Order of Service: Divine Service Setting Four LSB 203
Opening Hymn: Thy Strong Word LSB 578

1 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!

2 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!

3 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!

4 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!

5 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 6 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!
Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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, 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.
C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
P Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen.

Introit Psalm 34:1–2, 11, 22; antiphon: Psalm 119:46
I will speak of Your Testimonies before kings, [O Lord,]
and shall not be put to shame.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Come, O children, listen to Me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
The LORD redeems the life of His servants;
none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
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.

I will speak of Your Testimonies before kings, [O Lord,]
and shall not be put to shame.

Kyrie LSB 204
C Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 204
C 1 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.

2 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—

3 For You alone are holy;
You only are the Lord.
Forever and forever,
Be worshiped and adored;
You with the Holy Spirit
Alone are Lord Most High,
In God the Father’s glory.
“Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and 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.

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The 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.

Psalm: Psalm 46; antiphon: v. 7
1God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the Holy Habitation of the Most High.
5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
6The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; He utters His voice, the earth melts.
7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Fortress.
8Come, behold the works of the LORD, how He has brought desolations on the earth.
9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariots with fire.
10“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Fortress.

The Epistle Lesson: 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.

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Alleluia and Verse
C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
C These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The 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.

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.

Hymn of the Day: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God LSB 657
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
Has 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: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

Sermon: Do Not Fear! The Lord of Host Is with Us! Psalm 46

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Prayer of the Church

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Offering

Stand

The 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.

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Closing Collect
P Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, Almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this Thy Holy Word, 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 LSB 212
P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Benediction
P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.
C Amen.

Hymn to Depart: Amazing Grace LSB 744
1 Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see!

2 The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
3 Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come;
His grace has brought me safe thus far,
His grace will lead me home.

4 Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail
And mortal life shall cease,
Amazing grace shall then prevail
In heaven’s joy and peace.

5 When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
Text: Public domain

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

LWMLC SUNDAY MITE CHALLENGE:
It has been several months of uncertainty, especially regarding the way we as God’s people gather as the body of Christ. For this reason our mites which help missions across our country and the world has suffered. So, we now have a Mite Challenge for the month of October. Have fun gathering coins or if the Lord moves you to give a donation that will be greatly appreciated. Mark your envelope LWML MITE CHALLENGE and drop it into the Offering plate. Thank You in advance for helping us reach out in Christ’s love to others in need.

GIVING THANKS!
Bring a non-perishable item for our Christmas Hampers. The Lord is good to us, let us share that goodness with others in our community!

SAMARITAM’S PURSE: SHOEBOX MINISTRY:
I want to thank you for your faithful partnership in Operation CHRISTmas Child-bringing hope to children, families, and communities around the world through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we anticipate distributing shoebox gifts alongside church partners worldwide, following the safety guidelines in each of their countries, please join us in praying for them. Ask God to bless their ministries and give them wisdom, protection, and safety for their countries. They are also praying for you, your congregation, and this season’s shoebox collection. Each shoebox gift opens a door for them to reach their communities with the hope of Jesus, “the Light of the world.” (John 8:12)
We are trusting God as we make plans to collect Operation CHRISTmas Child shoeboxes during Nation Collection Week, November 16th – 22nd, 2020. Your Church can stay up-to-date by periodically checking SamaritansPurse.ca/occ-covid-19.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting Four LSB 203
Opening Hymn: Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now LSB 902

Tune and text: Public domain
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
P Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen.

Introit Psalm 121:1–4, 7–8; antiphon: v. 5
The LORD is your Keeper;
the LORD is your Shade on your right hand.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
He Who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He Who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
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.

The LORD is your Keeper;
the LORD is your Shade on your right hand.
Kyrie LSB 204

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 204




Salutation and 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.

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The 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.

Psalm Psalm 96:1–9; antiphon: v. 9a
1Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
2Sing to the LORD, bless His Name; tell of His salvation from day to day.
3Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
4For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
5For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary.
7Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
8Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!
9Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth!

The Epistle Lesson 1st 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 labour 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.

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Alleluia and Verse




The 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.

The 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.

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Hymn of the Day: Holy God, We Praise Thy Name LSB 940
Text and tune: Public domain

Sermon: Opinions Don’t Matter, Only the Truth! Matthew 22:15–22
Prayer of the Church
Offering
The 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.
Closing Collect

P Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, Almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this Thy Holy Word, 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 LSB 212

P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Benediction
P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.
C Amen.

Hymn to Depart: O God, Our Help in Ages Past LSB 733


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

LWMLC SUNDAY MITE CHALLENGE:
It has been several months of uncertainty, especially regarding the way we as God’s people gather as the body of Christ. For this reason our mites which help missions across our country and the world has suffered. So, we now have a Mite Challenge for the month of October. Have fun gathering coins or if the Lord moves you to give a donation that will be greatly appreciated. Mark your envelope LWML MITE CHALLENGE and drop it into the Offering plate. Thank You in advance for helping us reach out in Christ’s love to others in need.

GIVING THANKS!
Bring a non-perishable item on Thanksgiving Sunday for our Christmas Hampers. The Lord is good to us, let us share that goodness with others in our community!

HALLOWEEN:
Make Halloween Special for our Church Family Children. Bring Halloween Treat Donations to the Church by October 18th. Packages will be made up and delivered to the children.

SAMARITAM’S PURSE: SHOEBOX MINISTRY:
I want to thank you for your faithful partnership in Operation CHRISTmas Child-bringing hope to children, families, and communities around the world through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we anticipate distributing shoebox gifts alongside church partners worldwide, following the safety guidelines in each of their countries, please join us in praying for them. Ask God to bless their ministries and give them wisdom, protection, and safety for their countries. They are also praying for you, your congregation, and this season’s shoebox collection. Each shoebox gift opens a door for them to reach their communities with the hope of Jesus, “the Light of the world.” (John 8:12)
We are trusting God as we make plans to collect Operation CHRISTmas Child shoeboxes during Nation Collection Week, November 16th – 22nd, 2020. Your Church can stay up-to-date by periodically checking SamaritansPurse.ca/occ-covid-19.










Order of Service: Divine Service Setting Four LSB 203
Opening Hymn: Sing to the Lord of Harvest LSB 893

1 Sing to the Lord of harvest,
Sing songs of love and praise;
With joyful hearts and voices
Your alleluias raise.
By Him the rolling seasons
In fruitful order move;
Sing to the Lord of harvest
A joyous song of love.

2 God makes the clouds rain goodness,
The deserts bloom and spring,
The hills leap up in gladness,
The valleys laugh and sing.
God fills them with His fullness,
All things with large increase;
He crowns the year with blessing,
With plenty and with peace.

3 Bring to this Sacred Altar
The gifts His goodness gave,
The golden sheaves of harvest,
The souls Christ died to save.
Your hearts lay down before Him
When at His feet you fall,
And with your lives adore Him
Who gave His life for all.
Text: Public domain

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
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.

Introit Psalm 104:24, 27–28, 30; antiphon: v. 33
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
These all look to You,
to give them their food in due season.
When You give it to them, they gather it up;
when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created,
and You renew the face of the ground.
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.

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

Kyrie LSB 204
C Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.




Gloria in Excelsis LSB 204
C 1 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.

2 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—

3 For You alone are holy;
You only are the Lord.
Forever and forever,
Be worshiped and adored;
You with the Holy Spirit
Alone are Lord Most High,
In God the Father’s glory.
“Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
Almighty God, Your mercies are new every morning and You graciously provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your goodness, give thanks for Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience all our days; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.

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The Old Testament Reading Deuteronomy 8:1–10
1“The whole Commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. 2And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that He might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His Commandments or not. 3And He humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every Word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you. 6So you shall keep the Commandments of the LORD your God by walking in His ways and by fearing Him. 7For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land He has given you.”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 67; antiphon: v. 7
1May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us,
2that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
5Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!
6The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.
7God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!

The Epistle Lesson 1st Timothy 2:1–4
1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, 4Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse
C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
C These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel Luke 17:11–19

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the seventeenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
11On the way to Jerusalem [Jesus] was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

The 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.

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Hymn of the Day: We Praise You, O God LSB 785
1 We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;
We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

2 We worship You, God of our fathers, we bless You;
Through trial and tempest our guide You have been.
When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,
And with Your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.

3 With voices united our praises we offer
And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.
To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!
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Sermon: Why Christians Give Thanks! Luke 17:11–19

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Prayer of the Church

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Offering

The 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.

Closing Collect

P Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, Almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this Thy Holy Word, 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 LSB 212
P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Benediction
P The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.
C Amen.

Now Thank We All Our God LSB 895
1 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.

2 Oh, may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessèd 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 3 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.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
LWMLC SUNDAY MITE CHALLENGE:

It has been several months of uncertainty, especially regarding the way we as God’s people gather as the body of Christ. For this reason our mites which help missions across our country and the world has suffered. So, we now have a Mite Challenge for the month of October. Have fun gathering coins or if the Lord moves you to give a donation that will be greatly appreciated. Mark your envelope LWML MITE CHALLENGE and drop it into the Offering plate. Thank You in advance for helping us reach out in Christ’s love to others in need.

GIVING THANKS!
Bring a non-perishable item on Thanksgiving Sunday for our Christmas Hampers. The Lord is good to us, let us share that goodness with others in our community!

LWML ZONE: “Called to Speak!”
This is a Webinar put out by LWMLC and everyone is invited to register and be a part of this event. It is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th @ 10:30 a.m. and is as a 1 hour presentation. You are able to participate by using your computer, tablet and yes, even your telephone. If you are interested in registering for the Webinar please contact Marge Aitkenhead @ 204-222-2081.

HALLOWEEN:
Make Halloween Special for our Church Family Children. Bring Halloween Treat Donations to the Church by October 18th. Packages will be made up and delivered to the children.

THANKSGIVING DISPLAY:
Thank You to those who decorated God’s House in Thanksgiving to God for providing for all our needs of body and soul. Thanks Be to God!

Private Baptism:
This Tuesday, October 13th @ 7:00 p.m. Jameson Carter Prasek will be Baptized into God’s family in a private service here in the Church.

Elder’s Meeting:
This Tuesday, October 13th the Elder’s will be meeting @ 7:00 p.m. downstairs in order to properly social distance, and please remember to bring your masks.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting Four LSB 203
Opening Hymn: God Loved the World So That He Gave LSB 571

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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 6 Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise now and eternally!
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
P Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C Amen.

Introit Psalm 118:22–24; antiphon: v. 1
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!
The Stone that the builders rejected
has become the Cornerstone.
This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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.
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
for His steadfast love endures forever!

Kyrie LSB 204
C Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.


Gloria in Excelsis LSB 204

C 1 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.



2 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—



3 For You alone are holy;
You only are the Lord.
Forever and forever,
Be worshiped and adored;
You with the Holy Spirit
Alone are Lord Most High,
In God the Father’s glory.
“Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and 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.

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The 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.

Psalm Psalm 80:7–19; antiphon: v. 7
7Restore us, O God of hosts; let Your face shine, that we may be saved!
8You brought a vine out of Egypt; You drove out the nations and planted it.
9You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
10The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.
11It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River.
12Why then have you broken down its walls so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
14Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
15the stock that Your right hand planted, and for the Son Whom You made strong for Yourself.
16They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of Your face!
17But let Your hand be on the Man of Your right hand, the Son of Man Whom You have made strong for Yourself!
18Then we shall not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your Name!
19Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let Your face shine, that we may be saved!

The Epistle Lesson 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.

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Alleluia and Verse
C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
C These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

The 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.

The 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.

Hymn of the Day: O Love, How Deep LSB 544

1 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!

2 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.

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

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

D 7 All glory to our Lord and God
For love so deep, so high, so broad;
The Trinity whom we adore
Forever and forevermore.
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Sermon: Ready For God’s Harvest Day! Matthew 21:33-46

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Prayer of the Church

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Offering

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The 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.

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Closing Collect
P Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, Almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this Thy Holy Word, 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 LSB 212
P Let us bless the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Benediction

Hymn to Depart: By Grace I’m Saved LSB 566
1 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.

2 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.

3 By grace God’s Son, our only Savior,
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.

4 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.

5 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?

6 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 Savior’s voice.
My heart is glad, all grief has flown
Since I am saved by grace alone.
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Announcements:
LWMLC SUNDAY MITE CHALLENGE:
It has been several months of uncertainty, especially regarding the way we as God’s people gather as the body of Christ. For this reason our mites which help missions across our country and the world has suffered. So, we now have a Mite Challenge for the month of October. Have fun gathering coins or if the Lord moves you to give a donation that will be greatly appreciated. Mark your envelope LWML MITE CHALLENGE and drop it into the Offering plate. Thank You in advance for helping us reach out in Christ’s love to others in need.

GIVING THANKS!
Bring a non-perishable item on Thanksgiving Sunday for our Christmas Hampers. The Lord is good to us, let us share that goodness with others in our community!
HALLOWEEN:
Make Halloween Special for our Church Family Children. Bring Halloween Treat Donations to the Church by October 18th. Packages will be made up and delivered to the children.
Flowers on the Altar:
The Flowers on the Altar are given to the glory of God by the members of the LWML Ladies of our Church.
Elder’s Meeting:
This Tuesday, October 5th the Elder’s will be meeting @ 7:00 p.m. downstairs in order to properly social distance, and please remember to bring your masks.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns LSB 525

1 Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless king
Through all eternity.

2 Crown Him the virgin’s Son,
The God incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won
Which now His brow adorn:
Fruit of the mystic rose,
Yet of that rose the stem,
The root whence mercy ever flows,
The babe of Bethlehem.

3 Crown Him the Lord of love.
Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angels in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bend their wond’ring eyes
At mysteries so bright.

