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THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

April 17, 2022

AS WE GATHER

“He is risen!”—the Church shouts with confidence—“He is risen indeed!” The high point of our Christian life is celebrated this morning as we gather with all of God’s children to rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As today’s Gospel from Luke 24 will show us, confusion and fear give way to confident faith when the women who went to the tomb realize Jesus is alive and then share this good news with the other disciples. Through those disciples, this message has reached us also! Just as God had promised through His prophets of old, the Lord Himself will restore creation and bring harmony to all life—beginning with Jesus’ resurrection and continuing until the Last Day, when Jesus returns in glory, destroys death itself, and raises us up to new lives in His eternal kingdom. With confidence in God’s promises, we say: “I know that my Redeemer lives!” What comfort, what hope, what joy this sweet sentence gives!

 HYMN “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” LW 127

INVOCATION

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

People:           Amen.

 EASTER ACCLAMATION

Pastor:            Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:           He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 6:11

Pastor:   For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

People: So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 A moment of silence to reflect on our sin and our need for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.

 Pastor:            Let us confess our sins to God our Father.

People: Heavenly Father, You have created each of us to live life with You and in Your image. Yet our sin destroys that life and brings death into our world. Forgive us, Father, for our sins against You in the things that we think, the words that we speak, and the ways that we act. Forgive us for failing to live our lives as You designed them and for failing to share Your life with others. Breathe into us Your life-giving Spirit so that we turn from our sin and receive the fresh start of a forgiven life. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose from the grave for us, call us back from the death of sin to live for Your glory all our days. Amen.

Pastor:   Your merciful God is the author and giver of life! He hears your prayers and forgives you all your sins. Through Jesus, He takes your death upon Himself at the cross and, by His resurrection, gives you the free gift of life everlasting. As your pastor, it is my privilege to remind you of this forgiving grace of Jesus and, because He has granted His authority to do so, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

Pastor:            Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:           He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is the Feast” (p.161 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 the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us.

People: Grant that we, who by faith know that our risen Savior is with us now, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit;

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

People:           Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Job 19:23–27 (I know that my Redeemer lives.)

 23“Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, 24that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! 25I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. 26And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

 Lector:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 PSALM 16 (The Lord will not abandon His holy one.)

Pastor:            Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge.

People: I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.”

Pastor:   As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

People: The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;

Pastor:   their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.

People: The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.

Pastor:   The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

People: I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.

Pastor:   I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

People: Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.

Pastor:   For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let Your holy one see corruption.

People:           You make known to me the path of life;

Pastor:            in Your presence there is fullness of joy;

People: at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 15:19–26 (Christ has been raised from the dead.)

19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 

Lector:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 VERSE 2 Timothy 1:10b, adapt.

Pastor:            Alleluia. Christ Jesus has abolished death.

People: He has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 24:1–12 (The stone has been rolled away! Jesus has risen!)

 1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8Then they remembered his words. 9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

 Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

 HYMN “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” LW 264 (vv. 1-4)

 SERMON Job 19:23–27

In the Book of Job we’re told that he was a strong _________________ in the Lord.

Job __________ all of his possessions and children, just like that.

After some time Job lost his ______________.

Yet he still clung to his __________ in God.

Job says that he knows that in the end he will see his __________________ in the flesh, which means that Job believed in the resurrection from the dead.

Already back then people were aware of God’s plan to __________________ all people from the dead on the Last Day.

______________, too, like Job will be raised from the dead on the Last Day.

Jesus’ _____________________ confirmed what Job believed.

Even though everything will come to an end for us here in this life on the day we die, the promise of life with the Lord _______________.

In the church the resurrection of our Lord is a ______________ celebration.

What’s more, he ____________________ the crown of glory when he died.

We will receive the same as a result of our faith in the _____________.

 NICENE CREED N(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. With great joy and thanksgiving, we praise You, our Father in heaven, for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. By His life, death, and resurrection, He has granted us everlasting life with You. He has opened the way for us to know You forever and to live with confidence that You hear us when we pray, for: He lives, He lives, who once was dead;

People:           He lives, my ever-living head.

Pastor:   In a world full of chaos and confusion, we find refuge in the fact that You are on Your throne as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Instead of foolishly looking to this world for our peace and purpose, help us, O Father, to look to Jesus, who is seated in power at Your right hand, for: He lives all-glorious in the sky;

People:           He lives exalted there on high.

Pastor:   We bring to You, faithful Lord, the needs of our lives and the concerns of those we love. For those who are hungry and hurting, doubting and dismaying, grant that the message of Christ’s resurrection bring restoration and peace, for we know: He lives my hungry soul to feed;

People:           He lives to help in time of need.

