Sunday, October 6, 2019

Our Sunday worship bulletin.

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This Weekend's Announcements

We Greet One Another


“Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now” - Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 902


Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;

Our hearts in true devotion bow,

Your Spirit send with light divine,

And let Your truth within us shine.


Unseal our lips to sing Your praise

In endless hymns through all our days.

Increase our faith and light our minds;

And set us free from doubt that blinds.


Then shall we join the hosts that cry,

"O holy, holy Lord Most High!"

And in the light of that blest place

We shall see You face to face.


All glory to the Father, Son,

And Holy Spirit, Three in One!

To You, O blessed Trinity,

Be praise throughout eternity!


Confession and Absolution

Pastor:       

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


People:

Amen.


Pastor:

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.


People:

But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Silence for private reflection


Pastor:

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.


People:

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.


Pastor:

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 Son and of the Holy Spirit.


People:

Amen.


“Come. Thou Fount of Every Blessing” - Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 686, stanzas 1 & 4


Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Streams of mercy never ceasing

Call for songs of loudest praise

While the hope of endless glory

Fills my heart with joy and love

Teach me Ever to adore Thee

May I still thy goodness prove


Oh, that day when freed from sinning

I shall see Thy lovely face

Clothed then in the blood-washed linen

How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace!

Come, my Lord, no longer tarry

Take my ransomed soul away

Sent Thine angels soon to carry

Me to realms of endless day

Kyrie

The Kyrie Is chanted. Due to copyright rules, we are not able to print out the graphics of the Kyrie here in our bulletin. We have printed the responsive chanted portions. You can follow along using the Lutheran Service Book Hymnal in your pew. Please go to page 152


Pastor:

In peace let us pray to the Lord.


People:

Lord, have mercy.


Pastor:

For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.


People:

Lord, have mercy


Pastor:

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.


People:

Lord, have mercy.


Pastor:

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.


People:

Lord, have mercy.


Pastor:

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.


People:

Amen.


This is the Feast

Due to copyright rules, we are not able to print out the graphic for “This is the Feast” here in our bulletin. You can follow along using the Lutheran Service Book Hymnal in your pew. Please go to page 155


Refrain

This is the feast of victory for our God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 


Worthy is Christ, the Lamb, who was slain

Whose blood set us free to be people of God. Refrain


Power, riches, wisdom, and strength

And honor, blessing, and glory are His. Refrain


Sing with all the people of God

And join in the hymn of all creation

Blessing, honor, glory, and might

Be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen. Refrain


For the Lamb who was slain

Has begun His reign. Alleluia. Final Refrain


This is the feast of victory for our God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Prayer of the Day

Elder:

The Lord be with you.


People:

And also with you.


Elder:

Let us pray: Loving God, since we have not been given a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind, help us to fan into flame Your gift of faith, which we have received through the people who have gone before us. Grant that we be strengthened to share this faith through compassionate service to other people; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns in communion and love with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


People:

Amen.


This Week's Readings

Reader:

The Old Testament Reading is taken from Habakkuk, Chapters 1 and 2:


The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.


O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,

   and you will not hear?

Or cry to you “Violence!”

   and you will not save?

Why do you make me see iniquity,

   and why do you idly look at wrong?

Destruction and violence are before me;

   strife and contention arise.

So the law is paralyzed,

   and justice never goes forth.

For the wicked surround the righteous;

   so justice goes forth perverted...


I will take my stand at my watchpost

   and station myself on the tower,

and look out to see what he will say to me,

   and what I will answer concerning my complaint.


And the Lord answered me:


“Write the vision;

   make it plain on tablets,

   so he may run who reads it.

For still the vision awaits its appointed time;

   it hastens to the end—it will not lie.

If it seems slow, wait for it;

   it will surely come; it will not delay.


“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,

   but the righteous shall live by his faith.


Reader:

This is the Word of the Lord.


People:

Thanks be to God.

Reader:

The Epistle Reading is taken from Second Timothy, Chapter 1:


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,

To Timothy, my beloved child:

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.


Reader:

This is the Word of the Lord.


People:

Thanks be to God.

Pastor:

Please stand for the reading of the Holy Gospel. Today’s Holy Gospel Reading, according to St. Luke, the 17th Chapter:


People:

Glory to You, O Lord.


Pastor:

And (Jesus) said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”


The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.