4 Crown Him the Lord of life,
Who triumphed o’er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing,
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die.

5 Crown Him the Lord of heav’n,
Enthroned in worlds above,
Crown Him the king to whom is giv’n
The wondrous name of Love.
Crown Him with many crowns
As thrones before Him fall;
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns,
For He is king of all.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

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

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.

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.

Introit Psalm 147:1–5; antiphon: v. 6
The LORD lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked to the ground.
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken-hearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.
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.

The LORD lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked to the ground.

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
C Amen.

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The 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. . . .25Yet 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? 30Therefore 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.

Psalm Psalm 25:1–10; antiphon: v. 4
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.

The Epistle Lesson 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.

Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

The 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 of the Day: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word LSB 655
1 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.

2 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.

3 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.
Text: Public domain

Sermon: Why Do We Question Everything? Matthew 21:23–27

The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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


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Offering

Offertory LSB 159
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.


The 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.

Closing Collect

Benediction LSB 166

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 to Depart: In God, My Faithful God LSB 745
1 In God, my faithful God,
I trust when dark my road;
Great woes may overtake me,
Yet He will not forsake me.
My troubles He can alter;
His hand lets nothing falter.

2 My sins fill me with care,
Yet I will not despair.
I build on Christ, who loves me;
From this rock nothing moves me.
To Him I will surrender,
To Him, my soul’s defender.

3 If death my portion be,
It brings great gain to me;
It speeds my life’s endeavor
To live with Christ forever.
He gives me joy in sorrow,
Come death now or tomorrow.

4 O Jesus Christ, my Lord,
So meek in deed and word,
You suffered death to save us
Because Your love would have us
Be heirs of heav’nly gladness
When ends this life of sadness.

5 “So be it,” then, I say
With all my heart each day.
Dear Lord, we all adore You,
We sing for joy before You.
Guide us while here we wander
Until we praise You yonder.
Text: Public domain

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
LWML Reminders:
Although the Pandemic has changed the way we Worship and serve, the Lord still has work for us to do.
Please bring in your Lenten Bags for Siloam Mission and items for CLWR.
School Supplies are on sale and we still need those items for our Kits.

Health and Safety:
The Usher will begin by ushering everyone out from the back of the Church, we ask that you go straight out and if you want to visit with anyone, please do so in the parking lot, we highly encourage everyone to remember to social distance while visiting in the parking lot.



Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings LSB 782

1 Gracious God, You send great blessings
New each morning all our days.
For Your mercies never ending,
For Your love we offer praise. Refrain

ref Lord, we pray that we, Your people
Who Your gifts unnumbered claim,
Through the sharing of Your blessings
May bring glory to Your name.

2 By Your Word You formed creation
Filled with creatures large and small;
As we tend that endless treasure
May our care encircle all. Refrain

3 In His earthly life, our Savior
Knew the care of faithful friends;
May our deeds of dedication
Offer love that never ends. Refrain

D 4 Heav’nly Father, may our caring
Bear the imprint of Your grace;
With the Son and Holy Spirit,
Praise be Yours in ev’ry place! Refrain
Text: © 2004 Gregory J. Wismar. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

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

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.

Introit Psalm 116:12–13, 15–16; antiphon: v. 17
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the Name of the LORD.
What shall I render to the LORD
for all His benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the Name of the LORD.
Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of His saints.
O LORD, I am Your servant;
I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.
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.

I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the Name of the LORD.

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
C Amen.

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The 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.

Psalm Psalm 27:1–9; antiphon: v. 4a
1The LORD is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the Stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
3Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
4One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.
5For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.
6And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
8You have said, “Seek My face.” My heart says to You, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
9Hide not Your face from me. Turn not Your servant away in anger, O You who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!

The Epistle Lesson 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.

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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

The 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.

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Sermon Hymn: Salvation unto Us Has Come LSB 555 VS. 1-5
1 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.

2 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.

3 It was a false, misleading dream
That God His Law had given
That sinners could themselves redeem
And by their works gain heaven.
The Law is but a mirror bright
To bring the inbred sin to light
That lurks within our nature.

4 From sin our flesh could not abstain,
Sin held its sway unceasing;
The task was useless and in vain,
Our guilt was e’er increasing.
None can remove sin’s poisoned dart
Or purify our guileful heart—
So deep is our corruption.

5 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.
Text: Public domain
Sermon: “Suffering for Christ!” Philippians 1:12–14, 19–30

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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 158
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

Sit

Offering

Stand

Offertory LSB 159
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.

The 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.

Closing Collect

P Let us pray.
C Amen.

Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: Salvation unto Us Has Come LSB 555 VS. 6-10
6 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.

7 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.

8 The Law reveals the guilt of sin
And makes us conscience-stricken;
But then the Gospel enters in
The sinful soul to quicken.
Come to the cross, trust Christ, and live;
The Law no peace can ever give,
No comfort and no blessing.

9 Faith clings to Jesus’ cross alone
And rests in Him unceasing;
And by its fruits true faith is known,
With love and hope increasing.
For faith alone can justify;
Works serve our neighbor and supply
The proof that faith is living.

D 10 All blessing, honor, thanks, and praise
To Father, Son, and Spirit,
The God who saved us by His grace;
All glory to His merit.
O triune God in heav’n above,
You have revealed Your saving love;
Your blessèd Name we hallow.
Text: Public domain

ANNOUNCEMENTS:


At our recent Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 18th the Council has decided to reopen LCGS on Sunday mornings with Service at 10:00 a.m. We ask that you please call the Church or email the Church every week if you plan on attending. Check your email for all the Guidelines for attending Worship. We also decided that we will still be recording the Worship Service on Friday afternoons to be viewed Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable in attending the in-House Services. Safety and Comfort is our main concern for all our family in Christ. The Lord be with you all!!!

LWML Reminders:
Although the Pandemic has changed the way we Worship and serve, the Lord still has work for us to do.
Please bring in your Lenten Bags for Siloam Mission and items for CLWR.
School Supplies are on sale and we still need those items for our Kits.

Church Council Meeting: Please remember to mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 22nd, for 7:30 p.m. as we will meet again in the basement for our regular monthly meeting.

Health and Safety:
The Usher will begin by ushering everyone out from the back of the Church, we ask that you go straight out and if you want to visit with anyone, please do so in the parking lot, we highly encourage everyone to remember to social distance while visiting in the parking lot.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Jesus Sinners Doth Receive LSB 609

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 I, a sinner, come to Thee
With a penitent confession.
Savior, mercy show to me;
Grant for all my sins remission.
Let these words my soul relieve:
Jesus sinners doth receive.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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: Public domain

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

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

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.

Introit Psalm 143:1–2; antiphon: v. 9
Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
I have fled to You for refuge!
Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In Your faithfulness answer me, in Your righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with Your servant,
for no one living is righteous before You.
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.

Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD!
I have fled to You for refuge!

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
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.
C Amen.

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The Old Testament Reading Genesis 50:15–21
15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 103:1–12; antiphon: v. 13
1Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name!
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits,
3Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases,
4Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
7He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel.
8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever.
10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him;
12as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.

The Epistle Lesson Romans 14:1–12
1As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Stand

Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel Matthew 18:21–35
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
21Peter came up and said to [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. 23Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35So also My Heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Sit

Hymn of the Day: Come Down, O Love Divine LSB 501
1 Come down, O Love divine;
Seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near;
Within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

2 O let it freely burn,
Till worldly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light
Shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3 Let holy charity
Mine outward vesture be
And lowliness become mine inner clothing—
True lowliness of heart,
Which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

4 And so the yearning strong,
With which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the pow’r of human telling;
No soul can guess His grace
Till it become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.
Text: Public domain

Sermon: Sin and its Consequences! Matthew 18:21–35

Stand

The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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

Offering

Offertory LSB 159
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.

The 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.

Closing Collect

P Let us pray.
C Amen.

Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing LSB 924
1 Lord, dismiss us with Your blessing,
Fill our hearts with joy and peace;
Let us each, Your love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace.
O refresh us; O refresh us,
Trav’ling through this wilderness.

2 Thanks we give and adoration
For Your Gospel’s joyful sound.
May the fruits of Your salvation
In our hearts and lives abound.
Ever faithful, ever faithful
To Your truth may we be found.

3 Savior, when Your love shall call us
From our struggling pilgrim way,
Let not fear of death appall us,
Glad Your summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever
Reign with You in endless day.
Text: Public domain


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


At our recent Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 18th the Council has decided to reopen LCGS on Sunday mornings with Service at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 6th. We ask that you please call the Church or email the Church if you plan on attending. Check your email for all the Guidelines for attending Worship. We also decided that we will still be recording the Worship Service on Friday afternoons to be viewed Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable in attending the in-House Services. Safety and Comfort is our main concern for all our family in Christ. The Lord be with you all!!!

LWML Reminders:
Although the Pandemic has changed the way we Worship and serve, the Lord still has work for us to do.
Please bring in your Lenten Bags for Siloam Mission and items for CLWR.
School Supplies are on sale and we still need those items for our Kits.

Health and Safety:
The Usher will begin by ushering everyone out from the back of the Church, we ask that you go straight out and if you want to visit with anyone, please do so in the parking lot, we highly encourage everyone to remember to social distance while visiting in the parking lot.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Hymn of Invocation: O Day of Rest and Gladness LSB 906

1 O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
Most beautiful, most bright;
This day the high and lowly,
Through ages joined to bless,
Sing, “Holy, holy, holy,”
The triune God confess.

2 This day at earth’s creation
The light first had its birth;
This day for our salvation
Christ rose from depths of earth;
This day our Lord victorious
The Spirit sent from heav’n,
And thus this day most glorious
A threefold light was giv’n.

3 This day, God’s people meeting,
His Holy Scripture hear;
His living presence greeting,
Through bread and wine made near.
We journey on, believing,
Renewed with heav’nly might,
From grace more grace receiving,
On this blest day of light.

D 4 That light our hope sustaining,
We walk the pilgrim way,
At length our rest attaining,
Our endless Sabbath day.
We sing to Thee our praises,
O Father, Spirit, Son;
The Church her voice upraises
To Thee, blest Three in One.
Text (st. 3): © 1982 Charles P. Price; (st. 4): © 1985 The Church Pension Fund. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080. Text (sts. 1–2): Public domain

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.

Introit Psalm 92:1–4; antiphon: v. 5
How great are Your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep!
It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High;
to declare Your steadfast love in the morning,
and Your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
For You, O LORD, have made me glad by Your work;
at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.
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.

How great are Your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep!

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.


Salutation and Collect of the Day

Sit

The Old Testament Reading Ezekiel 33:7–9
7“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a Word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me. 8If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 32:1–7; antiphon: v. 1
1Blessèd is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2Blessèd is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
5I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
6Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
7You are a hiding place for me; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with shouts of deliverance.

The Epistle Lesson Romans 13:1–10
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 8Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other Commandment, are summed up in this Word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Stand

Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel Matthew 18:1–20
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them 3and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5Whoever receives one such child in My Name receives Me, 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 7Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire. 10See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father Who is in heaven. 11For the Son of Man came to save the lost. 12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of My Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. 15If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church. And if he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I among them.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn of the Day: My Soul, Now Praise Your Maker LSB 820
1 My soul, now praise your Maker!
Let all within me bless His name
Who makes you full partaker
Of mercies more than you dare claim.
Forget Him not whose meekness
Still bears with all your sin,
Who heals your ev’ry weakness,
Renews your life within;
Whose grace and care are endless
And saved you through the past;
Who leaves no suff’rer friendless
But rights the wronged at last.

2 He offers all His treasure
Of justice, truth, and righteousness,
His love beyond all measure,
His yearning pity o’er distress;
Nor treats us as we merit
But sets His anger by.
The poor and contrite spirit
Finds His compassion nigh;
And high as heav’n above us,
As dawn from close of day,
So far, since He has loved us,
He puts our sins away.

3 For as a tender father
Has pity on his children here,
God in His arms will gather
All who are His in childlike fear.
He knows how frail our powers,
Who but from dust are made.
We flourish like the flowers,
And even so we fade;
The wind but through them passes,
And all their bloom is o’er.
We wither like the grasses;
Our place knows us no more.

4 His grace remains forever,
And children’s children yet shall prove
That God forsakes them never
Who in true fear shall seek His love.
In heav’n is fixed His dwelling,
His rule is over all;
O hosts with might excelling,
With praise before Him fall.
Praise Him forever reigning,
All you who hear His Word—
Our life and all sustaining.
My soul, O praise the Lord!
text: Public domain

Sermon: “Appointed By God!” Romans 13:1–10

Stand

The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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


Sit

Offering: Where Charity and Love Prevail LSB 845
1 Where charity and love prevail
There God is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love
By love are we thus bound.

2 With grateful joy and holy fear
His charity we learn;
Let us with heart and mind and soul
Now love Him in return.

3 Forgive we now each other’s faults
As we our faults confess,
And let us love each other well
In Christian holiness.

4 Let strife among us be unknown;
Let all contention cease;
Be God’s the glory that we seek;
Be ours His holy peace.

5 Let us recall that in our midst
Dwells Christ, His only Son;
As members of His body joined
We are in Him made one.

6 For love excludes no race or clan
That names the Savior’s name;
His family embraces all
Whose Father is the same.
Text: © 1960 World Library Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

Stand

Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: Children of the Heavenly Father LSB 725
1 Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

2 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.

3 Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

4 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. 110006080


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


At our recent Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 18th the Council has decided to reopen LCGS on Sunday mornings with Service at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 6th. We ask that you please call the Church or email the Church if you plan on attending. Check your email for all the Guidelines for attending Worship. We also decided that we will still be recording the Worship Service on Friday afternoons to be viewed Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable in attending the in-House Services. Safety and Comfort is our main concern for all our family in Christ. The Lord be with you all!!!

