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

August 10, 2014                                                                    Pentecost 9

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Final judgment belongs to our God, who will judge justly and vindicate his saints.

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

Opening Hymn- Baptized in Water, #297

Prayer of the Day: Grant us, Lord, the spirit to think and do what is right that we, who cannot do anything that is good without you, may by your help be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

First Lesson- Joel 3:12-16

The Lord calls his enemies to assemble and advance. Let them do what they will. He sits on his throne and he is the Judge. The forces of darkness are many, but their destruction is as sure as the fall of ripe grain before a sickle or grapes under a press. For those who trust in the Lord, he is their shelter and refuge.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 18, page 69 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- Romans 8:26,27

When God's saints are suffering, sometimes they don't know what to pray. Here we have the gracious promise that God the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf! With such a perfect petition prayed for us, we can be sure that God's good and gracious will is done!

Gospel Lesson- Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

In righteous zeal, Jesus' followers have been tempted to destroy the enemies of God's Church. In this parable Jesus demonstrates why his church must never use the sword. First of all, we may destroy believers together with unbelievers. Secondly, final judgment of the wicked belongs to God and his angels on the Last Day.

Hymn of the Day- Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide, #541

Sermon- Joel 3:12-16—Why Are You Wearing Hip-Waders?

Hymn- Church of God, Elect and Glorious, #774

Closing Hymn- Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray, #472