Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

12th Sunday after Pentecost—Aug. 16th, 2015

Opening Hymn: CW 580  “Every Morning Mercies New”

Please stand.

M:  The grace of our Lord + Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.                 C:  And also with you.

M:  God invites us to come into His presence and worship Him with humble and penitent hearts.  Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask Him to forgive us.

C:  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 what 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.

M:  God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given us 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.

C:  Amen.

M:  For all that we have in life and for the wisdom to use all Your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.                      C (sings):  Lord, have mercy.

M:  For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love and for the courage to stand against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C (sings):  Christ, have mercy.

M:  For the well-being of Your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.           C (sings):  Lord, have mercy.

M:  Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us byYour power and keep us in Your tender care:                        C (sings):  Amen.

M: The works of the Lord are great and glorious; His name is worthy of praise.

C (sings): O Lord, our Lord how glorious is your name in all the earth. Almighty God, merciful Father, you crown our life with your love. You take away our sin; you comfort our spirit; you make us pure and holy in your sight. You did not spare your only Son, but gave him up for us all. O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth. O Son of God, eternal Word of the Father, you came to live with us; you made your Father known; you washed us from our sins in your own blood. You are the King of glory; you are the Lord! O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.

M:  Let us pray:  Almighty and everlasting God, You are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of Your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and meditation of Your Son;  Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C (sings): Amen.

 

First Lesson:  I Kings 19:3-8

Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 34 – page 80 in Christian Worship (CW)

 

Second Lesson: Ephesians 4:30—5:2

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

M:  Please stand for our Gospel lesson.

 

Verse of the Day  Alleluia. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Alleluia.  (Hebrews 11:1)

 

C (sings): Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Holy Gospel:  John 6:41-51 

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[d] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

 

 

-12 1: 29-411:1-9 many changes of this world, our hearts, may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heavennd desire what You promiM: These are God’s Words.                                         C: (sings) Praise be to you, O Christ!

Please be seated.

Hymn of the Day: CW 545  “Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit”

Sermon:    

Please stand.

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.

Please be seated.

Offering Hymn:  334 “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”

Please stand.

M (speaks)  C:  Strengthen us through this heavenly food; increase our trust in Christ and our love for one another.

M (speaks)  C:  Move us to pray for those in need and to help them with deeds of kindness.

M:  Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.     Silent prayer.

M:  Now, eternal God and Father, keep us in the saving faith and so enable us to overcome all things through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

C:  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

M:  The Lord be with you.                 C: (sings) And also with you.

M:  Lift up your hearts.                                   C: (sings) We lift them up to the Lord.

M:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.   C: (sings) It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

M:  Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In love He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. He sends the Holy Spirit to testify that we are His children and to strengthen us when we are weak.  Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ.  To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory forever and ever.

C: (sings) Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.  The whole earth is full of Your glory.  You are my God, and I will exalt You.  I will give You thanks, for You have become my salvation.  Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.  The whole earth is full of Your glory.

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

Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”      The peace of the Lord be with you.

C: (sings) Amen.

C: (sings) O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  O Christ, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us Your peace.  Amen.

Please be seated.

Distribution Hymn: CW 315 & 616

Please Stand.

C:  (sings) Thank the Lord and sing His praise.  Tell everyone what He has done.  Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.  He renews His promises and leads His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

 

M:  Hear the prayer of Your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised You here may glorify You in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of Your Son may long for His coming again, and that all who have received in His true body and blood the pledge of Your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (sings)  Amen.

M:  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 His peace.

C:  (sings)  Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

Closing Hymn: CW 331   “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

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Qtrly. Meeting Highlights

-New altar candles were ordered with memorial monies, arrived and are on the altar. These candles use liquid fuel.

-We patiently await an estimate for possible audio upgrades.

-We are thankful for the new carpeting on the front entry steps and look to redo insulation around front doors.

-Commitments/Budget wise!!  We are right on track with meeting our commitments to NELHS & Missions. However, we are slightly behind in regards to the General Fund. Please keep this in mind and encourage one another as we head into the second half of the year. May our giving for the Lord’s work be regular and always from a thankful heart.

-Endowent Fund – New accounts for the Organ and Education Funds have been setup with Hahn Financial to help those grow. If you would like to contribute to those funds please make special designation on your envelopes.

*If you would like to bring in some flowers/plants from your beds or gardens or decorate the altar with an arrangement or two in memory of an anniversary please do so. 

*2015 is here and we need folks to sign-up and take their turns (3-to-4 times) in cleaning the Lord’s House.  Let’s join together and share this duty and keep the Lord’s House looking great!!!

Convention Highlights –

a. President Mark Schroeder re-elected

b. Encouragement to congregations to look at their Offerings and possible raise their commitments

c. Looking to cancel out the synod debt 2yrs early with 4.2 million raised by next Synod convention

d. Synod wide mission plan on track and encouraging careful growth one area BLAIR NE!

e. continued informal talks with Missouri Synod

f. Mission visitors from Ukraine, Pakistan, Africa, Thailand!