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"Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing!"

Mark 7:1-13

Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg

12th S. a. Pentecost
Concordia Lutheran Church  
Sikeston, MO

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Sun, Aug 23, 2009
12th S. a. Pentecost

Standard LSB B Readings:
First: Isaiah 29:11-19
Epistle: Ephesians 5:22-33
Gospel: Mark 7:1-13
Psalm: Psalm 14:1ff 7a


Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg - Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church - Sikeston, MO

NOTE: The sound quality is not quite as good this week because something went haywire. However, I do not think that it will be altogether distracting. I'll have it fixed by next Sunday. Also, below, below the hymns, you will find the propers for Sunday, at the request of one of our online listeners. The Lord bless your hearing! - Pastor ajw

". . . in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." The Word of God created us! The Word of God is our life! Jesus Christ, the world's perfect Savior, is the Word of God in the flesh. God, in love, has given us His Word. He does NOT want us or anyone else to treat His Word disdainfully or dismissively. The only way for the Christian Church to stay in the right paths is to use God's Word faithfully. May the Lord re-teach you that truth this morning as Pastor preaches on Mark 7:1-13 on the theme: "Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing!" + + +

+ OPENING HYMN - "All Christians Who Have Been Baptized" LSB 596

+ SERMON HYMN - "Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain" LSB 865

+ AFTER THE OFFERING - "God's Word Is Our Great Heritage" LSB 582

+ SENDING HYMN - "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word" LSB 655


The 12th Sunday of Pentecost

23 August 2009 (Proper 16B)

+ The Introit

O LORD, I love the habitation | of Your house*

and the place where Your | glory dwells.

Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my in- | tegrity,*

and I have trusted in the LORD without | wavering.

Prove me, O LORD, and | try me;*

test my heart | and my mind.

I wash my hands in innocence and go around Your altar, | O LORD,*

proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all Your | wondrous deeds.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*

and to the Holy | Spirit;

as it was in the be- | ginning,*

is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

O LORD, I love the habitation | of Your house*

and the place where Your | glory dwells. (Ps. 26:1-2, 6-7; antiphon: Ps. 26:8)

+ The Collect of the Day

Almighty and merciful God, defend Your Church from all false teaching and error that Your faithful people may confess You to be the only true God and rejoice in Your good gifts of life and salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

+ The Psalm of the Day - Psalm 14 (antiphon: v. 7a)

Oh, that salvation for | Israel*

would come out of | Zion!

The fool says in his heart, "There | is no God."*

They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none | who does


The LORD looks down from heaven on the chil- | dren of man,*

to see if there are any who understand, who seek | after God.

They have all turned aside; together they have be- | come corrupt;*

there is none who does good, not | even one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evil- | doers*

who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call up- | on the LORD?

There they are in great | terror,*

for God is with the generation of the | righteous.

You would shame the plans | of the poor,*

but the LORD is his | refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of | Zion!*

When the LORD restores the fortunes of His people, let Jacob rejoice,

let Israel | be glad.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*

and to the Holy | Spirit;

as it was in the be- | ginning,*

is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

Oh, that salvation for | Israel*

would come out of | Zion!

+ The Old Testament Reading - Isaiah 29:11-19 -

God's people should remember the Lord rather than thinking that He is at their beck and call.

11 And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, "Read this," he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed." 12 And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, "Read this," he says, "I cannot read." 13 And the Lord said: "Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment taught by men, 14 therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden." 15 Ah, you who hide deep from the LORD your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?" 16 You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, "He did not make me"; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding"? 17 Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest? 18 In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. 19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.

+ The Epistle Reading - Ephesians 5:22-33 - Wives

and husbands are taught about marriage.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, His body, and is Himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

+ The Gospel Reading - Mark 7:1-13 - Jesus takes

to task those who follow their own traditions rather than God's Word.

1 When the Pharisees gathered to [Jesus], with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of His disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.) 5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?" 6 And He said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, "'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; 7 in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. 8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men." 9 And He said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.' 11 But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God) 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do."

+ The Gradual

Fear the LORD, | you His saints,*

for those who fear Him lack | nothing!

Many are the afflictions of the | righteous,*

but the LORD delivers him out | of them all. (Ps. 34:9, 19, alt.)

+ The Verse

Alleluia. Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart. Alleluia. (Jer. 15:16a)

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