Worship Helps for Pentecost 22

Artwork: Jesus Meeting Mother of James and John
Worship Theme: “I am the greatest,” shouted Muhammad Ali after one of his more famous boxing victories. “I am,” he later added, “the greatest heavy weight of all time.” How would you define greatness? Is it power? Wealth? Fame? In our readings for this Lord’s Day, the Greatest who ever lived, he who died for us all and rose again, shows us that true greatness comes through humble service.
Old Testament:2 Chronicles 26:16-23 16But when he had grown powerful, the pride in his heart led to his destruction. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God. He entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17Azariah the priest went in after him. He was followed by eighty priests of the Lord, brave men. 18They confronted King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, because you have …

Funeral for Shirley Berntzen

Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. The dark valley of death Death is an uninvited visitor in our homes. Death is unwelcome intruder in our lives. Yet death has barged in once again! A few years ago, Shirley was fairly healthy and living on her own. A few months ago, she was a little weaker, but enjoying life with Nancy and David. Then, all of a sudden, she’s gone. Death is our enemy. One by one it takes away the people we love. The long…

Submitting to another in reverence for Christ

Ephesians 5:21–6:421… and by submitting to one another in reverence for Christ. 22Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he himself is the Savior. 24Moreover, as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives, in the same way as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, by cleansing her with the washing of water in connection with the Word. 27He did this so that he could present her to himself as a glorious church, having no stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but so that she would be holy and blameless. 28In the same way, husbands have an obligation to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29To be sure, no one has ever hated his own body, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of …

Worship Helps for Pentecost 21

Worship Theme: Next to the attachment to hearth and home, a person’s chief attachment is to his purse. So it is not out of order to consider what God has to say about his gifts of wealth and to let him put those gifts in a proper context for us.
Old Testament:2 Kings 5:14-27 14So he went down and dipped in the Jordan seven times, just as the man of God had said. Then his flesh was restored like the flesh of a small child, and he was clean. 15Then he and his whole escort went back to the man of God. He stood in front of Elisha and said, “To be sure, now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel. Now accept a gift from your servant.” 16But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives, in whose presence I stand, I will not take anything.” Even though Na'aman urged him to accept something, he refused. 17Then Na'aman said, “If you do not want anything, please give me, your servant, as much dirt as two donkeys can carry, for your servant will never again burn incense or…

Wedding of Robert Sadowski & Jessica Roberts

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Triune God, who comes to us today in love. Amen. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. Dear friends and family, and especially you, Robert and Jessica on this, your wedding day. You have chosen some beautiful words about love for your wedding text. Some of the most astute observers of what love is like - are children: One child for example said that “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” In our society love is often about - how each other smells, how each other looks, how each other kisses, how we “feel” about each other. And that’s OK. Feelings are important in l…