Sermon…………….………………………………… Romans 13:1-10

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 119 (Parts 1-3), Page 149

Opening Hymn 11 – “Safely through Another Week”

The Invocation

Our Confessional Prayer:
O Lord, how many are our sins: Though You Yourself have
given us Your Word, we have sometimes treated it with disdain.
Though You Yourself have put Your children in our care, we have not
always brought them to you as we should. Though You have
commanded us to keep Your commandments, we have instead often
followed the desires of our own hearts. Though You have given us the
treasure of Your Word, we have longed instead for the treasures of this
world. We are rightly judged for our sins and deserve Your wrath. Our
sins are too great for us. They have gone over our heads and would
drown us but You are the God of our Salvation. You came down to
raise us up. You died to give us life. Forgive us, O God, O God of our
Salvation!

The Absolution
God has heard your confession. He has given me, Your called
servant, the authority to tell you that your sins are removed as far as the east
is the west. You are God’s own child. Your Father has put away your sin.
Because of the perfect life and innocent death of your Savior Jesus Christ,
you have been washed, you have been sanctified, you have been justified in
the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God!

The Responsive Reading of Psalm 78
P: Give ear, O my people, to My teaching:
C: Incline your ears to the words of My mouth!
P: I will open My mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
C: Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
P: We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord.
C: And His might and the wonders that He has done.
P: He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel,
C: Which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
P: That the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn
C: And arise and tell them to their children,
P: So that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,
C: But keep His commandments.
P: And that they should not be like their father, a stubborn and rebellious generation,
C: A generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Hymn 629 (V 1-3) – “Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds”

The Old Testament Scripture Lesson – Ezekiel 33:7-9

The New Testament Scripture Lesson – Matthew 18:15-20

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)
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 Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn 245 – “God Loved the World So that He Gave”

Sermon…………….………………………………… Romans 13:1-10
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW

Hymn 351 – “Love Divine, All Love Excelling”

The Offering of Thankful Hearts

The Lord’s Prayer and Benediction
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.

The Closing Hymn 433 – “Jesus, My Truth, My Way”

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