Pastor:   There are many among us who are in need, O Lord. For the sick, suffering, hurting, and ailing, we ask for Your healing touch. Help them to know that: He lives to comfort me when faint;

People:           He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.

Pastor:   When the troubles of life seem overwhelming, steady us with Your presence, gracious God. Be the rock on which Your Church is built and through whom we confidently share the Good News of Christ’s resurrection with the world He died to save. When we waver, help us to remember: He lives to calm my troubled heart;

People:           He lives all blessings to impart.

Pastor:   Death was not the end for Jesus; neither is it the end for those who trust in You. Give peace, hope, and the certainty of the coming Day of resurrection to all those who mourn and grieve. We are confident that: He lives my mansion to prepare;

People:           He lives to bring me safely there.

Pastor:   What a blessing it is to be in Your house today, Lord God, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior! His triumph over sin, death, and the devil is the reason we rejoice this day, and every day, knowing that: He lives, and while He lives, I’ll sing;

People:           He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.

Pastor:   He lives, all glory to His name! He lives, my Jesus, still the same;

People: Oh, the sweet joy this sentence gives: I know that my Redeemer lives!

 LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:913

 PREFACE 2 Timothy 4:22

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:            Lift up your hearts.

People:           We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor:            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

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

Pastor:   It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God. And most especially are we bound to praise You on this day for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the very Paschal Lamb, who was sacrificed for us and bore the sins of the world. By His dying He has destroyed death, and by His rising again He has restored to us everlasting life. Therefore with Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, and with all the witnesses of the resurrection, 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, O author of life and salvation, for You have filled our hearts with unending joy in the resurrection of Your Son, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. As we gather to remember His sacrifice and to receive the benefits of His death and resurrection, You fill us with Your peace through the very presence of Christ in our midst.

People: He lives triumphant from the grave! He lives eternally to save!

Pastor:   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 1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20

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

People:           Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

 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 “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” LW 126; “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness” LW 128; “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won” LW 139

 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. Father in heaven, through Your Son’s body and blood, the blessings of forgiveness have been given to us again on this day of Your Son’s resurrection! Confident that our Savior is with us now and remains with us always, help us to go forth and share the hope of the resurrection so that all people may know Your saving love; 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 Numbers 6:2426

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.

People:           Amen.

 EASTER ACCLAMATION

Pastor:            Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:           He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

HYMN “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” LW 264 (vv. 5-8)

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 2. Copyright © 2021 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

February 20, 2022

 

AS WE GATHER

 “What shoes shall I wear today?” You may have asked yourself that question before heading to worship this morning. Most of us have many pairs of shoes from which to choose. But there is one kind of “shoes” each of us is to be wearing. As Paul counsels the Ephesians: “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:14–15). Choosing the right kind of shoes makes the day go better. Hearing the Gospel proclaimed throughout our worship and directing the days of our week in response to that Gospel makes our lives a blessing.

HYMN “O Bless the Lord, My Soul” LW 457

INVOCATION

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

People:           Amen.

 OPENING SENTENCES Psalm 30:10; 43:3; Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 2:5b

Pastor:            Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!

People:           O LORD, be my helper.

Pastor:            Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me;

People: let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling!

Pastor:            The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

People: which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION 1 Thessalonians 5:2324

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

People: Eternal God, we confess that by nature we are sinful people. We are given to sinful thoughts, sinful words, and sinful deeds. We have transgressed Your law in many ways, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We deserve Your punishment, now and for eternity. Merciful God, in Your mercy, forgive our sin and restore us to a full and joyful relationship with You through the merits of Jesus, our Lord. Direct our days by Your Holy Spirit that we may joyfully follow Your will and gladly obey Your commandments as Your redeemed people, bringing the brightness of Your light to the darkened world.

Pastor:   In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

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

People:           Thanks be to God. 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 “We Sing the Almighty Power of God” LW 441 (vv. 1-3) (Congregation remains standing)

 SALUTATION

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:   Let us pray. O Lord, You taught us to love our enemies and to be merciful as You are merciful. By Your Holy Spirit, grant us the gifts of love and peace without which we cannot live before You; for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Jeremiah 17:5–8 (The man who trusts the Lord is blessed.)

5This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

 Lector:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

PSALM 103 (p. 339 in front of the hymnal)

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 15:21–26, 30–42 (Paul teaches regarding the resurrection of the dead.)

21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 30And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. 35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. 42So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.

 Lector:             This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 GRADUAL Psalm 117:12a; 96:8

Pastor:            Praise the LORD, all nations!

People:           Extol Him, all peoples!

Pastor:            For great is His steadfast love toward us,

People:           and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Pastor:            Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;

People:           bring an offering, and come into His courts!

 HOLY GOSPEL Luke 6:27–38 (Jesus teaches about loving enemies.)

