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15th Sunday after Pentecost - 2020

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (849)

Praise the One who breaks the darkness,

With a liberating light;

Praise the One who frees the pris'ners,

Turning blindness into sight.

Praise the One who preached the Gospel,

Healing ev'ry dread disease,

Calming storms, and feeding thousands.

With the very Bread of peace.

Praise the One who blessed the children

With a strong, yet gentle word;

Praise the One who drove out demons,

With a piercing two-edged sword.

Praise the one who brings cool water,

To the desert's burning sand;

From this Well comes living water,

Quenching thirst in ev'ry land.

Let us praise the Word incarnate,

Christ, who suffered in our place.

Jesus died and rose victorious,

That we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness,

Seeing what our God has done;

Let us praise the true Redeemer,

Praise the One who makes us one.

 

Invocation

Pastor:           In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:           Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.


People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

Pastor:           If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:          But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:           Let us then confess our sins to God our     Father:

People:          Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:           Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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.

People:         Amen.

           

The Prayer of the Day

Lord of creation, whose glory is around us and within us, open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:          This is the Word of the Lord.

People:          Thanks be to God!

Genesis 50:15-21


15 After the death of their father, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still hates us and plans to pay us back for all the harm we did to him?” 16So they sent a message to Joseph: “Before our father died, 17he told us to ask you, ‘Please forgive the crime your brothers committed when they wronged you.’ Now please forgive us the wrong that we, the servants of your father’s God, have done.” Joseph cried when he received this message.  18 Then his brothers themselves came and bowed down before him. “Here we are before you as your slaves,” they said.  19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid; I can’t put myself in the place of God. 20You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good, in order to preserve the lives of many people who are alive today because of what happened. 21You have nothing to fear. I will take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them with kind words that touched their hearts.

 

Romans 14:1-10, 15:7

1 Welcome those who are weak in faith, but do not argue with them about their personal opinions. 2 Some people’s faith allows them to eat anything, but the person who is weak in the faith eats only vegetables. 3 Those who will eat anything are not to look down on those who don’t; while those who eat only vegetables are not to pass judgement on those who will eat anything; for God has accepted them. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servants? It is their own Master’s business whether they stand or fall. And they will stand, because the Lord has power to enable them to stand.  5 Some people think that a certain day is more important than other days, while others think that all days are the same. We should each firmly make up our own minds. 6 Those who think highly of a certain day do so in honor of the Lord; those who will eat anything do so in honor of the Lord, because they give thanks to God for the food. Those who refuse to eat certain things do so in honor of the Lord, and they give thanks to God. 7None of us lives for himself only, none of us dies for himself only. 8If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9For Christ died and rose to life in order to be the Lord of the living and of the dead. 10 You then, who eat only vegetables; why do you pass judgement on others? And you who eat anything; why do you despise other believers? All of us will stand before God to be judged by him. So then, accept one another as Christ has accepted you, to the glory of God.

 


Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?”  22 “No, not seven times,” answered Jesus, “but seventy times seven, 23 because the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who decided to check on his servants’ accounts. 24 He had just begun to do so when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and his children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt. 26 The servant fell on his knees before the king. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay you everything!’ 27 The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go.  28 “Then the man went out and met one of his fellow-servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started choking him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he said. 29 His fellow-servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back!’ 30But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were very upset and went to the king and told him everything. 32 So he called the servant in. ‘You worthless slave!’ he said. ‘I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. 33 You should have had mercy on your fellow-servant, just as I had mercy on you.’ 34 The king was very angry, and he sent the servant to jail to be punished until he should pay back the whole amount.”  35 And Jesus concluded, “That is how my Father in heaven will treat every one of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

 

The Apostle’s Creed

    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 again 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.

 

Kid Sermon

 

Sermon Hymn: BE UNTO YOUR NAME

We are a moment. You are forever.

Lord of ages, God before time.

We are a vapor. You are eternal.

Love everlasting, reigning on high

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory.

Be unto Your name. Be unto Your name.

We are the broken. You are the healer.

Jesus Redeemer, mighty to save.

You are the love song we’ll sing forever.

Bowing before you, blessing Your name.

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory.

