[ ] Indicates material parenthetical to the worship planners, to be deleted from the worship folder( ) Indicates instructions to the congregation, to appear in the worship folderPRESENTATION OF THEAUGSBURG CONFESSIONJune 25, 2017AS WE GATHERWhile today will slip by for many Lutherans without the fanfare of Reformation Day, June 25 marks theday in 1530 on which God-fearing laymen took their stand for the Gospel and presented their confessionof faith before Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg. You might even call today the birthday of theLutheran Church! That confession made 487 years ago continues to shape what we believe, teach, andconfess before the world today. Centered on Christ and focused on the free gift of salvation that is oursby grace through faith, the Augsburg Confession reminds us of the high privilege it is to confess JesusChrist. As our lips confess His name and as we worship Him with “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs”(Ephesians 5:19), we rejoice that Jesus confesses us before His Father in heaven! CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION HYMN OF INVOCATION “Preserve Your Word, O Savior”[LSB 658; LW 337; TLH 264]INVOCATIONThe sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.Pastor:People:In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.Amen.CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTIONPastor:People:If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins andcleanse us from all unrighteousness.Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.Pastor:People:Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We havesinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by whatwe have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have notloved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternalpunishment. 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 tothe glory of Your holy name. Amen.Pastor:People:Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives youall your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I thereforeforgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.Amen.[OR]AC II 1–2; AC XXV 3–5Pastor:“Since the fall of Adam, all who are naturally born are born with sin, that is, without thefear of God, without trust in God, and with the inclination to sin, called concupiscence,”says Article II of the Augsburg Confession.People:“Concupiscence is a disease and original vice that is truly sin. It damns and bringseternal death on those who are not born anew through Baptism and the HolySpirit.”Pastor:Let us come before our Lord in confession, acknowledging the disease of the Old Adamwithin us, and receive the healing forgiveness that is ours in the Second Adam, our LordJesus Christ.(In silent prayer, we reflect on our sin and our need for the Savior.)Pastor:Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.People:Heavenly Father, we confess that we are sinful from birth and deserving of Yourcondemnation. We do not fear You as we ought, nor do we trust in You above allthings. By what we have done and what we have failed to do, we have broken thecommands of Your Word. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit, whom You havegiven to us in Baptism, cleanse our hearts and renew our spirits. Draw us again tothe cross of Christ that we may receive the forgiveness He alone can give. Amen.Pastor:“Our people are taught that they should highly prize the Absolution as being God’s voiceand pronounced by God’s command,” says Article XXV of the Augsburg Confession.“The Power of the Keys is set forth in its beauty. [We] are reminded what greatconsolation it brings to anxious consciences.”People:We are also reminded, “God requires faith to believe such Absolution as a voicesounding from heaven. . . . Such faith in Christ truly obtains and receives theforgiveness of sins.”Pastor:Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives youall your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I thereforeforgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.Amen.People: SERVICE OF THE WORD ENTRANCE HYMN“Brave Hearts Made Bold, God’s Truth Confessed”[See servicedownloads formusic.]
Brave hearts made bold, God’s truth confessed,Both life and honor daring;The apostolic faith expressed,Before the world declaringThat God is one, yet One in Three,Coequal in their majesty:God—Father, Son, and Spirit.God’s only Son embraced our shame,Our tent of flesh assuming;This guiltless Lord our sin became,Sin’s wage to death Him dooming:In Pontius Pilate’s judgment hall,Bedecked in bloodied, purple pall,Christ made the good confession.Our full forgiveness Christ has won;What sinless, selfless dying!Faith trusts all Jesus Christ has done—His merit, justifying!His holy, spotless righteousness,We here believe and here confess;No work can gain God’s favor.O Lord, I love Your holy house,Your glory here is dwelling:Your Law is preached my heart to rouse,To censure its rebelling;Your Gospel words of truth and grace,All fears within my heart erase—Glad news of peace, O Jesus!Your steadfast love before my eyes;Your faithfulness, my blessing!Your truth I cannot compromise,Before the world confessing;For in Your Word and Sacrament,I find my strength and am contentAnd taste the joy of heaven.In You, Lord Christ, I have no fear,Nor fear the world’s defaming;Your hidden, whispered word is clear—My joy, its clear proclaiming!Though hostile foes my body kill,My soul is safe within Your will,Avowed before Your Father.Brave hearts, be bold! God’s truth confess,Your life and honor daring;The apostolic faith express,By word and deed declaringThe love of God in Christ for all,That all may heed Love’s wedding callAnd feast with God forever!
KYRIE(p. in hymnal)HYMN OF PRAISE(p. in hymnal)SALUTATIONPastor:People:The Lord be with you.And also with you.COLLECT OF THE DAYPastor:Let us pray.People:Lord God, heavenly Father, You preserved the teaching of the apostolic Church throughthe confession of the true faith at Augsburg. Continue to cast the bright beams of Yourlight upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles,may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting life; throughJesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, nowand forever.Amen.[OR]Pastor:Let us pray.People:Lord God, eternal King, You have built Your Church on the foundation of the apostles andprophets with Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone. As You preserved the proclamationof Your Word through the confession at Augsburg in 1530, keep us firm in the true faiththis day also. Send forth Your Holy Spirit that we may confess Your Son before others,knowing that He confesses us before Your throne of grace; through Jesus Christ, YourSon, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now andforever.Amen.OLD TESTAMENT READINGNehemiah 8:1–12(Ezra reads the Book of the Law.)Lector:People:This is the Word of the Lord.Thanks be to God.PSALMPsalm 26[See service downloads for festival setting.]EPISTLE1 Timothy 6:11b–16(“Fight the good fight of the faith.”)Lector:People:This is the Word of the Lord.Thanks be to God.
