"Shepherd-Direction Better than Self-Determination"

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Preparations for Worship:

  • Find a place in your home where you can eliminate distractions. Put phones on silent and turn off the TV.
  • This order of service facilitates participation. If you are with others, we think you will get a lot more out of this service by reading the parts of this service aloud, the responses, lessons, and prayers.
  • Families with children, this service is for them too. Children learn best by imitating. Lead them in this service. Help them participate. Maybe they are old enough to read one of the prayers or lessons. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. See if they have any questions. Encourage them to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Take advantage of the opportunities to pause and encourage questions and discussions more so than an average Sunday in church.
  • Load the YouTube video below and hit “pause” as soon as it starts. This will eliminate distracting ads when you get to that part of the service.
  • Load the devotional video so that it is ready to play when you get to that part of the service.
  • Pause for a moment in private prayer and quietness.
  • Afterwards pray the following prayer:
    Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Amen.

OPENING SONG - "O CHURCH ARISE"

 

INVOCATION

In the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness,
we lie and do not live by the truth.

If we claim to be without sin, 
we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:5-8)

Let us confess our sins.

Father, I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child.
Yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to wash away all my guilt.
For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, a sinner,
and let me serve you in the joy of the Holy Spirit.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)

Upon this, your confession, I say to you what God says: 
Your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

Prayer of the Day

Almighty, eternal God, in the Word of your apostles and prophets
you have proclaimed to us your saving will. Grant us faith to believe your promises
that we may receive eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

EPISTLE LESSON - 1 Corinthians 4:1-7

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

 

Gospel Lesson - Matthew 9:35 - 10:8

9 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

10 1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

 

Hymn of the Day - "HARK! THE VOICE OF JESUS CRYING"

 

SERMON

  

CONFESSION OF FAITH - The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there 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.

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Eternal God and Father, we give you thanks for the blessings we share as members of your holy Church, for your gracious Word and sacraments, for opportunities to worship and to grow in faith, for occasions to serve and be served, for fellowship with our sisters and brothers at Living Savior and throughout our church body. Help each of us to use these gifts frequently and faithfully.

Lord Jesus, the fields are still ripe for harvest, and you have invited us to pray for workers who will gather precious souls into your kingdom. Bless your Church with men and women who are willing to study for the preaching and teaching ministry and then to announce your saving truth in places where we cannot go. Sustain all who proclaim the gospel. Let nothing hinder their work. Restore their spirits each day, so that they do not lose heart as they serve us and others.

Holy Spirit, you give grace your people by calling each of us to be your witness in the world. Open our eyes to see this great and noble mission. Awaken us to every opportunity you give to tell a friend or family member your message of forgiveness and eternal life. Then help us speak the truth in love, to give the reason for the hope we have, and to conduct ourselves with gentleness and respect.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our quiet petitions.

Silent prayer.

Savior of all, let your kingdom come to us and many others, so that we and many more might join all the saints and angels to sing your praise forever. Hear our prayer and help us in our mission. Amen.

 

LORD'S 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. Amen.

 

Lord’s Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you. 

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and give † you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

Amen.

CLOSING SONG - "OH, HOW GOOD IT IS"

OFFERING

The members of Living Savior have joined together to do mission work in our community and throughout the world. Visitors need not feel obligated. We are thankful for all who support our ministry.

Offerings may be given on-line at LSavior.org/support, mailed to the church office, put into the offering plate if you come for private communion, or dropped off at the office during regular hours.