Sunday 10:00 Worship Service

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February 20, 2022

Welcome

  As we unite in worship this morning, we extend a warm welcome to each of you. In our service we gather before our almighty God to offer him our worship and praise. We also gather to strengthen ourselves through the study of God’s holy and powerful Word. We pray that your time with us for this special service is both edifying and enjoyable. Thank you for joining us! This morning’s service is printed entirely in this worship folder. 

Today’s Worship

  On this day of celebration, we give thanks to our gracious God for his servant, Pastor Frick. Our focus, however, isn’t on a pastor, the places he’s served, or the people to whom he has ministered. Our attention centers on God’s grace to his servant that he counted Pastor Frick worthy, in Christ, for such service and equipped him to faithfully carry out his duties. That is not just the heartfelt desire of a pastor, but that of each of us gathered here today. We long to see our Savior because we always have a need to see Jesus. We always have a need for his love and forgiveness so we make him the priority of our lives, to always hold him before our eyes. 

Prayer before Worship

  Almighty God, look with favor on those whom you have called to minister to your people. Fill them with faithfulness to your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life that they may joyfully serve to the glory of your name and for the benefit of your Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Pastor Turriff’s Welcome

A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving

My Worth Is Not in What I Own – CW 753

1 My worth is not in what I own
not in the strength of flesh and bone,
    but in the costly wounds of love
        at the cross. (v. 2)

2 My worth is not in skill or name,
in win or lose, in pride or shame,
    but in the blood of Christ that flowed
        at the cross. (Refrain)

Refrain
I rejoice in my Redeemer –
    greatest treasure, wellspring of my soul.
I will trust in him, no other;
    my soul is satisfied in him alone.

3 As summer flow’rs we fade and die;
fame, youth, and beauty hurry by.
    But life eternal calls to us
        at the cross. (v. 4)

4 I will not boast in wealth or might,
or human wisdom’s fleeting light.
    But I will boast in knowing Christ
        at the cross. (Refrain)

Refrain
I rejoice in my Redeemer –
    greatest treasure, wellspring of my soul.
I will trust in him, no other;
    my soul is satisfied in him alone.

5 Two wonders here that I confess:
my worth and my unworthiness.
    My value fixed – my ransom paid
        at the cross. (Refrain)

Invocation

In the name of God the Father
Who has created us to be the crown of his creation, 

In the name of God the Son, 
Who has redeemed us with his holy blood, 

In the name of God the Holy Spirit, 
Who has brought us to faith and keeps us in the faith. 

Dialogue of Praise

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, 
His mercy endures forever. 

I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, says the Lord.
And they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed. 

I will feed them with good pasture. 
I will feed them in justice, says the Lord. 

Alleluia! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. 
In the assembly of the upright, in the congregation, I will give thanks. 

Confession of Sins

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

Yet so often we have despised God’s Word and failed to gladly hear and learn it. For this and all our sins, we bow before God and humbly ask his forgiveness.
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.

God gave his Word so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name”. The Scriptures testify about Jesus, who lived a perfect life for you, died on the cross to pay for all your sins, and rose again to assure you of your salvation. 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.

Reflections – The Potter’s Hand

Faithful to the Word

Twenty-five years ago a young man stood before the almighty God in humble submission to his calling in order to be ordained into the Holy Ministry. That man is Pastor Robert Frick. We gather together today to give thanks to God for his faithful service to God and the people he served. 

On the day of his ordination, Pastor Frick was asked if he believed the canonical books of the Old and New Testament to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. 

Today we give thanks to God for keeping him faithful to his pledge that his ministry centered and focused on God’s Word. Today, as we thank God, we also renew our commitment to the Word of God. 

Do you, Pastor Frick, and all who have gathered here today, believe that the canonical books of the Old and New Testament are in fact the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice? If so, answer, “I do.” 
I do. 

The Word of the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. 

Handbells – If You But Trust in God

Faithful to the Creeds

Twenty-five years ago Pastor Frick was asked if he accepted the three ecumenical creeds, namely the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creed, as faithful testimony to the truth of Holy Scripture, and whether he rejected all errors which they condemned. 

I now ask Pastor Frick and all those who are gathered here today to make a profession of your faith by accepting these creeds, namely the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creed, as faithful testimonies to the truth of Holy Scripture, and do you reject all error which they condemn? If so, answer, “I do.”
I do. 

Confession of Faith

    Explanation to the 3rd Article of the Apostles Creed

  I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.
  But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
  In this Christian Church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers. On the Last Day he will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.

Psalm 100 – All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Adult Choir – st. 1-2
1 All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the LORD with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear; his praise forthtell;
come ye before him and rejoice!

2 Know that the LORD is God indeed;
without our aid he did us make.
We are his folk; he doth us feed,
and for his sheep he doth us take.

Grades K-3 – st. 3
3 O enter then his gates with praise;
approach with joy his courts unto.
Praise, laud, and bless his name always,
for it is seemly so to do.

Congregation
4 For why? The LORD our God is good;
his mercy is forever sure.
His truth at all times firmly stood
and shall from age to age endure.

