The Miracle of Conversion – Saul’s and Ours!

The Sermon: Acts 22: 6 – 16

6“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’  8” ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. 9” ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.  10” ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. 11” ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.  12“A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. 14“Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

The Miracle of Conversion – Saul’s and Ours!

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Saturday, September 2 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, September 3, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Invocational Prayer

Our Confession Of Sins And Plea For God’s Mercy

P: “For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that you are righteous when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my other conceived me.” (Psalm 51: 3-5)

Sing LSB 613 V 1: To Thee, Omniscient Lord of All Hymnary.org link

P: “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing mercy; According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions…. Wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; Let the bones you have crushed rejoice.” (Psalm 51: 1-2,7-8)

Sing Hymn LSB 613 V 2: To Thee, Omniscient Lord of All Hymnary.org link

P: “As High Priest, Christ entered the greater and more perfect sanctuary, the Most Holy Place – once for all, having obtained eternal redemption by His own blood. (Hebrews 9:11-12) ”  “A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise…. Save me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.” (Psalm 51:14-15)

The Absolution

The Apostle Paul’s First Missionary Journey

The Lord sets apart Paul and Barnabas for the first missionary journey. They proclaim the Word (Law & Gospel)
– to Cyprus (Power Over Sorcery),
Pisidian Antioch & Iconium (The Gospel Story – for Jew and Gentile),
Lystra & Derbe (Worshiped as gods for healing)
and returned to Antioch in Syria.

The Nicene Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn LSB 573 : Lord, 'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee Hymnary.org link  “Lord, Tis’ Not That I Did Choose Thee”

The Sermon….……………………………………..… Acts 22: 6 – 16

6“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’  8” ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. 9” ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.  10” ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. 11” ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.  12“A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. 14“Then he said: ‘The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

The Miracle of Conversion – Saul’s and Ours!

The Offering

Our Communion Confessional And Preparatory Prayer

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn LSB 627 : Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior 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 (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 611 : Chief of Sinners Though I Be Hymnary.org link  “Chief Of Sinners, Though I Be”

Silent Prayer and Announcements