Online Worship – September 5th/6th, 2020

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

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Our regular Sunday School does not occur over the summer – however, there will still be Children’s Church for families to do every week. Click Here to go to that page.

There is no livestream recording this week due to technical difficulties. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Welcome and Invocation

Opening Song: Open the Eyes of My Heart

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
[Repeat]

To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy holy holy

Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
I want to see You

Text: © 1997 CCLI. Used by permission: one license no. 123456

Scripture Readings: Romans 13:1-10, Luke 3:3-14

Epistle Reading – Romans 13:1–10

1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

8Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading – Luke 3:3-14

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the third chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.

3And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
6and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

7He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Prayer of the Day

L Father God, stretch forth Your Almighty arm to strengthen and protect those who serve in the police forces of our country.
C They are Your servants, called to stem the rebellion and evil that are rampant on all sides in this fallen world.
L Give them cool heads and stout hearts;
C give them powers of investigation and wise judgment.
L Make them the friend of all the law-abiding, kind to strangers,
C strict with lawbreakers, and impervious to temptation.
L And unite them safely with their families after duty has ended; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
C and forever. Amen.

Sermon Hymn: “Oh, Our Lord and King”

[Chorus]
Oh our Lord and King, our praise to You we bring
There is no other Rock but You seated high above,  
You are the One we love, this is our song of praise to You

1 King forever! You are the first and You’re the last
You are sovereign; All Your commands will always come to pass to give You glory
[Chorus]

2 Who is like You? Who else is worthy of our praise?
We exalt You; You reign in majesty and awesome splendour, King forever!
[Chorus]

3 Abba Father, Your steadfast love will never fail.
You are faithful; You are God, and I will worship in Your courts forever
[Chorus 2x]

Sermon – “Thinking Biblically About Government”

Apostle’s Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life + everlasting. Amen.

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Confession and Absolution

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

                      – Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination –     

P Most merciful God,
C we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 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 to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P Almighty God, in His mercy, has given His Son to die for us and, for His sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.

Closing Hymn: Build Your Kingdom Here

Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your pow’r in us

We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You’re our joy and prize
To see the captives’ hearts released
The hurt the sick the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for heaven’s cause
We are Your church
We pray revive this earth

[Chorus]
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here we pray

Unleash Your kingdom’s pow’r
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope on earth  [Chorus]

Text: © 2012 CCLI, admin. CCLI. Used by permission: one license no. 123456

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