Worship Service Text

The Baptism of Our Lord - January 10, 2021

 

Hymn LSB 404 Jesus, Once with Sinners Numbered

Jesus, once with sinners numbered,

Had no blemish of His own;

In the waters of the Jordan

His true worth and work were shown:

Heaven opened and the Spirit

There descended like a dove,

As the Father’s voice resounded,

“Hear My Son, the One I love.”

 

John confessed Him as the Savior—

“Look, the sinless Lamb of God!”

Yet he dared not loose the sandals

Of the One God’s love had shod.

Oh, how fair the feet of Jesus,

Bringing news of peace to us,

Christ, the herald of salvation,

Preaching mercy from the cross:

 

This the baptism that our Savior

Greatly longed to undergo;

This the crimson cleansing needed

So the world God’s love might know;

This the mission of Messiah

As He stepped from Jordan’s stream,

He, the chosen and anointed

Son of God, sent to redeem.

 

Jesus, once with sinners numbered,

Full obedience was Your path;

You, by death, have consecrated

Water in this saving bath:

Dying to the sin of Adam,

Rising to a life of grace;

We are counted with the righteous,

Over us the cross You trace.

Text: © 1999 Stephen P. Starke, admin. 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.

 

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.

Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

 

Old Testament Reading:    Genesis 1:1–5

          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.

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading:        Romans 6:1–11

          1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

          5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 


 

Alleluia and Verse

C       Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

HOLY GOSPEL:         Mark 1:4–11

P       The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

          9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opening and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

God’s own child, I gladly say it:

I am baptized into Christ!

He, because I could not pay it,

Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any

That brought me salvation free
Lasting to eternity!

 

Sin, disturb my soul no longer:

I am baptized into Christ!

I have comfort even stronger:

Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.

Should a guilty conscience seize me

Since my Baptism did release me

In a dear forgiving flood,

Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

 


 

Satan, hear this proclamation:

I am baptized into Christ!

Drop your ugly accusation,

I am not so soon enticed.

Now that to the font I’ve traveled,

All your might has come unraveled,

And, against your tyranny,

God, my Lord, unites with me!

 

Death, you cannot end my gladness:\

I am baptized into Christ!

When I die, I leave all sadness

To inherit paradise!

Though I lie in dust and ashes

Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:

Baptism has the strength divine

To make life immortal mine.

 

There is nothing worth comparing

To this lifelong comfort sure!

Open-eyed my grave is staring:

Even there I’ll sleep secure.

Though my flesh awaits its raising,

Still my soul continues praising:

I am baptized into Christ;

I’m a child of paradise!

Text: © 1991 Robert E. Voelker. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Sermon – “God is at Work in Baptism”

 

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 in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we praise You for Your whole creation, for the beauty of the earth and for the orderly passage of days. As sin has brought only chaos and disorder to the lives of all, You therefore sent Your Son who, by Your Word and Spirit, has restored Your world through His cross and resurrection. Bring that same restoration to the lives of all those baptized into Christ that we may live our days in peace and joy. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Guard and bless those You continually send in Your name to proclaim the restoration of life through Your Word and Sacraments. Send Your Holy Spirit upon them as they preach Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, to the world. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Send Your light and truth to guide all in the authority of government that darkness and injustice not prevail but rather justice and peace through the faithful use of the law. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

P       Give courage and comfort to all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or trials, [especially . . .). Set them free in the forgiveness of their sins to faithfully look to You, the God of peace, healing, and life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C       hear our prayer.

 

Individual petitions may be added here.

 

P       We give You thanks for all those baptized into Christ who have gone before us and are now set free from sin in the presence of Your mercy. In fellowship with all Your saints, bring us 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.

 

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 405 To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord

To Jordan’s river came our Lord,

The Christ, whom heav’nly hosts adored,

The God from God, the Light from Light,

The Lord of glory, pow’r, and might.

 

The Savior came to be baptized—

The Son of God in flesh disguised—

To stand beneath the Father’s will

And all His righteousness fulfill.

 

As Jesus in the Jordan stood

And John baptized the Lamb of God,

The Holy Spirit, heav’nly dove,

Descended on Him from above.

 

Then from God’s throne with thund’rous sound

Came God’s own voice with words profound:

“This is My Son,” was His decree,

“The one I love, who pleases Me.”

 

The Father’s word, the Spirit’s flight

Anointed Christ in glorious sight

As God’s own choice, from Adam’s fall

To save the world and free us all.

 

Now rise, faint hearts, be resolute;

This man is Christ, our substitute!

He was baptized in Jordan’s stream,

Proclaimed Redeemer, Lord supreme.

Text: © 1993 James P. Tiefel. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

 



The Epiphany of Our Lord (Observed) January 3, 2021

Hymn LSB 394 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Songs of thankfulness and praise, Jesus, Lord, to Thee we raise,

Manifested by the star, to the sages from afar,

Branch of royal David’s stem, in Thy birth at Bethlehem:

Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream, Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;

And at Cana wedding guest, in Thy Godhead manifest;

Manifest in pow’r divine, changing water into wine;

Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Manifest in making whole, palsied limbs and fainting soul;

Manifest in valiant fight, quelling all the devil’s might;

Manifest in gracious will, ever bringing good from ill;

Anthems be to Thee addressed, God in man made manifest.

Sun and moon shall darkened be, stars shall fall, the heav’ns shall flee;

Christ will then like lightning shine, all will see His glorious sign;

All will then the trumpet hear, all will see the Judge appear;

Thou by all wilt be confessed, God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see Thee, Lord, present in Thy holy Word—

Grace to imitate Thee now and be pure, as pure art Thou;

That we might become like Thee, at Thy great epiphany

And may praise Thee, ever blest, God in man made manifest.

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.

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, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 60:1–6

1Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the LORD will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.

3And nations shall come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your rising.

4Lift up your eyes all around, and see;

they all gather together, they come to you;

your sons shall come from afar,

and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.

5Then you shall see and be radiant;

your heart shall thrill and exult,

because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,

the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

6A multitude of camels shall cover you,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah;

all those from Sheba shall come.

They shall bring gold and frankincense,

and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Ephesians 3:1–12

1For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. 4When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. 6This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. 8To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, 10so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Video – “The Fourth Wise Man” by The Skit Guys

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. Matthew, the second chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 2:1-12

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

A This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 839 O Christ, Our True and Only Light

O Christ, our true and only light, enlighten those who sit in night;

Let those afar now hear Your voice, and in Your fold with us rejoice.

Fill with the radiance of Your grace, the souls now lost in error’s maze;

Enlighten those whose inmost minds, some dark delusion haunts and blinds.

O gently call those gone astray, that they may find the saving way!

Let ev’ry conscience sore oppressed, in You find peace and heav’nly rest.

Shine on the darkened and the cold; recall the wand’rers to Your fold.

Unite all those who walk apart; confirm the weak and doubting heart,

That they with us may evermore, such grace with wond’ring thanks adore

And endless praise to You be giv’n, by all Your Church in earth and heav’n.

Text: Public domain

Sermon – “A Gift For Us – To Be Shared”

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 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. For the peace of the whole world, that wars cease and that people of every nation find lasting, perfect peace in Jesus, the Prince of Peace, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon all nations.

P For those who profess faith in Jesus Christ in every corner of creation, that the journey of the Wise Men inspires us to follow the light of the Gospel and spread the Word of salvation throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon Your Church.

P For those who lead and guide us in our congregations, schools and seminaries, that they be strengthened in their service to the Church in honor and praise to Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon Your servants.

P For those who bring their tithes and offerings to the Lord that, like the gold, frankincense, and myrrh of the Wise Men, these gifts be pleasing in God’s sight and provide many blessings to His Church, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon all who give.

P For those who lay down their lives for their fellow men and women, including first responders, members of law enforcement, doctors and nurses, and those who wear the uniform of our country, that they take shelter in the arms of our Savior, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon those who sacrifice their lives.

P For those who are sick and hospitalized, shut-in and homebound, and for all who are sick in heart, mind, and body, that their lives be touched by our Father’s healing mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light shine upon all those who suffer.

P For these and all other prayers and intercessions we have, that the petitions of our hearts may be known to the One who knows and loves us all, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, let Your light lead us to You. In the name of Jesus, we pray. 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 400 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining; low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;

Angels adore Him in slumber reclining, Maker and Monarch and Savior of all.

Shall we not yield Him, in costly devotion, fragrance of Edom and off’rings divine,

Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean, myrrh from the forest and gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation, vainly with gifts would His favor secure.

Richer by far is the heart’s adoration; dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;

Star of the East, the horizon adorning, guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.




December 20, 2020 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

Hymn: Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord LSB 352

Let the earth now praise the Lord,

Who has truly kept His word

And at last to us did send

Christ, the sinner’s help and friend.

What the fathers most desired,

What the prophets’ heart inspired,

What they longed for many_a year,

Stands fulfilled in glory here.

Abram’s promised great reward,

Zion’s helper, Jacob’s Lord—

Him of twofold race behold—

Truly came, as long foretold.

As Your coming was in peace,

Quiet, full of gentleness,

Let the same mind dwell in me

Which is Yours eternally.

Bruise for me the serpent’s head

That, set free from doubt and dread,

I may cling to You in faith,

Safely kept through life and death.

Then when You will come again

As the glorious king to reign,

I with joy will see Your face,

Freely ransomed by Your grace.

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 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 and call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, 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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16

1Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.”

4But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. . . .

16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: Romans 16:25–27

25Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 1:26-38

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came LSB 356

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,

With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:

“All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,

Most highly favored lady.”

    Gloria!

 “For know a blessèd mother thou shalt be,

All generations laud and honor thee;

Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,

Most highly favored lady.”

    Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;

“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said.

“My soul shall laud and magnify God’s holy name.”

Most highly favored lady,

    Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born

In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,

And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:

“Most highly favored lady.”

    Gloria!

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Sermon – “The True Nature of a Servant”

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

Pastor: Let us come before our Lord in prayer, asking Him to hear our prayer and grant us love.

