​​​​​​​​Beautiful Savior  Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Holy Gospel……………………………………...............Mark 8:27–38 
The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the eighth chapter.
C     Glory to You, O Lord.
​And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”  And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”  And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.  And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.  But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  For what can a man give in return for his life?  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

P        This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C        Praise be to Thee,  O Christ

​Nunc Dimittis​ 
C    "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
         According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your                   salvation; Which You have prepared before the face of all             peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,  
And               the glory of Your people Israel." 

         Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy                   Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be             world without end. Amen.



                     Welcome to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church!

We give thanks that gracious Lord Jesus Christ has gathered us together here for his Divine Service. Today again our Lord comes to serve us and lavish us with his gifts of life, forgiveness, and salvation. Rejoicing in those wonderful gifts, we sing with David in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! A day in your courts is better than a thousand Elsewhere.”

Type your paragraph here.

Apostles' Creed  

C    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.

Old Testament Reading………………............Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”  Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.  I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

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

Gradual                                                                            Hebrews 12:2

​     [O come, let us fix our eyes on] | Jesus,*
         the founder and perfecter | of our faith,
     who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despis- |         ing the shame,*
         and is seated at the right hand of the | throne of God.


Epistle………………………………….......................Romans 5:1–11

​​Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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

​​​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 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.​​

  • Confessing Christ15:07


March 7, 2021
Third Sunday in Lent


Exodus 20:1–17
The Ten Commandments

Psalm 19
“The precepts of the Lord are right.”

1 Corinthians 1:18–31
“We preach Christ crucified.”

John 2:13–22 (23–25)
Jesus drives the moneychangers from the temple.

Hymn#763 “When Peace, like a River”

​1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows, like sea billows, roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed his own blood for my soul. [Refrain]

3. He lives—-Oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! [Refrain]

4. And, Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
Even so it is well with my soul. [Refrain]


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Sermon: “Confessing Christ"  

Text: Mark 8:27-38


Prayer of the Church

Second Sunday in Lent (B)
28 February 2021

In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Lord to set our minds on His things rather than the things of man, that we may deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow His Son through this life into the joys of His resurrection, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Lord, who has given His Church the joy of proclaiming the truth that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, to grant to all pastors the gifts of His Spirit to preach and teach this truth boldly and faithfully, and to help us confess it in word and deed in our daily lives, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Lord to keep us from being ashamed of the Son of Man when we face persecution for His name in this world, that He may not be ashamed of us when He comes in His glory with the angels; and for Him to be near to all those who are facing martyrdom for Christ, that they might be sustained unto the end and crowned with life before Him, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord, to whom belongs all kingship and rule over the nations, would bless _____________ and all those who govern us in His stead, that we may be ruled wisely and in accord with His will, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, to pour His love into the hearts of _____________ and all those who suffer in our midst, that their sufferings may produce endurance, endurance character and character a hope that will not put them to shame; and that He would grant them health and healing in accord with His perfect will and sustain them in faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord would deepen our hunger for His table through our afflictions, that we may eat and drink Christ’s body and blood and be satisfied with Christ’s saving life, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

That the Lord, before whom a multitude of nations rejoice in heaven, would sustain us in the same justifying faith of Abraham, that as his offspring we may share in the everlasting covenant God made with him, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

All these things and whatever else You know that we need, grant us, Father, for the sake of Him who died and rose again and now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever. Amen.

February 28, 2021

The Second Sunday in Lent


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 + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

P    Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our

sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

to grant us forgiveness.

P     Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C     who made heaven and earth.

P     I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

​C     and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

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

P     O almighty God, merciful Father,

​C     I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities

with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal

and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely

repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake

of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son,

Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

P     Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and

ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you,

and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you

all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen


Introit                                                       Ps. 115:11–13, 18; antiphon: Ps. 25:6Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your | steadfast love,*
for they have been | from of old.
You who fear the Lord, trust | in the Lord!*
He is their help | and their shield.
The Lord has remembered us; he will | bless us;*
he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of | Aaron;
he will bless those who | fear the Lord,*
both the small | and the great.
We will | bless the Lord*
from this time forth and forevermore. | Praise the Lord!

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.


​Lord have mercy upon us ,  Christ have mercy up-on us,  Lord have mercy upon us.

                The Mission of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church:

Is to gather together to be built up in God’s word and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

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

Sunday's Readings and Sermon


​​P      The Lord be with you.
C      And also with you.

P       Let us pray.

         O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By               Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may               happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may                     assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our           Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one           God, now and forever.

​​C     Amen.

Hymn#734 “I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name”

​1. I trust, O Lord, Your holy name;
O let me not be put to shame
Nor let me be confounded.
My faith, O Lord,
Be in Your Word
Forever firmly grounded.

2. Bow down Your gracious ear to me
And hear my cry, my prayer, my plea;
Make haste for my protection,
For woes and fear
Surround me here.
Help me in my affliction.

3. You are my strength, my shield, my rock,
My fortress that withstands each shock,
My help, my life, my tower,
My battle sword,
Almighty Lord--
Who can resist Your power?

4. With You, O Lord, I cast my lot;
O faithful God, forsake me not,
To You my soul commending.
Lord, be my stay,
And lead the way
Now and when life is ending.

5. All honor, praise, and majesty
To Father, Son, and Spirit be,
Our God forever glorious,
In whose rich grace
We run our race
till we depart victorious.


Salutation and Benedicamus
​P     ​The Lord be with you.
C     And with thy spirit.
   ​Bless we the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

Hymn of the day

Hymn#753 “All for Christ I Have Forsaken”

1.  All for Christ I have forsaken     
        And have taken up my cross; 
    Worldly joy, its fame and fortune,
        Now I count as worthless dross. 
2.  Who is sweeter than Christ Jesus? 
         No good thing in Him I lack! 
     Hand to plow, at peace I follow 
        Where He leads me...why look back?
3.  Gone the past, unknown the future-- 
        Grace supplies my daily breath; 
     Strong in Christ through death's dark valley, 
        Firm and faithful unto death.
4.  When God takes me home to heaven, 
        Should this be the day I die, 
     God will keep my spouse and children 
        As the apple of His eye. 
5.  Though the road ahead be thorny, 
        Though dark clouds all light obscure, 
     Though my cross-shaped path grows steeper,
        With the Lord, I am secure. 

© 1999 Stephen P. Starke. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License .NET, no. 100013976.
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The Lord's Prayer

​​​P    Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

​C   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.

C    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spir-it with-in me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and up-hold me we Thy free spirit.  Amen.​