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

August 17, 2014                                                                  Pentecost 10

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The priceless treasure of God's kingdom is ours through his Word.

Order of Service: Service of Word and Sacrament, page 26 in front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn- Now I Have Found the Firm Foundation, #386

Prayer of the Day: O Lord, your ears are always open to the prayers of your humble servants, who come to you in Jesus' name. Teach us always to ask according to your will that we may never fail to obtain the blessings you have promised; 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- I Kings 3:5-12

The Lord offered Solomon whatever he wanted. Solomon did not ask for the earthly props in which the world places it's trust. He was struck by his solemn, God-given responsibility and his own inability. Solomon first sought God's kingdom by asking for a heart that would lead God's people God's way. God granted his prayer and added everything he had not asked for as well.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 119b, page 110 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- Romans 8:28-30

This is the most comforting gospel for the trembling believer in Christ: Before he created us, God knew us and destined us to be his. In this life he called us to faith by the gospel and justified us. Even now there are no accidents in life, no blind twists of fate. God turns Satan's evil into good for those who love him. If our gracious God has so carefully forged each link in the chain of salvation, we can be sure he will not forget he final link: he will bring us to glory!

Gospel Lesson- Matthew 13:44-52

The parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl show us the inestimable value of the kingdom of heaven. The trusting heart will joyfully sacrifice everything to keep from being separated from it. God's kingdom, like a net, attracts both believers and unbelieving hangers-on. How precious our faith in Christ is as we prepare for our final destination—heaven.

Hymn of the Day- What God Ordains Is Always Good, 429

Sermon- Romans 8:28-30—How Can God Say That?

Hymn- What Is This Bread?, #742

Closing Hymn- I Leave All Things to God's Direction, #414