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Jesus Our Hope for Life
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10:30 AM
WELCOME We extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to all our visitors this morning. We are excited to have the opportunity to share the Word and the love of our Savior-God with you! If you have not done so already, please take just a moment to sign our Guest Book. If you do not have a church home, we pray that you might consider us to be your Christian family. We pray that the Lord will bless your worship.
Worship Notes The order of service we follow is printed out in this worship folder. You’ll notice that the service is a dialogue between God and us, his people. The pastor speaks to God along with the congregation and also speaks the Word of God to the people. Hymns are found in our hymnal, Christian Worship, which is the red book in the pew rack in front of you. We believe that many blessings come from having families worship together and we love to have children in worship! If you need to calm a restless child, you may:
Stand for a few moments in the entryway, sometimes that’s all that’s needed;
go out the entryway doors and take a left through the hall to our sound-proof cry room where you will still be able to see and hear the service;
go out the entryway doors and take a left to a nursery area where you will still be able to hear the service.
Holy Communion There are before-communion and after-communion prayers in our Christian Worship hymnal on page 11 and Personal Preparation for Holy Communion on page 156 to help you prepare to receive the Lord’s Supper. If you are a guest with us today, please see page 13 in today’s worship folder (the right sidebar) for information about our practice of Member Communion.
RESTROOMS Restrooms are in the hallway to the right as you enter the church. Pastor: Dan Burgess (850) 358-7096 Pastor@wateroflifelasvegas.org School Director: Beth Marquardt (702) 253-7020
Easter 5 Sunday- May 19, 2019
Jesus Our Hope for Life Opening Hymn
Father, We Praise You #581, Christian Worship This morning hymn is one of the eight Latin texts attributed to Pope Gregory I by the Benedictine scholars. It is preserved in a 10th Century and a number of 11th Century manuscripts.
INVOCATION P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. C: And also with you.
WORDS OF SIN AND FORGIVNESS
We come before the true God only because of his mercy and not because we deserve to come. We confess our unworthiness and rejoice to hear the assurance of forgiveness.
P: God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us. C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son U and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen. P: The works of the Lord are great and glorious; his name is worthy of praise.
Hymn of Praise
Oh, Sing to the Lord #252, Christian Worship This Norwegian hymn by Ulrik V. Koren was published in 1874 as a metrical version of Psalm 100.
Prayer of the Day P: Let us pray, O God, you form the minds of your faithful people into a single will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that among the many changes of this world, our hearts may ever yearn for the lasting joys of heaven; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
The Word 1 Kings 18:16-45 16 So
Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” No one can change the truth that there is one way, one truth, one life.
have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 20 So
Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” 25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. 27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”
they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. 30 Then
Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah
took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” 34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. 36 At
the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 38 Then
the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and
the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!” 40 Then
Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there. 41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So
Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. 43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 44 The
seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” 45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
1 Peter 2:4-10 4 As
Sermon Text. Jesus, the Living Stone, gives life.
you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. 9 But
you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Children’s Message All children are invited to the front of church for a brief devotion and prayer.
Verse of the Day Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, says the Lord. Alleluia. (John 14:6)
John 14:1-12 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas
said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus
answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip 9 Jesus
said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
At the Lambâ€™s High Feast We Sing #141, Christian Worship
This Latin hymn was one of those hymns that were altered under the influence of humanism in the 16th and 17th Centuries and included in the Breviarum Romanum (Rome 1632) under Pope Urban VIII. Dating from between the 4th and 9th Centuries, it was to be sung daily from the Saturday before Easter to Ascension.
SERMON Jesus Our Hope for Life NOTESâ€”Jot down new names, people to remember in prayer or sermon notes.
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NICENE CREED We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Nicene Creed was first developed in 325 at the first Council of Nicea. It was written to reaffirm the biblical teaching of the divinity of Jesus, God’s Son. Like the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds, the Nicene Creed is a confession of what the Bible teaches.
OFFERING 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.
The members of Water of Life have joined together to do the Lord’s work in this community and around the world. Visitors need not feel obligated to participate in this offering which supports our ministry.
The Bible teaches that the Lordâ€™s Supper is a unique communion with Christ and the individual believer as well as a coming together of people who hold to the same beliefs. Because of these Scriptural truths, we practice Member Communion at Water of Life. Those who are confirmed members of Wisconsin Synod congregations (WELS) are invited to receive the Lordâ€™s Supper with us. If you are not a WELS member but have an interest in receiving Holy Communion, please speak with the pastor after church today or another time. We are aware that there are a number of other teachings about Holy Communion, and we want it to be a blessing for you, so we look forward to sharing with you what God says about this Sacrament.
THE SACRAMENT We follow the historic Christian practice of close communion. We ask that only members of Water of Life Lutheran or one of our sister congregations partake of the sacrament. If you are not a member, please speak to the pastor before communing.
OPENING SENTENCES M: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you M: Lift up your hearts. C: We lift them up to the Lord. M: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. C: It is good and right so to do. M: It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who promised that wherever two or three come together in his name, there he is with them to shepherd his flock till he comes again in glory. Therefore with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Distribution SONG OF SIMEON Nunc Dimittis These words of Simeon can be found in Luke 2:29-32. Through God’s Word and Sacrament, we have seen Jesus Christ, and like Simeon we find divine peace and comfort through faith in the Savior.
BLESSING P: Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. C: Amen.
The blessing of Aaron has been spoken over God’s people for over 3500 years . The Lord said, “So I will put my name on [them] , and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:27)
You Are the Way; Through You Alone #356, Christian Worship Some regard this text as the first real American hymn. It was the only one by an American author to be included in the first edition of HAM (1861).
News and Notes Upcoming events: Wed. May 22, - Water of Life School Final End of Year Program, 10:30 AM Wed., May 22- Worship, 7 PM Thurs., May 23- Romans Bible Study, 9:30 AM Sun., May 26- Worship, 8 AM; Worship, 10:30 AM* *Martin Luther College Wind Symphony accompanying both services*
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8 am and 10:30 am Worship
9 am School Program
9:30 am Romans Bible Study
9:15 am Bible Study and Sun. Sch.
7 pm Worship
Those Serving Faithfully This Week, May 19, 2019: 8:00 AM Service
10:30 AM Service
Melissa Pulliam and Amy Jaramillo
Rick Limbeck, Ron Johnson, John Smith
Those Serving Faithfully Next week, May 26, 2019: 8:00 AM Service
10:30 AM Service
Melissa Pulliam and Amy Jaramillo
Rick Limbeck, Ron Johnson, John Smith