The Sermon: John 6:1-15

6 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.  4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.  7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”  8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”  10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Jesus Tests Us to Teach Us

  1. He will Provide Our Earthly Needs
  2. He has Provided Our Heavenly Needs

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Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 537 – “Every Morning Mercies New”

The Invocation And Opening Prayer

An Act of Adoration

P: Let us adore our Heavenly Father, Who created us, Who sustains us, Who loves us with an everlasting love and give us the light of the knowledge of His Glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

C: We praise You, O God; We acknowledge You to be the Lord.

P: Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor; Who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sinning; Who went about doing good and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom; Who became obedient unto death, even death on a cross; Who died and is alive forevermore; Who has opened the Kingdom of heaven to all believers; Who is seated at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father; Who will come again as Judge and King.

C: You are the King of Glory, O Christ.

P: Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life; By Whose breath the inspired Scriptures were recorded; By Whose sanctifying power we are born into the family of God and made members of the body Christ; Whose witness confirms us, whose wisdom teaches us, Whose counseling comforts and guides us, Whose power enables to do far more abundantly than we think or ask.

C: All praise to You, O Holy Spirit.

The Scripture Reading – Isaiah 49: 8-13 & Galatians 4: 21-31

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 428 – “I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus”

The Sermon……………………………………………………………… John 6:1-15

6 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.  4 Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. 5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.  7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”  8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”  10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

Jesus Tests Us to Teach Us

  1. He will Provide Our Earthly Needs
  2. He has Provided Our Heavenly Needs

Hymn 385 (v 1-4, 7, 10) – “Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation”

The Offering

An Act of Confession

P: O God, our Father, since You have set forth the way of life in Your beloved Son, we confess with shame our slowness to learn of Him, our failure to follow Him, our reluctance to bear our crosses for Him.

C: Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

P: Forgive us our sometimes indifferent attitude toward worship and Your Word, our neglect of fellowship and the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibility in Your service, our imperfect stewardship of Your gifts.

C: Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

P: Forgive us that so little of Your love has reached others through us, that we have sometimes been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in condemnation, grudging in forgiveness, slow to seek reconciliation, unwilling to help our fellow man as we ought.

C: Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions; Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put a new and right Spirit within us.

The Absolution

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament

(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.)

An Act of Thanksgiving

P: Almighty God, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to You, and for all Your loving-kindnesses we bless Your holy Name.

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For the wonder and beauty of the world, for all things true honorable, just and pure, lovely and gracious, and for all Your blessings of body and soul in our daily lives,

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For the gift of Jesus Christ, Your only-begotten Son; For the grace and truth which came by Him; And for His humble service and willing obedience unto death, giving Himself as a ransom for many.

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For His glorious resurrection and ascension to Your right hand, and for His Kingdom and glory and everlasting dominion;

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth and Comforter, for Your holy Church throughout the world, for Your means of grace in Word and Sacrament, and for the fellowship of the redeemed in heaven and earth.

C: We praise You, O God. Glory, honor, and thanksgiving be to You, O Father, Almighty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

An Act of Supplication

P: Almighty God, because You have committed to Your people the ministry of intercession, hear us as we pray for others, and grant that our hearts may be filled with peace and love.  For Your holy Church throughout the world, that You would give the ministers of Your Word and Sacraments the abundance of Your grace and truth, and confirm Your people in the faith of the Gospel, that Christ may be exalted as Head over all.

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For Your people here and everywhere, that You would inspire them with love for Your house, zeal in Your service, faithfulness to Your Word, and joy in the advancement of Your Kingdom.

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For the nations, that You would instill in them a spirit of peace and understanding; and for those in authority, that You would guide and bless them in their efforts to govern and protect those in their care.

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For all in sickness and distress, that You would give strength to the weary, relief to the suffering, and comfort to the dying,

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For all Your servants who have departed this life in Your faith and fear we give You hearty thanks, and we pray You to give us grace to follow them as they followed Christ.  Bring us, with them, to things ‘which eye has not seen nor ear heard’, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn 252 “We All Believe in One True God”

Silent Prayer and Announcements

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