The Sunshine of Divine Mercy Shines Through the Clouds!

The Sermon: Isaiah 54: 7-10

7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer. 9 “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. 10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

THE SUNSHINE OF DIVINE MERCY SHINES THROUGH THE CLOUDS !

Listen to the sermon:

 

psalm 43:3

 

10th Sunday After Pentecost  

Saturday, August 1 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, August 2, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn LSB 524 : How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds Hymnary.org link “How Sweet The Name Of Jesus Sounds”

The Invocation And Opening Prayer

The Scripture Reading – 41: 8-10; 40: 27-31

Precious promises from our God to His people – especially during those difficult life situations when it appears that God seems nowhere to be found. Only our God can reassure us then – “Fear not” and give us strength, help and hope to go on and gain victory in Him.

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 worshipped 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 746 : Through Jesus' Blood and Merit Hymnary.org link  “Through Jesus’ Blood And Merit”

The Sermon….……………………………………..… Isaiah 54: 7-10

7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer. 9 “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. 10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

THE SUNSHINE OF DIVINE MERCY SHINES THROUGH THE CLOUDS !

The Offering

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion
(Christian Questions Excerpts)

P: What does God tell me about myself in His Holy Word?

C: He says that I am a sinner and deserve only his punishment.

Q: What should I do if I am not aware of my sins or am not troubled by them?

A: I should examine myself according to the Ten Commandments and ask how well I have carried out my responsibilities as a husband or wife or single person, as a parent or child, an employer or employee, a teacher or student. Have I loved God with all my heart, gladly heard his Word, and patiently endured affliction? Have I been disobedient, proud, or unforgiving? Have I been selfish, lazy, envious, or quarrelsome? Have I lied or deceived, taken something not mine, or given anyone a bad name? Have I abused my body or permitted indecent thoughts to linger in my mind? Have I failed to do what is right and good?

Q: When I realize that I have sinned against God and deserve his punishment, what should I do?

A: I will confess before God all my sins, those which I remember, as well as those of which I am unaware. I will pray to God for His mercy and forgiveness.

Q: How do I receive his gracious forgiveness?

A: His word assures me that Jesus led a pure and holy life for me and died on the cross for me to pay the full price for all my sins. Through faith in Jesus, I have been clothed in my Savior’s perfect righteousness and holiness.

Q: What further assurance do I have that Jesus is mine and that I am his?

A: In Holy Communion he gives me his body and blood together with the bread and wine as a truly life-giving food and drink to unite me with him and my fellow believers. By means of this sacrament, Jesus not only forgives my sins but sweeps away all my doubts about his love for me, gives me his own strength to live a God-pleasing life, and grants me a joyful foretaste of heaven.

Q: How can I be sure that I receive all these blessings in the Lord’s Supper?

A: I have his own word spoken as his last will and testament on the night before he died. There he tells me: “Take and eat; this is my body. Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Q: How will I respond to this priceless gift from Jesus?

A: I will daily thank and praise Him for His love for me. With his help I will fight temptation, do my best to correct whatever wrongs I have done, and serve Him and those around me with love and good works. Lord Jesus, with joy and gratitude I now come to your table to receive the precious food of your life-giving body and blood. May it strengthen me to remain in you as you remain in me, so that I bear much fruit in devoted service to you and in acts of kindness to others. Amen.

The Absolution

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution Of The Sacrament (Hymn LSB 622 : Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared 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 763 : When Peace Like a River Hymnary.org link  “When Peace, Like A River”

Silent Prayer and Announcements