Latest Online Worship & Sermon
Online Worship - August 2, 2020 - "Evaluate Providence"
Preparations for Online 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.
When the Lord Jesus provided for every need of body and life, he didn’t lower his blessings through shining clouds on a glowing beam. There were no divine fireworks. He did the extraordinary while using ordinary matter. Starting with a boy’s lunch and enlisting his disciples as his distributors, Jesus showed God’s compassion as well as God’s ability to provide for all people in simple yet meaningful ways. Today we see him work through simple means — water, bread, wine, and his word — to provide us with eternal blessings of forgiveness, peace, and lasting joy.
Opening Hymn - ACROSS THE LANDS
In the name of the Father and of the Son † and of the Holy Spirit.
I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. (John 3:5,6)
Surely we were sinful at birth, sinful from the time our mothers conceived us. (Psalm 51:5)
But we were washed, we were sanctified, we were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
Confession of Sins & Absolution
As baptized children of God, we confess our sins.
Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians5:25-27)
Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, 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.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy and forgive us those things of which our conscience is afraid. Provide for us in every way for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
New Testament Reading - Romans 8:28-39
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel - Matthew 14:13-21
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Hymn of THE DAY - PRAISE THE ONE WHO BREAKS THE DARKNESS
Sermon - Matthew 14:13-21
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.
Installation of Vicar Tommy Welch - 10:15am Servce in AVL
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 place your offering in the plate or leave it 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.
Prayer of the Church
O Lord, we are your people, chosen by your grace to be your own possession and granted mercy upon mercy. Hear us in our time of need and answer our prayers according to your will. Lead us in faith to trust all that you provide for body, soul, and all of life, as well as the marvelous ways that you care for us and even work through us to serve others.
Lord, we thank you for bringing Vicar Tommy Welch and his family safely to Living Savior. Bless his work and the ministry our church so that your people would grow in faith, many more would come to faith, and that spread of your kingdom would reach far and wide. Remind all of us as that we your Church, a kingdom of priests called out of darkness and into your marvelous light so that we may declare you praises to those who do not know your saving mercy. Remove the obstacles that exist inside of us: fear, timidity, doubts, and laziness. Erase the obstacles that exist outside of us: the attacks of the devil, the voices of unbelievers, and the deafness and dismissiveness of our hearers. Embolden us trust in the power of the Spirit and enliven our joy in your grace to us and for all.
Lord of all creation, bless our nation and those who govern us, and that we may use the gift of freedom to live holy, upright and godly lives, to the praise of your glory. Bring safety and success to all lawful occupations and professions and encourage our society to pursue honesty and virtue in all things.
Special prayers & private petitions
Holy God, mighty Lord, endless is your mercy and eternal your reign. Hear the prayers of your people who come to you with every need, including the prayer your Son has taught us to pray:
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.
Closing Hymn - Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit
This is a recording is taken from a chapel service at Martin Luther College, which is our college of ministry which prepares the next generation of pastors, teachers, and staff ministers. Both the hymn itself and the source of the recording are very fitting on this day when Vicar Tommy Welch is installed.