July 26, 2020
At Home Worship Guide
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AT THE FONT
INVOCATION and RESPONSIVE READING
from Isaiah 33
P. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
O Lord, be gracious to us;
we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
our salvation in time of distress
The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
He will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.
He will be the sure foundation for your times,
A rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
The fear of the Lord
is the key to this treasure.
For the Lord is our judge,
the Lord is our lawgiver,
The Lord is our king;
it is he who will save us.
No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”;
And the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.
CONFESSION OF SIN - KYRIE
P. O God Almighty... Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
P. Lord, have mercy.
C. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy on us.
DECLARATION OF GRACE from Romans 8 (All: “Amen.”)
HYMN OF PRAISE
“If God Himself Be For Me” (spoken responsively:)
If God Himself be for me,
I may a host defy;
For when I pray, before me
My foes, confounded, fly.
If Christ, my head and master,
Befriend me from above,
What foe or what disaster
Can drive me from His love?
Christ Jesus is my splendor,
My sun, my light, alone;
Were He not my defender
Before God’s awesome throne,
I never should find favor
And mercy in His sight
But be destroyed forever
As darkness by the light.
I build on this foundation,
That Jesus and his blood
Alone are my salvation,
My true, eternal good.
Without Him all that pleases
Is valueless on earth;
The gifts I have from Jesus
Alone have priceless worth.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
(All respond: “Amen.”)
AT THE LECTERN
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, so he said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for - both riches and honor – so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in my ways and obey my statues and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
Then Solomon awoke – and he realized it had been a dream.
OLD TESTAMENT READING
1 Kings 3:5-15
EPISTLE READING Romans 8:31-39
By grace, we live a new life!
What shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it
is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered
as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
HYMN RESPONSE “If God Himself Be For Me” (spoken responsively)
Though earth should break asunder,
My fortress You shall be;
No fire or sword or thunder
Shall sever You from me.
No danger, thirst, or hunger,
No pain or poverty,
No earthly tyrant's anger
Shall ever vanquish me.
No angel and no gladness,
No throne, no pomp, no show,
No love, no hate, no sadness,
No pain, no depth of woe,
No scheming, no contrivance,
No subtle thing or great
Shall draw me from Your guidance
Nor from You separate.
Matthew 13:44-52 (Stand)
(Jesus said:) "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again and in his joy went and sold all he had
and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away
and sold everything he had and bought it.
"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into
the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled
it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."
Pastor Dan Kowert,
Lutheran Church of the Living Christ
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The service of the Sacrament is not included in the on line worship
HYMN “Jesus, Priceless Treasure”
1. Jesus, priceless treasure, source of purest pleasure,
Truest friend to me,
Long my heart was burning, and my soul was yearning,
Lord, with you to be!
Yours I am,
O spotless Lamb;
Nothing I'll allow to hide you,
Nothing ask beside you.
2. In your arms I rest me; Foes who would molest me
Cannot reach me here.
Though the earth be shaking, Ev'ry heart be quaking,
Jesus calms my fear.
Sin and hell
in conflict fell
With their bitter storms assail me;
Jesus will not fail me.
3. Satan, I defy you; Death, I now decry you;
Fear, I bid you cease.
World, you cannot harm me nor your threats alarm me
While I sing of peace.
God's great pow'r
guards ev'ry hour;
Earth and all its depths adore him,
Silent bow before him.
4. Hence, all earthly treasure! Jesus is my pleasure,
Jesus is my choice.
Hence, all empty glory! What to me your story,
told with tempting voice?
Pain or loss
or shame or cross
Shall not from my Savior move me,
Since he chose to love me.
PRAYERS (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.
CLOSING PRAYER, BLESSING
(All respond: “Amen.”)
“Jesus, Priceless Treasure” St. 5
Hence, all fears and sadness, For the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in.
Those who love the Father, Though the storms may gather,
Still have peace within.
For, whate'er I must bear,
Still in you lies purest pleasure,
Jesus, priceless treasure!
“Go in peace, serve the Lord!"
All: THANKS BE TO GOD!”