By a “Childlike Faith” We Know the Kingdom of God

The Sermon ……………………………………………………… Luke 18 : 15 – 17

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that He might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not  hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you,whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child shall not enter it.”

By a “Childlike Faith” We Know the Kingdom of God

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SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday, July 31, 2011  (9:00 a.m.)

For Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 84, Page 139  In Front Of Hymnal

Vacation Bible School Childrens’ Recitation And Song – “Children Of The Heavenly Father”

TLH 625 : Oh, Blest the House Whate'er Befall Hymnary.org link

The Scripture Readings

1 John 3: 1–15 – God’s great love for mankind is manifest in His Son’s  saving work,  in hearts that receive Him by faith and in lives that reflect His love in word and deed.      

2 Timothy 3: 10 -17 – The importance of continuing in teaching we have learned from hildhood, anchored firmly in the Spirit-inspired Word, cannot be overemphasized, especially in these last evil days.

The Nicene Creed

The Lord’s Prayer In Song (Written By Day School 7-8th Graders)
(Sung To The Melody Of Hymn 338)

1.  God, our Father, heav’nly King,  To Your Kingdom You now bring
All believers in Your Name;  Cleanse us from our sin and shame.

2.  Holy be Your Name this day,  for through faith in You we pray.
Help us follow You, Your Word,  Live to honor You, dear Lord.

3. To the Father, Spirit, Son: Lord, we pray Your Kingdom come;
Lead us all through faith in Thee – Grace and mercy endlessly.

4. Praise Your Will in heav’n & earth, Tho’ we aren’t Your mercy worth.
Grant us faith to trust and live  In the love and strength You give.

5. Daily give us what we need;  Bodies and our souls You feed.
Blessings all around we  see  –  Praise and thanks eternally!

6. Lord, forgive us from above  –  All our sins lost in Your love!
Help us then to others show  Christ’s forgiving love to flow.

7. When temptations, Lord, arise  Lift our eyes up to the skies;
Grant Your help & strength & pow’r,  Triumph over sin each hour.

8. Father, all Your children save, Overcome sin, death and grave;
Save us from the evil one,  See the heav’nly vict’ry won!

9. Yours the Kingdom and the Might; Yours the Glory and the Light;
You alone our praises bring,  Evermore  to You we sing.  

The Sermon ……………………………………………………… Luke 18 : 15 – 17

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that He might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not  hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you,whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child shall not enter it.”

By a “Childlike Faith” We Know the Kingdom of God

We Bring Our Faith-Gifts To Jesus

We Confess Our Sins & Receive Divine Absolution (Hymnal, P 47-48)          

The Consecration Of The  Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn TLH 315 : I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table Hymnary.org link )

(Since God’s Word presents the reception of the Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional fellowship, we ask that only those who have publicly expressed such unity with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward.  This is not a judgment of anyone’s faith, only an expression of ours. Any who are seeking a church home or who may have questions are invited to speak with the Pastor.)

The Apostles Creed

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 Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.

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.

Our Lord’s Parting Blessing

TLH 391 : Blessed Are the Sons of God Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements