Christ Ev. Lutheran Church
16th Sunday after Pentecost—Sept. 13th, 2015
Opening Hymn: CW 235 “Praise the Almighty; My Soul, Adore Him”
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.
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: (sings) And also with you.
M: Let us pray.
Prayer of the Day Let Your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church; and because it cannot continue in safety without Your help, protect and govern it always by Your goodness; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: (sings) Amen.
Please be seated
First Lesson: Isaiah 35:4-7a
say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 146 – page 120 in Christian Worship (CW)
SECOND LESSON: James 1:17-27
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Verse of the Day: Alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Alleluia. (Philippians 4:4)
C: (sings) Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
M: Please stand for our Gospel lesson. C: (sings) Glory be to you, O Lord!
Holy Gospel: Mark 7:31-37
31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[h] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
M: These are God’s Words!! C: (sings) Praise be to you, O Christ!
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 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.
Hymn of the Day: CW 238 “Oh, Bless the Lord, My Soul”
C: (sings) 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.
Offering Hymn: CW 485 v.1,2 “We Give Thee But Thine Own”
Prayer of the Church—–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.
Hymn: CW 280 on cd “Thy Strong Word”
M: Blessed Lord, you have given us your Holy Scriptures for our learning. May we so hear them, read, learn, and take them to heart, that being strengthened and comforted by your holy Word, we may cling to the blessed hope of everlasting 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: 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 399 “To God Be the Glory”
Contact Info.: Pastor Josh Hillmann Office# – 223-4250 Cell# – (308) 870-4387
-Lord’s blessings to our Sunday School teachers for this new year: Heather Malchow, Heidi Orth and Holli Penner.
–Please take the time to look over the cleaning schedule for the new year and consider when you can take your TURNS in helping care for the Lord’s house. 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.
-Commitments/Budget wise!! We are right on track with meeting our commitments to NELHS & Missions. However, we are slightly behind in regards to the General Fund. Please keep this in mind and encourage one another as we head into the second half of the year. May our giving for the Lord’s work be regular and always from a thankful heart.
-Endowent Fund – New accounts for the Organ and Education Funds have been setup with Hahn Financial to help those grow. If you would like to contribute to those funds please make special designation on your envelopes.
–If you would like to make a donation of flowers from your beds or gardens to decorate the Lord’s house and altar please feel free to do so.
-Please turn in Mite Boxes to Tammy Schroeder or Marlene Dorn by Sept. 20th.
B-days & Anniv. –Orville Wittler (9/16); Marlene Dorn (9/19)