Be unto Your name.  Be unto Your name.  (repeated)

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.

Highest praises, honor and glory.

Be unto Your name.  Be unto Your name. Be unto Your name

Sermon

The Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

Service of the Sacrament

Pastor:    The Lord be with you.

PeopleAnd also with you.

Pastor:    Lift up your hearts.

PeopleWe lift them to the Lord. 

Pastor:    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:   It is right to give Him thanks and praise. 


Pastor:    It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should   always sing of your glory, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. For you are the hope of the nations, the builder of the city that is to come. Your love made visible in Jesus Christ brings home the lost, restores the sinner and gives dignity to the despised. In his face your light shines out, flooding lives with goodness and truth, and making us all, a divided and broken humanity, forever one in your kingdom.

People:  Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen

 

Lamb of God

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.

 

Consecration & Distribution

 

Post Communion Song     

Thank the Lord and sing His praise;

tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks 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 Prayer

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Just As I am, Without One Plea (570)

Just as I am, without one plea

But that Thy blood was shed for me

And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am and waiting not

To rid my soul of one dark blot,

To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about

With many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;

Sight, riches, healing of the mind,

Yea, all I need, in Thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,

Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

Because Thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am; thy love unknown

Has broken ev'ry barrier down;

Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

The Blessing                                                   

14th Sunday after Pentecost - 2020

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 THE RINGING OF THE BELLS AND THE WELCOME

OPENING HYMN: COME THOU FONT OF EVERY BLESSING (686)

Come, Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. While the hope of endless glory, Fills my heart with joy and love, Teach me ever to adore Thee; May I still Thy goodness prove.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor, Daily I'm constrained to be;

Let that grace now, like a fetter, Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee: Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love.

Here's my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.

Oh, that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face; Clothed then in the bloodwashed linen,

How I'll sing Thy wondrous grace!

Come, my Lord, no longer tarry; Take my ransom'd soul away; Send Thine angels soon to carry, Me to realms of endless day.

INVOCATION

Pastor:              In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:            Amen.

 

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Pastor:             Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. 

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros. Pastor:  Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:            Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:             Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

(SILENT PRAYER) (MOMENTO DE ORACIÓN PERSONAL)

Pastor:              If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:            But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:              Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:

People:            Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone

We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:             Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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.

People:            Amen.

 

those who do evil. 5For this reason you must obey the authorities—not just because of God’s punishment, but also as a matter of conscience. 6 That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfil their duties. 7 Pay, then, what you owe them; pay them your personal and property taxes, and show respect and honor for them all. 8 Be under obligation to no one—the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. 9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not desire what belongs to someone else”—all these, and any others besides, are summed up in the one command, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 10If you love someone, you will never do them wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole Law.

 

THE PRAYER OF THE DAY

Merciful God, your Son came to save us and free us: may we trust in your mercy and know your love, rejoicing in the life that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS (After each reading:) Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord. People:     Thanks be to God.

Ezekiel 33:7-9

7 “Now, mortal man, I am making you a watchman for the nation of Israel. You must pass on to them the warnings I give you. 8 If I announce that an evil person is going to die but you do not warn him to change his ways so that he can save his life, then he will die, still a sinner, and I will hold you responsible for his death. 9 If you do warn an evil person and he doesn’t stop sinning, he will die, still a sinner, but your life will be spared.”

 

Romans 13:1-10

1 Everyone must obey the state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God. 2Whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God has ordered; and anyone who does so will bring judgement on himself. 3 For rulers are not to be feared by those who do good, but by those who do evil. Would you like to be unafraid of those in authority? Then do what is good, and they will praise you, 4because they are God’s servants working for your own good. But if you do evil, then be afraid of them, because their power to punish is real. They are God’s servants and carry out God’s punishment on

 

