Remember Your Creator When Young

The Sermon: Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7

12 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; 3 when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim; 4 when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; 5 when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. 6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Remember Your Creator When Young

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 26, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “He Is Mine (Ni Wangu)”

(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller ; Soloist: Heather Schierenbeck)

Opening Hymn LSB 433 : Glory Be to Jesus Hymnary.org link “Glory Be To Jesus”

The Invocation And Confession Of Sins

All: To Thee, omniscient Lord of all,
In grief and shame I humbly call;
I see my sins against Thee, Lord,
The sins of thought and deed and word.
They press me sore, I cry to Thee: O God, be merciful to me!

O Jesus, let Thy precious blood 
Be to my soul a cleansing flood.
Turn not, O Lord, Thy child away,
But grant that justified I may
Go to my house at peace with Thee: O God,  be merciful to me!

The Absolution

The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 71
My Rock And My Fortress – Throughout My Life

P: In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;

C: let me never be put to shame!

P: In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;

C: incline your ear to me, and save me!

P: Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come;

C: you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

P: Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,

C: from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.

P: For you, O Lord, are my hope,

C: my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

P: Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.

C: My praise is continually of you.

P: I have been as a portent to many,

C: but you are my strong refuge.

P: My mouth is filled with your praise,

C: and with your glory all the day.

P: Do not cast me off in the time of old age;

C: forsake me not when my strength is spent.

P: For my enemies speak concerning me;

C: those who watch for my life consult together and say, “God has forsaken him;

P: pursue and seize him,

C: for there is none to deliver him.”

P: O God, be not far from me;

C: O my God, make haste to help me!

P: May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;

C: with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my hurt.

P: But I will hope continually

C: and will praise you yet more and more.

P: My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day,

C: for their number is past my knowledge.

P: With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;

C: I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.

P: O God, from my youth you have taught me,

C: and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

P: So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me,

C: until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.

P: Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens.

C: You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?

P: You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again;

C: from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.

P: You will increase my greatness

C: and comfort me again.

P: I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God;

C: I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

P: My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you;

C: my soul also, which you have redeemed.

P: And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,

C: for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.

ALL: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Hymn LSB 712 : Seek Ye First Hymnary.org link “Seek Ye First”

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of 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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn LSB 746 : Through Jesus' Blood and Merit Hymnary.org link  “Through Jesus’ Blood And Merit”

The Sermon….………………………………… Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7

12 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— 2 before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; 3 when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim; 4 when the doors to the street are closed and the sound of grinding fades; when people rise up at the sound of birds, but all their songs grow faint; 5 when people are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags itself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then people go to their eternal home and mourners go about the streets. 6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, 7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Remember Your Creator When Young

“Create In Me” (Hymn 956)

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.

Hymn LSB 710 : The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want Hymnary.org link “The Lord’s My Shepherd”

Our Offering

“Jesus Loves Me” (Vocalists – Cathy Augustin & Teri Schierenbeck)

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 744 : Amazing Grace Hymnary.org link “Amazing Grace”

Silent Prayer And Announcements