CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
THE LUTHERAN CHURCH - MISSOURI SYNOD
440 STONEVILLE RD. 485-4432
Pastor Thomsen Amanda Stacy, DCE
(906) 250-2132 (402) 650-3132
Saturday Worship 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Early Worship 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Late Worship 10:45 a.m.
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
September 26, 2021 10:45 Worship Service
WELCOME & GREETINGS OF PEACE
OPENING HYMN: “Christ Is Our Cornerstone”
Christ is our corner-stone,
On him alone we build;
With his true saints alone
The courts of heav’n are filled.
On his great love
Our hopes we place
Of present grace
And joys above.
Here may we gain from heav’n
The grace which we implore,
And may that grace, once giv’n,
Be with us evermore
Until that day
When all the blest
To endless rest
Are called away.
Oh, then, with hymns of praise
These hallowed courts shall ring;
Our voices we will raise
The Three in One to sing;
And thus proclaim
In joyful song,
Both loud and long,
That glorious name.
INVOCATION & OPENING SENTENCES
Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
People: I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
Pastor: May my meditation be pleasing to Him,
People: for I rejoice in the Lord.
CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION
Pastor: We enjoy singing praises to God, but we truly need Him to look down on us in mercy. So often we fail to follow the directives for Christian living, which we will read about in today’s Epistle. So James urges, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” Let us ask God for grace and mercy.
Silence for reflection.
Pastor: James writes, “Be patient . . . until the coming of the Lord. . . . Do not grumble against one another, brothers. . . . Let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no. . . . Is anyone among you sick? . . . Pray over him.”
People: We confess our impatience, our lack of love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and our words that do not always reflect the love You have for us. We have sinned in thought, word, and deed. Heavenly Father, our only hope is in Your grace and mercy. Forgive us for Jesus’ sake.
Pastor: God has cured our sickness of sin by sending His Son to die in our place. He values us and calms our fears, saying, “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace.” As a called and ordained servant of Christ, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor: May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
People: may the Lord rejoice in His works. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Let us pray.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Pastor: Everlasting Father, source of every blessing, mercifully direct and govern us by Your Holy Spirit that we may complete the works You have prepared for us to do; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29
The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” 10 Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.” 16 The Lord said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 24 So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied—but did not do so again. 26 However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
EPISTLE READING: James 5:13-20
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
RESPONSIVE PSALM: Psalm 104:27-35
Pastor: All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
People: When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.
Pastor: When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
People: When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
Pastor: May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
People: I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Pastor: May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
People: But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more.
All: 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.
Pastor: Praise the Lord, my soul.
People: Praise the Lord.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
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 Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
HOLY GOSPEL: Mark 9:38-50
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” 39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. 42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.  45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.  47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where “‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Pastor: This is the Gospel of Our Lord.
People: Praise to You, O Christ
SERMON HYMN: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to hear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
Chorus: My chains are gone I’ve been set free
My God my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures Chorus
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
THE GIVING OF OUR OFFERINGS TO THE LORD
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
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.
Pastor: 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.
CLOSING HYMN: “O Bless the Lord, My Soul”
O Bless the Lord, my soul!
Let all within me join
And aid my tongue to bless His name
Whose favors are divine.
O bless the Lord, my soul,
Nor let His mercies lie
Forgotten in unthankfulness
And without praises die!
‘Tis He forgives thy sins;
‘Tis He relieves thy pain;
‘Tis He that heals thy sicknesses
And makes thee young again.
He crowns thy life with love
When ransomed from the grave;
He that redeemed my soul from hell
Hath sov-‘reign pow’r to save.
He fills the poor with good;
He gives the suff’rers rest.
The Lord hath judgments for the proud
And justice for th’oppressed.
His wondrous works and ways
He made by Moses known,
But sent the world His truth and grace
By His beloved Son.
Pastor: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!