Our Earthly Church Fellowship

Matthew 18:20“Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Our Earthly Church Fellowship

1. Is Part Of God’s Masterplan To Build His Church

2. The Mission Of Christ’s Church On Earth

3. The Importance Of True Unity

4. The Blessings Of A Faithful Church

Listen to the sermon:

First Sunday In Lent

March 13,  2011  – 9:00 a.m.

Pre-Service: Reading – Psalm 68, P 137

The Church Choir: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

(Director: Cathy Augustin; Accompanist: Ryan Augustin)

The Choir will sing the first two verses

An Opening Invocational Prayer

The Opening Hymn TLH 462 : I Love Your Kingdom, Lord Hymnary.org link

Our Confession Of Sins

        As I come into Your sanctuary and Presence, dear God, I am ever reminded of the startling contrast between Your holiness and my sinfulness.   My sins are ever with me and before me, reminding me of

Your just condemnation of all that is unholy. Unworthy though I am spiritually, yet I come before You in humility, repentance and faith.

As You in mercy have promised, forgive me my sins for the sake of Jesus’ sin-atoning death. Wash me pure in Your Son’s cleansing blood.   Fill my heart with peace and joy and keep me ever safe in Your loving arms all my days. Amen.

The Absolution (God’s Forgiving Assurance)

The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 84

(Page 139 In Front Of Hymnal)

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.

Our Profession Of Faith

I believe in the God Who has revealed Himself to me in His holy Word -the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that, since the Fall, sin has infected every mortal by nature,   leaving a destiny of death and hell in its wake. Yet, I believe that in love God promised and sent His only-begotten Son into this world to become its Savior.  I believe that Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, lived a holy life and suffered hell and death to atone for my sins.

And I believe that Holy Spirit has through the Gospel worked saving faith in my heart – bringing me forgiveness, peace, comfort, joy and hope in Christ. All who trust in Christ alone for salvation are members of God’s family, the Holy Christian Church. Out of love and obedience to Him,and out of loving concern for the welfare of my own soul and others, I will listen to His voice and seek to faithfully follow, preserve and share His Word of Truth and Life.

And I believe that God has brought me together into a family of faith and faithful. Together we enjoy the blessings of  Christian unity. Together we encourage and strengthen one another in the bond of faith and fellowship we share in Christ and His Word. And together we eagerly await the day when the Church militant will become the Church triumphant –when all enemies of our faith are no more and we will be eternally secure in the arms of our Savior. Together we will then then join the company of saints and angels in heaven forever praising and glorifying the Lamb Who sits upon the throne. This is most certainly true. Amen.

Hymn WS 767 (V 1-2): Church of God, Elect and Glorious Hymnary.org link

Our Earthly Church Fellowship

1. Is Part Of God’s Masterplan To Build His Church

  * Matthew 18:20“Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, I am there in the midst of them.”

   * Ephesians 4; 11-12 “And He (Christ) gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Hymn 467 (V 5 & 7) – “Still We Our Earthly Temples Rear”

2. The Mission Of Christ’s Church On Earth

   * Matthew 28: 18-20 –“Then Jesus said, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;   And lo,  I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

   * Acts 20: 27-28 “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.   Therefore, take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,  to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

Hymn WS 767 (V 3-4): Church of God, Elect and Glorious Hymnary.org link

3. The Importance Of True Unity

  * 1 John 4: 1 “Beloved, do not believe  every spirit, but test the spirits, if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

  * 1 Corinthians 1:10 – “Now I plead with you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

  * Romans 16:17 – “ Now I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine you have learned, and avoid them.”

Hymn 477 (V 1-2) – “Lord Jesus Christ, Thou The Church’s Head”

4. The Blessings Of A Faithful Church

   * Acts 2: 42 & 47 -“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayer….. and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all  as anyone had need. And so continuing daily with one accord in the  Temple…. with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God.”

  * Hebrews 10: 24-25 – “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but encouraging one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching.”

  * Psalm 84: 1-2,4 –“How wonderful is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God…….   Blessed are those who dwell in Your  house.

Hymn LSB 813 : Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng Hymnary.org link

Our Gifts And Prayers Before The Throne Of God

Our Lord’s Blessing                                        

The  Closing Hymn TLH 628 (V 4-5): Shepherd of Tender Youth Hymnary.org link