Order of Worship Service

    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - August 1, 2021
  • Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
    August 1, 2021  
     
    The Common Service - Page 15
     
     
    HYMN 277   -   God, We Praise You
    God, we praise you! God, we bless you! God, we name you sov’reign Lord!
    Mighty King whom angels worship, Father, by your Church adored:
    All creation shows your glory; heav’n and earth draw near your throne,
    Singing, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord of hosts and God alone!”
     
    True apostles, faithful prophets, saints who set their world ablaze,
    Martyrs, once unknown, unheeded, join one growing song of praise,
    While your Church on earth confesses one majestic Trinity:
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, God, our hope eternally.
     
    Jesus Christ, the King of glory, everlasting Son of God,
    Humble was your virgin mother, hard the lonely path you trod:
    By your cross is sin defeated, hell confronted face to face,
    Heaven opened to believers, sinners justified by grace.
     
    Christ, at God’s right hand victorious, you will judge the world you made;
    Lord, in mercy help your servants for whose freedom you have paid:
    Raise us up from dust to glory; guard us from all sin today.
    King enthroned above all praises, save your people, God, we pray.
     
     
    INVOCATION
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
    AMEN.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    AMEN.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    The Lord be with you.
    AND ALSO WITH YOU.
     
    O Lord, your ears are always open to the prayers of your humble servants, who come to you in Jesus’ name. Teach us always to ask according to your will that we may never fail to obtain the blessings you have promised; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   EXODUS 24:3-11  
    3Moses came and reported to the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances. Then all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do.” 4Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.
    He got up early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain. He set up twelve memorial stones for the twelve tribes of Israel. 5He sent young Israelite men, who offered whole burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings of cattle to the Lord. 6Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and he splashed half of the blood on the altar. 7He took the Book of the Covenant and read it out loud to the people and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do. We will obey.”
    8Moses took the blood and splashed it on the people. He said, “Look, here is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord made with you by means of all these words.”
    9Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up. 10They saw the God of Israel. Under his feet they saw what looked like a pavement of sapphire as clear as the sky. 11The Lord did not lay his hand on the dignitaries of the people of Israel. They gazed at God, and they ate and drank.
     
     
    PSALM 84  (page 96)
    How lovely is your dwelling place,
                O LORD Almighty!
    My soul yearns, even faints,
                for the courts of the LORD.
    Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
                they are ever praising you.
    Better is one day in your courts
                than a thousand elsewhere;
    I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
                than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
    O LORD Almighty,
                blessed are they who trust in 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.
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   EPHESIANS 4:1-7,11-16
    As a prisoner in the Lord, therefore, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. 2Live with all humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another in love.
    3Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in the one hope of your calling. 5There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.
    7But to each one of us grace was given, according to the measure of the gift from Christ.
    11He himself gave the apostles, as well as the prophets, as well as the evangelists, as well as the pastors and teachers, 12for the purpose of training the saints for the work of serving, in order to build up the body of Christ. 13This is to continue until we all reach unity in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, resulting in a mature man with a stature reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ. 14The goal is that we would no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, when people use tricks and invent clever ways to lead us astray. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we would in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. 16From him the whole body, being joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows in accordance with Christ’s activity when he measured out each individual part. He causes the growth of the body so that it builds itself up in love.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia. (John 6:68)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   JOHN 6:1-15
    After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation speaks:
    GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
     
    After this, Jesus crossed over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). 2A large crowd followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he was performing on those who were sick. 3Jesus went up on the hillside and sat down there with his disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
    5When Jesus looked up and saw a huge crowd coming toward him, he asked Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6But Jesus was saying this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.
    7Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to have just a little.”
    8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9“There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what is that for so many people?”
    10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, so they sat down. There were about five thousand men.
    11Then Jesus took the loaves and, after giving thanks, he distributed pieces to those who were seated. He also did the same with the fish—as much as they wanted.
    12When the people were full, he told his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over so that nothing is wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with pieces from the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
    14When the people saw the miraculous sign Jesus did, they said, “This really is the Prophet who is coming into the world.”
    15When Jesus realized that they intended to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
     
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    APOSTLES’ CREED   
    I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth.
     
    I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
             From there 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 everlasting. Amen.
     
