Wednesday, April 1, 2020
To Seek and To Save: To Save the Lost
A quick word about how to worship from a distance.
A note about this Online Service: Worshipping online like this will probably be awkward. It will be challenging. It won't feel the same or look exactly the same. But it will allow us to gather as God's people to worship Him and receive His Grace and Mercy!
With that in mind I want to encourage you to do a couple of things to make the most of this way of worship...
- Set aside a special time where you are dedicated to worship. Don't just multitask your way through this.
- Say a prayer before your time of worship that God would use this time through the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage your faith in Jesus.
- Participate don't just listen! Worship is something we do together. In your homes, this may be awkward and uncomfortable, but remember when we gather together we speak the liturgy together, we pray our prayers together, we sing together, and we hear God's Word together. So in your homes try to do the same thing! Pray. Sing. Speak. Hear. Yes, at first it will be odd. It will be a little confusing. But we can do this together.
- Remember that this is the Lord's time and He promises to be with us! Hold fast to His Word and promises because they are for you!
- As a final encouragement, if you are able, PLEASE take a picture of your household worshipping God together and SHARE it on our Facebook page!
- If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.
Pre-Service Prayer - Almighty God, by Your great goodness, mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Theme Verse: For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world - to bear witness to the truth. John 18:37
We’re So Glad You Are Joining Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ Today!
Opening Hymn: “Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain” LSB, hymn #435
Come to Calv’ry’s holy mountain,
Sinners, ruined by the fall;
Here a pure and healing fountain
Flows for you, for me, for all,
In a full, perpetual tide,
Opened when our Savior died.
Come in poverty and meanness,
Come defiled, without, within;
From infection and uncleanness,
From the leprosy of sin,
Wash your robes and make them white;
Ye shall walk with God in light.
Come in sorrow and contrition,
Wounded, impotent, and blind;
Here the guilty, free remission,
Here the troubled, peace may find.
Health this fountain will restore;
They that drink shall thirst no more.
They that drink shall live forever;
’Tis a soul-renewing flood.
God is faithful; God will never
Break His covenant of blood,
Signed when our Redeemer died,
Sealed when He was glorified.
INVOCATION AND OPENING RESPONSES
P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Let Your hand be ready to help me,
C: For I have chosen Your precepts.
P: I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
C: And Your law is my delight.
P: Let my soul live and praise You,
C: And let Your rules help me.
P: I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
C: For I do not forget Your commandments. (Psalm 119:173-176)
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
P: In this Lenten Season, we gather at the cross to confess our sins and seek our Lord’s gracious forgiveness. Knowing that God hears our prayers, let us confess our sins to Him . . . . Almighty God,
C: We have gone astray like lost sheep. We have turned away from Your Word and to listen to the tempting voices the world around us. We have followed our own desires instead of following Your will. Have mercy on us and forgive us for the sake of Jesus our Savior. Amen.
P: Children of God, Hear His Word and His promises! God has had mercy on us. He sent His Son to seek and to save the lost, to seek and to save us. Jesus suffered, died and rose from the dead to bring us forgiveness and life. I announce to you that your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen! Be our Shepherd, Lord, and hold us safely in Your mighty hand!
PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Let us pray, . . . Almighty God, You promised through the prophet Isaiah that You would come to search for Your lost sheep. You would rescue them all. In the person of Jesus, Your Son, You kept Your promise to seek and to save the lost. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we have been rescued from sin, death and the devil and brought safely into Your kingdom. Fill us with Your Spirit so that we will be bold witnesses for our Savior, seeking those still lost in the darkness of sin and sharing with them the good news of the Shepherd who came to give His life to save them. Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name.
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16 (I will search for my sheep!)
“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.
Epistle Reading: Romans 10:8-13 (Call on the name of the Lord!)
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Gospel Reading: Luke 19:1-10 (To Seek And To Save The Lost)
[Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Sermon Hymn: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” LSB, hymn #709
The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul He leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.
Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me.
In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.
Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!
And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever!
Sermon: “To Save The Lost” Luke 19:1-10
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
In this time of staying in our homes, we need to also remember our care for the house of the Lord. If you normally feel led to contribute to the offering plate, we recommend electronic giving. Consistent offering does help us to budget for the care of building, church staff, school support and the surprise extras like equipment to live-stream our preaching!
We ask, if at all possible, that you please continue your offerings as we have ongoing and regular expenses with utilities, payroll, and mortgage among others.
Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.
If you are able to increase your offering during this time to help us, we would greatly appreciate it.
P: Let us confess our faith, using the words of the Apostles’ Creed.
C: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
P: Let us pray, . . . Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before You, O Lord, and let Your loving-kindness descend on us that, with purified minds, we may sing Your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host and may glorify You forever.
P: Lord and Savior, in Jericho You found the lost sinner Zacchaeus and called him to faith in Yourself. You were born among us, as one of us, as our Shepherd, to find and save Your lost sheep. Through Your death and resurrection, You rescued us from sin, death and the devil and made us Your own in Holy Baptism. Jesus, Good Shepherd,
C: You came to seek and to save the lost.
P: Lord and Savior, so many people are lost in loneliness and despair. They may be lost in grief or fear or doubt. Work through Your saving Word to bring to them the comfort that they need. Work through us as we share with them the hope that we have in Your name. Jesus, Good Shepherd,
C: You came to seek and to save the lost.
P: Lord and Savior, by the power of the Holy Spirit, work through our witness as we share the good news of salvation with those still lost in sin. As You did with Zacchaeus, invite Yourself into their hearts and homes through the Gospel that we share. Jesus, Good Shepherd,
C: You came to seek and to save the lost.
P: O Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C: 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
P: For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for My sheep and will seek them out.
C As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered,
P: So will I seek out My sheep,
C: And I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered. (Ezekiel 34:11-12)
P: The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you (+)and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Closing Hymn: “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” LSB, hymn #423
Jesus, refuge of the weary, Blest Redeemer, whom we love,
Fountain in life’s desert dreary, Savior from the world above:
Often have Your eyes, offended, Gazed upon the sinner’s fall;
Yet upon the cross extended, You have borne the pain of all.
Do we pass that cross unheeding, Breathing no repentant vow,
Though we see You wounded, bleeding, See Your thorn-encircled brow?
Yet Your sinless death has brought us Life eternal, peace, and rest;
Only what Your grace has taught us Calms the sinner’s deep distress.
Jesus, may our hearts be burning With more fervent love for You;
May our eyes be ever turning To behold Your cross anew
Till in glory, parted never From the blessed Savior’s side,
Graven in our hearts forever, Dwell the cross, the Crucified.
+ STAY STRONG IN THE LORD!! +
[Legal Stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: By Carol Geisler. © 2020 Creative Communications for the Parish, a division of Bayard, Inc., 1564 Fencorp Dr., Fenton, MO 63026. 800-325-9414. www.creativecommunications.com. All rights reserved. Music: Music re-printed through CCLI License #640335 or through hymnal/songbook ownership or song is Public Domain and not copyrighted. LSB435 - Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain: Text (sts. 1–4) and Music: Public domain; LSB709 - The King of Love My Shepherd Is: Text (sts. 1–6) and Music: Public domain; LSB423 - Jesus, Refuge of the Weary: Text (sts. 1–3) and Music: Public domain]