“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”


This is the Gospel of the Lord.


People:

Praise to You, O Christ!


“I Know My Faith is Founded” - Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 587


I know my faith is founded

On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;

And this my faith confessing,

Unmoved I stand on His sure Word,


Our reason cannot fathom

The truth of God profound;

Who trusts in human wisdom

Relies on shifting ground.


God's Word is all sufficient,

It makes divinely sure;

And trusting in its wisdom,

My faith shall rest secure.


Increase my faith, dear Savior,

For Satan seeks by night and day

To rob me of this treasure

And take my hope of bliss away.


But, Lord, with You beside me,

I shall be undismayed;

And led by Your good Spirit,

I shall be unafraid.


Abide with me, O Savior,

A firmer faith bestow;

Then I shall bid defiance

To ev'ry evil foe.


In faith, Lord, let me serve You;

Through persecution, grief, and pain.

Should seek to overwhelm me,

Let me a steadfast trust retain;


And then at my departure, 

Lord, take me home to You,

Your riches to inherit

As all You said holds true.


In life and death, Lord, keep me 

Until Your heav'n I gain,

Where I by Your great mercy

The end of faith attain.


Today’s Message

The Nicene Creed

Also located on the inside back cover of your pew hymnal.


I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead whose kingdom will have no end.


And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life ✠ of the world to come. Amen.

Today's Prayers



The Lord's Supper

Pastor:

The Lord be with you.


People:

And also with you.


Pastor:

Lift up your hearts.


People:

We lift them up to the Lord.


Pastor:

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.


People:

It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


Pastor:

It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who invites us to follow in His way of guarding the deposit through compassionate service to all people, inviting them to live their lives by faith. 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

Due to copyright rules, we are not able to print out the graphic for the Sanctus here in our bulletin. You can follow along using the Lutheran Service Book Hymnal in your pew. Please go to page 161.


People:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might; Heaven 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.


Pastor:

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.


Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we thank You for the deposit of the faith of Jesus in whose way of compassionate service to all people we gladly follow, and we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


People:

Amen.


Pastor:

Here us as we pray the prayer our Lord Jesus taught us:

The Lord’s Prayer & Words of Institution

People:

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.


Pastor:

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 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 blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”


Pastor:

The peace of the Lord be with you always


People:

Amen.


Agnus Dei

Due to copyright rules, we are not able to print out the graphic for the Agnus Dei here in our bulletin. You can follow along using the Lutheran Service Book Hymnal in your pew. Please go to page 163.


Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace.


Communion Distribution


Post-Communion Canticle

Due to copyright rules, we are not able to print out the graphic for the Post-Communion Canticle, “Thank the Lord,” here in our bulletin. You can follow along using the Lutheran Service Book Hymnal in your pew. Please go to page 165.


Thank the Lord and sing His praise.

Tell everyone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy

With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.


Post-Communion Prayer

Elder:

Let us pray: Loving God, thank You for feeding us in this Meal with the body and blood of Jesus, by which You renew in us the deposit of faith once delivered to the saints. Grant that we living by faith embody Your love with the people we encounter this week; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns in communion and love with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


People:

Amen.


Benediction

Pastor:

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 give you peace.             


People:

Amen.

“God of Grace and God of Glory” - Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 850


God of grace and 

God of glory

On Your people 

pour Your pow’r


Crown Your ancient 

Church’s story

Bring its bud to 

glorious flower.


Grant us wisdom, 

Grant us courage

For the facing of this hour

For the facing of this hour.


Lo, the hosts of 

evil round us

Scorn the Christ, 

assail His ways!


From the fears that long 

have bound us

Free our hearts to 

faith and praise.


Grant us wisdom, 

grant us courage

For the living of these days

For the living of these days.


Cure Your children’s 

warring madness

bend our pride to 

Your control


Shame our wanton 

selfish gladness

Rich in things and 

poor in soul.


Grant us wisdom, 

grant us courage

Lest we miss Your kingdom’s goal.

Lest we miss Your kingdom’s goal.


Save us from 

weak resignation

To the evils we deplore


Let the gift of 

Your salvation

Be our glory evermore.


Grant us wisdom,

grant us courage

Serving You whom we adore.

Serving You whom we adore.



Worship Dismissal

Pastor:

Our worship is over. Let us go in peace. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


People:

Amen.