Who is Your Prophet for 2014?

Who is Your Prophet for 2014?

The Sermon: Deuteronomy 18: 15, 18-22

15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.  18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” 21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

WHO IS YOUR PROPHET FOR 2014 ?

Listen to the sermon:

New Year’s Eve Service

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (7:00 p.m.)

Opening TLH 116 (V 1-4): To the Name of our Salvation Hymnary.org link

The Invocation and Opening Prayer

Our God, our Help in ages past, Our Hope for years to come.

Hymn TLH 123 (V 1-2,8): Our God, Our Help in Ages Past Hymnary.org link

1. Our God, our Help in ages past, Our Hope for years to come,
Our Shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal Home!

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

8. Our God, our Help in ages past, Our Hope for years to come,
Be Thou our Guard while troubles last And our eternal Home!

The Scripture Reading – Psalm 111

Because of the wonderful covenant and works of the Lord which we learn and remember from His true and steadfast Word, we gather this evening to praise Him for all his blessings – past, present and future.

The Apostles Creed (Page 12 in Hymnal)

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.

Hymn WS 716 : Now Greet the Swiftly Changing Year Hymnary.org link

The Sermon…..…………………..……… Deuteronomy 18: 15, 18-22

15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.  18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.” 21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

WHO IS YOUR PROPHET FOR 2014 ?

The New Year’s Eve Offering

Our New Year’s Confessional Prayer

As we close out and begin another year of Your grace, heavenly Father, we are again reminded of who we are, Who You are, and what You have made us in Christ. Despite our best intentions, our sinful nature again reared its ugly head in various ways this past year. For our many sins we are truly sorry and ask Your forgiveness. For Christ’s sake we seek Your mercy. Thank you for again patiently bearing with us – forgiving us, strengthening us and nurturing us in our faith. In Christ, You have redeemed us and made us holy – Your own dear children. Assure us of Your abiding love. Be with us in the coming year amidst our many fears, uncertainties and struggles. Strengthen us for the challenge of remaining faithful to You and Your Word. Keep us as Yours in time, that we may remain Yours for all eternity. May Your holy Sacrament of grace comfort us, bless us and inspire us throughout our earthly pilgrimage. In Jesus’ Name we come before Your throne of grace. Amen.

The Absolution

The Consecration Of The Bread And Wine

The Distribution Of Holy Communion (No Hymn Sung)

(As Scripture presents the reception of Lord’s Supper as an intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such unity by membership at Berea or in another congregation of the CLC come forward. This is not a judgment on anyone’s faith, but rather an expression of ours. Any with questions or seeking a church home may speak with the Pastor.)

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 97 : Let us all with Gladsome Voice Hymnary.org link

1. Let us all with gladsome voice Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice, His own Son hath given.

2. To this vale of tears He comes, Here to serve in sadness,
That with Him in heaven’s fair homes We may reign in gladness.

3. We are rich, for He was poor; Is not this a wonder?
Therefore praise God evermore Here on earth and yonder.

4. O Lord Christ, our Savior dear, Be Thou ever near us.
Grant us now a glad new year. Amen, Jesus, hear us!

Silent Prayer and Announcements