This is Most Certainly True

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The Sermon: John 17:17

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

“This is Most Certainly True”

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Berea Lutheran Church This is Most Certainly True

Reformation Sunday

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Song by Sunday School Children – LSB 584 : Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing Hymnary.org link
(Director: Heather Schierenbeck; Accompanist: Barb Breth)

Opening TLH 266 (V 1-2): O God, our Lord, Thy Holy Word Hymnary.org link

The Invocation and Responsive Reformation Litany

P: “Unless I am convinced by Holy Scripture, my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, as soldiers of the cross;
Lift high his royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From vict’ry unto vict’ry his army shall he lead,
Till ev’ry foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

P: All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: But God is truly merciful, and because of Jesus Christ, He freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: From the bondage of Satan, sin and death, Christ has set us free.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: God sent Jesus Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: God gave Christ to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

P: You have been saved by faith in God’s grace.  This is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God.

C: This is most certainly true.

P: This is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.

C: Here we stand; God help us! Amen.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Stand forth in mighty conflict in this his glorious day.
Let all the faithful serve him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

The Scripture Reading – 2 Peter 1: 12-21; 2:1-3

Divine Truth is not subjective or relative or based on either human or Christian experience, but found only in the “more certain” Word revealed to us through the Spirit-inspired authors of Scripture.

Our Reformation Creed

I believe that God in love desired, planned, promised and carried out my salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  I believe that this gift of eternal life comes to me only by Spirit-worked faith in the Gospel.  I believe that God has revealed all spiritual truth by His Spirit through His holy, inspired and infallible Word.  This is most certainly true. God promises that His Word is eternal, powerful and effective and that He will preserve and protect His Word and His Church through all time.  As Satan seeks to destroy what God has created, God raises up faithful servants and leaders in His Church.  These “gifts” of prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers He has used to strengthen and renew the foundation and faith of His Church.  Jesus promises that the very gates of hell will not prevail against it.  For these and all other legacies and blessings of the Reformation, we lift our hearts in praise and thanksgiving.  Here we stand – upon Your Word; We cannot do otherwise.  God help us.  Amen.

John 17:17 Your word is truth.  This is most certainly true.

Baptismal WS 753 : Let the Children Come to Me Hymnary.org link

The Baptism of Lydia June Bomber

TLH 290 : We Have a Sure Prophetic Word Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ..…………………………John 17:17

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

“This is Most Certainly True”

TLH 262 : A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Hymnary.org link  (Pastor will read Psalm 46 excerpts following V 1-3)

V 1 – All   V 2 – Ladies & Girls   V 3 – Men & Boys    V 4 – All

The Offering of Thankful Hearts

Song by Choir – “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

(Director: Cathy Augustin; Accompanist: Ryan Augustin)

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
No merit of my own I claim, But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace.
In ev’ry high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood, Sustain me in the raging flood.
When all supports are washed away, He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.

Congregation:When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found.
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

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

Closing LSB 667 : Saints, See the Cloud of Witnesses Hymnary.org link

Scripture Grace and Faith Alone

Silent Prayer and Announcements