Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

 Friendship Sunday

28 July 2019

 
Introit:                                     Psalms 119: 145 – 149   antiphon: Psalm 50: 15
Old Testament:                       Genesis 18: (17 – 19) 20 – 33
Psalm                                      Psalm 138 ntiphon: verse 3
Epistle:                                    Colossians 2: 6 – 15 (16 – 19)
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b, alt
Verse:                                      Luke 11: 9
Gospel:                                    Luke 11: 1 – 13
Proper Preface:                         Common

The Prayer of the Church Is the Voice of Faith

     Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of faith by teaching them how to pray. He promises us: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). If earthly fathers know how to give good gifts to their children, “how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13). Thus, father Abraham was bold in his prayer because he believed the gracious promise of the Lord, that he would “surely become a great and mighty nation” (Gen. 18:18). When we pray in Jesus’ name, we also hold “fast to the Head” (Col. 2:19), “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith” (Col. 2:6–7).
 
 
 
Opening Hymn:          504 / Father Most Holy
Sermon Hymn:           766 / Our Father, Who From Heaven Above
Distribution Hymns:    733 / Hear Us Father, When We Pray
772 / In Holy Conversation
725 / Children Of The Heavenly Father
957 / Our Father Who Art In Heaven
752 / Be Still My Soul
Closing Hymn:            686 / Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
 

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

21 July 2019

 
Season:                                 Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                       I
Introit:                                     Psalms 119: 57 – 60   antiphon: verse 105
Old Testament:                       Genesis 18: 1 – 10a (10b – 14)
Psalm                                      Psalm 27: (1 – 6) 7 – 14 antiphon: verse 4
Epistle:                                    Colossians 1: 21 – 29
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b, alt
Verse:                                      Colossians 2: 6b – 7a
Gospel:                                    Luke 10: 38 – 42
Proper Preface:                       Common

 

The Word of Christ Is the One Thing Needed

     “The Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre” (Gen. 18:1) and received his hospitality. But Abraham received the gracious promise of a son. Though Abraham and Sarah were very old, nothing is “too hard for the Lord” (Gen. 18:14). His Word appointed the time and fulfilled the promise. In the same way, the Lord Jesus “entered a village” and received Martha’s hospitality (Luke 10:38). “Martha was distracted with much serving” because she was “anxious and troubled about many things” (Luke 10:40–41), but her sister, Mary, “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching” (Luke 10:39). The service of love is no sin, but “one thing is necessary” for both faith and love — the Word of Christ (Luke 10:42). Thus, the ministers of Christ are sent “to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints” (Col. 1:25–26).
 
 
 
 
 
Opening Hymn:           855 / For All The Faithful Women (stanzas 1, 9, 3, & 4)
Sermon Hymn:            536 / One Thing’s Needful
Distribution Hymns:    547 / The Lamb
729 / I Am Trusting Thee Lord Jesus
641 / You Satisfy The Hungry Heart
392 / God Loves Me Dearly
655 / Lord Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word
Closing Hymn:            662 / Onward Christian Soldiers
 

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

14 July 2019

Season:                                   Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Introit:                                      Psalms 136: 23 – 26   antiphon: verse 1
Old Testament:                        Leviticus (18:1–5) 19:9–18
Gradual:                                   Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b, alt
Psalm                                       Psalms 41  antiphon: verse 1
Epistle:                                     Colossians 1:1–14
Verse:                                       Luke 10: 27
Gospel:                                     Luke 10:25–37
Proper Preface:                        Common

Jesus Is Our Good Samaritan

     The Law commands that “you shall love the Lord your God” with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27), and that you shall “love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). Love fulfills the Law because love does no harm to the neighbor. Christ Jesus is the Good Samaritan, who with divine compassion saves you from all evil. He takes your sin and death upon Himself and bears these in His body to the cross. He binds up your wounds with the healing balm of His Gospel, and He brings you into His Church, where He takes care of you at His own expense (Luke 10:34–35). By such mercy, He proves “to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers” (Luke 10:36). Therefore, “you go, and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). By “your faith in Christ Jesus” and “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven” (Col. 1:4–5), you have the same love for others as the Lord Jesus has for you.
 

