Good Shepherd Welcomes You “To fully know Christ’s love and in love make Him fully known to all”
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Ninth Sunday after Pentecost August 10, 2014 Pastor David Meyer
OPENING HYMN “All Depends on Our Possessing ” Christian Worship 421
OPENING HYMN All depends on our possessing God's abundant grace and blessing, Though all earthly wealth depart. They who trust with faith unshaken In their God are not forsaken And e'er keep a dauntless heart. “All Depends on Our Possessing ” CW 421 v.1
OPENING HYMN He who to this day has fed me And to many joys has led me, Is and ever shall be mine. He who ever gently schools me, He who daily guides and rules me, Will remain my Help divine. “All Depends on Our Possessing ” CW 421 v.2
OPENING HYMN Many spend their lives in fretting Over trifles and in getting Things that have no solid ground. I shall strive to win a treasure That will bring me lasting pleasure And that now is seldom found. “All Depends on Our Possessing ” CW 421 v.3
OPENING HYMN Well He knows what best to grant me; All the longing hopes that haunt me, Joy and sorrow, have their day. I shall doubt His wisdom never, — As God wills, so be it ever, ― I to Him commit my way. “All Depends on Our Possessing ” CW 421 v.4
OPENING HYMN If on earth my days He lengthen, He my weary soul will stengthen; All my trust in Him I place. Earthly wealth is not abiding, Like a stream away is gliding; Safe I anchor in His grace. “All Depends on Our Possessing ” CW 421 v.5
INVOCATION M: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen.
CONFESSION OF SINS M: Dear friends, let us approach God with a true heart and confess our sins, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us. C: Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin. For faithless worrying and selfish pride, For sins of habit and sins of choice, For the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do, You should cast me away from your presence forever. O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus’ sake.
ABSOLUTION M: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. In his great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins. Hear the word of Christ through his called servant: I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen.
LORD, HAVE MERCY M: In peace, let us pray to the Lord. For the well-being of all people everywhere, that they may receive from you all they need to sustain body and life, hear our prayer, O Lord. C: Lord, have mercy. M: For the spread of your life-giving gospel throughout the world, that all who are lost in sin may be brought to faith in you, hear our prayer, O Christ. C: Christ, have mercy.
LORD, HAVE MERCY M: For patience and perseverance in this life, that we may not lose the hope of heaven as we await your return, hear our prayer, O Lord. C: Lord, have mercy. M: Lord of life, live in us that we may live for you. C: Amen.
GLORY BE TO GOD 1 All glory be to God on High! Your name, O Lord, we glorify; We praise you for your peace and grace, Your favor toward our fallen race. 2 Our grateful thanks to you we bring. For your great glory, heav’nly King. For all, O Father; you have done Through Jesus Christ, your only Son.
GLORY BE TO GOD 3 O Lamb of God, to you we pray. You take all human sin away. Have mercy, Lord; receive our prayer; From God’s right hand, your mercy share. 4 You, Christ, are holy ― Lord alone; The Father’s glory you made known. We by your Spirit sing again: “All glory be to God!” Amen.
SALUTATION M: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY M:Let us pray. Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do what is right that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you, may by your help be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C: Amen.
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 25 After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me on my way so I can go back to my own homeland. 26 Give me my wives and children, for whom I have served you, and I will be on my way. You know how much work I've done for you.“ 27But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you." 28 He added, "Name your wages, and I will pay them."
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 29Jacob said to him, "You know how I have worked for you and how your livestock has fared under my care. 30 The little you had before I came has increased greatly, and the LORD has blessed you wherever I have been. But now, when may I do something for my own household?“ 31"What shall I give you?" he asked.
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 "Don't give me anything," Jacob replied. "But if you will do this one thing for me, I will go on tending your flocks and watching over them: 32 Let me go through all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb and every spotted or speckled goat. They will be my wages. 33 And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen."
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 34"Agreed," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said." 35 That same day he removed all the male goats that were streaked or spotted, and all the speckled or spotted female goats (all that had white on them) and all the dark-colored lambs, and he placed them in the care of his sons. 36 Then he put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob continued to tend the rest of Laban's flocks.
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 37 Jacob, however, took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond and plane trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. 38 Then he placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be directly in front of the flocks when they came to drink.
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 When the flocks were in heat and came to drink, 39they mated in front of the branches. And they bore young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 40Jacob set apart the young of the flock by themselves, but made the rest face the streaked and dark-colored animals that belonged to Laban. Thus he made separate flocks for himself and did not put them with Laban's animals.
