Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

17th Sunday after Pentecost—Sept. 20th, 2015

Opening Hymn: CW 403  “I Know My Faith Is Founded”

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:  Lord, we pray that Your mercy and grace may always go before and follow after that. Loving You with undivided hearts, we may be ready for good and useful work; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C (sings): Amen.

First Lesson:  Isaiah 50:4-10

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up. 10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 116 – page 107 in Christian Worship (CW)

 

Second Lesson: James 2:1-5,8-10,14-18

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

 

M:  Please stand for our Gospel lesson.

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 aight have hope. Alleluia.  (Romans 15:4)

 

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 8:27-35

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

 

 

-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 453  “Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake”

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 347 & 465

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 321 on cd   “Savior, Again To Thy Dear Name”

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

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

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Announcements

– Please turn in Mite Boxes to Tammy Schroeder or Marlene Dorn by Sept. 20th.

-We patiently await an evaluation/estimate for possible audio upgrades.

Lord’s blessings to our Sunday School teachers for this new year: Heather Malchow, Heidi Orth and Holli Penner.

 -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 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!!!

-Oct. 3rd LWMS Circuit Fall Rally will be held at Zion-Clatonia with Pastor Jim Seiltz presenting on Ministry to those in the Military.  All are invited.

-Oct. 4th our St. Paul Lutheran School children will join us for worship and add to our service with their singing!!!

-Oct. 11th Mt. Olive-Lincoln will be celebrating it’s 75th anniversary at 4pm with a meal to follow if you would like to attend please sign-up so we can help them plan.

-Oct. 18th NELHS Association Mtg.

-Oct. 25th Voters’ Mtg. and NELHS Fall Concert and Silent Auction.

-A Circuit Reformation service will be held at St. Paul-Plymouth  Nov. 1st at 4pm with Pastor Dan Johnston new mission pastor in Blaire, NE as our guest preacher!!