5-31-15 Trinity Sunday The Learning Teacher

IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL
The Holy Trinity
May 31, 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 #507 Holy, Holy, Holy

The Service of Preparation

The Invocation Matthew 28:19
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
♪ C: Amen.

The Confession of Sins
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.
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.
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
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 Ghost.
♪ C: Amen. (Please be seated.)

The Service of The Word

Catechesis: The Apostles Creed
What is meant by “I believe in God”?
It means I trust God and His promises and accept as true all He teaches in the Holy Scriptures.
Ps. 31:14 I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God”
What three creeds are used by the church?
The Apostles’, the Nicene and the Athanasian

In what ways does the triune God make Himself known?
A. Through the existence of the world (natural knowledge of God)
B. Through conscience (natural knowledge of God)
C. Especially through the Holy Scriptures in which God clearly reveals Himself and His gift of salvation in Christ (revealed knowledge of God).

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
♪ C: Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Gloria in Excelsis
♪ P: Glory be to God on high:
♪C: And on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, The only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord. Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Salutation
P: The Lord be with you.
♪ C: And with Thy Spirit.

The Collect for the Day
P: Let us pray:
C: Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.
♪ C: Amen.

The Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 6:1-8
1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Athanasian Creed
P: Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.
C: Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.
P: And the catholic faith is this,
C: that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.
P: For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.
C: But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
P: Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:
C: the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and Holy Spirit uncreated;
P: the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;
C: the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.
P: And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,
C: just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.
P: In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;
C and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

The Gradual
All: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. On Your wondrous works, I will meditate, and I will declare Your greatness.

The Second Reading – Acts 2:14, 22-36
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.
24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.
25 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
35     until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Athanasian Creed (continued)
P: So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;
C: and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
P: So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Spirit is Lord;
C: and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
P: just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.
C: The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.
P: The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.
C: The Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.
P: Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
C: And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;
P: but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.
C: Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must therefore think thus about the Trinity.

Special Music:
Sharing the Love, Joy, and Peace of Jesus
Congregation & Choir- both services
Refrain
Sharing the Love, Joy and Peace of Jesus
Because He loves us so.
Sharing the Love, Joy and Peace of Jesus
Wherever we may go.

Jesus has given us His command
to tell all people that He Died on the cross
and on Easter arose, To set all people free.
Refrain

Here in the Brandon community
We have been given the call.
Proclaim His Gospel to neighbor and friend,
Tell of His love for all.
Refrain

Praise to the Father and to the Son, and to the Spirit, all Three. The Holy Trinity that we proclaim, to set all people free
Refrain
Sharing the Love, Joy and Peace of Jesus
Wherever we may go.

(Please Stand)
♪ All: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Gospel
P: The Holy Gospel is written in the 3rd chapter of St. John beginning at the 1st verse.
♪C: Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named  Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?
11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
P: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
♪ C: Praise be to Thee, O Christ!

Athanasian Creed (continued)
P: But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.
P: He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age:
C: perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;
P: equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.
C: Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:
P: one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God;
C: one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
P: For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,
C: who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,
P: ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
C: At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.
P: And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.
C: This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

Hymn #864 Shepherd of Tender Youth
(Please rise for the final verse)

Sermon “A Teacher of Israel?” The Learning Teacher
John 3:1-17

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
(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.)

Special Music: “Precious Servant, Go In Peace”
Choir – 11am service in honor of Principal Dave Geidel’s retirement
The Prayers
Peace & comfort to the family of Trudy Daniello
Peace & comfort for the family of Robert Chapman, son of friend of Judy Steinbrueck
Successful cancer & sickle cell anemia treatment for Kalandra Hendrix, friend of Colleen Webb
Successful cancer treatment for Henry Jackson, friend of Sandra Goode
Healing from hip surgery for Lowell Pretzer, father of Barb Wenzel
Healing for Stacy Ochoa, daughter of Sandra Goode
Prayers for Julie Haver & Cameron Neubauer
Safety for Bill & Jackie Anton in their travels the next month
Safety for Joshua, serving in Iraq, brother of Jessica Armstrong

The Service of the Sacrament

Preface
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……

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
P: The Peace of the Lord be with you always!
C: Amen.

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 #790 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
#822 Alleluia, Let Praises Ring

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, i s now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

P: O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.
C: And his mercy endures forever.
Post-Communion Collect
P: Gracious God, our heavenly Father, You 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 the true faith through our earthly pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in HIs kingdom which has no end; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And with thy spirit.
P: Bless we the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

The Benediction
P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
C: Amen, Amen, Amen!

The Closing Hymn #506 Glory Be To God the Father

Please join us as we walk over to the school office for the dedication of the new Preschool Room. After dedication we will continue on to the gym (FLC) for Principal Geidel’s retirement celebration.

Altar flowers are placed to the glory of God

CONTINUING PRAYER REQUESTS
Employment for those struggling to find a job

Healing
Therese Roberts
Ruth Krause
Heidi Brammeier

Safe Travels

Battling with Cancer or Serious Illness
Janice Menne and family, friend of the Sawicki’s, Miller’s & Bev Lowe

PRAYERS FOR THOSE SERVING OUR COUNTRY
Safety for… and strength for families:
Safety in deployment for Trent Scalf, son-in-law of Shari Jester
Jason Webb, serving in Afghanistan, friend of the Guerzon family
Kathryn, leaving for Army Boot Camp, friend of Helena Farnsworth
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: Donna Ackerson
Monday: Vicki Aden
Tuesday: Jeff & Deb Albers, Adam
Wed: Caroline Alexander-Martin, Heather, Jessica
Thursday: Bill & Jackie Anton
Friday: Barbara Bader
Saturday: Paul & Amanda Baldwin, Lucas, Nathan

PRAYERS FOR OUR SCHOOL STUDENTS & FAMILIES
Sunday Emma & Haley Roberts
Monday: Gavin Roberts
Tuesday: Noah Rodriguez
Wed: Nathan Sapparkhao
Thursday: Katie & Lauren Schneider
Friday: Andrew & Natalie Sciesinski
Saturday: Madison Scott
PRAYER FOR THE
HOLY TRINITY

Almighty and everlasting God, since You have given us, Your servants, grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of the true faith and to worship the true Unity in the power of Your divine majesty, keep us also steadfast in this true faith and worship and defend us ever from all our adversaries; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign,
one God, now and forever. Amen

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