FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, Online Church at Home Service Bulletin | June 16th, 2024

June 16, 2024 | FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The Cross of Christ Is the Tree of Life, Which Bears Abundant Fruit after Its Own Kind The parables of our Lord convey the mysteries of the kingdom of God to those who are “able to hear it,” that is, “to his own disciples,” who are catechized to fear, love and trust in Him by faith (Mark 4:33–34). He scatters “seed on the ground,” which “sprouts and grows” unto life, even as “he sleeps and rises” (Mark 4:26–27). “On the mountain height of Israel,”
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OPENING HYMN: #861 Christ Be My Leader
HYMN OF THE DAY:  #789 Praise and Thanksgiving
CLOSING HYMN: #651 I Love Your Kingdom, Lord

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

 FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

“Grow your Faith in our Savior!”

June 16, 2024

+ AS WE GATHER +

The Cross of Christ Is the Tree of Life, Which Bears Abundant Fruit after Its Own Kind

The parables of our Lord convey the mysteries of the kingdom of God to those who are “able to hear it,” that is, “to his own disciples,” who are catechized to fear, love and trust in Him by faith (Mark 4:33–34). He scatters “seed on the ground,” which “sprouts and grows” unto life, even as “he sleeps and rises” (Mark 4:26–27). “On the mountain height of Israel,” He plants a young and tender twig, and it becomes “a noble cedar.” Indeed, His own cross becomes the Tree of Life, under which “every kind of bird” will dwell, and in which “birds of every sort will nest” (Ezek. 17:22–25). His cross is our resting place, even while now in mortal bodies, we “groan, being burdened” (2 Cor. 5:1–4). Yet in faith, we live for God in Christ, who for our sake “died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:15). We know that, in His resurrected body, “we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1).

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

DIVINE SERVICE SETTING TWO                                                                                  LSB 167

OPENING HYMN: #861 Christ Be My Leader

INVOCATION           Matthew 28:19b; [18:20]

P      In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION     1 John 1:8-9

P     If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C      Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

+ SERVICE OF THE WORD +

INTROIT          Psalm 92:12–15; antiphon: v. 1        
(spoken responsively as marked)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High.

The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.

They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,

to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Kyrie                               LSB 168

P    In peace let us pray to the Lord.

 P    For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the    

         Lord.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church            

       of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

 P  For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and  

      praise let us pray to the Lord.

P    Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

HYMN OF PRAISE: This Is the Feast   LSB 171

A     This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.

SALUTATION and PRAYER OF THE DAY

P   The Lord be with you.

P    Let us pray.

Blessed Lord, since You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

Old Testament         Ezekiel 17:22–24

            22Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. 24And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.”

L          This is the Word of the Lord.

C          Thanks be to God.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 1: 1-6         
(spoken responsively as marked)

1Blessèd is the man
            who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
            nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
            and on his law he meditates day and night
.

3He is like a tree
            planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
            and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4The wicked are not so,
            but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
            nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
            but the way of the wicked will perish.

Amen


Epistle                        2 Corinthians 5:1–10

            1We know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

            6So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

 

L          This is the Word of the Lord.
C          Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA AND VERSE                                                                                                LSB 173

HOLY GOSPEL          Mark 4:26–34

P    The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the Fourth chapter.

            26[Jesus] said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

            30And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

            33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

HYMN OF THE DAY:  #789 Praise and Thanksgiving


SERMON: “Grow your Faith in our Savior!”

NICENE CREED

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 in 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
T of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

After each petition:                             At conclusion:

P   … Lord, in Your mercy:                   P   … one God, now and forever.

C    hear our prayer.                           C    Amen.

OFFERING

OFFERTORY      LSB 176

+ Service of the Sacrament +

Communion Invitation

  • The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as he says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine but his very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins and to strengthen our union with him and with one another. Our Lord invites to his table those who trust his words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as he forgives and loves us, that they may show forth his death until he comes.
  • Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the Pastor or an usher.

For further study, see Matthew 5:23f.; 10:32f.;

18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34.

PREFACE             LSB 177

P    The Lord be with you.

P    Lift up your hearts.

P    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

PROPER PREFACE

P    It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and

       in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father,

          everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who on this day

          overcame death and grave and by His glorious resurrection opened

          to us the way of everlasting life. Therefore with angels and

          archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud

          and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

SANCTUS        LSB 178

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING    LSB 178

P    Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER          Matthew 6:9–13

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.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD   

P             Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

P    The peace of the Lord be with you always.

             In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

PAX DOMINI                    LSB 180

AGNUS DEI   LSB 180

DISTRIBUTION

POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE:  Thank the Lord        LSB 181

Post-Communion Collect

P    Let us pray.

O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

Benediction

                                                                                                                                                                     LSB 183

P    The Lord bless you and keep you.

         The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

         The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

CLOSING HYMN: #651 I Love Your Kingdom, Lord

DISMISSAL

Pastor:       Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE MUSIC

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