"Connecting People to Christ"

QR 745 915 Service

Sunday, January 19, 2020  7:45 & 9:15 am Worship Services

Ringing of the Bell   Calling God’s People To Worship - 7:40 & 9:10 am

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

Invocation

Call To Worship (Psalm 51:14-19)

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

All: 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.

All: 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.

All: Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit...

Opening Bell Choir Anthem  “God Loves Me Dearly” John A. Behnke
Marianne Ritter, flute

Scripture Readings
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.


Matthew 6:25-34 pew Bible page 1120

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.

Confession of Sins and Forgiveness

P: The Apostle Paul wrote: “A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have...Pursue what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the Christian faith. Take hold of everlasting life to which you were called.” -1 Timothy 6:6-12   As sinful people, we struggle with following God’s Word instead of our sinful desires. Let us together confess our sins to our merciful God:

All: Heavenly Father, we confess to You that our sinful nature distracts our attention away from Your plan for our life. Often, we are more interested in pursuing what we passionately desire rather than living a godly life, and “taking hold of eternal life” is something that we hope to eventually get around to. Please forgive our sins and give us the courage and desire to pursue the righteous life that honors You and blesses the lives of others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pause For Personal Confession of Sins

All: Good will and peace are yours from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! In order to free us from this present evil world, Christ took the punishment for our sins because that was what our God and Father wanted.  -Galatians 1:3-4

Profession of Faith - The Apostles’ Creed  on screen or inside the back cover of the hymnal

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.

Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal for Sunday School (9:15)   ages 3 - grade 5

We Dedicate Our Tithes & Offerings To The Lord Please sign the “Friendship Book

Sermon Hymn (7:45)  “Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings” LSB 782

Sermon Song (9:15) “Take My Life” Havergal, Tomlin, Giglio, Malan

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.

Benediction

Closing Hymn (7:45) “Rejoice, My Heart, Be Glad and Sing” LSB 737 vss. 1-3, 6-7

Closing Song (9:15) “My Lighthouse” Rend Collective

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