Order of Worship:
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
September 20, 2009 9:00 a.m.
For Pre-Service Reading: Psalm 25, Page 128 (Front Of Hymnal)
Opening Prayer By Pastor
Opening Hymn 15 – “From All That Dwell Below The Skies”
The Invocation and Confession Of Sins
C: Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin. For a sometimes lack of love for You and for one another, for failure to always trust You and to follow Your Word, for selfishness and pride, for sins of habit and sins of choice, for the evil I have done and good I have failed to do – For all this, and so much more, I deserve to be cast away from Your presence forever. Yet, O Lord, I am truly sorry for my sins and repent; Have mercy on me and forgive me for the sake of Jesus, my Savior, Who was delivered for my offenses and raised again for my justification. In my weakness, strengthen me to love and live for You as Your dear child. In Jesus’ Name we pray.
The Absolution And The Collect (Prayer)
Sing The “Te Deum” (Hymnal, Pages 35 – 37)
The Scripture Reading – Revelation 5: 1 – 14
The “scroll’”which no one could open represents the future, all unknown to man. Understandably, this saddens John. Yet, those tears are removed by the vision of the Lamb, Judah’s Lion Who alone is open the scroll of our destiny. And what John sees is a Savior and King Who loves us and as our earthly and eternal future in His saving and almighty hands. For John and all in heaven, this evokes boundless praise and worship of the Lamb.
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 again 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.
Hymn 437 – “Who Trusts In God, A Strong Abode”
The Sermon ……………… Revelation 6:1 – 7:10 (Excerpts)
I watched as the Lamb opened the seven seals. The first was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown and he rode out as a Conqueror…. The second was a fiery red horse with its rider having a large sword, power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other….. The third seal was a black horse with its rider have a scale in his hand. And he was buying and selling…. And the fourth was a pale horse with a rider named “Death”, and Hades following behind him, with power to kill some….. The fifth seal was the souls of those slain because of the Word of God and their testimony. And they wore white robes and cried out, “How long, Lord, before you return?”…. As the sixth seal was opened, a great earthquake struck with the sun turning black, the moon red and stars falling from the sky. The earth itself rolled up like a scroll and many cried out for the mountains to fall on them, “For the great day of wrath has come and who can stand?”…. After this I saw four angels holding back from harm those who had the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God…. And this great multitude that noone could count stood before the Lamb in white robes and proclaimed in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.”
CHRIST “UNSEALS” HUMAN HISTORY:
THE LAMB OVERCOMES ALL SIN-FORCES
The Offering, Lord’s Prayer, Benediction & Children’s Message