’s house of living stones,
    Built for His own habitation.
He through baptismal grace us owns
    Heirs of His wondrous salvation.
Were we but two His name to tell,
Yet He would deign with us to dwell
    With all His grace and His favor.

 

4        Here stands the font before our eyes,
    Telling how God has received us.
The_altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice
    And what His Supper here gives us.
Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim
Christ yesterday, today, the same,
    And evermore, our Redeemer.

 

5        Grant, then, O God, Your will be done,
    That, when the church bells are ringing,
Many in saving faith may come
    Where Christ His message is bringing:
“I know My own; My own know Me.
You, not the world, My face shall see.
    My peace I leave with you. Amen.”

 

Text: Public domain

 

 

Sermon – “Christianity is Exclusive … and Inclusive”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offertory

C       What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?

I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,

in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. O God, You are merciful and gracious. The world and all it contains belongs to You, yet the sufferings of this present time remind Your people that we are not yet home. Help us to trust in Your mercy as we wait for You to fulfill all things. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P O God, You are merciful and gracious. You set up and depose rulers according to Your will. Grant us wise and just men and women in all positions of public trust in this and every land. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P O God, You are merciful and gracious. Together with Your whole creation people everywhere cry out in pain of body, mind, and spirit. Today we especially hold before You all who we name in our hearts. Sustain them and all who suffer afflictions, bringing them healing and wholeness in Your good time and ways. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P O God, You are merciful and gracious. Each day we are reminded that we are not home yet. But according to Your promise, we are waiting for the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Until that day, Lord, keep us from all evil, and keep our going out and our coming in from this time forth and forevermore. For all of these things and whatever else You know that we need, we ask through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns in communion and love with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Song – “Our God is Greater” 

Water You turned into wine. Opened the eyes of the blind.
There's no one like You; none like You.
Into the darkness You shine. Out of the ashes we rise.
There's No one like You; none like You.

 

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God.

 

Into the darkness You shine. Out of the ashes we rise.
There’s no one like You; none like You.

 

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God.

 

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
What can stand against?

 

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God.

Our God is greater, our God is stronger. God, You are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, awesome in power, our God, our God.

 

Chris Tomlin/Jesse Reeves/Jonas Myrin/MattRedman, ©2010, Universal Music Publishing Group, CCLI #722930

 

 

 



July 12, 2020 –6th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 584 Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing

 

Faith and truth and life bestowing, open now the Scriptures, Lord,

Seed to life eternal sowing, scattered on the wind abroad.

Let not hearts, Your Word receiving, like a barren field be found,

Choked with thorns and unbelieving, shallow earth or stony ground.

 

May the Spirit’s pow’r unceasing bring to life the hidden grain,

Daily in our hearts increasing, bearing fruit that shall remain.

So in Scripture, song, and story, Saviour, may Your voice be heard.

Till our eyes behold Your glory give us ears to hear Your Word.

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Blessed Lord, since You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Musical Anthem – “Go in Love”

 

Old Testament Reading  Isaiah 55:10-13

10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 8:12-17

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “The Sower”

The sower (the sower), went out to sow (went out to sow),

To plant some seeds (to plant some seeds),

In hopes that they would grow (hopes that they would grow).

Some seed fell on the path (tweet, gulp)

The sower went out to sow in hopes the seed he threw would grow.

 

The sower (the sower), went out to sow (went out to sow),

To plant some seeds (to plant some seeds),

In hopes that they would grow (hopes that they would grow).

Some seed fell on the rock (*knock*, ouch)

Some seed fell on the path (tweet, gulp)

The sower went out to sow in hopes the seed he threw would grow.

 

The sower (the sower), went out to sow (went out to sow),

To plant some seeds (to plant some seeds),

In hopes that they would grow (hopes that they would grow).

Some seed fell on the weed (wa, ha, ha)

Some seed fell on the rock (*knock*, ouch)

Some seed fell on the path (tweet, gulp)

The sower went out to sow in hopes the seed he threw would grow.

 

The sower (the sower), went out to sow (went out to sow),

To plant some seeds (to plant some seeds),

In hopes that they would grow (hopes that they would grow).

Some seed fell on the good soil (Ahh!)

Some seed fell on the weed (wa, ha, ha)

Some seed fell on the rock (*knock*, ouch)

Some seed fell on the path (tweet, gulp)

The sower went out to sow in hopes the seed he threw would grow.

 

Well the birds ate the seed on the path (tweet, gulp)

And the sun burnt the seed on the rocks (*knock*, ouch))

The seeds and the weeds were choked (wa, ha, ha)

But the seed on the good soil grew and grew (Ahh!), like the Word of God in you.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the tenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 577 Almighty God, Your Word is Cast

 

Almighty God, Your Word is cast like seed into the ground;

Now let the dew of heav’n descend and righteous fruits abound.

 

Let not the sly satanic foe this holy seed remove,

But give it root in ev’ry heart to bring forth fruits of love.

 

Let not the world’s deceitful cares, the rising plant destroy,

But let it yield a hundredfold, the fruits of peace and joy.

 

So when the precious seed is sown, lifegiving grace bestow

That all whose souls the truth receive its saving pow’r may know.

 

Sermon – “God’s Word Grows Deep Roots”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offertory

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God and for all people according to their needs.

C Amen.

P Abba! Father! Your children lack for nothing under Your gracious, fatherly care. Cause us to trust Your Word and live in our true identity as Your beloved sons and daughters adopted by grace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Abba! Father! Your children live throughout the kingdoms of this world. We pray for all who make, administer, and judge the laws in this and every land. Grant them wisdom to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Abba! Father! Your children are suffering and need Your help. Be present with everyone who is afflicted in body, mind, or spirit. Free people who are enslaved by addiction. Use Your power to heal and bring wholeness to Your children both in this world and the next. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Abba! Father! Your children live throughout this earth and in Your nearer presence, where they now rest from their labors. By Your Word and Spirit guide us along the pilgrim way and bring us at last with all Your saints to the joys of Your presence in Your kingdom, which never ends. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, Abba, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns in communion and love with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 921 On What Has Now Been Sown

On what has now been sown, Thy blessing, Lord, bestow;

The pow’r is Thine alone to make it sprout and grow.

Do Thou in grace, the harvest raise, and Thou alone shalt have the praise!

 

To Thee our wants are known, from Thee are all our pow’rs;

Accept what is Thine own and pardon what is ours.

Our praises, Lord, and prayers receive, and to Thy Word a blessing give.

 

O grant that each of us, now met before Thee here,

May meet together thus when Thou and Thine appear

And follow Thee, to heav’n, our home. E’en so, amen, Lord Jesus, come!

 



July 5, 2020 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 566 By Grace I’m Saved

 

By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless; my soul believe and doubt it not.

Why stagger at this word of promise? Has Scripture ever falsehood taught?

No! Then this word must true remain: By grace you too will life obtain.

 

By grace! None dare lay claim to merit; Our works and conduct have no worth.

God in His love sent our Redeemer, Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth;

His death did for our sins atone, And we are saved by grace alone.

 

 

By grace God’s Son, our only Saviour, Came down to earth to bear our sin.

Was it because of your own merit That Jesus died your soul to win?

No, it was grace, and grace alone, That brought Him from His heav’nly throne.

 

By grace! This ground of faith is certain; As long as God is true, it stands.

What saints have penned by inspiration, What in His Word our God commands,

Our faith in what our God has done Depends on grace – grace through His Son.

 

By grace to timid hearts that tremble, In tribulation’s furnace tried,

By grace, in spite of fear and trouble, The Father’s heart is open wide.

Where could I help and strength secure If grace were not my anchor sure?

 

By grace! On this I’ll rest when dying; In Jesus’ promise I rejoice;

For though I know my heart’s condition, I also know my Saviour’s voice.

My heart is glad, all grief has flown Since I am saved by grace alone.

 

Text and music: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  Zechariah 9:9-12

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.

12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “My Faith Looks Trustingly”

My faith looks trustingly to Christ of Calvary, my Saviour true!

Lord, hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away,

Strengthen in every way my love for You.

 

May Your rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire.

As You have died for me, my love adoringly,

Pure warm and changeless be, a living fire!

Epistle Reading      Romans 7:14-25a

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 11:25-30

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eleventh chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 609 Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

 

Jesus sinners doth receive; Oh, may all this saying ponder

Who in sin’s delusions live And from God and heaven wander!

Here is hope for all who grieve: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

We deserve but grief and shame, Yet His words, rich grace revealing,

Pardon, peace, and life proclaim; Here our ills have perfect healing.

Firmly in these words believe: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

Sheep that from the fold did stray No true shepherd e’er forsaketh;

Weary souls that lost their way Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh

In His arms that they may live: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

I, a sinner, come to Thee With a penitent confession.

Saviour, mercy show to me; Grant for all my sins remission.

Let these words my soul relieve: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

Oh, how blest it is to know: Were as scarlet my transgression,

It shall be as white as snow By Thy blood and bitter passion;

For these words I now believe: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

Now my conscience is at peace; From the law I stand acquitted.

Christ hath purchased my release And my ev’ry sin remitted.

Naught remains my soul to grieve: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

Jesus sinners doth receive; Also I have been forgiven;

And when I this earth must leave, I shall find an open heaven.

Dying, still to Him I cleave: Jesus sinners doth receive.

 

Text and music: Public domain

 

Sermon – “The Battle: Lost and Won”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

P We praise You, O God, our Redeemer and Creator. In grateful devotion we bring our tribute to You. We lay it before You. We praise and adore You. We bless Your holy name, in thanksgiving we give. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. Gracious Father, it is Your gracious will that sinners come to You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank You for the forgiveness we have in Him and for the assurance we are given that You hear and answer us for His sake. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord of the Church, You make Yourself known to people all over the world. Through the precious Gospel of Christ Jesus, hearts are turning to You and voices are raised in Your praise. May all souls who are weary and burdened find their rest in You. That we may proclaim Christ to all who have yet to trust in Him, bless Your church both here in Thunder Bay and throughout the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Your Word, O Lord, commands us to pray for those in authority over us. Bless this land in which we live. May all who lead do so diligently, and may all decisions be guided by Your wisdom. Be the shield and fortress for all whose work is difficult and dangerous. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Great Physician of both soul and body, we lift up before You those who are suffering in any way: physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. May they all find their rest in You. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Song – “Your Grace is Enough” 

Great is Your faithfulness, O God. You wrestle with the sinner’s heart.

You lead us by still waters into mercy. And nothing can keep us apart.

 

So remember Your people, remember Your children, remember Your promise, O God.

 

Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough for me.

 

Great is Your love and justice God. You use the weak to lead the strong.

You lead us in the song of Your salvation and all Your people sing along.

 

So remember Your people, remember Your children, remember Your promise, O God.

 

Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough for me.

Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough for me.

 

So remember Your people, remember Your children, remember Your promise, O God.

 

Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough for me.

Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough. Your grace is enough for me. For me.

 

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June 28, 2020 –4th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

 

Let us ever walk with Jesus, follow His example pure,
Through a world that would deceive us, and to sin our spirits lure.
Onward in His footsteps treading, pilgrims here, our home above,
Full of faith and hope and love, let us do the Father’s bidding.
Faithful Lord, with me abide; I shall follow where You guide.

 

Let us suffer here with Jesus, and with patience bear our cross.

Joy will follow all our sadness; where He is, there is no loss.

Though today we sow no laughter, we shall reap celestial joy;

All discomforts that annoy, shall give way to mirth hereafter.

Jesus, here I share Your woe; help me there Your joy to know.

 

Let us gladly die with Jesus. Since by death He conquered death,
He will free us from destruction, give to us immortal breath.
Let us mortify all passion, that would lead us into sin;
And the grave that shuts us in, shall but prove the gate to heaven.
Jesus, here with You I die, there to live with You on high.

 

Let us also live with Jesus. He has risen from the dead
That to life we may awaken. Jesus, You are now our head.
We are Your own living members; where You live, there we shall be
In Your presence constantly, living there with You forever.
Jesus, let me faithful be, life eternal grant to me.

 

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  Jeremiah 28:5-9

5Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “We Shall Not Be Moved”

 

How blessed are the ones who always walk

And listen to the words of Jesus’ talk

 

CHORUS:

We’re like a tree that’s planted by the water. We shall not be moved!

We shall not, we shall not be moved!

We shall not, we shall not be moved!

We’re like a tree that’s planted by the water. We shall not be moved!

 

We will be tempted to slowly walk away

But in God’s Word, we’re planted here to stay.  CHORUS

 

Jesus is our Saviour, He has died for me

He died and rose, we have the victory.  CHORUS

 

Sing glory be to God, the Father, Son,

And Holy Spirit, ever Three in One.  CHORUS

 

Stay planted in God the Father, who created you.

Stay connected to Jesus, God the Son, who is our Saviour

Stay cared for by the God, the Holy Spirit, who gives you all that you need to stay rooted and secure in God.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 7:1-13

1Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

          4Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.

          7What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

          13Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 10:34-42

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the tenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

34[Jesus said:] “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

          40“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 730 What Is the World to Me

 

What is the world to me, with all its vaunted pleasure

When You, and You alone, Lord Jesus, are my treasure!

You only, dearest Lord, my soul’s delight shall be;

You are my peace, my rest. What is the world to me!

 

The world seeks to be praised, and honored by the mighty

Yet never once reflects, that they are frail and flighty.

But what I truly prize, above all things is He,

My Jesus, He alone. What is the world to me!

 

The world seeks after wealth, and all that mammon offers

Yet never is content, though gold should fill its coffers.

I have a higher good, content with it I’ll be:

My Jesus is my wealth. What is the world to me!

 

What is the world to me! My Jesus is my treasure,

My life, my health, my wealth, my friend, my love, my pleasure,

My joy, my crown, my all, my bliss eternally.

Once more, then, I declare: what is the world to me!

 

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “Being Brought to Life in Christ”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

P Lord of all good, our gifts we bring You now. Use them to fulfill Your holy purpose. These offerings are tokens of our love. May our whole lives be offered to Your will.

C Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God and for all people according to their needs.

C Amen.

P Lord Jesus, You are our Prince of Peace, yet You did not come to this world to bring us peace here and now. We experience the divisions that the sharp two-edged sword of Your Word brings.

C Lord Jesus, give us strength to stand firm in Your Word of truth.

P Creator God, You gave us a world with everything we would ever need to sustain our bodies and lives, yet some on this planet experience famine and hunger, and this earth is savaged with pestilence, hurricanes, heat waves, hail, earthquakes, this pandemic and still other disasters, reminding us of the broken world in which we live.

C Lord God, guide us in being good stewards of this earth, and lead us to provide for those in need.

P O Jesus, You have called us to follow You and have baptized us into Your holy name. You have set us apart to be Your witnesses, and You have called us to go to the ends of the earth with the Good News of Your unconditional, all-accepting love.

C Jesus, lead us and all Your people to reveal You to others through our words and our actions.

P Holy Spirit, Comforter, there are those among us who are struggling in their hearts, with their strength, in their souls, and with their minds. We name before You all those who are in need of your healing. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 718 Jesus, Lead Thou On

Jesus, lead Thou on, till our rest is won;
And although the way be cheerless, we will follow calm and fearless.
Guide us by Thy hand, to our fatherland.

 

If the way be drear, if the foe be near,
Let not faithless fears o’ertake us; let not faith and hope forsake us;
For through many_a woe, to our home we go.

 

When we seek relief, from a long-felt grief,
When temptations come alluring, make us patient and enduring.
Show us that bright shore, where we weep no more.

 

Jesus, lead Thou on, till our rest is won.
Heav’nly leader, still direct us, still support, console, protect us,
Till we safely stand, in our fatherland.

 

Text: Public domain

 

 

 

 

 





June 21, 2020 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

Father’s Day

 

Hymn LSB 761 Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

1        Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood, from Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure: cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r.

 

2        Not the labors of my hands, can fulfill Thy Law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone.

 

3        Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling.
Naked, come to Thee for dress; helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.

