Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, July 27, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)
Our Invocational Prayer
Opening Hymn 16 – “Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word” (see Hymnal Insert)
The Confession Of Sins & Absolution [WS pg 1]
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Confession and Absolution
P: Beloved of God: Let us draw near with a true heart, and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to grant us forgiveness.
C: Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer: we confess that we are sinful by nature, and have sinned against You in our thoughts, words, and actions. We have not loved You above all things. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Have mercy on us, and , for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us our sins.
P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The Scripture Readings – John 6:41-59 and Acts 13:26-49
Confession of Faith: The Third Article
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.
I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him. But the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead; And He will give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
Hymn 297 – “The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace”
The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Sermonette 1..…………………………. Acts 13:38-48 [NKJV]
38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40 Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: 41 ‘Behold, you despisers, Marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, A work which you will by no means believe, Though one were to declare it to you.’” 42 So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. 46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’” 48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Our Faith Receiving God’s Forgiveness
Hymn 377 (v 6-7) – “Salvation Unto Us has Come”(Melody backcover)
♫ 6. Since Christ hath full atonement made
And brought to us salvation, Each Christian therefore may be glad
And build on this foundation. Thy grace alone, dear Lord, I plead,
Thy death is now my life indeed, For Thou hast paid my ransom.
7. Let me not doubt, but trust in Thee,
Thy Word cannot be broken; Thy call rings out, “Come unto Me!”
No falsehood hast Thou spoken. Baptized into Thy precious name,
My faith cannot be put to shame, And I shall never perish.
The Sermonette 2..………………………… 1 John 2:24-27 [NKJV]
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
Our Hearts Knowing God’s Truth
Hymn 224 – “Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord!” (see Hymnal Insert)
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.
Closing Hymn 283 – “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage”