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Worship Service

 

REFORMATION SUNDAY

October 25, 2020

 AS WE GATHER

To the consternation of His opponents, Jesus announced that those who abide in His Word know the truth, which sets them free. And the truth, Paul points out in the Epistle, is that God has declared us justified, not guilty under His Law, because of His gracious gift of faith in Christ. That gift frees us from fearing God’s righteous wrath; we are confident that the Lord of hosts is with us. Sure of His presence and protection, we need not fear the forces of nature, the conflicts of people and nations, and the wiles of the devil. Rather, in all that we think, say, and do, we are free to respond to the angelic invitation we hear today: “fear God and give Him glory . . . and worship Him who made heaven and earth” (Revelation 14:7).

HYMN “The Church’s One Foundation” LW 289

INVOCATION

Pastor:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES Psalm 46:1a, 2a; Romans 3:2324a; John 8:31b32

Pastor:            God is our refuge and strength;

People:           therefore we will not fear.

Pastor:            All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

People:           and are justified by His grace as a gift.

Pastor:            If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples,

People: and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

 CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Incorporating Psalm 46:4, 7, 11

Pastor:          Lord of hosts,

People: hear our confession of sins and grant us Your mercy and forgiveness. We have not trusted in Your promised protection and strength but have looked elsewhere for help and refuge. You alone have provided the remedy for that which truly causes our separation, troubles, and death. For the sake of Christ, Your Son, our Redeemer, grant us forgiveness and deliverance from all that would keep us from Your present help. We ask it in the name of Jesus.

Pastor:   There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. Because that river of grace and power has flowed over us in our Baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ, in spite of our fear, the LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. By grace God has created each of us and everything that exists, and in the person of His Son entered our history and paid for our every sin and sin itself. In Christ’s resurrection, God’s promises have been made sure. 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.

People: Amen. The LORD of hosts is with us! The God of Jacob is our fortress!

KYRIE

Pastor:            In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord of hosts, have mercy.

Pastor:   For those living in fear because of sudden disaster, let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord of creation, have mercy.

Pastor:   For those living in fear because of the evil intentions of people in power, let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord of lords, have mercy.

Pastor:   For those living in fear because of evil forces within the Church and oppression beyond it, let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Christ, our Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

People:           Amen.

HYMN “The Lord, My God, Be Praised” LW 174 (Congregation remains standing)

SALUTATION

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

 PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. O God, our refuge and strength, always present in trouble, silence our fears when Your good creation seems out of control and evil appears to run rampant.

People: Like the dawning of a new day, dispel the darkness of our hearts and renew confident faith in Your constant presence and gracious protection;

Pastor:   through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

FIRST READING Revelation 14:6–7 (An angel announces the time for judgment.)

6Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE Romans 3:19–28 (We need not fear the Law’s accusation, for we are justified by grace.)

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. 21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

VERSE Luke 12:32

Pastor:            Alleluia. Fear not, little flock,

People: for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL John 8:31–36 (We are freed from slavery to sin; we are free indeed.)

31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 

Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” LW 298

SERMON Romans 3:19–28

In confirmation class I try to make it as clear as I can. I tell the children that gospel means “_________ ___________.”

The answer to this question is the good news about our ____________________ from eternal death.

The only thing that God demands from us regarding the Gospel or good news is that we __________________ it.

But as simple as God has made it for a person to receive the gospel, people have __________________ the gospel.

Over the years, the _________________, in many ways, turned the gospel into the law.

It was this teaching that in many ways caused the ________________________ in the early 1500s.

Martin __________________ became a staunch critic of the church’s sale of indulgences, or the pieces of paper that could forgive sins.

Martin Luther strove to make the Gospel _________________ in the church once again.

The Reformation was a testimony to the power of God’s ______________.

So we thank God that He raised up reformers who sought to remove the _____________ from the gospel.

The world needs to hear the ________________ about salvation.

CATECHISM Incorporating Psalm 46 and the Apostles’ Creed

Pastor:   Our faith is in God the Father, the almighty Creator of all that exists. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way.

People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, who has made me and all creatures. He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.

Pastor:   Our faith is in God the Son, whose sacrifice on the cross opens to us eternal life in God’s eternal presence. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

People: I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death. He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.

Pastor:   Our faith is in God the Holy Spirit, whose gift of faith gives us eternal peace with God. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariots with fire.

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, who in the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.