LWML Reminders:
Although the Pandemic has changed the way we Worship and serve, the Lord still has work for us to do.
Please bring in your Lenten Bags for Siloam Mission and items for CLWR.
School Supplies are on sale and we still need those items for our Kits.

The Usher will begin by ushering everyone out from the back of the Church, we ask that you go straight out and if you want to visit with anyone, please do so in the parking lot, remembering to social distance.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: With the Lord Begin Your Task LSB 869

1 With the Lord begin your task;
Jesus will direct it.
For His aid and counsel ask;
Jesus will perfect it.
Ev’ry morn with Jesus rise,
And when day is ended,
In His name then close your eyes;
Be to Him commended.

2 Let each day begin with prayer,
Praise, and adoration.
On the Lord cast ev’ry care;
He is your salvation.
Morning, evening, and at night
Jesus will be near you,
Save you from the tempter’s might,
With His presence cheer you.

3 With your Savior at your side,
Foes need not alarm you;
In His promises confide,
And no ill can harm you.
All your trust and hope repose
In the mighty Master,
Who in wisdom truly knows
How to stem disaster.

4 If your task be thus begun
With the Savior’s blessing,
Safely then your course will run,
Toward the promise pressing.
Good will follow ev’rywhere
While you here must wander;
You at last the joy will share
In the mansions yonder.

5 Thus, Lord Jesus, ev’ry task
Be to You commended;
May Your will be done, I ask,
Until life is ended.
Jesus, in Your name begun
Be the day’s endeavor;
Grant that it may well be done
To Your praise forever.
Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.
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.
Introit Psalm 37:5–7; antiphon: v. 4
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him, and He will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
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.
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Kyrie LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.


Salutation and Collect of the Day

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The Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 15:15–21
15O LORD, You know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In Your forbearance take me not away; know that for Your sake I bear reproach. 16Your Words were found, and I ate them, and Your Words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your Name, O LORD, God of hosts. 17I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because Your hand was upon me, for You had filled me with indignation. 18Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? 19Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before Me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as My mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. 20And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the LORD. 21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 26; antiphon: v. 8
1Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
2Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
3For Your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in Your faithfulness.
4I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
5I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked.
6I wash my hands in innocence and go around Your Altar, O LORD,
7proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all Your wondrous deeds.
8O LORD, I love the habitation of Your House and the place where Your glory dwells.
9Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes.
11But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the LORD.

The Epistle Lesson Romans 12:9–21
9Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.


The Holy Gospel Matthew 16:21–28
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the sixteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
21From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a hindrance to Me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 24Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 25For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? 27For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done. 28Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

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Hymn of the Day: Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus LSB 531

1 Hail, Thou once despisèd Jesus!
Hail, Thou Galilean King!
Thou didst suffer to release us;
Thou didst free salvation bring.
Hail, Thou universal Savior,
Bearer of our sin and shame!
By Thy merit we find favor:
Life is given through Thy name.

2 Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,
All our sins on Thee were laid;
By almighty love anointed,
Thou hast full atonement made.
All Thy people are forgiven
Through the virtue of Thy blood;
Opened is the gate of heaven,
Reconciled are we with God.

3 Jesus, hail! Enthroned in glory,
There forever to abide;
All the heav’nly hosts adore Thee,
Seated at Thy Father’s side.
There for sinners Thou art pleading;
There Thou dost our place prepare,
Ever for us interceding
Till in glory we appear.

4 Worship, honor, pow’r, and blessing
Thou art worthy to receive;
Highest praises, without ceasing,
Right it is for us to give.
Help, ye bright angelic spirits,
All your noblest anthems raise;
Help to sing our Savior’s merits,
Help to chant Immanuel’s praise!
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Sermon: “What are We Looking for in Life?” Matthew 16:21–28

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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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

Offering: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me LSB 722

1 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.

2 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.

3 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 blessèd Friend;
So take my hand and lead me
Unto the end.
Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

Offertory LSB 159
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.


The 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.

Closing Collect

Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: I’m But a Stranger Here LSB 748
1 I’m but a stranger here,
Heav’n is my home;
Earth is a desert drear,
Heav’n is my home.
Danger and sorrow stand
Round me on ev’ry hand;
Heav’n is my fatherland,
Heav’n is my home.

2 What though the tempest rage,
Heav’n is my home;
Short is my pilgrimage,
Heav’n is my home;
And time’s wild wintry blast
Soon shall be overpast;
I shall reach home at last,
Heav’n is my home.

3 Therefore I murmur not,
Heav’n is my home;
Whate’er my earthly lot,
Heav’n is my home;
And I shall surely stand
There at my Lord’s right hand;
Heav’n is my fatherland,
Heav’n is my home.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

At our recent Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 18th the Council has decided to reopen LCGS on Sunday mornings with Service at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 6th. We ask that you please call the Church or email the Church if you plan on attending. Check your email for all the Guidelines for attending Worship. We also decided that we will still be recording the Worship Service on Friday afternoons to be viewed Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable in attending the in-House Services. Safety and Comfort is our main concern for all our family in Christ. The Lord be with you all!!!


I will be away on holidays from August 23rd to September 5th. In the case of an emergency please contact our Head Elder, Gerry Grienke @ 204-222-1849.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Hymn of Invocation: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise LSB 802

1 Immortal, invisible,
God only wise,
In light inaccessible
hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious,
the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious,
Thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting,
and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting,
Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains
high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains
of goodness and love.

3 To all life Thou givest—
to both great and small—
In all life Thou livest,
the true Life of all;
We blossom and flourish
as leaves on the tree
And wither and perish—
but naught changes Thee.

4 Great Father of glory,
pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee,
all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render:
O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor
of light that hides Thee.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.
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.
Introit Psalm 2:6–7; 117; antiphon: Psalm 115:18
But we will bless the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!
As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, My Holy Hill.
I will tell of the Decree:
The LORD said to Me, “You are My Son; today I have begotten You.”
Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol Him, all peoples!
For great is His steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
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.

But we will bless the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!
Kyrie LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this Holy House and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
The Old Testament Reading Isaiah 51:1–6

1“Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. 3For the LORD comforts Zion; He comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. 4Give attention to Me, My people, and give ear to Me, My nation; for a Law will go out from Me, and I will set My justice for a light to the peoples. 5My righteousness draws near, My salvation has gone out, and My arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for Me, and for My arm they wait. 6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will never be dismayed.”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 138; antiphon: v. 8a

1I give You thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing Your praise;
2I bow down toward Your Holy Temple and give thanks to Your Name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.
3On the day I called, You answered me; my strength of soul You increased.
4All the kings of the earth shall give You thanks, O LORD, for they have heard the Words of Your mouth,
5and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.
6For though the LORD is high, He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand delivers me.
8The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands.
The Epistle Lesson Romans 11:33—12:8
33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! 34“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?” 35Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid?” 36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 16:13–20

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the sixteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this Rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19I will give you the Keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.” 20Then He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: Built on the Rock LSB 645
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.”
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Sermon: “Presentation Means Everything!” Romans 11:33—12:8
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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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

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Offering: Take My Life and Let It Be LSB 783
1 Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

2 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.

3 Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

4 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.

5 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.

6 Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
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Offertory LSB 159
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.

The 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.

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Closing Collect

Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: What Is the World to Me LSB 730

1 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!

2 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!

3 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!

4 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!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

At our recent Council Meeting, Tuesday, August 18th the Council has decided to reopen LCGS on Sunday mornings with Service at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 6th. We ask that you please call the Church or email the Church if you plan on attending. Check your email for all the Guidelines for attending Worship. We also decided that we will still be recording the Worship Service on Friday afternoons to be viewed Sunday Mornings at 10:00 a.m. as we do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable in attending the in-House Services. Safety and Comfort is our main concern for all our family in Christ. The Lord be with you all!!!


I will be away on holidays from August 23rd to September 5th. In the case of an emergency please contact our Head Elder, Gerry Grienke @ 204-222-1849.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Hymn of Invocation: Come, Thou Almighty King LSB 905

1 Come, Thou almighty King,
Help us Thy name to sing;
Help us to praise;
Father all-glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

2 Come, Thou incarnate Word,
Gird on Thy mighty sword;
Our prayer attend.
Come and Thy people bless,
And give Thy Word success,
And let Thy righteousness
On us descend.

3 Come, holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour!
Thou, who almighty art,
Now rule in ev’ry heart,
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of pow’r.

D 4 To Thee, great One in Three,
Eternal praises be
Hence evermore!
Thy sov’reign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.




P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.
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.
Introit Psalm 28:1–2, 6–7; antiphon: v. 8

The LORD is the strength of His people;
He is the Saving Refuge of His anointed.
To You, O LORD, I call; my Rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if You be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to You for help,
when I lift up my hands toward Your most Holy Sanctuary.
Blessèd be the LORD!
For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The LORD is my Strength and my Shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.
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.
The LORD is the strength of His people;
He is the Saving Refuge of His anointed.
Kyrie LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
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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. . . .6And 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.
Psalm Psalm 67; antiphon: v. 5

1May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us,
2that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!
4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
5Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!
6The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.
7God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!
The Epistle Lesson 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.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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 of the Day: When in the Hour of Deepest Need LSB 615

1 When in the hour of deepest need
We know not where to look for aid;
When days and nights of anxious thought
No help or counsel yet have brought,
2 Then is our comfort this alone
That we may meet before Your throne;
To You, O faithful God, we cry
For rescue in our misery.
3 For You have promised, Lord, to heed
Your children’s cries in time of need
Through Him whose name alone is great,
Our Savior and our advocate.
4 And so we come, O God, today
And all our woes before You lay;
For sorely tried, cast down, we stand,
Perplexed by fears on ev’ry hand.
5 O from our sins, Lord, turn Your face;
Absolve us through Your boundless grace.
Be with us in our anguish still;
Free us at last from ev’ry ill.
6 So we with all our hearts each day
To You our glad thanksgiving pay,
Then walk obedient to Your Word,
And now and ever praise You, Lord.
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Sermon: “A House of Prayer!” Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
The 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
Offering: What a Friend We Have in Jesus LSB 770

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
Oh, what needless pain we bear—
All because we do not carry
Ev’rything to God in prayer!
2 Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
3 Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.

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Closing Collect
Benediction
Hymn to Depart: Almighty Father, Bless the Word LSB 923

1 Almighty Father, bless the Word
Which through Your grace we now have heard.
Oh, may the precious seed take root,
Spring up, and bear abundant fruit!
2 We praise You for the means of grace
As homeward now our steps we trace.
Grant, Lord, that we who worshiped here
May all at last in heav’n appear.
D 3 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.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Also Just a reminder to everyone, if you so desire, please call the Church from Tuesday through Friday, to make an appointment for Private Confession and Absolution as well as partaking of our Lord’s True Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sin and the strengthening of our faith. Both individual and the common Cup will be made available for you. Also, if an evening or weekend work better for you we can arrange that also. The Lord be with you all!!!


I will be away on holidays from August 23rd to September 7th. In the case of an emergency please contact our Head Elder, Mr. Gerald Grienke @ 204-222-1849.

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Opening Hymn: Thy Strong Word LSB 578

1 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!

2 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!

3 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!

4 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!

5 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 6 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!
Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.
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.
Introit Psalm 34:4–8; antiphon: v. 1
I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
I sought the LORD, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,
and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessèd is the man who takes refuge in Him!
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.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Kyrie LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
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The 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? 8Or 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’? 12Have 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. 16Have 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.
Psalm Psalm 18:1–6; antiphon: v. 46

1I love You, O LORD, my strength.
2The LORD is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my Stronghold.
3I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;
5the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
6In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From His Temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.
The Epistle Lesson 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.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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.
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Sermon Hymn: I Leave All Things to God’s Direction LSB 719

1 I leave all things to God’s direction;
He loves me both in joy and woe.
His will is good, sure His affection;
His tender love is true, I know.
My fortress and my rock is He:
What pleases God, that pleases me.

2 God knows what must be done to save me;
His love for me will never cease.
Upon His hands He did engrave me
With purest gold of loving grace.
His will supreme must ever be:
What pleases God, that pleases me.

3 My God desires the soul’s salvation;
My soul He, too, desires to save.
Therefore with Christian resignation
All earthly troubles I will brave.
His will be done eternally:
What pleases God, that pleases me.

4 My God has all things in His keeping;
He is the ever faithful friend.
He gives me laughter after weeping,
And all His ways in blessings end.
His love endures eternally:
What pleases God, that pleases me.
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Sermon: “It’s All About the Heart” Romans 10:5–17 & Matthew 14:22–33
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The 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
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Offering: When Peace, like a River LSB 763

1 When peace, like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows, like sea billows, roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul. Refrain

ref It is well (It is well)
with my soul, (with my soul),
It is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood for my soul. Refrain

3 He lives—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain

4 And, Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
Even so it is well with my soul. Refrain
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
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Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: From All That Dwell Below the Skies LSB 816

1 From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator’s praise arise;
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let the Redeemer’s name be sung
Through ev’ry land by ev’ry tongue.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 Eternal are Thy mercies, Lord;
Eternal truth attends Thy Word.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore
Till suns shall rise and set no more.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

D 3 All praise to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Whom with the Spirit we adore
Forever and forevermore:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Also Just a reminder to everyone, if you so desire, please call the Church from Tuesday through Friday, to make an appointment for Private Confession and Absolution as well as partaking of our Lord’s True Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sin and the strengthening of our faith. Both individual and the common Cup will be made available for you. Also, if an evening or weekend work better for you we can arrange that also. The Lord be with you all!!!

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now LSB 902

1 Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;
Our hearts in true devotion bow.
Your Spirit send with light divine,
And let Your truth within us shine.

