The Christian Mission is the testimony of Jesus Christ, Son of God, who gave His life for the sins of the world, to redeem and reconcile the world back to the Father. This message of reconciliation and peace through Jesus is foundation of the Church’s existence and ministry. Without the justifying / forgiving work of Jesus on the cross, mankind will never understand this love of God for the world in this sacrifice for our sin. God equips His people for times in which we live to bring this Good News into our families, community and beyond. The various gifts God has equipped you and me with are the means by which His work gets done. Let us give thanks to Him and His Gospel equipping, and for the opportunities to share in this ministry of grace!
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, and that participation in the Lord’s Supper is an act of confession of faith, we ordinarily commune those who have been instructed in the teachings of our church and who have confessed their faith in these teachings. If you have a question, please speak to Pastor Ralph before the service. 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.
Confessing Christ Exposes to Danger “Confessing Christ is the most important activity in Christian life; on it one must venture life and limb. goods and honor. The evil spirit does not so severely assail him who believes aright and lives a good life in seclusion and by himself. But to come out into the open and spread, and confess, preach and extol one’s faith for the good of others, also, this he (the evil one) cannot bear.” What Luther Says # 597
The Christian’s Mission – III
June 20, 2021
Opening Hymn Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service LSB 848
Invocation, Confession and Absolution (portions of Psalm 18)
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.
ALL: I love You, O Lord, My strength.
P: The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, and my deliverer;
C: My God is my rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
P: to the faithful You show yourself faithful, to the blameless, You show yourself blameless.
C: You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
P: You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning;
C: my God turns my darkness into light.
P: For who is God besides the Lord?
C: And who is the Rock except our God?
P: It is God who equips me with strength,
C: and makes my way perfect
P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
C: We confess that we have not made full use of the gifts you have given us, nor the opportunities to excel in the gifts we have. As Your redeemed children we wander away from Your timely help and ongoing work. We have been distracted by many things that turn us away from the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work of grace in our life. Restore and heal, even as You have claimed and saved us as your own; through Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Amen.
(Silence for self-examination.)
P: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and continues to strengthen and equipp the called for the sake of His Son. As a called, equipped and ordained servant of Christ I announce the forgiveness of all your sins in the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise Hymn Thine Forever, God of Love LSB 687
Prayer of the Day
All: Almighty and eternal God, Your Son, Jesus, triumphed over the prince of demons and freed us from bondage to sin. Help us to stand firm against every assault of Satan and enable us always to do Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
OT Lesson (Moses Divides Up the Work Load) Exodus 18: 13-26
The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” 15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and laws.” 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” 24 Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25 He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26 They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.
NT Lesson (The Equipping of the Saints) Ephesians 4: 11-16
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Gospel Lesson (The Disciple Bears Witness to Jesus) John 15: 18-27
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ 26 “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Message Song When It’s All Said and Done
When it’s all been said and done, There is just one thing that matters;
Did I do my best to live for truth, Did I live my life for You?
When it’s all been said and done, All my treasures will mean nothing;
Only what I’ve done for love’s reward Will stand the test of time.
Lord, Your mercy is so great That You look beyond our weakness;
And find purest gold in miry clay, Making sinners into saints.
I will always sing Your praise, Here on earth and ever after;
For You’ve shown me heaven’s my true home,
When it’s all been said and done, You’re my life when life is gone.
When it’s all been said and done, There is just one thing that matters;
Did I do my best to live for truth, Did I live my life for You?
Did I live my life for You?
Message Equipped For Our Mission
- Every Christian _____________ gifts for his/her ministry.
- ____________ our gifts.
- ________________ our skills in our gifts.
- The Congregation is a _________________ of gifts.
The Apostle’s 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 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 194 in the hymnal
P: The Lord be with you.
C: ♪ And with thy spirit.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: ♪ We lift them up unto the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: ♪ It is meet and right so to do.
P: It is truly good, right, and salutary …. And with the host of heaven we sing:
Sanctus — Holy, Holy, Holy page 195 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Ho -ly, ho-ly, ho-ly Lord God of Sa – ba – oth. Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is
He who cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
The Words of Institution (Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper)
Pax Domini—The Peace of the Lord page 197 in the hymnal
P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C: ♪ Amen.
Agnus Dei – Lamb of God page 198 in the hymnal
C: ♪ O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy upon us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy upon us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world;
grant us Thy peace. A – men.
Distribution of Communion
Distribution Hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling LSB 700
Nunc Dimittis page 199 in the hymnal
C: ♪ Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for mine eyes
have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to
lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the
Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Post Communion Collect
All: Lord God, heavenly Father, we give thanks that You have so faithfully nourished us with Word and Sacrament. Bless, protect, and defend us as we depart to home and work. Preserve us against unbelief, division, and conflict, that our fellowship may be marked with compassion, kindness, and forgiveness, until we know at last the joys of Your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
P: May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Offering (Please place offering in plate in the narthex. Thank you!)
Sending Hymn God of Grace and God of Glory LSB 850
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