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

August 14, 2016                                                           Pentecost 13

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The truth of God's Word is often opposed in this world, and when it is, the Christian may suffer. Believers can expect opposition from prophets and other children of darkness. Yet, throughout these struggles, the Christian knows that he will ultimately attain the harvest of righteousness.

Order of Service

Service of the Word, page 38 in the front part of the hymnal

Opening Hymn

God Moves in a Mysterious Way, #420

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift of grace that we come into your presence and offer true and faithful service. Grant that our worship on earth may always be pleasing to you, and in the life to come give us the fulfillment of what 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

Jeremiah 23:23-29

We should proclaim the Word faithfully in the face of opposition since God's truth has the inherent power to crush false doctrine.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 139a, page 116 in the front part of the hymnal

Second Lesson

Hebrews 12:1-13

Hardship that we suffer on account of the gospel is a sign of loving discipline from our heavenly Father.

Gospel Lesson

Luke 12:49-53

The truth about Christ will cause divisions. Yet this great truth must be maintained and proclaimed at all costs.

Hymn of the Day

When in the Hour of Utmost Need, #413

Sermon

Hebrews 12:1-13—Choose to Run

Hymn

Fight the Good Fight, #457

Closing Hymn

Take My Life and Let It Be, #469