THE GRACE OF GOD WORKING THROUGH US (Matthew 25: 14 – 30)

Order of Worship:

For Pre-Service Reading: Psalm 31, Page 130 (Front Of Hymnal)

Song By ILC Youth – “The Kingdom Of the Lord”
(Director: Cathy Augustin; Accompanist: Susan Rehm; Flute – Sarah Tester)

Opening Hymn 773 (Supplement) – “Rise Shine, You People”

The Invocation and Responsive Confessional Psalm 51

P: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
C: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
P: Against You, You only have I sinned & done this evil in Your sight.
C: Surely I have been sinful from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean; Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.

The Absolution By The Pastor
P: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.
C: Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways and sinners shall be converted to You. My tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
P: O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
C: Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness.

The Scripture Reading – Romans 10: 4 -15

Sinful man can neither fulfill nor keep God’s holy Law as required nor provide the righteousness to end its eternal judgment upon the sinner. But what man cannot do God has done for us in Christ. He has given us His Son and His Word in which we find Him and by faith believe and confess Him. And this great Savior is God’s gift to all nations and races. And this wonderful Gift is brought to us through those whom God has called and sent to proclaim the Gospel of peace and the Good News of comfort, hope and blessing in Jesus Christ.

The Baptism Hymn 750 (Supplement) – “See This Wonder”

The Baptismal Affirmation – Emma Kathleen Starland

The Apostles Creed (Hymnal, Page 12)

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 Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn 770 (Supplement) – “I Hear The Savior Calling”

The Sermon ………………. Matthew 25: 14 – 30

For the Kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; And immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went & dug in the ground & hid his money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, “Lord, you delivered me five talents; Look, I have gained five more talents besides them.”. His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many. Enter into the joy of your lord!”He also who had received two talents came and said, “Lord, you delivered to me two talents; Look, I have gained two more talents besides them.” His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many. Enter into the joy of your lord! Then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.” But his lord answered and said to him, “You wicked and lazy servant; You knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; But from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

THE GRACE OF GOD WORKING THROUGH US

Hymn 496 – “Hark, The Voice Of Jesus Crying!”

The Offering, Prayers and Benediction

The Closing Hymn 511 (V 1-3,6) – “Jesus Shall Reign…..”

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