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Who Is This Jesus? - Acts 2:22-36
May 27, 2018


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Today in Worship - The Holy Trinity 
Preacher, Worship Leader, and Children's Message:  Pastor Bob Liebmann
Elder: Calvin Neislein

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
"Majestic"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs Of Praise
"Bless The Lord"
"O, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing"

First Reading
John 3:1-17
1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2  He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
3  In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. "
4  "How can a man be born when he is old? Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
5  Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
6  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7  You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
8  The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
9  "How can this be? Nicodemus asked.
10  "You are Israel's teacher, said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things?
11  I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.
12  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
13  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.
14  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Acts 2:22-36
22  "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
23  This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
24  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
25  David said about him: " 'I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
26  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope,
27  because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
28  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.'
29  Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.
30  But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.
31  Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.
32  God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.
33  Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
34  For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
35  until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." '
36  "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Sermon

Offering
"Risen Today"

In Whom Do We Believe? Explanation to the Third Article of The Apostles' Creed
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.  In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.  In this Christian church he daily and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers.  On the Last Day, he will raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.  This is most certainly true.

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
"God Is In Control"