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1. 06.27.2010 Grace Summit Sermon - Conversational Evangelism - Jeff Yackley

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06.27.2010 Grace Summit Sermon - Conversational Evangelism - Jeff Yackley

Good morning! Pastor Mike is on sabbatical for another couple of weeks – and the cool thing: he has no idea what I am talking about this morning! Today is going to be more like a seminar – I've got notes for you – and a lot of slides to cover in a little bit of time – so, as an apology – with a tip of the cap to Michael A. “Zesty” Vaughn - here is a picture of a baby otter: All right, what I am really here to talk about is Conversational Evangelism. As you might recall, I took a class in the spring through Trinity on Evangelism. One of the books we read was called “Conversational Evangelism” by David and Norm Geisler. A couple weeks ago, I was talking to Melissa about the Life Training conference, and they had asked for volunteers to lead evangelism seminars – and I thought – I just took a class on this – maybe I should volunteer. Well, later that day I was listening to WCRF – and who were they interviewing? David Geisler – regarding Conversational Evangelism! So, if I am chosen as a volunteer to lead an evangelism session at LT, I would be prepared, by preparing THIS for you! Let’s pray… This week, I overheard Rob talking to Mike - in the next cubicle – he said, “we need to write a convertor for this.” – and I chimed in – or maybe you need to convert a writer. And Rob says, “Yes, because we love Mike and don’t want him to go to hell!” That is what I would call the direct approach to evangelism! When we think of evangelism, too often, we think about approaching strangers or giving our testimony or going through a booklet. But really, the goal of evangelism is: To remove the obstacles so that we can help people take one step closer to Jesus Christ each day. 1 Cor. 3:6 says I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. 10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. This is really what I would call – PRE-evangelism. In order to plant, the ground must first be tilled. Then the seeds of the gospel have a better chance at taking root on softer soil. The problem is that we live in an age where the soil is becoming harder and harder. Also, you might call this evangelism for the non-evangelist – or, evangelism for the Introvert. In the Conversational Evangelism model, there are 4 types of conversations we want to have with pre-believer.s - Hearing Conversations Illuminating Conversations Uncovering Conversations and Building Conversations. Remember, we are just the instrument – it is God who causes the growth - 1 Cor. 1:27b says that “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” What are the weak things of the world? Us – God chooses us as His instruments to tell others about Him. What do we want to trust the Holy Spirit to do? 1) To empower us to speak in a way that makes a difference. 2) To empower us to live godly lives. 3) To work in the heart of the pre-believer. To help you remember the 4 types of conversations we should have, there are 4 roles we play in our friends' lives: 1) The musician (or Sound Technician) – to listen for sour notes 2) The Artist – or lighting technician – to illuminate our friends' thoughts 3) The Archeologist – to dig deeper 4) The Builder – to find planks of common understanding on which to build the gospel. The first thing we need to do is to play the role of musician/sound technician – and to help you remember this better: We need to HEAR what people are saying. – See I added our beloved sound technician to help you remember. James 1:19-20 says, My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Why is this such an important step? It helps to better connect with others People appreciate when we can remember their name, understand their concerns, and show patience as we talk with them It helps to put the other person at ease it helps to uncover the nature of their barrier that keeps them from Christ – whether it is intellectual, emotional or spiritual. Proverbs 18:13 says, He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him. One technique that you can use to really listen is to reflect back what they are saying to you For instance: What I hear you saying is.. Tell me if I've heard you correctly... Again, the role of the musician/sound technician is to really listen – and in doing so, you will often hear the sour notes that people are believing that may lead you into sharing more…– for instance: I was having a conversation with a friend of mine whose daughter was about to go to a funeral – she said, “You never know when it will be your time; this (funeral) is just a reminder of the brevity of life.” It sure is, I replied She continued: That is why it is so important to be ready at any time. I jumped on the opportunity – so, are you ready? If you were to die today, would you know for sure that you're going to heaven? She replied, “I don't know that you can be sure, but I have accepted Jesus as my Savior and I try to lead a good life, so I hope that I will.” Can anyone pick out some of the sour notes that she just said? The thing that struck me seemed to be a confusion about what is required - “I have accepted Jesus as my Savior and I try to lead a good life” By listening to the sour notes, we may be able to detect some of the uncertainty in their beliefs which may give us an opportunity to help them to think more clearly about what they believe and why. It also helps to create a greater interest in knowing Jesus. How about this one? Do you get it? There are absolutely no absolutes! It is a sour note because it is a contradictory statement! I don't have time to go over each of these, but there are four types of sour notes/inconsistencies you might hear: 1) Belief vs. Heart Longing 2) Belief vs. Behavior 3) Belief vs. Belief 4) Illogical Belief Ok – I'll give you one example – Belief vs. Heart Longing: After 9/11 one