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Hope For Life

(1/21/2018)

Today in Worship - Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Preacher & Worship Leader: Pastor Darwin Karsten
Childrens Message: Debbie Armbruster & Linda Dehn
Elder: Calvin Neislein
Ushers: St. Marks School Students


Opening Song
"Father Welcomes"

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Confession of Sin & Being Assured of God's Forgiveness 
(Right Side: Bold Print, Left Side: Light Print)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

O LORD, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.

He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.

Pastor:  Christ Jesus died for our sins and rose again to declare us fully forgiven and heirs of hope in heaven.  Therefore, upon your confession, as a called and ordained servant of Christ, I assure you all your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

PEOPLE:  AMEN!

First Reading
Psalm 139:1-3, 13-16, 21-24
1   O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16  your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
21  Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
22  I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Songs of Praise
"Lord Of Life"

Sermon Scripture Reading
I Peter 3:15-18

Sermon

Offering
"Find Us Faithful"

In Whom Do We Believe? Explanation to the First Article of  The Apostles Creed
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that he has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.  He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, spouse and children, land, animals, and all I have.  He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.  He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.  All this he does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.  For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey him.  This is most certainly true.

Prayers Of The Day

The Lord's Prayer
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.

Celebrating the Lords Supper
"We All Bow Down"
"Change My Heart Oh God"
"How Beautiful"

Blessing

Sending Song
"Always"