The Spiritual Journey of Martin Luther

Sermon: Romans 1: 16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes- for the Jew first, but also for the Gentile. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; As it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.” 

The Spiritual Journey of Martin Luther

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Romans 1: 16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes- for the Jew first, but also for the Gentile. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; As it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith."

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, October 23, 2016 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Luther’s Morning Prayer” (Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller)

Opening Hymn LSB 823 : May God Bestow on Us His Grace Hymnary.org link “May God Bestow On Us His Grace”

The Invocation And Confessional Prayer (Martin Luther)
(Words to Hymn 607 v 1,3)

From depths of woe I cry to Thee, In trial and tribulation;
Bow down Thy gracious ear to me, Lord, hear my supplication.
If Thou rememberest every sin, Who then could heaven ever win Or stand before Your presence?

Therefore my hope is in the Lord  And not in mine own merit;
It rests upon His faithful Word  To them of contrite spirit
That he is merciful and just;  This is my comfort and my trust.
His help I wait with patience.

The Absolution (V 5)

Though great our sins, yet greater still  Is God’s abundant favor;
His hand of mercy never will Abandon us, nor waver.
Our Shepherd good and true is He, Who will at last His Israel free
From all their sin and sorrow.

The Scripture Reading – Hebrews 13 Excerpts

We owe a debt of gratitude to God for the blessing of all the faithful who have gone before, from Bible times through church history right on down to the present time. The encouragement to “remember” them includes giving thanks and praise to God also by imitating their faith, considering the glorious “outcome” of their lives. 

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 678 (V 1 & 3): We Sing for All the Unsung Saints Hymnary.org link   “We Sing For All The Unsung Saints

The Spiritual Journey of Martin Luther

The Sermon – Part I      From Childhood To Troubled Sinner

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“For by the works of the Law no flesh shall be justified.” (Galatians 3:16)

Hymn LSB 556 (V 2-3): Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice Hymnary.org link “Fast Bound In Satan’s Chains I Lay”

The Sermon – Part II     From Believer To Confessor

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes- for the Jew first, but also for the Gentile. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; As it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1: 16-17)

Hymn LSB 556 (V 4-5): Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice Hymnary.org link – “But God Had Seen My Wretched State”

The Offering Of Grateful Hearts
(Offering Music: “Bouree in G” by G. F. Handel ; Flute: Olivia Thurow)

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

 Hymn LSB 556 (V 7,10 & 1): Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice Hymnary.org link “To Me He Said, ‘Stay Close To Me.”

Silent Prayer And Announcements