OFFERING

SONG “Thy Word”  

Chorus

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path

 

When I feel afraid

And I think I've lost my way

Still You're there right beside me

Nothing will I fear

As long as You are near

Please be near me to the end

 

Chorus

 

I will not forget

Your love for me and yet

My heart forever is wandering

Jesus be my guide

And hold me to Your side

I will love You to the end

 

Chorus

CCLI Song # 14301 Amy Grant | Michael W. Smith © 1984 Meadowgreen Music Company (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Word Music, LLC (Admin. by WB Music Corp.) For use solely with the SongSelect. CCLI License # 11463099

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH Incorporating Psalm 46

Pastor:   Let us pray for the Church here and around the world and for all people in their varied circumstances. O God, our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, strengthen the Church here and wherever it gathers around Your Word and celebrates the blessed Sacraments. Grant confident faith to clergy and laity, pastors in congregations and missionaries in distant lands, elders in the faith and newly baptized alike. Help us to put all our trust in Your protection and power. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Strong Creator, wherever people call out to You as the earth gives way, mountains move into the heart of the sea, and mountains tremble, hear their cries and keep them safe. Awaken courage and wisdom in those who search and rescue, those who provide physical and spiritual counsel, and those who offer long-term support of body and life. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   O Holy Spirit, when nations rage and kingdoms totter, use the earthly powers that be to move the nations and their leaders to seek ways toward peace with their neighbors and stability within their borders. You, who make wars cease to the end of the earth, provide courage and compassion to all who work for peace and protection as they are deployed abroad and all who maintain concord and order within our communities. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Gracious God, stream joy and gladness to those who wait for the dawning of a new day, those dealing with long-term ills, unemployment, discrimination, unjust imprisonment, strife in their families, and the loss of loved ones. Assure them that You are with them, even now a very present help in trouble. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Lord of hosts, worthy to be exalted among the nations, into Your almighty hands we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray. Hear our prayer for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:913

PAX DOMINI

Pastor:            The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:           Amen.

SONG “There Is A Higher Throne”

There is a higher throne

Than all this world has known

Where faithful ones from ev'ry tongue

Will one day come

Before the Son we'll stand

Made faultless through the Lamb

Believing hearts find promised grace

Salvation comes

 

Chorus

Hear heaven's voices sing

Their thund'rous anthem rings

Through em'rald courts and sapphire skies

Their praises rise

All glory wisdom pow'r

Strength thanks and honour are

To God our King who reigns on high

Forever more

 

And there we'll find our home

Our life before the throne

We'll honour Him in perfect song

Where we belong

He'll wipe each tear-stained eye

As thirst and hunger die

The Lamb becomes our Shepherd King

We'll reign with Him

 

Chorus

CCLI Song # 3994672 Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty © 2002 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect. CCLI License # 11463099

 PRAYER

Pastor:   Let us pray. Thanks and praise to You, heavenly Father, for You have again assured us that we are freed from the wrath due us for our sins and freed to serve You in joy. Help us to trust firmly in Your forgiveness and guidance each day until faith turns to sight; for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

 BENEDICTION

Pastor:   The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:2426

People:           Amen.

HYMN “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” LW 334

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 4. Copyright © 2020 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

October 18, 2020

 AS WE GATHER

Countless times during Christ’s mission in human flesh for the sins of the world, the Pharisees and others tried to test, trap, and trick Jesus, thinking He would suffer a setback to His ministry. Time and time again, Jesus in His divine wisdom and teaching would instead turn those times into a setup for teaching about many things regarding life on earth and the kingdom of heaven. We, too, face times of testing, trapping, and tricking, though not from Pharisees, but from this world, the devil, and our own sinful flesh, and often we face setbacks. We are wise to turn to the one who has set us up for forgiveness, mercy, and a new life through His own life, death, and rising. Rejoicing in His grace, in response to His love, we faithfully, “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).

HYMN “Before You, Lord, We Bow” LW 500

INVOCATION

Pastor:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

 OPENING SENTENCES Psalm 96:19

Pastor:   Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!

People: Sing to the LORD, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day.

Pastor:   Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!

People: For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

Pastor:   For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

People: Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Pastor:   Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

People: Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION Psalm 51:13; 96:913; Isaiah 45:5, adapted

Pastor:   Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love;

People: according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Pastor:   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

People: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Pastor:   As we come and bow before the Lord to confess our sins, we admit that we have bowed down to other gods of this world and gods of our own choosing.

People: We confess we have trusted in ourselves and others rather than in You.

Pastor:   We have failed to rely on You in all times. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, and against others in what we have done and left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart

People: and have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We confess we have trusted in ourselves and others rather than in You.

Pastor:   Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

People:           let the field exult, and everything in it!

Pastor:            Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

People:           before the LORD, for He comes,

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

People:           Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

 KYRIE           

Pastor: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

People:           Amen.

HYMN “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” LW 171 (vv. 1, 5) (Congregation remains standing)

SALUTATION

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. O God, as there is no other like You, help us to give to You the things that are Yours, that we serve only You. Govern all things in this world so Your Church will serve You with conviction in confidence and peace, and that faith, hope, and love be known and shown in our earthly journeys as Your kingdom comes; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

 OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 45:1–7 (The Lord uses Cyrus as an instrument of deliverance.)