2 Unseal our lips to sing Your praise
In endless hymns through all our days.
Increase our faith and light our minds;
And set us free from doubt that blinds.

3 Then shall we join the hosts that cry,
“O holy, holy Lord Most High!”
And in the light of that blest place
We then shall see You face to face.

D 4 All glory to the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise throughout eternity!
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P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 105:39–43; antiphon: v. 1
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
He spread a cloud for a covering,
and fire to give light by night.
They asked, and He brought quail,
and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
it flowed through the desert like a river.
For He remembered His Holy Word,
and Abraham, His servant.
So He brought His people out with joy,
His chosen ones with singing.
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.

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and 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.
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The 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.
Psalm Psalm 136:1–9; antiphon: v. 26
1Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.
2Give thanks to the God of gods, for His steadfast love endures forever.
3Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His steadfast love endures forever;
4to Him Who alone does great wonders, for His steadfast love endures forever;
5to Him Who by understanding made the heavens, for His steadfast love endures forever;
6to Him Who spread out the earth above the waters, for His steadfast love endures forever;
7to Him Who made the great lights, for His steadfast love endures forever;
8the sun to rule over the day, for His steadfast love endures forever;
9the moon and stars to rule over the night, for His steadfast love endures forever;
The Epistle Lesson Romans 9:1–13
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. 6But it is not as though the Word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call— 12she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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.
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Hymn of the Day: The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want LSB 710

1 The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

2 My soul He doth restore again
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E’en for His own name’s sake.

3 Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

4 My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

5 Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.
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Sermon: “I Need to Be Alone!” Matthew 14:13–21
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The 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
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Offering: We Praise You, O God LSB 785

1 We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;
We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

2 We worship You, God of our fathers, we bless You;
Through trial and tempest our guide You have been.
When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,
And with Your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.

3 With voices united our praises we offer
And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.
To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: On What Has Now Been Sown LSB 921

1 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!

2 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.

3 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!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Also Just a reminder to everyone, if you so desire, please call the Church from Tuesday through Friday, to make an appointment for Private Confession and Absolution as well as partaking of our Lord’s True Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sin and the strengthening of our faith. Both individual and the common Cup will be made available for you. Also, if an evening or weekend work better for you we can arrange that also. The Lord be with you all!!!

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Opening Hymn: This Is the Day the Lord Has Made LSB 903

1 This is the day the Lord has made;
He calls the hours His own.
Let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad
And praise surround the throne.

2 Today He rose and left the dead,
And Satan’s empire fell;
Today the saints His triumphs spread
And all His wonders tell.

3 Hosanna to the_anointed King,
To David’s holy Son!
Help us, O Lord; descend and bring
Salvation from Your throne.

4 Blessèd is He who comes to us
With messages of grace;
He, in the Lord’s name, comes to us
To save our fallen race.

5 Hosanna in the highest strains
The Church on earth can raise.
The highest heav’ns, in which He reigns,
Shall give Him nobler praise.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.
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.
Introit Psalm 105:2–6; antiphon: v. 1

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
tell of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His Holy Name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and His strength;
seek His presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that He has done,
His miracles, and the judgments He uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, His servant,
children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
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.

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
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The 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.
Psalm Psalm 125; antiphon: v. 2
1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people, from this time forth and forevermore.
3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.
4Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
The Epistle Lesson 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.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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. 45Again, 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. 47Again, 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. 51Have 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.
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Hymn of the Day: From God Can Nothing Move Me LSB 713

1 From God can nothing move me;
He will not step aside
But gently will reprove me
And be my constant guide.
He stretches out His hand
In evening and in morning,
My life with grace adorning
Wherever I may stand.

2 When those whom I regarded
As trustworthy and sure
Have long from me departed,
God’s grace shall still endure.
He rescues me from sin
And breaks the chains that bind me.
I leave death’s fear behind me;
His peace I have within.

3 The Lord my life arranges;
Who can His work destroy?
In His good time He changes
All sorrow into joy.
So let me then be still:
My body, soul, and spirit
His tender care inherit
According to His will.

4 Each day at His good pleasure
God’s gracious will is done.
He sent His greatest treasure
In Jesus Christ, His Son.
He ev’ry gift imparts.
The bread of earth and heaven
Are by His kindness given.
Praise Him with thankful hearts!

5 Praise God with acclamation
And in His gifts rejoice.
Each day finds its vocation
Responding to His voice.
Soon years on earth are past;
But time we spend expressing
The love of God brings blessing
That will forever last!

6 Yet even though I suffer
The world’s unpleasantness,
And though the days grow rougher
And bring me great distress,
That day of bliss divine,
Which knows no end or measure,
And Christ, who is my pleasure,
Forever shall be mine.

D 7 For thus the Father willed it,
Who fashioned us from clay;
And His own Son fulfilled it
And brought eternal day.
The Spirit now has come,
To us true faith has given;
He leads us home to heaven.
O praise the Three in One!
Text (sts. 1–2, 6): © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship; (sts. 3–5, 7): © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
Sermon: “God’s In Control of All Things! Romans 8:28-30
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The 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
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Offering: Jerusalem the Golden LSB 672

1 Jerusalem the golden,
With milk and honey blest—
The promise of salvation,
The place of peace and rest—
We know not, oh, we know not
What joys await us there:
The radiancy of glory,
The bliss beyond compare!

2 Within those walls of Zion
Sounds forth the joyful song,
As saints join with the angels
And all the martyr throng.
The Prince is ever with them;
The daylight is serene;
The city of the blessèd
Shines bright with glorious sheen.

3 Around the throne of David,
The saints, from care released,
Raise loud their songs of triumph
To celebrate the feast.
They sing to Christ their leader,
Who conquered in the fight,
Who won for them forever
Their gleaming robes of white.

D 4 O sweet and blessèd country,
The home of God’s elect!
O sweet and blessèd country
That faithful hearts expect!
In mercy, Jesus, bring us
To that eternal rest
With You and God the Father
And Spirit, ever blest.
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise LSB 917

1 Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise
With one accord our parting hymn of praise;
Once more we bless Thee ere our worship cease,
Then, lowly bending, wait Thy word of peace.

2 Grant us Thy peace upon our homeward way;
With Thee began, with Thee shall end, the day.
Guard Thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,
That in this house have called upon Thy name.

3 Grant us Thy peace, Lord, through the coming night;
Turn Thou for us its darkness into light.
From harm and danger keep Thy children free;
For dark and light are both alike to Thee.

4 Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life,
Our balm in sorrow and our stay in strife;
Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,
Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace.
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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, although our family of Christ cannot be together in the House of God, I Pray that you are healthy and staying safe in your homes! May God be with you all keeping you safe in His ever loving arms until that day, when we can join together in His House of Prayer to give Him all Glory, Praise and Thanksgiving for His never ending love toward us His beloved children. In Jesus’ Name, I Pray. Amen.
Also Just a reminder to everyone, if you so desire, please call the Church from Tuesday through Friday, to make an appointment for Private Confession and Absolution as well as partaking of our Lord’s True Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sin and the strengthening of our faith. Both individual and the common Cup will be made available for you. Also, if an evening or weekend work better for you we can arrange that also. The Lord be with you all!!!

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Opening Hymn: O Holy Spirit, Enter In LSB 913

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.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 86:11–15; antiphon: v. 6

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
Teach me Your way, O LORD, that I may walk in Your Truth;
unite my heart to fear Your Name.
I give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify Your Name forever.
For great is Your steadfast love toward me;
You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seek my life,
and they do not set You before them.
But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
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.

Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
The 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.
Psalm Psalm 119:57–64; antiphon: v. 89

57The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep Your Words.
58I entreat Your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your promise.
59When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to Your Testimonies;
60I hasten and do not delay to keep Your Commandments.
61Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget Your Law.
62At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your Just and Righteous Decrees.
63I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who keep Your Precepts.
64The earth, O LORD, is full of Your steadfast love; teach me Your Statutes!
The Epistle Lesson 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.
Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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 of the Day: Come, My Soul, with Every Care LSB 779

1 Come, my soul, with ev’ry care,
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not turn away.

2 Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and pow’r are such
None can ever ask too much.

3 With my burden I begin:
Lord, remove this load of sin;
Let Thy blood, for sinners spilt,
Set my conscience free from guilt.

4 Lord, Thy rest to me impart,
Take possession of my heart;
There Thy blood-bought right maintain
And without a rival reign.

5 While I am a pilgrim here,
Let Thy love my spirit cheer;
As my guide, my guard, my friend,
Lead me to my journey’s end.

6 Show me what is mine to do;
Ev’ry hour my strength renew.
Let me live a life of faith;
Let me die Thy people’s death.
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Sermon: One God, Now and Forever! Isaiah 44:6–8


The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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
Offering: On Eagles’ Wings LSB 727

1 You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
Who abide in His shadow for life,
Say to the Lord: “My refuge,
My rock in whom I trust!” Refrain

ref And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

2 The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
And famine will bring you no fear;
Under His wings your refuge,
His faithfulness your shield. Refrain

3 You need not fear the terror of the night,
Nor the arrow that flies by day;
Though thousands fall about you,
Near you it shall not come. Refrain

4 For to His angels He’s given a command
To guard you in all of your ways;
Upon their hands they will bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone. Refrain

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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166

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 to Depart: Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good LSB 819
1 Sing praise to God, the highest good,
The author of creation,
The God of love who understood
Our need for His salvation.
With healing balm our souls He fills
And ev’ry faithless murmur stills:
To God all praise and glory!

2 What God’s almighty pow’r has made,
In mercy He is keeping.
By morning glow or evening shade
His eye is never sleeping.
Within the kingdom of His might
All things are just and good and right:
To God all praise and glory!

3 We sought the Lord in our distress;
O God, in mercy hear us.
Our Savior saw our helplessness
And came with peace to cheer us.
For this we thank and praise the Lord,
Who is by one and all adored:
To God all praise and glory!

4 He never shall forsake His flock,
His chosen generation;
He is their refuge and their rock,
Their peace and their salvation.
As with a mother’s tender hand,
He leads His own, His chosen band:
To God all praise and glory!

5 All who confess Christ’s holy name,
Give God the praise and glory.
Let all who know His pow’r proclaim
Aloud the wondrous story.
Cast ev’ry idol from its throne,
For God is God, and He alone:
To God all praise and glory

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty LSB 901

1 Open now thy gates of beauty;
Zion, let me enter there,
Where my soul in joyful duty
Waits for Him who answers prayer.
Oh, how blessèd is this place,
Filled with solace, light, and grace!

2 Gracious God, I come before Thee;
Come Thou also unto me.
Where we find Thee and adore Thee,
There a heav’n on earth must be.
To my heart, O enter Thou;
Let it be Thy temple now!

3 Here Thy praise is gladly chanted;
Here Thy seed is duly sown.
Let my soul, where it is planted,
Bring forth precious sheaves alone,
So that all I hear may be
Fruitful unto life in me.

4 Thou my faith increase and quicken;
Let me keep Thy gift divine,
Howsoe’er temptations thicken;
May Thy Word still o’er me shine
As my guiding star through life,
As my comfort in all strife.

5 Speak, O God, and I will hear Thee;
Let Thy will be done indeed.
May I undisturbed draw near Thee
While Thou dost Thy people feed.
Here of life the fountain flows;
Here is balm for all our woes.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 103:15–19; antiphon: v. 8

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep His Covenant
and remember to do His Commandments.
The LORD has established His Throne in the heavens,
and His Kingdom rules over all.
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.

The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Kyrie LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
The 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, 11so 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. 12For 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. 13Instead 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.
Psalm Psalm 65:9–13; antiphon: v. 5

9You visit the earth and water it; You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it.
10You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
11You crown the year with Your bounty; Your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
12The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
13the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
The Epistle Lesson Romans 8:12–17
12So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For 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. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For 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!” 16The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and 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.
Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the thirteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2And great crowds gathered about Him, so that He got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And He told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9He who has ears, let him hear. . . 18Hear then the parable of the sower: 19When 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. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet 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. 22As 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. 23As 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 of the Day: Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast LSB 577
1 Almighty God, Your Word is cast
Like seed into the ground;
Now let the dew of heav’n descend
And righteous fruits abound.

2 Let not the sly satanic foe
This holy seed remove,
But give it root in ev’ry heart
To bring forth fruits of love.

3 Let not the world’s deceitful cares
The rising plant destroy,
But let it yield a hundredfold
The fruits of peace and joy.

4 So when the precious seed is sown,
Life-giving grace bestow
That all whose souls the truth receive
Its saving pow’r may know.
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Sermon: Taking the Word, to Heart! Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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

Offering: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty LSB 790

1 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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Offertory LSB 159
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.




The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Almighty Father, Bless the Word LSB 923

1 Almighty Father, bless the Word
Which through Your grace we now have heard.
Oh, may the precious seed take root,
Spring up, and bear abundant fruit!

2 We praise You for the means of grace
As homeward now our steps we trace.
Grant, Lord, that we who worshiped here
May all at last in heav’n appear.

D 3 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.
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Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Before You, Lord, We Bow LSB 966

1 Before You, Lord, we bow,
Our God who reigns above
And rules the world below,
Boundless in pow’r and love.
Our thanks we bring
In joy and praise,
Our hearts we raise
To You, our King!

2 The nation You have blest
May well Your love declare,
From foes and fears at rest,
Protected by Your care.
For this bright day,
For this fair land—
Gifts of Your hand—
Our thanks we pay.

3 May ev’ry mountain height,
Each vale and forest green,
Shine in Your Word’s pure light,
And its rich fruits be seen!
May ev’ry tongue
Be tuned to praise
And join to raise
A grateful song.

4 Earth, hear your Maker’s voice;
Your great Redeemer own;
Believe, obey, rejoice,
And worship Him alone.
Cast down your pride,
Your sin deplore,
And bow before
The Crucified.

