Reformation Sunday

27 October 2019

 

 

Season:                                                 Season of the Church: Pentecost
Color:                                                     Red
Divine Service:                                      Setting II
Lectionary Propers:                               Proper 22 of Series C
Introit:                                                    Psalm 34: 1 – 2, 11, 22 antiphon: Psalm 119: 46
First Reading:                                        Revelation 14: 6 – 7
Psalm:                                                    Psalm 46  antiphon: verse 7
Epistle:                                                   Romans 3: 19 – 28
Gradual:                                                 Psalm 48: 1a, 12 – 14
Verse:                                                     Luke 12: 32
Gospel:                                                  John 8: 31 – 36
Proper Preface:                                     Common

 

The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

     “Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

 

Opening Hymn:                549 / All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name

Sermon Hymn:                 656 / A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Distribution Hymns:          849 / Praise The One Who Breaks the Darkness

645 / Built On The Rock

556 / Dear Christians, One And All Rejoice

643 / Sent Forth By God’s Blessings

Closing Hymn:                 744 / Amazing Grace

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

20 October 2019

 
Season:                                          Season of the Church: Pentecost
Color:                                             Green
Divine Service:                               Setting II
Lectionary Propers:                       Proper 24 of Series C 
Introit:                                             Psalm 74: 18 – 19, 21, 20a, 22a  antiphon: verse 2a  
Old Testament:                              Genesis 32: 22 – 30   
Psalm:                                            Psalm 121  antiphon: verses 1 – 2  
Epistle:                                            2 Timothy 3: 14 – 4: 5  
Gradual:                                          Psalm 91: 11; 103: 1   
Verse:                                              Luke 18: 8
Gospel:                                            Luke 18: 1 – 8
Proper Preface:                               Common

 

Faith Clings to the Word and Promises of God and Perseveres in Prayer

     “Left alone,” Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord, “until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:24). Though “Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him” (Gen. 32:25), he would not let go until the Lord blessed him. At times, we, too, strive with God; He strives with us and blesses us by grace. So Jesus teaches us “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus speaks of “a judge who neither feared God nor respected man” and of a widow “who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary’” (Luke 18:2–3). Because of her persistence, the judge agreed to “give her justice” (Luke 18:5). Our Lord dispenses justice generously and swiftly, giving “justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night” (Luke 18:7). He does so according to the Gospel. Therefore, His ministers are to persevere faithfully in their vocation, in what they “have learned and have firmly believed” (2 Tim. 3:14). On the basis of “the sacred writings” (2 Tim. 3:15), they are to “preach the word” at all times and not lose heart (2 Tim. 4:2)..

 
 
 
Opening Hymn:                      686 / Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
Sermon Hymn:                       734 / I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name
Distribution Hymns:                763 / When Peace, Like A River
629 / What Is This Bread
779 / Come, My Soul, With Every Care
642 / O Living Bread From Heaven
739 / Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Closing Hymn:                         578 / Thy Strong Word

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

13 October 2019

 

Season:                                 Season of the Church: Pentecost

Color:                                    Green

Divine Service:                       Setting II

Lectionary Propers:                Proper 23 of Series C

Introit:                                   Psalm 34: 2 – 4, 17   antiphon: Psalm 48: 1

Old Testament:                      Ruth 1: 1 – 19a

Psalm:                                  Psalm 111  antiphon: verse 10

Epistle:                                 2 Timothy 2: 1 – 13

Gradual:                                Psalm 91: 11; 103: 1

Verse:                                   Luke 5: 15

Gospel:                                 Luke 17: 11 – 19

Proper Preface:                       Common

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Evangelism folder 

 

 
 

 

Faith Returns Thanks to God and Worships Him in the Person of Christ Jesus

      Jesus comes in mercy and, by His Word, heals you in body and soul. “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” for you are cleansed (Luke 17:14), and you are granted access to the Lord’s temple. It is at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks” (Luke 17:16), that you worship God, for Christ Jesus is your great High Priest; His body is the true temple. In Him, you “find rest, each of you in the house of her husband” (Ruth 1:9), for the Lord has “visited his people and given them food” (Ruth 1:6). The person of Jesus Christ lodges Himself in holy food — bread and wine for believers to eat and drink. You lodge where Jesus lodges; His Father is your God, His people are your people. Death cannot part you from Him because His death and resurrection are eternally yours through Holy Baptism. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead” (2 Tim. 2:8). As surely as death could not hold Him, so surely “the word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). His Gospel is entrusted “to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2), so that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:10). Such is the confession of faith for all the saints, who believe, teach and confess the one Lord and Savior — Jesus Christ.

 

Opening Hymn:       855 / For All The Faithful Women

Sermon Hymn:        846 / Your Hand, O Lord, In Days Of Old

Distribution Hymns: 685 / Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus

633 / At The Lamb’s High Feast We Sing

806 / Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

637 / Draw Near And Take The Body Of The Lord

811 / Oh, That I Had A Thousand Voices

Closing Hymn:          803 / Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

6 October 2019

 

Season:                                              Season of the Church: Pentecost

Color:                                                               Green

Divine Service:                                    Setting II

Lectionary Propers:                             Proper 22 of Series C

Introit:                                                 Psalm 119: 162, 164 – 165, 167 antiphon: verse 166

Old Testament:                                    Habakkuk 1: 1 – 4; 2: 1 – 4 – 3

Psalm:                                                Psalm 62  antiphon: verse 1

Epistle:                                               2 Timothy 1: 1 – 14

Gradual:                                              Psalm 91: 11; 103: 1

Verse:                                                 Luke 17: 3b

Gospel:                                               Luke 17: 1 – 10

Proper Preface:                                   Common

 

 

 
 

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

     We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3) because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).
 

Opening Hymn:               570 / Just As I Am Without One Plea

Sermon Hymn:                 587 / I Know My Faith Is Founded

Distribution Hymns:         572 / In The Shattered Bliss Of Eden

617 / O Lord We Praise Thee

561 / The Tree Of Life

622 / Lord Jesus Christ You Have Prepared

550 / Lamb of God

Closing Hymn:                 575 / My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less