Thursday, September 10, 2009

Worship Notes for Pentecost 15

Thursday after Pentecost 14
September 10, 2009

The Lord be with you

This coming Sunday will be the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. At Lamb of God Lutheran Church (LCMS) we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. For our liturgy we will be using the first setting of the morning service (page 151). The appointed lessons are Isaiah 50:4-10, James 3:1-12, and Mark 9:14-29. The sermon is based on the Gospel lesson. The text will be Mark 9:24. The sermon is titled “Our Seesaw Faith.” Our opening hymn is “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” (LSB 496). The sermon hymn is “I Walk in Danger All the Way” (LSB 716). The distribution hymns are “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” (LSB 849), “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” (LSB 633), and “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (LSB 563). Our closing hymn is “Abide With Me” (LSB 878).

Better Noise has a recording of “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” (LSB 496), “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” (LSB 633), “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness” (LSB 563), and “Abide With Me” (LSB 878). I found a video of “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” and it is at the end of these notes. However it is a couple of small children that are singing and playing. The best you might be able to say of the recording (which is visually poor) is that it is cute. On the other hand I found a video of “Abide With Me” which demonstrates that children can sing, and sing very very well. It also is at the end of these notes.

Preview of the Lessons
Isaiah 50:4-10: Isaiah 50 is one of Isaiah’s “Suffering Servant” poems. The Suffering Servant is Jesus. Chapter 50 “can be summarized as follows: behold, sinners need not despair, behold, their sins are atoned for; behold, it is dangerous to refuse forgiveness.”
50:4 Me. The Servant, identified by title in 42:1; 49:6, tongue of those who are taught. The Servant is the most excellent disciple because He listens before He speaks, 'To listen’ is to epitomize Israel’s response to the Lord (cf. Dt 6:4). him. One in exile. awakens My ear. While rebellious Israel turned a deaf ear to God, the Servant would ‘speak just as the Father taught’ Him (Jn 8:27-29). Therefore, a word from Him sufficed to sustain the weary.
50:5 Because the Servant is listening, it follows that He canont be rebellious. This description sets Him apart from all other servants, prophets, or leaders of Israel, as everyone else had times in which they turned their back on the Lord (e.g, Ex 4:13; Jer 20:9, 14; Jnh 1:3), Only one Servant could truly claim such obedience to the Lord (cf Jn 8:29)
50:6 gave My back … those who strike. The Servant is abused by others as Jesus was in His Passion. beard. This detail of Jesus’ appearance, commonly depicted by artists, occurs only here. Pulling out of a beard showed contempt and disrespect for the person (cf 2 Sm 10:4-5; Ne 13:25).
50:7 not been disgraced. Even death is not a disgrace for the Servant, who places His life in the Lord’s hands. face like a flint. Jesus 'set His face' when he resolutely set out for Jerusalem (Lk 9:51). See Jesus’ determination to fulfill everything written by the prophets (Lk 18:31; 24:44).
50:9 declare Me guilty? Charged with the sins of the world, yet vindicated and acquitted when He was raised from the dead, He ‘is at the right hand of God,’ defending the innocence credited to all who appeal to Him for justification (Rm 8:31-34). Behold, all of them … eat them up. The Servant’s enemies will be as fragile and vulnerable as cloth, which even a tiny moth can destroy.
50:10 His servant? Note how the Servant and the Lord are set parallel to each other. Fear and obedience are due to both. trust in the name, See ‘name,’ p 843”
Ch 50 The Lord contrasts His Servant’s humility and obedience with Israel’s rebelliousness. The Servant’s humility and obedience atoned for your sins and the sins of all the world. Walk in the light of His Word. In Him there is no disgrace. * Awaken my ear, O Jesus. Rouse me each day to fear, love, and trust my Lord. Amen. “
(These notes are quoted from the new Lutheran Study Bible.)

James 3:1-12: This is the well know admonition of James to guard our tongues. This is first directed to “teachers” in the Church, that is, pastors (Acts 13:1; 1 Cor 12:28-29; Eph 4:11). As this letter was to be read to the congregations, James is also speaking to the entire congregation, especially those who teach but are not the called pastor. The entire congregation, as they carry on conversations with others, is also in mind, but only in a lesser way. The reason for the strong words to pastors and other teachers of the Church is because they are in positions of authority. As such their words have a greater chance to do damage.

Mark 9:14-29: Upon returning from the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus discovers a dispute between his disciples and some scribes. A large crowd was present. The disciples were unable to cast a demon from a boy and this was seen by many as discrediting Jesus. The boy’s father is desperate. Jesus casts out the demon. Afterward the disciples ask why they were unable to cast the demon out. Apparently the disciples had forgot to put their trust in the Lord and sought to cast out the demon by their own authority. Jesus underscores this by telling them to first pray. I will say no more as this reading is the foundation for Sunday’s sermon.

Sunday’s Collect
Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gradual for the Season
Fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing!
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!
But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
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.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

“Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” (LSB 849)

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