Thursday, September 24, 2009

Worship Notes for Pentecost 17

Thursday after Pentecost 16
September 24, 2009

The Lord be with you

This coming Sunday will be Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. At Lamb of God Lutheran Church (LCMS) we will be using the third setting of the morning service for our liturgy (LSB page 184). We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The appointed lessons are Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, James 5:[1-12] 13-20, and Mark 9:38-50. The sermon is based on the Epistle lesson. The text will be James 5:7. The sermon is titled “What to Do While Waiting.” Our opening hymn is “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” (LSB 524). The sermon hymn is “Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense” (LSB 741). The distribution hymns are “Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying” (LSB 597), “Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray” (LSB 623), and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (LSB 770) Our closing hymn is “Glory Be to God the Father” (LSB 506).

Better Noise has a recording of each of Sunday’s hymns except “Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying.” I found good videos for “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” and “What a Friend we have in Jesus.” They can be found at the end of these notes.

Preview of the Lessons

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29: This is a story taken from the wilderness wandering of the Israelites. First the people are again complaining. Moses is fed up with it all. God provides relief for Moses in the form of 70 elders who will assist him. When the elders are commissioned, they “prophesied,” but only this one time. Two of the elders did not attend the meeting, but they “prophesied” anyway, while still in the camp. Joshua wanted Moses to stop them, but Moses refused, saying, “Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” I wonder if Moses was thinking, then my job would truly be easy. Aside from sharing responsibility in the ministry, and not being jealous of others who are doing the Lord’s work, the text also speaks of enduring as we move towards the Promised Land.

James 5:[1-12] 13-20: The first twelve verses are listed in brackets. This is an optional part of the reading and is not printed on the back of our bulletin. However the sermon will make use of these verses and so they will be read in the service. Because the sermon is based on this reading I’ll not say much. However the idea of what we are to be doing as we wait for the Second Coming unifies the lesson.

Mark 9:38-50: This reading ties easily with the Old Testament lesson. The disciples saw someone casting out demons in the name of Jesus, but tried to stop him because he “was not following us.” Jesus tells them not to stop the man (much like Moses in the OT lesson). Jesus then turns our eyes to eternity. Our future in that “Promised Land” determines what is proper and improper.

Sunday’s Collect

Everlasting Father, source of every blessing, mercifully direct and govern us by Your Holy Spirit that we may complete the works You have prepared for us to do; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gradual (Ps 91:11; 103:1)

He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Introit (Ps 135:1-3, 13-14; antiphon: Ps. 135:13)

Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.
Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD,
give praise, O servants of the LORD,
who stand in the house of the LORD,
in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.
For the LORD will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
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.
Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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