     
    HYMN 349   Jesus, Priceless Treasure
    Jesus, priceless treasure, fount of purest pleasure, truest friend to me.
    Ah, how long in anguish shall my spirit languish, yearning, Lord, for thee?
    Thou art mine, O Lamb divine! I will suffer naught to hide thee, naught I ask beside thee.
     
    In thine arms I rest me; foes who would molest me cannot reach me here.
    Though the earth be shaking, ev’ry heart be quaking, Jesus calms my fear.
    Lightnings flash and thunders crash; yet, tho’ sin and hell assail me, Jesus will not fail me.
     
    Satan, I defy thee; death, I now decry thee; fear, I bid thee cease.
    World, thou shalt not harm me nor thy threats alarm me while I sing of peace.
    God’s great pow’r guards ev’ry hour; earth and all its depths adore him, silent bow before him
     
    Hence, all earthly treasure! Jesus is my pleasure; Jesus is my choice.
    Hence, all empty glory! Naught to me thy story told with tempting voice.
    Pain or loss or shame or cross shall not from my Savior move me since he deigns to love me.
     
    Hence, all fear and sadness! For the Lord of gladness, Jesus, enter in.
    Those who love the Father, though the storms may gather, still have peace within.
    Yea, whate’er I here must bear, thou art still my purest pleasure, Jesus, priceless treasure1
     

    SERMON        Exodus 24:3-11
                                               We Are Bound to the Lord by Blood
                                          I. The blood that is shed belongs to Jesus
                                         II. The blood-sprinkled people belong to God
                                                
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    Prayer
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    HYMN  538   The Church’s One Foundation
    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.
     
    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.
     
    The Church shall never perish. Her dear Lord, to defend,
    To guide, sustain, and cherish, is with her to the end.
    Though there be those that hate her and strive to see her fail,
    Against both foe and traitor she ever shall prevail.
     
    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.
     
    Mid toil and tribulation and tumult of her war
    She waits the consummation of peace forevermore
    Till with the vison glorious her longing eyes are blest
    And the great Church victorious shall be the Church at rest.
     
     
    PRAYER
    Blessed Lord, you have given us your Holy Scriptures for our learning. May we so hear them, read, learn, and take them to heart, that being strengthened and comforted by your holy Word, we may cling to the blessed hope of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN  327   God Be with You till We meet Again
    God be with you till we meet again, by his counsels guide, uphold you,
    With his sheep securely fold you – God be with you till we meet again.
    Refrain: Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet.
    Till we meet, till we meet – God be with you till we meet again.
     
    God be with you till we meet again, ‘neath his wings protecting hide you,
    Daily manna still provide you – God be with you till we meet again.
    Refrain
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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    Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - July 18, 2021
  • Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
    July 18, 2021
     
    Service of the Word - Page 38
    The liturgy refrains will be sung for this service.
     
     
    HYMN 237   -   Lord of Lords, the Sparkling Heavens
    Lord of lords, the sparkling heavens show the greatness of your hand,
    Brilliant galaxies unfolding, distant suns your wisdom planned,
    Morning stars in concert singing – praise the one whose pow’r we see; Lord of might and majesty.
     
    Lord of light, your gift of beauty fills our planet here below.
    Crystal snow and silver moonlight, forest green with life aglow,
    Sapphire ocean, flaming sunset your creative joy proclaim! Lord of all, we praise your name!
     
    Lord of love, we bow before you, humbled by your constant grace.
    Word incarnate, sent from heaven, on the cross you took our place.
    By your death and resurrection we shall live through endless days! Lord of life, we sing your praise.
     
    Lord of nations, by your Spirit cause our fear and greed to cease;
    Restless hearts and lives refashion by the entrance of your peace.
    May we now with firm commitment follow in obedience true: Lord of lords, we worship you!
     
     
    INVOCATION
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
    And also with you.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.
     
    Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.
    AMEN.
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.      
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   AMOS 7:10-15 
    10Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel:
    Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to endure all of his words. 11This is what Amos says: “Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will certainly go into exile away from its own soil.”
    12Then Amaziah said to Amos, “You seer, get out of here! Flee to the land of Judah. You may eat food and prophesy there. 13But you must never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the sanctuary of the king and the national temple.”
    14Then Amos responded to Amaziah:
    I was not a prophet, nor was I a son of a prophet. Rather, I was a sheep breeder and I took care of sycamore fig trees. 15But the Lord took me from tending flocks, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”
     
     
    PSALM 73  (page 94) sung in unison
    Refrain: Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid.
    For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior.
     
