Sunday Worship Service

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October 24, 2021

Pastor Frick’s Welcome and Greeting

Opening Hymn

Earth and All Stars – CW 247

Earth and all stars!
Loud rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Oh, victory!
Loud shouting army!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things.
I, too, will praise him with a new song!

Hail, wind and rain!
Loud blowing snowstorm!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Flowers and trees!
Loud rustling dry leaves!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things.
I, too, will praise him with a new song!

Trumpet and pipes!
Loud clashing cymbals!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Harp, lute, and lyre!
Loud humming cellos!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things.
I, too, will praise him with a new song!

Knowledge and truth!
Loud sounding wisdom!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Daughter and son!
Loud praying members!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things.
I, too, will praise him with a new song!

Invocation

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

Confession and Forgiveness

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 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.

The congregation sings.

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

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.

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

Junior Choir – Brighter than Snow

The Prayer of the Day

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

P: Let us pray.
  Lord, keep your household, the Church, in continual godliness and set us free from all adversities that, under your protection, we may serve you with true devotion and holy deeds; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

The Word

First Lesson – 2 Chronicles 26:16-23    

Uzziah’s pride led to his downfall.

  But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. They confronted him and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God.”    Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the LORD’s temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead. When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the LORD had afflicted him.  
  King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house – leprous, and excluded from the temple of the LORD. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.  
  The other events of Uzziah’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. Uzziah rested with his fathers and was buried near them in a field for burial that belonged to the kings, for people said, “He had leprosy.” And Jotham his son succeeded him as king.

Hand Chimes – Lift High the Cross

Second Lesson – 1 Corinthians 9:7-12,19-23   

Paul served for the sake of the Gospel.

  Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk? Do I say this merely from a human point of view? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?  
  But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.
  Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Verse of the Day

P:  Alleluia. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Alleluia.

The Gospel – Mark 10:35-45

Jesus came to serve.

P: The Gospel according to Mark chapter 10.

The congregation sings.

C: Glory be to you, O Lord! Glory be to you, O Lord!

  Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”
  “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
  They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
  “We can,” they answered.
  Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”
  When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

The congregation sings.

C: Praise be to you, O Christ! Praise be to you, O Christ!

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.

Hymn of the Day

Church of God, Elect and Glorious – CW 774

Church of God, elect and glorious,
Holy nation, chosen race;
Called as God’s own special people,
Royal priests and heirs of grace:
Know the purpose of your calling.
Show to all his mighty deeds;
Tell of love that knows no limits,
Grace that meets all human needs.

God has called you out of darkness
Into his most marv’lous light,
Brought his truth to life within you,
Turned your blindness into sight.
Let your light so shine around you
That God’s name is glorified
And all find fresh hope and purpose
In Christ Jesus crucified.

Once you were an alien people,
Strangers to God’s heart of love;
But he brought you home in mercy,
Citizens of heav’n above.
Let his love flow out to others;
Let them feel a Father’s care;
That they too may know his welcome
And his countless blessings share.

Church of God, elect and holy,
Be the people he intends;
Strong in faith and swift to answer
Each command your master sends;
Royal priests, fulfill your calling
Through your sacrifice and prayer;
Give your lives in joyful service –
Sing his praise, his love declare.

Sermon – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Ambitiously Humble

After the sermon, the congregation sings.

C: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold, uphold me with your free Spirit.

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 people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs. 

P: Merciful Lord, you have shown great compassion to us; teach us to show such compassion to others, that we may welcome the stranger, love our neighbor in need, and be attentive to those new to the faith or vulnerable to temptation. Lord, in your mercy, 
C: hear our prayer. 

P: Gracious God, bless those who preach and teach your Word, and give the hearers willing ears to hear and willing hearts to learn the Scriptures well. Bless those now training to be pastors and church workers. Grant to all the baptized the aid of your Holy Spirit so that, receiving your Gospel with joy, we may share it freely with those outside the household of faith. Lord, in your mercy, 
C: hear our prayer. 

P: Mighty God, give wisdom and courage to our elected and appointed leaders, that they may pursue justice, seek peace and protect life from its natural beginning to its natural end. Bring an end to the threats of terror and violence among the peoples, and open all nations to the voice of your Word. Lord, in your mercy, 
C: hear our prayer. 

P: Holy Lord, lead us to pursue reconciliation, that we may stand before you forgiven and united in faith. Give us unity of doctrine, and help us to walk together in harmony of life. Prepare us to receive your own Son’s body and blood with faith, and bring to fruition in our lives the precious gift of grace we receive in this communion. Lord, in your mercy, 
C: hear our prayer. 

P: Giving Lord, all good things come from you. Open our hearts to be generous with the poor and to bring you the offerings you are due, that your Church and all her agencies may serve your gracious purpose and suffer no lack of people or resources to do the work of your Kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, 
C: hear our prayer. 

P: Almighty and everlasting God, whether we live or die, we belong to you, and we pray you to comfort us with this promise, that we may join the company of the saints on the day you have appointed and enter into the heavenly places to worship at your throne on high; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forevermore.
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

Preface

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 promised that wherever two or three come together in his name, there he is with them to shepherd his flock till he comes again in glory. Therefore with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

The congregation sings.

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

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

Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

Distribution Hymns

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

Jesus, Your Boundless Love to Me – CW 479

Jesus, your boundless love to me
No thought can reach, no tongue declare.
Dwell in my heart eternally,
And reign without a rival there.
To you alone, dear Lord, I live;
Myself to you, dear Lord, I give.

Oh, grant that nothing in my soul
May dwell but your pure love alone;
Oh, may your love possess me whole,
My joy, my treasure, and my crown!
All coldness from my heart remove;
My ev’ry act, word, thought be love.

This love unwearied I pursue
And dauntlessly to you aspire.
Oh, may your love my hope renew,
Burn in my soul like heav’nly fire!
And day and night be all my care
To guard this sacred treasure there.

In suff’ring be your love my peace;
In weakness be your love my pow’r;
And when the storms of life shall cease,
O Jesus, in that final hour
Be then my rod and staff and guide
And draw me safely to your side.

Take My Life and Let It Be – CW 469

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of thy love,
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Ev’ry pow’r as thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart – it is thine own;
It shall be thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee.

Thanksgiving

Song of Simeon

When the distribution is done, the congregation sings.

C: In peace, Lord, you let your servant now depart according to your word. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for ev’ry people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory, the glory of your people Israel.

Prayer

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.
C:  Amen.

Closing Hymn

On My Heart Imprint Your Image – CW 319

On my heart imprint your image,
Blessed Jesus, King of grace,
That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures
Have no pow’r to hide your face.
This the superscription be:
Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my life, my hope’s foundation,
And my glory and salvation.