3-29-15 Be Like Christ

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL
Palm Sunday
March 29, 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.

Comments From The Pastor and Sharing God’s Peace

Prelude

The Procession of the Cross (Please stand)

The Processional Hymn #442 “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

The Invocation
Pastor: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
People: Amen.

The Confession of Sins
Pastor: 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.
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
People: who made heaven and earth.
Pastor: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord.
People: and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
All: O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor miserable sinner, confess unto 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
Pastor: 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 Ghost.
People: Amen. (Please be seated.)

The Introit
Pastor: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
Gloria Patri
All: 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.

The Kyrie
People: Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Salutation
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with Thy Spirit.

The Collect For The Day
Pastor: Let us pray:
People: Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
People: Amen.
The First Reading – Zechariah 9:9-12
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!   Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you;  righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,  I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;  today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Epistle Reading – Philippians 2:5-11
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Special Music: “‘Hosanna’ the People cried”
Choir – both services

The Gradual (Please stand)
All: Christ entered once for all into the holy places, by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever.
The Gospel
Pastor: The Holy Gospel is written in the 12th chapter of St. John beginning at the 20th verse.
People: Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”
30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.
31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.
32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”
35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart,
lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.
42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Pastor: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
People: Praise be to Thee, O Christ!

The Nicene Creed
(The Nicene Creed is omitted in Services with a Baptism)
All: 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 Spirit 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 sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose Kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in 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 #443 “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna”
(Please rise for the final verse)

Sermon – “Be Like Christ” Philippians 2:5-11
Pastor Gregory Seltz

The Offertory
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 “Were you there?”
(Please help us keep our attendance numbers accurate by signing the black book in the pew and passing it to the person next to you.)

The Prayers
Peace & comfort for the family of John Kuhn, cousin of Warren Schoening
Peace & comfort for the family of Bud Hagemann
Peace & comfort for the family of Joe Fristic, friend of the Fabry’s
Healing for Louise Borgstede
Healing for Jean Hart
Healing & Dr’s wisdom for Elijah Weaver, grandson of Donna Robinson-Crowther
Safety for Jason Webb, serving in Afghanistan, friend of the Guerzon family

The Preface
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy Spirit.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up unto the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.
People: It is meet and right so to do.
Pastor: 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. On the tree of the cross you gave salvation to mankind that, whence death arose, thence life also might rise again and that he who by a tree once overcame likewise by a tree might be overcome. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying:

The Sanctus
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
The Pax Domini
Pastor: The Peace of the Lord be with you always!
People: Amen.

The Agnus Dei
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!
The Distribution

Distribution Hymns #434 – “Lamb of God, Pure and Holy”
#436 – Go to Dark Gethsemane”

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.

The Thanksgiving
Pastor: O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.
People: And His mercy endureth forever.
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with Thy Spirit.
Pastor: Bless we the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Benediction
People: Amen, Amen, Amen!

The Recessional Hymn #441 “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty”

Altar flowers are placed to the glory of God

CONTINUING PRAYER REQUESTS
Peace & comfort for the family of Bill Hudson, grandfather of Hannah & Hallie Harburg, students at Immanuel Lutheran School
Peace & comfort for the family of Judy Thompson, friend of the Farnsworth family
Praise & thanks for successful surgery for Steve Launikitis
Successful ministry and safe return of the medical team of Holy Cross in Haiti
Employment for those struggling to find a job

Healing
Brent, son of Donna Ackerson
Debbie Barkley, friend of Deb Haver
Garth & Sherry Haver, relatives of Deb Haver
Dennis Simon, friend of Trish Smith
Betty Becker
Lew Belof

Safe Travels

Battling with Cancer or Serious Illness
Pastor Rosenkaimer of Faith Lutheran Church
Carol Doon, Aunt of Marsha Doon
Christy Jones
Donald Parr, cousin of Pastor Farnsworth
PRAYERS FOR THOSE SERVING OUR COUNTRY
Safety for… and strength for families:
Kathryn, leaving for Army Boot Camp, friend of Helena Farnsworth
CS1 Matthew Reikowski USN, currently deployed on the USS Carl Vinson, son of Ken & Ellen Reikowski
Scott Villa, deployed to Saudi Arabia, brother-in-law of Kym Cancela
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: Ken & Ellen Reikowski
Monday: Donna Rhoden
Tuesday: Richard & Nancy Richards
Wed: Mike & Brenda Rivers, Michaela
Thursday: Julia Rivett
Friday: Lee & Therese Roberts
Saturday: Matt & Karen Roberts, Madison, Lauren, Emma, Haley

PRAYERS FOR OUR SCHOOL STUDENTS & FAMILIES
Sunday Emma Rose & Nicholas Farnsworth
Monday: Michaela Farnsworth
Tuesday: Olivia Faurote
Wed: Madelyn Fauskee
Thursday: Emalyn Ferguson
Friday: Fabian Fernandez
Saturday: Cameron Flores

A PRAYER FOR PALM SUNDAY

Everlasting God and Father, you sent your Son to take our flesh upon himself and to suffer death on the cross. Grant that, being inspired by his great humility and following his patient example, we may share in his victorious resurrection, who lives, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

HOLY WEEK
Maundy Thursday
April 2nd – 11:15am (Chapel) & 7:00 pm
Communion at both Services

Good Friday – Tenebrae Service
April 3rd – – 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday Vigil
April 4th – 9:00 pm
Communion Service

EASTER
The Resurrection of Our Lord
April 5th – 6:30 Sunrise, 8:30 and 11:00 am
Easter Breakfast served by Thrivent 7:00am-11am
Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
2913 John Moore Rd. Brandon, FL 33511
Church: 813-689-1787 School: 813-685-1978
Toll Free: 877-689-1787
Church: www.GodSoLoved.org Church Email: WeCare@GodSoLoved.org
School website: www.ilsbrandon.com
Pastors
Rev. Kenneth W. Farnsworth, Administrative Pastor-813-476-2303
Rev. Daniel G. Brammeier, Family Life & Youth Pastor-813-438-5010
Kathy Hogue – Organist/Music Director

Sunday Worship: 8:30 and 11am: Traditional Liturgy
6pm: Contemporary Liturgy
Sunday School and Bible Study at 10:00am

We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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