Lord's Supper Announcement
The Lord’s Supper is much more than a mere symbol. Through this Sacrament our Lord Jesus Christ gives us His very body and blood. He reassures us that our sins are indeed forgiven. He gives us His Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith.

Since this is such a special sacrament we feel that anyone who wishes to partake of it should have an understanding of just what the meaning of this special gift is. If you are a baptized adult Christian and have been thoroughly instructed in the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper we invite you to participate - if not we respectfully ask that you wait until discussing the matter with the pastor.

Those partaking of the Lord’s Supper should ask themselves:


1. Am I truly sorry that I have sinned against God?
2. Do I believe that Jesus died for my sins and gives me His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper as Scripture says?
3. Will I try my very best, with God’s help, to lead my life according to His will?


Those preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper should be able to honestly answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”
 
1 Corinthians 11:2

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thought for Today​                                                                 September 16, 2018

Words, shaped by the holy decrees of God, rightfully teach, admonish, and bless. When instruction is thoroughly informed by the Word of God, people turn from darkness and walk in the light. Jesus, the Word Incarnate, was confessed to be the true Teacher, able to cast out demons. In response to unwavering faith, Christ has compassion and rebukes an unclean spirit. Our tongues let loose cursing and pain; Christ’s words unleash truth and healing​ .                                                             ​​​​​​​

Sermon Text: Mark 9:14–29

The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

Confession and Absolution
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P     In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    Amen.


P     If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the  Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen.

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

What about The Gospel?


Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This pamphlet has been prepared to show you how much we need the Gospel, why it is such good news, how we receive it and how we respond to it.  Why do we need the Gospel?  We cannot really understand how good the message of the Gospel is until we understand how bad our situation is without it.  We are poor miserable sinners. We sin daily and deserve nothing but God’s wrath and punishment.  Without Jesus Christ, our situation would be totally hopeless.  The Scriptures describe human beings as dead in trespasses and sin.  Without the mercy and cleansing of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, there awaits for us only everlasting punishment in hell. Thus, we need the Gospel— desperately!  What is the Gospel?  The word “gospel” is a translation of a Greek word that means, “an announcement of good news.”  The Gospel is the good news that God the Holy Trinity decided not to abandon humanity when Adam and Eve first fell into sin. God decided then and there that sin and death would not have the last word.  He promised to send a Savior.  When the time was right, God sent His Son into our world to be born of the Virgin Mary.  Our Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us.  On the cross, He received the penalty and punishment for the sins of the whole world, offering Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus rose from the dead, victorious over our ancient enemies: sin, death and the devil. Therefore, each Christian is able with great joy and confidence to declare before the whole world: “My Lord Jesus Christ 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.”  What glorious good news! The one, true eternal and all- powerful God came into our world to live, suffer, die and rise again for us. We, who are unholy and unrighteous, receive the forgiveness of all our sins and thus receive the perfect holiness and righteousness of Christ our Savior—as a free gift—purely because of His love for us.  That is good news!  That is the Gospel!  How do we receive this great salvation in our lives today?  How do we personally receive the forgiveness Christ won for the entire world?  How does what happened on the cross nearly 2,000 years ago flow into our lives today?  Here too there is very good news.  God, through His Gospel, offers us forgiveness and help against sin in more than one way.  God is surpassingly rich in His grace.  He gives His Gospel to us through His Word, through Baptism, through the Sacrament of the Altar, and through confession and absolution.  These are the ways God enters our lives today to apply to us personally the great salvation Christ won for the world. The Holy Spirit works through the Word of the Gospel to create and sustain faith in our heart that Christ is the Savior of the world, and thus our Savior too.  The Bible is the Word of God, written down for our learning and edification.  The Scriptures are filled with the good news of Jesus Christ and all that He has done for us.  Through the almighty, Spirit-filled Word, God gathers us into His church, which is truly the mother that begets and bears every Christian through the Word of God.  The Holy Spirit is present, effective and active through the Word when it is proclaimed, heard and meditated upon.  The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word;or as St. Paul says in Holy Scripture, “The washing of water with the word.”  Through Baptism, we are made partakers of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Therefore, we know that Baptism works forgive- ness of sins, rescues from death and the devil,and gives eternal life to all who believe.  Since Baptism is connected to the Word and promise of God, it is truly a life-giving water, rich in grace—a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit.  Christ has provided a special application of the Gospel through confession and absolution.  Confession is admitting our sins to God and receiving His forgiveness from our pastor, as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.  Thus, by divine ordinance, Christ Himself has entrusted absolution to his Christian church and commanded us to absolve one another from sins. The Lord’s Supper is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself, for us Christians to eat and to drink.  In the Lord’s Supper, Christ’s body and blood are given to us as our treasure and gift which sustains our faith and life in Him.  If you are heavy-laden and feel your weakness, go joyfully to the Sacrament and receive refreshment, comfort and strength.  Those who want to be forgiven by God and who want to enjoy His presence in their lives, hunger and thirst for the Word and Sacraments.  With the Psalmist we say, “My soul thirsts for God,for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?”  God has provided the means to receive Him.  So, Christians hunger and thirst for God’s Word, absolution, the Sacrament, etc.  We have the certainty that God meets us and gives us what we need in His means of grace.  The forgiveness Christ won for the world on the cross is applied to us personally by God through His Word and Sacraments.  What a joy for us to know that where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.  Thus, we believe that we cannot, by our own reason or strength, believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, or come to Him;  but the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps us 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 of our sins, and the sins of all believers.  How does God cause us to respond to His Gospel?  We love God because He first loved us.  Our Lord is at work in us both to will and to do what is pleasing to Him.  Christians look to the Ten Commandments to know what is pleasing to God and wish to serve Him in gratitude for the great salvation that is theirs in Christ.  From the Word of God we learn that God wants us to put Him first,above any other person or thing, to respect His name and not misuse it, to hear and obey His Word.  Children are to honor and obey their parents and others in authority.  We are to look out for the welfare of others, doing nothing to hurt or harm our neighbor.  We are to live sexually pure and decent lives, with husbands and wives loving and honoring each another.  In looking out for our neighbor’s welfare and helping him to improve and protect his property and business, we are also to take care not to lie about our neighbor, but to help, support and defend him in every need, and, finally, we are to be content with what we have been given, and not want what is not ours.  What a joyful privilege we have to serve God and others!  He gives us the opportunity to bear witness to our faith through both our words and our deeds.  How is the Gospel obscured?  The Gospel is obscured by well-intentioned people who want to encourage a life of good works, and end up making Christians think that it is by their works that they are saved. This is a great danger.  Through His Word and Sacraments, Jesus is constantly working in our lives to forgive our sins and strengthen our relationship with God.  God always receives the credit for our salvation.  He is the one working in us.  This is not something we can do.  Our good works are the result of God’s love in our hearts and lives.  Our good works in this life do not save us, only Christ saves us.  Works serve our neighbor and show to the world that we are grateful for God’s mercy in our lives.  Another way the Gospel can be obscured is when too much emphasis is put on an emotional response to the Gospel.  Some Christians believe that unless they have some sort of ecstatic, charismatic experience, or feel some sort of “spiritual high,” they are not really Christians.  It is truly sad that some people look into their own hearts for the security that they are children of God, instead of putting their hope and trust in the objective work of Christ for them, and in the means God uses to come to them—His Word and Sacraments.  If we find ourselves beginning to ask, “Am I doing enough?” or thinking, “It doesn’t matter what I do, for God will forgive me anyway,” then we are at risk of losing Christ and His forgiveness.  We look always to Jesus and put our hope and trust in Him.  He is our Savior.  And, that’s good news!  All blessing, honor, thanks and praise to Father, Son and Spirit, the God who saved us by His grace.  All glory to His merit! O triune God in heaven above, you have revealed your saving love.  Your blessed name we hallow. — Dr. A. L. Barry President The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Readings and Sermon

