THE CHURCH’S CALLING: TO BAPTIZE and TEACH THAT THEY MAY KNOW CHRIST (Matthew 28: 18 – 20 ; John 17:3)

Order of Worship:

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST September 6 & 7 (Saturday – 7 P.M.; Sunday – 8:30 & 10:30 A.M.)

For Pre-Service Reading – Psalm 119 (IV & V), Page 149
Opening Hymn: “Let Me Learn Of Jesus”

The Invocation And Prayer

(10:30) The Installation Of Our Sunday School Staff

Sung Response:
Send, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit On these servants now, we pray;
Help them be Your faithful shepherds To your little lambs always.
Your pure teaching to proclaim, To extol Your holy Name, And to feed Your lambs,dear Savior, Make their aim & sole endeavor.

The Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1: 5-6, 13-14; 3: 14-17
As important as it was for Timothy’s faith to continue in, learn, guard and treasure the Word handed down to him by Christian parents, grand- parents and teachers, so it remains vitally important for the health and growth of our faith today.

The Nicene Creed (Hymnal, Page 22)

Hymn 288 – “Lord, Help Us Ever To Retain”

The Sermon ………………………. Matthew 28: 18 – 20 ; John 17:3

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go Therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world’….. And this is life eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.

THE CHURCH’S CALLING: TO BAPTIZE & TEACH THAT THEY MAY KNOW CHRIST

The Offering

The Confession of Sins And Absolution

The Consecration And Distribution of The Sacrament
Since God’s Word presents the reception of the Sacrament as an intimate expression of faith and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have professed such unity by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward to the Lord’s table. Any having questions or wanting information on church membership may speak with the Pastor.

Communion Hymn: “Jesus Comes Today With Healing”
(Words: Heinrich Puchta ; Melody: Hymn 425)

1. Jesus comes today with healing, Knocking at my door, appealing,
Off’ring pardon, grace and peace. He Himself makes preparation, And I hear His invitation: “Come and taste the blessed feast.”

2. Christ Himself, the priest presiding,, Yet in bread and wine abiding
In this holy Sacrament, Gives the Bread of Life, once broken,
And the cup, the precious token Of His sacred covenant.

3. Under bread and wine, though lowly, I receive the Savior holy,
Blood and body, giv’n for me; Very Lamb of God from heaven, Who to bitter death was given, Hung upon the cursed tree.

4. God descends with heav’nly power, Gives Himself to me this hour
In this ordinary sign. On my tongue His pledge receiving, I accept His grace, believing That I taste His love divine.

5. Let me praise God’s boundless favor,Whose own feast of love I savor,
Bidden by His gracious call. Wedding garments He provides me,
With a robe of white He hides me, Fits me for the royal hall.

6. Now have I found consolation, Comfort in my tribulation,
Balm to heal my troubled soul. God, my Shield from ev’ry terror,
Cleanses me from sin and error, Makes my wounded spirit whole.

The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction

The Closing Hymn: “Lord Jesus Christ, The Children’s Friend”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.