What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?  I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord,

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

  • Pilgrims12:34


​August 1, 2021

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13)


Exodus 16:2–15
“I will rain down bread from heaven for you.”

Psalm 145:10–21
“The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season.”

Ephesians 4:1–16
“Be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

John 6:22–35
“It is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.”


Distribution Hymn#857 “Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way”

1. Lord, help us walk Your servant way Wherever love may lead And, bending low, forgetting self, Each serve the other’s need.

2. You came to earth, O Christ, as Lord, But pow’r You laid aside. You lived Your years in servanthood In lowliness You died.

3. No golden scepter by a towel You place within the hands Of those who seek to follow You And live by Your commands.

4. You bid us bend our human pride Nor count ourselves above The lowest place, the meanest task That waits the gift of love.

5. Lord, help us walk Your servant way Wherever love may lead And bending low, for getting self. Each serve the other’s need.

Hymn of Praise
This Is the Feast


This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Power, riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his.
​This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sing with all the people of God and join in the hymn of all creation.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Blessing and honor and glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia.
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Sermon: “Pilgrims” 

Text Mark 10:35-45 


Prayer of the Church
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12B)
25 July 2021

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

n great praise to Him who rules earth, sea and sky, and in thanksgiving for the blessings of creation and life that come from His abundant goodness, that God would give us boldness to speak of His awesome deeds and sing always of His righteousness, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the Church, that our Lord, who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, would be glorified in His Church and in Christ Jesus; and that He would ground us in love, give us a faith rooted in Christ’s promises, and strengthen us to comprehend with all the saints His love that surpasses knowledge, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

To the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that He would bless our families even as He blessed Noah, bringing forth new life under His promises; for all marriages, that He would make them strong and fruitful according to His will; and for every home, that God’s Word would rule there, uniting it in forgiveness and causing Christ to dwell in every heart through faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For our country, that the Lord of might would spare us and future generations from wickedness; for our leaders, that by God’s blessing they would rule according to His good pleasure; and for God’s protection over our armed forces, police and all public servants, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For the sick and those in need, [especially ______________,] that God would give healing and protection, encouraging them in this life by the recognition of His Fatherly providence known through Christ, our Savior, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

For all who commune, that God would not allow our hearts to become hardened by indifference or any frustration in this world, but that He would lead us to His blessed Sacrament with repentance and faith to receive there the forgiveness of sins and confidence according to Christ’s New Testament, 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.

July 25, 2021

​St. James the Elder, Apostle

Agnus Dei


Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

 We are celebrating St. James the Elder, Apostle and Pastor Bontke has included a link to the celebration in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.  He will be referencing it in his sermon and a picture is worth a thousand words.


Distribution Hymn#760 “What God Ordains Is Always Good”

1. What God ordains is always good:
His will is just and holy.
As He directs my life for me,
I follow meek and lowly.
My God indeed
In ev'ry need
Knows well how He will shield me;
To Him, then, I will yield me.

2. What God ordains is always good:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me in His righteous way,
And never will He leave me.
I take content
What He has sent;
His hand that sends me sadness
Will turn my tears to gladness.

3. What God ordains is always good:
His loving thought attends me;
No poison can be in the cup
That my physician sends me.
My God is true;
Each morning new
I trust His grace unending,
My life to Him commending.

4. What God ordains is always good:
He is my friend and Father;
He suffers naught to do me harm
Though many storms may gather.
Now I may know
Both joy and woe;
Some day I shall see clearly
That He has loved me dearly.

5. What God ordains is always good:
Though I the cup am drinking
Which savors now of bitterness,
I take it without shrinking.
For after grief
God gives relief,
My heart with comfort filling
And all my sorrow stilling.

6. What God ordains is always good:
This truth remains unshaken.
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
I shall not be forsaken.
I fear no harm,
For with His arm
He shall embrace and shield me;
So to my God I yield me.

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

​A     For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord, have mercy.

   For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of  God and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord have mercy.

A     For this holy house and for all that offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord have mercy.

A      Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C      Amen.

Hymn#853 “How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord”

​​1 How clear is our vocation, Lord,
When once we heed Your call:
To live according to Your Word
And daily learn, refreshed, restored,
That You are Lord of all
And will not let us fall.

2. But if, forgetful, we should find
Your yoke is hard to bear;
If worldly pressures fray the mind,
And love itself cannot unwind
Its tangled skein of care:
Our inward life repair.

3. We marvel how Your saints become
In hindrances more sure;
Whose joyful virtues put to shame
The casual way we wear Your name
And by our faults obscure
Your pow'r to cleanse and cure.

4. In what You give us, Lord, to do,
Together or alone,
In old routines or ventures new,
May we not cease to look to You,
The cross You hung upon--
All You endeavored done.

​Tune: Public domain Text: © 1982 Hope Publishing Co.

 Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 11000498

                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

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

Holy Gospel……………………………………........................Mark 10:35–45

P      The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the tenth chapter.
C      Glory to You, O Lord.
​​And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to [Jesus] and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”  And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”  Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”  And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”  And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John.  And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


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

Prayer of Thanksgiving

​​    Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 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.”



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

P     Lift up your hearts.

C     We lift them up unto the Lord.
P     Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.
C     It is meet and right so to do.

​​Proper Preface

    It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

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

P       Let us pray.​

         O gracious God, Your servant and apostle James was the first among the Twelve to             suffer martyrdom for the name of Jesus Christ. Pour out upon the leaders of Your               Church that spirit of self-denying service that they may forsake all false and                       passing allurements and follow Christ alone, who lives and reigns with You and the           Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C     Amen.

