1-31-16 Saved By Grace. Freed To Serve. Called To Commitment

 

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
National Lutheran Schools Week
January 31, 2016

Comments From The Pastor and Sharing God’s Peace

Church and School Announcements

Prelude – ‘Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings’. Adult Choir

The Procession Of The Cross (Please stand)

The Processional Hymn #837 Lift High the Cross

P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

Kyrie Sung – pages 152-153
♪P: In peace let us pray to the Lord.
♪C: Lord, have mercy.

♪P: For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord
♪C: Lord, have mercy.

♪P: For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord
♪C: Lord, have mercy.

♪P: For this holy house and for all who offer hear their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
♪C: Lord have mercy

♪P: Help, save, comfort and defend us gracious Lord.
♪C: Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Let us pray.

C: Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Old Testament Reading – Jeremiah 1:4-19
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,declares the Lord.”
9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.”
12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”
13 The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.”
14 Then the Lord said to me, “Out of the north disaster shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, declares the Lord, and they shall come, and every one shall set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around and against all the cities of Judah.
16 And I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil in forsaking me. They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands.
17 But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
18 And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Gradual
All: Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!

Epistle Reading – 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,  endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Special Music: “Praise Medley” ILS Chorus-Grades 2 thru 8

Alleluia and Verse
Holy Gospel
P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 4th chapter beginning with the 31st verse

31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.
33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice,  34 “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.”
35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.
36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”
37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf.
39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.
40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.
41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.
42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Hymn of the Day #537 “Beautiful Savior”

Sermon – “Saved by Grace. Freed to Serve. Called to Commitment.”
– Pastor Larry Schaefer

The Apostles Creed
All: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen

Prayer of the Church
Successful cancer treatment for Peggy Palmer, friend of Cindy Szczesny
Strength & comfort for 2 year old Lillian Begley and family, niece of Jerry & Kathy Begley, as she has terminal cancer
Strength & comfort for Athlee Muehlnickel, for the loss of her daughter
Healing from fractured wrist for Harry Hadfield, uncle of Kathy Begley
Successful surgery for Tamra Lorenzo
Safe birth for mother Whitney & baby, 1st grandchild of Julia Rivett
Safe travels for Julia Rivett to Baton Rouge, LA
Thanksgiving & blessings for the 92nd birthday of Bee Littlefield
For the planning of Consecrated Stewards by the leadership team

Offering
Offertory Hymn #781 “We Give Thee But Thine own”

The Lord’s Prayer
All: 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
P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.
Closing Hymn #922 “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”

POSTLUDE – ILS Band

Acknowledgments
Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.
Altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in honor of the 92nd birthday of Bee Littlefield.

CONTINUING PRAYER REQUESTS
Peace & comfort for the family of Florence Copeland, Aunt of Karen Schoening
Employment for those struggling to find a job

Healing
Chuck Waterman, friend of Larry Habeck
Jean, Aunt of Karen Schoening
Susan D’Agostino
Martha, mother of friend of Sandra Goode
Margaret, shoulder surgery, friend of Walt Nea

Safe Travels

Battling with Cancer or Serious Illness

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