Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

4th Sunday after Pentecost—June 21st, 2015

Opening Hymn: CW 224  “God Himself Is Present”

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:  O God, protector of all the faithful, You alone make strong; You alone make holy. Show us Your mercy and forgive our sins day by day. Guide us through our earthly lives that we do not lose the things You have prepared for us in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C (sings): Amen.

First Lesson:  Ezekiel 17:22-24

22 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. 24 All the trees of the forest will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.“‘I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’”

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 92 – page 101 in Christian Worship (CW)

 

Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

 

M:  Please stand for our Gospel lesson.

 

Verse of the Day  Alleluia. May Your priests be clothed with righteousness; may Your saints sing for joy. Alleluia.  (Psalm 132:9)

 

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:  Mark 4:26-34            

26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

 

-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 188  “Creator Spirit, By Whose Aid”

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 313

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 323   “Almighty Father, Bless the Word”

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

Email – Badgerrev@christbeatrice.com   Website – www.christbeatrice.com

WELS websites:  www.wels.net                  www.WhatAboutJesus.com

 

*There will be a welcoming for the Danner Family coming up details to follow.

 

*Please register for WELS Youth/Teen Camp Jefferson.  www.welscampjefferson-welsne.org.

Camp dates are: Youth Camp July 17-19 and Teen Camp June July 19-22.  See Pastor for Teen Info.  

 

*Tomorrow our 2015 VBS “One of a Kind Zoo” begins at 6:30-8:00pm. Thanks to all who have donated items for snacks and crafts and those who are giving their time and skills to help with our program this year. 

 

*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!!!

 

*We welcome Pastor Joel Vogel and his family to our district and circuit and pray that the Lord richly bless his ministry among us.

 

B-days & Anniv. –Josh&Jessica Hillmann (6/22/07); Ed&Beth Jungbluth (6/27)