Sermon Series: Defining Church
Welcome, guests! God’s love welcomes you—no matter who you are or where you come from— and so do we. We believe that Jesus Christ is the true Savior of all people. By his perfect life, innocent death, and triumphant resurrection he saves all sinners even without our help. Jesus Christ makes us special people, right with God and ready for life! We learn this from the Bible, God’s authentic message of grace and guidance for us. Whether you are a first time guest or a curious observer with little religious background, we are delighted to share our worship with you. Please come back and worship with us again.
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Lamb of God is a congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod WELS (www.wels.net) est.1850
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[We invoke, that is, call upon the name of the Triune God to be with us this morning. The name of the Triune God and the sign of the cross remind worshipers of their baptisms]
In the name of the Father and of the Son ╬ and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
COME, OH, COME, LET US WORSHIP
CONFESSION OF SINS
Dear friends, as we gather in God’s house to praise him today, we must admit our sinfulness and unworthiness before him. Let us confess our sins to our holy God.
[The use of the keys is that special power and right which Christ gave to his church on earth: to forgive the sins of penitent sinners” (The Small Catechism, First: What is the use of the keys?). See John 20:21-23]
Jesus says to his people, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.” His death paid for the guilt of your sins and the sins of the whole world. Do you believe this?
Yes, I believe.
Because of the promise of our Savior Jesus, I forgive you all your sins. Be assured that you are a dear child of God and an heir of eternal life.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
[The Prayer of the Day summarizes the theme of the day.]
God of all power and might, you are the giver of all that is good. Help us love you with all our heart, strengthen us in true faith, provide us with all we need, and keep us safe in your care; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Please be seated
THE WORD OF GOD
[Like Mary, we sit at the feet of Jesus to hear his Word. (Luke 10:39)]
FIRST READING Acts 11:19-24
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was
killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, anda great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he ar-rived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
The Word of the Lord.
[As they worshiped, Old Testament believers responded to readings from the Scriptures by singing psalms. We continue this custom in our service this morning]
PSALM OF THE DAY Psalm 25b
Psalms for All Seasons
SECOND READING Titus 2:1-8
You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
[It has been a tradition in the Christian church to stand for the reading of the gospel for the past 2,000 years. Just as subjects rise when a king speaks, we rise out of respect
for the words of our King.]
The Gospel according to Matthew chapter 28. Glory be to you, O Lord.
GOSPEL Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise be to you, O Christ!
*The Hymn of the Day is chosen because of its strong connection to the Gospel Reading. HYMN OF THE DAY
CONFESSION OF FAITH—WE PRAISE YOU, O GOD
PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH
[The Prayer for the Church includes prayers for our brothers and sisters in our congregation. Since we belong to something bigger than ourselves, the Christian Church, we pray for the needs and struggles of all
God's people on earth.]
LORD’S PRAYER (Matthew 6:9-13)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
PRAYER & BLESSING
Serving at Serving at Worship Pastor Paul Horn
Percussion: Logan Becker and Henry Horn Pianist: Liz Schmidt-Sampson
Soloist: Becky Horn
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Morning Praise—New Service Settings Psalm 25b Psalms for All Seasons
ANNOUNCEMENTS Fellowship Treat Sign-Up
After church fellowship treats are returning to Lamb of God! We at Lamb of God have always enjoyed our fellowship time after church. Due to COVID, we have had that tradition on hiatus. We are happy to announce that fellowship snacks have returned after church again. You will find a sign-up sheet on the counter at the back of the Sanctuary if you are so inclined to sign up for a week or two.
HELP WANTED—Push Mowing and Trimming
We are so blessed to have our new church home! Along with this blessing comes some additional volunteer needs to keep our property looking welcoming. We have a member who is volunteering his time using his riding lawn tractor for the larger green spaces, however, we are setting up a ro-tation list of folks who are interested in assisting with push mowing and trimming. If you are interested in joining this rotation, please call or text Jim Holmes at 765-426-5629.
Traveling this summer?
If you are traveling this summer, check out our Synod’s website, wels.net, to locate a church to at-tend if your travels find you somewhere other than the Greater Lafayette area on a Sunday morning. Once you get to the website, click on “Find a Church/School”, type in the area to which you will be traveling and you will find a list of nearby churches.
Congregational Volunteer Opportunities
Our leadership team, along with Pastor Horn, are looking for ways our family at Lamb of God can serve the families in our community by partnering with many of the local non-profit organizations in the Greater Lafayette area. This month they've chosen Food Finders. Go to the website below and sign up with family, friends or church members to volunteer during the time period of July 1st-July 31st. You can sign up at:
Download our new Lamb of God app on the Apple app store or Google Play. Download The Church Center mobile app and search for Lamb of God Lutheran Church. Once connected, you can manage your giving se-curely and conveniently using your iOS or Android phone.
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." 1 Timothy 2:1-2