25 August 2019


Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                       Setting 1
Introit:                                     Psalm 117 antiphon: Psalm 96: 6a; 115: 18
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 66: 18 – 23
Psalm                                      50: 1 – 15antiphon: verse 23
Epistle:                                    Hebrews 12: 4 – 24 (25 – 29)
Gradual:                                  Psalm 34: 19, alt.
Verse:                                      Luke 13: 29
Gospel:                                    Luke 13: 22 – 30
Proper Preface:                       Common




The Cross of Christ Is the Way into the Kingdom of God

     With the cross of Christ, the time has come “to gather all nations and tongues” (Is. 66:18). The sign of the cross is set forth in the preaching of the Gospel, the declaration of the Lord’s glory “among the nations” (Is. 66:19). Many “will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29), but only by the narrow way of the cross. Those who refuse to follow Christ crucified will ultimately find only “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Luke 13:28), whereas Christ’s disciples, called from all the nations, will eat and drink with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of God. They will come into “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22).
Opening Hymn:          837 / Lift High The Cross
Sermon Hymn:           510 / A Multitude Comes From East And West
Distribution Hymns:    526 / You Are The Way; Through You Alone
644 / The Church’s One Foundation
828 / We Are Called To Stand Together
702 / My Faith Looks Up To Thee
411 / I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light
Closing Hymn:            921 / On What Has Now Been Sown

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

18 August 2019

Season:                                    Time of the Church – Pentecost
Color:                                         Green
Divine Service:                           Setting I
Introit:                                         Psalm 55: 1, 12 – 14   antiphon: verse 22
Old Testament:                          Jeremiah 23: 16 – 29
Psalm                                         Psalm 119: 81 – 88 antiphon: verse 81
Epistle:                                       Hebrews 11: 17 – 31 (32 – 40); 12: 1 – 3
Gradual:                                     Psalm 34: 9, 19, alt
Verse:                                        Jeremiah 23: 29a, 28b
Gospel:                                      Luke 12: 49 – 53 (54 – 56)
Proper Preface:                         Common

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 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Divine Service Bulletin



Christ’s Suffering and Death Bring Division

     The Lord Jesus causes fear and trembling and division because His Word is “like fire … and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces” (Jer. 23:29). His Law puts us all to death, whereas only His Gospel can bring us to life. He has fulfilled that Word for us by His cross and in His resurrection from the dead. He undergoes such a distressing baptism, accomplished by His death, in order to open the way for us through our Holy Baptism into His cross and resurrection. So, then, if we are able “to interpret the appearance of earth and sky” (Luke 12:56), let us mark this sign of His cross — recognizing that this world is subject to death, but knowing that Christ Jesus also has conquered death and obtained life everlasting for us. Let us fix our eyes on “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,” and “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1–2).
Opening Hymn:           648 / Glorious Things Of You Are Spoken
Sermon Hymn:            655 / Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word
Distribution Hymns:     563 / Jesus, Thy Blood And Righteousness
720 / We Walk By Faith And Not By Sight
597 / Water, Blood, And Spirit Crying
610 / Lord Jesus, Think On Me
636 / Soul, Adorn Yourself With Gladness
Closing Hymn:             664 / Fight The Good Fight

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

 11 August 2019

Season:                       Time of the Church – Pentecost
Color:                           Green
Divine Service:             Service Setting I
Introit:                           Psalms 147: 8 – 11   antiphon: verse 7
Old Testament:             Genesis 15: 1 – 6
Psalm                            Psalm 33: 12 – 22 antiphon: verse 20
Epistle:                          Hebrews 11: 1 – 16
Gradual:                        Psalm 34: 9, 19, alt
Verse:                            Luke 12: 32
Gospel:                          Luke 12: 22 – 34 (35 – 40)
Proper Preface:             Common  

The Lord Is Surely Coming to Give You His Kingdom

     The Lord Himself was Abraham’s shield and great reward. For “the word of the Lord came to him” and sustained the patriarch’s faith in the face of death (Gen. 15:4). By divine grace, Abraham “believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6), on account of the holy Seed, Christ Jesus. To that one old man, the Lord granted “descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore” (Heb. 11:12). The Lord is likewise faithful to you. It is His glad desire “to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Therefore, “do not be anxious about your life,” but instead “seek his kingdom” (Luke 12:22, 31). Set your heart on that treasure. “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning … for the Son of Man is coming” (Luke 12:35, 40).

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Opening Hymn:          802 / Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Sermon Hymn:           666 / O Little Flock, Fear Not The Foe
Distribution Hymns:    804 / O Worship The King
712 / Seek Ye First
809 / Great Is Thy Faithfulness
673 / Jerusalem, My Happy Home
743 / Jesus, Priceless Treasure
Closing Hymn:             801 / How Great Thou Art

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

4 August 2019

Introit:                         Psalms 49: 7 – 8, 13 – 14a   antiphon: verses 1 – 2
Old Testament:           Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12 – 14; 2: 18 – 26
Psalm                         Psalm 100 antiphon: verse 3
Epistle:                       Colossians 3: 1 – 11
Gradual:                     Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b, alt
Verse:                        Colossians 3: 23 – 24a
Gospel:                      Luke 12: 13 – 21
Proper Preface:         Common

Faith in Christ Is Rich toward God

     To live for earthly things “is vanity and a striving after wind,” and work that is driven by such vanity “is an unhappy business” (Eccl. 1:13–14). The man who lives like that has nothing to show for “all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun … all his days are full of sorrow” (Eccl. 2:22–23). So, too, your “covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5), makes a god out of that which cannot give you life or happiness. For “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). But “Christ who is your life” (Col. 3:4), in giving you Himself, gives you all the wealth of heaven. Instead of striving to lay up treasures for yourself, be “rich toward God” in Him (Luke 12:21).
Opening Hymn:           781 / We Give Thee But Thine Own
Sermon Hymn:            782 / Gracious God, You Sent Great Blessings
Distribution Hymns:     537 / Beautiful Savior
Special Music: Instrumental of “You Lift Me Up”
549 / All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name
732 / All Depends On Our Possessing
550 / Lamb Of God
Closing Hymn:            790 / Praise To The Lord, The Almighty