ALLELUIA and VERSEPsalm 119:46[See service downloads for festival setting.]Alleluia. I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame.Alleluia.HOLY GOSPELPastor:People:Matthew 10:26–33(Do not fear those who persecute.)The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the tenth chapter.Glory to You, O Lord.(The Gospel is read.)Pastor:People:This is the Gospel of the Lord.Praise to You, O Christ.CHILDREN’S MESSAGEHYMN OF THE DAY[See service downloads for message resources.]“Salvation unto Us Has Come”SERMON“Confess Jesus—It’s Good for Your Soul”CREEDNicene Creed[LSB 555; LW 355; TLH 377;see service downloads forfestival settings.][See service downloads forsermon resources.](as found in the hymnal)[OR]All:I believe in one God,the Father Almighty,maker of heaven and earthand of all things visible and invisible.And in one Lord Jesus Christ,the only-begotten Son of God,begotten of His Father before all worlds,God of God, Light of Light,very God of very God,begotten, not made,being of one substance with the Father,by whom all things were made;who for us men and for our salvation came down from heavenand was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Maryand was made man;and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.He suffered and was buried.And the third day He rose again according to the Scripturesand ascended into heavenand sits at the right hand of the Father.And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.And I believe in the Holy Spirit,the Lord and giver of life,who proceeds from the Father and the Son,who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,who spoke by the prophets.And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,and I look for the resurrection of the deadand the life of the world to come. Amen.PRAYER OF THE stor:People:Pastor:People:Pastor:People:Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according totheir needs.For the land in which we live and work, that all people may acknowledge the mercifulgoodness of the Creator, let us pray to the Lord.We confess You as our merciful Lord!For the Church and her faithful confession throughout the world, that rejoicing in ourheritage, we may boldly share the saving Gospel of grace, let us pray to the Lord.We confess You as our saving Lord!For all who lead others in our homes and workplaces, that our vocations may beopportunities to live out our confession in action and in truth, let us pray to the Lord.We confess You as our living Lord!For [name of congregation], that our common confession of Christ and sharing in theMeans of Grace may bring blessings to many lives, let us pray to the Lord.We confess You as our gracious Lord!For all who come to the Lord for healing, [especially . . .], that they may experience thepeace of Jesus and give Him thanks in all circumstances, let us pray to the Lord.We confess You as our healing Lord!For these and all other needs we have, trusting that as we confess Jesus Christ beforeothers, He is confessing us before the Father in heaven, let us pray to the Lord.We confess You as our faithful Lord! Amen.OFFERINGOFFERTORY(p. in hymnal) SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT PREFACEPastor:The Lord be with you.2 Timothy 4:22
People:And also with you.Pastor:People:Lift up your hearts.We lift them to the Lord.Pastor:People:Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.It is right to give Him thanks and praise.[Colossians 3:1][Psalm 136]PROPER PREFACEPastor:It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanksto You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, whoon this day overcame death and the grave and by His glorious resurrection opened to usthe way of everlasting life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all thecompany of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising Youand saying:[OR]Pastor:It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanksto You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for Your life-giving, lifesustaining Word. Preserved by Your mighty hand through the ages, this Word is ourlasting heritage and our source of life each day. By Your Word, You draw us to the crossof Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died our death that we might live in and through Him forall eternity. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven welaud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:SANCTUS(p. in hymnal)PRAYER OF THANKSGIVINGPastor:People:Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom Youcreated and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior.With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availingsacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive,renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His bodyand drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray,from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lambin His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserveus. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the HolySpirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.[OR]Pastor:Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of all creation, for You have had mercy on us andgiven Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that whoever confesses Him as Lord shalllive with Him for all eternity. Gathered in the name and remembrance of Jesus, we askYou, O Lord, to cleanse our hearts and renew our minds by Your Holy Spirit. You alone
People:are the fountain and source of all goodness, and we give You thanks and praise for thegoodness we receive in the body and blood of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.Amen.THE WORDS OF OUR LORDPastor:Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when Hehad given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, Hegave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it,in remembrance of Me.”PROCLAMATION OF CHRISTPastor:People:Pastor:As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until Hecomes.1 Corinthians 11:26Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.Revelation 22:20O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat andto drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Yourblessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascensioninto heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdomand teach us to pray:LORD’S PRAYERPeople:(Matthew 6:9–13)Our Father who art in heaven,hallowed be Thy name,Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done on earthas it is in heaven;give us this day our daily bread;and forgive us our trespassesas we forgive thosewho trespass against us;and lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdomand the power and the gloryforever and ever. Amen.PAX DOMINIPastor:People:AGNUS DEIThe peace of the Lord be with you always.Amen.(p. in hymnal)
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS“Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”“I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table”“Just as I Am, without One Plea”[LSB 637; LW 240; TLH 307][LSB 618; LW 242; TLH 315][LSB 570; LW 359; TLH 388]POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE(p. in hymnal)POST-COMMUNION COLLECTPastor:People:We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutarygift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same infaith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son,our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.[OR]Pastor:People:We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through Your Means ofGrace. By Your Word, Jesus Christ has spoken to us. May He now speak through us aswe confess Him before the world. By Your Supper, Jesus Christ has served us. May Henow serve others through us as we share the forgiveness He has given by His death andresurrection. For to You, O Father, be all glory and praise, with the Son and the HolySpirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.BENEDICTIONPastor:People: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.Amen.HYMN“Lord of Our Life” [LSB 659; LW 301; TLH 258]Numbers 6:24–26
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within us, and receive the healing forgiveness that is ours in the Second Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ. (In silent prayer, we reflect on our sin and our need for the Savior.) Pastor: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father. People: Heavenly Father, we confess that we are sinful from birth and deserving of Your condemnation.