Sunday Worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Hour at 9:15am

October 8, 2017                                                           Pentecost 18

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! The joyful privilege of serving our God in this life and the life to come is a gift of his grace.

Order of Service

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

Opening Hymn

Onward, Christian Soldiers, #537

Prayer of the Day

Lord God, you call us to work in your kingdom and leave no one standing idle. Help us to order our lives by your wisdom and to serve you in willing obedience; 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

Isaiah 55:6-9

God's plan to save sinners is so lofty that natural man cannot comprehend it. It is a plan of pure mercy and free pardon. The only hope for sinners is to abandon their proud, self-righteous thoughts and receive God at his time and on his terms.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 27, page 75 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson

Philippians 1:18b-27

From prison, St Paul speaks of the joyful tension in which a Christian lives. On the one hand, we long to be with Christ in heaven. On the other hand, we are happy to serve Christ on earth. May God give us courage and willingness to exalt our Savior in life and death!

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 20:1-16

God's kingdom comes to different people at different times. The reward is the same for all because it is a reward of grace, not personal accomplishment. Work in God's kingdom, be it short or long, is the privilege of grace. Those who take issue with God's grace will find themselves “last,” that is, outside his grace.

Hymn of the Day

Salvation unto Us Has Come, #390

Sermon

Matthew 21:23-27
—By What Authority Do You Do These Things, Jesus?

Hymn

Forth in Your Name, O Lord, I Go, #456

Closing Hymn

Sent Forth by God's Blessing, #318