5 And when in pow’r He comes,
Oh, may our native land
From all its rending tombs
Send forth a glorious band,
A countless throng,
With joy to sing
To heav’n’s high King
Salvation’s song!

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P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 91:2, 9–10; antiphon: v. 1

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my Fortress,
my God, in Whom I trust.”
Because You have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, Who is my Refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
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.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
The Old Testament Reading Zechariah 9:9–12

9Rejoice 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. 10I 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. 11As for you also, because of the Blood of My Covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12Return 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.
Psalm Psalm 145:1–14; antiphon: v. 19

1I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your Name forever and ever.
2Every day I will bless You and praise Your Name forever and ever.
3Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.
4One generation shall commend Your works to an-other, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
5On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness.
7They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
8The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9The LORD is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.
10All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, and all Your saints shall bless You!
11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and tell of Your power,
12to make known to the children of man Your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all His Words and kind in all His works.
14The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
The Epistle Lesson Romans 7:14–25a
14We know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the Law, that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For 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. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21So I find it to be a Law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the Law of God, in my inner being, 23but 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. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 11:25–30

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eleventh chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
25At 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; 26yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will. 27All 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. 28Come to Me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say LSB 699

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.
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Sermon: The Only Cure for What Lives Inside Us! Romans 7:14–25a
The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159


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
Offering: Be Still, My Soul LSB 752

1 Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to your God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; your best, your heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul; your God will undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul; though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in this vale of tears;
Then you will better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe your sorrows and your fears.
Be still, my soul; your Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

4 Be still, my soul; the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer LSB 918

1 Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

2 Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
I will be away on vacation in Sunny Anola from July 5th through the 18th. Services have been pre-recorded and will be available for viewing for those Sunday’s. 

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain LSB 865

1 Lord, help us ever to retain
The Catechism’s doctrine plain
As Luther taught the Word of truth
In simple style to tender youth.

2 Help us Your holy Law to learn,
To mourn our sin and from it turn
In faith to You and to Your Son
And Holy Spirit, Three in One.

3 Hear us, dear Father, when we pray
For needed help from day to day
That as Your children we may live,
Whom You baptized and so received.

4 Lord, when we fall or go astray,
Absolve and lift us up, we pray;
And through the Sacrament increase
Our faith till we depart in peace.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 89:15–18; antiphon: v. 1
I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known Your Faithfulness to all generations.
Blessèd are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of Your Face,
who exult in Your Name all the day
and in Your righteousness are exalted.
For You are the glory of their strength;
by Your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of 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.

I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known Your Faithfulness to all generations.
Kyrie LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this Holy House and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154

P 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.
Salutation and 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.
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The 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 LORD, 6and 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.
Psalm Psalm 119:153–160; antiphon: v. 154

153Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget Your Law.
154Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to Your promise!
155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your Statutes.
156Great is Your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to Your just Decrees.
157Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from Your Testimonies.
158I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep Your Commands.
159Consider how I love Your Precepts! Give me life according to Your steadfast love.
160The sum of Your Word is Truth, and every one of Your just and righteous decrees endures forever.

The Epistle Lesson 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.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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. 40Whoever 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.
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Hymn of the Day: Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus LSB 685

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

2 Let us suffer here with Jesus
And with patience bear our cross.
Joy will follow all our sadness;
Where He is, there is no loss.
Though today we sow no laughter,
We shall reap celestial joy;
All discomforts that annoy
Shall give way to mirth hereafter.
Jesus, here I share Your woe;
Help me there Your joy to know.

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

4 Let us also live with Jesus.
He has risen from the dead
That to life we may awaken.
Jesus, You are now our head.
We are Your own living members;
Where You live, there we shall be
In Your presence constantly,
Living there with You forever.
Jesus, let me faithful be,
Life eternal grant to me.
Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

Sermon: Action is Required! Matthew 10:34–42
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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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
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Offering: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross LSB 425

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

3 See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a tribute far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all!
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing LSB 924

1 Lord, dismiss us with Your blessing,
Fill our hearts with joy and peace;
Let us each, Your love possessing,
Triumph in redeeming grace.
O refresh us; O refresh us,
Trav’ling through this wilderness.

2 Thanks we give and adoration
For Your Gospel’s joyful sound.
May the fruits of Your salvation
In our hearts and lives abound.
Ever faithful, ever faithful
To Your truth may we be found.

3 Savior, when Your love shall call us
From our struggling pilgrim way,
Let not fear of death appall us,
Glad Your summons to obey.
May we ever, may we ever
Reign with You in endless day.
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Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Today Your Mercy Calls Us LSB 915

1 Today Your mercy calls us
To wash away our sin.
However great our trespass,
Whatever we have been,
However long from mercy
Our hearts have turned away,
Your precious blood can wash us
And make us clean today.

2 Today Your gate is open,
And all who enter in
Shall find a Father’s welcome
And pardon for their sin.
The past shall be forgotten,
A present joy be giv’n,
A future grace be promised,
A glorious crown in heav’n.

3 Today our Father calls us;
His Holy Spirit waits;
His blessèd angels gather
Around the heav’nly gates.
No question will be asked us
How often we have come;
Although we oft have wandered,
It is our Father’s home.

4 O all-embracing Mercy,
O ever-open Door,
What should we do without You
When heart and eye run o’er?
When all things seem against us,
To drive us to despair,
We know one gate is open,
One ear will hear our prayer.

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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.
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.
Introit Psalm 56:3–4, 10–11; antiphon: v. 13
For You have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in You.
In God, Whose Word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
In God, Whose Word I praise,
in the LORD, Whose Word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
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.

For You have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and 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.
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The Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 20:7–13

7O LORD, You have deceived me, and I was deceived; You are stronger than I, and You have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. 8For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the Word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 9If I say, “I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His Name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. 10For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce Him! Let us denounce Him!” say all my close friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him.” 11But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. heir eternal dishonour will never be forgotten. 12O LORD of hosts, Who tests the righteous, Who sees the heart and the mind, let me see Your vengeance upon them, for to You have I committed my cause. 13Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For He has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 91:1–10; antiphon: v. 1
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.
The Epistle Lesson 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.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The 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. 24A 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. 26So 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.
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Sermon Hymn: Lift High the Cross LSB 837

ref Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name.

1 Come, Christians, follow where our Captain trod,
Our king victorious, Christ, the Son of God. Refrain

2 Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God in conqu’ring ranks combine. Refrain

3 All newborn soldiers of the Crucified
Bear on their brows the seal of Him who died. Refrain

4 O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised, draw us all to Thee. Refrain

5 Let ev’ry race and ev’ry language tell
Of Him who saves our lives from death and hell. Refrain

6 So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory! Refrain
Text: © 1974 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
Sermon: “Everyone Likes to be Recognized!” Matthew 10:5a, 21–33
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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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

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Offering: Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings LSB 782

1 Gracious God, You send great blessings
New each morning all our days.
For Your mercies never ending,
For Your love we offer praise. Refrain

ref Lord, we pray that we, Your people
Who Your gifts unnumbered claim,
Through the sharing of Your blessings
May bring glory to Your name.

2 By Your Word You formed creation
Filled with creatures large and small;
As we tend that endless treasure
May our care encircle all. Refrain

3 In His earthly life, our Savior
Knew the care of faithful friends;
May our deeds of dedication
Offer love that never ends. Refrain

D 4 Heav’nly Father, may our caring
Bear the imprint of Your grace;
With the Son and Holy Spirit,
Praise be Yours in ev’ry place! Refrain
Text: © 2004 Gregory J. Wismar. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
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Offertory LSB 159
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.

The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Go, My Children, with My Blessing LSB 922

1 Go, My children, with My blessing,
Never alone.
Waking, sleeping, I am with you;
You are My own.
In My love’s baptismal river
I have made you Mine forever.
Go, My children, with My blessing—
You are My own.

2 Go, My children, sins forgiven,
At peace and pure.
Here you learned how much I love you,
What I can cure.
Here you heard My dear Son’s story;
Here you touched Him, saw His glory.
Go, My children, sins forgiven,
At peace and pure.

3 Go, My children, fed and nourished,
Closer to Me;
Grow in love and love by serving,
Joyful and free.
Here My Spirit’s power filled you;
Here His tender comfort stilled you.
Go, My children, fed and nourished,
Joyful and free.

4 I the Lord will bless and keep you
And give you peace;
I the Lord will smile upon you
And give you peace:
I the Lord will be your Father,
Savior, Comforter, and Brother.
Go, My children; I will keep you
And give you peace.

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Opening Hymn: All People That on Earth Do Dwell LSB 791

1 All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, His praise forthtell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

2 Know that the Lord is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make.
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.

3 O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto.
Praise, laud, and bless His name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

4 For why? The Lord our God is good:
His mercy is forever sure.
His truth at all times firmly stood
And shall from age to age endure.

D 5 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heav’n and earth adore,
From us and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.
Text: Public domain

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

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

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 67:4–7; antiphon: v. 3
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
let all the peoples praise You!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
let all the peoples praise You!
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear Him!
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.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
let all the peoples praise You!
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
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The Old Testament Reading Exodus 19:2–8

2[The people of Israel] set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My Voice and keep My Covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the Words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” 7So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these Words that the LORD had commanded him. 8All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 100; antiphon: v. 5

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.
The Epistle Lesson 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.

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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156

C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel Matthew 9:35—10:20
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the ninth 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. 9Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, 10no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your Words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. 16Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18and you will be dragged before governors and kings for My sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
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Sermon Hymn: God Loved the World So That He Gave LSB 571

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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.

6 Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise now and eternally!
Text: Public domain

Sermon: Hatred and Wrath, Has No Place among Us! Romans 5:6–15
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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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
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Offering: Let Us All with Gladsome Voice LSB 390

1 Let us all with gladsome voice
Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice,
His own Son hath given.

2 To this vale of tears He comes,
Here to serve in sadness,
That with Him in heav’n’s fair homes
We may reign in gladness.

3 We are rich, for He was poor;
Is not this a wonder?
Therefore praise God evermore
Here on earth and yonder.

4 Christ, our Lord and Savior dear,
Be Thou ever near us.
Grant us now a glad new year.
Amen, Jesus, hear us.
Text: Public domain
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
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Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go LSB 920

1 Forth in the peace of Christ we go;
Christ to the world with joy we bring;
Christ in our minds, Christ on our lips,
Christ in our hearts, the world’s true king.

2 King of our hearts, Christ makes us kings;
Kingship with Him His servants gain;
With Christ the Servant-Lord of all,
Christ’s world we serve to share Christ’s reign.

3 Priests of the world, Christ sends us forth
This world of time to consecrate,
This world of sin by grace to heal,
Christ’s world in Christ to re-create.

4 Christ’s are our lips, His Word we speak;
Prophets are we whose deeds proclaim
Christ’s truth in love that we may be
Christ in the world, to spread Christ’s name.

5 We are the Church; Christ bids us show
That in His Church all nations find
Their hearth and home where Christ restores
True peace, true love to all mankind.
Text: © 1969, 1987 OCP Publications. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
As we continue to move forward during this Pandemic, I would like to encourage all of us to remain vigil in social distancing, while still showing God’s love and our love for one another as we pray for each other and pray to our Father in heaven to bring an end to this Pandemic that we may return to His House of Worship as one family under Christ through Whom we have forgiveness, life and salvation. God be with us all, keeping us healthy and safe till that day when we can be reunited with on another here in God’s House of Prayer!

God’s Richest Blessings to all of you in Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

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Opening Hymn: How Great Thou Art LSB 801

1 O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed; Refrain

ref Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

2 When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze; Refrain

3 But when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in—
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin; Refrain

4 When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!” Refrain
Text: © 1949, 1953 The Stuart Hine Trust, admin. EMI CMG and Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

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

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.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.

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.
Introit Psalm 16:8–11; antiphon: Liturgical Text
Blessèd be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
Let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let Your Holy One see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
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.

Blessèd be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
Let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.


Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day

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The 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 Psalm 8; antiphon: v. 9

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!

The Second 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. 7For 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.’ 29Brothers, 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.

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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 28:16–20

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
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.

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Hymn of the Day: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest LSB 498

1 Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And make our hearts Your place of rest;
Come with Your grace and heav’nly aid,
And fill the hearts which You have made.

2 To You, the Counselor, we cry,
To You, the gift of God Most High;
The fount of life, the fire of love,
The soul’s anointing from above.

3 In You, with graces sevenfold,
We God’s almighty hand behold
While You with tongues of fire proclaim
To all the world His holy name.

4 Your light to ev’ry thought impart,
And shed Your love in ev’ry heart;
The weakness of our mortal state
With deathless might invigorate.

5 Drive far away our wily foe,
And Your abiding peace bestow;
With You as our protecting guide,
No evil can with us abide.

6 Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And You, from both, as Three in One
That we Your name may ever bless
And in our lives the truth confess.

D 7 Praise we the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit, with them One,
And may the Son on us bestow
The gifts that from the Spirit flow!
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Sermon: God’s Truth Revealed! Acts 2:14a, 22–36
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The Athanasian Creed LSB 319

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.
Prayer of the Church

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Offering: Holy, Holy, Holy LSB 507
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, blessèd Trinity!
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Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Glory Be to God the Father LSB 506

1 Glory be to God the Father,
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit:
Great Jehovah, Three in One!
Glory, glory
While eternal ages run!

2 Glory be to Him who loved us,
Washed us from each spot and stain;
Glory be to Him who bought us,
Made us kings with Him to reign!
Glory, glory
To the Lamb that once was slain!

3 Glory to the King of angels,
Glory to the Church’s King,
Glory to the King of nations;
Heav’n and earth, your praises bring!
Glory, glory
To the King of glory sing!

