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 Fifth Week after Pentecost

July 5, 2020

 

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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: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” LSB, hymn #686

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory Fills my heart with joy and love,
Teach me ever to adore Thee; May I still Thy goodness prove.

Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.

Oh, that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in the blood-washed linen, How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace!
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry; Take my ransom’d soul away;
Send Thine angels soon to carry Me to realms of endless day.

P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. Matthew 28:19b
P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
P: Dear Friends in Christ, let us humble our hearts before our Holy God and silently reflect upon our sins.

(Moment of silent reflection)

P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen
P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. 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. John 20:19-23
C: Amen.

P: The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
C: And also with you.
P: Let us pray . . . .Lord Jesus, whose yoke is easy and burden light, who has promised that we will find rest for our souls, when we are weary, strengthen our resolve; when disheartened, lift our spirits; and when opposed on all sides, surround us with Your strong love, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen

THE READING OF THE WORD

Epistle Lesson: Romans 7:14-25a (Delivered In Jesus!)

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!


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

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 11:25-30 (Come To Me For Rest)

At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

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

Sermon Hymn: “Come unto Me, Ye Weary” LSB, hymn #684

“Come unto Me, ye weary, And I will give you rest.”
O blessed voice of Jesus, Which comes to hearts oppressed!
It tells of benediction, Of pardon, grace, and peace,
Of joy that hath no ending, Of love that cannot cease.

“Come unto Me, ye wand’rers, And I will give you light.”
O loving voice of Jesus, Which comes to cheer the night!
Our hearts were filled with sadness, And we had lost our way;
But Thou hast brought us gladness And songs at break of day.

“Come unto Me, ye fainting, And I will give you life.”
O cheering voice of Jesus, Which comes to aid our strife!
The foe is stern and eager, The fight is fierce and long;
But Thou hast made us mighty And stronger than the strong.

“And whosoever cometh, I will not cast him out.”
O patient love of Jesus, Which drives away our doubt,
Which, though we be unworthy Of love so great and free,
Invites us very sinners To come, dear Lord, to Thee!

Sermon: “The Yoke” Matthew 11:25-30

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.

CONFESSION OF FAITH

P: Let us confess our faith, using the words of the Nicene Creed.

C: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
1 Timothy 2:1-4

P: Let us pray, . . Gracious Father, it is Your gracious will that sinners come to You through Your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank You for the forgiveness we have in Him and for the assurance we are given that You hear and answer us for His sake. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Almighty God, we pray for our nation as we celebrate our independence. May all who live here give You all thanks and praise for the blessings of this land. May we repent of our misuse of these blessings and may we work together to protect the God-given rights of everyone. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Great Physician of both soul and body, we lift up before You those who are suffering in any way: physically, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. 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). May they all find their rest in You. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: At Your gracious invitation, dear Father, we come today to the Table of Your Son. Ready our hearts to receive Christ in faith as He comes to us in His body and blood. Just as You are one with the Son and Holy Spirit, make us one as we, Your people, share in this most blessed gift. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: O merciful Father in heaven, in Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have reconciled the world to Yourself, not counting our trespasses against us. You have broken down the dividing walls of hostility. Look with pity upon the dissension and unrest in our land. Do not let our own sin destroy us, but lead us to repentance and, in Your almighty mercy, save us. Your Son endured the injustice and violence of sinful humanity to redeem it. Bring comfort and relief to all those who currently suffer injustice and violence. Put an end to the plans of those who seek to destroy and steal. Bring Your protection to the peaceful protestors, to those whose businesses have been damaged, and to those who serve in Law Enforcement. O Lord, guide 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 Jesus Christ and His redemptive work for us, which gives peace that this world can never give. 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: 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

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: “Almighty Father, Bless the Word” LSB, hymn #923

Almighty Father, bless the Word
Which through Your grace we now have heard.
Oh, may the precious seed take root,
Spring up, and bear abundant fruit!

We praise You for the means of grace
As homeward now our steps we trace.
Grant, Lord, that we who worshiped here
May all at last in heav’n appear.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

See You In Worship Next Week!

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.


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. Michael Hanel
Liturgist: Rev. Karl Koeppen
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 One 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. Music: Music re-printed through CCLI License #640335 or through hymnal/songbook ownership or song is Public Domain and not copyrighted. LSB686 - Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: Text and Music: Public domain; LSB684 – Come unto Me, Ye Weary: Text and Music: Public domain; Almighty Father, Bless the Word: Text and Music: Public domain.]