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The Divine Service


Please stand and face the cross.


OPENING HYMN         A Mighty Fortress Is Our God                       p. 656


CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION                                                      p. 213

In the Name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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


Our help is in the name of the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.


I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,

And you forgave the iniquity of my sin.


O Almighty God, merciful Father,

I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto you all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended you, and justly deserved your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray you of your boundless mercy, and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.


Upon this, your confession, I, by virtue of my office as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


KYRIE             Kyrie! God Father (sung by pastor)                     p. 942


+Kyrie! God, Father in heav’n above, you abound in gracious love, of all things the maker and preserver. Eleison, eleison!


+Kyrie! O Christ, our king, salvation for all you came to bring. O Lord Jesus, God’s own Son, our mediator at the heav’nly throne: hear our cry and grant our supplication. Eleison, eleison!

+Kyrie! O God the Holy Ghost, guard our faith, the gift we need the most, and bless our life’s last hour, that we leave this sinful world with gladness. Eleison, eleison!


GLORIA IN EXCELSIS  All Glory Be to God Alone   (verses 1, 3, 5)   p. 948



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to your Church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.




First Reading: Revelation 14:6-7

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

This is the Word of the Lord. | Thanks be to God.


PSALM 46:1-7             Spoken responsively

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now,

And will be forever. Amen.

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.


            Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

This is the Word of the Lord. | Thanks be to God.


HYMN OF THE DAY  God’s Word is Our Great Heritage                 p. 582


God’s Word is our great heritage, and shall be ours forever;

to spread its light from age to age shall be our chief endeavor.

Through life it guides our way, in death it is our stay.

Lord grant, while worlds endure, we keep its teachings pure,

throughout all generations.


            Holy Gospel: John 8:31-36

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the eighth chapter. | Glory to you, O Lord.

and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. | Praise to you, O Christ.


CREEDAL HYMN       We All Believe in One True God                     p. 954


SERMON         “God is our Refuge and Strength



PRAYER OF THE CHURCH                                                               p. 215

            At the end of each bid: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.





PREFACE                                                                                                p. 216

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, O Lord our God, king of all creation, for you have had mercy on us and given your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Grant us your Spirit, gracious Father, that we may give heed to the testament of your Son in true faith, and, above all, firmly take to heart the words with which Christ gives to us his body and blood for our forgiveness. By your grace, lead us to remember and give thanks for the boundless love which he manifested to us when, by pouring out his precious blood, he saved us from your righteous wrath and fro sin, death, and hell. Grant that we may receive the bread and wine, that is, his body and blood, as a gift, guarantee, and pledge of his salvation. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To you alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (Prayed together)

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.


In the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at his command, and with his own words, we receive his testament:



Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had 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, he gave 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.”


SANCTUS       Isaiah, Mighty Seer in Days of Old                             p. 960 Isaiah, mighty seer in days of old, the Lord of all in Spirit did behold, high on a lofty throne in splendor bright, with robes that filled the temple courts with light. Above the throne were flaming seraphim, six wings had they, these messengers of him. With two they veiled their faces as was right, with two they humbly hid their feet from sight. And with the other two aloft they soared; one to the other called and praised the Lord: “Holy is God the Lord of Sabaoth! Holy is God the Lord of Sabaoth! Holy is God the Lord of Sabaoth! His glory fills the heavens and the earth!” The beams and lintels trembled at the cry, and clouds of smoke enwrapped the throne on high.



The peace of the Lord be with you always! Amen.


AGNUS DEI                            O Christ, Thou Lamb of God              p. 198

O Christ, thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us thy peace. Amen.



Communion Hymns     

This is the Feast                                                                                     p. 155

Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word                                                p. 655

Dear Christians One And All Rejoice                                                   p. 556


POST-COMM. HYMN       O Lord, We Praise Thee (verse 1)              p. 617 O Lord, we praise thee, bless thee and adore thee; in thanksgiving bow before thee. Thou with thy body and thy blood didst nourish our weak souls that they may flourish: O Lord, have mercy! May thy body Lord, born of Mary, that our sins and sorrows did carry, and thy blood for us plead, in all trial fear and need. O Lord, have mercy!   



Let us pray. We give thanks to you, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this salutary gift, and we implore you that of your mercy you would strengthen us through the same, in faith 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.



Bless we the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and +give you peace. Amen.


CLOSING HYMN        Thy Strong Word                                  p.  578


Thy strong word did cleave the darkness; at thy speaking it was done. For created light we thank thee while thine ordered seasons run.

Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!


Thy strong word bespeaks us righteous; bright with thine own holiness.

Glorious now, we press toward glory, and our lives our hopes confess. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!

Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia without end!


God the Father, light creator, to thee laud and honor be.