Thursday, August 20, 2015

Worship Notes for Pentecost 13 (August 23, 2015)

Thursday after Pentecost 12
August 20, 2015

The Lord be with you.

This coming Sunday is Pentecost 13. It is also the Commemoration of Samuel. As with all “commemorations,” there are no special lections assigned. We will remember this Old Testament judge/prophet in our prayers. If you would like to read a bit about Samuel and how his very life pointed to Jesus, follow this link to a post I made back in 2012 (Samuel).

We will be using Divine 3 for our liturgy (page 184). This is a communion service. You may prepare for the Lord’s Supper by reviewing “The Sacrament of the Altar” in your Small Catechism. Our appointed lessons are Isaiah 29:11-19, Ephesians 5:22-33 and Mark 7:1-13. I’m sure you have noticed by now that the Epistle lessons have been coming from Ephesians for several weeks. I’m sure you have noticed that I’ve been using the Epistle lessons for the sermon. I will continue the pattern, using Ephesians 5:33 for my text. The sermon is titled “Marriage.”

Our opening hymn will be “Oh, Blest the House” (LSB 862). Our sermon hymn will be “O Father, All Creating” (LSB 858). Our closing hymn will be “Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way” (LSB 857). We will have only one distribution hymn because it is rather long. It will be “Jesus, Christ, Our Blessed Savior” (LSB 627). All the tunes are well known by the congregation.

Our adult Bible class is working through the study, Word: God Speaks to Us. The author is John T. Pless and it is part of the Lutheran Spirituality series published by Concordia Publishing House. This Sunday we will begin the second lesson, “The Words That Kill and Give Life.” Some of the questions we will be answering are: “What will the Law not do? What will it do?” “What is the ‘righteousness of God’ and how is it made manifest?” “How does Isaiah demonstrate the connectedness between Word and Spirit?” Participants are asked to read 2 Corinthians 3:7-11 to prepare for class. We have extra study guides. Join us and be blessed by the Word of God, which is a means of grace.

Below is a video of Cathy Kerner singing the first verse of our sermon hymn, “O Father, All Creating.”

What follows is a synopsis of Sunday’s lessons, provided by the synod, then the lessons. Following the readings are some additional notes. Don’t forget to check out the other posts from earlier this week. There are posts from Synod and District, reviews, and other local posts (like one I put up yesterday “In Defense of Denominations.” One way to share who we are at Lamb of God is to share our blog. You can even link one or more of our posts to your personal facebook (or other social media) page. Find one you like and share it.

The True Tradition of the Church Is the Ministry of the Gospel of Christ Jesus, Her Savior
The true tradition of the Church is the Gospel, which is the preaching and administration of Christ Jesus. Other traditions, although not commanded by God, may serve and support that sacred tradition of the Gospel. But the Church dare not “[reject] the commandment of God” in order to establish or hold to “the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8–9). Sinful people attempt to draw near to the Lord “with their mouth” and to honor Him “with their lips,” while their hearts are far removed from Him (Is. 29:13). Yet, He is “the Holy One of Israel,” who brings about salvation by His cross. Therefore, “the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,” but “the deaf shall hear” and “the eyes of the blind shall see” (Is. 29:14–19). This mystery of Christ is profound, for He is the Husband of the Church, and He is her Savior. Not because of any works that she has done, but solely for the sake of His great love, He “gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Eph. 5:25–26).

Isaiah 29:11-19
11          And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” 12And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”

13          And the Lord said:
            “Because this people draw near with their mouth
                        and honor me with their lips,
                        while their hearts are far from me,
            and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
14          therefore, behold, I will again
                        do wonderful things with this people,
                        with wonder upon wonder;
            and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
                        and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

15          Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel,
                        whose deeds are in the dark,
                        and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
16          You turn things upside down!
            Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
            that the thing made should say of its maker,
                        “He did not make me”;
            or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
                        “He has no understanding”?

17          Is it not yet a very little while
                        until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
                        and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
18          In that day the deaf shall hear
                        the words of a book,
            and out of their gloom and darkness
                        the eyes of the blind shall see.
19          The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
                        and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.

Ephesians 5:22-33
22          Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25          Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Mark 7:1-13
7:1         Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

            “‘This people honors me with their lips,
                        but their heart is far from me;
7           in vain do they worship me,
                        teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

8           You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”
9           And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)—12then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Some Additional Notes

  • Information for our September newsletter is due Sunday.

  • Keep Praying for your Neighbors and Walking your Neighborhoods.

  • The District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will be having a retreat this weekend (August 21-23) up at Camp Lynn Haven. May the Lord bless their time together.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rickert

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