1“This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: 2I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. 3I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. 4For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me. 5I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, 6so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other. 7I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.”

Lector:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

PSALM 96 (p. 338 in front of the hymnal)

EPISTLE 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10 (The Thessalonians’ faith and example)

1Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by 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 simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell 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 rescues us from the coming wrath. 

Lector:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 VERSE Colossians 2:10

All: Alleluia. You have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 22:15–22 (Jesus tested by the Pharisees about paying taxes to Caesar)

15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN “Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us” LW 402 (vv. 1-4)

SERMON Isaiah 45:1–7

Anyway, Cyrus was the name of a _______________ king who lived about 2,600 years ago.

Our text for today is no exception. King Cyrus figures in God’s plan to _____________ the world from its sins.

Under Cyrus, the ______________ were allowed to return to their land from exile.

So, He used Cyrus to allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem to keep His ____________________ and His plan to save the world on track.

Cyrus didn’t believe in God at first, but I’m sure later He realized that the God of the Jews was the one and only _____________ God.

Because ___________ was behind Cyrus, Cyrus was able to accomplish what he did.

When all looked hopeless for Israel, especially as God’s witnesses to the world, God used a _________________ king to save them and to be His witness.

I’m sure we have leaders in our government who aren’t Christian, yet God uses them in ways that __________________ us Christians.

We make it a point to _____________ for our rulers, even if they are unbelievers.

We ask that He look out for us Christians by placing those in office who _______________ God’s laws and commandments.

 NICENE CREED (p. 166 in front of the hymnal)

OFFERING

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:   Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. We offer to You, Lord, the sacrifice of our prayer and praise. You have blessed us with the gift of life in Your Son, Jesus Christ. You provide for all our needs, even when we are unaware. Accept our humble thanksgiving, and empower us to demonstrate our thanks in words, actions, and dedicated service to You. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We acknowledge that You are the Lord, and there is no other. Strengthen us to resist temptations to serve other gods, whether things of this world, others, or ourselves. Open our eyes to see Your presence in all of our lives. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Our Savior Jesus Christ, has reminded us to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to You what is Yours. As You have established all authority over us, we pray for our leaders in this world, nation, state, and community. Give them wisdom and courage to act with justice and mercy for all lives, including the unborn and aged, the vulnerable and needful. Bless also those who serve our Church as elected and called officials, and the leaders within our own congregation, that all actions bring glory to You. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We lift up all those in need, the hungry and homeless, the mourning and grieving, and all who seek healing. Give peace, hope, and healing according to Your will. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   Bless all who commune at this altar today, that through the body and blood of Your Son, Jesus, they be strengthened in Your forgiveness, enabled to withstand temptations of the devil, and empowered to lovingly serve neighbors in Your name. Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:913

PREFACE

Pastor:            The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:            Lift up your hearts. [Colossians 3:1]

People:           We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor:            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. [Psalm 136]

People:           It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Pastor:   It is truly good, right, and proper that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, as there is no other like You, who has taken upon Himself our sin to death on the cross and risen victorious. You are the eternal authority over heaven and earth, and we humbly come before You, as with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

 SANCTUS “Holy, Holy, Holy” (from p. 170 in front of the hymnal)

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

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

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

Hosanna in the highest.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   Blessed are You, almighty God, for You sent Your Son into this world to rescue us and make for Yourself an everlasting kingdom. We give to You what is Yours, for You give to us what we don’t deserve through Your perfect love, and give us what we need through the all-availing sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood on the cross. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to do in His own testament. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD Matthew 26:2628; Mark 14:2224; Luke 22:1920; 1 Corinthians 11:2325

 PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST

Pastor:   As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

People:           Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

PAX DOMINI

Pastor:            The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:           Amen.

AGNUS DEI (p. 172 in front of the hymnal)   

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

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

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

 DISTRIBUTION HYMNS “O Jesus, King Most Wonderful” LW 274; “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” LW 451

POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE (p. 173 in front of the hymnal)

Thank the Lord and sing his praise; tell ev’ryone what he has

done. Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his

name. He recalls his promises and leads his people forth in

joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

 POST-COMMUNION THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   Let us pray. We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us in, with, and under bread and wine with the body and blood of Your dear Son. Strengthen our faith in You, and in our love for others in Your kingdom and throughout our community, country, and world; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

BENEDICTION Isaiah 45:46; Psalm 96:4, 9; Matthew 22:21; adapted

Pastor:   I call you by your name, I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God;

People: that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides Me;

Pastor:            For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;

People: He is to be feared above all gods. Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

Pastor:            Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,

People:           and to God the things that are God’s.

