Making the Unknown God Known

The sights and sounds around us Declare Your glory, Lord. Creation's joys surround us - They speak a wondrous word. Your hand, Your pow'r, Your goodness So evident in all. We praise You, our Creator - all creatures great and small.

The Sermon: Acts 17: 22-31

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.  23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.  24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

PAUL ON MARS HILL:
MAKING THE UNKNOWN GOD KNOWN

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The sights and sounds around us Declare Your glory, Lord. Creation's joys surround us - They speak a wondrous word. Your hand, Your pow'r, Your goodness So evident in all. We praise You, our Creator - all creatures great and small.

17th Sunday After Pentecost  

Sunday, September 20, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God” (Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Audra Wiste)
Congregation are asked to join on verse 4 of Hymn LSB 941 : We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God Hymnary.org link .

The Divine Service (Setting Four)……………. Pages 203-207 In Hymnal

The Scripture Reading – Romans 1-2 (Excerpts)

Even natural, unbelieving man knows from our incredible world and universe that there is a god and from his conscience he also knows that he has offended that god. Yet it is only through the “revealed knowledge of God” in God’s holy Word that we learn both who the true God is and of His Gospel of salvation in Christ Jesus.

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn LSB 792 : New Songs of Celebration Render Hymnary.org link “New Songs Of Celebration Render”

The Sermon….………………………………………………….……… Acts 17: 22-31

22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious.  23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.  24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’  29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

PAUL ON MARS HILL:
MAKING THE UNKNOWN GOD KNOWN

Hymn:  “The Sights and Sounds Around Us”
(Melody: The Church’s One Foundation”; Lyrics: DS)

♫ 1.The sights and sounds around us  Declare Your glory, Lord.
Creation’s joys surround us – They speak a wondrous word.
Your hand, Your pow’r, Your goodness  So evident in all.
We praise You, our Creator – all creatures great and small.

2.Though holy at Creation,  Through Fall God’s image lost;
Man’s sin filled ev’ry nation,  God’s holy line now crossed.
By conscience deeply smitten,  From guilt man seeks relief;
Yet by God’s Law unwritten  Still languishes in grief.

3.No eye has seen nor ear heard,  No mind conceived God’s love.
But God revealed His Christ-Word  Sent to us from above.
It makes the unknown God known,  Our holy Triune Lord,
A loving Savior, our own,  Forgiving love outpoured.

4.Lord, open hearts to see Thee,  To taste of Thy great grace,
Repenting and believing,  May see Thee face to face.
O Word and Gospel bless-ed,  The pow’r that saves the soul –
By faith in Christ’s robes dress-ed   Eternal life our goal.

 Our Gifts Of Faith And Love

Song by Vocalist – “Philippians 4:8” by S. Mueller
(Vocals and Accompaniment – Steph Mueller)

Whatever things are true, Whatever things are noble, Whatever things are just and pure, Whatever things are lovely, Whatever things are of good report, If there is any virtue, any thing worthy of praise, Meditate on these things, The things which you learned, received and heard and saw in me these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Our Prayers And The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 935 : Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord Hymnary.org link “Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord”

Silent Prayer And Announcements