 

4        While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyelids close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown, see Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. O God, because Your abiding presence always goes with us, keep us aware of Your daily mercies that we may live secure and content in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  Psalm 91

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked. 9Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place — the Most High, who is my refuge— 10no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. 11For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
12On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. 14“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “Father, I Adore You”

 

Father, I adore You, lay my life before You. How I love You;

 

Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You. How I love You;

 

Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You. How I love You;

 

Three in One, I adore You, lay my life before You. How I love You;

 

 

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 6:12-23

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. 15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

          20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 10:5a, 21-33

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the tenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, . . .

          21“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

          24“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.

          26“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Song – “Faithful One” 

Faithful One, so unchanging

Ageless One, You’re my rock of peace

Lord of all, I depend on You.

 

I call out to You, again and again.

I call out to You, again and again.

 

You are my rock in times of trouble.

You lift me up when I fall down.

All through the storm, Your love is the anchor

My hope is in You alone.

 

Written by Brian Doerksen. CCLI Song#465840. CCLI License #722930

 

Sermon – “Our Refuge in the World’s Storms”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

P We give Thee but Thine own, whatever the gift may be. All that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. Almighty and ever-living God, we give You thanks and praise for being a just and forgiving God. We praise You for being our refuge, our fortress, and our God in whom we trust. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Heavenly Father, we thank You for hearing our prayers this day and every day. We name before You this day brothers and sisters who are struggling in body, mind, and spirit, and ask for Your strength, comfort, and healing. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord Jesus, You united us in a common faith and family at our Baptism. Lead and guide us in living out our baptismal faith as missionaries in this world, so that the people we connect with may hear Your Word. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:       hear our prayer.

P O Holy Spirit, You work in many unseen and mysterious ways. As we look around our world, we see destruction and violence. We ask that You bring peace and wholeness. We ask for You to give Your wisdom to all the leaders of our world, our nation, our province, and our community, so that they may govern justly. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, in Jesus’ name.

People:       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 657 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

1        A mighty fortress is our God,
    A sword and shield victorious;
He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
    And wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe sas sworn to work us woe.
    With craft and dreadful might
    He arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

 

2        No strength of ours can match his might.
    We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
    Whom God Himself elected.
You ask who this may be? The Lord of hosts is He,
    Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
    God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

 

3        Though hordes of devils fill the land
    All threat’ning to devour us,
We tremble not, unmoved we stand;
    They cannot overpow’r us.
Let this world’s tyrant rage; in battle we’ll engage.
    His might is doomed to fail;
    God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

 

4        God’s Word forever shall abide,
    No thanks to foes, who fear it;
For God Himself fights by our side
    With weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house, goods, honor, child, or spouse,
    Though life be wrenched away,
    They cannot win the day.
The Kingdom’s ours forever!

 

Text (sts. 1–4): © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

Text (sts. 1s–4s): Public domain

 

 



June 14, 2020 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 892 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

1        Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All be safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.

 

2        All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

 

3        For the Lord, our God, shall come
And shall take His harvest home,
From His field shall in that day
All offenses purge away,
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

 

4        Even so, Lord, quickly come
To Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In Thy garner to abide:
Come with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty, eternal God, in the Word of Your apostles and prophets You have proclaimed to us Your saving will. Grant us faith to believe Your promises that we may receive eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading  Psalm 100

1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Children’s Song – “I Will Enter His Gates”

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart,

I will enter His courts with praise.

I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made,

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”

 

He has made me glad (clap, clap), He has made me glad (clap, clap);

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad (clap, clap), He has made me glad (clap, clap);

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 5:6-15

6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 9:35-10:8

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the ninth and tenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

35Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

1And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Song – “Sing for Joy”  by Lisa Fraser

CHORUS:

Sing for joy in His sanctuary, oh, dance in the streets, He has shown us mercy,

Oh, shout and rejoice, He loves us dearly, oh, celebrate, our King has given us life.

 

We are desperate children searching for the light.

Caught in the darkness of our deadly sin.

But He paid our debt, healed every broken heart.

Died on the cross for us.  CHORUS

 

Lost and afraid we don’t know where to run.

He whispers softly, calls us by our names.

Shows us the way, the truth, the light.

Guides us with love divine.  CHORUS

 

He gives more than satisfaction, He gives joy.

Fullness, hope and peace are His wonderful gifts.

We will raise our voices in jubilant song.

He has set our hearts on fire.  CHORUS

 

Sermon – “Dear God, Thank You for Your Goodness!”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

P Receive, O God, our bodies and souls and all our talents, together with the offerings we bring You, for by His blood Your Son has purchased us to be Your own that we may live under Him in His kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

P For the expansion of Christ’s kingdom, that we may share the gifts of our Savior in the work we do in His harvest field, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the Christian Church, both here and scattered throughout the world, that we may find our wholeness and unity in Jesus, our compassionate Shepherd, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the members of our Armed Forces, that they would place their confidence in Christ, who is our help and shield, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all who suffer in heart, mind, and body, that they may find wholeness in Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For these and all other concerns we have that our gracious Father may answer us for the sake of Christ and for the glory of His eternal kingdom, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses

     as we forgive those who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 790 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation!

Let all who hear; now to His temple draw near. Joining in glad adoration!

2        Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things is wondrously reigning
And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
Have you not seen? All that is needful has been. Sent by His gracious ordaining?

 

3        Praise to the Lord, who has fearfully, wondrously, made you,
Health has bestowed and, when heedlessly falling, has stayed you.
What need or grief; ever has failed of relief? Wings of His mercy did shade you.

 

4        Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;
Surely His goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew, what the Almighty can do. As with His love He befriends you.

 

5        Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that has life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen, sound from His people again; gladly forever adore Him!

 

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Divine Service Outline – June 7, 2020 - Holy Trinity Sunday

 

Opening Song: “God of Wonders”

Lord of all creation, of water, earth and sky,

The heavens are Your tabernacle; glory to the Lord on high.

 

God of wonders beyond our galaxy, You are holy, holy;

The universe declares Your majesty. You are holy, holy;

Lord of heaven and earth. Lord of heaven and earth.

 

Early in the morning, I will celebrate the light.

And when I stumble in the darkness, I will call Your name by night. 

 

God of wonders beyond our galaxy, You are holy, holy;

The universe declares Your majesty. You are holy, holy;

Lord of heaven and earth. Lord of heaven and earth.

 

BRIDGE:

Hallelujah! To the Lord of heaven and earth.

Hallelujah! To the Lord of heaven and earth.

Hallelujah! To the Lord of heaven and earth.

 

God of wonders beyond our galaxy, You are holy, holy;

Precious Lord, reveal Your heart to me. You are holy, holy;

The universe declares Your majesty. You are holy, holy, holy, holy.

 

 

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Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Gloria Patri

C       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

P       Glory be to God on high:

C       and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,

we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.

O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.

Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,

art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Salutation

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And with thy spirit.

 

Collect of the Day

P       Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading Genesis 1:1—2:4a

          1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

          3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

          6And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

          9And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

          11And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

          14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

          20And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

          24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

          26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27So God created man in his own image,
          in the image of God he created him;
          male and female he created them.

          28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

          1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

4These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

           

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Psalm 8

1O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

2Out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
7all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

Epistle Reading      Acts 2:14a, 22–36

            14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .

          22“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
          for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
          my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
          or let your Holy One see corruption.
28You have made known to me the paths of life;
          you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

          29“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
          35until I make your enemies your footstool.’

36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 28:16-20

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 953 We All Believe in One True God

1        We all believe in one true God,
    Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Ever-present help in need,
    Praised by all the heav’nly host;
All He made His love enfolds,
All creation He upholds.

 

2        We all believe in Jesus Christ,
    Son of God and Mary’s son,
Who descended from His throne
    And for us salvation won;
By whose cross and death are we
Rescued from all misery.

 

3        We all confess the Holy Ghost,
    Who from both in truth proceeds,
Who sustains and comforts us
    In all trials, fears, and needs.
Blessed, holy Trinity,
Praise forever be to Thee!

 

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “The Trinity is Shown Clearly in God’s Word”

 

Athanasian Creed

C   Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.

Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.

And the catholic faith is this,

that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.

But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:

the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;

the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;

the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.

And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,

just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.

In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;

and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;

and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.

So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord;

and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.

Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.

The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.

The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.

Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;

but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.

Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.

He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age:

perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;

equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:

one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God;

one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,

who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,

ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.

