Sunday 10:30 Worship Service

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May 14, 2023

Worship Theme

Love for God who lives in us leads us to a life of obedience. The God who lives in us calls us to live for him. It is as simple as that. Love for our risen Lord means obedience to his commands.


Pastor Frick’s Welcome

Baptized into Your Name Most Holy – CW 680

1 Baptized into your name most holy,
    O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
I claim a place, though weak and lowly,
    among your saints, your chosen host.
Buried with Christ and dead to sin,
your Spirit now shall live within.

2 My loving Father, there you took me
    to be henceforth your child and heir.
My faithful Savior, there you let me
    the fruit of all your sorrows share.
O Holy Spirit, comfort me
when threat’ning clouds around I see.

3 My faithful God, you fail me never;
    your promise surely will endure.
O cast me not away forever
    if words and deeds become impure.
Have mercy when I come defiled;
forgive, lift up, restore your child.

4 All that I am and love most dearly –
    receive it all, O Lord, from me.
Let me confess my faith sincerely;
    help me your faithful child to be!
Let nothing that I am or own
serve any will but yours alone.

Holy Baptism

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

Confession

Our Savior Jesus Christ commanded Baptism when he said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

All of us are born into this world with a deep need for Baptism. From our parents we inherit a sinful nature; we are without true fear of God and true faith in God and are condemned to eternal death. But while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He took away our sin by giving his life on the cross. In Baptism, he clothes us with the robe of his righteousness and gives us a new life. We recall what Baptism means for our daily lives:
Baptism means that the sinful nature in us
    should be drowned by daily sorrow and repentance,
    and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death.
It also means that a new person should daily arise
    to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

As baptized children of God, we confess our sins:
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.

God saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit and united us to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Every day God forgives your sins, removes your guilt, and strengthens you to defeat Satan’s power. His promise is for you and your children, and he will never forsake you. Your sins are forgiven. You are clothed with Christ. You are at peace with God now and forever.
Amen.

Sacrament of Baptism

The Gospel according to St. Mark:

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Madalie April Eagle Boy, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Receive the sign of the cross on the head and heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.

The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given you the new birth of water and the Spirit and has forgiven all your sins. May he strengthen you with his grace all the days of your life. Peace be with you.

Eliza Ashley Merkel, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Receive the sign of the cross on the head and heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.

The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given you the new birth of water and the Spirit and has forgiven all your sins. May he strengthen you with his grace all the days of your life. Peace be with you.

Bain Adam Merkel, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Receive the sign of the cross on the head and heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.

The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given you the new birth of water and the Spirit and has forgiven all your sins. May he strengthen you with his grace all the days of your life. Peace be with you.

Let us pray.

We give thanks, most merciful Father, that you have received Madalie, Eliza, and Bain as your own children and made them each a member of Christ’s body, the church. Now, we pray, grant to them and to all your church on earth that, being dead to sin, we may live to righteousness and, being buried with Christ into his death, we may also share in his resurrection, so that, with all your saints, we may inherit eternal life; through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Reflections – Is He Worthy?

First Reading – Acts 17:22-31

  Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship – and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.|
  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
  “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone – an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 1 Peter 3:13-22

  Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.
  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits – to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia!
If you love me, keep my commands. 
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you.
Alleluia!

Gospel – John 14:15-21

  “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

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

I Am Content! My Jesus Lives Again – CW 464

1 I am content! My Jesus lives again,
    in whom my heart is pleased.
He has fulfilled the law of God for me,
    God’s wrath he has appeased.
Since he in death could perish never,
I also shall not die forever.
    I am content! I am content!

2 I am content! My Jesus is my head;
    his member I will be.
He bowed his head when on the cross he died
    with cries of agony.
Now death is brought into subjection
for me by Jesus’ resurrection.
    I am content! I am content!

3 I am content! My Jesus is my light,
    my radiant sun of grace.
His cheering rays beam blessings forth for all:
    sweet comfort, hope, and peace.
This Easter sun has brought salvation
and everlasting exultation.
    I am content! I am content!

4 I am content! Lord, set me ever free
    and wake me from the dead
that I may rise forevermore to be
    with you, my living head.
The chains that hold my body, sever;
then shall my soul rejoice forever.
    I am content! I am content!

