"Connecting People to Christ"

QR 500 Service

Saturday, January 18, 2020 5:00 pm Worship Service  

Welcome

        Please be sure to silence your cell phones. Thank you!

 

Opening Hymn

790 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty  

1     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation!
    Let all who hear
    Now to His temple draw near,
Joining in glad adoration!

2 Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things is wondrously reigning
And, as on wings of an eagle,
uplifting, sustaining.
    Have you not seen
    All that is needful has been
Sent by His gracious ordaining?

3 Praise to the Lord, who has
fearfully, wondrously, made you,
Health has bestowed and, when heedlessly falling, has stayed you.
    What need or grief
    Ever has failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade you.

 

4 Praise to the Lord, who will
prosper your work and defend you;
Surely His goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
    Ponder anew
    What the Almighty can do
As with His love He befriends you.

5 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is
in me adore Him!
All that has life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
    Let the Amen
    Sound from His people again;
Gladly forever adore Him!

Text: Public domain

 

Order of Worship Divine Service Setting Four   page 203

 

Confession and Absolution

Stand

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

 

Invocation

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

C Amen.

 

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

P Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C Amen.

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit

C Amen.

 

Service of the Word
Introit (Psalm 51:14-19)

P Rescue me...O God, my savior. Let my tongue sing joyfully about your righteousness!

C O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will tell about your praise.

P You are not happy with any sacrifice. Otherwise I would offer one to you. You are not pleased with burnt offerings.

C The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart.

P Favor Zion with your goodness. Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

C Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit…

 

Kyrie sung  LSB 204

C Lord, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy.

 

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

Sit

 

First Reading 2 Corinthians 8:1–12 pew Bible page 1339

The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem

8 Brothers and sisters, we want you to know how God showed his kindness[a] to the churches in the province of Macedonia. While they were being severely tested by suffering, their overflowing joy, along with their extreme poverty, has made them even more generous. I assure you that by their own free will they have given all they could, even more than they could afford. They made an appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God’s kindness to his holy people in Jerusalem. They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to the Lord and to us, since this was God’s will. This led us to urge Titus to finish his work of God’s kindness among you in the same way as he had already started it.

Indeed, the more your faith, your ability to speak, your knowledge, your dedication, and your love for us increase, the more we want you to participate in this work of God’s kindness.

I’m not commanding you, but I’m testing how genuine your love is by pointing out the dedication of others. You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.

10 I’m giving you my opinion because it will be helpful to you. Last year you were not only willing to take a collection but had already started to do it. 11 So finish what you began to do. Then your willingness will be matched by what you accomplish 12 with whatever contributions you have. Since you are willing to do this, remember that people are accepted if they give what they are able to give. God doesn’t ask for what they don’t have.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Stand

 

Alleluia and Verse sung

C Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

Holy Gospel Announced Matthew 6:25–34 pew Bible page 1120

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the sixth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

Stop Worrying

25 “So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes?

26 “Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?

27 “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying?

28 “And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. 29 But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers. 30 That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith?

31 “Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. 33 But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.

34 “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

 

The Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

And 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence 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.

Sit

 

Sermon Hymn

782 Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings

1 Gracious God, You send
great blessings
    New each morning all our days.
For Your mercies never ending,
    For Your love we offer praise. Refrain

Ref    Lord, we pray that we,
   Your people
   Who Your gifts
   unnumbered claim,
   Through the sharing of
   Your blessings
    May bring glory to Your name.

2 By Your Word You formed creation
    Filled with creatures
large and small;
As we tend that endless treasure
    May our care encircle all. Refrain

3 In His earthly life, our Savior
    Knew the care of faithful friends;
May our deeds of dedication
    Offer love that never ends.
Refrain

Please stand

4   Heav’nly Father, may our caring
    Bear the imprint of Your grace;
With the Son and Holy Spirit,
    Praise be Yours in ev’ry place! Refrain

Text: © 2004 Gregory J. Wismar. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110005821

 

Sermon “Learning To Enjoy Giving” Pastor Tom Gudmundson

  1. Through our giving as the body of Christ we unite in this act of worship expressing our ____faith____ together and accomplishing the vision of the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 8:7   Indeed, the more your faith, your ability to speak, your knowledge, your dedication, and your love for us increase, the more we want you to participate in this work of God’s kindness.

