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Full Worship Service
Prelude: Holy, Holy, Holy
Welcome, Invocation, Confession and Absolution
Confession and Absolution
P Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us not avoid Him by reason of our guilt, but rather confess to Him our sin, believe in His kindness and forgiveness, and walk in newness of life.
Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination
P Eternal Father, all-seeing and loving God,
C Look upon us, Your children, with mercy, for we have sinned. Your laws are just and good, but we have tresspassed their bounds. Forgive us our offenses, cleanse us from proud thoughts and vain desires, and by Your grace, draw us near to live in You.
P Jesus Christ, uniquely, is the One Person who never transgressed, the faithful One who lived and died for mankind’s salvation. Peace with God is by faith in Him, and the Father pours His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given us for Christ’s sake. Then have faith and receive this: all your sins are forgiven, in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hymn of Praise: This Is the Feast
Readings: Isaiah 6:1–8, Acts 2:14a,22-24,32b-36, John 3:1–17
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 6:1–8
1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
New Testament Reading (More of what Peter said on Pentecost.) Acts 2:14a,22-24,32b-36
14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .
22“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.32…We all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,
35until I make your enemies your footstool.’
36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Holy Gospel John 3:1–17
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the third chapter.
1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Prayer of the Day
L Almighty God, our hearts are filled, brimful, with Your love. Our minds are opened by Your grace.
C We confess You:
L glorious, eternal Trinity.
C We worship You:
L divine, majestic Unity. Against all who would oppose it,
C defend us in our faith,
L until that day when we will see You face to face, knowing,
C even as we ourselves are known.
L You live and reign, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now …
C and forever. Amen.
Sermon: Inside Out
Athanasian Creed, Prayer of the Church
We worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity,
neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.
For the Father is one person, the Son is another,
and the Holy Spirit is another.
But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one:
the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:
the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;
the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;
the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.
And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,
Just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinities,
but one Uncreated and one Infinite.
In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty,
the Holy Spirit almighty;
And yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;
and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the Christian religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.
The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.
The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.
The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son,
neither made nor created nor begotten but proceeding.
Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons;
one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity none is before or after another;
none is greater or less than another;
but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal,
so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.
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L With the sending of Your Spirit, O God, You announced the arrival of new gifts—
C Spirit-given gifts.
L Accept the gifts we offer here today.
C They are the fruit of Your Spirit.
L Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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