Saturday Worship Service

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October 24, 2020

Pastor Frick’s Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship from Psalm 23

P: The LORD is my shepherd.
C: I shall not be in want.

P: He makes me lie down in green pastures.
C: He leads me beside quiet waters.

P: He restores my soul.
C: He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

P: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
C: Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

P: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
C: You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.

P: Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
C: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Opening Hymn – Delay Not, Delay Not

Delay not! Delay not! O sinner, draw near!
The waters of life are now flowing for you.
No price is demanded; the Savior is here.
Redemption is purchased; God’s promise is true.

Delay not! Delay not! The Spirit of grace,
Long grieved and resisted, may take his sad flight
And leave you in darkness to finish your race,
To sink in the gloom of eternity’s night.

Delay not! Delay not! Why longer abuse
The love and compassion of Jesus, your God?
A fountain is opened-how can you refuse?
Come, wash and be cleansed in his pardoning blood.

Confession of Sins

P: Brothers and sisters, we come before a holy God knowing we are unclean people. Even when we want to serve him, our thoughts, words, and actions betray the selfishness and indifference that plague our fallen nature. So let us confess our sins to our holy God, knowing that he will never turn away from his repentant children.
C: O Lord, I come before you as a broken sinner in need of restoration. You know my failings and fears, my compromises and doubts. You know my most secret sins. I place all these before you. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, and trusting in your mercy, I ask for your forgiveness.

Word of Forgiveness from Psalm 130

P: If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 
But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Song – Today Is the Day

Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche
Arr. Dan Galbraith
c2008 Integrity’s Praise!
CCLI #5200924

I’m casting my cares aside.
I’m leaving my past behind.
I’m setting my heart and mind on you, Jesus.
I’m reaching my hand to yours,
Believing there’s so much more,
Knowing that all you have in store for me is good.

Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
And I won’t worry ‘bout tomorrow.
I’m trusting in what you say.
Today is the day.
  Today is the day.

I’m putting my fears aside.
I’m leaving my doubts behind.
I’m giving my hopes and dreams to you, Jesus.
I’m reaching my hand to yours,
Believing there’s so much more,
Knowing that all you have in store for me is good.

Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
And I won’t worry ‘bout tomorrow.
I’m trusting in what you say.
Today is the day.
  Today is the day.

And I will stand upon your truth.
And all my days I’ll live for you.
  And I will stand upon your truth.
  And all my days I’ll live for you.

Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Today is the day you have made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.

And I won’t worry ‘bout tomorrow.
I’m giving you my fears and sorrows.
Where you lead me I will follow.
I’m trusting in what you say.
Today is the day. (5 times)

Prayer of the Day 

P: Grant, O merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

First Lesson – Isaiah 25:6-9

Rejoice and be glad in our God’s Salvation.

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare 
a feast of rich food for all peoples, 
a banquet of aged wine –
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy 
the shroud that enfolds all peoples, 
the sheet that covers all nations;
he will swallow up death forever. 
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears 
from all faces; 
he will remove the disgrace of his people 
from all the earth. 
  The Lord has spoken.

In that day they will say, 

“Surely this is our God; 
we trusted in him, and he saved us. 
This is the Lord, we trusted in him; 
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Hymn of Praise – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Stuart Townend
Arr. David Shipps
c1995 ThankYou Music
CCLI license 2945277

How deep the Father’s love for us?
How vast beyond all measure?
That he should give his only Son,
To make a wretch his treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns his face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon his shoulders.
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sins that held him there,
Until it was accomplished.
His dying breath has brought me life,
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no pow’r, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom.

His wounds have paid my ransom.

Second Lesson – Philippians 4:4-13

God’s peace guards your hearts and minds.

  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

The Gospel – Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus tells a parable of a wedding banquet.

  Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 
  “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 
  “But they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 
  “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 
  “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 
  “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 
  “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Confession of Faith – The 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.

Sermon Hymn – Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness

Jesus, your blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
Mid flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand in that great day
Who can a word against me say?
Fully through you absolved I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame

Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore
You have for all a ransom paid
For all a full atonement made.

Jesus, be worshiped endlessly!
Your boundless mercy has for me,
For me and all your hands have made,
An everlasting ransom paid.

Sermon – Isaiah 25:6-9

Theme: The Best Banquet Awaits

Prayer of the Church and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper

P: We now come before God’s altar which signifies God’s presence among us in Word and sacrament. Here Jesus gives to us his own body and blood that he gave and shed on the cross. Here the Holy Spirit gives us peace and forgiveness. 
C: We partake of the Lord’s Supper with repentant hearts. We know that our sins caused Jesus to suffer the punishment for sin that we deserve. But by his sacrifice, made once and for all, we also know that our sins are forgiven.

P: We treasure your words, Lord Jesus, when you said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Through this meal we have peace through the forgiveness you won for us on Calvary. We also receive a taste of the heavenly banquet you have prepared for us in eternity. So let us receive this precious meal to strengthen our faith, to brighten our day because of your love for us, and to give us every reason to live for you as we serve others. Amen.

Words of Consecration

P: 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 always.
C: Amen.

Distribution

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P: 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: Amen.

Blessing

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 peace.

Song of Praise – That’s Why We Praise Him

Words and Music: Tommy Walker
c1999 Doulos Publishing.
CCLI License #2945277

He came to live, live a perfect life.
He came to be the Living Word, our light.
He came to die so we’d be reconciled.
He came to rise to show his power and might.

Chorus
That’s why we praise him, that’s why we sing.
That’s why we offer him our everything.
That’s why we bow down and worship this King
‘Cause he gave his everything
‘Cause he gave his everything.

He came to live, live again in us.
He came to be our conquering King and Friend.
He came to heal and show the lost ones his love.
He came to go prepare a place for us.

Chorus
That’s why we praise him, that’s why we sing.
That’s why we offer him our everything.
That’s why we bow down and worship this King
‘Cause he gave his everything
‘Cause he gave his everything.

Halle, Hallelujah  (4 times)

Chorus
That’s why we praise him, that’s why we sing.
That’s why we offer him our everything.
That’s why we bow down and worship this King
‘Cause he gave his everything
‘Cause he gave his everything.