And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

 

Offertory

C         Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH                       

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

P Heavenly Father, all authority in heaven and on earth comes from You. Provide Your holy instruction and wisdom to all those elected to public office, including our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and our Premier, Doug Ford. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Holy Spirit, You are our guide. Help all people to live out their vocations with discernment and faithfulness. Today we especially remember musicians and marketers, parents and children, cashiers and construction workers, husbands and wives, writers and researchers. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Heavenly Father, You preserve creation with continual care, yet have entrusted us to be stewards of creation. Lead us to make wise choices that reflect Your love and care for all creatures. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord Jesus Christ, You are our great physician. Bring healing and comfort to those who are suffering from mental illnesses, physical disabilities, stress, and every disease. Restore them to health, according to Your will. Grant them grace to endure their sufferings until You heal them in this life or the next. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Holy Spirit, You are our comforter. Be with those who mourn the deaths of loved ones. Bring them the comfort and consolation only You can give. Point them to the hope of the promised resurrection, which we see fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Heavenly Father, on the sixth day You proclaimed Your creation was “very good.” Though creation has fallen into sin, You still provide many moments of wonder and goodness. We praise and thank You today for all that You have given us. Bring us all into Your joy and peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord Jesus Christ, You revealed the mystery of the Trinity as You sent Your disciples to teach Your Word and baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Support us as we share with others the story of salvation accomplished by our triune God. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Holy Spirit, You are our counselor. Help us in a world full of division to bring unity and peace to our homes and schools, our workplaces and communities, our country and throughout the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we entrust all for whom we pray, knowing that You work together to deliver and defend us.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 507 Holy, Holy, Holy

1        Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

 

2        Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

 

3        Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
    Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
    Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

 

4        Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

 

Text: Public domain

 

Salutation

P   The Lord be with you.

C   And with thy spirit.

 

Benedicamus

A   Bless we the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C       Amen, amen, amen.

 

Hymn LSB 805 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

D             1        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.

 

Text: Public domain

 





Divine Service - The Day of Pentecost Service Outline

May 31, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 913 O Holy Spirit, Enter In

1        O Holy Spirit, enter in,
And in our hearts Your work begin,
    Your dwelling place now make us.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
    To joy and gladness wake us
        That we may be
    Truly living, to You giving
        Prayer unceasing
And in love be still increasing.

 

2        Give to Your Word impressive pow’r,
That in our hearts from this good hour
    As fire it may be glowing,
That in true Christian unity
We faithful witnesses may be,
    Your glory ever showing.
        Hear us, cheer us
    By Your teaching; let our preaching
        And our labor
Praise You, Lord, and serve our neighbor.

 

3        O mighty Rock, O Source of life,
Let Your dear Word, in doubt and strife,
    In us be strongly burning
That we be faithful unto death
And live in love and holy faith,
    From You true wisdom learning.
        Your grace and peace
    On us shower; by Your power
        Christ confessing,
Let us see our Savior’s blessing.

 

Text: Public domain

 

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

This Is the Feast

A This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.

C Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.

Power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and blessing and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation:

Blessing and honor and glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.

This is the feast of victory for our God, for the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign.

Alleluia, alleluia.

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Come Down, Lord”

 

Old Testament Reading              Numbers 11:24-30

24Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

          26Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 25:1–15

1To you, O Lord,
          I lift up my soul.
2O my God, in you I trust;
          let me not be put to shame;
          let not my enemies exult over me.
3Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
          they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
          teach me your paths.
5Lead me in your truth and teach me,
          for you are the God of my salvation;
          for you I wait all the day long.

6Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
          for they have been from of old.
7Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
          according to your steadfast love remember me,
          for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

8Good and upright is the Lord;
          therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9He leads the humble in what is right,
          and teaches the humble his way.
10All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
          for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11For your name’s sake, O Lord,
          pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12Who is the man who fears the Lord?
          Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13His soul shall abide in well-being,
          and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
          and he makes known to them his covenant.
15My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
          for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

          and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

          is now, and will be forever. Amen

 

Epistle Reading      Acts 2:1-21

1When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

          5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

          14But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
          and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
          and your old men shall dream dreams;
18even on my male servants and female servants
          in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show wonders in the heavens above
          and signs on the earth below,
                   blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20the sun shall be turned to darkness
          and the moon to blood,
                   before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventh chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 7:37-39

37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

A       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 502 Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven

1        Holy Spirit, the dove sent from heaven,
Ever one with the One who is Three,
    From the Father You came,
    Words of peace to proclaim,
Come and comfort us, speak tenderly.
You, the fragrance of life we are seeking;
Fill Your temple, Your altar make clean.
    Joyous shelter of love, gracious friend from above,
In Your care we are resting, serene.

 

2        Holy Spirit, the fire celestial,
Who on Pentecost came as foretold,
    To descend from on high
    And the Church occupy
As the cloud filled the temple of old;
All the baptized You seal with Your promise,
All believers Your gift there receive,
    So that all the elect— all in Christ—may expect
To enjoy what by grace they believe.

 

3        Holy Spirit, the unction of blessing,
Sacred oil of the green olive tree,
    Giving heat, giving light,
    As the tent lamps ignite
And as Aaron praised God joyfully.
Blessed living and life-giving water,
Now preserve us from evil within;
    For in Jesus, God’s Son, all believers are one
In this washing that cleanses from sin.

 

4        Holy Spirit, the wind of great power,
Source of strength and of peace and of love,
    Truest Comforter, plead,
    As You bring all our need
To the throne of God’s glory above.
Be the light that enlightens the Scriptures;
Keep our feet from each devilish snare;
    Only You can make whole
    All that troubles our soul;
By Your chrism, Christ’s triumph we share.

 

Text (sts. 1–4): © 2004 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House; (sts. 1s–4s): © 1977 Philip W. Blycker. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Sermon – “The Master Plan of Pentecost”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offertory

C   What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?

I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,

in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to

their needs.
Lord God, on this day we praise You for sending the light of Your salvation to the whole world by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit. Cause the light of Your saving Word to shine in our hearts and throughout the world that we with many may be brought to true repentance and strengthened in saving faith in Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Cause Your Spirit especially to lead, guide, and enlighten all pastors and those whom You have called to proclaim Your life-giving Word. By the same Spirit, help them to point us and the world to Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen again for the life of the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Even among the nations and those placed in the authority of government, cause Your light and Your truth to guide in the way of truth, both to the punishing of the ugliness of evil and to the praise of the beauty of all that is good. Give them wisdom to lead all people in the way of righteousness and peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P By Your Spirit, bring Your Word and assurance of deliverance, health, and healing to all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or adversity. Deliver, O Lord, especially those who are most helpless and those to whom death draws near. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P We give You thanks for all who have gone before us with the sign of faith, for all the saints through the ages, and especially our loved ones who now dwell in Your nearer presence and rest from their labors. Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, and bring us at last to the joys of Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy;

through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 496 Holy Spirit, Light Divine

1        Holy Spirit, light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shades of night away,
Turn the darkness into day.

 

2        Let me see my Savior’s face,
Let me all His beauties trace;
Show those glorious truths to me
Which are only known to Thee.

 

3        Holy Spirit, pow’r divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
In Thy mercy pity me,
From sin’s bondage set me free.

 

4        Holy Spirit, joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Yield a sacred, settled peace,
Let it grow and still increase.

 

5        Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down ev’ry idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.

 

Text: Public domain

 

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

 



May 24, 2020 – Divine Service Outline

Ascension Day (Observed)

 

Hymn LSB 493 A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing

1        A hymn of glory let us sing!
New hymns throughout the world shall ring:
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ, by a road before untrod,
Ascends unto the throne of God.
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

2        The holy apostolic band
Upon the Mount of Olives stand.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
And with His faithful foll’wers see
Their Lord ascend in majesty.
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

3        To them the shining angels cry,
“Why stand and gaze upon the sky?”
    Alleluia, alleluia!
“This is the Savior,” thus they say;
“This is His glorious triumph day!”
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

4        “You see Him now, ascending high
Up to the portals of the sky.”
    Alleluia, alleluia!
“Hereafter Jesus you shall see
Returning in great majesty.”
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

5        Be now our joy on earth, O Lord,
And be our future great reward.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
Then, throned with You forever, we
Shall praise Your name eternally.
    Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

          6        O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to You let earth accord:
    Alleluia, alleluia!
You are, while endless ages run,
With Father and with Spirit one.
    Alleluia, alleluia!
    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

A       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C       Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Antiphonal Alleluia”

 

First Reading          Acts 1:1-11

1In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

          4And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

          6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

 

Psalm 47; antiphon: v. 5

1Clap your hands, all peoples!
          Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
          a great king over all the earth.
3He subdued peoples under us,
          and nations under our feet.
4He chose our heritage for us,
          the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5God has gone up with a shout,
          the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6Sing praises to God, sing praises!
          Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7For God is the King of all the earth;
          sing praises with a psalm!

