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You Belong To God - Romans 7:4-6
April 30, 2017


Today in Worship - Third Sunday of Easter
Preacher & Worship Leader: Pastor Bob Liebmann
Children's Message: Linda Dehn
Elder: Mike Kennedy


Welcoming One Another

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Opening Song
"All Because Of Jesus"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs of Praise
"10,000 Reasons"
"Holy Spirit"

First Reading
John 8:31-47
31  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 
33  They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
34  Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37  I know you are Abraham's descendants. Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word.
38  I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father."
39  "Abraham is our father,” they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do the things Abraham did.
40  As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.
41  You are doing the things your own father does." "We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself."
42  Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.
43  Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
44  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
45  Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
46  Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?
47  He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Romans 7:4-6
4  So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.
5  For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.
6  But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code

Sermon

Offering
"Death Was Arrested"

In Whom Do We Believe? The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.  From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Celebrating Confirmation

Confirmation Video

Prayers Of The Day

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Blessing

Sending Song
"Days Of Elijah"