Sunday Worship Service

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October 17, 2021

Pastor Frick’s Welcome and Greeting

Opening Hymn

Oh, Sing to the Lord – CW 252

Oh, sing to the Lord;
Make a jubilant noise!
  Glory be to God!
Oh, serve him with joy;
In his presence rejoice!
Sing praise unto God
  Out of Zion!

Not we, but the Lord
Is our Maker, our God;
  Glory be to God!
His people we are,
And the sheep led by his rod;
Sing praise unto God
  Out of Zion!

Oh, enter his gates
With thanksgiving and praise;
  Glory be to God!
To bless him and thank him
Our voices we will raise;
Sing praise unto God
  Out of Zion!

For good is the Lord,
And his mercy is sure;
  Glory be to God!
To all generations
His truth shall still endure;
Sing praise unto God
  Out of Zion!

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: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.
C: Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.

P: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.
C: Amen.

P: In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

Handbells – Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Prayer of the Day

P: 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 Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

First Lesson – Numbers 11:16, 24-29

Moses rejoiced in the gifts given to God’s people.

  The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.
  So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.
  However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.”
  Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
  But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” 

Adult Choir – Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

Holy Spirit, living Breath of God, 
Breathe new life into my willing soul.
Bring the presence of the risen Lord 
To renew my heart and make me whole.
Cause your Word to come alive in me; 
Give me faith for what I cannot see.
Give me passion for your purity; 
Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Holy Spirit, come aide within; 
May your joy be seen in all I do.
Love enough to cover ev’ry sin in 
Each thought and deed and attitude.
Kindness to the greatest and the least; 
Gentleness that sows the path of peace.
Turn my striving into works of grace. 
Breath of God, show Christ in all I do.

Holy Spirit, from creation’s birth, 
Giving life to all that God has made.
Show your power once again on earth, 
Cause your church to hunger for your ways.
Let the fragrance of our prayers arise; 
Lead us on the road of sacrifice, 
That in unity the face of Christ 
Will be clear for all the world to see.
  Holy Spirit, breathe new life in me.

Second Lesson – James 4:7-12

Submit yourselves to God.

  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
  Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you – who are you to judge your neighbor?

Verse of the Day

P: Alleluia. At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 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 – Mark 9:38-50

Jesus teaches a lesson on humble service.

  “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
  “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.
  “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where

  “ ‘their worm does not die,
    and the fire is not quenched.’

Everyone will be salted with fire.
  “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” 

The congregation sings.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ!

Hymn of the Day

From Depths of Woe I Cry to You – CW 305

From depths of woe I cry to you;
Lord, hear me, I implore you.
Bend down your gracious ear to me;
My prayer let come before you.
If you kept record of my sin
And held against me what I’ve been,
How could I stand before you?

Your love and grace alone avail
To blot out my transgression.
The best and holiest deeds must fail
To break sin’s dread oppression.
Before you none can boasting stand,
But all must fear your strict demand
And live alone by mercy.

Therefore my hope is in the Lord
And not in my own merit;
It rests upon his faithful Word
To them of contrite spirit.
That he is merciful and just –
This is my comfort and my trust.
His help I wait with patience.

My soul is waiting for the Lord
As one who longs for morning;
No watcher waits with greater hope
Than I for his returning.
I hope as Israel in the Lord;
He sends redemption through his Word.
We praise him for his mercy.

Sermon by Pastor Dennis Lemke – James 4:7-12

Unconditional Surrender!

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.

Offering

Moved by God’s love in Christ,
we offer him our first and best gifts,
purely out of thanks to him.

Prayer of the Church

P: Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
  Heavenly Father, keep us from craving and weeping after what we no longer possess, but instead give us contentment in the daily bread you so graciously rain down upon us. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: Cause your Holy Spirit to rest upon us and our pastors, that they may prophesy your Word publicly and faithfully among us and we, in turn, may prophesy your Word in our homes and vocations. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: O Lord, bless our church council with the necessary gifts of your Spirit, that they may faithfully serve the congregation, support our pastors and uphold the ministry of the Word amongst us. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: Send forth your Spirit, Father, over all couples who desire the gift of children, that they may be fruitful and bring up their children in your fear and knowledge. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: O Lord, uphold all those who hold governmental authority in our land, that sin and wickedness may be kept at bay and we may live peaceable lives in security. Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

P: Save and raise up those who are suffering or sick. Lord, in your mercy, 
C: hear our prayer.

P: All these things and whatever else you know that we need, grant us, Father, for the sake of him who died and rose again and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever.
C: 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.

Hymn

Oh, that the Lord Would Guide My Ways – CW 462

Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep his statutes still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace
To know and do his will!

Order my footsteps by your Word,
And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear.

Assist my soul, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e’er forget your way,
Restore your wand’ring sheep.

Make me to walk in your commands –
‘Tis a delightful road –
Nor let my head or heart or hands
Offend against my God.

P: Almighty God, we thank you for teaching us the things you want us to believe and do. Help us by your Holy Spirit to keep your Word in pure hearts that we may be strengthened in faith, guided in holiness, and comforted in life and in death, 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

P: 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

There Is a Redeemer – CWS 747

There is a Redeemer, 
Jesus, God’s own Son, 
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, 
Holy One.

Refrain
Thank you, O my Father,
For giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till 
The work on earth is done.

Jesus, my Redeemer, 
Name above all names, 
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Hope for sinners slain.

Refrain
Thank you, O my Father,
For giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till 
The work on earth is done.

When I stand in glory, 
I will see his face;
There I’ll serve my King forever
In that holy place.

Refrain
Thank you, O my Father,
For giving us your Son
And leaving your Spirit till 
The work on earth is done.