8God reigns over the nations;
          God sits on his holy throne.
9The princes of the peoples gather
          as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
          he is highly exalted!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

          and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

          is now, and will be forever. Amen

 

Epistle Reading      Ephesians 1:15-23

15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Luke 24:44-53

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

44Then [Jesus] said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

          50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message – Ascension Day (May 24 Observed)

 

Hymn LSB 491 Up through Endless Ranks of Angels

1        Up through endless ranks of angels,
    Cries of triumph in His ears,
To His heav’nly throne ascending,
    Having vanquished all their fears,
Christ looks down upon His faithful,
    Leaving them in happy tears.

 

2        Death-destroying, life-restoring,
    Proven equal to our need,
Now for us before the Father
    As our brother intercede;
Flesh that for our world was wounded,
    Living, for the wounded plead!

 

3        To our lives of wanton wand’ring
    Send Your Spirit, promised guide;
Through our lives of fear and failure
    With Your pow’r and love abide;
Welcome us, as You were welcomed,
    To an endless Eastertide.

 

          4        Alleluia, alleluia!
    Oh, to breathe the Spirit’s grace!
Alleluia, alleluia!
    Oh, to see the Father’s face!
Alleluia, alleluia!
    Oh, to feel the Son’s embrace!

Text: © 1974 Augsburg Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

 

Sermon – “Why Did Jesus Leave? What Is Jesus Doing Right Now?”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

P Receive, O God, our bodies and souls and all our talents, together with the offerings we bring You, for by His blood Your Son has purchased us to be Your own that we may live under Him in His kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us lift the needs of God’s people before the throne of grace and intercede for all people in Jesus’ name. Gracious Father, Jesus ascended to Your right hand, where He lives and reigns as the good King for all people with You and the Holy Spirit. Thank You that He did not leave us helpless but promised the Holy Spirit to fill us with Your love and energize us as Your witnesses in this world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Gracious Father, You call pastors to serve among Your people, proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name. Grant to all pastors Your Holy Spirit through Your Word that they may be filled with all boldness in proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and themselves as bondservants for Jesus’ sake. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Gracious Father, under the reign of the good King called Jesus, You appoint all who serve in positions of public service in this and every nation. Grant that all civil servants may discharge the duties of their offices with humility and instill in them a desire to protect and defend those among us who have no voice. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Gracious Father, You have created good this universe and all who inhabit it. Grant that all who suffer from the corrupting effects of human sin in Your good creation experience Your healing power both now and in the age to come. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

1        Sing with all the saints in glory,
    Sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story,
    To the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking;
    Soon the storms of time shall cease;
In God’s likeness we awaken,
    Knowing everlasting peace.

 

2        Oh, what glory, far exceeding
    All that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts for ages pleading
    Never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it;
    There on high our welcome waits.
Ev’ry humble spirit shares it,
    Christ has passed the_eternal gates.

 

3        Life eternal! Heav’n rejoices:
    Jesus lives who once was dead.
Shout with joy, O deathless voices!
    Child of God, lift up your head!
Life eternal! Oh, what wonders
    Crowd on faith; what joy unknown,
When, amid earth’s closing thunders,
    Saints shall stand before the throne!

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Service Outline – May 17, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 658 Preserve Your Word, O Savior

1        Preserve Your Word, O Savior, To us this latter day,
And let Your kingdom flourish; Enlarge Your Church, we pray.
O keep our faith from failing; Keep hope’s bright star aglow.
Let nothing from truth turn us, While living here below.

 

2        Preserve, O Lord, Your honor, The bold blasphemer smite;
Convince, convert, enlighten The souls in error’s night.
Reveal Your will, dear Savior, To all who dwell below,
Great light of all the living, That all Your name may know.

 

3        Preserve, O Lord, Your Zion,
    Bought dearly with Your blood;
Protect what You have chosen
    Against the hellish flood.
Be always our defender
    When dangers gather round;
When all the earth is crumbling,
    Safe may Your Church be found.

 

4        Preserve Your Word and preaching,
    The truth that makes us whole,
The mirror of Your glory,
    The pow’r that saves the soul.
Oh, may this living water,
    This dew of heav’nly grace,
Sustain us while here living
    Until we see Your face.

 

5        Preserve in wave and tempest
    Your storm-tossed little flock;
Assailed by wind and weather,
    May it endure each shock.
Stand at the helm, our pilot,
    And set the course aright;
Then we will reach the harbor
    In Your eternal light.

 

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Matins LSB 219

P       O Lord, open my lips,

C       and my mouth will declare Your praise.

P       Make haste, O God, to deliver me;

C       make haste to help me, O Lord.

C       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Praise to You, O Christ. Alleluia.

 

Psalmody

P       Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C       O come, let us worship Him.

 

Venite

C       O come, let us sing to the Lord,

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving,

let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise.

 

For the Lord is a great God

and a great king above all gods.

The deep places of the earth are in His hand;

the strength of the hills is His also.

 

The sea is His, for He made it,

and His hand formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down,

let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.

 

For He is our God,

and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

Psalmody

P       Blessed be God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

C       O come, let us worship Him.

 

Anthem – “I Believe” (video at home)

 

First Reading          Acts 17:16-31

16While Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

          22So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

29Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 

P         O Lord, have mercy on us.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 3:13-22

13Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

          18For 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, 19in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20because 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. 21Baptism, 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, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

 

P         O Lord, have mercy on us.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 14:15-21

15[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

          18“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

 

Responsory (Easter)

P       Sing to the Lord and bless His name, proclaim His salvation from day to day.

C       Give to the Lord all glory and strength, give Him the honor due His name. Alleluia, alleluia.

P       Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that sleep.

C       Give to the Lord all glory and strength, give Him the honor due His name. Alleluia, alleluia.

P       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

C       Give to the Lord all glory and strength, give Him the honor due His name. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 587 I Know My Faith Is Founded

1        I know my faith is founded On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;
And this my faith confessing, Unmoved I stand on His sure Word.
Our reason cannot fathom The truth of God profound;
Who trusts in human wisdom Relies on shifting ground.
God’s Word is all-sufficient, It makes divinely sure;
And trusting in its wisdom, My faith shall rest secure.

 

2        Increase my faith, dear Savior,
    For Satan seeks by night and day
To rob me of this treasure
    And take my hope of bliss away.
But, Lord, with You beside me,
    I shall be undismayed;
And led by Your good Spirit,
    I shall be unafraid.
Abide with me, O Savior,
    A firmer faith bestow;
Then I shall bid defiance
    To ev’ry evil foe.

 

3        In faith, Lord, let me serve You;
    Though persecution, grief, and pain
Should seek to overwhelm me,
    Let me a steadfast trust retain;
And then at my departure,
    Lord, take me home to You,
Your riches to inherit
    As all You said holds true.
In life and death, Lord, keep me
    Until Your heav’n I gain,
Where I by Your great mercy
    The end of faith attain.

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “The Truth of the Beginning”

 

Te Deum

C       We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.

All the earth now worships You, the Father everlasting.

To You all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the pow’rs therein.

To You cherubim and seraphim continually do cry:

 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Your glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise You.

The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise You.

 

The noble army of martyrs praise You.

The holy Church throughout all the world does acknowledge You:

The Father of an infinite majesty; Your adorable, true, and only Son;

also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

 

You are the king of glory, O Christ;

You are the everlasting Son of the Father.

 

When You took upon Yourself to deliver man,

You humbled Yourself to be born of a virgin.