student said, “I don't believe in an afterlife, but I believe that the terrorists will be held accountable for what they did.” What was his heart longing? That justice must be done! Another example – Belief vs. Belief – can all religions simultaneously be true? Christianity – salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone Islam, salvation is by belief in Allah, his prophet Muhammad, and good works outweighing the bad Hinduism – by overcoming karma and incarnations with good works Buddhism – by cessation of desire through the eight-fold path Not all religious viewpoints can be right! Either Jesus is the Only “Way, the truth and the life...” or He is not the Only Way, the truth and the life\ What is the difficulty here? Here is a quote - The difficulty lies in listening to them and at the same time spotting the discrepancies in their viewpoint “It is very difficult – and still is – to listen earnestly to the other person during the conversation and trying to spot the inconsistencies at the same time. However, as I talked to more people, some common things will eventually surface and be repeated, and then I will be more ready to pick them up the next time.” So, as we learn to listen – we are able to pick up discrepancies or 'sour notes' in what they believe and by listening carefully, we communicate that we really care about them and want to understand what they believe. The second role that we play – and I promise that these get shorter and shorter... is that of Artist – or Lighting technician – because we illuminate the discrepancies Once you've learned to listen – it is important to learn to ask clarifying questions. Asking questions helps to paint a picture to help them see themselves more clearly You want to ask questions that help clarify the meaning of certain unclear terms – for instance, in that conversation with my friend, I might have asked her what she means by “I try to lead a good life.” Also, these questions should help to surface uncertainty or expose false belief systems or concepts. For instance - “What do you mean by” Good Died for us Buddhist Free Thinker Jesus is God All religions are basically the same? Accept Jesus? We cannot presume that people have the same understanding of key terms Some followup questions that can expose false beliefs or concepts: How is it possible for all religions to be the same when some of them contradict each other's key beliefs? How do you fit Jesus into your religious beliefs? How do your beliefs handle the problem of sin? Why is asking questions so helpful? I love this quote by David Reed Baker - “A person can close his ears to facts he does not want to hear, but if a pointed question causes him to form the answer in his own mind, he cannot escape the conclusion – because it is a conclusion that he reached himself.” How do you know if you are asking the right kind of questions in the right way? There are three D's to remember: Doubt Defensiveness and Desire The goal is to surface DOUBT (uncertainty) about their own perspective, while minimizing their DEFENSIVENESS – while creating a DESIRE (curiosity) to want to hear more. Remember, our goal is to bring them one step closer – and if you are doing it right, they will want to continue the conversation – not get out of there as fast as possible! Here are some good followup questions: Is there any reason to consider Him further? Have you ever thought about it? What have you come up with? Do you think there is any reason to check it out further (if you want to get bold: Is there anything keeping you from trusting Him?) Do you care? To review – There are four types of conversations we want to have with pre-believers: Hearing, Illuminating, Uncovering, and Building The third role we want to take is that of Archeologist. The archeologist tries to uncover the real barriers that keep people from Christ. “Prov. 20:5 says, 'The purpose in a man's mind is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.' Good apologetics require people of understanding who have the patience and insight to not only deal with people's stated questions but to go below the surface and speak to their true objections” The goal here is to UNCOVER barriers that are keeping them from taking steps toward the cross How? Keep seven steps in mind – turn to your notes to fill in the blanks 1) Determine whether there is a real concern or a smokescreen Here is a formula for that – Say, “If I could answer your questions in a way that would make sense to you, would that help you to more seriously consider a belief in God and Christianity? Or “If you could know the truth, would you want to know it?” 2) determine the nature of the barrier – is it an emotional or intellectual issue? Questions that might indicate emotional baggage: How could a good God allow so much suffering and evil in the world? If God is there, why doesn't He answer my prayers? If God is real, how come there are so many hypocrites in the church? Or – some statements that might indicate Intellectual Baggage: It doesn't matter what you believe as long as it makes you a better person Since so many people disagree on so many things there cannot be one right answer Since the Bible has been mistranslated so many times, we can't be sure what it originally said It's been too long since Christ lived, so we can't really know what He said or did. How do you handle these tough questions? Reverse the burden of proof! Remember, when someone throws a question at you, like a boomerang, let it come back around to them first! For instance – Isn't Christianity only a “crutch?” ask – What do you mean by “crutch?” or if someone says, “I don't believe the Bible is reliable” ask: Why is it that you don't think the Bible is as reliable as other books of antiquity written around the same time period? Jesus used this approach when the Pharisees asked - “By what authority are you doing these things?” “Let me ask you – 'Was the Baptism of John from heaven or men?” He boomeranged the question right back to them! Another excellent quote – for those of you who, like me, have tried to answer the tough questions in the past: “At times (far too many, I'm afraid), I've answered questions with biblically accurate, logically sound, epistemologically watertight answers, only to see questioners shrug their shoulders. My answer, it seemed, only further confirmed their opinion that Christians are simpletons. So I started answering questions with questions, and I have gained far better results.” Apparently, this guy has written an entire book on how to do this – using Jesus as the example! 