Our Daily, Internal Sin-Struggle

Our Daily, Internal Sin-Struggle

The Sermon: Romans 7: 14-25

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Our Daily, Internal Sin-Struggle:

Inevitable And Fierce, But Winnable

Listen to the sermon:

Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:25

Eighth Sunday After Epiphany

Saturday, March 1 (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, March 2, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Children Grades 3 -8 – “This Is He” WS 762 : This Is He Hymnary.org link
(Director: Heather Schierenbeck; Accompanist: Barb Breth)

Opening Hymn LSB 819 : Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good Hymnary.org link  

The Invocation and Opening Prayer

The Scripture Reading – Psalm 41 (Excerpts)

With David as with each of us, our lives are stories of deliverance from sin-mire and muck in Christ, and daily struggles, victory and renewal as we seek to love, live for and proclaim the glory of my Help and Deliverer.

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

TLH 446 (V 3-5): Rise, my Soul, to Watch and Pray Hymnary.org link

The Sermon….…………………………………..… Romans 7: 14-25

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Our Daily, Internal Sin-Struggle:

Inevitable And Fierce, But Winnable

The Offering

The Confession Of Sins

TLH 324 v5-6: Jesus Sinners Doth Receive Hymnary.org link

5. I, a sinner, come to Thee With a penitent confession;
Savior, mercy show to me Grant for all my sins remission.
Let these words my soul relieve: Jesus sinners doth receive.

6. Oh, how blest it is to know; Were as scarlet my transgression,
It shall be as white as snow By Thy blood and bitter Passion:
For these words I now believe: Jesus sinners doth receive.
[TLH 324 v5-6]

Absolution

TLH 324 v8: Jesus Sinners Doth Receive Hymnary.org link

8. Jesus sinners doth receive.  Also I have been forgiven;
And when I this earth must leave, I shall find an open heaven.
Dying, still to Him I cleave– Jesus sinners doth receive.
[TLH 324 v8]

The Consecration of the Elements

The Distribution of The Lord’s Supper (Hymn  LSB 620 : Jesus Comes Today with Healing Hymnary.org link )

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

Hymn  LSB 620 : Jesus Comes Today with Healing Hymnary.org link

Our Post-Communion Prayer

C: Lord God of mercy, at the table You prepared for me, I  give you thanks for the body and blood of Your Son, the pledge of my salvation; for the Word by which You give me forgiveness; For Your promises by which You give me life. May the gifts of Your heavenly banquet fortify me against the Evil One, strengthen me in the face of the world, and overcome my selfishness. Help me to live as one who hungers for Your grace, who thirsts after righteousness, who longs to taste of Your goodness, that I may sit at your table at the marriage feast when the heavenly Bridegroom comes to take His holy bride to Himself. 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.

Benediction ♫ Amen

Closing Hymn TLH 50 : Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing Hymnary.org link  

Silent Prayer and Announcements