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, PLEASE share the link to our online worship service with others as an opportunity for them to join us in worship!
- If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.
May 31, 2020
AS WE GATHER - Today we recall the Feast of Pentecost, fifty days after our Lord’s resurrection. So today we hear the Word of God spoken to us in our own language, that powerful, mighty Word through which the Holy Spirit creates and strengthens the gift of saving faith in us. This faith is like living water flowing through our entire being bringing the refreshment of the forgiveness of all of our sins and a new and godly purpose for the living of our days. The water Jesus gives is the true water of life.
Before worship prayer - Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. In the multitude of Your tender mercies prepare my heart that I may enter Your house to worship and confess Your holy name; through Jesus Christ, my God and Lord. AMEN.
We’re So Glad God Brought You Here Today!
Opening Hymn: “O Holy Spirit, Enter In” LSB, hymn #913
O Holy Spirit, enter in,
And in our hearts Your work begin,
Your dwelling place now make us.
Sun of the soul, O Light divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
To joy and gladness wake us
That we may be
Truly living, To You giving Prayer unceasing
And in love be still increasing.
Give to Your Word impressive pow’r,
That in our hearts from this good hour
As fire it may be glowing,
That in true Christian unity
We faithful witnesses may be,
Your glory ever showing.
Hear us, cheer us
By Your teaching; Let our preaching And our labor
Praise You, Lord, and serve our neighbor.
O mighty Rock, O Source of life,
Let Your dear Word, in doubt and strife,
In us be strongly burning
That we be faithful unto death
And live in love and holy faith,
From You true wisdom learning.
Your grace and peace
On us shower; By Your power Christ confessing,
Let us see our Savior’s blessing.
P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. Matthew 28:19b
CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS
P: Beloved in Christ, God sends His Holy Spirit as He promised to work true contrition and sorrow over our sins and the gift of the repentance of faith in His forgiveness. In this truth we make our confession together. Come, Holy Spirit,
C: Fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love. By the power of Your Word, we confess our sin and need of Your grace. We confess that we have sinned against You in our thoughts, in our words, and in our actions, both in what we have done and in what we have failed to do. For the sake of the mighty work of our Lord Jesus, His death and resurrection for us and the whole world, grant to us Your forgiveness and new life. Amen.
P: Jesus said: “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Receive the Holy Spirit. Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. In the joy and power of God's forgiveness, we are Gospel witnesses to the ends of the earth.
C: Thanks be to God. Amen.
P: Let us pray . . . .O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
THE READING OF THE WORD
First Lesson: Acts 2:1-21 (Coming of the Holy Spirit)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs - we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
P: The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventh chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.
Gospel Lesson: John 7:37-39 (Spirit Will Work Through Us!)
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Children’s Message Rich Nordmeyer
Sermon Hymn: “Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling” LSB, hymn #650
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling In the holiest realms of light;
Holy Spirit, ever brooding O’er a world of gloom and night;
Holy Spirit, ever raising Those of earth to thrones on high;
Living, life-imparting Spirit, You we praise and magnify.
Holy Spirit, ever living As the Church’s very life;
Holy Spirit, ever striving Through us in a ceaseless strife;
Holy Spirit, ever forming In the Church the mind of Christ:
You we praise with endless worship For Your gifts and fruits unpriced.
Holy Spirit, ever working Through the Church’s ministry;
Quick’ning, strength’ning, and absolving, Setting captive sinners free;
Holy Spirit, ever binding Age to age and soul to soul
In communion never ending, You we worship and extol.
Pastor’s Message: "Filled With God's Spirit and Speaking His Good News" Acts 2:17-18
Tithes and Offerings
CONFESSION OF FAITH
P: Let us confess our faith as we proclaim God’s work through His Holy Spirit in our lives.
C: 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.
P: What does this mean?
C: I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ. This is most certainly true.
PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
1 Timothy 2:1-4
P: Let us pray. . . Lord God, on this day we praise You for sending the light of Your salvation to the whole world by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit. Cause the light of Your saving Word to shine in our hearts and throughout the world that we with many may be brought to true repentance and strengthened in saving faith in Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Cause Your Spirit especially to lead, guide, and enlighten all those whom You have called to proclaim Your life-giving Word. By the same Spirit, help them to point us and the world to Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen again for the life of the world. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: We give You thanks for all who have gone before us with the sign of faith, for all the saints through the ages, and especially our loved ones who now dwell in Your nearer presence and rest from their labors (Especially, . . . ). Keep us in fellowship with all Your saints, and bring us at last to the joys of Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: By Your Spirit, bring Your Word and assurance of deliverance, health, and healing to all who are in sorrow or need, sickness or adversity. We pray that you be with those hospitalized this past week (Especially, . . . ). Also be with those who continue treatment and healing at home. We pray for them and all those that we name in our hearts . . . (Silence). Deliver, O Lord, especially those who are most helpless and those to whom death draws near. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
(Additional prayers of the congregation. Each petition concludes with. . . )
P: . . . Lord, In Your Mercy,
C: Hear Our Prayer.
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. Matthew 6:9-13
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit + be with you always!
C: Amen! Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
P: Go in peace as you serve our risen Lord.
C: Thanks be to God!
Closing Hymn: “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” LSB, hymn #496
Holy Spirit, light divine, Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shades of night away, Turn the darkness into day.
Let me see my Savior’s face, Let me all His beauties trace;
Show those glorious truths to me Which are only known to Thee.
Holy Spirit, pow’r divine, Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
In Thy mercy pity me, From sin’s bondage set me free.
Holy Spirit, joy divine, Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Yield a sacred, settled peace, Let it grow and still increase.
Holy Spirit, all divine, Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down ev’ry idol throne, Reign supreme, and reign alone.
STAY STRONG IN THE LORD!!
After worship prayer - Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.
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Serving in God's House Today:
Preacher: Rev. Karl Koeppel
Liturgist: Rev. Michael Hanel
Organist: Nadine Engel
Worship Service: Rev. Karl Koeppen
Audio/Video Production: Rev. Michael Hanel
Audio Production/Editing: Matt Callan
[Legal Stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: Scripture quotations taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®. Used by permission. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Music: Music re-printed through CCLI License #640335 or through hymnal/songbook ownership or song is Public Domain and not copyrighted. LSB913 - O Holy Spirit, Enter In: Text (sts. 1–3, ) and Music: Public domain; LSB650 - Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling: Text (sts. 1–3) and Music: Public domain; LSB496 - Holy Spirit, Light Divine: Text (sts. 1–5) and Music: Public domain.]