THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – The Praise of a Trapped Prophet Bulletin

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Sunday Online Church Service Worship & Devotion at Pinnacle Lutheran Online Bulletin

The Praise of a Trapped Prophet

June 21, 2020 Online Church at Home Service

+ AS WE GATHER +

It is great during good times to believe that God is on your side with His blessings. Have you ever seen an old black-and-white photograph of a church’s Divine Service during or just after World War II? Extra chairs were added in the aisles for the great number of worshipers in dedicated attendance! Seventy-five years later, look around. Today Christianity has not only become more unpopular but is even seen by some as the enemy, the oppressor of freedom, the uninvited critic of a society that no longer labels anything as sinful. As it was for the prophet Jeremiah, to remain faithful to God means for now to be shunned, even persecuted. But the truth of God’s Word does not change. It is like a fire that reveals and destroys sin but at the same time inspires and gives strength in the very bones of all who believe.

+ PREPARATION +

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OPENING HYMN: #657 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 
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HYMN: #657 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God             

1    A mighty fortress is our God,
    A sword and shield victorious;
He breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
    And wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe
Has sworn to work us woe.
    With craft and dreadful might
    He arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

2    No strength of ours can match his might.
    We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
    Whom God Himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of hosts is He,
    Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
    God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

3    Though hordes of devils fill the land
    All threat’ning to devour us,
We tremble not, unmoved we stand;
    They cannot overpow’r us.
Let this world’s tyrant rage;
In battle we’ll engage.
    His might is doomed to fail;
    God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

4    God’s Word forever shall abide,
    No thanks to foes, who fear it;
For God Himself fights by our side
    With weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house,
Goods, honor, child, or spouse,
    Though life be wrenched away,
    They cannot win the day.
The Kingdom’s ours forever!

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INVOCATION

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

People:          Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:            We come before the Lord this day to be strengthened in faith and to be witnesses of righteousness and truth before a hostile world. Let us first confess our own sinfulness, that we receive mercy, grace, and forgiveness from God.

People:          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.

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 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

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:            Let us pray.
Loving God, since You have called us by the light of Your truth to let that light shine through us to the world, give us the boldness, love, and strength to be Your faithful witnesses, 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         Jeremiah 20:7–13   

(Jeremiah’s complaint)

7O Lord, you have deceived me,
            and I was deceived;
you are stronger than I,
            and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all the day;
            everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I cry out,
            I shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the Lord has become for me
            a reproach and derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
            or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
            shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
            and I cannot.
10For I hear many whispering.
            Terror is on every side!
“Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
            say all my close friends,
            watching for my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
            then we can overcome him
            and take our revenge on him.”
11But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
            therefore my persecutors will stumble;
            they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
            for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
            will never be forgotten.
12O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
            who sees the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
            for to you have I committed my cause.
13Sing to the Lord;
            praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
            from the hand of evildoers.

PSALM       Psalm 91:1–10

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
            will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
            my God, in whom I trust.”

3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
            and from the deadly pestilence.
4He will cover you with his pinions,
            and under his wings you will find refuge;
            his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5You will not fear the terror of the night,
            nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
            nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7A thousand may fall at your side,
            ten thousand at your right hand,
            but it will not come near you.
8You will only look with your eyes
            and see the recompense of the wicked.

9Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
            the Most High, who is my refuge—
10no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
            no plague come near your tent.

EPISTLE    Romans 6:12–23     

(Slaves to righteousness)

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

            15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

            20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

VERSE        Matthew 10:32

Alleluia. Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL  Matthew 10:5a, 21–33                   

(Do not be afraid.)

Pastor:            The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the tenth chapter.

5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, . . .

            21“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

            24“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.

            26“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

HYMN OF THE DAY: #660 – Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
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SERMON

Sermon: Your Word has become a Fire that I cannot hold in
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Sermon: Your Word has become a Fire that I cannot hold in

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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.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            For the gift of divine peace and of pardon, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            For the Holy Church throughout the world, and for the proclamation of the Gospel and the calling of all to faith, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            For this nation, that God’s gracious Word have free course and that His righteousness prevails, that He restore us and the world in health and livelihood, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            For all people, that we be preserved from discord and strife, that God grant us protection in every time of need, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            For all who are sick or afflicted that they receive healing and strength, that those who struggle would receive the gift of peace of mind and heart. Hear us especially for those who have requested our prayers including all those on our prayer list and those whom we name in our hearts, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy.

Pastor:            For all fathers, that they would love and serve their families by the power of the Holy Spirit as examples of Christ’s mercy and forgiveness, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy

Pastor:            Finally, for these and for all our needs of body and soul, let us pray to the Lord.

People:          Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

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

O God, because Your abiding presence always goes with us, keep us aware of Your daily mercies that we may live secure and content in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, 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:#575 – My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
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HYMN: #575 – My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

1    My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Refrain

ref On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2    When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In ev’ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil. Refrain

3    His oath, His covenant and blood
Support me in the raging flood;
When ev’ry earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. Refrain

4    When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before His throne! Refrain