Sunday / Wednesday (Continuous)

Pastor Frick’s Welcome and Greeting

Opening Hymn – Praise the Almighty; My Soul Adore Him CW 235

Praise the Almighty; my soul, adore him!
Yes, I will laud him until death.
With songs and anthems I’ll come before him
As long as he allows me breath.
From him my life and all things came;
Bless, O my soul, his holy name. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Penitent sinners, for mercy crying,
Pardon and peace from him obtain;
Ever the wants of the poor supplying,
Their faithful God he will remain.
He helps his children in distress,
The widows and the fatherless. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Trust not in princes, they are but mortal;
Earthborn they are and soon decay.
Vain are their counsels at life’s last portal
When the dark grave will claim its prey.
Since, then, no one can help afford,
Trust only Christ, our God and Lord. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Praise, all you people, the name so holy
Of him who does such wondrous things!
All that has being, to praise him solely,
With happy heart its Amen sings!
Children of God, with angel host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Invocation (P=Pastor; C=Congregation)

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.

Confession of Sins

P: God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.
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.

The congregation sings the responses.

P: For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.
C: Christ, have mercy.

P: For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care:
C: Amen.

P: The works of the Lord are great and glorious; his name is worthy of praise.

The congregation sings.

C: O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.
Almighty God, merciful Father, you crown our life with your love.
You take away our sin; you comfort our spirit;
  you make us pure and holy in your sight.
You did not spare your only Son, but gave him up for us all.
      O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.
O Son of God, eternal Word of the Father,
  you came to live with us;
  you made your Father known;
  you washed us from our sins in your own blood.
  You are the King of glory; you are the Lord!
      O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.

The Prayer of the Day

P: Let us pray.

Lord, we pray that your mercy and grace may always go before and follow after us that, loving you with undivided hearts, we may be ready for every good and useful work; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

The Word

First Lesson – Genesis 50:15-21

Joseph forgives his brothers.

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. 

  His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 

  But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

Psalm of the Day – Psalm 103 CW page 105

The congregation sings.

Refrain
I will hear what the Lord proclaims:
  peace to his people.

Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

He forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases;

he redeems your life from the grave
and crowns you with love and compassion.

Refrain
I will hear what the Lord proclaims:
  peace to his people.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Refrain
I will hear what the Lord proclaims:
  peace to his people.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.

Our days are like grass, like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone.

But the Lord’s love is with those who fear him
from everlasting to everlasting.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Refrain
I will hear what the Lord proclaims:
  peace to his people.

Second Lesson – Ephesians 4:29-5:2

Forgive as Christ has forgiven us.

  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 

  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Verse of the Day

P: Alleluia. Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Alleluia.

The congregation sings.

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
These words are written that we may believe
  that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
      Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Gospel – Matthew 18:21-35

God’s unlimited forgiveness

  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 

  Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

  “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 

  “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 

  “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 

  “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ 

  “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 

  “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 

  “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord.

The congregation sings.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ.

(Sunday only) Adult Choir – Forgive Our Sins

(Wednesday only) Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

“Forgive our sins as we forgive,”
You taught us, Lord, to pray,
But you alone can grant us grace
To live the words we say.

How can your pardon reach and bless
The unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will not let
Old bitterness depart?

In blazing light your cross reveals
The truth we dimly knew:
What trivial debts are owed to us;
How great our debt to you!

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls
And bid resentment cease;
Then, bound to all in bonds of love
Our lives will spread your peace.

Sermon – Matthew 18:21-35
Theme: Unpayable Debt, Unfathomable Grace

The Confession of Faith – 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 fully 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

P: In peace, let us pray to the Lord and offer to him the petitions and supplications of a people confident of his promise to hear and answer us with mercy.

P: That we may delight in the light of Christ and his salvation, and that sinners may find refuge in his mercy and comfort in his forgiveness, let us pray to the Lord: 
C: Lord, have mercy. 

P: That this Word may be the foundation of the home, that husband and wife may be united in this faith and hope, and that their children may hear and be nurtured in this Word by faithful parents, let us pray to the Lord: 
C: Lord, have mercy. 

P: That the Church may nurture the lives of our children in Sunday school and catechism classes, and that we may all be grounded in the doctrine of Scripture through the study of God’s Word, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy.

P: That we may enjoy the blessing of good government, faithful leaders, peace in our land and peace among the nations, and that we may be good citizens and neighbors, let us pray to the Lord: 
C: Lord, have mercy. 

