Reformation Sunday and a Service of Healing

(From Immanuel Lutheran Church, Everson, WA)

Prelude

 Welcome and Announcements

 *Opening Hymn 
        "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"  É#229

  (Second Service - Processional Hymn)

 *P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

*C: And also with you.

*A: Let us pray.

*C: Almighty God, gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit upon Your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in Your Word, protect and comfort them in all temptations, defend them against all their enemies, and bestow on the Church Your saving peace; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 Word for Youth

 1st Lesson - Jeremiah 31:31-34

 2nd Lesson - Romans 3:19-28

 Choir

 *Gospel - John 8:31-36

 Sermon Hymn 
      "God's Word Is Our Great Heritage"  #239

 Sermon   "Continuing Reformation"

  Reflective Silence

  *Proclamation of Faith in Martin Luther's explanation of the Apostles' Creed of the Small Catechism:

I believe that God has created me and all that exists. He has given me and still preserves my body and soul with all their powers. He provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day. God also protects me in time of danger and guards me from every evil. All this He does out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I surely ought to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true.

 *Hymn "Praise to the Father" ÉÉvs. 1 #517

1. Praise to the Father for His loving kindness, tenderly caring for His erring children;   Praise Him, all angels; Praise Him in the heavens; Praise to the Father!

 I believe that Jesus Christ - true God, Son of the Father from eternity, and true man, born of the Virgin Mary - is my Lord. At great cost He has saved and redeemed me, a lost and condemned person. He has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil - not with silver or gold, but with His holy and precious blood and His innocent suffering and death. All this He has done that I may be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true.

  *Hymn "Praise to the Father"   ÉÉvs. 2 #217

  2. Praise to the Savior for His deep compassion, Graciously caring for His chosen people; Young men and women, aging folk and children, Praise to the Savior!

 I believe that I cannot by my own understanding or effort believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to Him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it united with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church day after day He fully forgives my sins and the sins of all believers. On the last day He will raise me and all the dead and give me and all believers in Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true.

  *Hymn "Praise to the Father"   ÉÉvs. 3 #517  

  *Sharing of the Peace

 Offering

 *A Litany for Healing (Adapted from the Order of St. Luke)

P: God the Father, Your will for all people is health and salvation;

C: We praise You and thank You, O Lord.

A: God the Son, You came that we might have life, and might have it abundantly;

C: We praise You and thank You, O Lord.

P: God the Holy Spirit, You make our bodies the temple of Your presence;

C: We praise You and thank You, O Lord.

A: Holy Trinity, one God, in You we live and move and have our being;

C: We praise You and thank You, O Lord.

P: Lord, grand Your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole.

C: Hear us, O Lord of life.

A: Grand to all who seek Your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, or despondent, a knowledge of Your will and an awareness of Your presence;

C: Hear us, O Lord of life.

P: Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit;

C: Hear us, O Lord of life.

A: Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;

C: Here us, O Lord of life.

P: Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace and consolation of Your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved;

C: Hear us, O Lord of life.

A: Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world.

C: Hear us, O Lord of life.

P: You are the Lord who does wonders:

C: You have declared Your power among the peoples.

A: With You, O Lord, is the well-spring of life.

C: Hear us, O Lord of life.

P: Heal us and make us whole.

A: Let us pray. (A period of silence follows)

C: Almighty God, giver of life and health: Send Your blessing upon all who are sick, and upon those who minister to them, that all weakness may be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

P: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

C: Most merciful God, we confess that 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 are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways; to the glory of Your Name. Amen.

P: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.

C: Amen.

P: Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood You have redeemed us;

C: Save us and help us, we humbly beseech You, O Lord.

  (Those who desire prayer may come forward. If you want prayer for specific issues please briefly tell the healing team. If you come forward for a blessing, please tell the healing team. The teams will anoint with oil those who are blessed and for those whom healing prayer is offered.)

 (During this time of prayer the following songs from the Praise Book may be sung by the congregation - #;s 20, 82, 84, 107, 109, 111 (vs. 1 & 2), 130, 133)

  *Closing Prayer

The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust, to whom all things in heaven, and earth and under the earth bow and obey. Be now and evermore our defense, and may we know that You and You alone are our God and that there is no other name in heaven or on earth through which we receive salvation and wholeness and health. Amen and Amen.

  *Closing Hymn 
       "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"   É#551

(Second Service - Recessional Hymn)


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