3) Uncover the specific emotional baggage they are carrying Invite them to share their story Listen for the most obvious barriers to the gospel Empathize with them. Affirm God's love and hope for them. If appropriate, apologize for how another brother or sister in Christ treated them. Pray for them. 4) Determine whether there is a question or concern behind the question or issue raised. For instance – if they ask - “How can you claim that there is only one way to God.” - What might be the belief behind the question? They may believe that Christians are arrogant to think that they have the truth and are therefore better than others. They may believe that Christians are not very “open” to other faiths by being so exclusive. 5) Find out what their biggest barrier to Christianity is. One student said, “One of my biggest barriers to belief in God or Christianity is that I am not brave enough to consider religious issues solely, without considering the consequences of what other people think.” 6) Find out what would motivate them to get answers in these areas. 7) Uncover the volitional factors The Bible indicates that sometimes, even with a clear burden of proof, some people are just unwilling to believe. How do you handle this? Pray. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much Demonstrate Christ's love to them. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” To Review: as an Archeologist, you will uncover the barriers that are keeping people from Christ – make sure your blanks are all filled in... Finally- the fourth role you will play is that of the BUILDER The goal here is to find common ground and build a bridge to the Gospel Real quickly – and here is why I gave you NOTES today... Six MORE Steps – but as an apology for having so many steps today – here are the baby otters again 1) Find the right balance in your approach. - I like the balance in these verses – They spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed (Acts 14:1) and 1 Thes. 2:8 We were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” - People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. 2) Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach – 1 Cor. 9:22 to the weak I became weak to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” 3) Build a bridge from a point of shared beliefs – head bridges or heart bridges 4) Memorize a basic outline for defending the Christian faith to guide you in your discussions with others. Why this is important (keeping it real!): “The main difficulty I had in applying the conversational approach was in effectively linking one question or argument to the next, to lead the person to a clear conclusion. I often felt somewhat muddled in the conversation. I realize I need to focus on understanding and remembering a logical progression of points so that I can help someone to see and understand for himself.” Reference the handout 5) Remember the goal! *how many of you had written in ALAMO? Don't get so caught up in removing barriers that you forget to remember the goal. What is the goal? To remove the obstacles so that we can help people take one step closer to Jesus Christ each day. 6) Actively seek for opportunities to transition to the Gospel. Example: Has anyone ever explained to you the difference between Christianity and all other religions? Explain Do vs. Done - Do versus DONE (Christ has DONE for us what we could never DO for ourselves!) Muslims teach that man’s good works have to outweigh his bad works. (Do) Hindus teach that if one does enough good he can pay off his karmic debt and escape the cycle of reincarnation. (Do) Buddhists teach that salvation comes about when one desires to stop desiring. (Do) Jesus says accept the gift I offer. It has already been “Done” for you (you can do nothing to earn God’s gift) Invite Me to come into your life and change you from the inside out (Jn. 1:12; Phil. 2:13). To Review: 1) Find the right balance in your approach. 2) Find Common Ground with those you are trying to reach 3) Build a bridge from a point of shared beliefs – head bridges or heart bridges 4) Memorize a basic outline for defending the Christian faith to guide you in your discussions with others. 5) Remember the goal! Don't get so caught up in removing barriers that you forget to remember the goal. What is the goal? To remove the obstacles so that we can help people take one step closer to Jesus Christ each day. 6) Actively seek for opportunities to transition to the Gospel. So, the Conversational Evangelism model in a nutshell: We want to listen to them and then “hear” their discrepancies and then illuminate them by asking questions that will “clarify” their religious terminology and “expose” the weaknesses of their perspective. Then we want to uncover the real barriers and “build” a bridge to help them take one step closer to Jesus Christ each day (I Cor. 3:6). Application Exercise: 1. Listen more carefully in my conversation with others. 2. Identify the “sour notes” I hear in conversations with others. 3. Look for opportunities to ask clarifying questions in my witness to others. Ask, what do you mean by…? (Example: Free Thinker) 4. Attempt the process of building a bridge with a not-yet-believer by asking probing questions to reach areas of common understanding and agreement. 5. Actively seek for opportunities to transition to spiritual things. (example: Do verses Done) 6. Discuss the results of this exercise with another Christian.


2. Crosslake Lutheran Church Worship Service - 4/08/2012 Easter

Crosslake Lutheran Church Worship Service - 4/08/2012 Easter

Crosslake Lutheran Church Sunday, April 8, 2012 Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day PRELUDE: Nancy Albertson EASTER LITANY P: It is the day of resurrection! C: We will rejoice and be glad! P: Our sin has been forgiven. C: Death has been defeated. P: Light has overcome the darkness. The tomb is empty! P: Jesus Christ is risen today. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! ANNOUNCEMENTS MEN’S QUARTET: “Up From the Grave He Arose” * PROCESSIONAL HYMN: “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” with Bells (ELW 365) * CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people, turning us from our sin to live for you alone. Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin, receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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. 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. In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ADULT CHOIR ANTHEM: “Crown Him the Lord of Life” VERSE 1: Choir and Congregation VERSE 3: Choir and Congregation Then praise we God the Father, And praise we Christ the Son, With them the Holy Spirit, Eternal Three in One Til all the ransomed number Fall down before the throne, And honor, pow’r and glory Ascribe to God alone! FIRST READING: Acts 10:34–43 34Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ — he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God is judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God. SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you — unless you have come to believe in vain. 3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them — though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe. Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God. CHILDREN'S SERMON: Pat Netko * GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: GOSPEL: Mark 16:1–8 The holy gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord. When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been saying to one other, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ. MEDITATION: Pastor Greg HYMN OF THE DAY: “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds” (ELW 367) * THE APOSTLES’ CREED I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's 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 to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. * PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION * SHARING OF THE PEACE The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you. OFFERING OF GIFTS ADULT CHOIR ANTHEM: "Sing Out with Joy!" * OFFERTORY SONG: “Praise to You, O God of Mercy” vs.1,refrain,vs.3 (ELW 208) * WORDS OF INSTITUTION * THE LORD'S PRAYER 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. HOLY COMMUNION IS SERVED-ALL ARE WELCOME! If you prefer gluten-free wafers, please commune at Pastor Greg’s station. Praise Group: “Come to the Table”; “One Bread, One Body” Bell Choir: “My Lord, What a Morning” * CLOSING PRAYER O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, so that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. * BENEDICTION * HYMN: “Christ Is Risen! Alleluia!” vs. 1 & 4 (ELW 382) P: Go in peace. Christ is with you. C: Thanks be to God! POSTLUDE


