The Sermon: Matthew 15:21-28

21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Remember Your Place!

• As an unworthy sinner
• As a chosen disciple

Second Sunday of Easter

April 27, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

The Invocational Prayer

Opening Hymn 3 – “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”

1. Lord Jesus Christ, be present now, Our hearts in true devotion bow,
Thy Spirit send with grace divine, And let Thy truth within us shine.

2. Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise, Our souls to Thee in worship raise,
Make strong our faith, increase our light That we may know Thy name aright;

3. Until we join the hosts that cry, “Holy art Thou, O Lord, most high!”
And in the light of that blest place Fore’er behold Thee face to face.

4. Glory to God the Father, Son, And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To Thee, O blessed Trinity, Be praise throughout eternity!

The Responsive Easter Reading

P: O Lord God, our Strength, our Song and our Salvation, You fulfilled Your promises by the resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.

C: Thanks be to God! You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

P: Lord, we do not deserve Easter, for we have sinned. Yet, in Your compassion You sent Christ, the Good Shepherd, Who laid down His life for the sheep and atoned for our sins.

C: Forgive us for Christ’s sake. Drive out all doubt and gloom that we may delight in your glorious triumph.

P: Lift our eyes heavenward to see Him Who lives to make intercession for the saints, and grant us confidence in the greatness of His power. Keep before us the vision of Your redeemed people standing before Your throne and singing the song of victory.

C: Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive wisdom and power and honor and glory and praise.

P: Make us instruments of Your peace as we bring the Gospel of hope and new life to those around us. Guide us in the use of all that You have entrusted to us: our time, our talents, and our treasures.

C: Risen Lord, live in us that we may live in You.

P: Merciful Lord Jesus, grant healing to the sick, and strengthen the faith of the suffering and dying. Assure them of Your abiding presence, and comfort them with the hope of eternal life. Gracious Father, You have restored to us the joy of Your salvation. With happy hearts we come before You and say:

C: Alleluia! Thanks be to God! Amen.

4. Jesus lives! I know full well  Naught from me His love shall sever;
Life nor death nor powers of hell  Part me now from Christ forever.
God will be a sure Defense;  This shall be my confidence.

5. Jesus lives! and now is death  But the gate of life immortal;
This shall calm my trembling breath  When I pass its gloomy portal.
Faith shall cry, as fails each sense,  Jesus is my confidence!
[TLH 201 v4-5]

The Old Testament Reading – Genesis 17:1-7

In Genesis 17 God appears to Abram and makes a covenant of grace with Abram and all the descents that God promises to give him.

The Epistle Reading – Romans 4:16-25

In our epistle reading Paul applies the promise given to Abraham to us and that God’s promise rests on grace and is guaranteed to all of us.  

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 18 “Lord, We Come Before Thee Now”

The Sermon….……………………………………. Matthew 15:21-28

21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Remember Your Place!

• As an unworthy sinner
• As a chosen disciple

“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

Hymn 417 (v 1-4, 6) – “How Can I Thank Thee, Lord”

1. How can I thank Thee, Lord, For all Thy loving-kindness,
That Thou hast patiently Borne with me in my blindness?
When dead in many sins And trespasses I lay,
I kindled, holy God, Thine anger every day.

2. It is Thy work alone That I am now converted;
O’er Satan’s work in me Thou hast Thy power asserted.
Thy mercy and Thy grace That rise afresh each morn
Have turned my stony heart Into a heart new-born.

3. I could but grieve Thee, Lord, And with my sins displease Thee;
Yet to atone for sin My works could not appease Thee.
Though I could fall from grace And choose the way of sin,
I had no strength to rise, A new life to begin.

4. But Thou hast raised me up To joy and exultation
And clearly shown the way That leads me to salvation.
My sins are washed away, For this I thank thee, Lord;
And with my heart and soul All dead works are abhorred.

6. Oh, guide and lead me, Lord,
While here below I wander
That I may follow Thee
Till I shall see Thee yonder.
For if I led myself, I soon would go astray;
But if Thou leadest me, I keep the narrow way.

The Offering

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.

The Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn 50 (v 1-2) “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing”

1. Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, Fill our hearts with joy and peace.
Let us each, Thy love possessing, Triumph in redeeming grace.
Oh, refresh us, Oh, refresh us, Traveling through this wilderness!

2. Thanks we give and adoration For Thy Gospel’s joyful sound.
May the fruits of Thy salvation In our hearts and lives abound;
Ever faithful, Ever faithful, To the Truth may we be found!

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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