How easy it is to become anxious when things go differently than we had hoped. We worry about ourselves and our loved ones. We experience everyday anxieties and big cosmic ones too. Sometimes anxiety can become so serious that professional help is needed. Paul writes in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Easier said than done, Paul! Jesus invites us to let anxiety be. Concerning the things most of us worry about—like food, clothing, provisions—Jesus observes that just as the birds, the lilies, and the grass are well-provided for, we will be taken care of as well. The adventure of life is one of faith: entrusting ourselves to the care of God, seeking first God’s reign, and experiencing the rich provision enjoyed by all of creation as a gift.
Family Room & 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 T. V. 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. 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.
“The Necessity of Faith” Even God Himself cannot give heaven to the person who does not believe.” What Luther Says # 1382
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 18, 2019
Welcome and Hand of Friendship
Opening Hymn How Firm a Foundation LSB 728
Invocation, Confession and Absolution (portions of Psalm 33)
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: Our soul waits for the Lord;
C: He is our help and our shield.
P: For our heart is glad in Him,
C: because we trust in His holy name.
P: Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
C: even as we hope in You.
P: Gracious God,
C: we confess our alienation from You both by nature and by choice. Help us to know and believe how much You love us. Let us abide in Your love even as You abide in us always. Heal us with forgiveness for Jesus’ sake.
(Silence for Meditation)
P: Our gracious triune God in mercy has given the Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Jesus 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.
Hymn of Praise From All That Dwell Below the Skies LSB 816
Prayer of the Day
All: Loving God, by Your Word You call forth everything out of nothing. Grant that we who have been called to new life in Christ Jesus continue to hear and follow where He leads; 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. Amen.
O T Lesson (God’s promises to Abraham) Genesis 15:1–6
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Gospel Lesson (Let anxiety be) Luke 12:22–34
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Message Hymn Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit – given by God Love joy and peace – will take you far
Come close to Jesus – forgiveness is free Fruits of the Spirit – for you and for me
Fruits of the Spirit – for you and for me
Fruits of the spirit – given by God Patience and kindness and goodness supply
All that I need to live for Christ Fruits of the Spirit good for my life
Fruits of the Spirit – good for my life.
Chorus: Lay down your burdens – give God your cares
Come to the cross where – by grace God spares
All you who need Him – come when He calls
Let Jesus love you – give Him your all give Him your all
Have joy in the Journey, our God leads the way. Each day is a gift for us to display.
The grace that has saved us is strength from above
-Forgiveness is free in Christ full of love
Forgiveness is free in Christ full of love Chorus
Fruit of the Spirit – given by God Love joy and peace – will take you far
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N T Lesson (The people of God living by faith) Hebrews 11:1–16
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
What were than ancients commended for?
- ___________ God and acting on His _______________!
2. By faith in God’s Word we understand:
a. He ____________ the universe vs 3
b. He _____________ those who seek Him vs 6
c. have a __________ __________ than the one we have now!
3. We have much to ________for because we have much to be __________ about!
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 Eric & Karin Marrero and David Ellis 8:00am am
Vincentine Williams 10:30 am
Prayers of the Church
After each petition:
P: Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayers.
The Lord’s Prayer
C: 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 Domini—The 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
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 There is a Balm in Gilead LSB 749
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: Loving God, thank You for this meal of ordinary bread and wine, which according to the words of Jesus are for us His very body and blood. As You call us into new life out of nothing, strengthen us now and always through faith in 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. Amen.
P: Let us bless the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.
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. Alleluia. Amen!
Sending Song All People That on Earth Do Dwell LSB 791
P: Go in peace, serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.