Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

           12th Sunday after Pentecost—August  31st, 2014

Please Stand  (Order of worship – Morning Praise p.45)

Opening Hymn:   Father, we praise you, now the night is over, Active and watchful,                               standing now before you.  Singing we offer prayer and meditation; Thus we adore you.

Monarch of all things, fit us for your mansions; Banish our weakness, health and wholeness sending.  Bring us to heaven, where your saints united Joy without ending.

All-holy Father, Son, and equal Spirit, Trinity blessed, send us your salvation.  Yours is the glory, gleaming and resounding  Through all creation.

M: O Lord, open my lips.

C:  And my mouth shall declare your praise.

M:  Hasten to save me, O God.

C:  O Lord, come quickly to help me.

M:  Praise be to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit:  let us worship him.

C: (sung) Oh, come let us sing to the Lord, let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise.  For the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.  The deep places of the earth are in his hand; the heights of the hills are also his.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hand formed the dry land.  Oh, come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker.  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

 

First Lesson:  I Kings 19:9-18

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 73 – page 94 in Christian Worship (CW)

 

SECOND LESSON:  Romans 9:1-5

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised![a] Amen.

 

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

 

Holy Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

Hymn of the Day:  457 on cd  “Fight the Good Fight”

Sermon:

C: (sung)  We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord; all creation worships you Father everlasting.  To you all angels, all the pow’rs of heav’n, cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of heav’nly hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  The glorious company of apostles praise you.  The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.  the white-robed army of martyrs praise you.  Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:  Father of majesty unbounded, your glorious, true, and only Son, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.  You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.  When you became man to set us free, you humbled yourself to be born of a virgin.  You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.  You sit at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.  We believe that you will come to be our judge.  Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

 

Offering “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Ps. 103:2)

 

Offering Hymn: “The Doxology”

 

M:  In the morning, O Lord, I call to you; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

C: (sung) Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord’s Prayer:  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.

 

Prayer of the Day:  Lord God, you call us to work in your kingdom and leave no one standing idle. Help us to order our lives by your wisdom and to serve you in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

Prayer for Grace:  O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to this new day.  Defend us with your mighty power, and grant that this day we neither fall into sin nor run into any kind of danger; and in all we do, direct us to what is right in your sight, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

 

C:  Amen

M:  Let us praise the Lord

C: (sung)  Thanks be to God.

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

C:  (sung)  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn:  CW 382 on cd   “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”

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*Sept. calendars are in your church boxes this Sunday.

 

*Lutheran Ladies’ mtg. Sept. 4th.

 

*Council Meeting on Sept 11th 7pm.

 

*Sunday School will start next Sunday @ 8:45am, Bible class same time.

 

*We are hosting the Fall LWMS Rally Oct. 11th 2014.  Please consider how you can help out with preparing for this ministry opportunity.

 

*WELS Connection video following worship today.

 

*St. Paul-Plymouth Golf Outing Sept. 14th registration 12:30 tee off 1pm!!!

 

-Birthdays and Anniversaries: Marvin Feldhausen (8/31); Greg & Holli Penner (9/5)