Our Worship

 

Living Praise (on the 1st and 3rd Sundays)

American Sign Language interpreter present

Contemporary Service
Sundays, 10:40am

This service is what would be considered a "Blended Service." It follows the Order of Service in the Lutheran Liturgy from the Lutheran Service Book or Lutheran Worship. It does include a long worship and praise time during the Lord's Supper and we sing all the parts of the Liturgy including the Apostles' Creed and Lord's Prayer. We offer individual prayer time during Communion and we have a Children's Sermon between the New Testament and Gospel Lesson.

Example:

Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
812 Ann Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 • (734) 829-0148 • crossandres.org
Pastor: Rev. Bryan Schindel

Living Praise

September 1st, 2019

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

 

What We Believe

 

As Lutherans, we believe in the authority of scripture and confess the Christian faith as set forth in the Apostles' Creed: that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died for the forgiveness of our sins as a free gift made available to all.

We live out our faith in three ways:

Up –    Connecting to God in Christ.

In –     Community with one another.

Out – Service to our community and the   world.

We strive to love and welcome everyone as they are. You don't need to be perfect to be a part of our church – we invite you to Belong first, then Believe, and, in so doing, Become a new creation in Christ.

 

 

Word and Sacrament

We believe that, in the Lord's Supper, Jesus gives us His true body and blood in the bread and wine. In this Holy Sacrament, we receive the entire forgiveness of all of our sins. All who accept Jesus' forgiveness of their sins and receive Him as their Lord and Savior are welcome to commune with us and share in this sacrament.

If you do not wish to take Communion today, you are welcome to come through the receiving line, place your hand over your heart, and you will receive a blessing.

We encourage you to pray for the person in front of you in line as you come up. Even if you don't know them, this is an excellent opportunity for us to pray for others.

There is also water in the font for us to make the sign of the Cross. It is not Holy Water, but a symbol to help us remember our baptism and the covenant God has made with us in Christ.

If you have any questions regarding Communion or what we believe, please speak with an elder.

 

Order of Worship

 

Gathering Song

 

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation

Confession and Absolution

 

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

 

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

 (Time for silence, reflection, and personal confession.)

 

Pastor:           Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess to You that we are, by nature, sinful and unclean, and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed; therefore we flee for refuge to Your boundless mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

All:                  O most merciful God, since You have given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy on us and, for His sake, grant us forgiveness for all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will, and true obedience to Your word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. 

 

 

The Service of the Word

Old Testament         Proverbs 25:2-10

It is the glory of God to conceal things,
    but the glory of kings is to search things out.
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
    so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Take away the dross from the silver,
    and the smith has material for a vessel;
take away the wicked from the presence of the king,
    and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence
    or stand in the place of the great,
for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
    than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes have seen  
    do not hastily bring into court,
for what will you do in the end,
    when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
    and do not reveal another's secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
    and your ill repute have no end.

 

Reader:          This is the Word of the LORD
All:                  Thanks be to God

New Testament               Hebrews 13:1-17                                            

13 Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
    I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Reader:          This is the Word of the LORD
All:                  Thanks be to God!

Children’s Sermon

The Holy Gospel               Luke 14:1-14

Reader:          The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fourteenth chapter, beginning at verse one.

All:                  Glory to you, O Lord.

14 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” And they could not reply to these things.

Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Reader:          This is the Gospel of the LORD
All:                  Praise to you, O Christ

Sermon:  “Love God, Love One Another, Serve”

                                               - Pastor Bryan

 

Apostles’ Creed

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 shall 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.

 

Prayers

(A time for prayers from the congregation)

 

The Service of the Sacrament

 

The Eucharist (The Great Thanksgiving)

Pastor:           The Lord be with you.

All:                  And also with you.

Pastor:           Lift up your hearts.                                                        

All:                  We lift them up to the Lord.

Pastor:           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:                  It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

Pastor:           It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and ever-living God.  [seasonal – insert appropriate prayer]  we praise Your name and join their unending hymn:

 

All:                  Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and God of might;
heaven and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna in the highest! 
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest! 
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

Pastor:           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.

All:                  Amen. 

 

 

Words of Institution

Pastor:           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.”

                        As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

All:                  Amen, Come, Lord Jesus

Pastor:           O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink. You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion. Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead. Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

 

The Lord’s Prayer

All:                  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. 

Agnus Dei

All:                  Holy Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Holy Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
Holy Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Grant us peace.

+ The Lord’s Supper +
We bring our offerings and prayer requests forward during this wonderful time!

 

Worship

Benediction

Doxology

Common Table Prayer as it is noon and Lunch is being served in the Fellowship Hall.

Sending

Leader:          The peace of the Lord be with you always.

All:                  And also with you. (We share the PEACE with one another)

Leader:          Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.        

All:                  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

 

 

Prayer and Praise Service (2nd and 4th Sundays)

Sundays, 10:40am.

