As We Gather 

Tending sheep is a mainstay occupation in many countries around the world. The American Sheep Industry Association includes more than 100,000 sheep producers from every part of the nation. Statewide associations are located across the nation from Maine to Hawaii. Some use the historic title of “wool growers” in their group name; others call themselves “Shepherds Federations.” In referring to Himself as the “Good Shepherd,” Jesus identified His ministry as one given to caring for and nurturing His precious lambs. One hymn states simply, “I am Jesus’ little lamb”. It is a faithful confession for people of all ages!

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 ( 1 Cor: 11:27), 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.

 Christian Peace Described  “The world thinks that peace consist in this, that the evil is removed from a person and ended. Thus when a man is poor, he thinks his poverty is causing him great trouble and plans how to remove the poverty; he imagines that when it is gone, he will have peace and be rich. Again, when a man is dying and death touches him, he thinks: If I could take death away, I would have peace and stay alive. But Christ does not give such peace, He lets the evil remain to oppress the man; He does not take it away. However, He uses another art, and changes the person, taking the person away from the evil, not the evil from the person. This is how it is done: when you are deep in trouble, He turns you away from it and gives you such courage that you think you are sitting in a garden of roses. So you find life in the midst of death, and in the midst of discord you find peace and joy.” What Luther Says # 3284

Pentecost 9

July 21, 2024


Opening Hymn                     Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us           LSB 711                  

Invocation, Confession and Absolution         (Psalm 145:1–4; 40:11, 16) 

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:   I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. 

C:   Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 

P:   Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; 

C:   his greatness no one can fathom. 

P:   One generation will commend your works to another; 

C:   they will tell of your mighty acts. 

P:   They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, 

C:   and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

P:   They will tell of the power of your awesome works, 

C:   and I will proclaim your great deeds. 

P:   They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.  

C:   Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.

P:   But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; 

C:   may those who love your salvation always say, “The Lord be exalted!” 

C:   We come before You today, Lord God Almighty, confessing that we are sinful human beings by nature and by deed. We have not always put You first or used Your holy name in ways that honor You. We have not always been thoughtful caretakers of Your creation. Instead, we have been heedless in word and deed and have not always kept our thoughts, words, and deeds pure and honorable. Straying from Your paths we have sinned in ways we know and in ways we do not even recognize. We pray Lord for Your mercy and thank You for Your forgiveness that comes through Your Son Jesus Christ, and endures unto eternal life. Amen.

 (Silence for Meditation)

P:   The almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon, forgiveness, and remission of all our sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ and by His authority, I 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                                 I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb                                     LSB 740

Prayer of the Day

All:  God of compassion, when You saw that we were like sheep without a shepherd, You sent Your Son, Jesus, to shepherd us. Keep alive in us Your spirit of compassion for the world, until all people come to know Your Shepherd’s care; through the same 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 remnant of God’s flock will be gathered.)                     Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

NT Lesson        (Together we are fellow citizens with God’s people)     Ephesians 2:11–22

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. 

Holy Gospel                (Jesus miraculously feeds thousands of people.) Mark 6:30–44

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take eight months of a man’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” 39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand. 

Message Song                                      Who You Say I Am

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me

I was lost but He brought me in     Oh, his love for me (Oh, His love for me) 

Who the Son sets free, is free indeed – I’m a child of God, yes, I am!

Free at last, He has ransomed me, His grace runs deep

While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me Yes, He died for me!

   Chorus       Who the Son sets free, is free indeed – I’m a child of God, yes, I am!

In my Father’s house there’s a place for me – I’m a child of God, yes, I am!


             Bridge        I am chosen, not forsaken. I am who You say I am.

            You are for me, not against me. I am who You say I am   2 x’s

Now it’s time to serve the King, His power in me

The Spirit moves in ways unseen, re- making me!

                       Yes, re-making me!         Chorus

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Words and Music by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan

Message                       Because We Have Peace, We Have Access!

God’s peace 

  1. comes to those who had __       ____     … and     ________       _______      . Eph. 2: 1ff
  1. _________________        from people from every nation and makes us one people.

                                                                                             Isaiah 49: 6; Gal. 3: 26-29

  1. We are a    ___________   for God’s Holy Spirit and have access to God’s throne room.                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                     2 Peter 2: 4-5


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.


Offertory                                    Take My Life and Let It Be                         LSB 783 vs 1, 4, 6

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

P:  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 DominiThe Peace of the Lord                    page 197 in the hymnal

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

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 takes away the sin of the world; 

         grant us Thy peace.  A – men.

Distribution Hymn                    The King of Love My Shepherd Is           LSB 709

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:   Gracious and eternal God, we thank You for having fed us with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus. Grant that the bread of life and blood of Christ that has been shared and received in this blessed Meal be for us that life-giving food that sustains us on our earthly journey as we serve and follow our Good Shepherd faithfully all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


P:  Go out into the world in peace, have courage, hold to what is good, return no person evil for evil, strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the suffering, honor all people, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. The almighty God—the Father, the ✠ Son, and the Holy Spirit—bless you..

C:  Amen.
Sending Hymn                            The Church’s One Foundation                 LSB 644 vs 1-4



P:   Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.