Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg - Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church - Sikeston, MO
"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Reformation is actually on 31 October, the day in 1517 when Dr. Luther first posted his 95 Theses on the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. God used that event to set in motion a chain of events which has resulted in great blessing to our fallen world. Perhaps the most significant theme/message restored to the Church was the true message of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be blessed this morning as Pastor preaches on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 on the theme: "God's Most Offensive Message!" +
CALL TO WORSHIP
P Scripture alone! Grace alone! Faith alone! Christ alone! These are the rallying cries of our Reformation heritage.
C Praise and thanks be to God for His good gifts to us! In the Bible He reveals His grace to us. His grace shows us Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for all of the world's sins. He even gives us faith to believe His Word.
P Yet, sadly, the world is offended by the message o f God's salvation.
C The world — and our own sinful nature — does not want to repent of sin. We want to hope in ourselves. Christ's cross reminds us of our sins.
P But the work of Christ for us is our only hope for this life and for eternity.
C "The word of the cross to us who are being saved . . . is the power of God." (1 Cor. 1:18)
HYMN - "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" — LSB 656
PSALMODY - Psalm 46 (antiphon, v. 7)
KYRIE HYMN - "Triune God, be Thou Our Stay" - LSB 505
HYMN OF PRAISE HYMN - "The Gospel Shows the Father's Grace" — LSB 580:1-5
COLLECT OF THE DAY - 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. (sing) Amen.
OT READING - Jeremiah 31:31-34
P Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
C in the city of our God!
P Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers,
C consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels,
P that you may tell the next generation,
C that this is God, our God forever & ever.
EPISTLE READING - Romans 3:19-28
P Alleluia. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Alleluia.
GOSPEL READING - John 8:31-36
HYMN OF THE DAY - "'As Surely as I Live,' God Said" — LSB 614
COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION HYMNS:
+ "Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared" — LSB 622
+ "The Church's One Foundation" — LSB 644
SENDING HYMN - "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word" — LSB 655
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