Lessons from an Angelic Jailbreak

The Sermon: Acts 12: 11

“Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.”

Lessons from an Angelic Jailbreak

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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost  

Sunday, August 27, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

A PRAYER AND PREACHING SERVICE

The Opening Hymn LSB 528 : Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing Hymnary.org link “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

An Act of Adoration

P: Let us adore our Heavenly Father, Who created us, Who sustains us, Who loves us with an everlasting love and give us the light of the knowledge of His Glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

C: We praise You, O God; We acknowledge You to be the Lord.

P: Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor; Who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sinning; Who went about doing good and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom; Who became obedient unto death, even death on a cross; Who died and is alive forevermore; Who has opened the Kingdom of heaven to all believers; Who is seated at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father; Who will come again as Judge and King.

C: You are the King of Glory, O Christ.

P: Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life; By Whose breath the inspired Scriptures were recorded; By Whose sanctifying power we are born into the family of God and made members of the body Christ; Whose witness confirms us, whose wisdom teaches us, Whose counseling comforts and guides us, Whose power enables to do far more abundantly than we think or ask.

C: All praise to You, O Holy Spirit.

An Act of Confession

P: O God, our Father, since You have set forth the way of life in Your beloved Son, we confess with shame our slowness to learn of Him, our failure to follow Him, our reluctance to bear our crosses for Him.

C: Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

P: Forgive us our sometimes indifferent attitude toward worship and Your Word, our neglect of fellowship and the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibility in Your service, our imperfect stewardship of Your gifts.

C: Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

P: Forgive us that so little of Your love has reached others through us, that we have sometimes been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in condemnation, grudging in forgiveness, slow to seek reconciliation, unwilling to help our fellow man as we ought.

C: Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions; Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put a new and right Spirit within us.

The Absolution (God’s Assurance of Forgiveness)

The Scripture Reading – Acts 12: 1-10

The Story Of Peter’s Imprisonment And Deliverance

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.

The Pre-Sermon Hymn LSB 716 : I Walk in Danger All the Way Hymnary.org link “I Walk in Danger All the Way”

The Sermon….………………………….………………… Acts 12: 11

“Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.”

Lessons from an Angelic Jailbreak

Hymn LSB 725 : Children of the Heavenly Father Hymnary.org link “Children of the Heavenly Father”

Our Gifts for the Lord’s Work in our Midst

An Act of Thanksgiving

P: Almighty God, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to You, and for all Your loving-kindnesses we bless Your holy Name.

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For the wonder and beauty of the world, for all things true honorable, just and pure, lovely and gracious, and for all Your blessings of body and soul in our daily lives,

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For the gift of Jesus Christ, Your only-begotten Son; For the grace and truth which came by Him; And for His humble service and willing obedience unto death, giving Himself as a ransom for many.

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For His glorious resurrection and ascension to Your right hand, and for His Kingdom and glory and everlasting dominion;

C: We praise You, O God.

P: For the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth and Comforter, for Your holy Church throughout the world, for Your means of grace in Word and Sacrament, and for the fellowship of the redeemed in heaven and earth.

C: We praise You, O God. Glory, honor, and thanksgiving be to You, O Father, Almighty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

An Act of Supplication

P: Almighty God, because You have committed to Your people the ministry of intercession, hear us as we pray for others, and grant that our hearts may be filled with peace and love.  For Your holy Church throughout the world, that You would give the ministers of Your Word and Sacraments the abundance of Your grace and truth, and confirm Your people in the faith of the Gospel, that Christ may be exalted as Head over all.

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For Your people here and everywhere, that You would inspire them with love for Your house, zeal in Your service, faithfulness to Your Word, and joy in the advancement of Your Kingdom.

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For the nations, that You would instill in them a spirit of peace and understanding; and for those in authority, that You would guide and bless them in their efforts to govern and protect those in their care.

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For all in sickness and distress, that You would give strength to the weary, relief to the suffering, and comfort to the dying,

C: We beseech You to hear us, good Lord.

P: For all Your servants who have departed this life in Your faith and fear we give You hearty thanks, and we pray You to give us grace to follow them as they followed Christ.  Bring us, with them, to things which eye has not seen nor ear heard, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

Special Prayers or Intercessions

The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

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

The Closing Hymn LSB 577 : Almighty God, Your Word is Cast Hymnary.org link “Almighty God, Your Word is Cast”

Silent Prayer And Announcements