Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

11th Sunday after Pentecost —August 24th 2014


Opening Hymn: CW 353cd  “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”       

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:  We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve Him as His dear children.  But we have disobeyed Him and deserve only His wrath and punishment.  Therefore, let us confess our sins to Him and plead for His mercy.

C:  Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth.  In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child.  But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love.  Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

M:  God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins.  By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has removed your guilt forever.  You are His own dear child.  May God give you strength to live according to His will.

C:  Amen.

M:  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

C:  (sings) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in Him.  Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.  Your faithfulness continues forever.  Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed are they who take refuge in Him.

M:  Let us pray.  Almighty God, You sent Your Son to proclaim Your kingdom and to teach with authority.  Anoint us with the power of Your Spirit that we, too, may bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (sings)  Amen.                                Please be seated

First Lesson:  Isaiah 55:1-5

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you,  my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”


Psalm of the Day:  Psalm 42-43—page 82 in Christian Worship (CW)



SECOND LESSON: Romans 8:35-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j] 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Verse of the Day “Alleluia.  Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.  My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”  Alleluia. ” (John 14:23).


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: Matthew 14:13-21

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.



M: These are God’s Words.

C: (sings) Praise be to you, O Christ!         

Please be seated.

Hymn of the Day CW 349  “Jesus, Priceless Treasure”


Apostles’ Creed:  I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Please be seated.

Offering Hymn: CW 485v.1,2 “We Give Thee but Thine Own”

Prayer of the Church and Lord’s Prayer:

M:  Lord God, our maker and preserver, we praise and thank you for all that you give us day after day.

C:  We are not worthy of all the mercies you show us.

M:  You have given us your precious Word to nourish our souls and to protect us from the temptations of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature.

C:  We thank you for those who teach and preach your saving truth at this place and everywhere.  Grant them a rich measure of patience, wisdom, and love.

M:  Heavenly Father, we pray that you shield us from every kind of danger:  sudden catastrophe, terrors of crime, and the pain of disease.  Watch over those who travel by land, sea, and air.  Keep our loved ones from whatever perils may threaten them.

C:  Heal those who are sick, cheer those who are sad, calm those who are distressed, and comfort all who are old and infirm.

M:  Bless our land, our people, and those who hold offices of high trust.  Keep our government and schools upright and strong for the advancement of good citizenship and useful vocations, that we may enjoy your gifts of peace, security, and well-being.

C:  Grant your blessing to every nation on earth.  Where there are wars, may there be peace.  Where there is hatred, let it be healed.  Where there is poverty, danger, or disaster, come with your almighty power to help and restore.

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

M:  We bring these requests before you in the name of Jesus our Lord, and ask you to hear us.  Take all that we have, our bodies and minds, our time and skills, our ministries and offerings, and use them to your glory.

C:  We give ourselves to you that we may serve you in whatever way is pleasing in your sight.  Amen.                          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.   Please be seated

Hymn: CW 395  “Seek Where You May to Find A Way”                    Please stand.

M:  O Lord God, our heavenly Father, pour out the Holy Spirit on your faithful people.  Keep us strong in your grace and truth, protect and comfort us in all temptation, and bestow on us your saving peace, 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 445   “Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit”


Contact Info.:  Pastor Josh Hillmann  Office# – 223-4250    Cell# – (308) 870-4387

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*Pastor @ St. John Cortland 11am.

*September church calendars are in your church boxes.

*NELHS Opening service today @ 4pm.

*Lutheran Ladies mtg.  Sept. 4th @ 7pm

*Elaine will have surgery on her hand tomorrow.

B-days &  Anniv. – Kevin&Haley Crome (8/27/05); Jack Hillmann (8/27); Larry Wollenburg (8/28)