3. Bible Fellowship ( Sunday School ) Teacher Tips #5 - Pride vs. Humility

Bible Fellowship ( Sunday School ) Teacher Tips #5 - Pride vs. Humility

Pride vs. Humility Go to www.biblegateway.com & Search for ‘proud’ under keywords http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=proud&version1=47&searchtype=all&limit=none&wholewordsonly=no 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 “5What then is Apollos? What is Paul?) Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” Romans 12:3 “ 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Jeremiah 9:23-24 “23Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD." Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”


4. Crosslake Lutheran Church Worship Service - 7/01/2012

Crosslake Lutheran Church Worship Service - 7/01/2012

Crosslake Lutheran Church Sunday, July 1, 2012 Pentecost 5 WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS PRELUDE: “There is a Balm in Gilead” - Nancy Albertson * LITANY P: Are there any more comforting words in the Bible C: than those from Lamentations detailing the Lord’s compassion for us: P: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, C: his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” P: This great love has wound its way through many years, C: encircling the ministry of Jesus with every step he took, P: every person he healed from the least to the greatest, and arrives at our own doorsteps intact and abundant. P: Like the woman suffering from hemorrhages, who just touched Jesus’ cloak to be healed, C: will we have faith to believe that he can make us well? P: Will we lay our deepest concerns and fears at his feet, C: as Jairus did when his little daughter was at the point of death? P: Can we balance our own abundance with our neighbor’s poverty C: when we see those in such great need all around us? P: Great is your faithfulness, O Lord, and your steadfast love, therefore we will hope in you, and wait quietly for your salvation. All: Jesus said, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” With humility, let us confess our sins before one another and God. (silence for reflection and confession) All: Holy God, we stand before you as broken people — broken in mind and spirit. By our action, or inaction, we have left a trail of hurt, anger and grief. We have put our own desires ahead of those we say we love, most especially you. We seek to make amends, but we cannot do it on our own. Create a yearning in our hearts for you and the desire to walk in your ways. We ask your forgiveness, and we ask to be made whole in you. P: Jesus also said, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” Believe the good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. C: Amen * HYMN: “Morning Has Broken” (ELW 556) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you. * KYRIE: NOW THE FEAST P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. * PRAYER OF THE DAY Let us pray. Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. FIRST READING: Lamentations 3:22–33 22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." 25The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. 26It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. 27It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, 28to sit alone in silence when the LORD has imposed it, 29to put one's mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), 30to give one's cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults. 31For the LORD will not reject forever. 32Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone. Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God. SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 8:7–15 7Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something — 11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has — not according to what one does not have. 13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15As it is written, "The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little." Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God. * GOSPEL ACCLAMATION GOSPEL: Mark 5:21–43 The holy gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord. 21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." 24So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" 31And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." 35While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ. MEDITATION: “The Church, The Healing Community” - Pastor Dick Erickson HYMN OF THE DAY: “Day By Day” (ELW 790) NICENE CREED We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,* who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. * PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION * SHARING OF THE PEACE The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you. OFFERING OF GIFTS ADULT CHOIR ANTHEM: “Let Us Break Bread Together” * OFFERTORY SONG: “Praise to You, O God of Mercy” (ELW 208) (vs. 1, refrain, vs.3, coda) * WORDS OF INSTITUTION * THE LORD'S PRAYER 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. HOLY COMMUNION IS SERVED-ALL ARE WELCOME! If you prefer gluten-free wafers, please commune at Pastor Erickson’s station. “Jesus Remember Me” (ELW 616) “Healer of Our Every Ill” Congregation on refrain (ELW 612) * POST COMMUNION PRAYER * BENEDICTION * CLOSING HYMN: “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” (ELW 888) P: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God! POSTLUDE * Please stand.