Pastor Westendorf’s Sermon – 1 Peter 3:13-22

Revere Christ as Lord with a Clear Conscience
  – in his proclamation to you in the water
  – in your proclamation of him in the world

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

Gracious Father, in love you have given us your Holy Spirit to set us apart as your own. Continue to teach us, that we love one another more and more.

In the beginning you established marriage for the good of society and the establishment of family. Bring husbands and wives close to each other that they may grow in your love, reflect your faithfulness, and be channels of your blessings to their families.

Teach us to live gentle and decent lives in our conduct toward everyone, especially toward those outside your church, that we may hallow your name, reflecting your love and goodness. Govern and guide all who govern us, the President of the United States, the governor of this state, state and national legislatures and all courts. Lead them to work for the common good, that we may enjoy peace, that your kingdom may spread by the preaching of your Word, and that your will may be done among us.

With your holy Word, show us what love is through the obedience, suffering and sacrifice of your Son, Jesus, for us. Move us to imitate his love, and to live in love as your children of light.

Have mercy on all people who suffer in need. Help us to see their hardships as our opportunities for prayer and action. Bring relief in your time. Work all things for their good, as you have promised. 

O most gracious God, every good and perfect gift comes from you. Work in us both to desire and to act according to your will. Work in our hearts a true faith, a steadfast hope, and a sincere love towards you. Make us diligent in all our duties and watchful against all temptations. Sanctify us that our whole spirit, soul and body may be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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 by his willing sacrifice on the cross took away the sins of the world and by his glorious resurrection restored everlasting life. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts,
  heav’n and earth are full,
  full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

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.

Lamb of God

Lamb of God,
  you take away the sin of the world;
  have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
  you take away the sin of the world;
  have mercy on us.
Lamb of God,
  you take away the sin of the world;
  grant us, grant us peace.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Again – CW 459

1 Christ the Lord is ris’n again;
Christ has broken death’s strong chain.
Hark, the angels shout for joy,
singing evermore on high:
    Hallelujah!

2 He who gave for us his life,
who for us endured the strife,
is our Paschal Lamb today.
We too sing for joy and say:
    Hallelujah!

3 He who bore all pain and loss
comfortless upon the cross
lives in glory now on high,
pleads for us, and hears our cry:
    Hallelujah!

4 He whose path no records tell
has descended into hell;
he the strong man armed has bound
and in highest heav’n is crowned.
    Hallelujah!

5 He who slumbered in the grave
is exalted now to save;
now through Christendom it rings
that the Lamb is King of kings.
    Hallelujah!

6 Now he bids us tell abroad
how the lost may be restored,
how the penitent forgiv’n,
how we, too, may enter heav’n.
    Hallelujah!

The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns – CW 531

1 The head that once was crowned with thorns
    is crowned with glory now;
a royal diadem adorns
    the mighty victor’s brow.

2 The highest place that heav’n affords
    is his, is his by right,
the King of kings and Lord of lords
    and heav’n’s eternal light;

3 The joy of all who dwell above,
    the joy of all below
to whom he manifests his love
    and grants his name to know.

4 To them the cross, with all its shame,
    with all its grace, is giv’n;
their name, an everlasting name,
    their joy, the joy of heav’n.

5 They suffer with their Lord below,
    they reign with him above,
their profit and their joy to know
    the myst’ry of his love.

6 The cross he bore is life and health,
    though shame and death to him:
his people’s hope, his people’s wealth,
    their everlasting theme.

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.

O God the Father, source of all goodness, in your loving-kindness you sent your Son to share our humanity. We thank you that through him you have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament. We also pray that you will not forsake us but will rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit so that we willingly serve you day after day; through 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.

For Me to Live Is Jesus – CW 848

1 For me to live is Jesus,
    to die is gain for me;
so, when my Savior pleases,
    I meet death willingly.

2 For Christ, my Lord and brother,
    I leave this world so dim
and gladly seek another,
    where I shall be with him.

3 My woes are nearly over
    though long and dark the road;
my sin his merits cover,
    and I have peace with God.

4 In my last hour, Lord, grant me
    a slumber soft and still,
no doubts to vex or haunt me,
    safe anchored in your will.

5 Thus, bound to you, my Savior,
    death’s brief and harmless night
gives way to joy forever
    with you in heav’nly light.

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