27“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 Pastor:            This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN “Jesus Shall Reign” LW 312

SERMON Jeremiah 17:5–8

We all are people, created by ______________.

It’s obvious that God has programmed people to want ______________________ with other human beings.

But like with everything, we can _____________ our appreciation and value of people.

People may have the best intentions but those intentions _________________ always realized or carried out.

He exhorts us not to put our _______________ in human beings, but rather in God Almighty.

First of all, just because we can’t see God ______________ mean He is less real than a person.

When it comes to our eternal salvation, which of the people we trust deeply will be able to _______________ us? Not a one.

But again, no _________________ human being could save us from our sins. It had to be God. That’s why we put our trust in Him.

We need to remember that God has ___________ us the blessings and good fortune we enjoy.

I would encourage us to trust in the Lord for everything in this life and the next because “_________________ is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.

CATECHISM The Third Article

Pastor:   The Third Article of the Creed is focused on the Holy Spirit and the ways in which the work of the Spirit intersects with our lives. In very few words, the Creed encompasses what really is important in our spiritual lives now and forever. We confess:

People: 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.

Pastor:            What does this mean?

People: I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian Church He 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

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: In holy conversation, we pray for the Church, the Bride of Christ, that through her the message of salvation be proclaimed and the gifts of God be shared, and we pray this day for all nations of the world, that there be an end to hostilities and that times of peacefulness everywhere prevail. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   We pray for our families and our neighbors. Embolden us to reach out in every direction with the joyful news of the Gospel that people may become part of the kingdom of God now and forever. We pray for the hospitalized and those who are shut-in during this season. We pray for the unemployed, those who are downcast or grieving, and for all those for whom our petitions are desired. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer.

Pastor:   As a community of God’s well-loved people in Christ, we remember those who have shared the faith with us and now have departed this life in joyful hope. Confidently, we await the time when we shall rejoice together with all the saints eternally along with the angels and all the company of heaven. Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

People:           Amen.

 LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:913

 PREFACE 2 Timothy 4:22

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:            Lift up your hearts.

People:           We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor:            Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

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

Pastor:   It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, Lord, our God. You call us to be Your people who find forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation in Christ. Grant that we may have a right sense of the joy of His presence in all the seasons of our lives. Grant that we receive the body and blood of our Lord here given as the bread of life and cup of salvation, which are a foretaste of the feast to come in Your eternal kingdom. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and praise together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

HYMN “Holy, Holy, Holy” LW 168 (v. 1)

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Pastor:   Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, who in giving Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to accomplish our salvation has manifested Your grace and Your glory. We thank You for the sacrifice made by our blessed Lord for our salvation and for the blessed Meal set before us. Gather us now at Your holy Table as Your invited and beloved guests. Joined together in the name of our Lord and in the communion of saints, we pray You to send Your Holy Spirit upon us to sanctify and renew us in body and soul for the sake of Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

People:           Amen.

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

PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST 1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20

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

People:           Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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 Living Bread from Heaven” LW 244; “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” LW 348

 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.

All:         Blessed are You, almighty God, for by You we have been fed and nourished with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to treasure the epiphany of our Lord and see in Him the fullness of Your divine presence. Grant us Your abiding peace each day of our lives as we await Your eternal kingdom. In the name of Jesus, our hope and comfort, we pray. Amen.

 BENEDICAMUS

Pastor:            Let us bless the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

BENEDICTION Numbers 6:2426

Pastor:   The blessing of almighty God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—be with you, now and forever.

People:           Amen.

 HYMN “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing” LW 218

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 1. Copyright © 2021 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

 

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

February 13, 2022

 

AS WE GATHER

Throughout the season of Epiphany, we experience a sense of brightening. As we grow nearer to springtime, there is more daylight with each passing day. The world becomes brighter and brighter. As the weeks of this Epiphany season continue, we see our Lord Jesus more clearly, and we hear His words that speak to our hearts and lives. The well-loved hymn “Beautiful Savior” has the classic line “Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer Than all the angels in the sky” (LSB 537:3). God grant that brighter light shine forth in our lives as we reflect the wondrous light that is Christ, the Light of the world.

HYMN “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty” LW 198

 INVOCATION

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

People:           Amen.

 OPENING SENTENCES Psalm 30:10; 43:3; Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 2:5b

Pastor:            Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!

People:           O LORD, be my helper.

Pastor:            Send out Your light and Your truth; let them lead me;

People: let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling!

Pastor:            The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,

People: which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

 CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:   Let us now make confession of our sins. Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy name, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord.

People:           Amen.

Pastor:   Assured of God’s great mercy, let us confess together that we, by our darkened, sinful nature, are estranged from God, and by our thoughts, words, and deeds have sinned and deserve His condemnation now and eternally.