When You had overcome the sharpness of death,

You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

 

You sit at the right hand of God

in the glory of the Father.

We believe that You will come

to be our judge.

 

We therefore pray You to help Your servants,

whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with Your saints

in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify You.
And we worship Your name forever and ever.

Grant, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Your mercy be upon us, as our trust is in You.
O Lord, in You have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

 

Offering

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord’s Prayer

C       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

P       O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

 

Additional Prayers

P       We give You praise and thanksgiving, almighty God, that You do not leave us or forsake us, but come to us and all the world by Your Holy Spirit working through Your Word. By His help, we worship and glorify You, and take continual refuge in Your great mercy and grace. Abide with us, and keep us close to You, that we may share in Your great life and love. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

P       Grant Your blessings and wisdom to all in the authority of government in our nation and throughout the world, who ultimately serve You in this historically difficult time. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

P       Comfort all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or adversity. Have mercy on those to whom death draws near. Bring consolation and the peace that passes understanding to those who are deep in sorrow. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

P       For all those who have gone before us with the sign of faith, we give thanks, and those who have loved and served You in Your Church who now rest from their labors. Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, and bring us at last to the joys of Your heaven kingdom. O Lord, hear my prayer.

C       And let my cry come to You.

 

Collect for Grace

P       O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, You have safely brought us to the beginning of this day. Defend us in the same with Your mighty power and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings, being ordered by Your governance, may be righteous in Your sight; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Benedicamus

P       Let us bless the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The grace of our Lord T Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 576 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

1        My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Refrain

 

ref      On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.

 

2        When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In ev’ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil. Refrain

 

3        His oath, His covenant and blood
Support me in the raging flood;
When ev’ry earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. Refrain

 

4        When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before His throne! Refrain

Text: Public domain




Fifth Sunday of Easter Service Outline – May 10, 2020

Mother’s Day

 

Prelude – Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane by Claude Debussy

Kayla Falkenholt – harp / Jared Falkenholt – piano

 

Hymn LSB 855 For All the Faithful Women

We sing of Mary, mother,

Fair maiden, full of grace.

She bore the Christ, our brother,

Who came to save our race.

May we, with her, surrender

Ourselves to Your command

And lay upon Your altar

Our gifts of heart and hand.

 

For Eunice and for Lois,

We sing our thanks and praise.

Young Timothy they nurtured

And led him in Your ways.

Raise up in ev’ry household

True teachers of Your Word

Whose lives will bear clear witness

To Christ, our risen Lord.

 

Recall the outcast woman

With whom the Lord conversed;

Christ gave her living water

To quench her deepest thirst.

Like hers, our hearts are yearning;

Christ offers up His Word.

Then may our lips be burning

To witness to our Lord.

 

O God, for saints and servants,
Those named and those unknown
In whom through all the ages

Your light of glory shone,
We offer glad thanksgiving
And fervent prayer we raise
That, faithful in Your service,
Our lives may sing Your praise.

 

       All praise to God the Father!
All praise to Christ the Son!
All praise the Holy Spirit,
Who binds the Church in one!
With saints who went before us,
With saints who witness still,
We sing glad Alleluias
And strive to do Your will.

 

Text: © 1993, 1997, 2003 GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C       But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P       Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned

in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition.

Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father,

seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

 

Confession of Sins

C       Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

C       To God on high be glory

          And peace to all the earth;

          Goodwill from God in heaven

          Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

          We praise and bless You, Father;

          Your holy name, we sing—

          Our thanks for Your great glory,

          Lord God, our heav’nly King.

 

To You, O sole-begotten,

          The Father’s Son, we pray;

          O Lamb of God, our Savior,

          You take our sins away.

          Have mercy on us, Jesus;

          Receive our heartfelt cry,

          Where You in pow’r are seated

          At God’s right hand on high—

 

For You alone are holy;

          You only are the Lord.

          Forever and forever,

          Be worshiped and adored;

          You with the Holy Spirit

          Alone are Lord Most High,

          In God the Father’s glory.

          “Amen!” our glad reply.

 

Salutation

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

 

Collect of the Day

P       Let us pray. O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Prayer for Mothers”

 

First Reading          Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60

                1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. 6These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

          7And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

          8And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. . . .

          2And Stephen said:

          “Brothers and fathers, hear me. . . .

          51You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

          54Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 2:2-10

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

          4As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
          a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

7So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the cornerstone,”

8and

“A stone of stumbling,
          and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

          9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia

C       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Verse

C       These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 14:1-14

1[Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

          8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

          12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

Hymn 475 (LW) Gracious Saviour, Gentle Shepherd

Gracious Saviour, gentle Shepherd, Children all are dear to You;

May Your loving arms enfold them In Your care their whole life through;

Fondly tend and safely keep them In Your mercy strong and true.

 

Tender Shepherd, never leave them, Never let them go astray;

By Your warning love directed, May they walk the narrow way!

Thus direct them, thus defend them Lest they fall as easy prey.

 

Cleanse their hearts from sinful folly In the stream Your love supplied,

Mingled stream of bloodand water Flowing from Your wounded side;

And to heav’nly pastures lead them, Where Your own still waters glide.

 

By Your holy Word instruct them; Fill their minds with heav’nly light;

By Your pow’rful grace constrain them Always to approve what’s right;

Let them know Your yoke is easy, Let them prove Your burden light.

Taught to lisp Your holy praises, Which on earth Your children sing,

With their lips and hearts, sincerely, Glad thank off’rings may they bring,

Then with all the saints in glory Join to praise their Lord and King.

 

Sermon – “Growing Up in Christ”

 

Nicene Creed

C       I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH                       

P       Jesus promised, “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Let us then confidently pray for all people in their various needs, the Church around the world, and ourselves in our community and congregation.

P       When we hear about and read about the needs of people in our own country, we are also reminded of the plight of so many people around the world today. Provide them, heavenly Father, with the leadership that they need. In Your mercy, give them food, clothing, shelter, and community. We remember before You those known to us who call out to You in distress of any sort. Give them healing, relief, and comfort as fits Your gracious plans. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       When we understand that the Early Church needed both lay and clergy leaders to faithfully serve You, O Lord, and the people around them, we consider the many gifts the Holy Spirit has placed within us. Open our eyes that we may use all those resources to preach the Word, offer counsel and aid, and announce the Gospel to our friends and neighbors. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       When we see Stephen’s bold witness even to death, gracious God, we recognize that the Church is facing opposition and persecution in many places around the world. Protect and guide Your people wherever the Gospel is proclaimed so that they may nevertheless announce Jesus as the only way, truth, and life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       When we hear Your promise, Lord Jesus, that Your followers will do great things, we know that we need Your strength and guidance so that we may do Your will in our various callings. Protect the armed forces of our country as they seek to support and protect us; guide emergency and medical personnel as they bring about healing and relief; bless farmers and merchants, musicians and artists, and elected and volunteer leaders in our communities. May they enable us all to rejoice and give thanks for each day You give us. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to You, our heavenly Father, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Into Your hands, heavenly Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn LSB LSB 785 We Praise You, O God

We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;
We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

 

We worship You, God of our mothers, we bless You;
Through trial and tempest our guide You have been.
When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,
And with Your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.

 

With voices united our praises we offer
And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.
To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!

 

Text: Public domain

 

Benedicamus

P       Let us bless the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord look upon you with favour and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

SPECIAL MUSIC – If you are interested in hearing an officially “after the service” special song, … please stay with us for one more musical selection

 

“A Mother Like You” by JJ Heller (adapted by Kayla & Jared Falkenholt)






Fourth Sunday of Easter Service Outline – May 3, 2020

Good Shepherd Sunday

 

Hymn LSB 710 The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want

1    The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want; He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me, the quiet waters by.

 

2    My soul He doth restore again, and me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness, e’en for His own name’s sake.

 

3    Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod, and staff me comfort still.

 

4    My table Thou hast furnished, in presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.

 

5    Goodness and mercy all my life, shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore, my dwelling place shall be.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P       Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C       who made heaven and earth.

P       I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C       and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Confession of Sins

P       O almighty God, merciful Father,

C       I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

Absolution

P   Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Gloria Patri

C       Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Kyrie

C       Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

P       Glory be to God on high:

C       and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,

we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.

