IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Eve Service
November 25, 2015
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper today! Please prepare yourselves using these questions as a guide:
⦁ Have I been baptized in the Name of the Triune God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit?
⦁ Do I believe that I am a sinful being without hope for eternal life except in mercy of Jesus Christ?
⦁ Do I believe in Jesus as My Savior?
⦁ Do I believe that Jesus Christ is personally present in communion with His body and blood to forgive my sins, as the Bible teaches?
⦁ Do I desire and strive by the power of the Holy Spirit to live a God-pleasing life?
As you come to the Lord’s Supper you are affirming with each communicant that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, and that the Lutheran Church’s confession of Jesus Christ and His Supper is your confession as well.
SERVICE OF LIGHT
P Jesus Christ is the Light of the world
C the light no darkness can overcome.
P Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening.
C and the day is almost over.
P Let Your light scatter the darkness
C and illumine Your Church.
PROCESSION OF THE CROSS
OPENING HYMN #892 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION
P In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
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 the Word, I, therefore, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(Please be seated)
PSALMODY – Psalm 145:13b-21
P The Lord is faithful to all his promises
C and loving toward all he has made.
P The Lord upholds all those who fall
C and lifts up all who are bowed down.
P The eye of all look to you,
C and you give them their food at the proper time.
P You open your hand
C and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
P The Lord is righteous in all his ways
C and loving toward all he has made.
P The Lord is near to all who call on him,
C to all who call on him in truth.
P He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
C he hears their cry and saves them.
P The Lord watches over all who love him,
C but all the wicked he will destroy.
P My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
C Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give him thanks and praise.
P Blessed are You, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led Your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Enlighten our darkness by the light of Your Christ; may His Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for You are merciful, and You love Your whole creation and we, Your creatures, glorify You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
HYMN #793 – “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven”
THE OLD TESTAMENT READING – Deuteronomy 8:1-10
1 Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers.
2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.
3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.
7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; 8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; 9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
EPISTLE – Philippians 4:6-20
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
15And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.
16Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
17Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.
18I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
19And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
P This is the Gospel of our Lord.
C Thanks be to God
SPECIAL MUSIC: “Give Thanks” Adult Choir
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 17th chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to you O Christ.
THE FOURTH PETITION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
P What is the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer?
C Give us this day our daily bread
P What does this mean?
C God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all evil people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
P What is meant by daily bread?
C Daily bread includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
SERMON HYMN #895 “Now Thank We All Our God”
SERMON “Give us this day our daily bread”
P. 219. Why do we pray to God for daily bread?
C. We pray to God for daily bread, which includes everything that has to do with the support and needs of the body, because Christ wants us to
A. realize that our entire life and that of everyone else depends on God;
B. receive all our physical blessings with thanksgiving;
C. look to God for physical as well as spiritual blessings.
Bible narratives: Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). Jesus healed 10 lepers (Luke 17:11-19).
P 220. How does God provide our daily bread?
C He makes the earth fruitful and blesses us with the ability to work for the things we need.
P 221. What does God want us to do for those who are unable to work for daily food?
C God does not want us to be selfish but to share with those who are unable to work and to include them in our prayers for daily bread.
P 222. Why does Jesus have us say “this day” and “daily”?
C These words teach us not to be greedy or wasteful or to worry about the future but to live contentedly in the confidence that the Lord will give us what we need.
Bible narrative: The parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:15-21
All: 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. Amen.
OFFERING – “We Gather Together” Kathy Hogue – Piano
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.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For our Pastors and teachers, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people of God. For our public servants, for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord have mercy.
For those who work to bring peace, justice, health, and protection in this and every place, let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing, and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times. For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
P The Lord be with you.
C And with thy Spirit.
P Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up unto the Lord.
P Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.
C It is meet and right so to do.
P It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame death and the grave and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying:
All: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory; Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.
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.
THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION
P The Peace of the Lord be with you always!
All: O Christ Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the Sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen
DISTRIBUTION HYMN #628 Your Table I Approach
THE NUNC DIMITTIS (Please stand)
All: Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all People, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy People Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
P O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.
C And His mercy endureth forever.
P Lord be with you.
C And with Thy Spirit.
P Bless we the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
POST COMMUNION COLLECT
P Let us pray
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, we give You thanks that yu have given us a foretaste of the feast to come in the Holy Supper of Your Son’s body and blood. Keep us firm in he true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, n the day His coming, we may together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom that has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever
P The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.
CLOSING HYMN #886 – “The Day Thou Gavest”
ADVENT MIDWEEK SERIES
This year our midweek Advent series will focus on
“Angels of Advent:
God’s Messengers bring us news of the Christ”
Remember, midweek services are at 7:00 pm.
Pre-Service Meal starts at 5:30pm
Wednesday, December 2nd:
“The Fallen Angel learns of a deliverer” Genesis 3:8-15
Wednesday, December 9th:
“Gabriel brings news of a son the forerunner of Christ” Luke 1:26-38
Wednesday, December 16th:
“Gabriel announces to Mary she is pregnant by the Holy Spirit” Luke 1:26-38
Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
2913 John Moore Rd Brandon, Florida 33511
Rev. Kenneth W. Farnsworth, Administrative Pastor
Rev. Daniel G. Brammeier, Family Life & Youth Pastor
Kathy Hogue, Organist/ Music Director
8:30 and 11 am: Traditional Liturgy
6 pm: Contemporary Liturgy
Sunday School at 10:00 am
Church: 813-689-1787 FAX: 813-681-1526
School: 813-685-1978 FAX: 813-681-6852
Toll Free: 877-689-1787
Church website: www.GodSoLoved.org
Church email: WeCare@GodSoLoved.org
School website: www.ilsbrandon.com
School email: Office@ilsbrandon.com
We are a member congregation of the
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod