October 14, 2018                Pentecost 21


Service of the Word (also found on page 38 in the front part of the red hymnal).



Hymn 477, What Is the World to Me



       Grant, O merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

(sung) Amen.



Amos 5:6,7,10-15 (printed on back of worship folder)

God takes his law seriously, and woe to that mere mortal who does not likewise take it seriously. The works of the wicked, that hates righteousness and loves evil. Already in this life God gives hints and foretastes of his judgment when he frustrates the plans of the evil one who lives only for this life and whose whole conduct is according to the standard of: “What’s in it for me.” When we hate reproof and then taste failure, may we fly to him for mercy and for pardon, before the foretaste becomes an eternal disaster under his wrath.



Psalm 136



Hebrews 3:1-6 (printed on back of worship folder)

How shall we endure the judgment of God? We are frail and have been unfaithful. But Christ was faithful in every respect. And he has chosen to make us members of his household. As we prepare for judgment therefore, let us hold fast to him and our saving work as the faithful Son and builder of his house, the church. For just as God is serious about the threats the law and will not change them, so he is serious about his promises in Christ and will not change them either. As Christ’s work is eternally valid, so are Christ’s promises. Since those promises create and preserve our confidence in him and fit us for judgment, nothing is more important in our daily life than to hear with earnest attention his life-giving and saving Word.



Mark 10:17-27 (printed on back of worship folder)

How tragic! This young man was concerned about the law of God and devoted himself to it. Still he was under its curse. How tragic! The disciples loved Jesus and spent years with him. Yet they too were in danger of missing the whole point of his coming. The root of the problem for both was the same: failure to love God alone. We fix our hearts on the temporal and perishing at the expense of complete devotion to God and the eternal. Thus we are all doomed and damned by the law. The young man went away sad. The disciples stayed and cried out to Jesus on their despair. The young man did not hear that God does the impossible, and therefore did not come to trust in God’s divine agent for doing that impossible. May our confession be as desperate as that of the disciples; for our condition is the same. May our trust be in him alone who does the impossible.



Hymn 573, Hark! The Voice Of Jesus Crying



Mark 10:35-45
Going Like Christ: Not to Be Served, But to Serve



Hymn 570, O Christians, Haste



Hymn 474, Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus