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

June 21, 2015                                                                Pentecost 4

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! In spite of the powerful opposition of the devil and the world and our own sinful flesh, the kingdom, i.e.,Christ's rule in people's hearts, is planted and is glorious. But that planting is always humble and the glory unseen. For the church in the world imitates Christ in his humiliation, not in his exultation. The existence of the church and the true glory of her members are articles of faith, not sight. In faith, she strives now to be faithful to the Word, her source, until faith becomes sight in heaven.

Order of Service: Divine Service 1, page 15 in front of the blue supplement

Opening Hymn- Oh, that I Had a Thousand Voices, #242

Prayer of the Day: O God, protector of all the faithful, you alone make strong; you alone make holy. Show us your mercy and forgive our sins day by day. Guide us through our earthly lives that we do not lose the things you have prepared for us in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

First Lesson- Ezekiel 17:22-24

The Church of every age should, according to reason, perish. And to be sure, if it were up to the merit of her members or the whim of the world, she would perish in an instant. But it is not up to men. God himself renews her, sustains her, strengthens her, and gives her fruit. Her ultimate goal and glory is the glory of her Lord, who keeps his promise that all may know that he alone is the Savior.

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 92, page 101 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Were we to judge only by sight, our whole existence would be one of doom and despair. For mortality is our inheritance as the result of sin. Even now the whole house in which we live, the one seen, is decaying. But nevertheless we are confident and courageous. For God himself has come with his Spirit to live in us by his Word. And he is not mortal, nor is the life he gives in the gospel. Not for death and decay did he save us, but for immortality with him.

Gospel Lesson- Mark 4:26-34

St. Augustine says that all things in the visible world mirror something in the spiritual world. How lowly is the sowing of seed in dirt; how wondrous the result! How insignificant, almost invisible, the mustard seed; how magnificent its growth! The lowly Word is preached and life comes to the dead soil of the human heart. The lowly Word grows into the magnificent planting of the Lord and performs its function to the glory of God in the world. We do not understand it; we do not always see it. But the Lord speaks, and it is done!

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

Sermon- Based on Ezekiel 17:22-24Perch in the Right Tree

Hymn- My Soul, Now Bless Your Maker, #257

Closing Hymn Now, the Hour of Worship O'er, #330