People: Almighty God, we repent of our sins in thought and in word and in deed. Although we deserve Your just punishment, we ask for Your unmerited blessing. Be merciful to us and for the sake of Jesus grant us Your forgiveness so that, as Your redeemed people, we may be made bright by Your presence in our lives, joyfully serving You in time and through eternity.

Pastor:   In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:           Amen.

KYRIE

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

People:           Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For the peace Christ spoke with authority and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:   For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of each brother and sister near us and for the Church of God around the world, 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 in peace and unity, let us pray to the Lord.

People:           Lord, have mercy.

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

People:           Amen.

HYMN OF PRAISE “Beautiful Savior” LW 507 (vv. 1,4) (Congregation remains standing)

SALUTATION

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

 PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:            Let us pray.

People: O Lord, graciously hear the prayers of Your people that we who justly suffer the consequence of our sin may be mercifully delivered by Your goodness to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Jeremiah 17:5–8 (The man who trusts the Lord is blessed.)

5This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. 7“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

 Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 PSALM 1

People: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

Women: but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.

Men:      He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

People: The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Women: Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor

sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

Men:      for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

People: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 15:12–20 (Paul teaches about the resurrection of the dead.)

12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Pastor:            This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 GRADUAL Psalm 117:12a; 96:8

Pastor:            Praise the LORD, all nations!

People:           Extol Him, all peoples!

Pastor:            For great is His steadfast love toward us,

People:           and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Pastor:            Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;

People:           bring an offering, and come into His courts!

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 6:17–26 (Jesus preaches on the mountainside by the Sea of Galilee.)

 17He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. 20Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.  23“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets. 24“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Pastor: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

People:           Praise to You, O Christ.

 HYMN “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” LW 88

SERMON Luke 6:17–26

For those of us who have been Christians practically all of our lives it shouldn’t come as a surprise to us then that there is a ____________________ component to our Christian faith.

Our Christian faith isn’t a bunch of teachings that we _____________ reflect on. We take those teachings and put them into practice.

One of the main things that Jesus taught and wanted His hearers to put into practice was ____________________.

It’s a time when we _________________ our sins and hear that our sins have been forgiven in Christ Jesus.

Without forgiveness there can’t be true genuine ________________.

Forgiveness is key in any relationship, and especially in our relationship with ______________.

I think most if not all of us would agree that it isn’t easy to forgive an __________________.

So, when God asks us to forgive our enemies, He’s not asking us to do the ____________________.

I would encourage us to continue to ask for God’s ________________ when it comes to forgiving someone who has hurt us and continues to do so.

I’m certain that Jesus would have forgiven ___________ had he repented and asked Jesus for forgiveness.

Jesus’ forgiveness knows no _________________.

 CATECHISM The Second Article

Pastor:   Let us now confess the Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed, and speak together the section of Luther’s Small Catechism that tells of the redemption we receive from our Lord Jesus Christ.

People: 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

Pastor:            What does this mean?

People: I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

 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. Celebrating the presence of the Lord in our midst, we pray for an increase of the Word, asking that God’s messengers may continue to speak with power among us, bringing us the Good News of sins forgiven in Christ alone. Blessed Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer and grant our supplication.

Pastor:   Plant us like trees by living waters, that we bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. By Your Spirit, direct our lives that we live as God’s holy people. Blessed Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer and grant our supplication.

Pastor:   Grant that Your blessing of peace be experienced throughout the world and that we as Your peaceable people shine brighter with the light of Your love. Blessed Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer and grant our supplication.

People: In this time of prayer, we also make our petitions for the sick, the shut-in, and all who this day are in need of our intercession, that their prayers may be soon answered, and that they may be supported by God’s people with care in the name of Christ. Blessed Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer and grant our supplication.

Pastor:   Grant that we be numbered among the blessed who bring aid to the poor, food to the hungry, comfort to the sorrowing, and hope to the despairing. Blessed Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer and grant our supplication.

Pastor:   With gratitude, we remember those sisters and brothers in Christ whose earthly journeys are finished and who now enjoy the promised Sabbath rest. Grant that we be guided in ways that honor their earthly lives as we anticipate the heavenly life that is to come. Blessed Lord, in Your mercy,

People:           hear our prayer and grant our supplication.

Pastor:   Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy through 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.

HYMN “The Man Is Ever Blessed” LW 388

PRAYER

Pastor:            Let us pray.

People: Heavenly Father, again in Your kindness You have granted us peace, pardon, and comfort. Strengthen us through what we have here received, and keep us steadfast in faith and hope throughout our pilgrimage on earth, until as invited guests we feast with Christ the Lamb in His kingdom at the heavenly banquet. This we ask through Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 BENEDICTION Numbers 6:2426

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.

People:           Amen.

HYMN “I Am Trusting You, Lord Jesus” LW 408

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