Saturday Worship Service

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January 28, 2023

Theme of the Day

Today we hear Jesus proclaim those who are blessed. As we do, it will give us pause. For what Jesus calls blessed, the world never would. The world praises the strong and the self-sufficient. Jesus calls blessed what others would see as weak. But as Jesus preaches his sermon, he is trying to drive home one crucial point. The weaker you are, the more ready you are to rely on God’s strength. The more difficult your present circumstances, the likelier you are to yearn for future reward. All the readings for today teach this truth: We have no real strength or wisdom of our own. Trust in God’s strength. God bless our worship.


Pastor Frick’s Welcome

Call to Worship from Psalms 42 and 43

Lord God, we enter your house and approach your altar with joy and delight.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so our souls pant for you, O God.

In your word we find your light and your truth. Let your word guide us.
Let it bring us to the place where you dwell.

Our souls thirst for the only true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We praise him for he is our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Comforter.

Let us not come into his presence with downcast hearts and souls;
Let us rejoice, for we put our hope in the Lord.

Build Your Kingdom Here

Rend Collective Experiment
c2012 Thankyou Music
CCLI License 2945277

Come set your rule and reign
In our hearts again.
Increase in us, we pray.
Unveil why we’re made.
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls.
Holy Spirit, come invade us now.
We are your church.
We need your pow’r in us.

We seek your kingdom first.
We hunger and we thirst.
Refuse to waste our lives
For you’re our joy and prize.
To see the captive hearts released
The hurt, the sick, the poor at peace.
We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause.
We are your church.
We pray revive this earth.

Chorus
Build your kingdom here.
Let the darkness fear.
Show your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land.
Set your church on fire.
Win this nation back.
Change the atmosphere.
Build your kingdom here, we pray!

Unleash your kingdom’s pow’r
Reaching the near and far.
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts.
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us.
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ.
We are your church.
We are the hope of earth.

Chorus twice

Confession and Forgiveness

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just
    and will forgive us our sins
    and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Let us confess our sins to the Lord.
Holy God, gracious Father,
    I am sinful by nature
        and have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and actions.
    I have not loved you with my whole heart;
    I have not loved others as I should.
        I deserve your punishment both now and forever.
    But Jesus, my Savior, paid for my sins
        with his innocent suffering and death.
    Trusting in him, I pray: God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. 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.
Amen.

How Firm a Foundation – CW 800

1 How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
    is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
    to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2 “Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
    for I am your God and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
    upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

5 “The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
    I will not, I will not, desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
    I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, look with mercy on our weaknesses, and in all our dangers and needs stretch out the right hand of your majesty to help and defend us; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First Reading – Zephaniah 2:3; 3:11-13

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
    you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility;
    perhaps you will be sheltered
    on the day of the Lord’s anger.

On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame
    for all the wrongs you have done to me,
because I will remove from you
    your arrogant boasters.
Never again will you be haughty
    on my holy hill.
But I will leave within you
    the meek and humble.
The remnant of Israel
    will trust in the name of the Lord.
They will do no wrong;
    they will tell no lies.
A deceitful tongue
    will not be found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down
    and no one will make them afraid.”

Blest Are They – CW 690

1 Blest are they, the poor in spirit,
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow,
they shall be consoled. (Refrain)

Refrain
Rejoice and be glad!
Blessèd are you, holy are you!
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God!

2 Blest are they, the lowly ones,
they shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst,
they shall have their fill. (Refrain)

3 Blest are they who show mercy,
mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart,
they shall see God! (Refrain)

4 Blest are they who seek peace,
they are the children of God.
Blest are they who suffer in faith,
the glory of God is theirs. (Refrain)

5 Blest are you who suffer hate
all because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, yours is the kingdom;
shine for all to see. (Refrain)

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

  Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Gospel – Matthew 5:1-12

  Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
  He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Confession of Faith – 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.

Go Forth and Preach the Gospel – CW 908

1 Go forth and preach the gospel
    to all who are in need.
As witness to the Savior,
    go teach by word and deed.
The Spirit is upon us,
    and sends us to declare
good news of God’s forgiveness
    to people ev’rywhere.

2 Go forth and preach the gospel
    to all who live in fear,
and share the joyful message
    that God is always near.
The Spirit is upon us,
    and sends us forth in peace
to bring the poor glad tidings,
    that mercy may increase.

3 Go forth and preach the gospel;
    go spread the news abroad!
Proclaim to ev’ry nation
    the greatness of our God.
The Spirit is upon us,
    that all may understand
the promise of salvation
    revealed to ev’ry land.

Pastor Frick’s Sermon – 1 Corinthians 1:26-30

What We Are

Offering

Moved by God’s love in Christ,
we offer him our first and best gifts,
purely out of thanks to him.

Prayers

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.

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.
Amen.

A Closing Prayer

Words and Music: Don Besig
c1978 Harold Flammer Music
CCLI License 2945277

The time has come, O Lord, 
For us to leave this place.
Guide us and protect us
And lead us in thy grace.
Wherever life may take us
As we go our sep’rate ways
Help us share with others
The things we’ve shared today.

May the peace of God the Father, 
And the love of Christ, his Son
Guide us in the days ahead 
And strengthen us, each one.
May the blessings of the Spirit 
Fill us from within.
God bless us and return us 
To this fellowship once again.

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