    I am always with you, O LORD; you hold me by my right hand.
    You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
    Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    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.
     
    Refrain
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   EPHESIANS 1:3-14
    3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
    4He did this when he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ. He did this in accordance with the good purpose of his will, 6and for the praise of his glorious grace, which he has graciously given us in the one he loves.
    7In him we also have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in keeping with the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. 9He made known to us the mystery of his will in keeping with his good purpose, which he planned in Christ. 10This was to be carried out when the time had fully come, in order to bring all things together in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.
    11In him we have also obtained an inheritance, because we were predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in keeping with the purpose of his will. 12He did this so that his glory would be praised as a result of us, who were the first to hope in Christ.
    13In him, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and in him, when you also believed, you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 14He is the down payment of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own possession, so that his glory would be praised.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. The Word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. Alleluia. (Deuteronomy 30:14)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   MARK 6:7-13
    7Jesus called the Twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He instructed them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their money belts. 9They were to put on sandals but not to wear two coats. 10He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that area. 11Any place that will not receive you or listen to you, as you leave there, shake off the dust that is under your feet as a testimony against them.”
    12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They also drove out many demons. They anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    HYMN 392    Not unto Us
    Not unto us, not unto us be glory, Lord; not unto us but to your name be praise;
    Not unto us but to your name all honor be giv’n for matchless mercy, forgiveness, and grace.
     
    Amazing grace – that chose us e’er the worlds were made; amazing grace – that sent your Son to save;
    Amazing grace – that robed us in your righteousness and taught our lips to sing glory and praise.
     
    O faithful love – that shepherded through faithless years; forgiving love – that led us to your truth;
    Unyielding love – that would not let us turn from you but sent us forth to speak pardon and peace.
     
    Not unto us but to your name be glory, Lord, for grace so rich, so wide, so high, so free.
    Abide with us till trav’ling days are over and done, and pilgrim feet lead us home, Lord, to you.
     
     
    SERMON        Ephesians 1:3-14
                                                                You’ve Been Elected
                                                      I. From eternity by the Father’s decision
                                                     II. To salvation by the Son’s blood
                                                    III. For comfort by the Spirit’s seal
     
     
    APOSTLES’ CREED
    I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth.
    I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
             From there 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 everlasting. Amen.
     
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    PRAYER of the Church   (page 42)  
    Lord God, our maker and preserver, we praise and thank you for all that you give us day after day.
                We are not worthy of all the mercies you show us.
     
    You have given us your precious Word to nourish our souls and to protect us from the temptations of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature.
                We thank you for those who teach and preach your saving truth at this place and everywhere. Grant them a rich measure of patience, wisdom, and love.
     
    Heavenly Father, we pray that you shield us from every kind of danger: sudden catastrophe, terrors of crime, and the pain of disease. Watch over those who travel by land, sea, and air. Keep our loved ones from whatever perils may threaten them.
                Heal those who are sick, cheer those who are sad, calm those who are distressed, and comfort all who are old and infirm.
     
    Bless our land, our people, and those who hold offices of high trust. Keep our government and schools upright and strong for the advancement of good citizenship and useful vocations, that we may enjoy your gifts of peace, security, and well-being.
                Grant your blessing to every nation on earth. Where there are wars, may there be peace. Where there is hatred, let it be healed. Where there is poverty, danger, or disaster, come with your almighty power to help and restore.
     
    Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
     
    Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
     
    We bring these requests before you in the name of Jesus our Lord, and ask you to hear us. Take all that we have, our bodies and minds, our time and skills, our ministries and offerings, and use them to your glory.
                We give ourselves to you that we may serve you in whatever way is pleasing in your sight.  Amen.
     
     
     LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    HYMN 542    Dear Lord, to Your True Servants Give
    Dear Lord, to your true servants give the grace to you alone to live.
    Set free from sin to serve you, Lord, they go to share your living Word,
    The gospel message to proclaim that all may know your saving name.
     
