Sunday Worship Service

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September 25, 2022

Theme of the Day

Money can make life easier in some ways, but it cannot bring true happiness and fulfillment. As much as money may let us down in this life, its ultimate failure happens in death. A life filled with money but void of God results in an eternity of pain. While we might be fooled into thinking money can help in life, only that which seems to offer so little help in life will never fail us: Christ. Today we meditate on this hard truth: Only Christ is the Key to the Good in Life.


Pastor Turriff’s Welcome

Come unto Me, Ye Weary – CW 706

1 “Come unto me, ye weary,
    and I will give you rest.”
O blessèd voice of Jesus,
    which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction,
    of pardon, grace, and peace,
of joy that has no ending,
    of love that cannot cease.

2 “Come unto me, ye wand’rers,
    and I will give you light.”
O loving voice of Jesus,
    which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts were filled with sadness,
    and we had lost our way,
but thou hast brought us gladness
    and songs at break of day.

3 “Come unto me, ye fainting,
    and I will give you life.”
O cheering voice of Jesus,
    which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager,
    the fight is fierce and long,
but thou hast made us mighty
    and stronger than the strong.

4 “And whosoever cometh,
    I will not cast him out.”
O patient love of Jesus,
    which drives away our doubt,
which, though we be unworthy
    of love so great and free,
invites us very sinners
    to come, dear Lord, to thee!

Invocation

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Confession

The Bible warns, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Too often we’ve followed our own sinful ways instead of the way of the Lord. Even worse, when we’ve sinned, we blame God for what we ourselves have done.
“A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.”

Instead, let’s confess our sins together to our God:
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.

The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” God’s greatest wisdom is found at the cross of Jesus, who died to pay for the sins of the world: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son Jesus 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.
Amen.

Lord, Have Mercy

In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord. 
Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. 
Amen.

Adult Choir – Come, Sing a Song of Praise

Come, sing a song, sing a song of gladness; 
    come, sing a song, sing a song of praise!
Come, sing a song of cheerfulness, 
    and with your voice sing praise: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Come, sing a song of praise!

Rejoice in the Lord, all you people; 
    give him your love, his glory proclaim!
Sing of his mercy, tell of his goodness, call on his name.

Come, sing a song, sing a song of gladness; 
    come, sing a song, sing a song of praise! 
Come, sing a song of cheerfulness, 
    and with your voice sing praise: Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Come sing a song of praise!

The Word

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

Mercifully grant, O God, that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts, for without your help we are unable to please you; 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 – Amos 6:1-7

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
    and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
    to whom the people of Israel come!
Go to Kalneh and look at it;
    go from there to great Hamath,
    and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
    Is their land larger than yours?
You put off the day of disaster
    and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds adorned with ivory
    and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
    and fattened calves.
You strum away on your harps like David
    and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful
    and use the finest lotions,
    but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
    your feasting and lounging will end.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 146

Refrain (choir)
Refrain (congregation)

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

I will praise the LORD as long as I live,
I will praise the LORD as long as I live,

I will praise my God while I have my being.
I will praise my God while I have my being.

v. 1
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help; 
whose help is in the Lord their God; 
who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; 
who keeps his promise forever.

Refrain (choir)
Refrain (congregation)

v. 2
The Lord loves the righteous; 
the Lord cares for the stranger; 
he sustains the orphan and widow, 
but he frustrates the way of the wicked. 
The Lord our God shall reign forever and ever, 
our God throughout all generations, Hallelujah!

Refrain (choir)
Refrain (congregation)

Second Reading – Hebrews 13:1-6

  Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
  Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

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Gospel – Luke 16:19-31

  “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
  “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
  “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
  “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
  “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
  “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ!

Take the World, but Give Me Jesus – CW 699

1 Take the world, but give me Jesus,
    all its joys are but a name;
but his love abides forever,
    through eternal years the same. (Refrain)

Refrain
Oh, the height and depth of mercy!
    Oh, the length and breadth of love!
Oh, the fullness of redemption,
    pledge of endless life above!

2 Take the world, but give me Jesus,
    sweetest comfort of my soul;
with the Savior watching o’er me,
    I can sing, though thunders roll.  (Refrain)

3 Take the world, but give me Jesus;
    in his cross my trust shall be
till with clearer, brighter vision
    face to face my Lord I see. (Refrain)

Pastor Frick’s Sermon – Luke 16:19-31

Hard Truth: Christ Is the Key to the Good in Life

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 truly 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.

