Sunday / Wednesday Worship Service

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October 18 & 21, 2020

Pastor Bodden’s Welcome and Greeting

Opening Hymn – Lord, Open Now My Heart to Hear

Lord, open now my heart to hear,
And through your Word to me draw near.
Let me your Word e’er pure retain;
Let me your child and heir remain.

Your Word inspires my heart within;
Your Word grants healing from my sin.
Your Word has pow’r to guide and bless;
Your Word brings peace and happiness.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Shall glory, praise, and honor be
Now and throughout eternity.

Invocation

P: We begin our worship in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: Brothers and sisters in Christ, God has called us together today for a special purpose: to build each other up with his Word. Therefore: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 
C: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

P: Worship is not about what we do for God. Instead in worship God uses his Word to strengthen us and encourages the church in our walk of faith. Let us pray and ask God to bless our time together. Heavenly Lord we thank you for this time of worship. You have called us together to build us up in the faith you have worked in our hearts and to warn us of the danger of the sins that tempt us. We ask that you use this body of believers to urge each other on with your Word.
C: Amen.

P: An important part of worship is recognizing our deep need for God. Let us confess our sins together and ask for his mercy.
C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I have sinned against you. With my thoughts, words, and actions I have done what is evil and failed to live as you have called me. I have also failed those gathered with me. Because of my selfishness, thoughts of anger, jealousy, impatience, and my other sins I have not served them or you as I should. I am sorry for my sins and trust in my Savior Jesus Christ. Lord, have mercy on me and forgive all of my sins.

P: God has heard our cries. Christ has shown us his love and gave himself up for us so that he might present us to himself “as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle, or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Thanks be to God. Amen.

Hymn – I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

I want to walk as a child of the light; 
I want to follow Jesus. 
God set the stars to give light to the world; 
The star of my life is Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all; 
The night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God; 
I want to look at Jesus. 
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path
And show me the way to the Father.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all; 
The night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ; 
I want to be with Jesus. 
When we have run with patience the race, 
We shall know the joy of Jesus.

Refrain
In him there is no darkness at all; 
The night and the day are both alike. 
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

Prayer of the Day

P: Almighty God, in your bountiful goodness keep us safe from every evil of body and soul. Make us ready, with cheerful hearts, to do whatever pleases you; 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 Reading – 2 Kings 21:1-15

God has great anger for those who turn from him and those who lead his children away.

  Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my Name.” In the two courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger.
  He took the carved Asherah pole he had made and put it in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. I will not again make the feet of the Israelites wander from the land I gave their ancestors, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them and will keep the whole Law that my servant Moses gave them.” But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites.
  The LORD said through his servants the prophets: “Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil than the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols. Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and give them into the hands of enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their enemies; they have done evil in my eyes and have aroused my anger from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until this day.”

Hymn – Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word;
Curb those who by deceit or sword
Would seek to overthrow your Son
And to destroy what he has done.

Lord Jesus Christ, your pow’r make known,
For you are Lord of lords alone;
Defend your Christendom that we
May sing your praise eternally.

O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife,
And lead us out of death to life.

Second Reading – Philippians 3:12-21

We do not try to achieve heaven, but we live for the one who has already given it to us.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
  Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Verse of the Day

P: Alleluia. I will proclaim your name to my people; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you. Alleluia. 

Gospel – Matthew 21:33-43

  “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
  “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
  “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
  “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
  “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: 

“ ‘The stone the builders rejected 
has become the cornerstone; 
the Lord has done this, 
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

  “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

Profession of Faith – 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. 

Hymn of the Day – The Church’s One Foundation

The Church’s one foundation 
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is his new creation 
By water and the Word.
From heav’n he came and sought her 
To be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her, 
And for her life he died.

Elect from ev’ry nation, 
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation: 
One Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses, 
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses, 
With ev’ry grace endued.

The Church shall never perish. 
Her dear Lord, to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish, 
Is with her to the end.
Though there be those that hate her 
And strive to see her fail,
Against both foe and traitor 
She ever shall prevail.

Though with a scornful wonder 
The world sees her oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder, 
By heresies distressed,
Yet saints their watch are keeping; 
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping 
Shall be the morn of song.

Mid toil and tribulation 
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation 
Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious 
Her longing eyes are blest
And the great Church victorious 
Shall be the Church at rest.

Sermon – Matthew 21:33-43

Theme – Watching Over God’s Vineyard

Offering

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.

Closing Hymn – Built On The Rock

Built on the Rock the Church shall stand
Even when steeples are falling.
Crumbled have spires in ev’ry land;
Bells still are chiming and calling,
Calling the young and old to rest,
But above all the soul distressed,
Longing for rest everlasting.

Surely in temples made with hands
God, the Most High, is not dwelling;
High above earth his temple stands,
All earthly temples excelling.
Yet he who dwells in heav’n above
Chooses to live with us in love,
Making our bodies his temple.

We are God’s house of living stones,
Built for his own habitation.
He through baptismal grace us owns
Heirs of his wondrous salvation.
Were we but two his name to tell,
Yet he would deign with us to dwell
With all his grace and his favor.

Here stands the font before our eyes,
Telling how God did receive us.
Th’ altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice
And what the sacrament gives us.
Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim
Christ yesterday, today, the same,
And evermore, our Redeemer.

Grant then, O God, your will be done,
That, when the church bells are ringing,
Many in saving faith may come
Where Christ his message is bringing:
“I know my own; my own know me.
You, not the world, my face shall see.
My peace I leave with you always.”