    They gladly go at your command to spread your Word o’er sea and land.
    Be with them, Lord, and make them strong to heal sin’s ills, to right the wrong.
    Your rule is over wind and wave, and mighty is your arm to save.
     
    When all their labor seems in vain, revive their sinking hopes again;
    And when success crowns what they do, oh, keep them humble, Lord, and true
    Until before your judgment seat they lay their trophies at your feet.
     
      
    PRAYER
    Almighty God, we thank you for teaching us the things you want us to believe and do. Help us by your Holy Spirit to keep your Word in pure hearts that we may be strengthened in faith, guided in holiness, and comforted in life and in death, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN 331   Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah   
    Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.
    I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy pow’rful hand.
    Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more.
     
    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, be though still my strength and shield.
     
    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 I will ever give to thee.
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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    Seventh Sunday after Pentecost - July 11, 2021
  • Seventh Sunday after Pentecost  
    July 11, 2021
     
    The Common Service - Page 15
     
     
    HYMN 234     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
    Let all who hear now to his temple draw near, joining in glad adoration!
     
    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?
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    Praise to the Lord! Oh, 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!
     
     
    INVOCATION
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
    AMEN.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    AMEN.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    God of all power and might, you are the giver of all that is good. Help us love you with all our heart, strengthen us in true faith, provide us with all we need, and keep us safe in your care; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   EZEKIEL 2:1-5  
    He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2The Spirit entered into me as he spoke to me and brought me up to my feet. Then I heard him speaking to me.
    3He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to disloyal nations, who have been disloyal to me. They and their fathers have rebelled against me to this very day. 4These children of mine are brazen-faced and hard-hearted. I am sending you to them, and you are to tell them that this is what the Lord God says. 5Then, whether they listen or do not listen—for they are a rebellious house—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.
     
     
    PSALM 143 (page 118)
    O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy;
                in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
    Do not bring your servant into judgment,
                for no one living is righteous before you.
    My spirit grows faint within me;
                my heart within me is dismayed.
    Answer me quickly, O LORD;
                do not hide your face from me.
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
                for I have put my trust in you.
    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
                may your good Spirit lead me on level 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.
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10
    7Therefore, to keep me from becoming arrogant due to the extraordinary nature of these revelations, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me, so that I would not become arrogant. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that he would take it away from me. 9And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, because my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will be glad to boast all the more in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may shelter me.
    10That is why I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For whenever I am weak, then am I strong.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. Happy are they who hear the Word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience. Alleluia. (Luke 8:15)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   MARK 6:1-6
    After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation speaks:
    GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
     
    Jesus left there and went to his hometown. His disciples followed him. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did this man learn these things? What is this wisdom that has been given to this man? How is it that miracles such as these are performed by his hands? 3Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
    4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own house.” 5He could not do any miracles there except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6He was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went around the villages teaching.
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    NICENE CREED
    We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth,
                of all that is,
                seen and unseen.
     
    We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God,
                eternally begotten of the Father,
                God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
                begotten, not made,
                of one being with the Father.
      Through him all things were made.
      For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,
                was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
                and became fully human.
      For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
      He suffered death and was buried.
      On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
      He ascended into heaven
                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
      He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
                And his kingdom will have no end.
     
    We believe in the Holy Spirit,
                the Lord, the giver of life,
                who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
                who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
                who has spoken through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
      We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look for the resurrection of the dead
                and the life of the world to come.  Amen.
     
     
    HYMN 372     I Lay My Sins on Jesus
    I lay my sins on Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God;
    He bears them all and frees us from the accursed load.
    I bring my guilt to Jesus to wash my crimson stains
    White in his blood most precious till not a spot remains.
     
    I lay my wants on Jesus; all fullness dwells in him.
    He heals all my diseases; my soul he does redeem.
    I lay by griefs on Jesus, my burdens and my cares;
    He from them all releases; he all my sorrows shares.
     
    I rest my soul on Jesus, this weary soul of mine.
    His right hand me embraces; I in his arms recline.
    I love the name of Jesus, Immanuel, Christ, the Lord;
    Like fragrance on the breezes his name abroad is poured.
     
    I long to be like Jesus: meek, loving, lowly, mild;
    I long to be like Jesus, the Father’s holy child.
    I long to be with Jesus amid the heav’nly throng
    To sing with saints his praises, to learn the angels’ song.
     
