Christ Ev. Lutheran Church
8th Sunday after Pentecost – August 3rd, 2014

Opening Hymn: CW 283  “Speak, O Savior; I Am Listening”

Please stand.

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

C (sings):  Amen.

M:  Beloved in the Lord:  let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

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.

C: (sings)  Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us.  Amen.

M:  God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given 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 (sings):  Amen.

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

C: (sings) Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you, for your great glory, O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father almighty.  O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer.  You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us.  For you only are holy; you only are the Lord.  You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, are most high in the glory of God the Father.  Amen

M:  The Lord be with you.            C: And also with you.

M:  Let us pray.

Prayer of the Day:  Almighty God, we thank You for planting in us the seed of Your Word.  By Your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy and to bring forth fruits in faith and hope and love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen

Please be seated.

First Lesson:  Isaiah 55:10,11

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 65– page 89 in Christian Worship (CW)

Second Lesson:  Romans 8:18-25

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Verse of the Day “Alleluia.  The Word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.  Alleluia.  (Deuteronomy 30:14)

M:  Please stand.                  C:  (sings) Glory be to you, O Lord!

Holy Gospel:  Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

M: These are God’s Words.            C: (sings) Praise be to you, O Christ! 

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.

Hymn of the Day: CW 544  “Preach You the Word”

Sermon: 

Please stand.

C:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free Spirit.  Amen.

Please be seated.

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

Prayer of the Church and –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 unto the Lord.

M:  Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.              C: (sings) It is good and right so to do.

M:  It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who promised that wherever two or three come together in His name, there He is with them to shepherd His flock till He comes again in glory. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

C: (sings) Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts; heav’n and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna hosanna, hosanna in the hightest.  Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the hightest. 

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(s):  CW 310

Please Stand.

C: (sings) Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace according to your word.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.

M:  O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

C:  (sings) And His mercy endures forever.

M:  We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this holy supper.  We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: (sings) Amen.

M:  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  324  “Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast” 

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Contact Information:

Pastor Joshua Hillmann     Home/Office# – 223-4250    Cell# – (308) 870-4387

Email – Badgerrev@christbeatrice.com

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