September 27, 2020
At Home Worship Guide
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AT THE FONT
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Jesus said, “Where two or three of you gather in my name, there am I with them.”
“Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love”
Jesus! Name of wondrous love, name all other names above, Unto which must ev’ry knee bow in deep humility.
Jesus! Name of priceless worth to each fallen child of earth, For the promise that it gave, "Jesus shall his people save."
Jesus! Name of wondrous love, human name of God above; Pleading only this, we flee trusting, O our God, in Thee.
Gott Sei Dank
CONFESSION OF SIN (spoken together)
O most merciful God, you have given your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy on us and for his sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of you and of your will and true obedience to your Word, to the end that by your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
DECLARATION OF GRACE
(After ...“Grant this Lord, to us all!” All: “Amen.”)
HYMN STANZA (spoken together:)
Jesus! Only name that’s giv’n Under all the mighty heav’n Whereby we, to sin enslaved Burst our fetters and are saved.
PRAYER OF THE DAY (All: “Amen.”)
AT THE LECTERN
OLD TESTAMENT READING from Ezekiel 18
“As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, the soul who sins is the one who will die... If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it; because of the sin he has committed he will die. But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life. Because he considers the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die. ... Therefore, I will judge you, each one according to your ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord. Repent and live!”
All speak bold words
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. ...Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who - being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do every-thing without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.
CREEDAL HYMN “At the Name of Jesus”
At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow,
Every tongue confess him King of glory now.
’Tis the Father’s pleasure we should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning was the mighty Word.
Humbled for a season, to receive a name
From the lips of sinners unto whom he came,
Faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious when from death he passed;
In your hearts enthrone him; There let him subdue
All that is not holy, all that is not true:
Crown him as your captain in temptation's hour;
Let his will enfold you in its light and pow'r.
Christians, this Lord Jesus shall return again
In his Father's glory, when he comes to reign.
For all earthly powers soon to him must bow,
So let us confess him King of glory now.
- Glory then to Jesus, who, the Prince of light,
To a world in darkness brought the gift of sight;
Praise to God the Father; In the Spirit's love
Praise we all together Him who reigns above.
St. Matthew 21:23-32
All stand for Christ’s words.
While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts, the chief priests and elders came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. John’s baptism - where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?”
They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men’ – we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.”
Pastor Dan Kowert ,
Lutheran Church of the Living Christ
“O Christ, What Can It Mean For Us?”
1. O Christ, what can it mean for us
to claim you as our king?
What royal face have you revealed
whose praise the church would sing?
Aspiring not to glory’s height,
to power, wealth, and fame,
You walked a diff’rent, lowly way,
another’s will your aim.
2. You came, the image of our God,
to heal and to forgive,
To shed your blood for sinners’ sake
that we might rise and live.
To break the law of death you came,
the law of love to bring:
A diff’rent rule of righteousness,
a diff’rent kind of king.
AT THE ALTAR
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Reaching Up – to God in worship…
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The service of the Sacrament is not included in the on line worship
(After each petition, all say, “Hear our prayer!”)
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.
PRAYER, BLESSING (All: “Amen.”) -
CLOSING STANZAS (spoken)
You chose a humble human form and shunned the world’s renown;
You died for us upon a cross with thorns your only crown.
But still, beyond the span of years, our glad hosannas ring,
For now at God’s right hand you reign, a diff’rent kind of king!
Though some would make their greatness felt and lord it over all,
You said the first must be the last and service be our call.
O Christ, in workplace, church, and home, let none to power cling;
For still, through us, you come to serve, a diff’rent kind of king.
“Go in peace, serve the Lord!"
THANKS BE TO GOD!”