Lord of love, during this season of Advent, prepare our hearts that we would be made ready to receive Your Son as He comes in His incarnation and birth, but also in His body and blood. Make us ever ready for His final coming on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, You have called Your Church to bear witness to Christ’s redeeming work. Grant that we boldly proclaim the Good News of the One who brings joy to the world through His life, death, and resurrection, that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, You have instructed us to pray for workers in your harvest field. Raise up faithful and loving teachers of Your Word so that Christ may be proclaimed near and far. Make us Your instruments to encourage and equip individuals for work in Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, we ask that You stretch forth Your almighty arm to protect the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our land. Support them, granting them courage and loyalty. Strengthen them to serve with integrity and honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, You are the creator and sustainer of all things. According to Your will, grant healing to those who suffer in body and mind. Look with favor upon Your servants, and if it is Your will, restore them to health, or give them grace to accept tribulation, knowing that Your grace is sufficient for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Lord of love, thank You for calling us to be Your people through Holy Baptism. Make us ready to receive Your Supper as we remember the One who is truly present in this Meal as He comes to us in Holy Communion. Lord, in Your mercy,

People: hear our prayer and grant us love.

Pastor: Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy and Your promise to hear us for the sake of the One in whose name we come, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

People: Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Lord’s Prayer

P Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ, and grant us peace, O Lord, we pray.

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and keep you steadfast in the one true faith to life everlasting. Live T in God’s peace.

C Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

C O Lord, now let Your servant, depart in heav’nly peace,

For I have seen the glory, of Your redeeming grace:

A light to lead the Gentiles, unto Your holy hill,

The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel.

All glory to the Father, all glory to the Son,

All glory to the Spirit, forever Three in One;

For as in the beginning, is now, shall ever be,

God’s triune name resounding, through all eternity.

Post-Communion Collect

P We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; 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 and Benediction

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

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: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You LSB 334

O Lord, how shall I meet You,

    How welcome You aright?

Your people long to greet You,

    My hope, my heart’s delight!

O kindle, Lord most holy,

    Your lamp within my breast

To do in spirit lowly

    All that may please You best.

Your Zion strews before You

    Green boughs and fairest palms;

And I too will adore You

    With joyous songs and psalms.

My heart shall bloom forever

    For You with praises new

And from Your name shall never

    Withhold the honor due.

I lay in fetters, groaning;

    You came to set me free.

I stood, my shame bemoaning;

    You came to honor me.

A glorious crown You give me,

    A treasure safe on high

That will not fail or leave me

    As earthly riches fly.

Love caused Your incarnation;

    Love brought You down to me.

Your thirst for my salvation

    Procured my liberty.

Oh, love beyond all telling,

    That led You to embrace

In love, all love excelling,

    Our lost and fallen race.

Sin’s debt, that fearful burden,

    Cannot His love erase;

Your guilt the Lord will pardon

    And cover by His grace.

He comes, for you procuring

    The peace of sin forgiv’n,

His children thus securing

    Eternal life in heav’n.

He comes to judge the nations,

    A terror to His foes,

A light of consolations

    And blessèd hope to those

Who love the Lord’s appearing.

    O glorious Sun, now come,

Send forth Your beams so cheering,

    And guide us safely home.

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December 13, 2020 – Third Sunday in Advent

Hymn: Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding LSB 345

Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding! “Christ is near,” we hear it say.

“Cast away the works of darkness, All you children of the day!”

Startled at the solemn warning, Let the earthbound soul arise;

Christ, its sun, all sloth dispelling, Shines upon the morning skies.

See, the Lamb, so long expected, Comes with pardon down from heav’n.

Let us haste, with tears of sorrow, One and all, to be forgiv’n;

So, when next He comes in glory, And the world is wrapped in fear,

He will shield us with His mercy, And with words of love draw near.

DHonor, glory, might, dominion, To the Father and the Son

  With the ever-living Spirit, While eternal ages run!

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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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11

1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

4They shall build up the ancient ruins;

they shall raise up the former devastations;

they shall repair the ruined cities,

the devastations of many generations. . . .

8For I the LORD love justice;

I hate robbery and wrong;

I will faithfully give them their recompense,

and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,

and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;

all who see them shall acknowledge them,

that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed.

10I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;

my soul shall exult in my God,

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise

to sprout up before all the nations.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.

23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL: John 1:6–8, 19–28

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. . . .

19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn: What Hope! An Eden Prophesied LSB 342

What hope! An Eden prophesied

Where tame live with the wild;

The lamb and lion side by side,

Led by a little child!

A shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stem,

A branch from David’s line,

A Prince of Peace in Bethlehem:

The fruit of God’s design.

As banner of God’s love unfurled,

Christ came to suffer loss,

That by His death a dying world

Would rally to the cross.

Come, Jesus, come, Messiah Lord,

Lost Paradise restore;

Lead past the angel’s flaming sword—

Come, open heaven’s door.

Text: © 1998 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Rejoice in God’s Redundant Word”

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.

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. For the gift of God’s peace to rest upon all His saints, that we may know the blessing of His forgiveness in the cross and resurrection of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, have mercy.

P For the holy Christian Church, which is the communion of saints, remembering especially those who have gone home to heaven, that the saving Gospel of Christ may be proclaimed both here and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, send forth Your saving Word.

P For our native land, our local community, and for all who lead and govern us, that the saints of God may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, grant Your favor to our land.

P For all those who are in need, for those who hunger both physically and spiritually, and for all those who feel lost and are without a home, that they may come to the Father’s house of mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, guide us unto You.

P For those who are sick, hospitalized, and homebound, for those who are recovering from surgery and for those who await procedures in the coming days, that they may be consoled by the faithful care of the Great Physician, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, give healing and strength to all who are in need.

P For these and all other concerns we have, that coming before our faithful Father, we may take refuge in His never-failing care for all His saints, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, we give You thanks and praise; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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: Hark the Glad Sound LSB 349 LSB 349 LSB 349

Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes,

The Savior promised long;

Let ev’ry heart prepare a throne

And ev’ry voice a song.

He comes the pris’ners to release,

In Satan’s bondage held.

The gates of brass before Him burst,

The iron fetters yield.

He comes the broken heart to bind,

The bleeding soul to cure,

And with the treasures of His grace

To enrich the humble poor.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim,

And heav’n’s eternal arches ring

With Thy belovèd name.

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December 6, 2020 – Second Sunday in Advent

Hymn LSB 338 - Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art,

Dear desire of ev’ry nation, Joy of ev’ry longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver; Born a child and yet a king!

Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By Thine own eternal Spirit Rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all-sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

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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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading Isaiah 40:1–11

1Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her

that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned,

that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

3A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;

make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together,

for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?”

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.

7The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it;

surely the people are grass.

8The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

9Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news;

lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news;

lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah,

“Behold your God!”

10Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him;

behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.

11He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms;

he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 2 Peter 3:8–14

8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 1:1–8

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the first chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” 4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 344 - On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry

Announces that the Lord is nigh;

Awake and hearken, for he brings

Glad tidings of the King of kings!

Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin;

Make straight the way for God within,

And let us all our hearts prepare

For Christ to come and enter there.

We hail Thee as our Savior, Lord,

Our refuge and our great reward;

Without Thy grace we waste away

Like flow’rs that wither and decay.

Lay on the sick Thy healing hand

And make the fallen strong to stand;

Show us the glory of Thy face

Till beauty springs in ev’ry place.

D All praise, eternal Son, to Thee

   Whose advent sets Thy people free,

   Whom with the Father we adore

   And Holy Spirit evermore.

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Sermon – “How Do We React to Warnings?”

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 Let us come before our Lord in prayer, asking Him to hear our prayer and grant us peace. Lord of peace, during this season of Advent, prepare our hearts that we would be made ready to receive Your Son as He comes in His incarnation and birth, but also in His body and blood. Make us ever ready for His final coming on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, You have called Your Church to bear witness to Christ’s redeeming work. Grant that we boldly proclaim the Good News of the One who brings joy to the world through His life, death, and resurrection, that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, You have instructed us to pray for workers in Your harvest field. Raise up faithful and loving teachers of Your Word so that Christ may be proclaimed near and far. Make us Your instruments to encourage and equip individuals for work in Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, we ask that You stretch forth Your almighty arm to protect the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our land. Support them, granting them courage and loyalty. Strengthen them to serve with integrity and honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, You are the creator and sustainer of all things. According to Your will, grant healing to those who suffer in body and mind. Look with favor upon Your servants, and if it is Your will, restore them to health, knowing that Your grace is sufficient for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Lord of peace, thank You for calling us to be Your people through Holy Baptism. Make us ready to receive Your Supper as we remember the One who is truly present in this Meal as He comes to us in Holy Communion. Lord, in Your mercy,

C Hear our prayer and grant us peace.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy and Your promise to hear us for the sake of the One in whose name we come, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

C Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

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

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. 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.

Post-Communion Collect

P Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C 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 347 - Comfort, Comfort Ye My People

“Comfort, comfort ye My people, Speak ye peace,” thus saith our God;

“Comfort those who sit in darkness, Mourning ’neath their sorrows’ load.

Speak ye to Jerusalem Of the peace that waits for them;

Tell her that her sins I cover And her warfare now is over.”

Yea, her sins our God will pardon, Blotting out each dark misdeed;

All that well deserved His anger He no more will see or heed.

She hath suffered many_a day, Now her griefs have passed away;

God will change her pining sadness Into ever-springing gladness.

Hark, the herald’s voice is crying In the desert far and near,

Calling sinners to repentance, Since the Kingdom now is here.

O that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way;

Let the valleys rise to meet Him And the hills bow down to greet Him.

Make ye straight what long was crooked; Make the rougher places plain.

Let your hearts be true and humble, As befits His holy reign.

For the glory of the Lord Now o’er earth is shed abroad,

And all flesh shall see the token That His Word is never broken.

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November 29, 2020 – First Sunday in Advent

Hymn LSB 331 The Advent of Our King

The advent of our King, our prayers must now employ,

And we must hymns of welcome sing, in strains of holy joy.

The everlasting Son, Incarnate deigns to be,

Himself a servant’s form puts on, to set His servants free.

O Zion’s daughter, rise, to meet your lowly King,

Nor let your faithless heart despise, the peace He comes to bring.

As judge, on clouds of light, He soon will come again

And His true members all unite, with Him in heav’n to reign.

Before the dawning day, let sin’s dark deeds be gone,

The sinful self be put away, the new self now put on.

D All glory to the Son, Who comes to set us free,

With Father, Spirit, ever one, through all eternity.