  1. We learn the joy of giving from the example of ___fellow___ ___Christians___.

2 Corinthians 8:8, 1   I’m not commanding you, but I’m testing how genuine your love is by pointing out the dedication of others. …. Brothers and sisters, we want you to know how God showed his kindness to the churches in the province of Macedonia.

    • Giving is more a matter of the ____heart____ than of circumstances. It demonstrates our spiritual growth and maturity in action.

2 Corinthians 8:2   While they were being severely tested by suffering, their overflowing joy, along with their extreme poverty, has made them even more generous. I assure you that by their own free will they have given all they could, even more than they could afford. They made an appeal to us, begging us to let them participate in the ministry of God’s kindness to his holy people in Jerusalem.

    • Joyful giving flows from the gift of ____self____.

2 Corinthians 8:5   They did more than we had expected. First, they gave themselves to the Lord and (then) to us, since this was God’s will.

Psalm 51:16-17   You are not happy with any sacrifice. Otherwise, I would offer one to you. You are not pleased with burnt offerings. The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart.

 

  1. We learn the joy of giving from the example of _____Jesus_____.

2 Corinthians 8:9   You know about the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor in order to make you rich through his poverty.

Hebrews 12:2-3   We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Now he holds the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up.

Stand

 

Prayers of the Church

Sit

 

We Dedicate Our Tithes & Offerings To The Lord

Please sign the “Friendship Book”

 

Service of the Sacrament

Guests, please read the Communion Policy on the back of the bulletin as you consider whether or not to commune.

Stand

 

Preface   LSB 208

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

 

Sanctus   sung LSB 208

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav’n and earth with full
acclaim shout the glory
of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

In Your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in Your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him.

We give You thanks for the redemption You have prepared for us through Jesus Christ. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may faithfully eat and drink of the fruits of His cross and receive the blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation that come to us in His body and blood.

Hear us as we pray in His name and as He has taught us:

 

The Lord’s Prayer

C Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

 

Pax Domini

P The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C Amen.

 

Agnus Dei   sung LSB 210

C 1  O Jesus Christ,
true Lamb of God,

   You take the sin
of the world away;

    O Jesus Christ,
true Lamb of God,

    Have mercy on us,
Lord, we pray.

 

O Jesus Christ,
true Lamb of God,

     You take the sin
of the world away;

    Have mercy on us,
Jesus Christ,

    And grant us peace,
O Lord, we pray.

Sit

 

Distribution Hymns

703 How Can I Thank You, Lord   sts. 1–4

1 How can I thank You, Lord,
    For all Your loving-kindness,
That You have patiently
    Borne with me in my blindness!
When dead in many sins
    And trespasses I lay,
I kindled, holy God,
    Your anger ev’ry day.

2 It is Your work alone
    That I am now converted;
O’er Satan’s work in me
    You have Your pow’r asserted.
Your mercy and Your grace
    That rise afresh each morn
Have turned my stony heart
    Into a heart newborn.

3 Lord, You have raised me up
    To joy and exultation
And clearly shown the way
    That leads me to salvation.
My sins are washed away;
    For this I thank You, Lord.
Now with my heart and soul
    All evil I abhor.

4 Grant that Your Spirit’s help
    To me be always given
Lest I should fall again
    And lose the way to heaven.
Grant that He give me strength
    In my infirmity;
May He renew my heart
    To serve You willingly.

Text: Public domain

 

806 Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ, His Son.   Repeat

And now let the weak say
“I am strong,”
Let the poor say “I am rich,”
Because of what the Lord
has done for us.   Repeat

Repeat from beginning

Give thanks, give thanks.

Text: © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110005821

Stand

 

Post-Communion Collect

A Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

Benediction

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

 

Closing Hymn

737 Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad and Sing  
sts. 1-3, 6-7

1 Rejoice, my heart,
be glad and sing,
    A cheerful trust maintain;
For God, the source of ev’rything,
    Your portion shall remain.

2 He is your treasure, He your joy,
    Your life and light and Lord,
Your counselor when
doubts annoy,
    Your shield and great reward.

3 Why spend the day in
blank despair,
    In restless thought the night?
On your Creator cast your care;
    He makes your burdens light.

6 His wisdom never plans in vain
    Nor falters nor mistakes.
All that His counsels may ordain
    A blessèd ending makes.

7 Upon your lips, then,
lay your hand,
    And trust His guiding love;
Then like a rock your
peace shall stand
    Here and in heav’n above.

Text: Public domain

 

Offerings may still be placed in an Offering Table as you leave the Worship Center.