God’s Word for Today: Many problems seem unsolvable, but in Christ, our God is the God of the impossible. The day of Pentecost gave clear evidence of the power of the Spirit of Jesus to change things dramatically. Just as dead bones became living, breathing beings in Ezekiel's vision, so people dead in sin become spiritually alive through the message the Holy Spirit has orchestrated and communicated through believers.
Bible Class Sunday Adults: Revelation Wednesday Men: Various Bible accounts; 6:30 PM Women: True Woman 101 – Divine Design 6:30 PM Saturday Men: "Sanctification: Alive in Christ", the 2nd and 4th Saturdays 8:30–9:30 AM.
Remember in your Prayers: Prayer Chain: Please call 637-8673 or 637-2450 if you have a prayer request. Vickie Balza Edna Bartholomew Pam Brokow (sister of Bob Brewer) Anna Gerome Esther Heuermann Jennie Johnson Rev. John Kenyon Roy Knittel Marsha McDowell Evelyn McNatt Kristy McNees Marguerite Peckstein Clint Rogas, Sr. Leo Shurr Avis Spencer Jim Thomas Gladys Winkel Harriet Yeider
Cry Room: If your little one is having a hard time in worship, we encourage you to make use of our cry room located immediately to the left as you exit the sanctuary. It’s equipped with audio so you can still follow along with the service. Nursing mothers can use the pastor’s office. Recorded Services: Our service is recorded on CDs. If you would like a copy please contact pastor or Don Holzhueter. Hearing Assistance: Hearing assistance devices are available. Please speak to an usher if you would like to use one.
Memorials: IMO Brenda Certa for school memorial fund given by Irma Overhiser; Rosemary Norlin; Mary Ann Bartels; Neele & Sharon Barner; Rich & Olga Stieve; Edna Schlaack; John & Louise Lofberg, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Redman, Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Grimm & Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Jacyno; given for new church fund by Bob & Carol Hinz. Live Broadcast: Our worship services are live broadcast to our website. You can find them on the church section of our webpage under Sermon - Audio.
Holy Communion Holy Communion “Personal Preparation for Holy Communion” is on page 156 of the Christian Worship Lutheran Hymnal. “Personal Preparation for Holy Communion” is on page 156 of the Christian Worship Lutheran Hymnal. The Bible and Lutherans teach that Holy Communion is a holy act instituted by Christ. Together with bread and wine we receive Jesus’ true body and blood. In this special meal Jesus gives the forgiveness of sins, strengthens our faith, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. The Holy Spirit uses the Lord's Supper the same way he uses the Word of God to maintain and strengthen our faith in Christ.
Monday Night Worship: Beginning June 4th at 7 pm we will have worship service on Monday nights. This schedule will run through Labor Day. School Floors: It's time to clean the floors at the school. This year we will be utilizing labor from the county jail to do the stripping and cleaning of the floors. This will take place in the classrooms and hallway starting on Tuesday June 5th at 9:30 am. That means we need to empty the classrooms and hallway of furniture and stuff. This will take place on Monday June 4 th at 5:30 p.m. PLEASE consider helping us with this project and we can get this done quickly. Thank you.
May Ushers: Jim Hollis – Head Usher Bill Hinz Andy Gorenz Art Frank Elder: Dave Brohn Altar Committee: Susan Brewer and Lindsey Garcia
June Ushers: Gary Sturm – Head Usher Richie Garcia John Harris Dave Bollnow Elder: Terry Durand Altar Committee: Susan Rogas and JoAnn Klug
Upcoming Schedule: May 27Worship with Communion 9:00 AM Bible Study 10:30 AM May 30Men’s/Women’s Bible Study 6:30 PM May 31Closing Chapel Service 11:30 AM June 3School Graduation Service 9:00 AM Bible Study 10:30 AM
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord Hymn 176, Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord Verse 1 Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord! May all your graces be outpoured On each believer's mind and heart; Your fervent love to them impart. Lord, by the brightness of your light In holy faith your church unite From ev'ry land and ev'ry tongue; This to your praise, O Lord our God, be sung: Alleluia!
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord Hymn 176, Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord Verse 2 Come, holy Light, Guide divine, And cause the Word of life to shine. Teach us to know our God aright And call him Father with delight. From ev'ry error keep us free; Let none but Christ our Master be That we in living faith abide, In him, our Lord, with all our might confide. Alleluia!
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord Hymn 176, Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord Verse 3 Come, holy Fire, Comfort true; Grant us the will your work to do And in your service to abide; Let trials turn us not aside. Lord, by your pow'r prepare each heart, And to our weakness strength impart That bravely here we may contend, Through life and death to you, our Lord, ascend. Alleluia! Text, Tune, Setting: public domain.
STAND M:The grace of our Lord † Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. C:And also with you.
C ONFESSION OF S INS M:God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us. C:Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
M:God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his one and only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son †, and of the Holy Spirit. C:Amen.
P RAYER AND P RAISE M:For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all you gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord. C:Lord, have mer – cy. M:For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ. C:Christ, have mer – cy.