O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.

Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,

art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Salutation

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And with thy spirit.

 

Collect of the Day

P       Let us pray. Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our

Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through

the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”

 

First Reading          Acts 2:42-47

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 2:19-25

19This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 10:1-10

1[Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

Hymn 756 Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me

1    Why should cross and trial grieve me? Christ is near, with His cheer;
Never will He leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
    That God’s Son, for me won, when His life was given?

 

2    When life’s troubles rise to meet me, though their weight, may be great,
They will not defeat me.
God, my loving Savior, sends them;
    He who knows, all my woes, knows how best to end them.

 

3    God gives me my days of gladness, and I will, trust Him still
When He sends me sadness.
God is good; His love attends me
    Day by day, come what may, guides me and defends me.

 

4    From God’s joy can nothing sever, for I am, His dear lamb,
He, my Shepherd ever.
I am His because He gave me
    His own blood, for my good, by His death to save me.

 

5    Now in Christ, death cannot slay me, though it might, day and night,
Trouble and dismay me.
Christ has made my death a portal
    From the strife, of this life, to His joy immortal!

 

Text (sts. 4–5): © 2004 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

Text (sts. 1–3): Public domain

 

 

Sermon – “Jesus Cares For You, For All”

 

Apostles’ Creed

C       I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

                   maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Offertory

C         Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH                        Psalm 23

P       Let us pray to God Almighty for people everywhere in their various needs, for the Church around the world, for all who are near and dear to us, and for ourselves. The Lord is my shepherd;

C       I shall not want.

P       We pray, O Lord, that wherever people are calling out to You, wanting for food, clothing, or shelter, that You will awaken in us and in government and social agencies care and compassion. Thus may the blessings You have showered on this planet be shared with them, bringing You all the praise. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       He makes me lie down in green pastures.

C       He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.

P       Sovereign God, we pray for all people who are suffering under the ravages of war between nations, civil unrest and revolution, and terror from extremists of all stripes. Raise up leaders who will work for peace and justice and will seek ways of reconciliation. Move government leaders to look in empathy on all who are denied basic human rights; lead them to make decisions to restore calm and human dignity for all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       He leads me in paths of righteousness

C       for His name’s sake.

P       O Holy Spirit, who uses Word and Sacrament to work faith in the hearts of all believers, we pray for the Church here and around the world. Grant opportunity for clergy and lay leaders to proclaim the Gospel, strengthening those who trust in Christ and leading many to their Savior. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,

C       for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

P       Lord Jesus, hear us as we pray for those we know who are calling out to You for healing of body or mind, who face this day with sudden crises, are enduing long term ill, or are looking through tears of sorrow. Grant them days of health, relief, and comfort as You accompany them on their journey. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

C       You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

P       Heavenly Father, grant strong faith to us and all who come to the Lord’s Supper this day. Bestow on us the blessings of life and salvation that flow from our Savior’s body and blood. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

P       Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

C       and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

P       These and any other things You would have us ask of You, heavenly Father, grant to us f          or the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, in whose name we pray.

C       Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn LSB LSB 711 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us

1        Savior, like a shepherd lead us; Much we need Your tender care.
In Your pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Your fold prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have bought us; we are Yours.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have bought us; we are Yours.

 

2        We are Yours; in love befriend us, Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Your flock, from sin defend us, Seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Hear us children when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Hear us children when we pray.

3        You have promised to receive us, Poor and sinful though we be;
You have mercy to relieve us, Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to You.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, Early let us turn to You.

 

4        Early let us seek Your favor, Early let us do Your will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior, With Your love our spirits fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, You have loved us, love us still.

 

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Salutation

P   The Lord be with you.

C   And with thy spirit.

 

Benedicamus

A   Bless we the Lord.

C   Thanks be to God.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C       Amen, amen, amen.

 

 




Third Sunday of Easter Service Outline – April 26, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 589 Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens

1    Speak, O Lord, Your servant listens,
    Let Your Word to me come near;
Newborn life and spirit give me,
    Let each promise still my fear.
Death’s dread pow’r, its inward strife,
Wars against Your Word of life;
    Fill me, Lord, with love’s strong fervor
    That I cling to You forever!

 

2    Oh, what blessing to be near You
    And to listen to Your voice;
Let me ever love and hear You,
    Let Your Word be now my choice!
Many hardened sinners, Lord,
Flee in terror at Your Word;
    But to all who feel sin’s burden
    You give words of peace and pardon.

 

3    Lord, Your words are waters living
    When my thirsting spirit pleads.
Lord, Your words are bread life-giving;
    On Your words my spirit feeds.
Lord, Your words will be my light
Through death’s cold and dreary night;
    Yes, they are my sword prevailing
    And my cup of joy unfailing!

 

4    As I pray, dear Jesus, hear me;
    Let Your words in me take root.
May Your Spirit e’er be near me
    That I bear abundant fruit.
May I daily sing Your praise,
From my heart glad anthems raise,
    Till my highest praise is given
    In the endless joy of heaven.

 

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Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

 

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

A       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C       Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “We Believe that This Is Jesus”

 

First Reading          Acts 2:14a, 36-41

14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . . 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 1:17-25

17If you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, 21who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Luke 24:13–35

13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

 

A       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn LSB 476 Who Are You Who Walk in Sorrow

1    Who are you who walk in sorrow
    Down Emmaus’ barren road,
Hearts distraught and hope defeated,
    Bent beneath grief’s crushing load?
Nameless mourners, we will join you,
    We who also mourn our dead;
We have stood by graves unyielding,
    Eaten death’s bare, bitter bread.

 

2    Who is this who joins our journey,
    Walking with us stride by stride?
Unknown Stranger, can You fathom
    Depths of grief for one who died?
Then the wonder! When we told You
    How our dreams to dust have turned,
Then You opened wide the Scriptures
    Till our hearts within us burned.

 

3    Who are You? Our hearts are opened
    In the breaking of the bread—
Christ the victim, now the victor
    Living, risen from the dead!
Great companion on our journey,
    Still surprise us with Your grace!
Make each day a new Emmaus;
    On our hearts Your image trace!

 

4    Who are we who travel with You
    On our way through life to death?
Women, men, the young, the aging,
    Wakened by the Spirit’s breath!
At the font You claim and name us,
    Born of water and the Word;
At the table still You feed us,
    Host us as our risen Lord!

 

5    “Alleluia! Alleluia!”
    Is the Easter hymn we sing!
Take our life, our joy, our worship
    As the gift of love we bring.
You have formed us all one people
    Called from ev’ry land and race.
Make the Church Your servant body,
    Sent to share Your healing grace!

 

Text: © 2000 National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Sermon – “Jesus Joins Us on Our Walk”

 

Nicene Creed

C   I believe in one God,

     the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth

          and of all things visible and invisible.

 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

     the only-begotten Son of God,

     begotten of His Father before all worlds,

     God of God, Light of Light,

     very God of very God,

     begotten, not made,

     being of one substance with the Father,

     by whom all things were made;

     who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

     and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

     and was made man;

     and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

     He suffered and was buried.

     And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

          and ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of the Father.

     And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

     whose kingdom will have no end.

 

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the Lord and giver of life,

     who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

     who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

     who spoke by the prophets.

     And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

     I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

     and I look for the resurrection of the dead

     and the life T of the world to come. Amen.

 

Offertory

C   What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?

I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people,

in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

 

Prayer of the Church

P    Let us pray for people around the world in their various needs, their nations and leaders, the Church wherever it proclaims Christ, and ourselves in this place.    

P   Raise up leaders in all the nations, Lord over all, so that they may seek ways that lead to peace with their neighbours as well as justice and compassion for their citizens. Give them a sense of service to replace their thirst for power. Guide and direct the armed forces of the world and all who keep the peace at home. We pray especially for those who serve our country and communities. Instill in them a desire to bring order from chaos and calm from conflict. Lord, in Your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.

P   For all whose faith and hope are in You, Lord our God, we pray Your protection and courage. Assure them of Your presence when they face opposition or persecution. Raise up and direct clergy and lay leaders to faithfully proclaim the truth of the resurrection. Open doors of opportunity here and wherever the Gospel is proclaimed, so that Your Church may grow in faith and in numbers. Lord, in Your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer. 

