Online Worship - Sunday, July 5, 2020


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 hymn - HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION 

 

Invocation

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

Amen.

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)

 

CONFESSION OF SINS

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.

ABSOLUTION

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.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God.

And that is what we are! Thanks be to God! (1 John 3:1)

 

Prayer of the Day

O Lord, grant us wisdom to recognize the treasures you have stored up for us in  heaven that we may never despair but always rejoice and be thankful for the riches of your grace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON - JAMES 4:13-17

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.


GOSPEL - Luke 12:13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Hymn of the Day - OH, THAT THE LORD WOULD GUIDE MY WAYS 

 

SERMON - JAMES 4:13-17

 

CONFESSION OF FAITH - NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH - 

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge with thanks that all we have and enjoy is a gift from your gracious hand. We come before you today in heartfelt appreciation for our nation and its people. You have enriched us with the bounties of farm and factory, the beauty of forest and mountain, and the marvels of medicine and science. For all these blessings, we praise and glorify you.

Lord, look with favor upon our nation. Preserve our cherished liberties, including the right to worship you in freedom and to share the gospel without fear. Enable our leaders to govern with wisdom, honesty, courage, and justice. Protect those who serve in our armed forces and those who maintain peace and safety in our communities. Give us and our fellow citizens the willingness to obey our nation’s laws and to work together for the common good. Bless our fields that they may produce abundant harvests. Guard us from calamities of nature and accident.

Mighty God, in your mercy spare our land from further hardship caused by disease and epidemic. Teach us not to worry, dear Savior, but to cast all our cares on you. Strengthen the homes of our nation. By your Spirit lead husbands and wives to love each other, parents to nurture their children, young adults to assume responsibility, and children to show respect.

Special prayers and intercessions may follow.

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

Silent prayer.

To you, Father, we bring all of our thanks and requests. Hear our prayers for Jesus’ sake, in whose name we join in the Lord's Prayer:

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 hymn - DAY BY DAY

 

Offerings  &  Connections

The members of Living Savior have joined together in the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7) to do the Lord’s work of sharing the message of Jesus. Visitors need not feel obligated. You are our guests!

Offerings may be given online at LSavior.org/Support, mailed to the church office, or dropped off at the office during regular hours. This morning you may also leave your offering in the receptacle or plate or drop it off with an usher as you depart.

We love to know who is with us, and we welcome any prayer requests. Please drop off your connection card in the offering plate. You can also go to LSavior.org/Connect.