ChristEvangelical Lutheran Church

4th Sunday of End Time —November 23rd 2014


St. Paul Junior Choir:  “Teach Me, O Lord”

Opening Hymn: CW 341  “Crown Him With Many Crowns”       

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, in Your bountiful goodness keep us safe from every evil of body and soul.  Make us ready, with cheerful hearts, to do whatever pleases You; 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:  Ezekiel 34:11-16,23,24

11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice. 23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken.

Psalm of the Day:  Psalm 47—page 85 in Christian Worship (CW)


SECOND LESSON: I Corinthians 15:20-28

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[c] Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.


Verse of the Day Alleluia.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Frist and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Alleluia.  (Revelation 22:13).


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!


St. Paul Children’s Choir: “Come, Christians, Join To Sing”


Holy Gospel: Matthew 27:27-31

27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.


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



Please be seated.

Hymn of the Day CW 217  “The Head That Once Was Crowned”


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 St. Paul Hand Chimes Choir  “What God Ordains Is Always Good”

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 216  “Saints, Behold! The Sight Is Glorious”                  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 206 v.3   “Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying”


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

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*December church calendars are in your church boxes.

*Fellowship opportunity NELHS Christmas Concert Dec. 14th we are one of the host congregations.

*Lutheran Ladies mtg.  Dec. 4th @ 7pm

*Lutheran Ladies’ invite everyone to help put together “Care Baskets” for our shut-ins and college students on Dec. 4th.

*Christmas Carol Song Service Dec. 7th  at 6:30pm.

B-days &  Anniv. – Steve & Shelly Crome (11/24); Sloan Penner (11/24); Mike Shepard (11/25); Evelyn Wittler (11/25); Amy Oltman (11/26); Charlee Zeilinger (11/27); Mark Dwerlkotte (11/30)