Sunday 8:00 Worship Service

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June 20, 2021

Pastor Bodden’s Welcome and Greeting 

Baptismal Hymn

Baptized in Water – CW 297

Baptized in water, 
Sealed by the Spirit, 
Cleansed by the blood  
of Christ our King: 
Heirs of salvation, 
Trusting his promise, 
Faithfully now God’s 
Praise we sing.

Baptized in water, 
Sealed by the Spirit, 
Dead in the tomb with 
Christ our King: 
One with his rising, 
Freed and forgiven, 
Thankfully now God’s 
Praise we sing.

Baptized in water, 
Sealed by the Spirit, 
Marked with the sign  
of Christ our King: 
Born of one Father, 
We are his children; 
Joyfully now God’s 
Praise we sing.

Invocation

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you. 

P: Our Savior Jesus Christ commanded baptism when he said: “Go and make disciples of all  nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” 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 Jesus took away our sin by giving his life on the cross. At our baptism he clothes us with the robe of his righteousness and gives us a new life. Our sinful nature need not control us any longer. We recall what baptism means for our daily lives as we speak these words.  
C: 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.  

P: As baptized children of God we confess our sins.
C: 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. 

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

Sacrament of Baptism 

P: In obedience to the command of our Lord and trusting in his promise, you have brought Julian to be baptized. Jesus told us: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” It is in baptism that God grants the new life of forgiveness, joy, and peace to little children. By the power of God’s Word, this gracious water of life washes away sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. 

P: Receive the sign of the cross on the head and heart to mark you as a redeemed child of Christ.

  Julian, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The Almighty God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has forgiven all of your sins. By your baptism, you are born again and made a dear child of your Father in heaven. May God strengthen you to live in your baptismal grace all the days of your life. Peace be with you.  

P: Brothers and sisters in Christ: Our Lord commands that we teach his precious truths to all who are baptized. Christian love therefore urges all of us, especially parents and sponsors, to assist in whatever manner possible so that Julian may remain a child of God until death. If you are willing to carry out this responsibility, then answer: Yes, as God gives me strength. 
C: Yes, as God gives me strength. 

P: Let us pray: Merciful Father in heaven, we thank you for the blessing of baptism by which you offer and grant the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Help us to regard our baptism as the robe of righteousness we are to wear all of the days of our life. Look with special favor on Julian and grant him a rich measure of your Spirit that he may grow in faith and godly living. Make us willing to carry out our responsibilities to those who have been baptized, so that all of us may finally come to the blessed joys of heaven, through Jesus our Lord. 
C: Amen. 

Hymn of Praise

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness – CW 353

Praise the one who breaks the darkness 
With a liberating light; 
Praise the one who frees the pris’ners, 
Turning blindness into sight. 
Praise the one who preached the gospel, 
Healing ev’ry dread disease, 
Calming storms and feeding thousands 
With the Father’s word of peace.

Praise the one who blessed the children 
With a strong, yet gentle, word; 
Praise the one who drove out demons 
With the piercing, two-edged sword. 
Praise the one who brings cool water 
To the desert’s burning sand; 
From this well comes living water, 
Quenching thirst in ev’ry land.

Let us praise the Word incarnate, 
Christ, who suffered in our place; 
Jesus died and rose victorious 
That we may know God by grace. 
Let us sing for joy and gladness, 
Seeing what our God has done; 
Let us praise the true Redeemer, 
Praise the one who makes us one.

Prayer of the Day 

P: O God, protector of all the faithful, you alone make strong; you alone make holy. Show us your mercy and forgive our sins day by day. Guide us through our earthly lives, that we do  not lose the things you have prepared for us in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who  lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
C: Amen.

The First Lesson – Jonah 3:1-10 

The message of God works, even where we might not think it could. 

  Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh  and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
  Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
  When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: 

  “By the decree of the king  and his nobles: 

  Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

  When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. 

