Be Strong and Courageous in the Lord

The Word Is Not Seasonal

The Sermon: Joshua 1: 1,7-9

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Be Strong and Courageous in the Lord

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Meditate on it day and night - you will be blessed. Joshua 1:8

Second Sunday After Christmas

Sunday, January 4, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “In the Bleak Midwinter” (Rossetti & Holst)
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Stephanie Mueller ;
Soloist: Audra Wiste)

Opening LSB 897 : O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly Hymnary.org link

The Invocation And Prayer

The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 90 (Front Of Hymnal)

Sing LSB 729 (V 1,4 & 6): I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus Hymnary.org link

1 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,  Trusting only Thee;
Trusting Thee for full salvation,  Great and free.

4 I am trusting Thee to guide me;  Thou alone shalt lead,
Ev’ry day and hour supplying  All my need.

6 I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus; Never let me fall.
I am trusting Thee forever  And for all.

The Nicene Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

LSB 900 : Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ………………………………………………………. Joshua 1: 1,7-9

1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Be Strong and Courageous in the Lord

Our New Year’s Offering

Our New Year’s Confessional Prayer

As we 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 Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament ( TLH 120 : Help us, O Lord! Behold We Enter Hymnary.org link )

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

1 Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter  Upon another year today;
In Thee our hopes and tho’ts now center,  Renew our courage for the way.
New life, new strength, new happiness,  We ask of Thee–oh, hear and bless!

2 May ev’ry plan and undertaking  This year be all begun with Thee;
When I am sleeping or am waking,  Still let me know Thou art with me.
Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide,  At home be ever at my side.

3 Be this a time of grace and pardon.  Thy rod I take with willing mind,
But suffer naught my heart to harden;  Oh, let me then Thy mercy find!
In Thee alone, my God, I live;  Thou only canst my sins forgive.

4 And may this year to me be holy;  Thy grace so fill my ev’ry thought
That all my life be pure and lowly  And truthful, as a Christian’s ought.
So make me while yet dwelling here  Pious and blest from year to year.

5 Jesus, be with me and direct me;  Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;  Jesus, be all my heart’s Desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day  Nor suffer me to fall away.

6 And grant, Lord, when the year is over,  That it for me in peace may close;
In all things care for me and cover  My head in time of fear and woes.
So may I when my years are gone  Appear with joy before Thy throne.

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

Closing  LSB 918 : Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements