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

 June 25, 2017                                                                Pentecost 3

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! God desires mercy, not sacrifice. We practice God-pleasing mercy only when we see our own lost condition and rejoice that the Son of God has condescended to suffer all for our salvation.

Order of Service

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

Opening Hymn

How Firm a Foundation, #416

Prayer of the Day

O God, the strength of all who trust in you, mercifully hear our prayers. Be gracious to us in our weakness and give us strength to keep your commandments in all we say and do; 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

Hosea 5:15–6:6

When God's people no longer listen to him, he gives them their way and leaves them floundering in their own hopelessness until they repent. Even then, God does not seek the sacrifice of a quick, but eloquent, 'Forgive us, Lord.' Nor is he satisfied with love that disappears like the morning dew. God wants that loyal love that keeps him at the center of our lives at all times and in all places.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 119c, page 111 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson

Romans 4:18-25

Faith in God's promises is the golden thread that links believers of all ages to our Savior-God. Though Abraham was too old to sire a son, he believed that God could do everything he promised. In the same way, we believe that God has kept his word and done what is humanly impossible: he raised our Lord Jesus from the dead. Therefore we are justified by faith.

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 9:9-13

Jesus' mission was to save sinners. In mercy, the holy Son of God associated with sinners—even ate with the notorious ones—to call them into his kingdom. This scandalized the Pharisees who guarded themselves from any association with those whom they considered hopelessly lost. Jesus warns us that the inability to rejoice in his mercy to the lost stems from the proud assumption that we are not in need of Jesus' mercy.

Hymn of the Day

Let Me Be Yours Forever, #596

Sermon

Romans 4:18-25—What an Object for Our Faith!

Hymn

You Satisfy the Hungary Heart, #744

Closing Hymn

Just As I Am, without One Plea, #397