P RAYER AND P RAISE M:For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord. C:Lord, have mer – cy. M:Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care: C:A – men. M:The works of the Lord are great and glorious; his name is worthy of praise.
O LORD OUR LORD C:O Lord, our Lord, how glo – rious is your name in all the earth. Al – might – y God, mer – ci – ful Fa – ther, you crown our life with your love. You take a – way our sin; you com-fort our spir – it; you make us pure and ho – ly in your sight. You did not spare your on-ly Son, but gave him up for us all. O Lord, our Lord, how glo – rious is your name in all the earth. O Son of God, e – ter – nal Word of the Fa – ther you came to live with us; you made your Fa – ther known; you washed us from our sins in your own blood. You are the King of glo – ry; you are the Lord! O Lord, our Lord, how glo – rious is your name in all the earth.
PRAYER OF THE DAY M: Let us pray. Holy Spirit, God and Lord, come to us this joyful day with your sevenfold gift of grace. Rekindle in our hearts the holy fire of your love that in a true and living faith we may tell abroad the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Father, one God, now and forever. C:A – men BE SEATED
Ezekiel 37:1–14 FIRST LESSON : Ezekiel 37:1–14 M: 1 The hand of the L ORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the L ORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord G OD, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the L ORD. 5 Thus says the Lord G OD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
Ezekiel 37:1–14 (continued) FIRST LESSON : Ezekiel 37:1–14 (continued) 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the L ORD.” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord G OD : Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”
Ezekiel 37:1–14 (continued) FIRST LESSON : Ezekiel 37:1–14 (continued) 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord G OD : Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the L ORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.
Ezekiel 37:1–14 (continued) FIRST LESSON : Ezekiel 37:1–14 (continued) 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the L ORD ; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the L ORD.”
Refrain Refrain Come, Ho-ly Spir-it, re-new our hearts and kin-dle in us the fire of your love. O Lord, open 'my lips,* and my mouth will de'clare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would 'bring it;* you do not take pleasure in burnt 'offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken 'spirit;* a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will 'not despise.
Refrain Refrain Come, Ho-ly Spir-it, re-new our hearts and kin-dle in us the fire of your love. Create in me a pure 'heart, O God,* and renew a steadfast spirit with'in me. Do not cast me from your 'presence* or take your Holy Spirit 'from me. Restore to me the joy of your sal'vation,* and grant me a willing spirit, to sus'tain me.
Refrain Glory be to the Father and 'to the Son* and to the Holy 'Spirit, as it was in the be'ginning,* is now, and will be forever. 'Amen. Refrain Come, Ho-ly Spir-it, re-new our hearts and kin-dle in us the fire of your love. Then I will teach transgressors 'your ways,* and sinners will turn 'back to you.
1 Acts 1:15-26 SECOND READING : 1 Acts 1:15-26 M: 15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
1 Acts 1:15-26 (continued) SECOND READING : 1 Acts 1:15-26 (continued) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “ ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and “ ‘Let another take his office.’ 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen
1 Acts 1:15-26 (continued) SECOND READING : 1 Acts 1:15-26 (continued) 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
VERSE OF THE DAY : M: Alleluia. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Alleluia. (From the antiphon: Come, Holy Spirit) C:Al – le – lu – ia! Al – le – lu – ia! Al – le – lu – ia! These words are writ – ten that we may be – lieve that Je – sus is the Christ, the Son of God. Al – le – lu – ia! Al – le – lu – ia! Al – le – lu – ia! STAND
John 14:25-27 GOSPEL : John 14:25-27 M: 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. C:Praise be to you, O Christ! BE SEATED
Hymn Of the Day There Is a Balm in Gilead H YMN : 564, There Is a Balm in Gilead Refrain Refrain: There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. Verse 1 Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work's in vain, But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.Refrain Verse 2 If you cannot preach like Peter, If you cannot pray like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus And say he died for all.Refrain Text, Tune, Setting: public domain.
Sermon A CTS 1:15-26 JUDAS’ PLACE—A WARNING FOR US
1)The place from which he fell (vv. 15–17, 20, 25) 2) The place for which he fell (vv. 18, 19) 3) Remember your place! 15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 ‘Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’ (Ac 1:15-17)
4 Jesus ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ (Ac 1:4–5) Professor Balge; “Since Jesus had chosen 12 men to judge the 12 tribes of Israel, Peter and the others felt that a replacement for Judas should be selected.” Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. (Ps 41:9) Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil. (Jn 6:70)
18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood). (Ac 1:18-19) Professor Balge; “There is some irony in Luke’s words. Judas did not intend that the 30 pieces of silver be used to buy a field. He was not planning to do charity work when he struck the bargain to betray Jesus. He did not give the money for that purpose or make the purchase himself. But in a sad sense he bought the field, because that was how the reward of his wickedness was used.”
For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it’; and ‘Let another take his office.’ (Ac 1:20) 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection. (Ac 1:21- 22)
23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Ac 1:23-26) The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the L ORD. (Pr 16:33) RC Lenski comments; “Judas … made a choice: the high and holy place of his office he passed up and elected to go to this other place (Hell) in spite of all the efforts on the part of Jesus to stop him.”