Thank the Lord
C     Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev'ryone what He has done.
Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name. He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.​

Epistle……………………………………………...................Romans 8:28–39

​​We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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


Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth
Heav’n and earth with full of Thy glory.  Hosanna 
hosanna, hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is He,  blessed is he blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

P      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 T give you peace.
C      Amen.​

Hymn of the Day

Hymn#420 “Christ, the Life of All the Living”

1. Christ, the Life of all the living,
Christ, the death of death, our foe,
Who, Thyself for me once giving
To the darkest depths of woe:
Through thy suff'rings, death, and merit
I eternal life inherit.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

2. Thou, ah! Thou, hast taken on Thee
Bonds and stripes, a cruel rod;
Pain and scorn were heaped upon Thee,
O Thou sinless Son of God!
Thus didst Thou my soul deliver
From the bonds of sin forever.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

3. Thou hast borne the smiting only
That my wounds might all be whole;
Thou hast suffered, sad and lonely,
Rest to give my weary soul;
Yea, the curse of God enduring,
Blessing unto me securing.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

4. Heartless scoffers did surround Thee,
Treating Thee with shameful scorn
And with piercing thorns they crowned Thee.
All disgrace Thou, Lord, hast borne,
That as Thine Thou mightest own me
And with heav'nly glory crown me.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

5. Thou hast suffered men to bruise Thee,
That from pain I might be free;
Falsely did Thy foes accuse Thee:
Thence I gain security;
Comfortless Thy soul did languish
Me to comfort in my anguish.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

6. Thou hast suffered great affliction
And hast borne it patiently,
Even death by crucifixion,
Fully to atone for me;
Thou didst choose to be tormented
That my doom should be prevented.
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

7. Then, for all that wrought my pardon,
For Thy sorrows deep and sore,
For Thine anguish in the Garden,
I will thank Thee evermore,
Thank Thee for Thy groaning, sighing,
For Thy bleeding and Thy dying,
For that last triumphant cry,
And shall praise Thee, Lord, on high.

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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.

C      Amen.

     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.
     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.

​​                                  + SERVICE OF THE WORD +

Introit                                   Psalm 89:1, 5, 15–16; antiphon: Psalm 119:46

I will speak of your testimonies before kings, | [O Lord,]*
    and shall not be | put to shame.
I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, for- | ever;*
    with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all gener- | ations.
Let the heavens praise your wonders, | O Lord,*
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the | holy ones!
Blessèd are the people who know the | festal shout,*
    who walk, O Lord, in the light | of your face,
who exult in your name | all the day*
    and in your righteousness are ex- | alted.
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.
I will speak of your testimonies before kings, | [O Lord,]*
    and shall not be | put to shame.​​

​Pastor Jonathan Bontke 

The Words of Our Lord                                           

    Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took               bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to

       the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given         for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

       In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He               had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of               you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for           you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in           remembrance of Me.” 

​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.

Hymn# 518 “By All Your Saints in Warfare”                     sts. 1, 21, 3

​1. By all Your saints in warfare,
For all Your saints at rest,
Your holy name, O Jesus,
Forevermore be blest!
For You have won the battle
That they might wear the crown;
And now they shine in glory
Reflected from Your throne.

21. O Lord, for James we praise You,
Who fell to Herod's sword;
He drank the cup of suff'ring
And thus fulfilled Your word.
Lord, curb our vain impatience
For glory and for fame,
Equip us for such suff'rings
As glorify Your name.

3. Then let us praise the Father
And worship God the Son
And sing to God the Spirit,
Eternal Three in One,
Till all the ransomed number
Fall down before the throne,
Ascribing pow'r and glory
And praise to God alone.

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The Lord's Prayer

     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.

The Lord’s Supper
Our Belief and Practice

The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at this congregation in the confession and glad confidence that, as He says, our Lord gives into our mouths not only bread and wine, but His very body and blood to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins, and to strengthen our union with Him and with one another.  Our Lord invites to His table those who trust His words, repent of all sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves us, that they may show forth His death until He comes.  Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm, and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and yet desire to receive the sacrament, are asked first to speak with the pastor.  Anyone who is not communing today but would like to come forward to receive a baptismal blessing is welcome.  Please cross your arms against your chest to indicate you desire a blessing not communion.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.” 1Corinthians11:28

To assist you in preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper Martin Luther in his Small Catechism teaches us to ask ourselves the following questions:

1. Am I 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. Do I plan, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to change my sinful life?

Those preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper should be able to honestly answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions.  A more complete examination is found on pages 329-330 of the hymnal - Lutheran Service Book.  Prayers for “Before communing” and “Thanksgiving after receiving the Sacrament”, are located on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Post-Communion Collect

​A     Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C      Amen.

First Reading......…................................................................Acts 11:27—12:5

​​Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius).  So, the disciples determined, everyone according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.  And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.  So, Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

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

​Gradual                                                               Romans 10:15b, 18b; Isaiah 52:7b, alt.              How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the | good news,*
                  who publish peace and bring good news of sal- | vation.
            Their voice has gone out to | all the earth,*
                  and their words to the ends | of the world.    

Alleluia and Verse

C    Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. 

      These things are written that you may believe that

​      Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

      Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Thought for Today: ​​James, a son of thunder, wanted to be first among his brothers. James, a son of God, truly was first—first to die among the apostles. What can we say? Jesus tells us that the Son of Man came to serve, not be served. Jesus serves by giving up His life. James’ death becomes life because of His Savior’s death and resurrection. In Christ, all things work together for good. Like James, we “may walk before God in the light of life” (Psalm 56:13).

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

Pax  Domini                                                               

P     The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C     Amen.