P   “All flesh is like grass,” and so, Lord Jesus, we ask You to strengthen and preserve all who call out to You with illnesses or disabilities, in sorrow and mourning, from isolation and fear. Surround them with caring health care professionals, understanding counselors, and concerned circles of family and friends. Bring about the health, relief, and joy You have in mind for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.

P   We pray for ourselves, on whom You have bestowed faith, O Holy Spirit. Strengthen our faith, that, with the disciples of Emmaus, our hearts may burn within us as we study the Word and gather for the breaking of the bread. Keep us strong in the faith, so that we may share it with the people around us, that they, too, may rejoice in the salvation our risen Lord offers to all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C   Hear our prayer.   

P   These and any other things You would have us ask of You, grant to us, heavenly Father, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

1    Let us ever walk with Jesus, follow His example pure,
Through a world that would deceive us, and to sin our spirits lure.
Onward in His footsteps treading, pilgrims here, our home above,
    Full of faith and hope and love, let us do the Father’s bidding.
    Faithful Lord, with me abide; I shall follow where You guide.

 

2    Let us suffer here with Jesus, and with patience bear our cross.
Joy will follow all our sadness; where He is, there is no loss.
Though today we sow no laughter, we shall reap celestial joy;
    All discomforts that annoy, shall give way to mirth hereafter.
    Jesus, here I share Your woe; help me there Your joy to know.

 

3    Let us gladly die with Jesus, since by death He conquered death,
He will free us from destruction, give to us immortal breath.
Let us mortify all passion, that would lead us into sin;
    And the grave that shuts us in, shall but prove the gate to heaven.
    Jesus, here with You I die, there to live with You on high.

 

4    Let us also live with Jesus, He has risen from the dead
That to life we may awaken. Jesus, You are now our head.
We are Your own living members; where You live, there we shall be
    In Your presence constantly, living there with You forever.
    Jesus, let me faithful be, life eternal grant to me.

 

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.






Second Sunday of Easter Service Outline – April 19, 2020

 

Hymn LSB 461 I Know That My Redeemer Lives

1    I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living head.

 

2    He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives all-glorious in the sky;
He lives exalted there on high.

 

3    He lives to bless me with His love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.

 

4    He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with His eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

 

5    He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.

 

6    He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

 

7    He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.

 

8    He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

 

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Invocation

P   In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C   Amen.

Exhortation

P       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Confession of Sins

P       Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C       Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what

we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our

neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the

sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so

that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name.

Amen.

 

Absolution

P       Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.

 

Kyrie

A       In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C       Lord, have mercy.

A       Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C       Amen.

 

Gloria in Excelsis

A       Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C       Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

A       Let us pray. Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Hymn LSB 713 From God Can Nothing Move Me

1    From God can nothing move me; He will not step aside
But gently will reprove me and be my constant guide.
    He stretches out His hand, in evening and in morning,
My life with grace adorning, wherever I may stand.

2    When those whom I regarded
    As trustworthy and sure
Have long from me departed,
    God’s grace shall still endure.
    He rescues me from sin
And breaks the chains that bind me.
I leave death’s fear behind me;
    His peace I have within.

 

3    The Lord my life arranges;
    Who can His work destroy?
In His good time He changes
    All sorrow into joy.
    So let me then be still:
My body, soul, and spirit
His tender care inherit
    According to His will.

 

4    Each day at His good pleasure
    God’s gracious will is done.
He sent His greatest treasure
    In Jesus Christ, His Son.
    He ev’ry gift imparts.
The bread of earth and heaven
Are by His kindness given.
    Praise Him with thankful hearts!

 

5    Praise God with acclamation
    And in His gifts rejoice.
Each day finds its vocation
    Responding to His voice.
    Soon years on earth are past;
But time we spend expressing
The love of God brings blessing
    That will forever last!

 

6    Yet even though I suffer
    The world’s unpleasantness,
And though the days grow rougher
    And bring me great distress,
    That day of bliss divine,
Which knows no end or measure,
And Christ, who is my pleasure,
    Forever shall be mine.

 

D 7    For thus the Father willed it,
    Who fashioned us from clay;
And His own Son fulfilled it
    And brought eternal day.
The Spirit now has come,
    To us true faith has given;
    He leads us home to heaven.
O praise the Three in One!

Text (sts. 1–2, 6): © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship; (sts. 3–5, 7): © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

 

First Reading          Acts 5:29-42

29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in honor by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36 For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, 40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      1 Peter 1:3-9

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

A         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         John 20:19–31

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

A       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Children’s Message

 

Hymn – This Easter Celebration (Tune: The Church’s One Foundation)

This Easter celebration is not like ones we've known.
We pray in isolation, we sing the hymns alone.
We're distant from our neighbors — from worship leaders, too.
No flowers grace the chancel to set a festive mood.

 

No gathered choirs are singing; no banners lead the way.
O God of love and promise, where's joy this Easter Day?
With sanctuaries empty, may homes become the place
we ponder resurrection and celebrate your grace.

 

Our joy won't come from worship that's in a crowded room
but from the news of women who saw the empty tomb.
Our joy comes from disciples who ran with haste to see —
who heard that Christ is risen, and then, by grace, believed.

 

In all the grief and suffering, may we remember well:
Christ suffered crucifixion and faced the powers of hell.
Each Easter bears the promise: Christ rose that glorious day!
Now nothing in creation can keep your love away.

 

We thank you that on Easter, your church is blessed to be
a scattered, faithful body that's doing ministry.
In homes and in the places of help and healing, too,
we live the Easter message by gladly serving you.

 

Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864 ("The Church's One Foundation")  
Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

 

Sermon – “Jesus’ Self-Isolation Brings Us Peace”

Apostles’ Creed

C   I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Special Music – “You Already Know” – J.J. Hiller

 

Offering Prayer

P Receive, O God, our bodies and souls and all our talents, together with the offerings we bring You, for by His blood Your Son has purchased us to be Your own that we may live under Him in His kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

Prayer of the Church

P    Almighty and most merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks for all Your goodness and tender mercies, especially for the gift of Your dear Son and for

the revelation of Your will and grace. Implant Your Word in us that, with good and honest

hearts, we may keep it and bring forth the fruits of faith. We humbly implore You to rule and

govern Your Church throughout the world. Bless all those who proclaim Your truth that we

may be preserved in the pure doctrine of Your saving Word and that faith in You may be

strengthened, love toward others increased, and Your kingdom extended. Send forth laborers

into Your harvest, and sustain those whom You have sent that the Word of reconciliation may

be proclaimed to all people and the Gospel preached in all the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.      

P Grant health and prosperity to all who are in authority, especially to the prime minister, the       premier and to all those who make, administer, and judge our laws. Grant them grace to rule according to Your good pleasure for the maintenance of righteousness and the hindrance and punishment of wickedness, that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. According to Your good pleasure, turn the hearts of our enemies and adversaries that they may cease their hostilities and walk with us in meekness and in peace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.

P Comfort, O God, with Your Holy Spirit all who are in trouble, want, sickness, anguish of labor, peril of death, or any other adversity. Grant courage and steadfastness especially to those who suffer for Your name’s sake that they may receive and accept their afflictions in the confidence that You will acknowledge them as Your own. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer. 

P Although we have deserved Your righteous wrath and punishment, yet, we ask You, O most merciful Father, not to remember the sins of our youth nor our many transgressions. Out of Your unspeakable goodness and mercy defend us from all harm and danger to body and soul. Preserve us from false doctrine, from war and bloodshed, from plague and pestilence, from all calamity by fire and water, from hail and tempest, from failure of harvest and from famine, from anguish of heart and despair of Your mercy. In every time of trouble, show Yourself a very present help, the Savior of all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.

P Cause all needed fruits of the earth to prosper that we may enjoy them in due season. Give success to the Christian training of the young, to all lawful occupations on land, sea, and air, and to all pure arts and useful knowledge, crowning them with Your blessing. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer.   

P These and whatsoever other things You would have us ask of You, O God, grant us for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your only Son, our Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

Luther’s Morning Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

P       Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C       Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;    

and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C       Amen.

 

Anthem – “Go, Now in Peace”

 






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