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Grace Lutheran Church
Series on Augsburg Confession
Article IV - Justification

July 30, 2017

 

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Lord, 'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee

 

Stand

 

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

 

P In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

 

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.

 

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

 

During this time, it may be helpful to ponder these words of the Small Catechism:

Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments.

• Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker?

• Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy?

• Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome?

• Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds?

• Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

 

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. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

 

 

Ps. 105:4–7; antiphon: Ps. 105:8

Introit

He remembers his covenant forever,

the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.

Seek the Lord and his strength;

seek his presence continually!

Remember the wondrous works that he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

O offspring of Abraham, his servant,

children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

He remembers his covenant forever,

the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.

 

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Kyrie

 

 

LSB 154

Gloria in Excelsis

 

Salutation and Collect of the Day

 

P Let us pray.

O Lord God, heavenly Father, You gave Your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification. By Your Holy Spirit grant us newness of life that through the power of Christ's resurrection we may dwell with Him forever; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

Sit

 

Augsburg Confession

Confessional Reading

Article IV - Justification


1 Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. 2 People are freely justified for Christs sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christs sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. 3 God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight (Romans 3 and 4 [3:2126; 4:5].

 

Isaiah 57:15–21

Old Testament Reading

15For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,

who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

“I dwell in the high and holy place,

and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,

to revive the spirit of the lowly,

and to revive the heart of the contrite.

16For I will not contend forever,

nor will I always be angry;

for the spirit would grow faint before me,

and the breath of life that I made.

17Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry,

I struck him; I hid my face and was angry,

but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.

18I have seen his ways, but I will heal him;

I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,

19creating the fruit of the lips.

Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord,

“and I will heal him.

20But the wicked are like the tossing sea;

for it cannot be quiet,

and its waters toss up mire and dirt.

21There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

 

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Gradual

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news,

who publish peace and bring good news of salvation.

Their voice has gone out to all the earth,

and their words to the ends of the world.

 

Romans 4:1–8, 13–17

Epistle

1What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5And to the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,

and whose sins are covered;

8blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

13 The promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

14For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

 

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Stand

 

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Common Alleluia Verse

 

John 3:14–21

Holy Gospel

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the third chapter.

 

 

14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16[Jesus said:] “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.”

 

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

 

Sit

 

Children's Sermon

 

The children of the congregation are invited to come forward and be seated in the first pew for a brief children’s message.

 

Lord Ever Keep for Us Secure

Hymn

sts. 1, 5, 23, 25

 

 

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

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

 

Following the prayers, the people may greet one another in the name of the Lord, saying, “Peace be with you,” as a sign of reconciliation and of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Matt. 5:22–24; Eph. 4:1–3).

 

Sit

 

Offering

 

Prayer Intentions

 

Stand

 

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Offertory

 

Today’s service includes the celebration of Holy Communion, that blessed Sacrament where our Lord comes to us in His True Body and Blood by means of the elements of bread and wine. Because reception of the Lord’s Supper is part of continuing pastoral care and can be taken to our spiritual harm rather than good (1 Cor. 11:29f.), we ask that visitors please speak with the pastor before receiving the Sacrament or wait until returning to your home parish to receive the Sacrament from your own pastor. If you did not do so last week, please remember to fill out a Communion Registration Card (in the pew rack in front of you) and place the card in the offering basket, give it to an usher, or hand it to pastor on your way out of church today.

 

Those desiring to receive the Blood of our Lord from the Chalice are asked to hold out their hands as Pastor walks by to make it easier for him to see.

 

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Preface

 

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who, having created all things, took on human flesh and was born of the virgin Mary. For our sake He died on the cross and rose from the dead to put an end to death, thus fulfilling Your will and gaining for You a holy people. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

 

LSB 161

Sanctus

 

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Prayer of Thanksgiving

P Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

 

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

 

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Lord's Prayer

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach 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.

 

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The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

 

LSB 163

Pax Domini

 

LSB 163

Agnus Dei

 

Sit

 

LSB 619

Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior

 

Stand

 

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Thank the Lord

 

Post-Communion Collect

A Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

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Benediction

 

LSB 565

Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

Alternate Tune: Darwall's 148th


 

 

Silent Prayer

 

Acknowledgments

Confessional Reading © 2006, 2007 Concordia Publishing House From Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions - A Reader's Edition. Used with permission under license number 17:2-3. www.cph.org. Used by permission.

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