​​​Epistle…………………………………………………………………………James 3:1–12


Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.  If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,  but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.  Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?  Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.


R     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Benediction:

​​​​Gradual                                                                                                 Ps. 34:9, 19, alt.
Fear the Lord, | you his saints,*
for those who fear him lack | nothing!
Many are the afflictions of the | righteous,*
but the Lord delivers him out | of them all.                     



The Holy Gospel

Collect of the Day

P  Let us pray.

​​Lord Jesus Christ, our support and defense in every need, continue to preserve Your Church in safety, govern her by Your goodness, and bless her with Your peace; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C  Amen.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introit                                                                              Ps. 31:14 –16; antiphon: Ps. 31:24

Be strong, and let your heart take | courage,*
all you who wait | for the Lord!
But I trust in you, | O Lord;*
I say, “You | are my God.”
My times are | in your hand;*
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my perse- | cutors!
Make your face shine on your | servant;*
save me in your | steadfast love!
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
Be strong, and let your heart take | courage,*
all you who wait | for the Lord!

 

  • The Power of Prayer11:58

​​The Readings for this Sunday are printed below.  If you would like to hear the Word of God, go "BibleGateway.com" and go to the Book and Chapter and Verse.

The Sermon

Pastor Jonathan Bontke

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.
And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to [Jesus] and greeted him.
And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”  And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”  And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”  And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”  And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”​

                    ​​The Learn by heart passage for the week beginning September 16, 2018

What does such baptizing with water indicate?

It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.          

Where is this written?

St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six:  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Mark 9:14–29

​​​​​​Beautiful SaviorLutheran Church (LCMS)

P        The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the ninth chapter.

​C        Glory to you, O Lord.

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When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.

And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to [Jesus] and greeted him.

And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”  And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”  And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”  And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”  And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”



P     This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C     Praise to You, O Christ.

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Old Testament Reading……………………………………………….​…. Isaiah 50:4–10

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary.
Morning by morning he awakens;

he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious;
I turned not backward.  I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.
But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.  Who is my adversary?  Let him come near to me.
Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty?
Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord
and rely on his God.


A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.