Prayer of the Church

Lord our God, our hope is in you. You lift up those who are bowed down. You are faithful forever.
You, Lord, are our helper; 
we will not be afraid.

You want all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Open our lips with the Word of the risen Christ to bring faith, forgiveness and hope to those who are hurting. With time you also give us opportunity to live our faith with acts of love. Move us with your Word to serve our neighbors, bringing food, clothing and warmth to those who are needy.

Almighty Father, your angels carried Lazarus to Abraham’s side in heaven. Send your holy angels to deliver us from the devil and all his tricks, and when our time of grace on earth is done, send them to deliver us from every evil of this world to you. Help us to know, believe, love and serve you, that we may always bring you glory, to live for you and to remain in your grace.

Have pity and give comfort to all who suffer weakness, illness and pain. Fill them with the hope of your Word, and with the assurance that you deliver your people from every evil in the way you know is best. 

Remember, O Lord, the young and the old, orphans and widows, the sick and the suffering, the sorrowing, the afflicted and needy. On all these, pour out your mercy, for you are the giver of all good things; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Offering

The Sacrament

Preface

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who promised that wherever two or three come together in his name, there he is with them to shepherd his flock until he comes again in glory. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Adult Choir – Holy, Holy, Holy

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Lord God, eternal King and gracious Father. In love you made us the crown of your creation. In mercy you planned our salvation. In grace you sent your Son to redeem us from sin.

We remember and give you thanks that your eternal Son, Jesus Christ, became flesh and made his dwelling among us, that he willingly placed himself under law to redeem those under law, that he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross, that he has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Bless us as we receive your Son’s body and blood in this Sacrament. Forgive our sins, increase our faith, strengthen our fellowship, and deepen our longing for the day when Christ will welcome us to his eternal feast. Praise and thanks and honor and glory be to you, O God our Father, and to your Son and to the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

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.

Words of Institution

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.
Amen.

O Christ, Lamb of God

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.

Distribution

I Know My Faith Is Founded – CW 797

1 I know my faith is founded
    on Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;
and this my faith confessing,
    unmoved I stand upon his Word.
Our reason cannot fathom
    the truth of God profound;
who trusts in worldly wisdom
    relies on shifting ground.
God’s Word is all-sufficient,
    it makes divinely sure,
and, trusting in its wisdom,
    my faith shall rest secure.

2 Increase my faith, dear Savior,
    for Satan seeks by night and day
to rob me of this treasure
    and take my hope of bliss away.
But, Lord, with you beside me
    I shall be undismayed;
and led by your good Spirit,
    I shall be unafraid.
Abide with me, O Savior,
    a firmer faith bestow;
then I shall bid defiance
    to ev’ry evil foe.

3 In faith, Lord, let me serve you;
    though persecution, grief, and pain
should seek to overwhelm me,
    let me a steadfast trust retain.
And then at my departure,
    at home with you I’ll be,
and there will I inherit
    all you have promised me.
In life and death, Lord, keep me
    until your heav’n I gain,
where I by your great mercy
    the end of faith attain.

Let Me Be Yours Forever – CW 715

1 Let me be yours forever,
    my faithful God and Lord;
let me forsake you never
    nor wander from your Word.
Lord, do not let me waver
    but give me steadfastness,
and for such grace and favor
    your holy name I’ll bless.

2 Lord Jesus, my salvation,
    my light, my life divine,
my only consolation,
    to you I all resign,
for you have dearly bought me
    with blood and bitter pain.
Let me, since you have sought me,
    eternal life obtain.

3 O gracious Holy Spirit,
    my comforter and guide,
grant that in Jesus’ merit
    I always may confide,
him to the end confessing
    whom I have known by faith.
Give me your constant blessing
    and grant a Christian death.

Thanksgiving

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

Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this saving gift. 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.
Amen.

Blessing

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.

Though Thoughtless Thousands Choose the Road – CW 718

1 Though thoughtless thousands choose the road
that leads the soul away from God,
this happiness, dear Lord, be mine:
to live and die entirely thine.

2 In Christ, by faith, I wish to live,
from him my life, my all, receive,
to him devote my fleeting hours,
serve him alone with all my pow’rs.

3 Christ is my everlasting all,
to him I look, on him I call;
he will my ev’ry need supply
in time and through eternity.

4 Soon will the Lord, my life, appear;
soon shall I end my trials here,
leave sin and sorrow, death and pain.
To live is Christ; to die is gain.

5 Soon will the saints in glory meet,
soon walk through ev’ry golden street
and sing on ev’ry blissful plain,
“To live is Christ; to die is gain.”