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 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 and 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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 64:1-9

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! 3When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. 5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? 6We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities. 8But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 11:1-10

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

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1When they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 545 Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Word of God, come down on earth, living rain from heav’n descending;

Touch our hearts and bring to birth, faith and hope and love unending.

Word almighty, we revere You; Word made flesh, we long to hear You.

Word eternal, throned on high, Word that brought to life creation,

Word that came from heav’n to die, crucified for our salvation,

Saving Word, the world restoring, speak to us, Your love outpouring.

Word that caused blind eyes to see, speak and heal our mortal blindness;

Deaf we are: our healer be; loose our tongues to tell Your kindness.

Be our Word in pity spoken, heal the world, by sin now broken.

Word that speaks God’s tender love, one with God beyond all telling,

Word that sends us from above, God the Spirit, with us dwelling,

Word of truth, to all truth lead us; Word of life, with one bread feed us.

Text: © 1969 OCP Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “The Three-Fold Coming of Our Lord”

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.

Prayer of the Church

P Let us come before our Lord in prayer, asking Him to hear our prayer and

grant us hope. Lord of hope, during this season of Advent, prepare our hearts that

we would be made ready to receive Your Son as He comes in His incarnation and

birth. Make us ready for His final coming on the Last Day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, You have called Your Church to bear witness to Christ’s

redeeming work. Grant that we boldly proclaim the Good News of the One who

brings joy to the world through His life, death, and resurrection, that all who hear it

may receive the gift of salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, You have instructed us to pray for workers in Your harvest

field. Raise up faithful and loving teachers of Your Word so that Christ may be

proclaimed near and far. Make us Your instruments to encourage and equip

individuals for work in Your Church. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, we ask that You stretch forth Your almighty arm to protect the

men and women who serve in the Armed Forces of our land. Support them,

granting them courage and loyalty. Strengthen them to serve with integrity and

honor. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, You are the creator and sustainer of all things. According to

Your will, grant healing to those who suffer in body and mind. Look with favor

upon Your servants, and if it is Your will, restore them to health, or give them

grace to accept tribulation, knowing that Your grace is sufficient for them. Lord, in

Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Lord of hope, give us grace to trust You during these times of great distress.

In mercy, put an end to this pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who

suffer, and comfort all who mourn. Sustain all medical personnel and other frontline

workers, and build up in us concern and care for one another. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer and grant us hope.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your

mercy and Your promise to hear us for the sake of the One in whose name we

come, Your Son, Jesus Christ.

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 332 Savior of the Nations, Come

Savior of the nations, come, virgin’s Son, make here Your home!

Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.

Not by human flesh and blood, by the Spirit of our God,

Was the Word of God made flesh— woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.

Here a maid was found with child, yet remained a virgin mild.

In her womb this truth was shown: God was there upon His throne.

Then stepped forth the Lord of all, from His pure and kingly hall;

God of God, yet fully man, His heroic course began.

God the Father was His source, back to God He ran His course.

Into hell His road went down, back then to His throne and crown.

For You are the Father’s Son, who in flesh the vict’ry won.

By Your mighty pow’r make whole, all our ills of flesh and soul.

From the manger newborn light, shines in glory through the night.

Darkness there no more resides; in this light faith now abides.

D Glory to the Father sing, glory to the Son, our king,

Glory to the Spirit be, now and through eternity.




November 22, 2020 – Confirmation Sunday /

Last Sunday of the Church Year

Hymn LSB 725 Children of the Heavenly Father

Children of the heav’nly Father, safely in His bosom gather;

Nestling bird nor star in heaven, such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish; in His holy courts they flourish.

From all evil things He spares them; in His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever, from the Lord His children sever;

Unto them His grace He showeth, and their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh, God His children ne’er forsaketh;

His the loving purpose solely, to preserve them pure and holy.

Text: © Augsburg 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. Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead. Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

What my Christian faith means to me? – by Adam Daniel Michels

Old Testament Reading Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24

11“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord GOD. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. . . .

20“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

What my Christian faith means to me? – by Addison Ella Kaukinen

Epistle Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

What my Christian faith means to me? – by Grace Faith Violet Hintikka

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46

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

C Glory to You, O Lord.

31[Jesus said:] “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 687 Thine Forever, God of Love

Thine forever, God of love! Hear us from Thy throne above;

Thine forever may we be, here and in eternity!

Thine forever! Oh, how blest, they who find in Thee their rest!

Savior, guardian, heav’nly friend, O defend us to the end!

Thine forever, Lord of Life! Shield us through our earthly strife.

Thou, the life, the truth, the way, guide us to the realms of day.

Thine forever! Shepherd, keep, these Thy frail and trembling sheep;

Safe alone beneath Thy care, let us all Thy goodness share.

Thine forever! Thou our guide, all our wants by Thee supplied,

All our sins by Thee forgiv’n; lead us, Lord, from earth to heav’n.

Text: Public domain

Sermon – “How God Comes to Us”

Rite of Confirmation

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. We pray for the whole Christian community around the world that, as people united in faith, we may witness to the good news that is ours in Christ Jesus. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for all nations of the earth, that in those places where strife and discord rule, there may be peace. And we pray for our own nation, that it may seek to bring that which is good and God-pleasing about in every global situation. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for all those who labor in the fields of the Lord, that the Good Shepherd would lead them to pleasant pastures and give them joy in their callings. And we pray that the God of all grace would continue to raise up men and women to serve in vocations of service in the Church. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for our lives and for the situations in which we are placed day by day at home, in the workplace, in schools, or wherever our paths lead us, that we may be peacemakers and peace bringers, carrying out the command to love one another as our Lord has loved us. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for Grace, Addison and Adam, as they have professed their faith and will receive the Lord’s body and blood for the first time. Continue to provide for all of their needs of body and soul. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P We pray for the special needs of this day, including health and family concerns, joys and sorrows, and all that is on our hearts. We remember especially the Salmi and Miller families. Wrap them in the consolation of your love and promise of eternal life. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

P With gratitude, we remember all those who have completed their earthly journeys in faith, whose witness remains to bless and inspire us. May we with confidence follow in their footsteps and be led by the Holy Spirit. Together we say:

C Amen and amen.

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

C Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them up unto the Lord.

P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.

C It is meet and right so to do.

Proper Preface

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth; heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen.

Distribution

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. 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.

Thanksgiving

P O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,

C and His mercy endureth forever.

P Let us pray. O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Salutation and Benedicamus

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Bless we 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 lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C Amen, amen, amen.

Hymn LSB 829 Christ the Eternal Lord

Christ the eternal Lord, whose promise here we claim,

Whose gifts of grace are freely poured, on all who name Your name;

With thankfulness and praise, we stand before Your throne,

Intent to serve You all our days, and make Your glory known.

Christ the unchanging Word, to ev’ry passing age,

Whose timeless teachings still are heard, set forth on Scripture’s page;

Transform our thought and mind, enlighten all who read,

Within Your Word by faith to find, the bread of life indeed.

Christ the redeeming Son, who shares our human birth,

And by His death salvation won, for ev’ry child of earth;

Inspire our hearts, we pray, to tell Your love abroad,

That all may honor Christ today, and follow Him as Lord.

Christ the unfading Light, of everlasting day,

Our Morning Star in splendor bright, the Life, the Truth, the Way;

That light of truth You give, to servants as to friends,

Your way to walk, Your life to live, till earth’s brief journey ends.

Christ the ascended King, exalted high above,

Whose praise unending ages sing, whom yet unseen we love;

When mortal life is past, Your voice from heaven’s throne

Shall call Your children home at last, to know as we are known.



November 15, 2020 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymn LSB 914 Light of Light, O Sole-Begotten

Light of Light, O Sole-Begotten, radiance of the Father’s face,

Word made flesh, who lived among us, full of truth and full of grace,

Shine upon our human darkness; pierce the night that shrouds our race.

Word eternal, through Your being, God created all we see,

When the empty spaces echoed, with the Father’s “Let there be . . . ”

Light and life burst from the glorious, power of Your majesty!

Still Your brooding Spirit hovers, over chaos, dark and deep,

Calling out with invitation: “Rise, awaken from your sleep;

Christ the Lord will shine upon you, and from death your soul shall keep.”

Come, Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit, in our hearts Your work begin,

Bring the healing restoration, of Your image lost by sin;

From Your fullness all receiving, grace on grace, new life within!

Text: © 1992 Stephen P. Starke, admin. 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 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 and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Zephaniah 1:7–16

7Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. 8And on the day of the LORD’s sacrifice - “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. 9On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud. 10“On that day,” declares the LORD, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. 11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The LORD will not do good, nor will he do ill.’

13Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there.

15A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Holy Gospel Matthew 25:14-30

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

C Glory to You, O Lord.

14[Jesus said:] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 515 Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

Rejoice, rejoice, believers, and let your lights appear;

The evening is advancing, and darker night is near.

The Bridegroom is arising, and soon is drawing nigh.

Up, pray and watch and wrestle; at midnight comes the cry.

The watchers on the mountain, proclaim the Bridegroom near;

Go forth as He approaches, with alleluias clear.

The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.

Arise, O heirs of glory; the Bridegroom is at hand.

The saints, who here in patience, their cross and suff’rings bore,

Shall live and reign forever, when sorrow is no more.

Around the throne of glory, the Lamb they shall behold;

In triumph cast before Him, their diadems of gold.

Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;

Arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.

With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see

The day of earth’s redemption, that sets Your people free!

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Sermon – “How Do You See God?”

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.

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. We bless You, O God, for the gift of the Church, our place of nurture and of refuge. May the Church continue to be faithful in sharing the message of salvation and in distributing the gifts You have for Your people. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P We thank You, O God, for the world in which we live and for the human family of which we are a part. May all who are in positions of leadership around the world find ways that lead to peace and security. Help us to be bringers of light into places that are darkened, that our lives may be marked by service in the name of Christ, who has served us with love and forgiveness. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P When You created the world, O God, You called it good. We know that sin has darkened and marred much of that original good creation. Direct our ways, O God, toward a respectful use of the earth, that we may be faithful stewards in our time, leaving a legacy for those who come after us until the time of the return of Christ, who will establish a new heaven and a new earth. In mercy, O Lord,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord, You know all things. You know our needs and the needs of others even before we speak of them with words or in our hearts. Hear our petitions for those who are hospitalized or ill, for those who are shut in or find their lives limited in some way, for those whose work is unfulfilling or who have no work at all, for those who are grieving on this day, and for those who seek some special blessing, that their lives may know Your presence. In mercy, O Lord,

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 and Savior.

