The Sermon..………………………………. I Corinthians 3:5-9 [NKJV]

 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

The Real Power in the Pastoral Ministry

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Third Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, June 29, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 239 – “Come, Thou Almighty King”

1. Come, Thou almighty King, Help us Thy name to sing,
Help us to praise! Father all-glorious,
O’er all victorious, Come and reign over us,
Ancient of Days.

2. Come, Thou Incarnate Word, Gird on Thy mighty sword,
Our prayer attend; Come and Thy people bless
And give Thy Word success; Stablish Thy righteousness,
Savior and Friend!

3. Come, holy Comforter, Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour. Thou, who almighty art,
Now rule in every heart And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of Power!

4. To the great One in Three Eternal praises be
Hence evermore! His sovereign majesty
May we in glory see And to eternity
Love and adore!

The Invocation And Responsive Reading (Psalm 33 & 145 Excerpts)

P: By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

C: Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

P: No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety, neither shall we be delivered by its great strength.

C: Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in his mercy, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in trouble.

P: The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the people of no effect.

C: The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.

P: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His glory is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts.

C: I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works.

P: I will extol You my God and King; I will bless Your Name forever and ever.

C: Every day I will bless You and I will praise Your Name forever and ever.

P: The greatest glory of God is found in His Word and Gospel which reveals both our lost sin-condition, His wondrous saving plan and opens our hearts to repent and in faith to embrace Jesus as our Savior.

1. Oh, bless the Lord, my soul!  Let all within me join
And aid my tongue to bless His name  Whose favors are divine.

2. Oh, bless the Lord, my soul,  Nor let His mercies lie
Forgotten in unthankfulness  And without praises die!

4. He crowns thy life with love  When ransomed from the grave;
He that redeemed my soul from hell  Hath sovereign power to save.
[TLH 27]

The Scripture Readings – 1 Kings 19:9-18 and Luke 10:1-16

Our Profession Of Faith (The First Article With Explanation)

I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. I believe that God has made me and every creature, and that He gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, cattle and all I own, and all that I need to keep my body and life, and by defending me against all danger and guarding and protecting me from all evil.  All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it. For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.

Hymn 297 – “The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace”

1. The Gospel shows the Father’s grace, Who sent His Son to save our race,
Proclaims how Jesus lived and died That man might thus be justified.

2. It sets the Lamb before our eyes, Who made the atoning sacrifice,
And call the souls with guilt opprest To come and find eternal rest.

3. It brings the Savior’s righteousness Our souls to robe in royal dress;
From all our guilt it brings release And gives the troubled conscience peace.

4. It is the power of God to save From sin and Satan and the grave;
It works the faith, which firmly clings To all the treasures which it brings.

5. It bears to all the tidings glad And bids their hearts no more be sad;
The heavy-laden souls it cheers And banishes their guilty fears.

6. May we in faith its tidings learn Nor thanklessly its blessings spurn;
May we in faith its truth confess And praise the Lord our Righteousness!

The Sermon..………………………………. I Corinthians 3:5-9 [NKJV]

 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

The Real Power in the Pastoral Ministry

“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 485 (v 1-5) “Lord Jesus, Who art Come”

1. Lord Jesus, who art come A Teacher sent from heaven
And by both word and deed God’s truth to us hast given,
Thou wisely hast ordained The holy ministry
That we, Thy flock, may know The way to God through thee.

2. Thou hast, O Lord, returned, To God’s right hand ascending;
Yet Thou art in the world, Thy kingdom here extending.
Through preaching of Thy Word In every land and clime
Thy people’s faith is kept Until the end of time.

3. O blessed ministry Of reconciliation,
That shows the way to God And brings to us salvation!
By Thine evangel pure, Lord, Thou preserv’st Thy fold,
Doest call, enlighten, keep, Dost comfort and uphold.

4. Preserve this ministry  While harvest-days are keeping;
And since the fields are white And hands are few for reaping,
Send workers forth, O Lord, The sheaves to gather in
That not a soul be lost Which Thou art come to win.

5. The servants Thou hast called And to Thy Church art giving
Preserve in doctrine pure And holiness of living.
Thy Spirit fill their hearts, Endue their tongues with power;
What they should boldly speak, Oh, give them in that hour!

The Offering, 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 485 (v 6-7) “Yea, Bless Thy Word Alway”

6. Yea, bless Thy Word alway, Our souls forever feeding;
And may we never lack A faithful shepherd’s leading!
Seek Thou the wandering sheep, Bind up the sore opprest,
Lift up the fallen ones, And grant the weary rest.

7. Bring those into Thy fold Who still to Thee are strangers;
Guard those who are within  Against offense and dangers.
Press onward with Thy Word Till pastor and his fold
Through faith in Thee, O Christ, Thy glory shall behold.

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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