“GOD MUST BE CRAZY….TO LOVE US SO MUCH”
Because of what we have done wrong.
The Law truly shows us who we are and condemns us
Therefore, how can I be saved?
Because the Gospel flies in the face of logic
God’s own righteousness
Righteousness is given from and by Jesus Christ for Verse 21
Because He is crazy in love with us.
God acted decisively in the person of Jesus Christ. Verse 22
Righteousness revealed through faith in Christ. Verses 21-22
God’s character-acting righteously in Christ. Verse 25
IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL
October 25, 2015
(Luther’s German Mass – Adapted)
Luther’s German Mass of 1526 was a response to the Lutheran leadership of the time to bring some continuity to worship. Many Pastors were writing their own services which in many cases were poorly done. The choral service we are using this morning for Reformation Sunday follows the tradition of Luther’s German Mass of 1526, in which parts of the liturgy are replaced with hymns.
The Reformation was a movement in the 16th century led by a pious monk named Martin Luther to correct unbiblical teaching and practice in the church of that day. It’s effects were not only positive and beneficial to the church, they were also beneficial to society as well. Many of the historical movements, both of the church and the state, towards ‘freedom and liberty’ have their roots in the Reformation of Martin Luther.
Grace alone, faith alone, through the Scripture alone! This was Luther’s cry to the world that day. It is what we celebrate and hold dear as well. A blessed Reformation Sunday to you all!
PRELUDE – “Canon in D” ILS School Band
PROCESSION OF THE CROSS (Please stand)
OPENING HYMN – #657 “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
Accompanied by the ILS School Band
THE CONFESSION OF SIN
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God, our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
C: Who made heaven and earth.
P: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord.
C: And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
P: O almighty God, merciful father,
All: I, a poor miserable sinner, confess to you all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended you and justly deserve your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them, and sincerely repent of them and I pray you of your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of your beloved son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor sinful being.
THE WORD OF ABSOLUTION
P: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
SPECIAL MUSIC: “God of Old and Lord of Glory”
Choir with Cathy Gustavus on flute
P: God is our ref│uge and strength;
an ever present help in │ trouble
C: Therefore we will not fear,
though the │ earth give way*
and the mountains fall
into the heart │ of the sea,
P: though its waters │roar and foam *
and the mountains quake
with their │surging.
C: There is a river whose streams
make glad the cit- │ -y of God,*
the holy place where the
Most │High dwells
P: God is within her, she│will not fall;*
God will help her at │break of day
C: Nations are in uproar, │ kingdoms fall; *
he lifts his voice, the │earth melts
P: The Lord Almighty is │with us;*
the God of Jacob is our │fortress.
C: Come and see the works │of the Lord,*
the desolations he has brought │ on the earth.
P: He makes wars cease to the ends│
Of the earth;* he breaks the bow and shatters
the spear, he burns the │shields with fire.
C: “Be still, and know that │I am God;*
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted │in earth.”
P: The Lord Almighty is │with us;*
The God of Jacob is our │fortress.
ALL: Glory be to the Father and │to the Son*
And to the Holy │Spirit;
As it was in the be- │ ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. │ Amen.
THE KYRIE – LSB Page #152-153
THE GLORIA IN EXCELSIS – #947 – “All Glory Be to God on High”
P: Let us pray the collect of the day together:
ALL: O God, Your divine wisdom sets in order all things in heaven and on earth. Put away from us all things hurtful and give us those things that are beneficial for us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
THE FIRST READING – Revelations 14:6-7
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.
SPECIAL MUSIC: “Beautiful Savior” Played by ILS School Band
THE EPISTLE –Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight be observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
P: This is the Word of the Lord
C: Thanks be to God.
THE GOSPEL CROSS PROCESSION
THE GRADUAL HYMN–
Congregation #733 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” Verses 1, 5 and 6
P: The Holy Gospel is written in the 8th chapter of St John, beginning at the 31st verse.
C: Glory be to you, O Lord!
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
P: This is the Gospel of our Lord
C: Praise be to you, O Christ!
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.
HYMN: #555 “Salvation unto Us Has Come” Verses 1, 2, 8, 9 & 10
SERMON – “God must by crazy…..to love us so much” Romans 3:19-28
OFFERING (Please help us keep our attendance numbers accurate by signing
the red book in the pew and passing it to the person next to you)
OFFERTORY HYMN #781 We Give Thee But Thine Own Vs 1-2
Peace & comfort for the family of Johanna Ostrenga
Peace & comfort for the family of Don Potter, brother of Iola Levi
Peace & comfort for the family of sister of Dan Brown; his wife,
Christine is sister of Phil Morrissey
Successful cancer treatments for Crystal Sheldon, sister-in-law of
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.
C: Amen, Amen, Amen!
CLOSING HYMN – #922 “Go My Children with My Blessing”
Accompanied by the ILS School Band
Altar flowers are placed to the glory of God and in memory of
Peggy Nea, Vera Nea and Walt Nea, Sr.
CONTINUING PRAYER REQUESTS
Employment for those struggling to find a job
Bob & Christine Garrett
Battling with Cancer or Serious Illness
Sue Waltzer, friend of Kim Stromberg
Lois Coulter, friend of Kim Stromberg
Warren Teasdale and family dealing with terminal cancer, brother-in-law of Joan Crouse
PRAYERS FOR THOSE SERVING OUR COUNTRY
Safety for… and strength for families:
Adam Rozehnal, deployed to the Middle East
Zachary Hedgpeth , US Army, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, grandson of Bonny Jacobi
Joshua Armstrong, serving in Iraq, brother of Jessica Armstrong
Trent Scalf, son-in-law of Shari Jester
Jason Webb, serving in Afghanistan, friend of the Guerzon family
Nick Dillon as he travels on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East, nephew of Kim Blomquist
Roger Hedgpeth serving on the USS Roosevelt, grandson of Bonny Jacobi
Travis Pretzer, deployed to Japan, nephew of Lloyd & Barbara Wenzel
Safety, peace & spiritual strength for all soldiers and contractors stationed overseas
PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILIES
Sunday: Beverly Mueller
Monday: Pam Murphy, Bill, Joshua, Matthew
Tuesday: Amy Nardin, Madeleine, Rome
Wed: Walt Nea, Jr.
Thursday: Heather Nelson, Zoe, Remi
Friday: David & Jennifer Nilsen, Christopher, Ryan & Kevin
Saturday: John & Debbie O’Neil
PRAYERS FOR OUR SCHOOL STUDENTS & FAMILIES
Sunday Seth Travise
Monday: Jessica Trlak
Tuesday: Genesis Vargas
Wed: Ian Weathers
Thursday: Christopher Webb
Friday: Diego Wells
Saturday: Jake Abrams