The Sermon..………………………………………… Jeremiah 17:5-10

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

Where Do We Put Our Trust?

1. In the Strength of Man?

2. In Our Own Heart?

3. In the LORD!

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Ascension Sunday

Sunday, June 1, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 544 (v.1,5,6) – “While Yet the Morn is Breaking”

The Invocation And Responsive Ascension Reading

P: The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty and armed with strength.

C: The world is firmly established and cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago, for You are from eternity.

P: Mightier than the thunder of the great waters and the breakers of the sea is the Lord almighty.

C: Your statues stand firm; Holiness adorns Your house forever, O Lord.

♫  Before Jehovah’s mighty throne, Ye nations, bow with humble awe;
Know that the Lord is God alone; He can create and He destroy.

We are his people, we his sheep, Our souls and all our mortal frame.
In love He blesses and He keeps – All praise and glory to His Name.

P: After Jesus had taken his disciples up to the Mount of Olives, encouraged them in their great calling of proclaiming the Gospel to all the earth, and as He was blessing them, He was suddenly taken up before their eyes until a cloud hid Him from their sight.

C: As they were looking intently into the sky, suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do stand there gazing into the sky. This same Jesus, Who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1: 9-11)

P: “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name that is above every name,

C: That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

P: “The incomparable power of God is at work in us who believe. That mighty power was at work in Christ when God raised Him from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.

C: And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:19-21)

♫  O grant, our prayer, Ascended Lord: Our eyes to see Your boundless love, Our hearts in faith look to Your Word; O bring us to our home above.

To Father, Son & Holy Ghost, The God Whom heaven & earth adore
From us and from the angel host,  Be praise and glory evermore. 

Scripture Reading – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Why is Easter so important? Paul here draws the connection that Jesus’ resurrection is vital to our faith. Since He is risen, we know we are forgiven, and we have hope for a future beyond this life.

Scripture Reading – Luke 6:17-26

This familiar section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is known as the “Beatitudes” or blessings. Notice how His words contradict what we hear in the world as to who is blessed and who will face woes. Our experience here on this world is only temporary – our blessings are eternal!

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn 414 “The Man is Ever Blest”

The Sermon..………………………………………… Jeremiah 17:5-10

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

Where Do We Put Our Trust?

1. In the Strength of Man?

2. In Our Own Heart?

3. In the LORD!

Hymn 437“Who Trusts in God, a Strong Abode”

The Offering, Pre-Communion Prayer and Consecration

The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

 (Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The “Nunc Dimittis” (Hymnal, P 29-30)

Our Prayer And 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.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn 50 “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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