9-6-15 Sole Gratia!

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 6, 2015
Divine Service Setting Three- Page 184
“After all, the chief purpose of all ceremonies is to teach the people what they need to know about Christ”
From the Augsburg Confession – Article 24-The Mass


HYMNS: Opening #528
“Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

The Introit
Pastor: The Lord is the strength of His people; He is the saving refuge of His anointed. To You, O Lord, I call my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to You for help, when I lift up my hands toward Your most holy sanctuary. Blessed be the Lord! For He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Kyrie: Page 186

Gloria In Excelsis: Page 187

The Collect for the Day
(C) O Lord, let Your merciful ears be open to the prayers of Your humble servants and grant that what they ask may be in accord with Your gracious will; 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 – Isaiah 35:4-7
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,  “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God   will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God.    He will come and save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,   and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer,  and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness,  and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become a pool,  and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
The Gradual
(C) Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing! Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Epistle Reading – James 2:1-10, 14-18
1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Gospel – Mark 7:24-37
24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.
25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet.
26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.”
30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.
32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.
33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.
34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Pastor: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
♪ People: Praise be to Thee, O Christ!

Hymn of the day: #571
“God Loved the World So That He Gave”

Sermon – “Faith without works is dead.
What does this mean?” James 2:1-10, 14-18


Distribution Hymns:
#621 Let All Mortal Fresh Keep Silence
#619  Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior

Closing: #527 “O Savior, Precious Savior”


James 2:1-10, 14-18
It does not mean man is justified by love and works
Faith is the key for James
Those who say works saves, have nothing to say about faith
Works here follow Faith.
James is talking about the works of the justified
Works do not merit Grace
We are justified by faith
Faith takes hold of the promise of Christ
Faith produces good works.
Faith produces new life therefore it produces works.
An example of this change from the text
Faith without works is dead, that is, it is no faith.

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