The new life in Christ we have been given is full of blessings, peace, and joy. But this new life is not without its challenges to be lived out in this world. Today we hear two of the seemingly impossible commands of our Lord: “Love your enemies” and “Judge not.” Left on our own, we think enemies deserve retaliation and words of judgment. But in Christ we have been given a new heart and spirit. It was, after all, while we were yet sinners that Christ died for us. That’s the same self-giving love that we now show to others because we are witnesses to the Lord’s great and abundant mercy for all sinners. Having received such grace and mercy from God for ourselves, we are set free to bring that same grace and mercy to others.

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.


So it goes in the world:  no one looks at another with pure eyes except a Christian, whose vision is clear and pure.  He looks at his enemy with eyes of mercy and grace and wishes him no evil. And though his enemy is bitter and angry with him, he thinks:  This big fellow is a wretched person. He is already damned. Why should you wish him much evil? If he stays as he is, he is the devil’s own.  He pities the man and would like to save him. —–Others look at their enemies with hatred, envy, and arrogance. What Luther Says # 1363

Epiphany 7

February 24, 2019

Welcome and Hand of Friendship


Opening Hymn                          Praise to the Lord, the Almighty                           LSB 790


Invocation, Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness (Psalm 37:4; 103:13)


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:   Delight yourself in the Lord,

C:   and He will give you the desires of your heart.


P:   As a father shows compassion to his children,

C:   so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.


P:   Gracious Father.

C:   Almighty God, we confess that we have sinned against You and against one another by our thoughts, words, and deeds, by what we have done and by what we have failed to do. We have not loved You with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. By Your grace revealed to us in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant us Your deliverance and forgiveness. Renew a right heart within us by Your love and mercy. Amen.

(Silence for Meditation)

P:   Upon this your confession, 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 Hope                               Good, Good Father


I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think You’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
                   And You tell me that you’re pleased     And that I’m never alone   Chorus


                       Chorus You’re a good good father      It’s who You are,

it’s who You are, it’s who You are
And I’m loved by You       It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am


I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching     For answers only you provide
                  Because you know just what we need        Before we say a word     Chorus


                                   Bridge You are perfect in all of Your ways
                                                       You are perfect in all of Your ways
                                                       You are perfect in all of Your ways to us


It’s love so undeniable   I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable        I can hardly think
                  As you call me deeper still [3x]    Into love, love, love        Chorus

CCLI Song # 7036612 Anthony Brown | Pat Barrett CCLI License # 11390779


Prayer of the Day

All: O Lord, make us instruments of Your peace that we share with all other people the gift of Your love and forgiveness; 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                              (Joseph provides for his brothers and family)     Genesis 45:3–15


Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.

9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’ 12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.” 14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.


N T Lesson                              (The resurrection body)               1 Corinthians 15:21–26, 30–42

21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.


Message Hymn                         Speak O Lord Your Servant Listens                         LSB 589                    

Message                                       Love Beyond Your Capacity


Gospel Lesson                                    (Love your enemies)                                         Luke 6:27–38


27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


  1. Mercy is God’s way of ___________us to be merciful, even to the undeserving.
  2. Life that is praying for the salvation of others is filled up to the _______   __ _ ______of _______________ grace and can be poured into lives God places in our path.
  3. Love goes _________________what humans are capable of doing!


Creed                                                                Nicene Creed


C:   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.           



Offertory                                David Ellis and Eric and Karin Marrero                      8:00 am

                                                 Vincentine Williams                        10:30 am

Prayers of the Church  

After each petition:

P:  Lord, in your mercy,

C:  hear our prayer.

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.




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


Pax DominiThe 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                    What a Friend We Have in Jesus                  LSB 770


 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: By participation in the body and blood of Christ, You have blessed us to be a blessing to those around us, in the fellowship of Your Church, in our families, among our friends and even our enemies. Receive our sincere thanksgiving for Your forgiveness and Your grace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Benediction   Psalm 67:1, 6–7


P:  May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us.
God, our God, shall bless us.

C:    God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!


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.


Closing Hymn                            Sent Forth by God’s Blessing                                       LSB 643






P:   Go in peace, serve the Lord.

C:   Thanks be to God.