Matthew 18:1-20

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, asking, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” 2 So Jesus called a child, set him in front of them, 3 and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. 4 The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child. 5 And whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me. 6 If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose his faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the deep sea. 7 How terrible for the world that there are things that make people lose their faith! Such things will always happen—but how terrible for the one who causes them! 8 If your hand or your foot is your undoing, cut it off and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life without a hand or a foot than to keep both hands and both feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if it is your eye that is your undoing, take it out and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. 10 See that you don’t despise any of these little ones. Their angels in heaven, I tell you, are always in the presence of my Father in heaven. 12 What do you think a man does who has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost? He will leave the other ninety-nine grazing on the hillside and go and look for the lost sheep. 13 When he finds it, I tell you, he feels far happier over this one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost. 14 In just the same way your Father in heaven does not want any of these little ones to be lost. 15 “If your brother sins against you, go to him and show him his fault. But do it privately, just between yourselves. If he listens to you, you have won your brother

back. But if he will not listen to you, take one or two other persons with you, so that ‘every accusation may be upheld by the testimony of two or more witnesses,’ as the scripture says. 17And if he will not listen to them, then tell the whole thing to the church. Finally, if he will not listen to the church, treat him as though he were a pagan or a tax collector. 18 “And so I tell all of you: what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. 19 “And I tell you more: whenever two of you on earth agree about anything you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.”

1 En aquella misma ocasión los discípulos se acercaron a Jesús y le preguntaron: “¿Quién es el más importante en el reino de los cielos?” 2 Jesús llamó entonces a un niño, lo puso en medio de ellos 3 y dijo: “Les aseguro que si ustedes no cambian y se vuelven como niños, no entrarán en el reino de los cielos. 4 El más importante en el reino de los cielos es el que se humilla y se vuelve como este niño. 5 Y el que recibe en mi nombre a un niño como este, me recibe a mí. 6 A cualquiera que haga caer en pecado a uno de estos pequeños que creen en mí, más le valdría que lo hundieran en lo profundo del mar con una gran piedra de molino atada al cuello. 7¡Qué malo es para el mundo que haya tantas incitaciones al pecado! Tiene que haberlas, pero ¡ay del hombre que haga pecar a los demás! 8 Por eso, si tu mano o tu pie te hacen caer en pecado, córtatelos y échalos lejos de ti; es mejor que entres en la vida manco o cojo, y no que con tus dos manos y tus dos pies seas arrojado al fuego eterno. 9Y si tu ojo te hace caer en pecado, sácatelo y échalo lejos de ti; es mejor que entres en la vida con un solo ojo, y no que con tus dos ojos seas arrojado al fuego del infierno. 10 No desprecien a ninguno de estos pequeños. Pues les digo que en el cielo los ángeles de ellos están mirando siempre el rostro de mi Padre celestial.12 ¿Qué les parece? Si un hombre tiene cien ovejas y se le extravía una de ellas, ¿acaso no dejará las otras noventa y nueve en el monte, para ir a buscar la oveja extraviada? 13 Y si logra encontrarla, de seguro se alegrará más por esa oveja que por las noventa y nueve que no se extraviaron. 14 Así también, el Padre de ustedes que está en el cielo no quiere que se pierda ninguno de estos pequeños.15 Si tu hermano te hace algo malo, habla con él a solas y hazle reconocer su falta. Si te hace caso, ya has ganado a tu hermano. 16 Si no te hace caso, llama a una o dos personas más, para que toda acusación se base en el testimonio de dos o tres testigos. 17 Si tampoco les hace caso a ellos, díselo a la comunidad; y si tampoco hace caso a la comunidad, entonces habrás de considerarlo como un pagano o como uno de esos que cobran

 

impuestos para Roma. 18 “Les aseguro que lo que ustedes aten aquí en la tierra, también quedará atado en el cielo, y lo que ustedes desaten aquí en la tierra, también quedará desatado en el cielo. 19 “Esto les digo: Si dos de ustedes se ponen de acuerdo aquí en la tierra para pedir algo en oración, mi Padre que está en el cielo se lo dará. 20 Porque donde dos o tres se reúnen en mi nombre, allí estoy yo en medio de ellos.”

THE APOSTLES CREED

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 again 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.

 

SERMON HYMN: 10,000 REASONS

[chorus:]

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O... my soul, worship his holy name. Sing like never before, O my soul; I’ll worship your holy name.

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning, It’s time to sing your song again.

Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me,...

Let me be singing when the evening comes. [chorus]

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger; Your name is great and your heart is kind.

