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Is 45:5 – “I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me”

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Sunday, July 16, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)                              

Vacation Bible School Sunday

Song by Vacation Bible School Grades PreK-K – Hymn LSB 507 : Holy, Holy, Holy link
(Director: Zach Thurow ; Piano: Olivia Thurow)

1 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity!

4 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessèd Trinity! 

Recitation by VBS Children

Is 45:5 – “I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me”

Matt 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Ex 3:14 – “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Mark 12:30 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

Invocation and Opening Prayer

Uncovering Counterfeits – (One True God)

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal – 1 Kings 18:20-39 (excerpts)

20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” … 36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.”

Hymn  LSB 819 v 1 & 5: Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good link   – “Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good”

Finding Fingerprints – (Three in One)

Baptism of Jesus – Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

PreK – K – “Trinity Tune”

God the Father, God the Father, Jesus the Son, Jesus the Son,
And the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit, Three in one, three in one.

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

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 Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Cracking Codes – (I AM)

Moses and the Burning Bush – Exodus 3

God Is All Powerful, God Doesn’t Change, God Is Everywhere, God Is Perfect, God Knows Everything

Hymn LSB 798 v 1 & 8: The God of Abraham Praise link   – “The God of Abraham Praise”

Gifts of Thankful Hearts

Collecting Clues – (Salvation)

Gospel Presentation – From the Scene of the Crime in the Garden of Eden to the Evidence of Jesus’s Victory over Death at the Empty Tomb

Hymn LSB 580 v 1-4: The Gospel Shows the Father's Grace link   – “The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace”

Hot on the Trail – (Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength)

The Greatest Commandment – Mark 12:28-34

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 John 4:19 – “We love him, because he first loved us.”

Are you hot on the trail for God? (How strong is my love for God?)
Be sure to ask the right question.

The right question is NOT: “Am I faithful enough?”

Instead, the right question IS: “Is Jesus faithful enough?”


Don’t trust in how strong your FAITH is (how you feel).

Instead, trust in how strong JESUS is (what He did.)

Was Peter saved because of his strong grip on Jesus, or was it JESUS’s strong grip on PETER?

Hymn  LSB 694 v 1-2: Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower link   “Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower”

The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever, Amen.

Our Lord’s Blessing

Closing Song by VBS Grades 3-8 (with staff) –
“To Christ the Lord Let Every Tongue”
(Guitar: Zach Thurow ; Piano: Olivia Thurow)

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