Pastor:   The blessing of God almighty—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—strengthen and preserve you, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

HYMN “Spread the Reign of God the Lord” LW 321

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 4. Copyright © 2020 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

October 11, 2020

AS WE GATHER

“Come to the table.” In our daily experiences, there is no invitation that is more readily received and fully appreciated. To be at the table is to be assured of nourishment and refreshment. In Psalm 23, we are told of a table that is prepared under challenging circumstances. Yet, even there, the cup of God’s blessing overflows. Our gathering for worship and our coming to the Table of the Lord is a weekly experience of overflowing blessing filled with signs of God’s gracious presence. We rejoice that we are invited to His amazing table!

 HYMN “To Your Temple, Lord, I Come” LW 207

INVOCATION

Pastor:   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES Psalm 9:2; 33:2022; 122:1

Pastor:            I was glad when they said to me,

People:           Let us go to the house of the LORD!”

Pastor:            I will be glad and exult in You;

People:           I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

Pastor:            Our soul waits for the LORD;

People:           He is our help and our shield.

Pastor:   For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.

People: Let Your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in You.

 CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:   Let us now make confession of our sins to God, our heavenly Father.

People: O God our Father, we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. We have transgressed Your law and have brought injury to others. We have not always shown forth our faith in every aspect of our lives. We sincerely repent of our sins. Have mercy on us and hear this, our confession, O Lord. Grant us Your grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. By the renewing work of the Holy Spirit within us, lead us to amend our sinful lives that each day we grow in righteousness and godly living to the glory of Your holy name.

Pastor:   The Lord hears our pleas and accepts our prayers. To each of us our Lord promises forgiveness, life, and salvation. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

 KYRIE           

Pastor: In peace let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

People:           Amen.

 HYMN OF PRAISE “Glory to God in the Highest” (p.160 in front of the hymnal))

SALUTATION

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

 OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 25:6–9 (The Lord will bring salvation to His people.)

6On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. 9In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 PSALM 23 (p. 320 in front of the hymnal)

EPISTLE Philippians 4:4–13 (Encouragement for joyful Christian living)

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

 Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

VERSE Revelation 22:17

All: Alleluia. The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” Let the one who hears say, “Come.” Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 22:1–14 (The parable about the wedding feast)

1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 13Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

 Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

 HYMN “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near” LW 462

SERMON Matthew 22:1–14

If you’ve ever been to a ___________________, you know what a celebration it can be.

In our text from Matthew Jesus __________________ the kingdom of God to a wedding celebration.

In the parable, these servants are the ____________________ and other religious figures.

________________ affairs are more important to people than God’s eternal feast in heaven.

People may accuse Him of being unjust and unfair, but if they would look at how ___________ goes after people with the Gospel they would have to revise their thinking.

Jesus wants to get across the point that His invitation is for _________________.

No one can accuse God of playing favorites. His ___________ is to everyone.

Throughout life we’ve come across _________________ who like to do things their own way.

In the parable, the person who isn’t wearing wedding __________________ falls into this category.

I pray that we will continue to tell others that in order to enter God’s kingdom, they have to play by God’s _______________. They have to wear the right attire which _________________ gives us.

 CREDAL HYMN “We All Believe in One True God” LW 212

OFFERING

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:   With full confidence that our prayers will be heard by our loving God, we offer our petitions for the Church, the world, and all people in need. O Lord,

People:           in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We pray for the well-being of creation in our land and every land, for all coastlands and waters and for all fields and forests. Grant that we be proper stewards of all of the gifts we have received. O Lord,

People:           in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We pray for the Church, that it grow as the Spirit leads and directs, even in those places where persecution of Christian people still is a daily reality. O Lord,

People:           in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We pray for those who are in need of special petitions this day, including the injured or ill, people in hospitals or other care centers, those dealing with special challenges, the shutin, the unemployed, and those who are grieving this day. Be the support of those in need and the comfort of those who are burdened. O Lord,

People:           in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pastor:   As we remember with gratitude those whose earthly lives are now completed, we ask that we be blessed by the memory of all who have fallen asleep in Jesus, especially those of this community of faith who have left behind examples of joyful trust and blessed hope. O Lord,

People:           in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

 LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:913

PAX DOMINI

Pastor:            The peace of the Lord be with you always.

People:           Amen.

HYMN “Entrust Your Days and Burdens” LW 427

PRAYER

Pastor:   Let us pray. Blessed are You, heavenly Father, for You have once again fed and nourished us in your house with the word of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Strengthen us that we live with hope and confidence, showing forth Your love through acts of mercy. Support us in this life, and bring us at last to the unending feast in Your eternal kingdom, where You live and reign with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

CLOSING SENTENCES Philippians 3:2022; 4:20

Pastor:   But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

People: To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 BENEDICTION

Pastor:   The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:2426

People:           Amen.

HYMN Now Thank We All Our God” LW 443

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series A, Quarter 4. Copyright © 2020 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.