In Preparation…for the Third Sunday After Pentecost 2017

This week has a lot going on. In the church year it is the Third Sunday after Pentecost, but at Immanuel it is also Camp Wartburg Sunday and the first Sunday in our Summer Sermon Series.

When we say it’s “Camp Wartburg Sunday”, it means that we have staff from Camp Wartburg playing and singing together with us in worship. It’ll be great to worship with some of the songs commonly used at camp along with some of our usual hymnody.

This is also the first Sunday of “Summer in the Psalms”, which is our 8-week summer sermon series. This week I’ll be preaching on Psalm 27 which will also be used for our Introit as we enter into our Service of the Word.

Enjoy this brief video digging into worship this week.

This week’s readings: Jeremiah 20:7–13; Romans 6:12–23; Matthew 10:5a, 21–33

Hymns (LSB for hymn numbers):

  • Opening – 737 Rejoice My Heart Be Glad and Sing (Sunday morning will begin with “Here I Am To Worship)
  • Hymn of the Day – 729 I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
  • Offering Hymn – 806 Give Thanks with a Greatful Heart
  • Dist – 625 Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread.
  • Saturday Dist. – 576 My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
  • Sunday Dist. – All in All, Better is One Day
  • Closing – 738 Lord of All Hopefulness (Sunday will end with “Jesus Loves me Hallelujah”)

Delivered from Sin and Death, You Now Live before God in the Righteousness of Christ

The outcome of sin is death, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). He has set you free from the slavery of sin and has brought you “from death to life” (Rom. 6:13). No longer are you under the condemnation of the Law, but you live under grace (Rom. 6:14). Such is your courage in the face of “those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matt. 10:28). For though “you will be hated by all” and maligned by the world for the name of Christ (Matt. 10:22, 25), you abide in the care of your Father in heaven, who numbers “even the hairs of your head” and values you more “than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:30–31). By the Word of Christ, you have become like Him, your Teacher and Master in whom you endure to the end, and “will be saved” (Matt. 10:22, 25). For He is with you “as a dread warrior,” who has overcome your enemies (Jer. 20:11). By the righteousness of faith, He delivers your heart, mind, body and life “from the hand of evildoers,” and He brings you into the land of the living (Jer. 20:12–13).

A deeper dive into the liturgy of this week in the church year with IssuesEtc.

If you have any questions or want to discuss this more, please let me know. I’m always happy to chat!