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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 Your laws are just and good, but we have trespassed their bounds.
Look upon us, Your children, with mercy, for we have sinned.
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 God pours His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to 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 T Son and of the Holy Spirit
Reading: Mark 3:20–35
Holy Gospel Mark 3:20–35
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the third chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
20Then [Jesus] went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
31And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Prayer of the Day
L Almighty and eternal God,
C Your Son triumphed over the prince of demons.
L He ransomed us from the kingdom of darkness, transferring us to Your kingdom
C and freed us from bondage to sin.
L Help us to stand firm against every assault of Satan,
C and enable us always to do Your good will,
L through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
C and forever. Amen.
Readings: 2 Corinthians 4:13–18
Epistle Reading (this is the sermon text) 2 Corinthians 4:13–18
13 It is written in the Scriptures, “I believed, so I spoke.” [Ps 116:10] Our faith is like this, too. We believe, and so we speak. 14 God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, and we know that God will also raise us with Jesus. God will bring us together with you, and we will stand before Him. 15 All these things are for you. And so the grace of God that is being given to more and more people will bring increasing thanks to God for His glory.
16So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God..
I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried.
And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
and ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
and I look for the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
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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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