For all your goodness, I will keep on singing;...

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. [chorus]

And on that day, when my strength is failing, The end draws near, and my time has come;

Still, my soul will sing your praise unending...

Ten Thousand years, and then forevermore! [chorus X2]

Worship your holy name

Lord, I’ll worship your holy name!

SERMON

THE PRAYERS AND 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

 

SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT

Pastor:             The Lord be with you. PeopleAnd also with you. Pastor:         Lift up your hearts.

People:            We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor:             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:            It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Pastor:             It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should always sing of your glory, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. For you are the hope of the nations, the builder of the city that is to come. Your love made visible in Jesus Christ brings home the lost, restores the sinner and gives dignity to the despised. In his face your light shines out, flooding lives with goodness and truth, and making us all, a divided and broken humanity, forever one in your kingdom.

People:            Amen.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen

 

 

LAMB OF GOD

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.

 

CONSECRATION & DISTRIBUTION

 

POST COMMUNION SONG

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell everyone what He has done. Let everyone who seeks 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 PRAYER

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

CLOSING HYMN: THINE THE AMEN, THINE THE PRAISE (680)

Thine the amen Thine the praise, Alleluias angels raise Thine the everlasting head, Thine the breaking of the bread

Thine the glory Thine the story, Thine the harvest then the cup Thine the vineyard then the cup is lifted up lifted up.

Thine the life eternally, Thine the promise let there be

Thine the vision Thine the tree, All the earth on bended knee Gone the nailing gone the railing, Gone the pleading gone the cry Gone the sighing gone the dying what was loss lifted high.

Thine the truly Thine the yes Thine the table we the guest Thine the mercy all from Thee, Thine the glory yet to be Then the ringing and the singing, Then the end of all the war Thine the living Thine the loving evermore evermore.

Thine the kingdom Thine the prize Thine the wonder full surprise Thine the banquet then the praise, Then the justice of Thy ways Thine the glory Thine the story, Then the welcome to the least Then the wonder all increasing at Thy feast at Thy feast.

Thine the glory in the night No more dying only light Thine the river Thine the tree,Then the Lamb eternally Then the holy holy holy, Celebration jubilee

Thine the splendor Thine the brightness only Thee only Thee.

THE BLESSING

 

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: Come, Follow Me, the Savior Spake (688)

"Come, follow Me," the Savior spake,"All in My way abiding;

Deny yourselves, the world forsake, Obey My call and guiding.

O bear the cross, whate'er betide,

Take my example for your guide.

 

"I am the Light, I light the way, A godly life displaying;

I bid you walk as in the day; I keep your feet from straying.

I am the way, and well I show,

How you must sojourn here below.

 

"I teach you how to shun and flee

What harms your soul's salvation,

Your heart from ev'ry guile to free, From sin and its temptation.

I am the refuge of the soul And lead you to your heav'nly goal."

 

Then let us follow Christ, our Lord, And take the cross appointed

And, firmly clinging to His Word, In suff'ring be undaunted.

For those who bear the battle's strain

The crown of heav'nly life obtain.

 

Invocation

Pastor:            In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:            Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

 

Pastor:            If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:          But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:            Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:

People:          Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:            Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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.

People:          Amen.

           

The Prayer of the Day

Pastor:            The Lord be with you.

People:          And also with you.

Pastor:            Let us pray:

People:          Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 

Jeremiah 15:15-21

15 Then I said, “Lord, you understand. Remember me and help me. Punish for me those who persecute me. Do not be so patient with them that they succeed in killing me. Remember that it is for your sake that I am insulted. 16 You spoke to me, and I listened to every word. I belong to you, Lord God Almighty, and so your words filled my heart with joy and happiness. 17 I did not spend my time with other people, laughing and having a good time. In obedience to your orders I stayed by myself and was filled with anger. 18 Why do I keep on suffering? Why are my wounds incurable? Why won’t they heal? Do you intend to disappoint me like a stream that goes dry in the summer?” 19 To this the Lord replied, “If you return, I will take you back, and you will be my servant again. If instead of talking nonsense you proclaim a worthwhile message, you will be my prophet again. The people will come back to you, and you will not need to go to them. 20 I will make you like a solid bronze wall as far as they are concerned. They will fight against you, but they will not defeat you. I will be with you to protect you and keep you safe. 21 I will rescue you from the power of wicked and violent people. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