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 784 Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise,

Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them move, at the impulse of Thy love;

Take my feet and let them be, swift and beautiful for Thee,

Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing, always, only for my King;

Take my lips and let them be, filled with messages from Thee,

Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect and use, ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose,

Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine, it shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be Thy royal throne,

It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour, at Thy feet its treasure store;

Take myself, and I will be, ever, only, all for Thee,

Ever, only, all for Thee.

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November 8, 2020 –23rd Sunday after Pentecost

Hymn LSB 575 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

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.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

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.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

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.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

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!

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

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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 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 and call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, 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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Old Testament Reading Amos 5:18–24

18Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!

Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light,

19as if a man fled from a lion,

and a bear met him,

or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall,

and a serpent bit him.

20Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light,

and gloom with no brightness in it?

21“I hate, I despise your feasts,

and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,

I will not accept them;

and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,

I will not look upon them.

23Take away from me the noise of your songs;

to the melody of your harps I will not listen.

24But let justice roll down like waters,

and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 25:1-13

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

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1[Jesus said:] “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

“Wake, awake, for night is flying,” the watchmen on the heights are crying;

“Awake, Jerusalem, arise!”

Midnight hears the welcome voices, and at the thrilling cry rejoices:

“Oh, where are ye, ye virgins wise?

The Bridegroom comes, awake! Your lamps with gladness take! Alleluia!

With bridal care, yourselves prepare, to meet the Bridegroom, who is near.”

Zion hears the watchmen singing, and all her heart with joy is springing;

She wakes, she rises from her gloom.

For her Lord comes down all-glorious, the strong in grace, in truth victorious;

Her star is ris’n, her light is come.

Now come, Thou Blessed One, Lord Jesus, God’s own Son, hail! Hosanna!

We enter all, the wedding hall, to eat the Supper at Thy call.

Now let all the heav’ns adore Thee, let saints and angels sing before Thee

With harp and cymbals’ clearest tone.

Of one pearl each shining portal, where, joining with the choir immortal,

We gather round Thy radiant throne.

No eye has seen the light, no ear has heard the might, of Thy glory;

Therefore will we, eternally, sing hymns of praise and joy to Thee!

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Sermon – “Being Wise About Salvation”

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 Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. We pray for the Church, the gathering of God’s forgiven people, that we may support and encourage one another as we await the day of the Lord’s return.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We pray for our nation, our province, our local community, and our neighborhoods. May justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream in our courts and in all centers of government, that we may lead lives that are peaceful and peaceable.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We pray for all those with special needs in these times, including the sick and hospitalized, the shut-ins, those facing challenges in employment or in any other parts of their lives, that their needs may be met according to God’s gracious plan. This day we remember all those in need of our prayers.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We pray, O Lord, that we may use all of the good gifts You have given us with thanksgiving, caring for our own bodies, using the talents we have been given, and seeking to be the neighbors and friends You have designed us to be.

C In mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

P We thank You, Lord, for the witness left to us by Your saints, those we have known personally in our lives and those from times past whose witness continues to inspire and inform us. May Your Holy Spirit lead us each day to be those people who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with You as we await the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.

C In mercy, Lord, 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.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God, You take the sin of the world away;

Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ, and grant us peace, O Lord, we pray.

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and keep you steadfast in the one true faith to life everlasting. Live T in God’s peace.

C Amen.

Nunc Dimittis

C O Lord, now let Your servant, depart in heav’nly peace,

For I have seen the glory, of Your redeeming grace:

A light to lead the Gentiles, unto Your holy hill,

The glory of Your people, Your chosen Israel.

All glory to the Father, all glory to the Son,

All glory to the Spirit, forever Three in One;

For as in the beginning, is now, shall ever be,

God’s triune name resounding, through all eternity.

Post-Communion Collect

P We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; 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 and Benediction

P Let us bless the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

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 758 The Will of God Is Always Best

The will of God is always best, and shall be done forever;

And they who trust in Him are blest; He will forsake them never.

He helps indeed, in time of need; He chastens with forbearing.

They who depend, on God, their friend, shall not be left despairing.

God is my comfort and my trust, my hope and life abiding;

And to His counsel, wise and just, I yield, in Him confiding.

The very hairs, His Word declares, upon my head He numbers.

By night and day, God is my stay; He never sleeps nor slumbers.

Lord, this I ask, O hear my plea, deny me not this favor:

When Satan sorely troubles me, then do not let me waver.

O guard me well, my fear dispel, fulfill Your faithful saying:

All who believe, by grace receive, an answer to their praying.

When life’s brief course on earth is run, and I this world am leaving,

Grant me to say, “Your will be done,” Your faithful Word believing.

My dearest Friend, I now commend; my soul into Your keeping;

From sin and hell, and death as well, by You the vict’ry reaping.




November 1, 2020 – All Saints’ Day

Hymn LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

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.

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.

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!

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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading Revelation 7:9–17

9After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat.

17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 John 3:1–3

1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 5:1-12

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

C Glory to You, O Lord.

1Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 677 For All the Saints

For all the saints who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;

Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,

Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old

And win with them the victor’s crown of gold! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,

And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;

Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;

Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

But, lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day:

The saints triumphant rise in bright array;

The King of Glory passes on His way. Alleluia! Alleluia!

D From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: Public domain

Sermon – “We are Blessed!”

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.

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. For the gift of God’s peace to rest upon all His saints, that we may know the blessing of His forgiveness in the cross and resurrection of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, have mercy.

P For the holy Christian Church, which is the communion of saints, remembering especially those who have gone home to heaven, that the saving Gospel of Christ may be proclaimed both here and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, send forth Your saving Word.

P For our native land, our local community, and for all who lead and govern us, that the saints of God may lead peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, grant Your favor to our land.

P For all those who are in need, for those who hunger both physically and spiritually, and for all those who feel lost and are without a home, that they may come to the Father’s house of mercy, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, guide us unto You.

P For those who are sick, hospitalized, and homebound, for those who are recovering from surgery and for those who await procedures in the coming days, that they may be consoled by the faithful care of the Great Physician, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, give healing and strength to all who are in need.

P For these and all other concerns we have, that coming before our faithful Father, we may take refuge in His never-failing care for all His saints, let us pray to the Lord.

C Holy Lord, we give You thanks and praise; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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 678 We Sing for All the Unsung Saints

We sing for all the unsung saints, that countless, nameless throng,

Who kept the faith and passed it on with hope steadfast and strong

Through all the daily griefs and joys, no chronicles record,

Forgetful of their lack of fame, but mindful of their Lord.

Though uninscribed with date or place, with title, rank, or name,

As living stones their stories join, to form a hallowed frame

Around the myst’ry in their midst: the Lamb once sacrificed,

The Love that wrested life from death, the wounded, risen Christ.

So we take heart from unknown saints, bereft of earthly fame,

Those faithful ones who have received, a more enduring name:

For they reveal true blessing comes, when we our pride efface

And offer back our lives to be, the vessels of God’s grace.

Text: © 1996 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T

We take time on this day, All Saints’ Day, to remember our loved ones who have gone home to be with the Lord, both in this past year, and in all past years. Thanks be to God for what they have meant in our lives and for how their love for us and their love for Jesus showed through in their everyday lives, as both saints and sinners, but always as children of God, loved and saved by Him in His grace, mercy and righteousness.




October 25, 2020 – Reformation Sunday

Hymn LSB 657 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

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, has sworn to work us woe.

With craft and dreadful might, he arms himself to fight.

On earth he has no equal.

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.

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.

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: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Text (sts. 1s–4s): 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 and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

First Reading Revelation 14:6–7

6Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Romans 3:19–28

19Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

27Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL John 8:31-36

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 755 In the Very Midst of Life

In the very midst of life, snares of death surround us;

Who shall help us in the strife, lest the foe confound us?

Thou only, Lord, Thou only!

We mourn that we have greatly erred, that our sins Thy wrath have stirred.

Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God!

Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God!

Save us lest we perish, in the bitter pangs of death. Have mercy, O Lord!

In the midst of death’s dark vale, pow’rs of hell o’ertake us.

Who will help when they assail, who secure will make us?

Thou only, Lord, Thou only!

Thy heart is moved with tenderness, pities us in our distress.

Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God!

Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God!

Save us from the terror, of the fiery pit of hell. Have mercy, O Lord!

In the midst of utter woe, when our sins oppress us,

Where shall we for refuge go, where for grace to bless us?

To Thee, Lord Jesus, only!

Thy precious blood was shed to win, full atonement for our sin.

Holy and righteous God! Holy and mighty God!

Holy and all-merciful Savior! Eternal Lord God!

Lord, preserve and keep us, in the peace that faith can give. Have mercy, O Lord!

Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “Do You Know the Truth?”

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 Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. For all those who are marked with the sign of the cross and sealed with the Holy Spirit, that the baptized children of God may hold forth the word of truth throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For all pastors, teachers, musicians, missionaries, and servants of the Church, that they may lead God’s faithful people with loving hearts and voices, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For Christ Lutheran, that we may see the great need for the truth of God’s Word in our local community and shine Christ’s light in our neighborhoods, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For all who serve in positions of leadership in our government, along with those who serve in our armed forces, that our Mighty Fortress would protect them as they serve to protect our freedoms, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For all those with illness of heart, mind, and body, that they may be set free from their infirmities and rest in the healing presence of our Savior, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word.

P For these and all other concerns we have, that, as we bow before heaven’s throne, we know that Christ alone brings our petitions before our loving Father, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord Jesus, may we abide in Your Word. Amen.

Preface

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary . . . evermore praising You and saying:

Sanctus

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son 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.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

Agnus Dei

C Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

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

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution of Holy Communion

Nunc Dimittis

C Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace; Your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of ev’ry people: A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel. 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.

Post-Communion Collect

P Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C 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 578 Thy Strong Word

Thy strong word did cleave the darkness; at Thy speaking it was done.

For created light we thank Thee, while Thine ordered seasons run.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Lo, on those who dwelt in darkness, dark as night and deep as death,

Broke the light of Thy salvation, breathed Thine own life-breathing breath.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous; bright with Thine own holiness,

Glorious now, we press toward glory, and our lives our hopes confess.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

From the cross Thy wisdom shining, breaketh forth in conqu’ring might;

From the cross forever beameth, all Thy bright redeeming light.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to Thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!