4 Glory, blessing, praise eternal!
Thus the choir of angels sings;
Honor, riches, pow’r, dominion!
Thus its praise creation brings.
Glory, glory,
Glory to the King of kings!

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Opening Hymn: Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling LSB 650

1 Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
In the holiest realms of light;
Holy Spirit, ever brooding
O’er a world of gloom and night;
Holy Spirit, ever raising
Those of earth to thrones on high;
Living, life-imparting Spirit,
You we praise and magnify.

2 Holy Spirit, ever living
As the Church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving
Through us in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming
In the Church the mind of Christ:
You we praise with endless worship
For Your gifts and fruits unpriced.

3 Holy Spirit, ever working
Through the Church’s ministry;
Quick’ning, strength’ning, and absolving,
Setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding
Age to age and soul to soul
In communion never ending,
You we worship and extol.
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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
Introit Psalm 104:24, 27–28, 30; antiphon: Liturgical Text
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.
O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
These all look to You,
to give them their food in due season.
When You give it to them, they gather it up;
when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created,
and You renew the face of the ground.
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.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
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The 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.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 25:1–15; antiphon: v. 4

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 wellbeing, 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.
The Second 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.’”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156

C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel John 7:37–39

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventh chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
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.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
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Sermon Hymn: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord LSB 497

1 Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord,
With all Your graces now outpoured
On each believer’s mind and heart;
Your fervent love to them impart.
Lord, by the brightness of Your light
In holy faith Your Church unite;
From ev’ry land and ev’ry tongue
This to Your praise, O Lord, our God, be sung:
Alleluia, alleluia!
2 Come, holy Light, guide divine,
Now cause the Word of life to shine.
Teach us to know our God aright
And call Him Father with delight.
From ev’ry error keep us free;
Let none but Christ our master be
That we in living faith abide,
In Him, our Lord, with all our might confide.
Alleluia, alleluia!

3 Come, holy Fire, comfort true,
Grant us the will Your work to do
And in Your service to abide;
Let trials turn us not aside.
Lord, by Your pow’r prepare each heart,
And to our weakness strength impart
That bravely here we may contend,
Through life and death to You, our Lord, ascend.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Text: © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
Sermon: God’s Gift to You! Numbers 11:24–30
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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159

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
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Offering: To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray LSB 768
1 To God the Holy Spirit let us pray
For the true faith needed on our way
That He may defend us when life is ending
And from exile home we are wending.
Lord, have mercy!

2 O sweetest Love, Your grace on us bestow;
Set our hearts with sacred fire aglow
That with hearts united we love each other,
Ev’ry stranger, sister, and brother.
Lord, have mercy!

3 Transcendent Comfort in our ev’ry need,
Help us neither scorn nor death to heed
That we may not falter nor courage fail us
When the foe shall taunt and assail us.
Lord, have mercy!

4 Shine in our hearts, O Spirit, precious light;
Teach us Jesus Christ to know aright
That we may abide in the Lord who bought us,
Till to our true home He has brought us.
Lord, have mercy!
Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110006080
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Offertory LSB 159

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.
The 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.
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Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: Voices Raised to You We Offer LSB 795

1 Voices raised to You we offer;
Tune them, God, for songs of praise.
Hearts and hands we bring in tribute
For Your gifts through all our days.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Triune God, to You we sing!

2 All creation joins to praise You;
Earth and sky Your works display.
Art and music, gifts You lend us,
We return to You today.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
God, Creator, source of life!

3 Christ, the song of Love incarnate,
Touching earth with heaven’s grace,
For Your living, suff’ring, dying,
For Your rising, hear our praise!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ, Redeemer, Lord of life!

4 Spirit, flaming through creation,
Kindle faith within each heart.
Lift our voices high in chorus;
Through our hands Your love impart.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Spirit, Helper, breath of life!

5 How can any praise we offer
Measure all the thanks we owe?
Take our hearts and hands and voices—
Gifts of love we can bestow.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Triune God, to You we sing!

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Opening Hymn: Hear Us, Father, When We Pray LSB 773


1 Hear us, Father, when we pray,
Through Your Son and in Your Spirit.
By Your Spirit’s Word convey
All that we through Christ inherit,
That as baptized heirs we may
Truly pray.

2 When we know not what to say
And our wounded souls are pleading,
May Your Spirit, night and day,
Groan within us interceding;
By His sighs, too deep for words,
We are heard.

3 Jesus, advocate on high,
Sacrificed on Calv’ry’s altar,
Through Your priestly blood we cry:
Hear our prayers, though they may falter;
Place them on Your Father’s throne
As Your own.

4 By Your Spirit now attend
To our prayers and supplications,
As like incense they ascend
To Your heav’nly habitations.
May their fragrance waft above,
God of love.

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The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

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

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.


Introit Psalm 100; antiphon: Psalm 101:1
I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to You, O LORD, I will make music.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!
Know 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.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His Name!
For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.
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.

I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to You, O LORD, I will make music.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
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The First Reading Acts 1:12–26

12Then [the apostles] returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers. 15In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18(Now this man bought a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20“For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and ‘Let another take his office.’ 21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when He was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to His Resurrection.” 23And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two You have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 68:1–10; antiphon: v. 32
1God shall arise, His enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate Him shall flee before Him!
2As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God!
3But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy!
4Sing to God, sing praises to His Name; lift up a song to Him Who rides through the deserts; His Name is the LORD; exult before Him!
5Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His Holy Habitation.
6God settles the solitary in a home; He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7O God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched through the wilderness,
8the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.
9Rain in abundance, O God, You shed abroad; You restored your inheritance as it languished;
10Your flock found a dwelling in it; in Your goodness, O God, You provided for the needy.
The Epistle Lesson 1st Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11
12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted for the Name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that Name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the Gospel of God? 18And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. . . .6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, 7casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. 8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, Who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel John 17:1–11

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventeenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
1When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You, 2since You have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. 3And this is eternal life, that they know You the Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent. 4I glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work that You gave Me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed. 6I have manifested Your Name to the people whom You gave Me out of the world. Yours they were, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word. 7Now they know that everything that You have given Me is from You. 8For I have given them the Words that You gave Me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are One.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

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Hymn of the Day: Christ Is the World’s Redeemer LSB 539
1 Christ is the world’s Redeemer,
The lover of the pure,
The font of heav’nly wisdom,
Our trust and hope secure,
The armor of His soldiers,
The Lord of earth and sky,
Our health while we are living,
Our life when we shall die.

2 Christ has our host surrounded
With clouds of martyrs bright,
Who wave their palms in triumph
And fire us for the fight.
Then Christ the cross ascended
To save a world undone
And, suff’ring for the sinful,
Our full redemption won.

3 Down through the realm of darkness
He strode in victory,
And at the hour appointed
He rose triumphantly.
And now, to heav’n ascended,
He sits upon the throne
Whence He had ne’er departed,
His Father’s and His own.

D 4 Glory to God the Father,
The unbegotten One,
All honor be to Jesus,
His sole-begotten Son,
And to the Holy Spirit—
The perfect Trinity.
Let all the worlds give answer:
Amen! So let it be.
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Sermon: I am praying for them! John 17:1–11

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The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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

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Offering: We Praise You, O God LSB 785
1 We praise You, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before You, we kneel and adore You;
We bless Your holy name, glad praises we sing.

2 We worship You, God of our fathers, we bless You;
Through trial and tempest our guide You have been.
When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,
And with Your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.

3 With voices united our praises we offer
And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.
To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!
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Offertory LSB 159
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.

The 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.

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Closing Collect

Benediction
LSB 166

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus LSB 821
1 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
His the scepter, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
Thunder like a mighty flood:
“Jesus out of ev’ry nation
Has redeemed us by His blood.”

2 Alleluia! Not as orphans
Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us;
Faith believes, nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received Him
When the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget His promise:
“I am with you evermore”?

3 Alleluia! Bread of heaven,
Here on earth our food, our stay;
Alleluia! Here the sinful
Flee to You from day to day.
Intercessor, Friend of sinners,
Earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea
Where the songs of all the sinless
Sweep across the crystal sea.

4 Alleluia! King eternal,
Lord omnipotent we own;
Alleluia! Born of Mary,
Earth Your footstool, heav’n Your throne.
As within the veil You entered,
Robed in flesh, our great High Priest,
Here on earth both priest and victim
In the eucharistic feast.

5 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;
His the scepter, His the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
Thunder like a mighty flood:
“Jesus out of ev’ry nation
Has redeemed us by His blood.”

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness LSB 849

1 Praise the One who breaks the darkness
    With a liberating light;
   Praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
    Turning blindness into sight.
   Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
    Healing ev’ry dread disease,
   Calming storms, and feeding thousands
     With the very Bread of peace.

2 Praise the One who blessed the children
    With a strong, yet gentle, word;
   Praise the One who drove out demons
    With the piercing, two-edged sword.
   Praise the One who brings cool water
    To the desert’s burning sand;
   From this Well comes living water,
    Quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

3 Let us praise the Word Incarnate,
    Christ, who suffered in our place.
   Jesus died and rose victorious
    That we may know God by grace.
   Let us sing for joy and gladness,
    Seeing what our God has done;
   Let us praise the true Redeemer,
    Praise the One who makes us one.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.
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.
Introit Psalm 119:89–93; antiphon: v. 105
Your Word is a lamp to my feet
   and a Light to my path.
Forever, O LORD, Your Word
   is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
   You have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By Your appointment they stand this day,
   for all things are Your servants.
If Your Law had not been my delight,
   I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget Your Precepts,
   for by them You have given me life.
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.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet
  and a Light to my path.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
The 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 This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 66:8–20; antiphon: v. 8
8Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of His praise be heard,
   9Who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.
10For You, O God, have tested us; You have tried us as silver is tried.
  11You brought us into the net; You laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet You have brought us out to a place of abundance.
  13I will come into Your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to You,
14that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
  15I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats.
16Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for my soul.
  17I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.
18If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
  19But truly God has listened; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.
20Blessèd be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me!
The Epistle Lesson 1st 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 This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
    Lord, to whom shall we go?
    You have the words of eternal life.
    Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel John 14:15–21
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
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. 18I 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.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice LSB 556 Verses 1-5
1 Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,
    With exultation springing,
   And with united heart and voice
    And holy rapture singing,
   Proclaim the wonders God has done,
   How His right arm the vict’ry won.
    What price our ransom cost Him!

2 Fast bound in Satan’s chains I lay;
    Death brooded darkly o’er me.
   Sin was my torment night and day;
    In sin my mother bore me.
   But daily deeper still I fell;
   My life became a living hell,
    So firmly sin possessed me.

3 My own good works all came to naught,
    No grace or merit gaining;
   Free will against God’s judgment fought,
    Dead to all good remaining.
   My fears increased till sheer despair
   Left only death to be my share;
    The pangs of hell I suffered.

4 But God had seen my wretched state
    Before the world’s foundation,
   And mindful of His mercies great,
    He planned for my salvation.
   He turned to me a father’s heart;
   He did not choose the easy part
    But gave His dearest treasure.

5 God said to His belovèd Son:
    “It’s time to have compassion.
   Then go, bright jewel of My crown,
    And bring to all salvation.
   From sin and sorrow set them free;
   Slay bitter death for them that they
     May live with You forever.”
Sermon: God Is NOT Far Off! Acts 17:16–31
The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
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
Offering: Built on the Rock LSB 645
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.”
Offertory LSB 159
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.
The 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.

Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice LSB 556 Verses 6-10

6 The Son obeyed His Father’s will,
    Was born of virgin mother;
   And God’s good pleasure to fulfill,
    He came to be my brother.
   His royal pow’r disguised He bore;
   A servant’s form, like mine, He wore
    To lead the devil captive.

7 To me He said: “Stay close to Me,
     I am your rock and castle.
   Your ransom I Myself will be;
     For you I strive and wrestle.
   For I am yours, and you are Mine,
   And where I am you may remain;
    The foe shall not divide us.

8 “Though he will shed My precious blood,
     Me of My life bereaving,
   All this I suffer for your good;
     Be steadfast and believing.
   Life will from death the vict’ry win;
   My innocence shall bear your sin,
     And you are blest forever.

9 “Now to My Father I depart,
     From earth to heav’n ascending,
   And, heav’nly wisdom to impart,
     The Holy Spirit sending;
   In trouble He will comfort you
   And teach you always to be true
     And into truth shall guide you.

10 “What I on earth have done and taught
       Guide all your life and teaching;
     So shall the kingdom’s work be wrought
       And honored in your preaching.
     But watch lest foes with base alloy
     The heav’nly treasure should destroy;
       This final word I leave you.”

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One
Opening Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation

1 The Church’s one foundation
     Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
   She is His new creation
     By water and the Word.
   From heav’n He came and sought her
     To be His holy bride;
   With His own blood He bought her,
     And for her life He died.
2 Elect from ev’ry nation,
     Yet one o’er all the earth;
   Her charter of salvation:
     One Lord, one faith, one birth.
   One holy name she blesses,
     Partakes one holy food,
   And to one hope she presses
     With ev’ry grace endued.
3 Though with a scornful wonder
     The world sees her oppressed,
   By schisms rent asunder,
     By heresies distressed,
   Yet saints their watch are keeping;
     Their cry goes up, “How long?”
   And soon the night of weeping
     Shall be the morn of song.
4 Through toil and tribulation
     And tumult of her war
   She waits the consummation
     Of peace forevermore
   Till with the vision glorious
     Her longing eyes are blest,
   And the great Church victorious
     Shall be the Church at rest.
5 Yet she on earth has union
     With God, the Three in One,
   And mystic sweet communion
     With those whose rest is won.
   O blessèd heav’nly chorus!
     Lord, save us by Your grace
   That we, like saints before us,
     May see You face to face.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.

