Christ Ev. Lutheran Church

15th Sunday after Pentecost—Sept. 21st, 2014

 

Opening Hymn: CW 230  “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”

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:  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:  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:  Lord, have mercy.

M:  Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us byYour power and keep us in Your tender care:                        C:  Amen.

M:  The works of the Lord are great and glorious;  His name is worthy of praise.

C:  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 Lord Jesus Christ, preserve the congregation of believers with Your never-failing mercy.  Help us avoid whatever is wicked and harmful, and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: (sings)   Amen.

First Lesson:  Jeremiah 15:15-21

15 Lord, you understand;  remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering—do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.16 When your words came, I ate them  they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. 17 I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain unending  and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails. 19 Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.20 I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord. 21 “I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 121 – page 112  in Christian Worship (CW)

 

Second Lesson:  Romans 12:1-8

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

 

Verse of the Day “Alleluia. Your words became a joy to me, and the delight of my heart.  Alleluia.  (Jeremiah 15:16)

 

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

M:  Please stand for our Gospel lesson.

 

Holy Gospel:  Matthew 16:21-26

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

 

-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 465  “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”

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 384 & 385

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 326  “May the Grace of Christ Our Savior”

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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

 

*We thank the Lord for His healing and protection provided to Wayne & Elaine Schroeder, Phyllis Fritz, Marlene Dorn, Evelyn Wittler, and Sarah & Amelia.

 

*The cleaning schedule is posted and we would like everyone to take their turn so as not to add this cost to the budget.  If you are physically unable to take your turn, but would still like to help out in keeping the Lord’s house clean, or would simply like to hire someone, the Huwaldt family is offering their services at a $45.  Please take a look at the schedule and do your part.

 

*Please keep Pastor Shaun Arndt in your prayers as he prayerfully considers the call to St. Paul-Plymouth and his current call.

 

*Jessica and I thank you for your prayers and thoughts in regards to the call that has been extended to me to serve in Hutchinson, MN. Please don’t hesitate to call or stop by and share your thoughts about our ministry here at Christ.

 

*There will be a work day on Sept. 27th at 9am to make preparations for the upcoming LWMS Fall Rally that our congregation will be hosting on Oct. 11th

 

*Fall Church Cleaning Week will be Oct. 4-10th and we ask that everyone take part in checking off the tasks on the list. We will be up for the Christmas Concert.

 

B-days & Anniv. – Phyllis Fritz (9/26); Beth Jungbluth (9/27)