Give us lips to sing Thy glory, tongues Thy mercy to proclaim,

Throats that shout the hope that fills us, mouths to speak Thy holy name.

Alleluia, alleluia! May the light which Thou dost send!

Fill our songs with alleluias, alleluias without end!

D God the Father, light-creator, to Thee laud and honor be.

To Thee, Light of Light begotten, praise be sung eternally.

Holy Spirit, light-revealer, glory, glory be to Thee.

Mortals, angels, now and ever, praise the holy Trinity!



October 18, 2020 –20th Sunday after Pentecost

Hymn LSB 916 Only-Begotten, Word of God Eternal

Only-begotten, Word of God eternal, Lord of creation, merciful and mighty:

Hear us, Your servants, as our tuneful voices, rise in Your presence.

Holy this temple where our Lord is dwelling;

This is none other than the gate of heaven.

Ever Your children, year by year rejoicing, chant in Your temple.

Hear us, O Father, as we throng Your temple.

By Your past blessings, by Your present bounty,

Smile on Your children, and in grace and mercy, hear our petition.

D God in three persons, Father everlasting, Son coeternal, ever blessed Spirit:

To You be praises, thanks, and adoration, glory forever.

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 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 and 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.

Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray. O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; 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 45:1–7

1Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,

whose right hand I have grasped,

to subdue nations before him

and to loose the belts of kings,

to open doors before him

that gates may not be closed:

2“I will go before you

and level the exalted places,

I will break in pieces the doors of bronze

and cut through the bars of iron,

3I will give you the treasures of darkness

and the hoards in secret places,

that you may know that it is I, the LORD,

the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

4For the sake of my servant Jacob,

and Israel my chosen,

I call you by your name,

I name you, though you do not know me.

5I am the LORD, and there is no other,

besides me there is no God;

I equip you, though you do not know me,

6that people may know, from the rising of the sun

and from the west, that there is none besides me;

I am the LORD, and there is no other.

7I form light and create darkness,

I make well-being and create calamity,

I am the LORD, who does all these things.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 22:15-22

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

C Glory to You, O Lord.

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle [Jesus] in his talk. 16And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 540 Christ, the Word of God Incarnate

Christ, the Word of God incarnate, Lord and Son of Abraham;

Christ, the radiance of the Father, perfect God, the great I AM;

Christ, the light, You shine unvanquished, light and life You bring to all;

Light our path with Your own presence, grant us grace to heed Your call.

Christ, the living bread from heaven, food for body, food for soul;

Christ, the manna daily given, nourish, strengthen, make us whole.

Feed us with the food of heaven, foretaste of the feast to be;

Quench our thirst with living water, springing up eternally.

Christ, the shoot that springs triumphant, from the stump of Jesse’s tree;

Christ, true vine, You nurture branches, to bear fruit abundantly.

Graft us into You, O Savior; prune our hearts so we remain

Fruitful branches in Your vineyard, till eternal life we gain.

Christ, our good and faithful shepherd, watching all Your lambs and sheep;

Christ, the gate that guards the sheepfold, never-failing vigil keep.

When we stray, Good Shepherd, seek us, find us, lift us, bear us home;

Lamb of God, our shepherd, keep us; let us hear Your voice alone.

Christ, the way that leads unfailing, to the Father’s home on high,

Christ, the truth that frees the captive, Christ, the life that cannot die.

Mediator to the Father, sacrifice and great High Priest:

Lead us to Your heav’nly mansions, there to share Your wedding feast.

D Christ, the Alpha and Omega, Christ, the firstborn from the dead,

Christ, the life and resurrection, Christ, the Church’s glorious head:

Praise and thanks and adoration, and unending worship be

To the Father and the Spirit, and to You eternally.

Text: © 2001 Steven P. Mueller. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Sermon – “It’s All About the Image”

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 The psalm appointed for this day is Psalm 96. We read it responsively as we bring our requests to our heavenly Father.

C Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day.

P Protect and guide Your Church around the world, Lord Jesus, so that the news of salvation is preached in freedom and joy. Open the ears of all who hear it to respond in faith and hope. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

P Provide just and peace-loving leaders among the nations of the world, heavenly Father, so that justice may prevail for all people within their borders and peace may break out across them. Protect and guide military deployed and police at home to maintain calm and security. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him;

strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

P O Holy Spirit, the giver of all good gifts, awaken in poets and artists, craftspeople and musicians, the gifts You have given them. May they use their gifts to lift spirits from gloom and hearts from sorrow, praising Your holy name. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!

P Gracious Lord, unite in love each family gathered here and all who call out to You around the world. Bless parents and children and their extended caring circles. Hear our prayers for those near and dear to us in their various circumstances. Give them relief, health, and comfort as fits Your gracious plans for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;

tremble before Him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.”

P Almighty Father, so order society that justice tempered with compassion will provide for the lowly and forgotten, the poor and the frail. Use police and medical personnel, advocates and social workers, to give them protection, dignity, and hope. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!

P Open our hearts and hands, our spirits, and voices to join all creation in praising Your name, O holy blessed Trinity. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

before the LORD, for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.

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, 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.

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 527 O Savior, Precious Savior

O Savior, precious Savior, whom yet unseen we love;

O name of might and favor, all other names above,

We worship Thee, we bless Thee, to Thee, O Christ, we sing;

We praise Thee and confess Thee, our holy Lord and King.

O bringer of salvation, Who wondrously hast wrought

Thyself the revelation, of love beyond our thought,

We worship Thee, we bless Thee, to Thee, O Christ, we sing;

We praise Thee and confess Thee, our gracious Lord and King.

In Thee all fullness dwelleth, all grace and pow’r divine;

The glory that excelleth, O Son of God, is Thine.

We worship Thee, we bless Thee, to Thee, O Christ, we sing;

We praise Thee and confess Thee, our glorious Lord and King.

O grant the consummation, of this our song above

In endless adoration, and everlasting love;

Then shall we praise and bless Thee, where perfect praises ring,

And evermore confess Thee, our Savior and our King!



October 11, 2020 –19th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Hymn LSB 892 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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       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, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; 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 25:6–9

6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
          a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
          of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7And he will swallow up on this mountain
          the covering that is cast over all peoples,
          the veil that is spread over all nations.
          8He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
          and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
          for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
          “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
          This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
          let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

         

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading            Philippians 4:4–13

          4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

          8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

          10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

         

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL     Matthew 22:1-14

 

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

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

1Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

          11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 514 The Bridegroom Soon Will Call Us

The Bridegroom soon will call us, “come to the wedding feast.”
May slumber not befall us, nor watchfulness decrease.
May all our lamps be burning, with oil enough and more
That we, with Him returning, may find an open door!

 

There shall we see in glory, our dear Redeemer’s face;
The long-awaited story, of heav’nly joy takes place:
The patriarchs shall meet us, the prophets’ holy band;
Apostles, martyrs greet us, in that celestial land.

 

There God shall from all evil, forever make us free,
From sin and from the devil, from all adversity,
From sickness, pain, and sadness, from troubles, cares, and fears,
And grant us heav’nly gladness, and wipe away our tears.

 

In that fair home shall never, be silent music’s voice;
With hearts and lips forever, we shall in God rejoice,
While angel hosts are raising, with saints from great to least
A mighty hymn for praising, the Giver of the feast.

 

Text (st. 1): © 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

Text (sts. 2–4): Public domain

 

Sermon – “What Are You Wearing to the Feast?”

 

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.

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray to God Almighty for the Church here and around the world and for all people in their various needs.

Heavenly Father, through Isaiah, Your prophet, You promised an end to tears, suffering, and death itself when we join You around Your eternal feast. Hear us as we pray for people who are suffering this day: those displaced because of famine or war; those who are suffering from the effects of the pandemic, both directly and indirectly; and those who have been discriminated against, unjustly punished, or forgotten by the greater society. Give them just governments and compassionate rulers. May their hope in You be strong until they find relief. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Lord Jesus, healer of our every ill, turn a gracious ear as we pray for people near and dear to us: those facing sudden crises, those enduring long-term illnesses, those mourning the loss of loved ones, those in conflict of any sort, and those concerned about making ends meet. Give them relief, health, and comfort as fits Your gracious plans for them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P O Holy Spirit, who moved Paul to write about his finding contentment in all circumstances, interpret the sighs of those whose faith is not as firm as his: those who have not truly heard the good news of salvation and those whose attention is focused on worldly fears and concerns. Surround them with caring brothers and sisters of Christ to bring a ministry of Word and Sacrament to nourish their hearts and minds. Use the talents You have placed within us to be Your instruments to restore hope and joy as we look together to the heavenly banquet. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands we commend all for whom we pray, 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.

 

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 895 Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms, has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

 

Oh, may this bounteous God, through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts, and blessed peace to cheer us
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

 

D  All praise and thanks to God, the Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns, with them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.




October 4, 2020 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Hymn LSB 571 God Loved the World So That He Gave

God loved the world so that He gave, His only Son the lost to save,
That all who would in Him believe, should everlasting life receive.

 

Christ Jesus is the ground of faith, who was made flesh and suffered death;
All then who trust in Him alone, are built on this chief cornerstone.

 

God would not have the sinner die; His Son with saving grace is nigh;
His Spirit in the Word declares, how we in Christ are heaven’s heirs.

 

Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son, forgives all sins which you have done;
And, justified by Jesus’ blood, your Baptism grants the highest good.

 

If you are sick, if death is near, this truth your troubled heart can cheer:
Christ Jesus saves your soul from death; that is the firmest ground of faith.

 

D Glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessed Trinity, be praise now and eternally!

 

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. Gracious God, You gave Your Son into the hands of sinful men who killed Him. Forgive us when we reject Your unfailing love, and grant us the fullness 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                  Isaiah 5:1–7

1Let me sing for my beloved, my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it;
and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah,
judge between me and my vineyard.
4What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed,

and briers and thorns shall grow up;
I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting;
and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed;
for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading  Philippians 3:4b–14

          If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness, under the law blameless. 7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

          12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL     Matthew 21:33-46

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

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

                33[Jesus said:] “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 34When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

          42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
          and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

          45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 544 O Love, How Deep

O love, how deep, how broad, how high, beyond all thought and fantasy,
That God, the Son of God, should take, our mortal form for mortals’ sake!