This Service is in the "Round" with the chairs in a circle. We move the worship team towards the center and focus on more time of Worship, Prayer (out loud and from the congregation as people feel comfortable) Scripture and God Sightings. It is more informal, yet we still have Confession and Absolution, Holy Scripture, Holy Communion, Confession of Faith, Prayers and the Sermon.

Join us on 2nd and 4th Sundays to experience a time of Prayer and Praise.

Example: 

Cross and Resurrection, the Chapel at EMU

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
812 Ann Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 • (734) 829-0148 • crossandres.org
Pastor: Rev. Bryan Schindel

Prayer & Praise Service

August 25th, 2019

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

 

What We Believe

 

As Lutherans, we believe in the authority of scripture and confess the Christian faith as set forth in the Apostles' Creed: that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died for the forgiveness of our sins as a free gift made available to all.

We live out our faith in three ways:

Up –    Connecting to God in Christ.

In –     Community with one another.

Out – Service to our community and the   world.

We strive to love and welcome everyone as they are. You don't need to be perfect to be a part of our church – we invite you to Belong first, then Believe, and, in so doing, Become a new creation in Christ.

 

 

Word and Sacrament

We believe that, in the Lord's Supper, Jesus gives us His true body and blood in the bread and wine. In this Holy Sacrament, we receive the entire forgiveness of all of our sins. All who accept Jesus' forgiveness of their sins and receive Him as their Lord and Savior are welcome to commune with us and share in this sacrament.

If you do not wish to take Communion today, you are welcome to come through the receiving line, place your hand over your heart, and you will receive a blessing.

We encourage you to pray for the person in front of you in line as you come up. Even if you don't know them, this is an excellent opportunity for us to pray for others.

There is also water in the font for us to make the sign of the Cross. It is not Holy Water, but a symbol to help us remember our baptism and the covenant God has made with us in Christ.

If you have any questions regarding Communion or what we believe, please speak with an elder.

 

Order of Worship

 

Gathering Song

 

Welcome and Announcements

Invocation

 

 

1 Corinthians 14:26-33a

 

Orderly Worship

26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

 

 

 

Worship with Invocation,

Confession and Absolution,

Scripture,

Prayer

and Holy Communion.

 

 

In this worship time we will have a time of repentance and absolution led by the leader but not written or presented on the screen.

 

We will encourage people to move in the Spirit, pray out as prompted and share Holy Scripture, testimonials of God’s sightings and prophetic words (please talk to Elder before presenting the prophetic word)

 

We will have Holy Communion in this worship time between second and third song with a time of prayer for healing as well.

The Service of the Sacrament

 

Words of Institution

 

Pastor:           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.”

                        As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

 

All:                  Amen, Come, Lord Jesus

 

Pastor:           Lord remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

All:                  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. 

 

 

Agnus Dei (optional if led by the Worship team)

All:                  Holy Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Holy Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us.
Holy Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. Grant us peace.

 

 

+ The Lord’s Supper +
We bring our offerings and prayer requests forward during this wonderful time!

 

Worship

 

 

After the worship time, Holy Communion and Prayers; Pastor will read the Gospel and Share.

           

 

 

The Service of the Word

 

The Holy Gospel               Luke 13:22–30

Reader:          The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the thirteenth chapter,  beginning at verse twenty-two.

All:                  Glory to you, O Lord.

 

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Reader:          This is the Gospel of the LORD
All:                  Praise to you, O Christ

Sermon:  Kingdom #10: Reclining at the table in the Kingdom of God!”

                                   - Pastor Bryan

 

Benediction

Doxology

Common Table Prayer as it is noon and the Lunch is being served in the Fellowship Hall.

Sending

Leader:          The peace of the Lord be with you always.

All:                  And also with you. (We share the PEACE with one another)

Leader:          Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  

All:                  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Worship Leaders notes: 

Introduction
Our service today is structured differently than a standard Lutheran service.  We have 3 service formats.  The 1st and 3rd Sunday are what we call the Living Praise service which is structured according to the Lutheran Liturgy with confession and absolution, readings, sermon, communion, intercessory prayer.  The 2nd and 4th Sunday we are introducing a new format and occasionally (5th Sundays and other occasions) we will do a traditional service called the Living Heritage service.

So this Sunday's format is the Prayer and Praise service.  We follow the scripture pattern set in 1 Corinthians 14
26 What then, brethren? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up...... 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

Our goal here is to have everyone participate - not just as an observer, but all praying.  Some may pray out loud or bring a scripture passage, but everyone will pray.

So the structure is pretty simple - we'll take the first part of our time simply to sing some songs and be in the Lord's presence.  We'll then sing a song which helps us recall our sin and need for God and Pastor Bryan will do an absolution.  After this we'll sit down and allow the Lord's word to come - someone will read out the lessons for the day as part of this, but if you have a passage or a psalm, feel free to read it out.

We'll then move into communion - Pastor Bryan will lead it and we'll worship quietly during communion.  Finally we'll hear the sermon and be done by noon - a bit longer than a normal Lutheran service, but we will do our best to finish up by noon.

We're especially glad to have new people with us, but this pattern of service is a bit new for all of us, so just relax and enjoy this time.

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