     
    SERMON        2 Corinthians 12:7-10
                                        God’s Grace in Christ Is Sufficient for Us
                                                      I. To give us His strength
                                                     II. To accomplish His goals
                                                    III. To bring us His joy
     
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    PRAYER  
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    THE SACRAMENT
    The Lord be with you.
    AND ALSO WITH YOU.
     
    Lift up your hearts.
    WE LIFT THEM UP UNTO THE LORD.
     
    Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
    IT IS GOOD AND RIGHT SO TO DO.
     
    It is good and right……
     
    Words of Institution
     
    The peace of the Lord be with you always.
    AMEN.
     
    Distribution
     
    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
    AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
     
    O God the Father, source of all goodness, in your loving kindness you sent your Son to share our humanity. We thank you that through him you have given us pardon and peace in this sacrament. We also pray that you will not forsake us but will rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit so that we willingly serve you day after day, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN 334   Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
    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!
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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    Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - July 4, 2021
  • Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
    July 4, 2021  
     
    The Common Service - Page 15
     
     
    HYMN 617   -   Christ, by Heavenly Hosts Adored
    Christ, by heav’nly hosts adored, gracious, mighty, sov’reign Lord,
    God of nations, King of kings, head of all created things,
    By the Church with joy confessed, God o’er all, forever blest –
    Pleading, at your throne we stand: Save your people, bless our land.
     
    On our fields of grass and grain send, O Lord, the kindly rain;
    O’er our wide and goodly land crown the labors of each hand.
    Let your kind protection be o’er our commerce on the sea.
    Open, Lord, your bounteous hand; bless your people, bless our land.
     
    Give us rulers who will be known for love and honesty;
    Let the pow’rs that you ordained be in righteousness maintained.
    In the people’s hearts increase love of piety and peace.
    Thus united, we shall stand one wide, free, and happy land.
     
     
    INVOCATION
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
    AMEN.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    AMEN.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    The Lord be with you.
    AND ALSO WITH YOU.
     
    O God, you have prepared joys beyond understanding for those who love you. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   LAMENTATIONS 3:22-33  
    22 By the mercies of the Lord we are not consumed, for his compassions do not fail.
    23They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.
    24My soul says, “The Lord is my portion. Therefore, I will hope in him.”
    25The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
    26It is good to hope quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
    27It is good for a man that he bears a yoke early in his life.
    28Let him sit alone and be silent, because the Lord has laid this upon him.
    29Let him stick his face in the dust. Perhaps there still is hope.
    30Let him turn his cheek toward the one who strikes him. Let him be filled with disgrace.
    31For the Lord will not push us away forever.
    32Even though he brings grief, he will show compassion on the basis of his great mercy.
    33Certainly, it is not what his heart desires when he causes affliction,
    when he brings grief to the children of men.
     
     
    PSALM 30  (page 76)
    Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;
                praise his holy name.
    For his anger lasts only a moment,
                but his favor lasts a lifetime;
    weeping may remain for a night,
                but rejoicing comes in the morning.
    To you, O LORD, I called;
                to the Lord I cried for mercy.
    Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me;
                O LORD, be my help.
    You turned my wailing into dancing,
                that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
    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.
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-9, 13-14
    Now brothers, we want you to know about the grace of God that was given in the churches of Macedonia: 2In a severe test of trouble, their overflowing joy and their deep poverty overflowed into an abundance of their generosity. 3I testify that of their own free will they gave according to their ability, and even beyond their ability, 4pleading with us with an urgent request for the gracious privilege of joining in this service to the saints. 5And they did this not as we had expected, but in keeping with God’s will they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us. 6As a result we urged Titus, since he had already made a beginning, to bring to completion this gracious gift on your part. 7But just as you overflow in every way—in faith, in word, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you also overflow in this gracious gift.
    8I do not say this as a command, but to test how genuine your love is, by comparing it with the eagerness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that through his poverty you might become rich.
    13Certainly, our goal is not that others take it easy while you are burdened, but that there may be equality. 14At the present time, your abundance will provide what they lack, in order that their abundance will also provide what you lack—in this way there will be equality.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Alleluia. (Mark 8:34)
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   MARK 5:21-24A, 35-43
    After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation speaks:
    GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
     