 

He sent no angel to our race, of higher or of lower place,
But wore the robe of human frame, and to this world Himself He came.

 

For us baptized, for us He bore, His holy fast and hungered sore;
For us temptation sharp He knew; for us the tempter overthrew.

 

For us He prayed; for us He taught; for us His daily works He wrought,
By words and signs and actions thus, still seeking not Himself but us.

 

For us by wickedness betrayed, for us, in crown of thorns arrayed,
He bore the shameful cross and death; for us He gave His dying breath.

 

For us He rose from death again; for us He went on high to reign;
For us He sent His Spirit here, to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

 

All glory to our Lord and God, for love so deep, so high, so broad;
The Trinity whom we adore, forever and forevermore.

 

Text: Public domain

 

Sermon – “Thank You for Sending Your Son”

 

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 Let us pray for ourselves and for the Church, God’s vineyard, and for all people in their various needs. Let us pray for ourselves, that we use the gifts God provides to produce the fruit He desires. Gracious God, You have planted us here, providing talents and abilities, spiritual strengths, and financial resources. By Your Holy Spirit, move us to bring Your Word of grace and mercy beyond our current numbers.

C Grant that our friends and neighbors may join us in praising Your holy name.

P Let us pray for the powers that be in our community, nation, and world.
Sovereign Lord, You desire justice and righteousness across society. Give courage, compassion, and direction to all who lead our community; to all who make, administer, and adjudicate the laws of our nation; and to all who are in positions of power among the nations of the world.

C May peace and justice break out around the globe.

P Let us pray for all whose lives are not built on Christ the cornerstone. O Holy Spirit, open the eyes of those who have not yet received the good news of salvation. Use us at every opportunity to share the faith that knowing our Lord means life now and in eternity.

C May we press on for the prize of the upward call of His resurrection.

P Let us pray for all who call out to God with long-term distress and sudden crises in life.  Compassionate God, surround them with caring and skilled health professionals, wise counselors, and loving family and friends. As fits Your plans for them, bring them healing, comfort, and relief.

C May they join us here to sing Your praises.

P These and any other things You would have us ask of You, heavenly Father, grant to us 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.

 

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 912 Christ Is Our Cornerstone

Christ is our cornerstone, on Him alone we build;
With His true saints alone, the courts of heav’n are filled.
On His great love, our hopes we place, of present grace, and joys above.

 

Here may we gain from heav’n, the grace which we implore,
And may that grace, once giv’n, be with us evermore
Until that day, when all the blest, to endless rest, are called away.

 

Oh, then, with hymns of praise, these hallowed courts shall ring;
Our voices we will raise, the Three in One to sing
And thus proclaim, in joyful song, both loud and long, that glorious name.

 

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September 27, 2020 –17th Sunday after Pentecost

 

Hymn LSB 909 Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ, our head and cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious, binding all the Church in one;
Holy Zion’s help forever, and our confidence alone.

 

To this temple, where we call You, come, O Lord of hosts, and stay;
Come with all Your loving-kindness, hear Your people as they pray;
And Your fullest benediction, shed within these walls today.

 

Grant, we pray, to all Your faithful, all the gifts they ask to gain;
What they gain from You, forever, with the blessed to retain;
And hereafter in Your glory, evermore with You to reign.

 

D  Praise and honor to the Father, praise and honor to the Son,
Praise and honor to the Spirit, ever three and ever one:
One in might and one in glory, while unending ages run!

 

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       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 and 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.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty God, You exalted Your Son to the place of all honor and authority. Enlighten our minds by Your Holy Spirit that, confessing Jesus as Lord, we may be led into all truth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C       Amen.

Old Testament Reading        Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32

                1The word of the Lord came to me: 2“What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? 3As I live, declares the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die. . . .

          25“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

          30“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading            Philippians 2:1–4, 14–18

          1If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. . . .

          14Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

 

P       This is the Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.

 

HOLY GOSPEL     Matthew 21:23-27

 

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

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word; curb those who by deceit or sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son, and bring to naught all He has done.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, Your pow’r make known, for You are Lord of lords alone;
Defend Your holy Church that we, may sing Your praise eternally.

 

O Comforter of priceless worth, send peace and unity on earth;
Support us in our final strife, and lead us out of death to life.

 

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Sermon – “Who is the True Authority?”

 

 

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.

 

Prayer of the Church

P       The Lord God calls us to turn to Him and live. So now let us turn to God in prayer, looking not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others.

God of encouragement, Your steadfast love sustains the Church throughout the world. Strengthen the Church wherever two or three are gathered in Your name. Preserve us from arrogance and help the Church to be in full accord and of one mind. Preserve us from grumbling and dissension. Bless the work of missionaries and church leaders. Enable all congregations of Lutheran Church Canada to give such witness to Christ that at His name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess His lordship. Hear us, O Lord,

People:      and remember Your mercy and steadfast love.

P       God of justice, You are Ruler of rulers and Leader of leaders. Guide all who govern throughout the world, that their ways reflect Your way of justice for the poor and mercy for all. Hear us, O Lord,

People:      and remember Your mercy and steadfast love.

P       God of encouragement, Your mercy and steadfast love have endured throughout the ages in all circumstances. 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 with steadfast love. Hear us, O Lord,

People:      and remember Your mercy and steadfast love.

P       God of joy, Your Son, Jesus Christ, humbled Himself and gave His own life for us and for the whole world. Guide us to love and serve You humbly, so that many will see it and be drawn to You and turn and live. Hear us, O Lord,

People:      and remember Your mercy and steadfast love.

P       God of life, You have conquered death. 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 through them. Hear us, O Lord,

People:      and remember Your mercy and steadfast love.

P       Make us to know Your ways, O Lord; teach us Your paths. Lead us in Your truth and teach us, for You are the God of our salvation; for You we wait all the day long in the name of the One whose name is exalted above every name, 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.

 

Hymn LSB 854 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go

Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go, my daily labor to pursue,
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know, in all I think or speak or do.

 

The task Thy wisdom has assigned, O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find, and prove Thy good and perfect will.

 

Thee may I set at my right hand, whose eyes my inmost substance see,
And labor on at Thy command, and offer all my works to Thee.

 

Give me to bear Thine easy yoke, and ev’ry moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look, and hasten to Thy glorious day.

 

For Thee delightfully employ, whate’er Thy bounteous grace has giv’n,
And run my course with even joy, and closely walk with Thee to heav’n.





September 20,2020 part 3

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 of the world to come. 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.

Dear heavenly Father, You are the Lord of the harvest. Raise up missionaries who are willing to spread the Gospel of life and salvation to the ends of the earth. Grant them confidence and zeal to do Your work. Send Your Holy Spirit into the hearts of those who will hear the Word of Christ, that they may believe in You.

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, You are our rock and our refuge. Grant Your peace to all those who live in fear. Be their light and their salvation.

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, look with favor upon those who are homeless, unemployed, or underemployed. Grant them patience in the midst of suffering and meaningful vocations in Your perfect timing.

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

 P Lord, we ask Your blessing and healing upon all who are sick or recovering. Heal their bodies according to Your perfect will.

Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

 P Lord, we know that Your ways are not our ways, but sometimes we fail to understand Your will. Strengthen the hearts of those who are coping with disappointment.

 Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Finally, Lord, guide Your Church to live in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, standing firm in unity and truth as a witness to the world of Your light and salvation. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P We ask all of these things in Your name, O 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 give you peace. C Amen. Hymn LSB 535 How Wide the Love of Christ How wide the love of Christ! It knows not class or race But holds our one humanity, within its broad embrace. How long the love of Christ! Its patience will not cease Until this broken world is bound, in everlasting peace. How high the love of Christ! Beyond all thought it soars, And yet upon our passing lives, unmeasured mercy pours. How deep the love of Christ, descending to a cross! He bears within His wounded hands, all human pain and loss. All praise to You, O Christ, for love whose depth and height, Whose length and breadth fill time and space, with endless life and light!

 




September 20, 2020 ~ Divine Service ~ 16th Sunday After Pentecost Part 1


Hymn LSB 565 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

Thy works, not mine, O Christ, speak gladness to this heart;
 
They tell me all is done, they bid my fear depart.
Refrain
To whom save Thee, who canst alone, for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

Thy wounds, not mine, O Christ, can heal my bruised soul; Thy stripes, not mine, contain, the balm that makes me whole. To whom save Thee, who canst alone, for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

Thy cross, not mine, O Christ, has borne the crushing load
Of sins that none could bear, but the incarnate God. To whom save Thee, who canst alone, for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

Thy death, not mine, O Christ, has paid the ransom due;
Ten thousand deaths like mine, would have been all too few. To whom save Thee, who canst alone, for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

Thy righteousness, O Christ, alone can cover me;
No righteousness avails, save that which is of Thee. To whom save Thee, who canst alone, for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?

 
Invocation P In the name of the Father, and of the 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 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.
Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 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 55:6–9
6“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
 7let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
P This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30
12I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
13so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. . . .

19for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
20as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
 25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
26so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

27Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
 28and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
29For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
 
P This is the Word of the Lord.
 
C Thanks be to God.

 
HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 20:1-16 P

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twentieth chapter. C Glory to You, O Lord.
 

1[Jesus said:] “The kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’
5So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.
6And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’
7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’

9And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.
10Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.
11And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house,
12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’
13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
14Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you.
 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first last.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come

Salvation unto us has come, by God’s free grace and favor; Good works cannot avert our doom, they help and save us never. Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone, who did for all the world atone; He is our one Redeemer.

 What God did in His Law demand, and none to Him could render Caused wrath and woe on ev’ry hand, for man, the vile offender. Our flesh has not those pure desires, the spirit of the Law requires, And lost is our condition.

Yet as the Law must be fulfilled, or we must die despairing, Christ came and has God’s anger stilled, our human nature sharing. He has for us the Law obeyed, and thus the Father’s vengeance stayed Which over us impended.

Since Christ has full atonement made, and brought to us salvation, Each Christian therefore may be glad, and build on this foundation. Your grace alone, dear Lord, I plead, Your death is now my life indeed, For You have paid my ransom.