P: That we may commune in faith, that no unrepentant sin may hinder our reception of Christ’s body and blood, and that the fruits of this communion may be reflected in a manner of life in keeping with who we are as God’s children by Baptism and faith, let us pray to the Lord:
C: Lord, have mercy. 

P: That we may honor the Lord with praise and thanksgiving and bring to the Lord the offerings of a grateful people, let us pray to the Lord: 
C: Lord, have mercy. 

P: Hear the prayers of Your people, O Lord, and grant to us all things good and wholesome and keep from us all things harmful. Give us contentment, that trusting in your mercy we may delight in your saving will where the last are made first by your generosity and grace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
C: Amen.

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.

The Sacrament

The congregation sings the responses.

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up to the Lord.

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

P: Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

He sends the Holy Spirit to testify that we are his children and to strengthen us when we are weak.

Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.

The congregation sings.

C: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
The whole earth is full of your glory.
You are my God and I will exalt you.
I will give you thanks, for you have become my salvation.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
The whole earth is full of your glory.

Words of Institution

P: 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.”

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

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

Distribution Hymns

The congregation sings these hymns during the distribution of the Lord’s Supper.

Not Unto Us CW 392

Not unto us, not unto us be glory, Lord;
Not unto us but to your name be praise;
Not unto us but to your name all honor be giv’n
For matchless mercy, forgiveness, and grace.

Amazing grace-that chose us e’er the worlds were made;
Amazing grace-that sent your Son to save;
Amazing grace-that robed us in your righteousness
And taught our lips to sing glory and praise.

O faithful love-that shepherded through faithless years;
Forgiving love-that led us to your truth;
Unyielding love-that would not let us turn from you
But sent us forth to speak pardon and peace.

Not unto us but to your name be glory, Lord,
For grace so rich, so wide, so high, so free.
Abide with us till trav’ling days are over and done,
And pilgrim feet lead us home, Lord, to you.

How Can I Thank You, Lord CW 460

How can I thank you, Lord,
For all your lovingkindness,
That you have patiently
Borne with me in my blindness!
When dead in many sins
And trespasses I lay,
I kindled, holy God,
Your anger ev’ry day.

It is your work alone 
That I am now converted;
O’er Satan’s work in me 
You have your pow’r asserted.
Your mercy and your grace 
That rise afresh each morn
Have turned my stony heart 
Into a heart new-born.

Lord, you have raised me up 
To joy and exultation
And clearly shown the way 
That leads me to salvation.
My sins are washed away; 
For this I thank you, Lord.
Now with my heart and soul 
All evil I abhor.

Grant that your Spirit’s help
To me be always given
Lest I should fall again
And lose the way to heaven.
Grant that He give me strength
In my infirmity;
May He renew my heart
To serve you willingly.

O Father, God of love,
Now hear my supplication;
O Savior Son of God,
Accept my adoration;
O Holy Spirit, be
My ever faithful guide
That I may serve you here
And there with you abide.

The Love of Christ, Who Died for Me CWS 749

The love of Christ, who died for me 
Is more than mind can know, 
His mercy measureless and free 
To meet the debt I owe. 
He came my sinful cause to plead, 
He laid his glories by, 
For me a homeless life to lead, 
A shameful death to die.

My sins I only see in part, 
My self-regarding ways; 
The secret places of my heart 
Lie bare before his gaze. 
For me the price of sin he paid; 
My sins beyond recall 
Are all alike on Jesus laid, 
He died to bear them all.

O living Lord of life, for whom 
The heavens held their breath, 
To see, triumphant from the tomb, 
A love that conquers death, 
Possess my heart that it may be 
Your kingdom without end, 
O Christ who died for love of me 
And lives to be my friend.

Thanksgiving

When the distribution is done, the congregation sings.

C: Thank the Lord and sing his praise. Tell ev’ryone what he has done.
Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his name.
He renews his promises and leads his people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

P: Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

Blessing

Brothers and sisters go in peace.
  Live in harmony with one another.
    Serve the Lord with gladness.

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.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Closing Hymn – Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation CW 386

Now I have found the firm foundation 
Which holds my life forever sure;
’Twas laid before the world’s creation 
In Christ my Savior’s wounds secure,
Foundation which unmoved shall stay 
When heav’n and earth will pass away.

It is that mercy never ending, 
Which human wisdom far transcends,
Of him who, loving arms extending, 
To wretched sinners condescends.
His heart with pity still will break 
Whether we seek him or forsake.

Let mercy cause me to be willing 
To bear my lot and not to fret.
While he my restless heart is stilling, 
May I this mercy not forget!
Whatever comes my heart to test, 
His mercy is my only rest.