 

Romans 12:9-21

9 Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. 10 Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters, and be eager to show respect for one another. 11 Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. 12 Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. 13 Share your belongings with your needy fellow-Christians, and open your homes to strangers. 14 Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. 16 Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise. 17 If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

 

Matthew 16:21-26

21 From that time on Jesus began to say plainly to his disciples, “I must go to Jerusalem and suffer much from the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the Law. I will be put to death, but three days later I will be raised to life.”  22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “God forbid it, Lord!” he said. “That must never happen to you!”  23 Jesus turned around and said to Peter, “Get away from me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my way. You are thinking as people think, not as God thinks.” 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you want to come with me, you must forget self, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake you will find it. 26 Will you gain anything if you win the whole world but lose your life? Of course not! There is nothing you can give to regain your life.

 

21A partir de entonces Jesús comenzó a explicar a sus discípulos que él tendría que ir a Jerusalén, y que los ancianos, los jefes de los sacerdotes y los maestros de la ley lo harían sufrir mucho. Les dijo que lo iban a matar, pero que al tercer día resucitaría. 22Entonces Pedro lo llevó aparte y comenzó a reprenderlo, diciendo: “¡Dios no lo quiera, Señor! ¡Esto no te puede pasar!”  23Pero Jesús se volvió y le dijo a Pedro:  “¡Apártate de mí, Satanás, pues eres un tropiezo para mí! Tú no ves las cosas como las ve Dios, sino como las ven los hombres.”  24Luego Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:  “Si alguno quiere ser discípulo mío, olvídese de sí mismo, cargue con su cruz y sígame. 25Porque el que quiera salvar su vida, la perderá; pero el que pierda la vida por causa mía, la encontrará. 26¿De qué le sirve al hombre ganar el mundo entero, si pierde la vida? ¿O cuánto podrá pagar el

hombre por su vida?”

The Apostle’s Creed

    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 again 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.

Kid Sermon

Sermon Hymn: Canten Con Alegria

Canten con alegria las alabanzas de Cristo el Rey;

Anden en los caminos que nos mostrara su augusta grey.

Vivan los redimidos en las victorias del vencedor;

Para que todos juntos veamos las glorias del Redentor.

Come let us sing of Jesus, our blessed Savior, Redeemer King;

Let every heart with full adoration, tribute and homage bring.

He'll be exalted in every tribe and nation the world around;

Join in the chorus, His banner o'er us,

Christians, proclaim the sound!

Cristo es la luz del mundo, y él que le sigue la luz tendrá;

Cristo es el pan de vida, y él que de él come no morirá.

Cristo es la fuente viva, y él que de él bebe no tendrá sed;

Y si quereis la vida, id a la fuente y allí bebed.

To Thee, O blessed Savior, we lift our voices in grateful praise;

Joining our hearts sincerely with full devotion, the song we raise.

Soon every knee in earth and in heav'n

shall bow down before thy name--

Name ever glorious, o'er all victorious,

through endless years the same.

Sermon

The Prayers and 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

 

Service of the Sacrament

Pastor:             The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:             Lift up your hearts.

People:           We lift them to the Lord. 

Pastor:             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:  It is right to give Him thanks and praise.       

Pastor:             It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should always sing of your glory, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. For you are the hope of the nations, the builder of the city that is to come. Your love made visible in Jesus Christ brings home the lost, restores the sinner and gives dignity to the despised. In his face your light shines out, flooding lives with goodness and truth, and making us all, a divided and broken humanity, forever one in your kingdom.

People:          Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen.

 

Lamb of God

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.

Consecration & Distribution

Post Communion Song        

Thank the Lord and sing His praise;

    tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks 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 Prayer

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: Abide With Me

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

 

I need Thy presence ev'ry passing hour;

What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?

Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?

Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

 

I fear no foe with Thee at hand to bless;

Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness.

Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?

I triumph still if Thou abide with me!

 

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;

Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.

Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

 

The Blessing                                                                                                 

 

 

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