Worship

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...

  1. Set aside a special time where you are dedicated to worship. Don't just multitask your way through this.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.

The Twelfth Week after Pentecost

Aug. 23, 2020

 

Who am I?


Before worship prayer - Faithful God, whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit. Keep safe our going out and our coming in, and let Your blessing remain with us throughout this day. Preserve us in Your righteousness and grant us a portion in that eternal life which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. AMEN.

We’re So Glad God Brought You Here Today!

Opening Hymn: “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” LSB, hymn #524

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds In a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, And drives away our fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole And calms the heart’s unrest;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul And to the weary, rest.

Dear name! The rock on which I build, My shield and hiding place;
My never-failing treasury filled With boundless stores of grace.

O Jesus, shepherd, guardian, friend, My Prophet, Priest, and King,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end, Accept the praise I bring.

How weak the effort of my heart, How cold my warmest thought!
But when I see Thee as Thou art, I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim With ev’ry fleeting breath;
And may the music of Thy name Refresh my soul in death!

P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. Matthew 28:19b
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C: who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8
P: If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
C: But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
P: Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Let us humble ourselves before our Good and gracious God.

(Moment of silent reflection)

P: Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Luke 18:13
C: Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
P: Let us pray . . . Almighty God,
C: merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
P: 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.
C: Amen. John 20:19-23

P: The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
C: And also with you.
P: Let us pray . . . . Almighty God, You inspired Peter to confess Jesus as the Christ, Your living Son. Keep Your Church firm on the rock of this faith, that in unity and peace the Savior will be proclaimed throughout the world until the end of time as the Holy Spirit works in the lives of Your people. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen

THE READING OF THE WORD

Epistle Lesson: Romans 11:33-12:8 (One Body In Christ)

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the sixteenth chapter.
C: Glory to You, O Lord.

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:13-20 (You Are The Christ!!)

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.

Sermon Hymn: “Beautiful Savior” LSB, hymn #537

Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee, Truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorr’wing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Sermon: “WHO is Jesus?” Matthew 16:13-17

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Although not everyone has felt comfortable to return to in-person worship, we need to remember our care for the ongoing ministry 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.

CONFESSION OF FAITH

P: Let us confess our faith using Luther's explanation to the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed.
C: [I believe] 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.

P: What does this mean?
C: I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
1 Timothy 2:1-4

P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.
Merciful Father, grant that we may join Peter’s good confession and graciously invite others to do the same as we both declare with our mouths that Your Son Jesus is the Messiah and believe in our hearts that You have raised Him from the dead. Lord Jesus, we confess,
C: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
P: Merciful Father, come among Your people throughout the world as they gather today around Your Word and Sacraments. Be present especially with Your children who suffer physical persecution for following Jesus. Strengthen all pastors, especially those in leadership nationally, in our District and Circuit that they may hear Your voice in Your Word and speak Your truth in love for the edification of Your people. Lord Jesus, we confess,
C: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
P: Merciful Father, bless our elected officials, especially our President, our Governor, and the mayors of Kankakee, Bradley, and Bourbonnais. May they with all leaders carry out Your will in their positions of public trust, so that Your people may lead quiet and peaceable lives in this and every land. Lord Jesus, we confess,
C: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
P: Merciful Father, grant healing to the sick, comfort to the suffering, strengthen the injured, and carry the dying. 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). Fill with serenity those who suffer to bear their afflictions patiently. Draw near to those who grieve, and enkindle hope in their hearts toward the day of resurrection. Lord Jesus, we confess,
C: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
P: Merciful Father, grant us Your mercy as we walk the pilgrim way, and bring us at last with all Your saints to the day of the resurrection of all flesh where Jesus will be all-in-all. Lord Jesus, we confess,
C: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
P: Almighty God, we pray for our world for we are in need of Your peace, compassion, and strength. Break down the dividing walls of hostility that rise up between us and bring comfort to all those who suffer injustice and violence. Bless our communities and bring protection to those who peacefully protest, to our businesses, and to those who serve in Law Enforcement. Help us to love one another as You have loved us. Even while we strive to live at peace with one another, fix our eyes on You, Lord Jesus, for You give us the peace that this world can never give. Lord Jesus, we confess,
C: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

(Additional prayers of the congregation. Each petition concludes with. . . )

P: . . . Lord, In Your Mercy,
C: Hear Our Prayer.

P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has taught 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

BENEDICTION

P: The LORD bless you and keep you.
The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The LORD look upon you with favor and + give you peace.
C: Amen

Closing Hymn: “All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name” LSB, hymn #549

All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God, Who from His altar call;
Extol the stem of Jesse’s rod And crown Him Lord of all.
Extol the stem of Jesse’s rod And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace And crown Him Lord of all.
Hail Him who saves you by His grace And crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line, Whom David Lord did call,
The God incarnate, man divine, And crown Him Lord of all.
The God incarnate, man divine, And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget The wormwood and the gall,
Go, spread your trophies at His feet And crown Him Lord of all.
Go, spread your trophies at His feet And crown Him Lord of all.

Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe, On this terrestrial ball
To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all.
To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all.

Oh, that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song And crown Him Lord of all.
We’ll join the everlasting song And crown Him Lord of all.

 

See You In Worship Next Week!

After worship prayer - Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom which comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in the confession of Your name abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.


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.


Serving in God's House Today:

Preacher: Rev. Karl Koeppen
Liturgist: Rev. Michael Hanel
Organist: Nadine Engel
Worship Service: Rev. Karl Koeppen
Audio/Video Production: Rev. Michael Hanel
Audio Production/Editing: Matt Callan

 

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[Legal Stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: Divine Service, Setting Four from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission. 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. LSB524 - How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds: Text (sts. 1–6) and Music: Public domain; LSB537 – Beautiful Savior: Text and Music: Public domain; LSB549 - All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name: Text (sts. 1–7) and Music: Public domain.]