5 ‘Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. (Jn 12:5–6) But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Co 9:27)
A:We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. (continued next page)
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. (continued next page)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. BE SEATED
Offering May 27, 2012 Offering May 27, 2012 (The members of St. Paul Lutheran congregation have joined together to spread God’s message both in this community and around the world. If you are a visitor you are welcome to give an offering, but please do not feel obligated to participate. You are our guests and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to share God’s Word with you!)
STAND PRAYER OF THE CHURCH M:(read by minister) LORD’S PRAYER (p. 32) C:Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
T HE S ACRAMENT M:The Lord be with you. C:And al – so with you. M:Lift up your hearts. C:We lift them up to the Lord. M:Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. C:It is right to give him thanks and praise.
T HE S ACRAMENT M:Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, he empowered his Church to be witnesses of Christ to the ends of the earth. Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY C:Ho – ly, ho – ly, ho – ly is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of your glo – ry. You are my God, and I will ex- alt you. I will give you thanks, for you have become my sal – va – tion. Ho – ly, ho – ly, ho – ly is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of your glo – ry.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION M:Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” M:The peace of the Lord be with you always. C:A – men.
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD C:O Christ, Lamb of God, you take a-way the sin of the world; have mer – cy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, you take a-way the sin of the world; have mer – cy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, you take a-way the sin of the world; grant us your peace. A – men. BE SEATED DISTRIBUTION Hymn# 185: O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Hymn# 263: All Glory Be to God on High
O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Hymn 185, O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Verse 1 O Holy Spirit, grant us grace That we our Lord and Savior In faith and fervent love embrace And truly serve him ever, So that when death is near at hand We at his cross may firmly stand And there find our salvation. Verse 2 Help us that we your saving Word In faithful hearts may treasure; Let e'er that bread of life afford New grace in richest measure. Make us to die to ev'ry sin; Each day create us new within That fruits of faith may flourish.
O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Hymn 185, O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace Verse 3 Then when our earthly race is run, Death's bitter hour impending, May your good work in us begun Continue till life's ending, Until we gladly may commend Our souls into our Savior's hand To rest in peace eternal. Text, Tune, Setting: public domain.
I All Glory Be To God On High Hymn 263, I All Glory Be To God On High Verse 1 All glory be to God on high, Who has our race befriended! To us no harm shall now come nigh; The strife at last is ended. The Father's love, the Savior's birth, Bring peace, good will, to all the earth; Oh, thank him for his goodness!
I All Glory Be To God On High Hymn 263, I All Glory Be To God On High Verse 2 We praise, we worship you, we trust; We give you thanks forever, O Father, that your rule is just And wise and changes never. In boundless pow'r, with mighty reign, Done is whatever you ordain; Your rule brings countless blessings!
I All Glory Be To God On High Hymn 263, I All Glory Be To God On High Verse 3 O Jesus Christ, the only Son Of God, your heav'nly Father, You did for all our sins atone, And your lost sheep you gather. O Lamb of God, to you on high From depths of woe we sinners cry, Have mercy on us, Jesus!
I All Glory Be To God On High Hymn 263, I All Glory Be To God On High Verse 4 O Holy Spirit, precious Gift, Our Comforter from heaven, Our weary hearts and souls uplift; For this our praise is given. Deliver us from doubt and fear; When Satan troubles us, be near; We trust your love and power. Text st.1-3: public domain. *Text st.4: c 1993 Mark A. Jeske. Used by permission. Tune: public domain. Setting: c 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress.
T HANKSGIVING WORDS OF INSTITUTION STAND C:Thank the Lord and sing his praise. Tell ev – ’ry-one what he has done. Let all who seek the Lord re – joice and proud – ly bear his name. He re – news his prom – is – es and leads his peo – ple forth in joy with shouts of thanks – giv – ing. Al – le – lu – ia! Al – le – lu – ia!
M:Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. C:A – men.
M:Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and † give you peace. C:A – men. A – men. A – men.
This Day at Your Creating Word Hymn 229, This Day at Your Creating Word Verse 1 This day at your creating word First o'er the earth the light was poured: O Lord, this day upon us shine And fill our souls with light divine. Verse 2 This day the Lord for sinners slain In might victorious rose again: O Jesus, raise your people, too, From death of sin to life in you.
This Day at Your Creating Word Hymn 229, This Day at Your Creating Word Verse 3 This day the Holy Spirit came With fiery tongues of cloven flame: O Spirit, fill our hearts this day With grace to hear and grace to pray. Verse 4 This day of light and life and grace We gather in our worship-place: This holy hour, blest gift of love, Give we again to God above.
This Day at Your Creating Word Hymn 229, This Day at Your Creating Word Verse 5 All praise to God the Father be, To Christ, who set his people free, Whom with the Spirit we adore Forever and forevermore. Text and Tune: public domain. *Setting: c 1993 Elfred Bloedel. Used by permission.
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4