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August 7, 2022
When it seems we lack providence or protection for our daily lives, it can be hard to avoid worry. But Jesus focuses us. He points to creatures that do not labor or toil, yet are daily fed and clothed. Even more Jesus points to our Father who promises to give us the heavenly treasures of his kingdom. Today Jesus assures we have nothing to fear. Do not be afraid.
Pastor Frick’s Welcome
Entrust Your Fear and Doubting – CW 841
1 Entrust your fear and doubting
and all that pains your life
to him whose hand is guiding
your way thro’ storm and strife.
He governs times and seasons
in ways that none can see,
so trust his hidden reasons,
though dark your path may be.
2 Have faith in God’s vast mercy;
consider all he’s done:
his mighty acts in hist’ry,
salvation he has won.
When sorrows overwhelm you
and self-tormenting care,
your worry will not help you –
approach his throne in prayer.
3 In vain the pow’rs of evil
oppose the Lord’s designs;
in all of life’s upheaval
his promise ever shines.
For God holds firm the ending,
though now it seems unclear;
his purpose is unbending,
and thus you need not fear.
4 Take hope, O weary spirit,
be strong and unafraid;
God promises a respite
for hearts that are dismayed.
Your Savior’s perfect timing
is governed by his grace;
the day is surely coming
when joy will light your face.
5 These troubles that distress us,
Lord, bring them to an end;
with strength and courage bless us,
your love to us commend,
that we, till death accepting
your hidden, loving ways,
may then, new life attaining,
give praise for endless days.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Triune God, we have gathered in your name to worship you, be strengthened in our faith through the hearing of your word and to install, in your name, the one whom you have given us to be our principal, Brad Gurgel.
We thank you Lord that you have answered our prayers and led your servant, Brad Gurgel, to accept the call that we extended to him guided by your Spirit. May our worship of you flow from thankful hearts for having sent your Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Having heard your desire to worship the one true and only God with thankful hearts, we must first realize our need for a Savior from sin. Therefore we now confess our sins to the God of our salvation and plead for his mercy.
Heavenly Father, forgive our sins. Forgive us for questioning your judgment and wisdom in the calling process. Forgive us for doubting your promise that you are in control and work all things out for our good. Forgive us for our lack of patience in waiting for your will to be done. Forgive us for neglecting your Word and failing to live up to the standards you have commanded in your holy law. We offer no excuses for our conduct and know that we deserve only your wrath and punishment. But we are sorry for our sins, and we make our confession trusting only in the life and death of our Savior Jesus Christ for you to grant us forgiveness. Therefore we pray, have mercy on us.
Rejoice! God has heard your confession. Your sins are forgiven! God our heavenly Father has shown mercy to us. He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve, but sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for all our sins and the sins of the whole world. God’s promise is true and certain: “The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Therefore as a called servant of the Lord 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. Amen. Let us now with thankful and repentant hearts rejoice in worshiping the God of our salvation.
All People That on Earth Do Dwell – CW 601
1 All people that on earth do dwell,
sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Serve him with joy, his praises tell,
come now before him and rejoice!
2 Know that the Lord is God indeed;
he formed us all without our aid.
We are the flock he comes to feed,
the sheep who by his hand were made.
3 O enter then his gates with joy,
within his courts his praise proclaim.
Let thankful songs your tongues employ,
O bless and magnify his name.
4 Trust that the Lord our God is good,
his mercy is forever sure.
His faithfulness at all times stood
and shall from age to age endure.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and willing to give far more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading – Genesis 15:1-6
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Psalm 121 – Keep Me as the Apple of Your Eye
Keep me, keep me as the apple of your eye.
Hide me, hide me in the shadow of your wings.
I lift up my eyes to the / mountains –
where does my help / come from?
My help comes / from the Lord,
the maker of heav- / en and earth.
He will not let your / foot slip –
he who watches over you will not / slumber;
indeed, he who watches over / Israel
will neither slum- / ber nor sleep. Refrain
The Lord watches / over you –
the Lord is your shade at / your right hand;
the sun will not harm / you by day,
nor the / moon by night.
The Lord will keep you / from all harm –
he will watch o- / ver your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and / going
both now and for- / evermore.
Glory be to the Father and / to the Son
and to the Holy / Spirit,
as it was in the be- / ginning,
is now, and will be forever. / Amen. Refrain
Second Reading – Revelation 2:8-11
“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty – yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.”
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation – Luke 12:32
Do not be afraid, little flock,
for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
Gospel – Luke 12:22-34
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ!
Where Your Treasure Is – CW 828
Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be.
All that you possess will never set you free.
Seek the things that last; come and learn from me.
Where your treasure is, your heart shall be.
1 What do you gain from all your worry,
what you should eat or what to wear?
There is no peace in stress or hurry.
Do you not know that you are held within God’s care? (Refrain)
2 Look at the ravens high above you.
They do not work their whole life through,
and yet God feeds them and protects them.
So how much more will God protect and care for you? (Refrain)
3 Behold the lilies in their splendor.
In grace and beauty are they dressed,
and yet so soon their bloom is faded.
So how much more will those who look to God be blessed? (Refrain)
4 O little flock, do not be frightened;
yours is the kingdom of the Lord.
Give your possessions to the needy;
obtain a treasure in God’s heaven safely stored. (Refrain)
Sermon – Genesis 15:1-6
Look Up and Count the Stars
The First Article (Creation)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe that God created me and all that exists, and that he gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.
And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life. God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil. All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it. For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.
This is most certainly true.
