Sunday Worship Service

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July 25 & 28, 2021

Pastor Turriff’s Welcome and Greeting

Opening Hymn

Come unto Me, Ye Weary – CW 336

“Come unto me, ye weary,
And I will give you rest.”
O blessed voice of Jesus,
Which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction,
Of pardon, grace, and peace,
Of joy that has no ending,
Of love that cannot cease.

“Come unto me, ye wand’rers,
And I will give you light.”
O loving voice of Jesus,
Which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts were filled with sadness,
And we had lost our way;
But thou hast brought us gladness
And songs at break of day.

“Come unto me, ye fainting,
And I will give you life.”
O cheering voice of Jesus,
Which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager;
The fight is fierce and long;
But thou hast made us mighty
And stronger than the strong.

“And whosoever cometh,
I will not cast him out.”
O patient love of Jesus,
Which drives away our doubt,
Which, though we be unworthy
Of love so great and free,
Invites us very sinners
To come, dear Lord, to thee!

Invocation

P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

Confession of Sins

P: Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed you in 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.

Lord Have Mercy

The congregation sings.

C: Lord, have mercy on us.
     Christ, have mercy on us.
     Lord, have mercy on us.

Word of Forgiveness

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.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

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

Glory Be to God

The congregation sings.

C: Glory be to God on high,
  and on earth peace, good will toward men.
We praise you, we bless you, we worship you,
  we glorify you, we give thanks to you,
  for your great glory,
  O Lord God, heav’nly King,
  God the Father almighty. 
O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
  O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
  you take away the sin of the world;
  have mercy on us. 
You take away the sin of the world;
  receive our prayer. 
You sit at the right hand of God the Father;
  have mercy on us. 
For you only are holy; you only are the Lord. 
You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
  are most high in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Prayer of the Day

The congregation sings the responses.

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

P: Let us pray.

Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do what is right that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you, may by your help be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

First Lesson – Jeremiah 23:1-6

False prophets and teachers have driven believers away, 
but God will restore them and give them peace.

  “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD. Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the LORD. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD. 

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, 
  “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, 
a King who will reign wisely 
  and do what is just and right in the land. 
In his days Judah will be saved 
  and Israel will live in safety. 
This is the name by which he will be called: 
  The LORD Our Righteousness.

Psalm of the Day – Psalm 23

The congregation sings.

Refrain
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.

He restores my soul;
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Refrain
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Second Lesson – Ephesians 2:13-22

Jesus alone can give us true peace.

  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 
  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 
  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Verse of the Day

P:  Alleluia. My Word will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Alleluia.

The Gospel – Mark 6:30-34

We too will need to go to a quiet place to be with Jesus and find rest.

  The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 
  So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.

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.

Sermon Hymn

Christ Is the World’s Light – CW 343

Christ is the world’s light, 
  Christ and none other;
Born in our darkness, 
  he became our brother.
If we have seen him, 
  we have seen the Father:
Glory to God on high!

Christ is the world’s peace, 
  Christ and none other;
No one can serve him 
  and despise another.
Who else unites us, 
  one with God the Father?
Glory to God on high!

Christ is the world’s life, 
  Christ and none other;
Sold once for silver, 
  murdered here, our brother.
He who redeemed us 
  reigns with God the Father:
Glory to God on high!

Give God the glory, 
  God and none other;
Give God the glory, 
  Spirit, Son, and Father;
Give God the glory, 
  God with us, my brother:
Glory to God on high!

Sermon – Ephesians 2:13-22

Jesus Is Our Peace

Create in Me

The congregation sings.

C: Create in me a clean heart, O God,
  and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
  and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
  and uphold me with your free Spirit. Amen.

Offering

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

Please sign the red Friendship Register and pass it along as needed.

Prayers 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.

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

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 good and right so to do.

P: 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 on this day kept his promise and poured out the Holy Spirit to empower his Church to proclaim the gospel in all the world. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts in heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

The congregation sings.

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

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.”

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

The congregation sings.

C: Amen.

O Christ, Lamb of God

The congregation sings.

C: 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 of the Lord’s Supper

The congregation sings this hymn during the distribution of the Lord’s Supper.

Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice – CW 377

Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,
With exultation springing,
And, with united heart and voice
And holy rapture singing,
Proclaim the wonders God has done,
How his right arm the vict’ry won.
How dearly it has cost him!

Fast bound in Satan’s chains I lay;
Death brooded darkly o’er me.
Sin was my torment night and day;
In sin my mother bore me.
Yet deep and deeper still I fell;
Life had become a living hell,
So firmly sin possessed me.

My own good works availed me naught,
No merit they attaining;
My will against God’s judgment fought,
No hope for me remaining.
My fears increased till sheer despair
Left naught but death to be my share
And hell to be my sentence.

But God beheld my wretched state
Before the world’s foundation,
And, mindful of his mercies great,
He planned my soul’s salvation.
A Father’s heart he turned to me,
Sought my redemption fervently;
He gave his dearest treasure.

He spoke to his beloved Son:
“‘Tis time to have compassion.
Then go, bright Jewel of my crown,
And bring mankind salvation.
From sin and sorrow set them free;
Slay bitter death for them that they
May live with you forever.”

The Son obeyed his Father’s will,
Was born of virgin mother,
And, God’s good pleasure to fulfill,
He came to be my brother.
No garb of pomp or pow’r he wore;
A servant’s form like mine he bore
To lead the devil captive.

To me he spoke, “Hold fast to me –
I am your rock and castle.
Your ransom I myself will be;
For you I strive and wrestle.
For I am yours, your friend divine,
And evermore you shall be mine;
The foe shall not divide us.

“The foe shall shed my precious blood,
Me of my life bereaving.
All this I suffer for your good;
Be steadfast and believing.
Life shall from death the vict’ry win;
My innocence shall bear your sin,
And you are blest forever.

“Now to my Father I depart,
The Holy Spirit sending
And, heav’nly wisdom to impart,
My help to you extending.
He will a source of comfort be,
Teach you to know and follow me,
And in all truth will guide you.

“What I on earth have lived and taught
Be all your life and teaching;
So shall my kingdom’s work be wrought
And honored in your preaching.
Take care that no one’s man-made laws
Should e’er destroy the gospel’s cause,
This final word I leave you.”

Thanksgiving

When the distribution is done, the congregation sings the song and the responses.

Song of Simeon

C: Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace
  according to your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
  which you have prepared before the face of all people,
  a light to lighten the Gentiles
  and the glory of your people Israel.

P: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
C: And his mercy endures forever.

P: We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this holy supper. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

Blessing

P: 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

Forth in the Peace of Christ We Go – CW 518

Forth in the peace of Christ we go;
Christ to the world with joy we bring,
Christ in our minds, Christ on our lips,
Christ in our hearts, the world’s true King.

King of our hearts, Christ makes us kings;
Kingship with him his servants gain.
With Christ the Servant-Lord of all,
Christ’s world we serve to share Christ’s reign.

Priests to the world, yes, royal priests
As members of Christ’s family,
Cleansed by the great high-priestly death,
We preach atonement full and free.

Christ on our lips, his Word we speak.
Prophets are we whose deeds proclaim
Christ’s truth in love that we may be
Christ in the world, to spread Christ’s name.

We are the Church; Christ bids us show
That in his Church all nations find
Their hearth and home where Christ restores
True peace, true love to humankind.