The Book Can Be Lost

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

The Sermon: 2 Kings 22: 8-11; 23: 1-3

Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king….. Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the men of Judah. the people of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets – all the people from the least to the greatest. The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord – to follow the Lord and keep His Word with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

THE BOOK CAN BE LOST

Listen to the sermon:

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Reformation Sunday

Saturday, October 31(6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, November 1, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “One Church, One Faith” by Getty/Shackley
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Heather Schierenbeck )

Opening Hymn LSB 645 (V 1-3): Built on the Rock Hymnary.org link “Built On The Rock”

The Invocation And Responsive Reformation Prayer

P: O Lord, our God, how many and powerful are the enemies of Your Word, Who by deceit and force seek to overthrow Your precious Gospel of salvation! But we Christians take comfort in Your promises that Your Word will endure forever, and that the gates of hell will not prevail against Your Church.

C: O Lord, You are our comfort and strength!

P: Even though Satan and his cohorts have always found some ready to believe error and to persecute the Truth, nevertheless, You have curbed their furious wrath and not permitted the overthrow of the Christian faith. For these blessings of Your protective hand we are eternally grateful!

C: O Lord, You are our comfort and strength!

P: We further thank You that at a time when Satan had corrupted and deceived the minds of many, You graciously raised up Martin Luther and other faithful confessors. You placed a profound love for Your Word into their hearts, and restored the Gospel in its truth and purity through their labors, Oh, give us always faithful Christian pastors, teachers and members whose consciences, like that of Luther, are bound only by Your Word.

C: O Lord, You are our comfort and strength!

P: We are grateful that salvation has come to us as heirs of the Reformation through the hearing and believing of this faithful saying, namely, that Jesus Christ has redeemed us from our sins. We know Whom we have believed and stand justified by His blood.

C: For Your great mercy, O Lord, we thank You!

P: As Your children through faith in Christ we are especially conscious this day of the blessings from Your Word restored to us by the Reformation. May our hearts truly bow in awe before Your Word and rejoice in Your promises.

C: O Lord, hear our prayer!

P: Help us to teach Your Word with diligence to our children. Make us zealous to hear and learn it, that it may ever be in our souls a glorious beacon lighting the way to heaven through Christ, a lamp in this dark and evil world, guiding our footsteps along the path of righteousness.

C: O Lord, hear our prayer!

P: Cause Your Word, which never return empty, to be proclaimed in all the world and through it deliver sinners from the power of Satan into the Kingdom of Christ.

C: O Lord, hear our prayer!

P: Lord, forgive our sins for Jesus’ sake. Especially at this time do we ask for forgiveness for sins against Your holy Word: sins of neglecting to read and use it ourselves, of failing to listen with all diligence when it is proclaimed, of not wholeheartedly trusting all Your promises, of not following or appreciating fully Your Word and its blessings among us.

C: Forgive our many sins, and grant us Your grace and the will to live according to Your Word. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Sing: God’s Word is our great heritage  And shall be ours forever;
To spread its light from age to age  Shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way,  In death it is our stay.
Lord, grant while worlds endure,  We keep its teachings pure
Throughout all generations.

The Scripture Reading – Romans 3: 19-24

The great truth restored and reaffirmed through the Reformation is that no one can be saved through the law but only through faith in Jesus Christ.

The Profession Of Faith (Formula Of Concord On Justification)

We unanimously believe, teach and confess the following about the righteousness of faith before God. A poor, sinful person is justified before God, that is, absolved and declared free and exempt from all his sins and from the sentence of well-deserved condemnation, and is adopted into sonship and inheritance of eternal life without any merit or worth on his own. This happens without any preceding, present, or subsequent works, out of pure grace, because of the sole merit, complete obedience, bitter suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ alone. His obedience is credited to us for righteousness. These treasures are brought to us by the Holy Spirit in the promise of the holy Gospel. Faith alone is the only means through which we lay hold on, accept, apply and take them for ourselves. This faith is God’s gift, by which we truly learn to know Christ, our Redeemer, in the Word of the Gospel and trust in Him. We trust that for the sake of His obedience alone we have the forgiveness of sins by grace, are regarded as godly and righteous by God the Father, and are eternally saved.

Hymn LSB 575 : My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less Hymnary.org link  “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”

The Sermon ……………………………………….. 2 Kings 22: 8-11; 23: 1-3

Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan who read it. Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king….. Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the men of Judah. the people of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets – all the people from the least to the greatest. The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord – to follow the Lord and keep His Word with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

THE BOOK CAN BE LOST

The Offering

Our Confessional & Preparatory Prayer (Hymnal, Page 161)

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn LSB 631 : Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face 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.)

The Lord’s Prayer & Benediction Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 656 : A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Hymnary.org link  “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
V 1 – All      V 2 – Ladies & Girls    V 3 – Men & Boys    V 4 – All

Silent Prayer and Announcements