Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Worship for Pentecost 10

Thursday after Pentecost 9
Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, Kantor
July 28, 2010

The Lord be with you

This coming Sunday is the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. We will be using the Service of Prayer and Preaching for our liturgy (page 260). The appointed lessons are Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Colossians 3:1-11, and Luke 12:13-21. The appointed Psalm is Psalm 100. The antiphon is verse 3. For the sermon, we will conclude our series based on Colossians. The text will be Colossians 3:1. The sermon title is: Be What You Are. The sermon will cover chapters three and four of Colossians.

The sermon hymn this week will be the one we are learning; By All Your Saints in Warfare (LSB 517). While there are a number of commemorations this week (Johann Sebastian Bach, Kantor (today); Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany (29th); Robert Barnes, Confessor and Martyr (30th), and Joseph of Arimathea (31st), none of them have a specific verse dedicated to their witness. Therefore we will be singing verse 4 as our second verse. Our opening hymn will be one we learned at the recommendation of the Hymnal Review Committee, “Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying” (LSB 597). Our closing hymn will be “All Christians Who Have Been Baptized” (LSB 596).

We will also be installing our new officers during the worship service.

I could find no videos of the hymns for this coming Sunday, however Better Noise does have the tunes for “All Christians Who Have Been Baptized” and “By All Your Saints in Warfare.” The link to Better Noise is on the right hand side bar of this page.

Preview of the Lessons

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26: Solomon speaks of the emptiness of a life apart from God.

Colossians 3:1-11: What difference does our baptismal faith make in our day to day lives? Paul spends chapters three and four of Colossians explaining. The quote from Colossians used in the verse for Sunday is from the ESV and has Greek word antapodosin translated "reward." While that is indeed a possible translation, in this context I think a better translation is "award." This reduces the possibility of viewing our treasures in heaven as someting we deserve.

Luke 12:13-21: With a parable, Jesus also speaks of the emptiness of a life apart from God.

Sunday’s Collect
O Lord, grant us wisdom to recognize the treasures You have stored up for us in heaven, that we may never despair but always rejoice and be thankful for the riches of Your grace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gradual (Romans 10:15b; Isaiah 52:7b, alt.)
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.

Verse (Colossians 3:23-24a)
Alleluia. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Alleluia.

Instead of an Introit we will be using the appointed Psalm, Psalm 100.

Adult Bible Study
We continue our series “Puzzlers and Questions about the Bible.” This week’s question is: “If God knows everything, and knows our every thought and act, how can we be said to have free will?” The study is titled: “Human Will and Divine Foreknowledge.”

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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