FIRST LESSON Genesis 30:25-43 41 Whenever the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would place the branches in the troughs in front of the animals so they would mate near the branches, 42 but if the animals were weak, he would not place them there. So the weak animals went to Laban and the strong ones to Jacob. 43 In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and maidservants and menservants, and camels and donkeys.
THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT From the Small and Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther M: In the Seventh Commandment God sets forth his holy, unchanging will for us and our lives, saying: C: You shall not steal. M: What does this mean for our daily lives? C: We should fear and love God that we do not take our neighbor’s money or property, or get it by dishonest dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and means of income.
THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT From the Small and Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther M: For to steal is nothing else than to get possession of another’s property wrongfully, which briefly comprehends all kinds of advantage in all sorts of trade to the disadvantage of our neighbor. C: This is the most common craft and the largest union on earth. If we consider the world through all conditions of life, it is nothing but a vast, wide sales booth, full of great thieves.
THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT From the Small and Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther M: Here, then, you have a rich Lord. He is certainly enough for you. C: He will not allow you to come up short in anything or to lack. So you can enjoy a hundred times more than you could scrape together with unfaithfulness and wrong.
SECOND LESSON 1 Timothy 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
GOSPEL Mark 12:41-44 M:The Gospel according to Mark chapter twelve. C: Glory be to you, O Lord. 41Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.
GOSPEL Mark 12:41-44 43Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.“ After the Gospel: M: This is the Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise be to you, O Christ.
HYMN OF THE DAY “What Is the World to Me ” Christian Worship 477
HYMN OF THE DAY What is the world to me With all its vaunted pleasure When you, and you alone, Lord Jesus, are my treasure! You only, dearest Lord, My soul's delight shall be; You are my peace, my rest. What is the world to me! “What Is the World to Me ” Christian Worship 477 v.1
HYMN OF THE DAY The world seeks to be praised And honored by the mighty, Yet never once reflects That they are frail and flighty. But what I truly prize Above all things is he, My Jesus, he alone. What is the world to me! “What Is the World to Me ” Christian Worship 477 v.2
HYMN OF THE DAY The world seeks after wealth And all that money offers, Yet never is content Though gold should fill its coffers. I have a higher good; Content with it I'll be; My Jesus is my wealth-- What is the world to me! “What Is the World to Me ” Christian Worship 477 v.3
HYMN OF THE DAY What is the world to me! My Jesus is my treasure, My life, my health, my wealth, My friend, my love, my pleasure, My joy, my crown, my all, My bliss eternally. Once more then I declare: What is the world to me! “What Is the World to Me ” Christian Worship 477 v.4
SERMON Genesis 30:25-43 LEAVE YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY IN GOD’S HANDS I. He has an impressive track record II. He makes impressive promises
CONFESSION OF FAITHNicene Creed We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
CONFESSION OF FAITHNicene Creed For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
CONFESSION OF FAITHNicene Creed He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
CONFESSION OF FAITHNicene Creed We believe in one holy Christian and Apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
OFFERING To our guests: Please do not feel obligated to participate. The Bible teaches that giving is an act of worship. The offering is a response of our members to the Word of God and is used for the operation of the congregation and its ministry. May the Lord bless you!
PREFACE M: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. M: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them up to the Lord. M: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C: It is good and right so to do.
PREFACE M: It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has called us to be his own so that we may live under him in his kingdom and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. Therefore with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY O holy, holy, holy, Lord god of pow’rand might, Your glory, earth and heaven In countless ways recite. Hosanna! Come and save us, Lord God of hosts on high, And in your grace and mercy Receive our fervent cry.
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Hosanna in the highest! How truly blest is he Who in God’s name is coming To set his people free! He comes to brig salvation And with his blood outpoured, Deliver us from bondage ― Hosanna, mighty Lord!
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING M: Blessed are you, O Lord of heaven and earth. We praise and thank you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, and we remember the great acts of love through which he has ransomed us from sin, death, and the devil’s power. By his incarnation, he became one with us. By his perfect life, he fulfilled your holy will. By his innocent death, he overcame hell. By his rising from the grave, he opened heaven.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING M: Invited by your grace and instructed by your Word, we approach your table with repentant and joyful hearts. Strengthen us through Christ’s body and blood, and preserve us in the true faith until we feast with him and all his ransomed people in glory everlasting. C: Amen.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. LORD’S PRAYER
WORDS OF INSTITUTION M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” M: The peace of the Lord be with you always. C: Amen.
LAMB OF GOD Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace. Amen.