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

October 15, 2017                                                         Pentecost 19

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! As surely as God calls all to salvation, he will condemn those who despise the gift of his love.

Order of Service

Divine Service 1 page 15 in the front of the blue Supplement

Opening Hymn

We All Are One in Mission, #566

Prayer of the Day

Mercifully grant, O God, that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts, for without your help we are unable to please you; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

First Lesson

Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32

God judges everyone justly. “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” No one will be condemned for another's disobedience. Nor will any be saved by another's faith-inspired obedience. Yesterday's obedience cannot offset today's disobedience. The Lord's will is that his people repent of their sins, turn to him, and be saved.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 25, page 74 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson

Philippians 2:1-11

By humbly taking on human flesh, laying aside the use of his divine powers, suffering and dying to save us, our Lord Jesus gave us both the motivation and the pattern for humble Christian living. Just as Jesus' humiliation ended in exaltation, so we, his humble servants, will be exalted with him in due time.

Gospel Lesson

Matthew 21:28-32

The father in this parable tenderly invites his sons to work in his vineyard. One accepted but did not work. The other refused but changed his mind and did work. The religious leaders of Israel talked like the seemingly obedient son in the parable. But they rejected the way of righteousness, which the Father revealed through John the Baptist. Nor were they moved to obey the Father when they saw formerly disobedient sons (tax collectors and prostitutes) turn to John's gospel. By grace, these disobedient ones entered God's kingdom through repentance and faith.

Hymn of the Day

Before You, God, the Judge of All, #306

Sermon

2 Kings 5:1-14—"You've Got to Be Kidding!"

Hymn

Spread, Oh, Spread the Mighty Word, #576

Closing Hymn

Lift High the Cross, #579