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.
Introit
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song,
His praise in the assembly of the godly!
I will extol You, O LORD, for You have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to You for help,
and You have healed me.
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you His saints,*
and give thanks to His Holy Name.
For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. 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 the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song,
His praise in the assembly of the godly!

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.

The First Reading Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60
1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the
Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily 2
distribution. Andthetwelvesummonedthefullnumberofthedisciplesandsaid,“Itisnotright
that we should give up preaching the Word of God to serve tables.
Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom,
4whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the
ministry of the Word.” 5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and 6Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles,7and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the Word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests
8became obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders
9and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the
3Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from 2
Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. . . . And Stephen said: “Brothers and 51
fathers, hear me. . . . You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always
52resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your
fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the
53Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law
as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” 54Now when they heard these things they were 55
enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven 56
and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet 59of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 146; antiphon: v. 2
1Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
2I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.
5Blessèd is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
6Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, Who keeps faith forever;
7Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;
8the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
9The LORD watches over the sojourners; He upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin.
10The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!
The Epistle Lesson 1st Peter 2:2–10
2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to
34salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to Him, a Living
Stone 5 rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones
are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices 6
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:“Behold, I am laying in Zion 4
a Stone, a Cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be put
to shame.” 7So the honour is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The Stone
that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone,” 8and “A Atone of stumbling, and
a Rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the Word, as they were destined to do.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous
10Light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received
mercy, but now you have received mercy.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Alleluia and Verse
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter. C Glory to You, O Lord.
2 [Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My
Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare
a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take
4you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am
going.” 5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes7to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” 8Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know Me, Philip? Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The Words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority, but the Father11Who dwells in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in
12Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever
believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do,
13Whatever you ask in My Name, this I will do, that the
14If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.” because I am going to the Father. Father may be glorified in the Son. P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
1 At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
   Praise to our victorious King,
   Who has washed us in the tide
   Flowing from His piercèd side.
     Alleluia!
2 Praise we Him, whose love divine
   Gives His sacred blood for wine,
   Gives His body for the feast—
   Christ the victim, Christ the priest.
     Alleluia!
3 Where the paschal blood is poured,
   Death’s dread angel sheathes the sword;
   Israel’s hosts triumphant go
   Through the wave that drowns the foe.
     Alleluia!
4 Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
   Paschal victim, paschal bread;
   With sincerity and love
   Eat we manna from above.
     Alleluia!
5 Mighty Victim from the sky,
   Hell’s fierce pow’rs beneath You lie;
   You have conquered in the fight,
   You have brought us life and light.
     Alleluia!
6 Now no more can death appall,
   Now no more the grave enthrall;
   You have opened paradise,
   And Your saints in You shall rise.
      Alleluia!
7 Easter triumph, Easter joy!
   This alone can sin destroy;
   From sin’s pow’r, Lord, set us free,
   Newborn souls in You to be.
     Alleluia!
8 Father, who the crown shall give,
   Savior, by whose death we live,
   Spirit, guide through all our days:
   Three in One, Your name we praise.
     Alleluia!

Sermon: Which Way to Go?
The 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
Offering: Christ Be My Leader
1 Christ be my Leader by night as by day;
Safe through the darkness, for He is the way. Gladly I follow, my future His care,
Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.
2 Christ be my Teacher in age as in youth, Drifting or doubting, for He is the truth.
Grant me to trust Him; though shifting as sand, Doubt cannot daunt me; in Jesus I stand.
3 Christ be my Savior in calm as in strife;
Death cannot hold me, for He is the life.
Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain
Can touch my salvation: with Jesus I reign.
Offertory
CWhat 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.

The 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.

Closing Collect
Benediction

Hymn to Depart: Precious Lord, Take My Hand
1 Precious Lord, take my hand,
   Lead me on, let me stand;
    I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
   Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light.
   Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.
2 When my way grows drear, Precious Lord, linger near,
   When my life is almost gone, Hear my cry, hear my call;
   Hold my hand lest I fall.
   Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.
3 When the darkness appears And the night draws near
   And the day is almost gone, At the river I stand;
   Guide my feet, hold my hand,
   Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One
Opening Hymn: Lord, This Day We’ve Come to Worship
1 Lord, this day we’ve come to worship;
    Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
    Grace us with Your blessèd presence;
    Blessèd Savior, be our host. Refrain
   ref Alleluia, alleluia,
   Alleluia, praise the Lord! Alleluia, alleluia,
   Alleluia, praise the Lord!
2 In the pow’r of resurrection
   We have come to praise the Lord,
   Celebrate His blessèd supper,
   And to learn His holy Word. Refrain
3 May Your Word enrich our spirit,
   Give us strength to do Your will,
   Show the kingdom we’ll inherit,
   When at last our voice is still. Refrain
4 As we meet our blessèd Savior At the Table of the Lord,
   May this body broken for us
   Strength and comfort, Lord, afford. Refrain
5 Celebrate the resurrection
   In the church and sing His praise,
   Till we come to true perfection:
   Serve the Lord through all our days. Refrain

P In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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 neighbours 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.
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.
Introit Psalm 95:1–3, 6–7a; antiphon: John 10:14, 15b
I am the good Shepherd.
I know My own and My own know Me, and I lay down My life for the sheep.
Oh 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.
Oh 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.

I am the good Shepherd.
I know My own and My own know Me, and I lay down My life for the sheep.

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
The First Reading Acts 2:42–47
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and
43 the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through
the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were
46 selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And
day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food
47 with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord
added to their number day by day those who were being saved. P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 23; antiphon: v. 1
1The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

The Epistle Lesson 1st Peter 2:19–25
19This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do 21 good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. 22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. 23When
He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued
24entrusting Himself to Him Who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His Body on the Tree,
25 that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For
you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Alleluia and Verse
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel John 10:1-10
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
1[Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has vroght out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A Stranger they will no follow, but the will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what He was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the Door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
1 The King of love my shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His And He is mine forever.
2 Where streams of living water flow, My ransomed soul He leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow, With food celestial feedeth.
3 Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me And on His shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me.
4 In death’s dark vale I fear no ill With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still, Thy cross before to guide me.
5 Thou spreadst a table in my sight; Thine unction grace bestoweth; And, oh, what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!
6 And so through all the length of days Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise Within Thy house forever!

Sermon: What does Life look like?
The 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
Offering: Where Charity and Love Prevail

1 Where charity and love prevail There God is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love By love are we thus bound.
2 With grateful joy and holy fear His charity we learn;
Let us with heart and mind and soul Now love Him in return.
3 Forgive we now each other’s faults As we our faults confess,
And let us love each other well In Christian holiness.
4 Let strife among us be unknown; Let all contention cease;
Be God’s the glory that we seek; Be ours His holy peace.
5 Let us recall that in our midst Dwells Christ, His only Son;
As members of His body joined We are in Him made one.
6 For love excludes no race or clan That names the Savior’s name;
His family embraces all Whose Father is the same.
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.


The 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.

Closing Collect
Benediction
Hymn to Depart: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

1 What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
Oh, what needless pain we bear—
All because we do not carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!
2 Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged— Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
3 Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, although our family of Christ cannot be together in the House of God, I Pray that you are healthy and staying safe in your homes! May God be with you all keeping you safe in His ever loving arms until that day, when we can join together in His House of Prayer to give Him all Glory, Praise and Thanksgiving for His never ending love toward us His beloved children. In Jesus’ Name, I Pray. Amen.
Also Just a reminder to everyone, if you so desire, please call the Church from Tuesday through Friday, to make an appointment for Private Confession and Absolution as well as partaking of our Lord’s True Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sin and the strengthening of our faith. Both individual and the common Cup will be made available for you. Also, if an evening or weekend work better for you we can arrange that also. The Lord be with you all!!!

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Lord, Open Now My Heart to Hear LSB 908
1 Lord, open now my heart to hear,
   And through Your Word to me draw near;
   Let me Your Word e’er pure retain;
   Let me Your child and heir remain.

2 Your Word inspires my heart within;
   Your Word grants healing from my sin;
   Your Word has pow’r to guide and bless;
   Your Word brings peace and happiness.

3 To God the Father, God the Son,
   And God the Spirit, Three in One,
   Shall glory, praise, and honor be
   Now and throughout eternity.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

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.

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 LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day
The First Reading Acts 2:14a, 36–41
14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .36”Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.” 40And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41So those who received his Word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 116:1–14; antiphon: v. 5
1I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
2Because He inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the Name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
6The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, He saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
8For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;
9I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
10I believed, even when I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted”;
11I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.”
12What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits to me?
13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the LORD,
14I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people.
The Epistle Lesson 1st Peter 1:17–25
17If you call on Him as Father Who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious Blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, 21who through Him are believers in God, Who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the Truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23since you have been Born Again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding Word of God; 24for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25but the Word of the Lord remains forever.” And this Word is the Good News that was preached to you.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God. 
Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.


The Holy Gospel Luke 24:13–35
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-fourth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
13That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. 17And He said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, “Are You the only Visitor to Jerusalem Who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a Man Who was a Prophet mighty in Deed and Word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21But we had hoped that He was The One to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23and when they did not find His Body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.” 25And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. 28So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if He were going farther, 29but they urged Him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So, He went in to stay with them. 30When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And He vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” 33And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34saying, “The Lord has Risen Indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the Breaking of the Bread.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Hymn of the Day: With High Delight Let Us Unite LSB 483

1 With high delight
Let us unite
In songs of great jubilation.
Ye pure in heart, All bear your part,
Sing Jesus Christ, our salvation.
To set us free Forever, He
Is ris’n and sends
To all earth’s ends
Good news to save ev’ry nation.


2 True God, He first
From death has burst Forth into life, all subduing.
His enemy
Doth vanquished lie;
His death has been death’s undoing. “And yours shall be
Like victory
O’er death and grave,”
Saith He, who gave
His life for us, life renewing.

3 Let praises ring;
Give thanks, and bring
To Christ our Lord adoration.
His honor speed By word and deed
To ev’ry land, ev’ry nation.
So shall His love Give us above, From misery
And death set free,
All joy and full consolation

Sermon: Burning Hearts! Luke 24:13–35

The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159

Prayer of the Church

Offering: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less LSB 575

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.

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
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Offertory LSB 159
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.

The 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.

Closing Collect

Benediction LSB 166

Hymn to Depart: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word LSB 655

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.
Text: Public domain

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, although our family of Christ cannot be together in the House of God, I Pray that you are healthy and staying safe in your homes! May God be with you all keeping you safe in His ever loving arms until that day, when we can join together in His House of Prayer to give Him all Glory, Praise and Thanksgiving for His never ending love toward us His beloved children. In Jesus’ Name, I Pray. Amen.
Also Just a reminder to everyone, if you so desire, please call the Church from Tuesday through Friday, to make an appointment for Private Confession and Absolution as well as partaking of our Lord’s True Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sin and the strengthening of our faith. Both individual and the common Cup will be made available for you.
To all of you my brothers and sisters in Christ, I dearly miss you my family and I Pray each day that our Gracious and Loving Father in Heaven will Unite us together again very soon. God Richly Bless each of you and urge you to continue to Pray that our Lord, Jesus Christ will reunite us very soon! In Jesus’ Name, I Pray. Amen.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Opening Hymn: Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen LSB 474
      1 Alleluia!
         Jesus is risen!
            Trumpets resounding in glorious light!
         Splendor, the Lamb,
         Heaven forever!
            Oh, what a miracle God has in sight! Refrain
    ref Jesus is risen and we shall arise: Give God the glory! Alleluia!
       2 Walking the way,
          Christ in the center
             Telling the story to open our eyes;
           Breaking our bread,
           Giving us glory:
             Jesus our blessing, our constant surprise. Refrain
       3 Jesus the vine,
          We are the branches;
             Life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;
          Heaven to earth,
          Christ to the people,
            Gift of the future now flowing to me. Refrain
        4 Weeping, be gone;
           Sorrow, be silent:
              Death put asunder, and Easter is bright.
           Cherubim sing:
            “O grave, be open!”
               Clothe us in wonder, adorn us in light. Refrain
        5 City of God,
            Easter forever,
              Golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,
            River of life,
            Saints and archangels,
              Sing with creation to God the I AM! Refrain

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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 neighbours 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.
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 Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
Introit Psalm 105:1–5, 8; antiphon: 1st Peter 2:2–3
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His Name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
tell of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His Holy Name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and His strength;
seek His presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that He has done,
His miracles, and the judgments He uttered.
He remembers His Covenant forever,
the Word that He Commanded, for a thousand generations.
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.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.

Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.
The First Reading Acts 5:29–42
29But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised Jesus, Whom you killed by hanging Him on a tree. 31God exalted Him at His right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 33When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. 34But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law held in honour by all the people, stood up and gave orders to put the men outside for a little while. 35And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. 36For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; 39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So, they took his advice, 40and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the Name of Jesus, and let them go. 41Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the Name. 42And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 148; antiphon: v. 13
1Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise Him in the heights!
2Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts!
3Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars!
4Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
5Let them praise the Name of the LORD! For He commanded and they were created.
6And He established them forever and ever; He gave a Decree, and it shall not pass away.
7Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,
8fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling His Word!
9Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
10Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!
11Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
12Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
13Let them praise the Name of the LORD, for His Name alone is exalted; His majesty is above earth and heaven.
14He has raised up a horn for His people, praise for all His saints, for the people
of Israel who are near to Him. Praise the LORD!

The Epistle Lesson 1st Peter 1:3–9
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be Born Again to a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed
in the last time. 6In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the Words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Holy Gospel John 20:19–31
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the twentieth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.” 24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” 26Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this Book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: O Sons and Daughters of the King LSB 470
1 O sons and daughters of the King,
   Whom heav’nly hosts in glory sing,
   Today the grave has lost its sting!
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

2 That Easter morn, at break of day,
   The faithful women went their way
   To seek the tomb where Jesus lay.
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

3 An angel clad in white they see,
   Who sits and speaks unto the three,
   “Your Lord will go to Galilee.”
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

4 That night the_apostles met in fear;
   Among them came their master dear
   And said, “My peace be with you here.”
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

5 When Thomas first the tidings heard
   That they had seen the risen Lord,
   He doubted the disciples’ word.
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

6 “My piercèd side, O Thomas, see,
    And look upon My hands, My feet;
    Not faithless but believing be.”
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

7 No longer Thomas then denied;
   He saw the feet, the hands, the side;
  “You are my Lord and God!” he cried.
      Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

8 How blest are they who have not seen
   And yet whose faith has constant been,
   For they eternal life shall win.
     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

9 On this most holy day of days
   Be laud and jubilee and praise:
   To God your hearts and voices raise.
     Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Sermon: Guarded through Faith! 1st Peter 1:3–9
The Apostles’ Creed LSB 159
Prayer of the Church
Offering: In Thee Is Gladness LSB 818
Offertory LSB 159
1 In Thee is gladness
     Amid all sadness,
   Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
     By Thee are given
     The gifts of heaven,
   Thou the true Redeemer art.
      Our souls Thou wakest,
      Our bonds Thou breakest;
      Who trusts Thee surely
      Has built securely;
    He stands forever: Alleluia!
      Our hearts are pining
      To see Thy shining,
      Dying or living
      To Thee are cleaving;
    Naught can us sever: Alleluia!
2 Since He is ours,
      We fear no powers,
   Not of earth nor sin nor death.
      He sees and blesses
      In worst distresses;
   He can change them with a breath.
      Wherefore the story
      Tell of His glory
      With hearts and voices;
      All heav’n rejoices
   In Him forever: Alleluia!
      We shout for gladness,
      Triumph o’er sadness,
      Love Him and praise Him
      And still shall raise Him
   Glad hymns forever: Alleluia!

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.
The Lord’s Prayer
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: He’s Risen, He’s Risen LSB 480

 1 He’s risen, He’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord;
    He opened death’s prison, the_incarnate, true Word.
    Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song
    And earth, sea, and mountain their praises prolong.
 2 The foe was triumphant when on Calvary
    The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
    In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer,
    For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.
 3 But short was their triumph; the Savior arose,
    And death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes.
    The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high;
    He lives, yes, He lives, and will nevermore die.
 4 O, where is your sting, death? We fear you no more;
    Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door.
    For all our transgressions His blood does atone;
    Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.
^5Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice;
    Proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice.
    Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain:
    With Father and Spirit He ever shall reign.

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One Page 151
Hymn of Invocation: Jesus Christ Is Risen Today LSB 457
1 Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heav’nly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
3 But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
D 4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!
Praise Him, all ye heav’nly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
Stand
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.

Kneel/Stand
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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.

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.
Stand
Service of the Word
Introit Exodus 15:2a, 6, 13, 17–18; antiphon: v. 1b
I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider He has thrown into the sea.
The LORD is my strength and my song,
and He has become my salvation.
Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power,
Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.
You have led in Your steadfast love the people whom You have redeemed;
You have guided them by Your strength to Your Holy Abode.
You will bring them in and plant them on Your own Mountain,
the place, O LORD, which You have made for Your abode,
the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.
The LORD will reign forever and ever.
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.

I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider He has thrown into the sea.
Kyrie LSB 152
P In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P 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.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C Amen.
Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
P 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.
Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have
overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who
celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin
by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.
Sit
The Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 31:1–6
1“At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they
shall be My people.”
2Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, 3
the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you. 4Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again, you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. 5Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and shall enjoy the fruit. 6For there shall be a day when watchmen will call in the hill country of Ephraim: ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.’”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm Psalm 16; antiphon: v. 10
1Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge.
2I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”
3As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all My delight.
4The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.
5The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
8I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
10For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
11You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The Epistle Lesson Colossians 3:1–4
1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that
are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ Who
is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Stand
Alleluia and Verse LSB 156
C Alleluia.
Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.
The Holy Gospel Matthew 28:1–10

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
1Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the
other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord
descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like
lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like
dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus Who
was crucified. 6He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.
7Then go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going
before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. See, I have told you.” 8So they departed quickly from
the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. 9And behold, Jesus met them and said,
“Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10Then Jesus said to
them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Sit
Sermon Hymn: Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds LSB 465
1 Now all the vault of heav’n resounds
In praise of love that still abounds:
“Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear!
Repeat their song of glory here:
“Christ has triumphed! Christ has triumphed!”
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
2 Eternal is the gift He brings,
Therefore our heart with rapture sings:
“Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Now still He comes to give us life
And by His presence stills all strife.
Christ has triumphed! He is living!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
3 O fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;
Set heart and will on things above
That we conquer through Your triumph;
Grant grace sufficient for life’s day
That by our lives we truly say:
“Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
D 4 Adoring praises now we bring
And with the heav’nly blessèd sing:
“Christ has triumphed! Alleluia!”
Be to the Father and our Lord,
To Spirit blest, most holy God,
All the glory, never ending!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Sermon: “Greetings!” Do not be Afraid!” Matthew 28:1–10
Stand
The Apostles’ Creed
Prayer of the Church
Offering
Offertory LSB 159
The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn:
The Strife Is O’er, the Battle Done LSB 464
refrain Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
1 The strife is o’er, the battle done;
Now is the victor’s triumph won;
Now be the song of praise begun.
Alleluia!
2 The pow’rs of death have done their worst,
But Christ their legions hath dispersed.
Let shouts of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!
3 The three sad days have quickly sped,
He rises glorious from the dead.
All glory to our risen Head!Alleluia!
4 He broke the age-bound chains of hell;
The bars from heav’n’s high portals fell.
Let hymns of praise His triumph tell.
Alleluia!
5 Lord, by the stripes which wounded Thee,
From death’s dread sting Thy servants free
That we may live and sing to Thee.
Alleluia! Refrain
Closing Collect
Benediction LSB 166
Hymn to Depart: I Know That My Redeemer Lives LSB 461
1 I know that my Redeemer lives;
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever-living head.
2 He lives triumphant from the grave;
He lives eternally to save;
He lives all-glorious in the sky;
He lives exalted there on high.
3 He lives to bless me with His love;
He lives to plead for me above;
He lives my hungry soul to feed;
He lives to help in time of need.
4 He lives to grant me rich supply;
He lives to guide me with His eye;
He lives to comfort me when faint;
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
5 He lives to silence all my fears;
He lives to wipe away my tears;
He lives to calm my troubled heart;
He lives all blessings to impart.
6 He lives, my kind, wise, heav’nly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
7 He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death;
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
8 He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Jesus, still the same;
Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!

Order of Service: As Printed
Opening Hymn: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded LSB 450
Invocation: In the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Cong: Amen
Confession and Absolution:
O Almighty God, merciful Father; 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.

P God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith.
C Amen.
P Do you believe that the forgiveness I speak is not my forgiveness but God’s?
C Yes.
P Let it be done for you as you believe.
P 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.
Introit for Good Friday:
He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon
Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.
O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger, nor discipline me in Your wrath! For Your
arrows have sunk into me, and Your hand has come down on me. There is no
soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation; there is no health in my bones
because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden,
they are too heavy for me. I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. Make haste
to help me, O Lord, my salvation! He was wounded for our transgressions; He was
crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with His stripes we are healed.

Salutation and Collect of the Day:
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
Almighty God, graciously behold this Your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was
willing to be betrayed and delivered into the hands of sinful men to suffer death upon
the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with
You and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.
C Amen.
Be seated
The Old Testament Reading Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12
Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted. Just
as many were astonished at you, My people, so His appearance was marred more than
any man and His form more than the sons of men. Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; for what had not been told them they will
see, and what they had not heard they will understand. Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a
tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty
that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He
was despised and forsaken of men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like
one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely
our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him
stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and
by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has
turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He
was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is
led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its Shearer’s, so He did not open
His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation,
who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of
My people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet
He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any
deceit in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He
would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His
days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the
anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him
a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; because He poured
out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He Himself bore the
sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Gradual Hebrews 9:12a, c, 15a; Psalm 111:9a
(Christ) entered once for all into the holy places, by means of His own blood, thus
securing an eternal redemption.
Therefore, He is the Mediator of a New Covenant,
so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
He sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His Covenant forever.

The Epistle Lesson Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Therefore, since we have a great High Priest Who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest
who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things
as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of
grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every
high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to
God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; he can deal gently with the ignorant
and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; and because of it he is
obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. And no one
takes the honour to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a High Priest, but He who said to
Him, "YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU"; just as He says also in
another passage, "YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF
MELCHIZEDEK." In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications
with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard
because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which
He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the
source of eternal salvation,
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
The Holy Gospel John 19:17-30
C Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called
the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and
with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. Pilate also wrote an
inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, "JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF
THE JEWS." Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus
was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. So the
chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews'; but
that He said, 'I am King of the Jews."' Pilate answered, "What I have written I have
written." Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and
made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless,
woven in one piece. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it,
to decide whose it shall be"; this was to fulfill the Scripture: "THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER
GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS." Therefore
the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His
mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus then saw His
mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother,
"Woman, behold, your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" From
that hour the disciple took her into his own household. After this, Jesus, knowing that all
things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, "I am thirsty." A jar
full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a
branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the
sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
The Final Reading from the Passion History
The Verse for Good Friday
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried away our sorrows; yet we esteemed
Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

Sermon Hymn: Not All the Blood of Beasts LSB 431
Sermon: THE TREE OF THE CROSS! Deuteronomy 21:22-23, Galatians 3:1-4
The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted” LSB 451
Prayer of the Church
The Lord’s Prayer
The Offering:
Were You There LSB 456
The Offertory
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 upon 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.
Let us Pray

I thank Thee, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou
hast graciously kept me this day; and I pray that Thou wouldst forgive me all my
sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Thy hands
I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy Holy angel be with
me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen
The Benediction
Hymn to Depart:
O Perfect Life of Love LSB 452

Order of Service: Divine Service Setting One LSB 151
Hymn of Invocation: When You Woke That Thursday Morning LSB 445
Stand
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
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.
Kneel/Stand
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.
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 neighbours 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.

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.
Stand
Service of the Word
Introit
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
I love the LORD, because He has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because He inclined His ear to me,
therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the Name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
our God is merciful.

Kyrie
Salutation and Collect of the Day: Maundy Thursday
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Let us pray.
O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of Your passion. Grant that we may
so receive the Sacred Mystery of Your Body and Blood that the fruits of Your redemption may continually
be manifest in us; bring to an end this Pandemic which is spreading throughout the world, so that
together as Your people we can once again come together to receive Your Sacred Gift of Thy dear Body
and Blood, given and shed for the forgiveness of sins for all those who believe; for You live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C Amen.
Sit
The First Reading: Luke 13:1–9
1There were some present at that very time who told [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had
mingled with their sacrifices. 2And He answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners
than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you
will all likewise perish. 4Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you
think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you; but
unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 6And He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in
his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for
three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it
use up the ground?’ 8And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put
on manure. 9Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psalm: Psalm 105:23–45
23Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
24And the LORD made His people very fruitful and made them stronger than their foes.
25He turned their hearts to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.
26He sent Moses, His servant, and Aaron, whom He had chosen.
27They performed His signs among them and miracles in the land of Ham.
28He sent darkness, and made the land dark; they did not rebel against His Words.
29He turned their waters into blood and caused their fish to die.
30Their land swarmed with frogs, even in the chambers of their kings.
31He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country.
32He gave them hail for rain, and fiery lightning bolts through their land.
33He struck down their vines and fig trees, and shattered the trees of their country.
34He spoke, and the locusts came, young locusts without number,
35which devoured all the vegetation in their land and ate up the fruit of their ground.
36He struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their strength.
37Then He brought out Israel with silver and gold, and there was none among His tribes who stumbled.
38Egypt was glad when they departed, for dread of them had fallen upon it.
39He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light by night.
40They asked, and He brought quail, and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
41He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river.
42For He remembered His Holy Promise, and Abraham, His servant.
43So He brought His people out with joy, His chosen ones with singing.
44And He gave them the lands of the nations, and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples’ toil,

45that they might keep His Statutes and observe His Laws. Praise the LORD!

Stand
The Holy Gospel: Mark 11:12–25
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the eleventh chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
12On the following day, when they came from Bethany, He was hungry. 13And seeing in the distance a fig
tree in leaf, He went to see if He could find anything on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves,
for it was not the season for figs. 14And He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And His
disciples heard it. 15And they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who
sold and those who bought in the temple, and He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats
of those who sold pigeons. 16And He would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17And He
was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a House of Prayer for
all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and
were seeking a way to destroy Him, for they feared Him, because all the crowd was astonished at His teaching.
19And when evening came they went out of the city. 20As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree
withered away to its roots. 21And Peter remembered and said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You
cursed has withered.” 22And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23Truly, I say to you, whoever says
to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes
that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in
Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25And whenever you stand Praying, forgive,
if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also Who is in Heaven may forgive you your
trespasses.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day: May God Bestow on Us His Grace LSB 823
Sermon: FIG TREES! Luke 13:1–9 and Mark 11:12–25
The Apostles’ Creed
Prayer of the Church
The Lord’s Prayer
Closing Collect
The Stripping of the Altar

Hymn: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded LSB 450
Hymn: Jesus, Greatest at the Table LSB 446
Benediction
Hymn to Depart: Go to Dark Gethsemane LSB 436