Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

16th Sunday after Pentecost —September 28th 2014


Opening Hymn: CW 494  “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”       

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.  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:  Ezekiel 33:7-11

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for[a] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.10 “Son of man, say to the Israelites, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of[b] them. How then can we live?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’

Psalm of the Day:  Psalm 51a—page 86 in Christian Worship (CW)



SECOND LESSON: Romans 13:1-10

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.


Verse of the Day Alleluia.  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”  Alleluia.  (Philippians 4:4).


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: Matthew 18:15-20

15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[e] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[f] loosed in heaven.19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”


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

Please be seated.

Hymn of the Day CW 521  “Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace”


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 Hymn: CW 485v.1,2 “We Give Thee but Thine Own”

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 493  “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive”                              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 490   “Love In Christ Is Strong and Living”


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

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*Fellwoship time following worship today.

*Lutheran Ladies mtg.  Oct. 2nd @ 7pm

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*October Council Mtg. will be Tuesday Oct.7th at 7pm.

B-days &  Anniv. – Jake Carrel (9/28); Haley Crome (9/28); Mike & Annette Corter (10/1); Mark & Becky Dwerlkotte (10/3); Robbie Chace (10/4); Jake & Angey Carrel (10/4)