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Unity in Christ - Ephesians 2:13-22
July 22, 2018


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Today in Worship - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher and Worship Leader: Pastor Bill Liebmann
Children's Message: Louis Johnson
Elder: Darwin Kraus


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
"God Of Wonders"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs Of Praise
"Majestic"
"Do Justly"

First Reading
Mark 6:30-44
30  The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.
31  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
32  So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.
33  But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.
34  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
35  By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. "This is a remote place," they said, "and it's already very late.
36  Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."
37  But he answered, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "That would take eight months of a man's wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?"
38  "How many loaves do you have? he asked. "Go and see." When they found out, they said, "Five--and two fish."
39  Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass.
40  So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties.
41  Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
42  They all ate and were satisfied,
43  and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.
44  The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Ephesians 2:13-22
13  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15  by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,
16  and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
17  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
18  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household,
20  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
21  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
22  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Sermon

Offering
"Build Your Kingdom Here"

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
"The River Is Here"