Let me not doubt, but truly see, Your Word cannot be broken; Your call rings out, “Come unto Me!” No falsehood have You spoken. Baptized into Your precious name, my faith cannot be put to shame, And I shall never perish.






Sunday September 13, 2020

15th Sunday After Pentecost


(Proper 19)

Collect of the Day

O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Psalm 103:1-12

(antiphon v. 13)

Genesis 50:15-21

Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35

Hymns

Hymn of the Day – 501

Other Hymns – 719 (OT), 765 (OT), 685 (E), 816 (E), 606 (G), 845 (G)

Prayers

Lord God, heavenly Father, You sent Your Son to live a perfect life and die in our stead, to pay the price for our sins in order to reconcile us to You. Grant us to live in daily contrition and repentance, not despairing over our sin, but ever mindful of the reconciliation Christ won for us. Lord, in Your mercy; hear our prayer.

Almighty Father, just as Joseph forgave his brothers and provided for them and their families, let us forgive those who have sinned against us. Grant that we would share with them the Gospel of reconciliation in Christ. Lord, in Your mercy; hear our prayer.

Loving heavenly Father, look with mercy upon those who have been forced from their homes and seek refuge in our country. Let the love of Christ be evident in those who serve them, keep them safe from harm, and provide for their needs. Lord, in Your mercy; hear our prayer.

God of all comfort, be with those who are poor, homeless or destitute. Give them reassurance of Your care and provision, and fill them with hope. Lord, in Your mercy; hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, guard and keep all who are sick, lonely, overwhelmed by grief or poor in spirit, [especially _____________,] that they may be comforted and healed according to Your good and gracious will. Let them look to Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, in their time of need, and remind them that He is the Light no darkness can overcome. Lord, in Your mercy; hear our prayer.

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

PENTECOST SERMON

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

SEPTEMBER 13 2020

Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35

‘Forgive(n) whether you feel like it or not’

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ, in whom you are forgiven and through whom you forgive. Amen. The sermon text for today is from the Gospel reading, particularly Matthew 18:21-22, which reads:

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’’’

Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” who “must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests an scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” fulfilling the end goal of His ministry, restoring the kingdom of God, the reign of heaven to God’s people and to all of creation.

In last week’s Gospel reading immediately preceding today’s Christ continued to teach His disciples about the kingdom of heaven proclaiming that the neediest is the greatest. Those who recognize their utter dependence on God for everything, not just most things, but everything, like children that are completely reliant on those who care for them, are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, which is why Jesus declared: “Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Today’s Gospel reading concludes this same discourse where Christ is teaching His disciples about greatness of the “little one” in the reign of heaven that they might preserve and find the Little Ones even when direct intervention is needed in the case of sin.

In light of the sin among brothers, that is, fellow Christians, Peter, once again on behalf of the disciples, brings a question to Jesus in Matthew 18:21 saying,

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SEASON AFTER

“Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

Peter’s question is a serious one not so much because as some commentators have thought that the going rate of forgiveness was 3 times, and now Peter thought of himself as the ultimate forgiveness man because he was willing to forgive seven times. Actually, seven is understood as a number of perfection. Therefore, Peter is moving in what seems the right direction when considering forgiveness.

But if Peter’s response is a new way of thinking in regards to forgiveness, then Christ’s response is a completely new reality altogether. Jesus replies in Matthew 18:22, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” While some translations have said “seventy times seven” and this one “seventy-seven times”, the point is not to note the actual number that Jesus suggests.

As Jeff Gibbs notes in his Matthew commentary, “Since Jesus is speaking hyperbolically [with exaggerated claims], the numerical answer is not important. Either translation makes the point that the number is so large that one should not try to count the times, but always continue to forgive” (930).

Christ makes clear in the parable of “the unforgiving servant” or perhaps also called “the merciful master” just what is at stake when it comes to forgiveness, the kingdom of heaven, the Christian faith itself.

The master in the parable wanted to straighten out all of the accounts and therefore called a servant who owed him “ten thousand talents.” While the actual worth of a talent varied, it was always a costly amount. And as some have noted, even if the servant was extremely well-paid, it would take him over 1,000 years without a day off to repay the king.

This isn’t a few maxed-out credit cards or even a mortgage that is in default and bankruptcy may need to be declared. This is once again Jesus using hyperbole to demonstrate that the size of the debt was insurmountable and made the servant and his family eternal indentured servants. There’s no possible way for the servant to ever repay his Master.

Yet what is the servant’s ridiculous response to the Master. He “fell on his knees imploring him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” The Master could’ve rightly laughed in the servant’s face and replied in return, “Yeah, you and what army?!!?”

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Instead the merciful master just as Jesus blew Peter’s suggestion of forgiveness out of the water does something incredibly remarkably as Matthew 18:27 reports, “And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.”

Likewise, you are forever forgiven by the blood of Christ whether you feel like it or not. There’s no way for you to pay off your merciful master for all of the debt you have built living in lies. There’s no payment plan that can make things right after you’ve convinced yourself that you’ve got your act together. There’s no possibility of you making it up to God for not only all of the hurt you have caused Him but for the pain you’ve brought to other people, living a life of sin that is totally against His will.

So the Master has decided once and for all to relieve you of all your debt, to put the full cost upon on His Son, giving Him up to die, and then raising Him from the dead. And your debt is paid in full. It is finished!

No matter how many people may remind you of what you’ve done or the mess of which you still can’t quite clean yourselves, your Master has completely, once and for all forgiven all of your debt. You are baptized into this forgiveness and living a new life in Christ. He doesn’t have to forgive the same sins again and again. 1 Peter 3:18 promises, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”

Your lives are completely defined by and drenched in the forgiving waters of your baptism with everything you do dripping with the forgiveness of Christ. Your mouth and therefore your words are filled with our Lord’s forgiving body and blood.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, to not forgive others is in fact, to forget, to not believe, that the Merciful Master has forgiven you. When the servant who had his unpayable, massive debt forgiven and yet choked a fellow servant who owed him the rough equivalent of a few months’ wages (still large but certainly reasonable), he wasn’t just being a jerk. He was living in unforgiveness. He was living in unbelief.

In this unbelief the servant is eternally working off the debt of which he will never be able to pay. That’s an apt description of unbelief: eternally trying to pay off a debt you are unable to pay. Christ proclaims, “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

You must forgive. But just because you must forgive, don’t turn it around and

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make forgiveness something selfish. In other words, don’t make the main thrust of forgiveness that it frees the person who forgives. To be sure, holding on to past hurts and unforgiveness brings pain and can make our lives more difficult. But Christ proclaims there’s a much deeper issue here. Living in unforgiveness is akin to living in unbelief.

This isn’t just your pastor saying, “You better forgive each in the church. Don’t hold grudges with fellow members.” No, this is Christ Himself saying that it’s a matter of faith. If you don’t forgive, you display your unbelief. You show that you don’t believe that, in fact, Christ has forgiven all of your sin and is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

What child ever wants to forgive, let alone what kind of indignant adult, insecure husband, or hurt wife actually wants to forgive? It’s much easier to hold on to the hurt to make ourselves feel better than those who have caused such pain. Most of us don’t even know how to say, “I forgive you.” When someone tells you, “I’m sorry,” we are often trained to respond with, “That’s okay.”

Hurt, pain, selfishness, and destruction—these things are not okay. Forgiveness is not saying that this sort of thing is okay. Forgiveness actually releases another person from being paid back for the wrongs they have done.

“But pastor,” you protest, “you don’t know...” You’re right I don’t know. I have no idea of the horrors of your past, the guilt that continually gets heaped upon you, the people who have betrayed you, and even the loved ones who have abandoned you. You say, “I don’t feel at all like forgiving them.”

Dear Children of God, Little Ones of the Lord, because the Father has forgiven your overwhelming debt, you forgive whether you feel like it or not. In this way, forgiveness is what the new person you are baptized into Christ does only by the power of the Holy Spirit. And your emotions, your desire to forgive, may come along much more slowly and drag on for what seems forever.

Yet, take comfort as Gibbs reassures us once more saying, “Disciples should not doubt the fact of God’s unlimited forgiveness for themselves in Jesus Christ, nor should they doubt the efficacy of the past act of declaring the other person forgiven. Emotions may cloud the mind and heart, but they cannot trump the promises of God” (940).

It very well may be that because of lingering emotions even after having initially forgiven or being forgiven, we must forgive others and also listen to the forgiveness

pronounced by others more than once for the same sin. That doesn’t mean that you didn’t forgive them from the beginning or that they never absolved you from the start. Our feeble human nature may simply require to hear and to speak forgiveness again.

Such forgiveness is even given although be it very difficult and quite complex to those who have sinned against you but have never wanted or asked for your forgiveness. I must quote Dr. Gibbs again when he says, “It is important to note that the master in the parable initially treats the first servant better than he deserved and better than he asked to be treated. We Christians can also, then, forgive those who have wronged us even before they recognize their offenses” (941).

For us at times the most difficult words we say in prayer are the words our Lord Himself gave us to pray saying, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” But they are the words that spring from faith, that spring from the great forgiveness that your loving Father has lavished upon you, your lives dripping with baptismal forgiveness and mouths filled with Eucharistic debts forever paid that we may know in Christ that whether we feel like it or not we are forgiven and that we forgive.

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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August 16, 2020 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Hymn LSB 732 All Depends on Our Possessing

All depends on our possessing, God’s abundant grace and blessing,

Though all earthly wealth depart.
They who trust with faith unshaken, by their God are not forsaken
And will keep a dauntless heart.

 

He who to this day has fed me, and to many joys has led me, is and ever shall be mine.
He who ever gently schools me, He who daily guides and rules me, will remain my help divine.

Many spend their lives in fretting, over trifles and in getting, things that have no solid ground.
I shall strive to win a treasure, that will bring me lasting pleasure
And that now is seldom found.

 

When with sorrow I am stricken, hope anew my heart will quicken;
All my longing shall be stilled.
To His loving-kindness tender, soul and body I surrender, for on God alone I build.

 

Well He knows what best to grant me; all the longing hopes that haunt me,
Joy and sorrow, have their day.
I shall doubt His wisdom never; as God wills, so be it ever;
I commit to Him my way.

 

If my days on earth He lengthen, God my weary soul will strengthen;
All my trust in Him I place.
Earthly wealth is not abiding, like a stream away is gliding;
Safe I anchor in His grace.