Prayer of the Church
Lord Almighty, our shield and our great reward, you have filled our hearts with faith in your Word, and clothed us in the righteousness of your Son, Jesus. Even though we deal with many earthly problems, help us set our mind on heavenly things. Strengthen our faith and drive out our fears. Your Son has taught us not to worry about food or clothing and has assured us of your fatherly care. Calm all the doubts and fears of your people, especially those who suffer in mind or body.
Be with your servant Brad Gurgel. As he begins his ministry among us, give to him a love for your word so that he might show love to us and lead us on the path that leads to life. May he be a blessing to us and we to him as we support one another in the work you have given us to do.
Heavenly Father, in your mercy you provide food and drink for the nourishment of our weak bodies. Calm our worries and erase our doubts. Grant, good Lord, that as we receive all we need for body and life, we also receive nourishment for our souls from him who is the Bread and Water of life, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Installation of Mr. Brad Gurgel
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said to his church: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Savior loves children and desires to share all his promises with them. Christian schools provide believers with a unique opportunity to pass on the truths of the gospel to the next generation. We do this work in Jesus’ name, who is the Good Shepherd of the young and delights to see them grow in grace and spiritual knowledge.
Dear brother, you have been called to serve as principal of Mt. Calvary Lutheran School. You have been prepared for this ministry by careful instruction in the Word of God so that you are able to carry out your duties in conformity with that Word.
As a servant of Christ, you are to carry out your responsibilities in the light of God’s Word and lead all those you serve to understand God’s holy law and saving gospel. You are to keep your students in your prayers and guide and guard their spiritual growth.
You are to set aside time for personal study of the Scriptures so that you may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are to strive to be an example of Christian faith and life so that others may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
You are to work together with the parents of your children so that the witness of law and gospel may be consistent in their home and school.
As principal you are to serve alongside the other called workers in this ministry. You are to strive to create an atmosphere where Christian love directs all things and where both faculty and students may flourish. You are to care for the faculty under your authority with special concern for their spiritual growth, as well as their correct teaching and application of Scripture. You are to oversee the curriculum and instruction in the school so that all learning takes place in the light of God’s Word. You are to be diligent in maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
In all your tasks and responsibilities, our Lord Jesus equips you with the gospel of the forgiveness of sins, the gift that makes you truly competent as a servant of Christ. St. Paul wrote: “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”
In keeping with the Word and will of the Lord, I ask you before God and his people:
Do you believe that the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the only source of truth for faith and ministry?
Do you accept the three Ecumenical Creeds – the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian – as faithful testimonies to the truth of the Holy Scriptures, and do you reject all the errors that they condemn?
Do you solemnly promise that all your service in its various forms will conform to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions?
Will you endeavor to live a life that reflects the love God has for you so that all may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven?
I will, and I ask God to help me.
Are you willing to carry out this work according to the grace that God gives?
I am, and I ask God to help me.
Friends in Christ,
You have heard the promises spoken by the principal you have called. I encourage you to receive him with joy and remember what the Word of God calls you to do.
Work together with him for the benefit of the Lord’s kingdom, so that your shared service may bring spiritual blessings to the Savior’s people.
Support him as he oversees the education of the young, so that they may be brought up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Keep him and his work in your prayers, so that his ministry may be blessed and that he might carry out his work with joy.
Provide for his physical needs, for the Savior says, “The worker deserves his wages.”
Honor and love him, as St. Peter urges: “All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”
I now ask you in the presence of God:
Are you willing to receive your principal as a servant of Christ? Will you show him love and honor and support him with your gifts and prayers? If so, answer: We will, and we ask God to help us.
We will, and we ask God to help us.
The almighty and merciful God strengthen you to do what you have promised.
The servant of the Savior we are about to install has been called to be the principal (and teacher) in your school. As you learn from him, show your love for Jesus by respecting and listening to him, especially when he shares the Word of God with you. The Savior calls on you to honor and obey all your teachers and instructors so that their work may bring them joy and be a blessing to you.
Brad Gurgel, I install you as principal at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord pour out on you his Holy Spirit for the work you have been called to do that you may faithfully carry out all your duties and responsibilities with the Word of God as your confidence and guide.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, source of all wisdom, we thank you for the opportunity we have to send our children to Lutheran schools. May your life-giving Word be the center of all teaching and every activity so that all may come to know and believe your holy law and saving gospel. Equip our new principal with spiritual wisdom that he may faithfully carry out the duties of his call. Move our students to godly obedience and cause them to grow through their instruction in your Word so that they may serve you throughout their lives and finally inherit eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord bless you and make your ministry a blessing to others.
How Firm a Foundation – CW 800
1 How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
2 “Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
for I am your God and will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
3 “When through the deep waters I call you to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
for I will be with you, your troubles to bless,
and sanctify to you your deepest distress.
4 “When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flames will not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine.
5 “The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to its foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”
Blessed Lord, you have given us your Holy Scriptures for our learning. May we so hear them, read,
learn, and take them to heart, that being strengthened and comforted by your Holy Word, we may cling
to the blessed hope of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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 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.
Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go – CW 739
1 Forth in your name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labor to pursue,
determined only you to know
in all I think or speak or do.
2 The task your wisdom has assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
in all my works your presence find,
and prove your good and perfect will.
3 May I find you at my right hand;
your eyes see truly what I do.
I labor on at your command
and offer all my works to you.
4 Give me to bear your easy yoke
and ev’ry moment watch and pray
and still to things eternal look
and hasten to your glorious day.
5 For you I joyously employ
whatever you in grace have giv’n;
I run my daily course with joy
and closely walk with you to heav’n.