The Sermon: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
The Parable of the Loving Father
The Father Loves both:
Listen to the sermon:
Sunday, June 15, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)
The Invocation And Our Confessional Prayer
C: O Triune God, most mighty, we come before you as lowly creatures coming before their all-powerful Creator; O God, most holy, we come before You as law-breakers coming before a just Judge; O gracious God, we come before you as humble and repentant sinners coming before a merciful Lord. We ask Your forgiveness for our many and grievous sins –looking alone in faith to Your Son’s sin-atoning sacrifice on the cross. According to Your Gospel promises, blot out our iniquities and cast out our transgressions forever. Cover us with the spotless robes of Christ’s righteousness and grant us the true comfort and peace of sins forgiven. Renew and strengthen us as we seek to live lives that honor and glorify Your holy name. Amen.
The Absolution (God’s Announcement Of Forgiveness In Christ)
Some Responsive Scripture Readings On Christian Worship
P: How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord almighty.
C: My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord. (Psalm 84:1)
P: O come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
C: For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. (Psalm 95:6)
P: And we also thank God continually, because when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
C: Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it. (Luke 11:28)
P: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
C: Receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)
P: And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship and in the breaking of bread and in prayer. (Acts 2:42)
C: Let us not give up coming together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as we see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24)
All: Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and encourage one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
♫ Holy God, we praise Thy Name; Lord of all, we bow before Thee.
All on earth Thy scepter claim, All in heav’n above adore Thee.
Infinite Thy vast domain, Everlasting is Thy reign.
Holy Father, holy Son, Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
Tho’ in essence only One, Undivided God we claim Thee
And, adoring, bend the knee While we own the mystery.
The Scripture Reading – Luke 10: 28-32
Sometimes our life, time and activity choices are between things that are good and things that are better and best for us. Martha’s “meal” service was good; Mary’s time spent at Jesus’ feet was better. Mary has chosen the best, the One Thing Needful, sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His Word of life. How about us?
The Athanasian Creed (Excerpts)
Whoever will be saved must hold to the true Christian faith. Now this is the Christian faith: We worship one God in three Persons and three Persons in one God, without mixing the Persons or dividing the Divine Being. For each Person – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is distinct, yet the Deity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, equal in glory and coeternal in majesty.
What the Father is, so is the Son and so is the Holy Spirit – infinite, eternal, almighty. So the Father is God, the Son God and the Holy Spirit God – Yet they are not three Gods, but one God. And within this Trinity none comes before or after; None is greater or inferior, but all three Persons are coequal and coeternal. Whoever will to be saved must have this conviction of the Trinity.
It is furthermore necessary for eternal salvation truly to believe that our Lord Jesus Christ also took on human flesh. Now this is the true Christian faith: We believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is both God and Man. He is God, divinely existing from all eternity, and He is Man, born of His mother in time – fully God and fully Man. Yet Christ is not two Persons but One – One not by changing the deity into flesh, but by taking the humanity into God. He suffered for our salvation, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. All who believe in Him will enter eternal life and all who do not will enter eternal hellfire. This is the true Christian faith in which all who believe this will be saved.
The Sermon..……………………………………… Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying: 11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. 25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ 28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”
The Parable of the Loving Father
The Father Loves both:
- The Rebellious
2. The Self-Righteous
“Create In Me” (Page 12 in Hymnal)
♫ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.
Song by Vocalists – “Blessing” (music by Natalie Sleeth)
Our Prayer And 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, Amen, Amen
Silent Prayer and Announcements