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True Praise Is Obedience

(8/19/2018)

Today in Worship - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher: Pastor Bob Liebmann
Worship Leader: Principal Merv Dehning
Children's Message: Debbie Armbruster
Elder: Calvin Neislein


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

Absolution

Songs Of Praise
"He Who Began A Good Work In You"
"Shout To The Lord"

First Reading
Isaiah 29:11-19
11  For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I can't; it is sealed."
12  Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I don't know how to read."
13  The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
14  Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
15  Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?"
16  You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"?
17  In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest?
18  In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
19  Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Mark 7:1-13
1  The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and
2  saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed.
3  (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.
4  When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles. )
5  So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?"
6  He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
7  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'
8  You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."
9  And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
10  For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
11  But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God),
12  then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.
13  Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."

Sermon

Offering
"70th Anniversary of St. Mark's video"

In Whom Do We Believe? Explanation to the Second Article of The Apostles' Creed
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death, that I may be his own and live under him in his kingdom and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.  This is most certainly true. 

Retirement of Sheri Haas

Dedication of the School Staff

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. 

Blessing

Sending Song
"Everyday"