The congregation stands.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heav’nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Pastoral Office

Twenty-five years ago Pastor Frick promised to faithfully instruct both young and old in the chief articles of Christian doctrine – forgive the sins of those who repent; minister faithfully to the sick and dying; and to demonstrate to the church a constant and ready ministry. 

Each one of us is called to serve God in our own way. I now ask each of you to reaffirm your continued willingness to go serve your God and neighbor in all the roles in which God has placed you. Will you willingly and faithfully serve your God and neighbor? If so, answer, “I will, and I ask God to help me.” 
I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Grades K-8 – Before You I Kneel – CW 735

1 Before you I kneel, my Master and Maker,
    to offer the work of my hands.
For this is the day you’ve given your servant;
    I will rejoice and be glad
for the strength I have to live and breathe,
for each skill your grace has given me,
for the needs and opportunities
    that will glorify your great name.

2 Before you I kneel and ask for your goodness
    to cover the work of my hands,
for patience and peace to shape all my labor;
    your grace for thorns in my path.
Flow within me like a living stream;
wear away the stones of pride and greed,
till your ways are dwelling deep in me
    and a harvest of life is grown.

3 Before you we kneel, our Master and Maker;
    establish the work of our hands,
and order our steps to seek first your kingdom
    in ev’ry small and great task.
May we live the gospel of your grace,
serve your purpose in our fleeting days,
then our lives will bring eternal praise
    and all glory to your great name.

Faithful to Holy Living

One final question was asked of Pastor Frick Twenty five years ago. That was whether or not he was willing to adorn the office of the public ministry with a holy life. This is a calling to all of us. As members of the Church of Christ, we are called upon to serve God with a life that bears the fruit Christ has called us to produce. 

I now ask each of you to renew your calling by Christ to live a life that allows others to see Christ within you. Do you promise to serve Christ with a holy life? If so, answer, “I will, the Lord helping me through the power and grace of His Holy Spirit.” 
I will, the Lord helping me through the power and grace of His Holy Spirit. 

Lift High the Cross – CW 900

Refrain
Lift high the cross; the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.

1 Come, Christians, follow where our captain trod,
our King victorious, Christ, the Son of God. (Refrain)

2 All newborn soldiers of the Crucified
bear on their brows the seal of him who died. (Refrain)

3 Let ev’ry race and ev’ry language tell
of him who saves our souls from death and hell. (Refrain)

4 So shall our song of triumph ever be:
praise to the Crucified for victory! (Refrain)

Pastor Richard Warnecke’s Sermon – 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Preach the Word, Pastor Frick

Offering

The Prayer of the Church

Eternal Father, ever-living and everlasting Lord, in Christ Jesus you call us your children and invite us to bring our prayers to you with the steady trust that you will hear and answer them. 
O Lord, hear our prayer. 

We praise you and give you our thanks for pouring out your blessings for so many years on your servant, Pastor Frick, and for calling him into the public ministry of the gospel despite his own frailties and weaknesses. 
To you we give thanks. 

You gave him a heart of faith through Holy Baptism and strengthened him with your Word and Sacrament, you empowered him to rely on your grace and guidance, instilled in him a deep love for your Scriptures, and endowed him with compassion for the lost and a commitment to his labor. With these gifts you have granted victories for your gospel and blessings to your Church. 
To you be the praise. 

Now we pray that you would continue to use your servant according to your will and ways. Give him opportunities to share his wisdom with others. Protect him from trouble.
O Lord, hear our prayer. 

Raise up, O Lord, from the ranks of your Church, another generation of men who are willing and eager to carry the torch of your gospel into the world. With the proclamation of that message of grace, bring many into your fold to enjoy the pleasures of your love forever. 
O Lord, hear our prayer. 

The Lord’s Prayer

Lord of the Church, we bring these requests before you, confident that you hear them through Jesus your Son, our Savior, who has also taught us to pray. 

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 Blessing

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you by his Spirit, that Christ, dwelling in your hearts by faith, may fill you with all spiritual blessings. The LORD’s grace and peace be with you.
Amen.  

The Church’s One Foundation – CW 855

1 The Church’s one foundation
    is Jesus Christ, her Lord
she is his new creation
    by water and the Word.
From heav’n he came and sought her
    to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
    and for her life he died.

2 Elect from ev’ry nation,
    yet one o’er all the earth;
her charter of salvation:
    one Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses,
    partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
    with ev’ry grace endued.

3 The Church shall never perish.
    Her dear Lord, to defend,
to guide, sustain, and cherish,
    is with her to the end.
Tho’ there be those that hate her
    and strive to see her fail,
against both foe and traitor
    she ever shall prevail.

4 Tho’ with a scornful wonder
    the world sees her oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
    by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping;
    their cry goes up, “How long?”
and soon the night of weeping
    shall be the morn of song.

5 Mid toil and tribulation
    and tumult of her war
she waits the consummation
    of peace forevermore
till with the vision glorious
    her longing eyes are blest,
and the great Church victorious
    shall be the Church at rest.