Hymn

On What Has Now Been Sown – CW 322

On what has now been sown 
Your blessing, Lord, bestow; 
The pow’r is yours alone 
To make it spring and grow. 
O Lord, in grace the harvest raise 
And you alone shall have the praise!

To you our wants are known; 
From you are all our pow’rs. 
Accept what is your own 
And pardon what is ours. 
Our praises, Lord, and prayers receive 
And to your Word a blessing give.

Oh, grant that each of us 
Now met before you here 
May meet together thus 
When you and yours appear 
And follow you to heav’n, our home. 
E’en so, Amen! Lord Jesus, come!

The Second Lesson – Colossians 1:3-8

The Kingdom grows as each believer shares the message with others and God blesses it.

  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people –  the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 

The Gospel – Mark 4:26-34 

  He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
  Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
  With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.  

Profession of Faith – The 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.  

Children’s Message 

Hymn of the Day

I Hear the Savior Calling – CW 560

I hear the Savior calling!  
The gospel comes to me. 
My eyes once closed in blindness  
Are opened now to see 
That I myself was helpless  
To live eternally, 
But, dying, Christ did save me,  
And now he calls for me!

I hear the Savior calling!  
He leads a soul to me, 
A soul in bitter anguish,  
One needing to be free. 
The gift I have to offer  
Is Christ, my Lord’s decree 
That all have been forgiven –
My Savior calls for me!

I hear the Savior calling!  
He gives this charge to me: 
To serve the best I’m able,  
Whate’er the call may be. 
Thus hand in hand with others  
Who share the gospel key 
We spread the gospel tidings –
My Savior calls for me!

I hear the Savior calling!  
He changes hearts for me. 
From door to door I witness 
To bring my Savior’s plea; 
Yet nothing can be added,  
No word on bended knee, 
Beyond the simple gospel –
My Savior calls for me!

I hear the Savior calling!  
His call has urgency! 
Each moment souls are dying;  
Soon comes eternity. 
And so, my precious Savior,  
This is my humble plea: 
Prepare me for my mission  
For you are calling me!

Sermon – Colossians 3:1-10

The Kingdom Grows

Offering 

The offering will be brought forward during the singing of the next hymn.

Offertory Hymn

We All Are One in Mission – CW 566

We all are one in mission;  
We all are one in call, 
Our varied gifts united  
By Christ, the Lord of all. 
A single great commission 
Compels us from above 
To plan and work together  
That all may know Christ’s love.

We all are called to service,  
To witness in God’s name. 
Our ministries are diff’rent;  
Our purpose is the same: 
To touch the lives of others  
With God’s surprising grace, 
So ev’ry folk and nation  
May feel God’s warm embrace.

Now let us be united,  
And let our song be heard; 
Now let us be a vessel For  
God’s redeeming Word. 
We all are one in mission;  
We all are one in call, 
Our varied gifts united  
By Christ, the Lord of all.

Prayer of the Church and the 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. 

Closing Prayer 

P: Heavenly Father, we thank you for this time in worship today. As we gathered with our  brothers and sisters in Christ, we rejoice that you have given us this fellowship to walk with  on this side of heaven. Give us wisdom to continue urging each other on in faith with the  Word you have given to us. Bring us together often to worship you and encourage our fellow  believers. 
C: Amen. 

P: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name  of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
  Receive God’s blessings. 

  The Lord bless 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. 
C: Amen. 

The Closing Hymn

I Love to Tell the Story – CW 562

I love to tell the story 
Of unseen things above, 
Of Jesus and his glory, 
Of Jesus and his love. 
I love to tell the story 
Because I know it’s true; 
It satisfies my longings 
As nothing else can do. 

I love to tell the story; 
‘Twill be my theme in glory 
To tell the old, old story 
Of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story, 
For those who know it best 
Seem hungering and thirsting 
To hear it like the rest. 
And when in scenes of glory 
I sing the new, new song, 
‘Twill be the old, old story 
That I have loved so long.

I love to tell the story; 
‘Twill be my theme in glory 
To tell the old, old story 
Of Jesus and his love.