Wednesday Worship Service

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October 5, 2022

Worship Theme

We begin a new sermon series, “Lord, Increase our Faith!” We sometimes use the word faith very casually. “You’ve got to have faith.” “Keep the faith.” “Make a leap of faith.” During this series Jesus’ words will have us consider what saving faith is. His words will also move us to run to our God asking him to increase our faith. Today we see a faith that delights in duty as we live to serve the one who first came to serve us.


Pastor Westendorf’s Welcome

O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright – CW 780

1 O Splendor of God’s glory bright,
from light eternal bringing light,
O Light, of light the fountain-spring,
O Day, all days illumining:

2 Come, very Sun of truth and love,
pour down your radiance from above,
and shed the Holy Spirit’s ray
on all we think or do today.

3 Teach us to work with all our might,
put Satan’s fierce assaults to flight;
turn all to good that seems most ill,
help us our calling to fulfill.

4 O joyful be the passing day,
our thoughts as pure as morning ray,
our faith like noonday’s glowing height,
our souls undimmed by shades of night.

5 All praise to God the Father be,
all praise to Christ eternally,
whom with the Spirit we adore
forever and forevermore.

Invocation

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Confession

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed are they whose sin the Lord does not count against them.

Let us confess our sins to the Lord.
Almighty and merciful Father,
        we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

    We have followed what we have devised and desired in our hearts.
    We have offended you and sinned against your holy law.
    We have done those things that we should not have done,
        and we have not done those things that we should have done.
    Have mercy on us, Lord!
        Spare us, forgive us, and restore us,
        according to your promises in Christ Jesus.

God, our merciful Father, has forgiven all our sins. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer and Savior. Jesus paid the penalty for our guilt by his death on the cross and freed us from death by his resurrection from the grave. We have peace with God now and forever.
Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest

Glory to God in the highest, glory to God,
    and peace to his people on earth,
    and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,
    we worship you, we give you thanks,
    we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
  Lord God, Lamb of God,
    you take away the sin of the world;
    have mercy on us.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father;
    receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
    you alone are the Lord,
    you alone are the Most High,
    Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit
    in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, glory to God,
    and peace to his people on earth,
    and peace to his people on earth.

The Word

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

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

First Reading – 1 Chronicles 29:1-2, 10-18

  Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God – gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble – all of these in large quantities.

David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.

  “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12

Paul, Silas and Timothy,
    To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
    Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
    All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

    With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation – 1 Chronicles 29:14

Alleluia.
Who am I, and who are my people, 
that we should be able to give as generously as this?
Alleluia.

Gospel – Luke 17:1-10

  Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.
  “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
  He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
  “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ!

Brothers, Sisters, Let Us Gladly – CW 748

1 Brothers, sisters, let us gladly
    give to God our all, our best:
service hearty, thorough, honest,
    with a living love impressed.
All our duty, all our striving,
    all our time to him belong;
praise him, then, with true devotion,
    come before him with a song.

2 By his mercy, by his bounty,
    by the gift of Christ, his Son,
what great goodness he has shown us,
    what high marvels he has done!
Let us to him promptly, freely,
    yield our bodies and our souls,
thankful that his love protects us,
    that his wisdom all controls.

3 Gracious Lord, accept our service
    for the sake of Christ, your Son;
lo, our hope abides now only
    in the righteousness he won.
Bless and save us, help and guide us,
    watch to comfort and restore,
till in heav’n we rest rejoicing,
    praising you forevermore.

Pastor Westendorf’s Sermon – Luke 17:1-10

Lord, Increase Our Faith…To Delight In Duty

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.

Prayer of the Church

Almighty God and Father, we thank you for the love that grows from faith. Give your people desire and strength to serve that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified. Increase our faith that we know, accept and trust all you say and promise, and then stand firm in your strength against every trouble. 

When we see people stumble in darkness and sin, move our hearts to reflect the same mercy you have shown to us. Strengthen us to serve as your agents of repentance and forgiveness.  Strengthen the faith of all your people, especially those who suffer hardship for your sake and for the sake of your kingdom. Give them perseverance in all persecutions and trials. 

Guide and bless those who translate and publish the Scriptures, that your Word may be heard in every nation and spoken by every tongue, that your people everywhere may grow in knowledge and faith. 

Give hope and rest to those who are suffering. Power belongs to you, God, and with you Lord, is unfailing love. You are our hope and strength.

We give you thanks for all things, O Lord Almighty, that you have not taken away your mercies  from us. With daily bread you provide for the needs of the body. With your Word, the bread and water of life, you provide for the needs of the soul. Glory and worship be to you for all these things; through Jesus Christ, now and forever.
Amen.

Offering

May We Your Precepts, Lord, Fulfill – CW 697

1 May we your precepts, Lord, fulfill
and do on earth our Father’s will
    as angels do above;
still walk in Christ, the living way,
with all your children, and obey
    the law of Christian love.

2 So may we join your name to bless,
your grace adore, your pow’r confess,
    to flee from sin and strife.
One is our calling, one our name,
the end of all our hopes the same:
    a glorious crown of life.

3 Spirit of life, of love, and peace,
unite our hearts, our joy increase,
    your gracious help supply.
To each of us the blessing give
in Christian fellowship to live,
    in joyful hope to die.

Prayer

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. 
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.

Blessing

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.
Amen.

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending – CW 749

1 God, whose giving knows no ending,
    from your rich and endless store:
nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom,
    costly cross, grave’s shattered door –
gifted by you, we turn to you,
    off’ring up ourselves in praise;
thankful songs shall rise forever,
    gracious donor of our days.

2 Skills and time are ours for pressing
    toward the goals of Christ, your Son:
all at peace in health and freedom,
    races joined, the church made one.
Now direct our daily labor,
    lest we strive for self alone;
born with talents, make us servants
    fit to answer at your throne.

3 Treasure, too, you have entrusted,
    gain through pow’rs your grace conferred:
ours to use for home and kindred,
    and to spread the gospel word.
Open wide our hands in sharing,
    as we heed Christ’s ageless call,
healing, teaching, and reclaiming,
    serving you by loving all.