Throughout history, God has inspired the writers of Scripture and the leaders of His people to urge us to teach one another about Him and His great love for us. We believe the Bible to be the only rule and norm for faith and life, and we confess that the Book of Concord defines Lutheranism within the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Luther set forth the Small Catechism as the starting point to teach the faith proclaimed by the Lutheran Confessions. We now focus on one of the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism: the Ten Commandments. Through the Law, we see our sin and realize our need for a Savior.A picture containing text, queen, set, sign

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Family Room & Children Activity Bags- Children Activity Bags- We value children in our worship services. If needed, there is a family room available for families with children. The family room has a diaper changing table, a closed-circuit TV to watch the worship service, toys and books for children. The family room is located across from the kitchen in the long hallway, the first door on the right, just past the bathrooms. There are “King’s Kids” bags with activities for children to help them worship. They are near the usher’s station on a small rack. Please return the bag to the rack after the service.

Holy Communion- The Scripture teaches the Lord’s Supper is a precious gift of God in which Christ gives us His true body and blood (in a miraculous way), together with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith. Because the Bible teaches that this Sacrament may also be spiritually harmful if misused the LCMS ordinarily communes only those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. Please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service if you have a question about this. For those who prefer a non-alcoholic alternative, there is grape juice at the center of each tray. Those not receiving the Sacrament, including children, are invited to come to the altar, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a special blessing.

A Closer Reading of the Small Catechism – The Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother. We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents, and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them. Why does this commandment focus on parents and other authorities? A mother and father uniquely serve as God’s representatives tough whom He bestows and nurtures human life on earth. Other authorities (legal guardians, pastors, teachers, employers, government officials) also serve as God’s representatives for the support and protection of our life on earth. How do we fear and love God in keeping the fourth commandment?  We fear and love God by nor despising our parents, guardians, or other authorities. Despising means looking down upon them or making fun of them; disobeying or rebelling against their God given authority. What if my parents or other authorities poorly carry their vocations from God? In faith and obedience to God’s Word, we still respect them and those who have given the privilege of representing God to us.  Am I always to obey my parents and other authorities without question? No. We must disobey them if they require us to disobey God’s Word. (Acts 5:29

Small Catechism

 The Ten Commandments Summer Series

       July 3, 2022


Opening Hymn                              Come,  Thou Almighty King                                        LSB 905   

Invocation, Confession and Absolution          (portion of Psalm 68)

P:   We gather in the name and at the invitation of our great and gracious triune God:

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

P:   May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him. 

C:   As smoke is blown away by the wind, may You blow them away; 

P:   as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God. 

C:   But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. 

P:   Sing to God, sing praise to His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds— 

C:   His name is the Lord— and rejoice before him.

P:   A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, 

C:   is God in His holy dwelling. 

P:   God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; 

C:   but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. 

P:   The Ten Commandments lead us to realize that we should fear, love, and trust God above all things and honoring His name above all else..

C:   We confess that we have not kept Your name holy and often we have used Your name in vain for selfish gain. We repent and are truly sorry. Help us to honor the role God has given to each of us.  Forgive us and restore to us the Joy of our salvation. 

(Silence for Meditation)

P:   Although we are all sinful and unclean, through Holy Baptism God has placed His name upon you, claiming you as one of His own. Purely by grace for Jesus’ sake, He gives us eternal life and salvation. 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.

C:   Amen.     

Hymn of Praise           My Worth is Not in What I Own                             Getty/Kendrick                                

My worth is not in what I own; not in the strength of flesh and bone.

But in the costly wounds of love, at the cross.

My worth is not in skill or name;  in win or lose on pride or shame

But in the blood of Christ that flowed   at the cross

Chorus    I rejoice in my Redeemer, Greatest treasure, Well-spring of my soul

I will trust in Him, no other; my soul is satisfied in Him alone. 

As summer flowers we fade and die: Fame, youth and beauty hurry by.

But life eternal calls to us    at the cross.

I will not boast in wealth or might,  or human wisdom’s fleeting light.

                         But I will boast in knowing Christ   at the cross.           Chorus

Two wonders here that I confess: My worth and my unworthiness.

