Sunday Online Church at Home Service: EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday Online Church at Home Service: EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Sunday, July 26, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The Son of God Has Redeemed Us for Himself with His Holy and Precious Blood

The Lord our God has chosen us to be “his treasured possession,” not because of any strength in us, but solely “because the Lord loves” us (Deut. 7:6–8). He is faithful, and He “keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deut. 7:9). He has searched for us and found us in love, and He has bestowed on us “great value” by the great price that He has paid on the cross (Matt. 13:45–46). In His joy, He has redeemed us by His cross and gathered us into His Kingdom by the Gospel. Now we are “hidden in a field,” covered by the cross and subject to the persecution of the world (Matt. 13:44), not for destruction, but “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29). Since we “are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28), and because Christ Jesus died, rose again and lives to intercede for us “at the right hand of God” (Rom. 8:34), there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

WELCOME

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HYMN OF INVOCATION: #648 – Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
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HYMN OF INVOCATION: #648 – Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

OPENING HYMN: #648 – Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

1   Glorious things of you are spoken,
    Zion, city of our God;
He whose word cannot be broken
    Formed you for His own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
    What can shake your sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
    You may smile at all your foes.

2   See, the streams of living waters,
    Springing from eternal love,
Well supply your sons and daughters
    And all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river
    Ever will their thirst assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord, the giver,
    Never fails from age to age.

3   Round each habitation hov’ring,
    See the cloud and fire appear
For a glory and a cov’ring,
    Showing that the Lord is near.
Thus deriving from their banner
    Light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
    Which God gives them on their way.

4   Savior, since of Zion’s city
    I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
    I will glory in Your name.
Fading are the world’s vain pleasures,
    All their boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasures
    None but Zion’s children know.

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Forgiveness

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

C      Amen.

P      Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C      who made heaven and earth.

P      If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C      But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P      Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

C      Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. 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 Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C      Amen.

+ SERVICE OF THE WORD +

PSALM (spoken responsively by verse) Psalm 125

1Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.

3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
4Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!

5But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
the LORD will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel

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.

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Salutation and Collect of the Day

P      Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love, that, receiving what You have promised, we may love what You have commanded; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C      Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING Deuteronomy 7:6–9

6“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

GRADUAL (spoken in unison) Rom. 11:33, 36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.

EPISTLE Romans 8:28–39

28 We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 13:44–52

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the thirteenth chapter.C Glory to You, O Lord.
44[Jesus said:] “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51“Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

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.

HYMN OF THE DAY: HYMN: #594 – God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It
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HYMN OF THE DAY: HYMN: #594 – God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

HYMN OF THE DAY: #594 – God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

1   God’s own child, I gladly say it:
    I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it,
    Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any
    That brought me salvation free
    Lasting to eternity!

2   Sin, disturb my soul no longer:
    I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger:
    Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me
    In a dear forgiving flood,
    Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

3   Satan, hear this proclamation:
    I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation,
    I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled,
    And, against your tyranny,
    God, my Lord, unites with me!

4   Death, you cannot end my gladness:
    I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness
    To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes:
    Baptism has the strength divine
    To make life immortal mine.

5   There is nothing worth comparing
    To this lifelong comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring:
    Even there I’ll sleep secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising,
Still my soul continues praising:
    I am baptized into Christ;
    I’m a child of paradise!

Text: © 1991 Robert E. Voelker. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004170

SERMON

Sermon: We do not always bring peace
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Sermon: We do not always bring peace

Sunday Online Church at Home Service: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 12A, Deut 7, God Chose You!

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PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

O Lord, we are Your people, chosen by Your grace to be Your own possession and granted mercy upon mercy. Hear Your people who cry to You in need, and remember us according to the favor You have shown to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

That the Lord may open our hearts to prayer and guide us in this holy conversation so that we may know those things for which we ought to pray and seek them according to His grace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That we may remember our Baptism into Christ and live boldly in our vocation as His children no matter the difficulties of this fallen world, within our families, in our neighborhoods and throughout the world, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Church may prosper, the good news of Jesus Christ go forth unhindered, and the Spirit bring many into the fellowship of the redeemed, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord may bless our nation and those who govern us, and that we may use the gift of freedom to live holy, upright and godly lives, to the praise of His glory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord may bless all lawful occupations and professions, and that we may pursue honesty and virtue in all things, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That God’s people may recognize the true treasure of the cross and rejoice in the resurrection, pursuing with all their hearts, minds, bodies and souls the things of His kingdom, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the sick may be healed, the troubled granted peace, the grieving comforted and the dying kept in peace, and especially do we pray for all those listed on our prayer list, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord may grant us generous hearts so that we may honor Him with the worship of our hearts and bring to Him the tithes and offerings that support His work, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

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 Collect

P      Let us pray.

Gracious God, who has given us this good earth in which to live and who sends rain and sun to cause plants to produce fruit and grain for harvest,      continue to send Your life-giving Word to us so that we resist the cares of this world and return to You a harvest of new sons and daughters, 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

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 give you peace.

C      Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: #806 – Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
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Closing Hymn – Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

CLOSING HYMN: #806 – Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

1   Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ His Son.
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ His Son.
And now let the weak say “I am strong,”
Let the poor say “I am rich,”
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
And now let the weak say “I am strong,”
Let the poor say “I am rich,”
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
Give thanks, give thanks.

Text: © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004170