Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

17th Sunday after Pentecost—Oct. 5th, 2014

 

Opening Hymn: CW 383  “Blessed Are They, Forever Blest”

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:  Lord, we pray that Your mercy and grace may always go before and follow after us that, loving You with undivided hearts, we may be ready for every good and useful work; 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:  Genesis 50:15-21

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 103– page 105 in Christian Worship (CW)

Second Lesson:  Romans 14:5-9

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

 

Verse of the Day “Alleluia.  Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  Alleluia.  (Romans 15:4)

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

Holy Gospel:  Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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 493  “Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive”

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): 384 & 385

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  326  “May the Grace of Christ Our Savior”

 

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Contact Information:

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

Email – Badgerrev@christbeatrice.com

Website – www.christbeatrice.com

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>Fall LWMS Rally WE ARE HOSTING!!!!!!  Please consider how you can help with this ministry opportunity coming up Oct. 11th.  WE need all hands on deck whether you’re male or female, young or old, a member of the Lutheran Ladies or not.

 

>A guideline sheet for the Cleaning of the Lord’s House will be posted on all 3 levels, please refer to these as you take your turn.  Supplies (toilet paper, paper towel, dusting spray, garbage bags) are provided.

 

>Call Decision

 

>Council Mtg. Oct. 7th 7pm.

 

>NELHS Fall Auction will be Oct. 26th starting at 1:30.  If you have something you would like to donate for the auction WONDERFUL, but please no JUNK for Jesus.  If you are wondering how to get it to NELHS in time for the auction speak with pastor.

 

>Oct. 4-10th will be Fall Cleaning Week a list of duties will be posted. EVERYONE doing their part makes the job seem small and go quickly.

 

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