5. Crosslake Lutheran Church Worship Service - 7/01/2012

Crosslake Lutheran Church Worship Service - 7/01/2012

Crosslake Lutheran Church Sunday, July 1, 2012 Pentecost 5 WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS PRELUDE: “There is a Balm in Gilead” - Nancy Albertson * LITANY P: Are there any more comforting words in the Bible C: than those from Lamentations detailing the Lord’s compassion for us: P: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, C: his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” P: This great love has wound its way through many years, C: encircling the ministry of Jesus with every step he took, P: every person he healed from the least to the greatest, and arrives at our own doorsteps intact and abundant. P: Like the woman suffering from hemorrhages, who just touched Jesus’ cloak to be healed, C: will we have faith to believe that he can make us well? P: Will we lay our deepest concerns and fears at his feet, C: as Jairus did when his little daughter was at the point of death? P: Can we balance our own abundance with our neighbor’s poverty C: when we see those in such great need all around us? P: Great is your faithfulness, O Lord, and your steadfast love, therefore we will hope in you, and wait quietly for your salvation. All: Jesus said, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.” With humility, let us confess our sins before one another and God. (silence for reflection and confession) All: Holy God, we stand before you as broken people — broken in mind and spirit. By our action, or inaction, we have left a trail of hurt, anger and grief. We have put our own desires ahead of those we say we love, most especially you. We seek to make amends, but we cannot do it on our own. Create a yearning in our hearts for you and the desire to walk in your ways. We ask your forgiveness, and we ask to be made whole in you. P: Jesus also said, “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” Believe the good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. C: Amen * HYMN: “Morning Has Broken” (ELW 556) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you. * KYRIE: NOW THE FEAST P: The Lord be with you. C: And also with you. * PRAYER OF THE DAY Let us pray. Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. FIRST READING: Lamentations 3:22–33 22The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." 25The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. 26It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. 27It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, 28to sit alone in silence when the LORD has imposed it, 29to put one's mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), 30to give one's cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults. 31For the LORD will not reject forever. 32Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone. Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God. SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 8:7–15 7Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something — 11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has — not according to what one does not have. 13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15As it is written, "The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little." Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God. * GOSPEL ACCLAMATION GOSPEL: Mark 5:21–43 The holy gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord. 21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." 24So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" 31And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." 35While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ. MEDITATION: “The Church, The Healing Community” - Pastor Dick Erickson HYMN OF THE DAY: “Day By Day” (ELW 790) NICENE CREED We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,* who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. * PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION * SHARING OF THE PEACE The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you. OFFERING OF GIFTS ADULT CHOIR ANTHEM: “Let Us Break Bread Together” * OFFERTORY SONG: “Praise to You, O God of Mercy” (ELW 208) (vs. 1, refrain, vs.3, coda) * WORDS OF INSTITUTION * THE LORD'S PRAYER 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. HOLY COMMUNION IS SERVED-ALL ARE WELCOME! If you prefer gluten-free wafers, please commune at Pastor Erickson’s station. “Jesus Remember Me” (ELW 616) “Healer of Our Every Ill” Congregation on refrain (ELW 612) * POST COMMUNION PRAYER * BENEDICTION * CLOSING HYMN: “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” (ELW 888) P: Go in peace. Serve the Lord. C: Thanks be to God! POSTLUDE * Please stand.