SUNDAY MESSAGE: SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – A New Heritage

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – A New Heritage

A New Heritage

June 14, 2020

+ AS WE GATHER +

Through the apostolic ministry, God comes through His Word to bring people to the knowledge of sin and the gift of forgiveness and life through faith in Jesus, His Son. The reason all die is our sin inherited from our earthly father, Adam. More important, however, is the reason all can receive forgiveness and life—the free gift of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. By repentance and faith, all the baptized are made a kingdom of priests bearing witness to all of the salvation that is in Christ, our Lord. Today God renews His promises and love by His Word and Spirit as His living voice continues to come to us through those sent as ministers, preaching and administering the Holy Sacraments. Together we praise God, who has rescued us from our deathly heritage to be His children alive forever.

+ PREPARATION +

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OPENING HYMN: #915 – Today Your Mercy Calls Us
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HYMN: #915 – Today Your Mercy Calls Us    

1    Today Your mercy calls us
    To wash away our sin.
However great our trespass,
    Whatever we have been,
However long from mercy
    Our hearts have turned away,
Your precious blood can wash us
    And make us clean today.

2    Today Your gate is open,
    And all who enter in
Shall find a Father’s welcome
    And pardon for their sin.
The past shall be forgotten,
    A present joy be giv’n,
A future grace be promised,
    A glorious crown in heav’n.

3    Today our Father calls us;
    His Holy Spirit waits;
His blessèd angels gather
    Around the heav’nly gates.
No question will be asked us
    How often we have come;
Although we oft have wandered,
    It is our Father’s home.

4    O all-embracing Mercy,
    O ever-open Door,
What should we do without You
    When heart and eye run o’er?
When all things seem against us,
    To drive us to despair,
We know one gate is open,
    One ear will hear our prayer.

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INVOCATON

Pastor:            In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES        LSB 482:1

Pastor:            This joyful Eastertide
Away with sin and sorrow!
My love, the Crucified,
Has sprung to life this morrow.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:          He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Baptized into Christ we have put on Christ.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION        
LSB 482 refrain

Pastor:            Even so, even as we glory in the gift of eternal life, in that hope we spend our days in joyful repentance and faith. Let us confess our sin that still so easily besets us, and receive the full forgiveness our Lord daily provides for us.

People:          Had Christ, who once was slain,
Not burst His three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain:
But now has Christ arisen!

As Your baptized people, Lord, forgive us, renew us, and preserve us in Easter joy.

Pastor:            Upon this, your confession, I, by virtue of my office as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God to all of you. And in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.

+ WORD +

HYMN OF PRAISE: Gloria in Excelsis

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HYMN OF PRAISE: Gloria in Excelsis LSB 154
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:
We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:
You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.
For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,
You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:            Let us pray.

O God our Father, our Creator and Redeemer, by Your call You have made us a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Give us the faith and joy to pray for the salvation of all people and to live holy lives in the forgiveness of our sins; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:          Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING         Exodus 19:2–8                    

(At Mount Sinai)

2[The people of Israel] set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain, 3while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: 4You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

            7So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.

PSALM Psalm 100

1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
            2Serve the Lord with gladness!
            Come into his presence with singing!

3Know that the Lord, he is God!
            It is he who made us, and we are his;
            we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
            and his courts with praise!
            Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5For the Lord is good;
            his steadfast love endures forever,
            and his faithfulness to all generations.

EPISTLE    Romans 5:6–15                   

(Reconciled through Christ)

6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

            12Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

            15But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

VERSE        Matthew 9:37b–38

Alleluia. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL  Matthew 9:35–10:8

(Jesus sends out the Twelve.)

Pastor:            The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the ninth and tenth chapters.

35Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

            1And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

            5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.”

HYMN OF THE DAY: #809 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness
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HYMN OF THE DAY: #809 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness

1    Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not: Thy compassions, they fail not;
    As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be. Refrain

ref Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
    Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2    Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
    Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Refrain

3    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain

SERMON

SERMON – You are a Kingdom of Priests live like it!!!!

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SERMON – You are a Kingdom of Priests live like it!!!!

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APOSTLES’ CREED

Pastor:      God has made us His people through our Baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

All:            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.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:            Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

Lord God, heavenly Father, we offer before You our humble prayer for the well-being of Your Church throughout the world. Guide and govern it by Your Holy Spirit that all who profess themselves Christians be led into the way of truth and hold the Christian faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in the righteousness of life. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            Send down upon all ministers of the Gospel and upon the congregations committed to their care the spirit of Your grace that they please You in all things. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            Behold in mercy all who are in authority over us, especially as they endeavor to restore our country from the challenges we face due to the pandemic and civil unrest. Supply them with Your blessing that they be inclined to Your will and walk according to Your commandments. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            We humbly ask Your abiding presence in every situation that You make known Your ways among us. Be with all those on our prayer list and with all those whose lives have been affected by COVID or the turmoil now plaguing our nation. Preserve those who travel, satisfy the wants of Your people, and help those who call upon You in any need that they have patience in the midst of suffering and, according to Your will, be released from their afflictions. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            Merciful Father, Your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, rose victorious over death and the grave. We remember with thanksgiving all Your servants who trusted in Christ and now stand in Your nearer presence, where all sorrows are turned to joy. Strengthen us in the confident hope of the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come that we await with joy our reunion in Your heavenly kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:          hear our prayer.

Pastor:            Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:          Amen.

OFFERING

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13

All: 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.

CLOSING PRAYER

Almighty, eternal God, in the Word of Your apostles and prophets You have proclaimed to us Your saving will. Grant us faith to believe Your promises that we may receive eternal salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

BENEDICTION

Pastor:            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 give you peace.

People:          Amen.

HYMN: #918 – Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
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HYMN: #918 – Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

1    Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer,
    Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
    Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
    Feed me till I want no more;
    Feed me till I want no more.

2    Open now the crystal fountain
    Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
    Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer,
    Be Thou still my strength and shield;
    Be Thou still my strength and shield.

3          When I tread the verge of Jordan,
    Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction,
    Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
    I will ever give to Thee;
    I will ever give to Thee.

Pinnacle Lutheran Church Rochester, NY