Worship at 9:30am, Spiritual Growth Minutes at 9:08am

 July 13, 2014                                                                 Pentecost 5

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Christians must expect persecution for Jesus' sake. Nevertheless we are sustained by the Word of our God. His gospel makes us bold to confess him before the world.

Order of Service: Service of the Word, page 38 in front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn- All People that on Earth Do Dwell, #233

Prayer of the Day: O Lord, our God, govern the nations on earth and direct the affairs of this world so that your Church may worship you in peace and joy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

First Lesson- Jeremiah 20:7-13

The faithful prophet, Jeremiah, proclaimed the Lord's judgment against sin. On one hand, he wants to quit preaching to avoid persecution at the hands of his countrymen. On the other hand, he cannot hold back. Spirit-borne zeal for his Lord burns within him. The same conflicting forces are at war within us. To whom can we turn for help? We confidently commit our case to the Lord Almighty, who will rescue us from our oppressors.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 31, page 77 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- Romans 5:12-15

Sin is never alone. It is always accompanied by death. All of Adam's children must die as Adam did because all of us inherited Adam's sin. But, thanks be to God! He sent the second Adam, Jesus Christ, who by his death restored holiness and life to all of Adam's children.

Gospel Lesson- Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus plainly tells us about the crosses we will bear as his disciples. We can expect the world to treat us no better than it treated our Master. What a comfort to know that our life, death, and eternal future are in the hands of a God who gives loving attention to creatures far less significant than we are! He takes careful inventory of the smallest details of our lives. Therefore, we are bold and cheerful in proclaiming his gospel in a hostile world.

Hymn of the Day- Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid, #188

Sermon- Romans 5:12-15

God Puts the Toothpaste Back into the Tube

Hymn- All Mankind Fell in Adam's Fall, #378

Closing Hymn- I Lay My Sins on Jesus, #372