Sunday 10:30 Worship Service

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November 13, 2022

Theme of the Day – What the Ministry Is All About

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 Michael Turriff. While such days are somewhat uncomfortable for the retired pastor, it is fitting and proper that we have gathered to give thanks to God for the many years of Gospel ministry.
  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 Turriff worthy, in Christ, for such service.  At the center of his life, his marriage, and his ministry has been the divine request placed on his lips by the Spirit: Sir, we wish to see Jesus. 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.


A Service of Praise and Thanksgiving

Pastor Frick’s Welcome

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. 

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. 

Praise the Lord with Strings and Pipes – CW 618

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God’s Word

The Bible is full of promises connected to God’s Word. It’s God’s Word that creates faith in Jesus as our Savior.
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

God’s Word is powerful and able to cut right to our hearts.
“The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

 Those powerful promises lead Christians to say:
“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”

But we have. We have neglected God’s Word that has come to us in your Word and through public ministers of the Gospel. For a thousand different reasons, with a thousand different excuses, we haven’t lived with God’s Word as the foundation of our lives. So today we confess our sins of neglecting God’s Word.
Sins of despising your Word by claiming we are too busy for time with you.
Sins of hypocrisy for hearing your Word but then ignoring that Word in our lives.
Sins of pride for thinking that our thoughts are better than your words.
Sins of apathy for failing to take advantage of opportunities to hear your Word.

God’s Word gives us this comfort: “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depth of the sea.”

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.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – CW 523

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Prayer

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Protect us by your strength and save us from the threatening dangers of our sins; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen. 

Faithful to the Word

Forty-four 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 Michael Turriff. 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 Turriff 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 Turriff, 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.

First Reading – 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

  But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us – by me and Silas and Timothy – was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Choir – The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want 

  The congregation sings the final refrain.

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Second Reading – 1 Timothy 4

  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
  If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
  Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Gospel – Luke 21:5-19

  Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”
  “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
  He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
  Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
  “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Lord Jesus, You Have Come a Teacher – CW 897

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Pastor Papenfuss’ Sermon – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

What the Ministry Is All About

Question Asked

Forty-four years ago Pastor Turriff 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 Turriff 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.

Choir and Children –  By Faith We See the Hand of God 

  The congregation is invited to sing final refrain.

1 By faith we see the hand of God
in the light of creation’s grand design,
in the lives of those who prove his faithfulness,
who walk by faith and not by sight. (v. 2)

2 By faith our fathers roamed the earth
with the pow’r of his promise in their hearts,
of a holy city built by God’s own hand,
a place where peace and justice reign. (Refrain)

Refrain
We will stand as children of the promise;
we will fix our eyes on him, our soul’s reward.
Till the race is finished and the work is done,
we’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

3 By faith the prophets saw a day
when the longed-for Messiah would appear
with the pow’r to break the chains of sin and death
and rise triumphant from the grave. (v. 4)

4 By faith the church was called to go
in the pow’r of the Spirit to the lost
to deliver captives and to preach good news
in ev’ry corner of the earth. (Refrain)

5 By faith this mountain shall be moved
and the pow’r of the gospel shall prevail,
for we know in Christ all things are possible
for all who call upon his name. 

Choir
We will stand as children of the promise;
we will fix our eyes on him, our soul’s reward.
Till the race is finished and the work is done,
we’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

Congregation
We will stand as children of the promise;
we will fix our eyes on him, our soul’s reward.
Till the race is finished and the work is done,
we’ll walk by faith and not by sight.

Prayer

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 Michael Turriff, 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. 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. 

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:

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.

Offering

Chimes will play during offering.

One Final Question

One final question was asked of Pastor Turriff forty-four 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. 

Grades K-8 – The Blessing

The Lord bless and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
  and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor
  and give you peace. Amen.


With Thanksgiving to God

Pastor Michael Turriff’s 44 Years of Service to the Church

Studies

Northwestern College, Watertown, WI – 1970-1974 – B.A. Liberal Arts
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI – 1974-1978 – Master of Divinity

Service to the Church

St. Paul’s, Round Lake, Wisconsin – 1975-1976
Lutheran Church of the Abiding Word, Somers, WI – 1978-1984
Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church – 1984-2022

Service to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Southeast Wisconsin District Coordinator for Youth Discipleship – 1978-2010

Serving This Morning

Presiding Minister – Pastor Robert Frick 
Preacher – Pastor Charlie Papenfuss
Organist – Faith Gnewuch
LES Choir Director – Stephanie Liepert

Thank you, Pastor Turriff, for your many talents and years of service
ministering to our congregation at Mount Calvary.
It is greatly appreciated!

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