 

 
Opening Hymn:           803 / Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Sermon Hymn:            845 / Where Charity And Love Prevail
Distribution Hymns:    833 / Listen, God Is Calling
850 / God Of Grace And God Of Glory
832 / Jesus Shall Reign
973 / Thy Word Is A Lamp To My Feet
839 / O Christ, Our True And Only Light
Closing Hymn:            857 / Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way

 Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

 14 July 2019

Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                       I
Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Proper Preface:                      Common
Introit:                                     Psalms 19: 2, 4 – 6 antiphon: verse 1                 The Law of the Lord is Perfect
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 66: 10 – 14                                       The Humble and Contrite Spirit
Gradual:                                 Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b
Verse:                                     Luke 10: 5b, 9b
Psalm                                     Psalms 66: 1 – 7 antiphon: verses 8 – 9                 How Awesome Are Your Deeds
Epistle:                                   Galatians 6: 1 – 10, 14 – 18                         Bear One Another’s Burdens
Verse:                                     Luke 10: 5b, 10b.
Gospel:                                    Luke 10: 1 – 20                                           Jesus sends out the Seventy-Two.
 

The Lord Grants Peace and Life to His Church

  The Lord restores Jerusalem, His Church, because she is the mother of His children, whom He comforts “as one whom his mother comforts” (Is. 66:13). We are “satisfied from her consoling breast” with the pure milk of the Word, and we “drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance” (Is. 66:11). The messengers of Christ bestow such gifts upon His Church. For He sends them out “as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3), bearing in their bodies the sacrifice of His cross, by which “the kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:9, 11). Wherever He enters in with this Gospel, Satan is cast out and falls “like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Thus, we do not “boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). Rejoicing in this Gospel, we “bear one another’s burdens” in love, according to “the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).
 

 

 
Opening Hymn:          793 / Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Sermon Hymn:            533 / Jesus Has Come And Brings Pleasure
Distribution Hymns:    717 / Eternal Father Strong To Save
966 / Before You, Lord, We Bow
426 / When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
861 / Christ Be My Leader
699 / I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
Closing Hymn:            830 / Spread The Reign Of God The Lord
 
 

Third Sunday After Pentecost

7 July 2019

Season:                                  Time of the Church
Color:                                      Green
Divine Service:                        I
Proper Preface:                      Common
Introit:                                     Psalms 85: 8 – 10, 13 antiphon: verse 7
Old Testament:                       1 Kings 19: 9b – 21.   “The Lord speaks to Elijah”
Gradual:                                  Romans 10: 15b, 18b; Isaiah 52: 7b; alternate
Psalm                                      Psalms 16:antiphon: verse 11“You will not abandon my soul”
Epistle:                                    Galatians 5: 1, 13 – 25   “Walk in the Spirit”
Verse:                                      Luke 9: 51.
Gospel:                                    Luke 9: 51 – 62              The Samaritan Village rejects Jesus & the cost of following Jesus.

Christ’s Messengers Proclaim His Kingdom

When the prophet Elijah became discouraged and despaired of his life, the word of the Lord came to him (1 Kings 19:9b) and stood him on the mount before the Lord (1 Kings 19:11). The Lord made Himself known to the prophet — not in the impressive power of gale force winds, or in an earthquake, or in the fire, but in the sound of a low whisper (1 Kings 19:12). Today God reveals Himself to us through the frail preaching of the Gospel. The Son of Man sends messengers ahead of him … to make preparations for him (Luke 9:52). Putting their hand to that plow of preaching, they go and proclaim the kingdom of God, and they do not look back (Luke 9:60, 62). What they preach is not the power of the Law with its yoke of slavery, but the power of God unto salvation through the Gospel of forgiveness, by which Christ has set us free (Gal. 5:1).
 
 

 

 
Opening Hymn:          819 / Sing Praise To God, The Highest Good
Sermon Hymn:           688 / “Come Follow Me” The Savior Spake
Distribution Hymns:    691 / Fruitful Trees, The Spirit Sowing
649 / Blest Be The Tie That Binds
595 / O Blessed Spring
712 / Seek Ye First 645 / Built On The Rock
Closing Hymn:            685 / Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus