Faith Is Being Sure Of

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

The Sermon:. Hebrews 11: 1

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Faith Is Being Sure Of

  1. God’s Mighty Creative & Redemptive Power In The Past
  2. God’s Loving And Supportive Presence In Our Lives Now
  3. God’s Promises Regarding Our Eternal Future

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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Saturday, May 6 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, May 7, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Alleluia”
(Director: Cathy Augustin)

Opening Hymn LSB 734 : I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name Hymnary.org link “I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name”

The Invocation Prayer

The Scripture Reading – Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16

The essence, blessing and result of God’s great gift of faith

1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for. 3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

The Nicene Creed (Inside Back Cover Of 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 Spirit 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 sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke 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.

Hymn LSB 587 : I Know My Faith Is Founded Hymnary.org link  “I Know My Faith Is Founded”

The Sermon…………………………………………………………. Hebrews 11: 1

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Faith Is Being Sure Of

  1. God’s Mighty Creative & Redemptive Power In The Past
  2. God’s Loving And Supportive Presence In Our Lives Now
  3. God’s Promises Regarding Our Eternal Future

The Offering

The Confession Of Sins And Absolution (Hymn LSB 609 : Jesus Sinners Doth Receive Hymnary.org link )

P: Jesus sinners doth receive;  Oh, may all this saying ponder
Who in sin’s delusions live  And from God and heaven wander!
Here is hope for all who grieve:  Jesus sinners doth receive. [v1]

C: 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.
[v4]

P: We deserve but grief and shame,  Yet His words, rich grace revealing,
Pardon, peace, and life proclaim;  Here their ills have perfect healing
Firmly in these words believe:  Jesus sinners doth receive. [v2]

C: 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.
[v5]

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn LSB 642 : O Living Bread from Heaven 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.)

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

Closing Hymn LSB 708 : Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart Hymnary.org link  “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart”

Silent Prayer and Announcements