The Sermon..…………………………………………………. Psalm 122

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” 2 Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 4 That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel. 5 There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity. (84 NIV)

FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LORD’S HOUSE

  1. Are You A Frequent Guest Your Lord’s House?
  2. Do You Go There “Gladly”?
  3. Why Are You There?
  4. Do You Pray For Your Church’s “Peace”?

Trinity Sunday

Sunday, June 15, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Prayer To The Triune God

Opening Hymn 246 – “Holy, Holy, Holy”

1. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

The Invocation And Our Confessional Prayer

C: O Triune God, most mighty, we come before you as lowly creatures coming before their all-powerful Creator; O God, most holy, we come before You as law-breakers coming before a just Judge; O gracious God, we come before you as humble and repentant sinners coming before a merciful Lord. We ask Your forgiveness for our many and grievous sins –looking alone in faith to Your Son’s sin-atoning sacrifice on the cross. According to Your Gospel promises, blot out our iniquities and cast out our transgressions forever. Cover us with the spotless robes of Christ’s righteousness and grant us the true comfort and peace of sins forgiven.  Renew and strengthen us as we seek to live lives that honor and glorify Your holy name. Amen.

The Absolution (God’s Announcement Of Forgiveness In Christ)

Some Responsive Scripture Readings On Christian Worship

P: How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord almighty.

C: My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord. (Psalm 84:1)

P: O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

C: For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. (Psalm 95:6)

P: And we also thank God continually, because when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

C: Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it. (Luke 11:28)

P: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

C: Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)

P: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship    and in the breaking of bread and in prayer. (Acts 2:42)

C: Let us not give up coming together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as we see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24)

All: Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and encourage one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)

Holy God, we praise Thy Name; Lord of all, we bow before Thee.
All on earth Thy scepter claim, All in heav’n above adore Thee.
Infinite Thy vast domain, Everlasting is Thy reign.

Holy Father, holy Son, Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
Tho’ in essence only One,  Undivided God we claim Thee
And, adoring, bend the knee  While we own the mystery.

The Scripture Reading – Luke 10: 28-32

Sometimes our life, time and activity choices are between things that are good and things that are better and best for us. Martha’s “meal” service was good; Mary’s time spent at Jesus’ feet was better. Mary has chosen the best, the One Thing Needful, sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His Word of life. How about us?

The Athanasian Creed (Excerpts)

Whoever will be saved must hold to the true Christian faith. Now this is the Christian faith: We worship one God in three Persons and three Persons in one God, without mixing the Persons or dividing the Divine Being. For each Person – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is distinct, yet the Deity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, equal in glory and coeternal in majesty.

What the Father is, so is the Son and so is the Holy Spirit – infinite, eternal, almighty. So the Father is God, the Son God and the Holy Spirit God – Yet they are not three Gods, but one God. And within this Trinity none comes before or after; None is greater or inferior, but all three Persons are coequal and coeternal. Whoever will to be saved must have this conviction of the Trinity.

It is furthermore necessary for eternal salvation truly to believe that our Lord Jesus Christ also took on human flesh. Now this is the true Christian faith: We believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is both God and Man. He is God, divinely existing from all eternity, and He is Man, born of His mother in time – fully God and fully Man. Yet Christ is not two Persons but One – One not by changing the deity into flesh, but by taking the humanity into God. He suffered for our salvation, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. All who believe in Him will enter eternal life and all who do not will enter eternal hellfire. This is the true Christian faith in which all who believe this will be saved.

Hymn 904 (LSB) – “Blessed Jesus at Your Word”

The Sermon..…………………………………………………. Psalm 122

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” 2 Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 4 That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel. 5 There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity. (84 NIV)

FOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LORD’S HOUSE

  1. Are You A Frequent Guest Your Lord’s House?
  2. Do You Go There “Gladly”?
  3. Why Are You There?
  4. Do You Pray For Your Church’s “Peace”?

“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 758 (Supplement) – “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”

1 Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the Head and Corner-stone,
Chosen of the Lord, and precious, Binding all the Church in one,
Holy Zion’s help for ever, And our confidence alone.

2 To this temple, where we call Thee, Come, O Lord of Hosts, and-day;
Come with all Your loving-kindness, Hear Your people as they pray;
And Your fullest benediction Speak within its walls today.

3 Grant we pray, to all Your faithful All the gifts they ask to gain,
What they gain from You, forever With the blessèd to retain,
And hereafter in Your glory Evermore with You to reign.

4 Praise and honor to the Father,
Praise and honor to the Son,
Praise and honor to the Spirit,
Ever Three, and ever One,
One in might, and one in glory,
While unending ages run!

 The Offering

Song by Children and Choir – “The First Song Of Isaiah” (Based On Isaiah 12: 2-6) by J. White (Directors: Heather Schierenbeck and Cathy & Ryan Augustin)

(Refrain) Surely it is God Who saves me; I will trust in Him and not be afraid For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and He has become my Savior (Repeat) 1.Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. And on that day you shall say, “Give thanks to the Lord, and call upon His Name.” (Refrain) 2. Make his deeds know among the peoples; See that they remember that His Name is exalted. Sing the praises of the Lord, for He has done great things, and this is known in all the world. (Refrain) 3. Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, Ring out your joy, for the great One in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel. (Refrain)

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.

Song by Choir – “A Benediction” (Lippert) (Director: Cathy Augustin)

May the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ keep you well. May the peace of the Holy Spirit dwell in your hearts, blessing you, in all things that you do, till we come together, again. As you go through the week, may the Father’s care be known. May the words that you speak, display the love he’s shown in your life, blessing you, in all things that you do, till we come to his house again.

Closing Hymn 244 “Glory Be To God the Father”

1. Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit: Great Jehovah, Three in One!
Glory, glory, While eternal ages run!

2.Glory be to Him who loved us, Washed us from each spot and stain;
Glory be to Him who bought us, Made us kings with Him to reign!
Glory, glory, To the Lamb that once was slain!

3. Glory to the King of angels, Glory to the Church’s King,
Glory to the King of nations; Heaven and earth, your praises bring!
Glory, glory, To the King of Glory sing!

4. Glory, blessing, praise eternal! Thus the choir of angels sings;
Honor, riches, power, dominion! Thus its praise creation brings.
Glory, glory, Glory to the King of kings!

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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