Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rev Crandall Installation Worship Notes

Thursday after Pentecost 12
August 27, 2009

The Lord be with you

This coming Sunday is the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. At Lamb of God Lutheran Church (LC-MS), Spartanburg, SC, we will have two worship services. At the evening service Rev. Ted Crandall will be installed as our Associate Pastor and Missionary to the Beaufort area. This post is concerning the evening service.

Everything the congregation needs for this service, except the hymns, is printed in the worship bulletin. The service through the sermon follows setting three of the Divine Service (page 184) and is quite familiar. I will be handling this part of the service, except some of our visiting ministers will read the Old Testament and Epistle lessons. After the sermon Pastor Clifford Gade, our Circuit Counselor, will take over. This is the installation part of the service. The liturgy has been taken from the Lutheran Service Book Agenda. There are a number of scripture lessons that will be read by the visiting pastors. After Pastor Crandall is installed he will take over the service, ending with our prayers.

As is our custom at Lamb of God, portions of the service will be chanted, including the Introit which is printed in the bulletin. The choir will be singing “The Gift of Love” by Hal Hobson. The congregation will be singing “Lift High the Cross” (LSB 837), “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling” (LSB 827), “God of the Prophets” (LSB 682), and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (LSB 657). The lessons are: Isaiah 52:7-10, Acts 20:17-18, 28-32, and John 20:19-23. The sermon is titled “An Exalted Office?” and the text is Acts 20:31.

As you know, there are two common arrangements of “A Mighty Fortress,” one by Martin Luther (who wrote the hymn) and one by J.S. Bach. We are using the arrangement by J.S. Bach. I found videos form Lift High the Cross and A Mighty Fortress and they can be found at the end of these notes. Better Noise has Audio for “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling,” and “God of the Prophets.” So, between the videos and Better Noise you can hear each of the hymns before Sunday evening.

Preview of the Lessons
Isaiah 52:7-10: This lesson is common choices for installation and ordination services (like the other two lessons). The prophet proclaims “how beautiful … are the feet of him who brings good news.” The image is that of a messenger who is bringing news of victory after a battle back to those who are not at the battle front. Here the messenger is those who proclaim God’s word of grace, a word of peace. This message causes great joy, and those who receive it burst forth in song.

Acts 20:17-18, 28-32: Paul is meeting with the leaders of Ephesus, giving them his farewell address. He urges the pastors to be ever vigilant, for false teachers were sure to come. Paul also uses his own actions in their midst as an example for the pastors. For three years Paul admonished the congregations “with tears.” Paul also commends them to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build them up and give them the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (in heaven). By singling “the word of his grace” Paul accents the Gospel, and exults it over the Law.

John 20:19-23: This is the account of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection. Christ commissions them to go and proclaim the Gospel, giving to them and the Church the Office of the Keys.

Sunday’s Collect
O Lord, the God of all grace, You have called Your Church to minister in the name of Your Son, our great High Priest. By Your Word and Spirit inspire men to offer their lives for the sacred ministry that, ministering in the name of Christ, they may draw many to Your kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Introit (Psalm 40:3-4, 7-11, 16, Antiphon verse 9a)
I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
Blessèd is the man who makes the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me;
I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congergation.
As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
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.
I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation

The choir will sing “The Gift of Live” instead of a Gradual.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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