                          My value fixed – my ransom paid    at the cross             Chorus

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Prayer of the Day

All:  Almighty God, You have given us Your precepts and commanded that we take to heart what You require of us as Your people. Make us truly grateful for the care You show to us in countless ways, impress on our minds the teachings of Your Commandments, and increase in our lives all that is holy and just; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

O T Lesson     (The Lord gives the Ten Commandments to Moses)    Exodus 20: 1-2,4-6; 12

And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery…. for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments….“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 

N T Lesson                       (The call to obey our parents)                                  Ephesians 6: 1-9 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. 9 And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

Gospel Lesson                                     (Jesus as a boy.)                                              Luke 2: 41-52

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. 

Message Praise       These Are the Holy Ten Commands                       vs 1, 5, 11-12

These are the holy Ten Commands  God gave to us by Moses’ hands

When high on Sinai’s mount he stood,  Receiving them for our good

Have mercy, Lord   Have mercy, Lord   Have mercy, Lord on me.

“You are to honor and obey  Your father, mother, every day,

Serve them each way that comes to hand; You’ll then live long in the land.”

Have mercy, Lord   Have mercy, Lord   Have mercy, Lord on me.

You have this law to see therein  That you have not been free from sin

But also that you clearly see  How pure toward God life should be.

Have mercy, Lord  Have mercy, Lord  Have mercy, Lord on me.

Our works cannot salvation gain;  They merit only endless pain.

Forgive us, Lord! To Christ we flee, who pleads for us endlessly.

Have mercy, Lord  Have mercy, Lord  Have mercy, Lord on me.

Message                                     Honor Your Father and Your Mother





The Apostle’s Creed                                      

C:   I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  

  1. 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 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 of the Church  

 After each petition:

 P:  Lord, in your mercy,

 C:  hear our prayer.

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.

The Lord’s Supper

Preface                                                                       page 160 in the hymnal

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 …. And ever more praising You and singing:

Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy                                         page 161 in the hymnal

C:  Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might: Heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The Words of Institution (Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper)

Pax DominiThe Peace of the Lord                                                   page 163 in the hymnal

P:   The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C:   ♪ Amen.

Agnus Dei – Lamb of God                                                                    page 163 in the hymnal

C:  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.

Distribution of Communion

Distribution Hymn                           What a Friend We Have in Jesus                        LSB 770

Post Communion Canticle                                                        page 164 in the hymnal

C:  Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev’ryone 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 Thanksgiving

All: We give thanks, dear Father in heaven, that in this Sacrament You have again assured us that our sins are forgiven for the sake of Your Son. Grant that having been strengthened in this Supper, we show forth in our daily living what we believe in our hearts; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


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 ✠ give you peace

C:   Amen. 

Offering                               (Please place offering in plate in Narthex.  Thank you!)   

Sending Hymn                     The Day is Surely Drawing Near    LSB 508 tune 555  vs 1, 4, 7



P:  Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God!




Natural and Eternal Life “There is no denying the fact that even natural life comes from God, which unbelievers, too, have from Him, as St Paul says, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) In Fact, natural life is part of eternal life. It is a beginning, but it is ended by death because it does not recognize and honor Him from whom it comes. This same sin cuts it off. Therefore it must die eternally. On the other hand, those who believe and recognize Him through whom they live never die; but their natural life will be extended into eternal life, as Christ says in John 8: 51, “He who keeps my word will never taste death;” and John 11: 25: “He who believes in Me will live though he dies.”     What Luther Says # 2439   

Faith and Unbelief are Springs of Action     No work is so evil that it can damn a man, and no work is so good that it can save a man; but faith alone saves us, and unbelief damns us.  The fact that someone falls into adultery does not damn him.  Rather the adultery indicates that he has fallen from faith.  This damns him; otherwise adultery would be impossible for him.  So, then, nothing makes a good tree except faith.  For this is what the Lord says (Luke 3:9):  The tree should be cut down.   He does not say that the fruits are to be knocked off.  This is why works of love do not make me good; but faith alone does, faith in which I do these works and bear this fruit.  This is the reason why we must begin with faith.  What Luther Says # 1403