 

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 and everlasting Father, You give Your children many blessings even though we are undeserving. In every trial and temptation grant us steadfast confidence in Your loving-kindness and mercy; 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 56:1, 6-8

1Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
for soon my salvation will come,
          and my deliverance be revealed. . . .

6“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
          to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
          and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
          and holds fast my covenant—
7these I will bring to my holy mountain,
          and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
          will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
          for all peoples.”
8The Lord God,
          who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
          besides those already gathered.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32

1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. . . .

          13Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? . . .

28As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30Just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “I Am a ‘C’”

I am a C

I am a C-H

I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N

And I have C-H-R-I-S-T

In my H-E-A-R-T

And I will L-I-V-E  E-T-E-R-N-A-L-L-Y

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 15:21-28

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

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

21Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

 

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn LSB 702 My Faith Looks Up to Thee

My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray; take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day, be wholly Thine!

 

May Thy rich grace impart, strength to my fainting heart; my zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me, oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be, a living fire!

 

While life’s dark maze I tread, and griefs around me spread, be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray, from Thee aside.

 

When ends life’s transient dream, when death’s cold, sullen stream, shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, then, in love, fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!

 

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Sermon – “Faith That Will Not Be Denied”

 

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 ourselves, the Church around the world, and all people in their various stations and conditions. For the Church, calling sinners to repentance and proclaiming the Gospel among people of every tribe and tongue, that clergy and lay leaders be faithful in their calling and protected under persecution, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, hear our prayer.

P For the nations of the world, ordering society for peace and prosperity, that their leaders be just and compassionate, and that their citizens work together—harvesting and milling, teaching and learning, producing and providing, caring and conserving—to give glory to our gracious God and dignity to one another, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, hear our prayer.

P the downtrodden and oppressed, the lonely and forgotten, the sick and dying, and for those near and dear to us, that God would hear their prayers, surround them with circles of skilled and understanding people, and answer their deepest needs according to His loving plans for them, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, hear our prayer.

P For ourselves—young and old, rich and poor, singles, couples, and families—as we gather for worship and care for one another in our spiritual, emotional, and physical needs, that the Word of God grow richly among us to the praise of God’s holy name, let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, hear our prayer.

P Into Your hands, heavenly Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting that in Your mercy You will answer with blessings none of us deserves 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.

 

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.

 

 

Closing Hymn LSB 700 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heav’n, to earth come down!
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, all Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation, enter ev’ry trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, into ev’ry troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit; let us find Thy promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning; Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty, to deliver; let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never, nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, glory in Thy perfect love.

 

Finish then Thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation, perfectly restored in Thee,
Changed from glory into glory, till in heav’n we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise!

 

Text: Public domain

 

 



August 9, 2020 –10th Sunday after Pentecost Service Outline

 

Introduction

Welcome to our divine service for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, here at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. My name is Pastor Brian Falkenholt.

 

I have heard and used the analogy on several occasions that while we are all in the same storm, we are getting through it in different boats. The strain of these past months is having a profound effect on people and our community has experienced so much loss through both drug overdoses and suicides in the past couple of weeks. Many others are dealing with a vast array of emotions from the mountaintops to the depths. Still others are struggling through the invisible and yet very real battle of mental illness. I encourage you to pray for the people around you, both those you know, and for those in the community that you don’t know. Be kind to one another. Love one another. As we know,  it is our Lord who has first loved us.

 

All of our prayer and praise is only our response to what God has said to us. Through the revealed Word of the Bible and the incarnate Word, Jesus, God has talked to us about sin and grace. Our talking back to Him, unfortunately, can be back talk, with all the negative connotations of that term. That’s when we deserve to hear the Law, as Job does in today’s Old Testament Reading. But when we have truly heard God’s gracious invitation, as Paul reminds us in the Epistle and Peter heard while in his boat, our talking back to God is humble thanks for His grace and mercy. We have the opportunity again today to hear Law and Gospel and to give God the faith-filled back talk He wants from His forgiven sons and daughters.

 

Hymn LSB 904 Blessed Jesus, at Your Word

Blessed Jesus, at Your Word, we are gathered all to hear You.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred, now to seek and love and fear You,
By Your teachings, sweet and holy, drawn from earth to love You solely.

 

All our knowledge, sense, and sight, lie in deepest darkness shrouded
Till Your Spirit breaks our night, with the beams of truth unclouded.
You alone to God can win us; You must work all good within us.

 

Gracious Savior, good and kind, Light of Light, from God proceeding,
Open now our heart and mind; help us by Your Spirit’s pleading.
Hear the cry Your Church now raises; hear and bless our prayers and praises.

 

D Father, Son, and Spirit, Lord, praise to You and adoration!
Grant that we may trust Your Word, confident of our salvation,
While we here below must wander, till we sing Your praises yonder.

 

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.

 

Collect of the Day

P       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.

P       Let us pray. Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; 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  Job 38:4-18

4[The Lord said to Job:] “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
          Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
          Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
          or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars sang together
          and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8“Or who shut in the sea with doors
          when it burst out from the womb,
9when I made clouds its garment
          and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed limits for it
          and set bars and doors,
11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
          and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
12“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
          and caused the dawn to know its place,
13that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
          and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14It is changed like clay under the seal,
          and its features stand out like a garment.
15From the wicked their light is withheld,
          and their uplifted arm is broken.
16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
          or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
          or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
          Declare, if you know all this.”

 

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Epistle Reading      Romans 10:5-17   

5Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7or “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

          14But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

         

P         This is the Word of the Lord.

C         Thanks be to God.

 

Children’s Song – “When the Storm Blows”

So, how has your summer been? Probably different than other summers. There are so many things that seem different. Today’s silly song with pastor reminds us that one thing that is always the same is that God is strong. And that strong God, the one who made heaven and earth, loves you. When you are feeling weak, He will be with you – no matter what you are going through. It is by His strength that we can move along.

 

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

 

I am weak, but He is strong. By His strength we move along.

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

 

Let’s sing that song again, but this time in slow motion.

 

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

 

I am weak, but He is strong. By His strength we move along.

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

 

Now we are going to sing the song one last time – but this time really, really fast.

 

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

 

I am weak, but He is strong. By His strength we move along.

When the storm blows, when the storm blows, when the storm blows all around. Heh!

 

The all-powerful God, heavenly Father, has you in His hands.

The all-loving son of God, Jesus, has forgiven us all our sins.

The all-present God (that means He can be everywhere at the same time), the Holy Spirit, lives inside of us, strengthening us through His Word and His gifts.

 

HOLY GOSPEL         Matthew 14:22-33

 

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

C       Glory to You, O Lord.

 

22Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

          28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

P       This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C       Praise to You, O Christ.

 

Hymn LSB 717 Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep, its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Christ, whose voice the waters heard, and hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep, and calm amid its rage didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea.

 

Most Holy Spirit, who didst brood, upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease, and give, for wild confusion, peace:
O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea.

 

O Trinity of love and pow’r, our people shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee, glad praise from air and land and sea.

 

Text (sts. 1–4): Public domain

Text (sts. 2–3): © The Church Pension Fund. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Sermon – “The Focus of Faith”

 

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 LSB 941 We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God

We praise You and acknowledge You, O God, to be the Lord,
The Father everlasting, by all the earth adored.
To You all angel powers cry aloud, the heavens sing,
The cherubim and seraphim their praises to You bring:
“O holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth;
Your majesty and glory fill the heavens and the earth!”

 

The band of the apostles in glory sing Your praise;
The fellowship of prophets their deathless voices raise.
The martyrs of Your kingdom, a great and noble throng,
Sing with the holy Church throughout all the world this song:
“O all-majestic Father, Your true and only Son,
And Holy Spirit, Comforter—forever Three in One!”

 

You, Christ, are King of glory, the everlasting Son,
Yet You, with boundless love, sought to rescue ev’ryone:
You laid aside Your glory, were born of virgin’s womb,
Were crucified for us and were placed into a tomb;
Then by Your resurrection You won for us reprieve—
You opened heaven’s kingdom to all who would believe.

 

You sit in splendid glory, enthroned at God’s right hand,
Upholding earth and heaven by forces You command.
We know that You will come as our Judge that final day,
So help Your servants You have redeemed by blood, we pray;
May we with saints be numbered where praises never end,
In glory everlasting. Amen, O Lord, amen!

 

Text: © 1999 Stephen P. Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for all people in their various needs, for the Church around the world, and for those near and dear to us.


 

Our great God “laid the foundation of the world.” Let us ask His guidance and protection for all who tend His good creation, tilling the soil and protecting the environment; for all who connect resources with people in need of food, clothing, and shelter, providing dignity and hope; and for all who work for peace and justice in their positions of authority.

C Lord, hear our prayer. Lord, hear our prayer as we call to You.

P “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Let us ask the Holy Spirit’s strength and encouragement for all who proclaim the Gospel in pulpits and hospitals, on battlefields and in refugee camps, offering the salvation that the Word of Christ announces; for all who put their faith into action, teaching the young, consoling the ill, comforting the grieving, and listening to the distraught; and for those near and dear to us, and those known only to our gracious God.

C Lord, hear our prayer. Lord, hear our prayer as we call to You.

P Jesus said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Let us ask our Savior’s gracious presence and protection for people of faith around the world, enduring persecution and standing with the weak; for the Church in our land, confronting injustice and resisting indifference wherever they are found; and for ourselves, gathering around God’s Word and responding to the Gospel in word and deed.

C Lord, hear our prayer. Lord, hear our prayer as we call to You.

P These and any other things You would have us ask of You, gracious God, grant to us for the sake of the sufferings and death 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.

 

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 722 Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

Lord, take my hand and lead me upon life’s way;
Direct, protect, and feed me from day to day.
Without Your grace and favor I go astray;
So take my hand, O Savior, and lead the way.

 

Lord, when the tempest rages, I need not fear,
For You, the Rock of Ages, are always near.
Close by Your side abiding, I fear no foe,
For when Your hand is guiding, in peace I go.

 

Lord, when the shadows lengthen and night has come,
I know that You will strengthen my steps toward home.
Then nothing can impede me, O blessed Friend;
So take my hand and lead me unto the end.

 

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006114

 

 

 


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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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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,<