    21When Jesus had again crossed over in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him near the sea. 22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and repeatedly pleaded with him, “My little daughter is near death. Please come and place your hands on her so that she may be healed and live.”
    24Jesus went with him.
    35While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue ruler’s house arrived, saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore?”
    36But when Jesus heard this report, he told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” 37He did not allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38They went into the house of the synagogue ruler, and Jesus saw a commotion with people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
    40They laughed at him. But after he put everyone out, he took the father of the child, her mother, and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41Grasping the hand of the child, he said to her, “Talitha, koum!” (When translated, that means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”) 42Immediately the little girl stood up and began to walk around. (She was twelve years old.) They were completely and utterly amazed. 43Then he gave them strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and he told them to give her something to eat.
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    APOSTLES’ CREED   
    I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth.
     
    I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
             From there 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 everlasting. Amen.
     
     
    HYMN 213   Forever with the Lord
    Forever with the Lord! Amen! So let it be.
    Life from the dead is in that word, my immortality.
     
    While time on earth is spent, absent from him I roam,
    Yet nightly pitch my moving tent a day’s march nearer home.
     
    My Father’s house on high, home of my soul, how near
    At times, to faith’s foreseeing eye the golden gates appear!
     
    Lord, be at my right hand, then can I never fail.
    If you uphold me, I shall stand; with you I shall prevail.
     
    So when my dying breath shall rend the veil in two,
    By death I shall escape from death to endless life with you.
     
    I’ll know as I am known; how shall I love that word
    And oft repeat before the throne, “Forever with the Lord!”
     
     
    SERMON        MARK 5:21-24a, 35-43
                                        Believe What Christ Does with Death
                                          I. He never ignores death
                                         II. He accurately defines death
                                        III. He permanently defeated death
                                                
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    PRAYER    -   For the Nation, p. 130
    Almighty God, we acknowledge with thanks that all we have and enjoy is a gift from your gracious hand. We come before you today in heartfelt appreciation for our nation and its people.
                We thank you for enabling us to worship you in freedom and to serve you without fear.
    You have enriched us with the bounties of farm and factory, the beauty of forest and mountain, and the marvels of medicine and science.
                For all these blessings, we praise and glorify you.
    Look with favor upon our nation, and preserve our cherished liberties. Enable our leaders to govern with wisdom, honesty, courage, and justice. Protect those who serve in the armed forces and those who maintain peace and safety in our communities.
                Give us willingness to obey our nation’s laws and to work for the common good.
    Keep our financial institutions secure and our economy strong. Bless our fields that they may produce abundant harvest. Guard us from calamities of nature and accident, and spare our land from the ravages of disease and epidemic.
                Teach us not to worry but to cast all our cares on you.
    Strengthen the homes of our nation. By your Spirit lead husbands and wives to love each other, parents to nurture their children, young adults to assume responsibility, and children to show respect.
     
    (Special prayers and intercessions may follow.)
     
    Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
     
    (Silent prayer.)
     
    To you, O Lord, we bring our thanks and our requests.
                Hear our prayers for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    HYMN  588   Abide with Me
    Abide with me; fast falls the eventide. The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
    When other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, oh, abide with me!
     
    Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away.
    Change and decay in all around I see; O thou who changest not, abide with me!
     
    Come not in terrors, as the King of kings, but kind and good, with healing in thy wings,
    Tears for all woes, a heart for ev’ry plea; come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.
     
    Thou on my head in early youth didst smile, and though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
    Thou hast not left me oft as I left thee. On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
     
    I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour. What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
    Who like thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me!
     
    I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless; ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.
    Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still if thou abide with me.
     
    Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
    Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee; in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!
     
     
    PRAYER
    Almighty God, grant to your Church the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes from above. Let nothing hinder your Word from being freely proclaimed to the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, so that we may serve you in steadfast faith and confess your name as long as we live, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN  619   God Bless Our Native Land
    God bless our native land! Firm may she ever stand through storm and night!
    When the wild tempests rave, ruler of wind and wave,
    Do thou our country save by thy great might.
     
    For her our prayers shall rise to God above the skies; on him we wait.
    Thou who art ever nigh, guarding with watchful eye,
    To thee aloud we cry, God save the state!
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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