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We Are Chosen For A Purpose

(7/15/2018)

Today in Worship - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Preacher, Worship Leader & Children's Message: Pastor Bill Liebmann
Elder: Mike Kennedy


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

Opening Prayer

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs Of Praise
"My Life Is In You"
"Shout To The Lord"

First Reading
Mark 6:14-29
14  King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."
15  Others said, "He is Elijah." And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago."
16  But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!"
17  For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married.
18  For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19  So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,
20  because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
21  Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.
22  When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you."
23  And he promised her with an oath, "Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom."
24  She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" "The head of John the Baptist," she answered.
25  At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
26  The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27  So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,
28  and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.
29  On hearing of this, John's disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Children's Message

Little Worship

Sermon Scripture Reading
Ephesians 1:3-14
3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
4  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5  he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will--
6  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
7  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace
8  that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
9  And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
10  to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
11  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,
12  in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
13  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
14  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory.

Sermon

Offering
"Ancient Words"

In Whom Do We Believe? Explanation to the Second Article of The Apostles' Creed
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death, that I may be his own and live under him in his kingdom and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.  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. 

Celebrating the Lords Supper
"Come Let Us Worship"
"I Will Wait"
"Heart Of Worship"

Blessing

Sending Song
"Jesus Messiah"