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Third Sunday after Holy Trinity

Third Sunday after Holy Trinity

Parable of the Lost Sheep & Coin

 

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Grace and mercy to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

It is written: Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  3 So he told them this parable:... Thus far the text.

 

Let us pray:  Gracious Father, who finds lost sheep and lost coins, find us and rejoice over us for we are lost without You; in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

JESUS FOUND YOU.  THANKS BE TO GOD.

 

Like lost lost sheep, Jesus is the Shepherd who found you.

 

Like the lost coin, Jesus is the Woman who found you.

 

And now what does the Lord do?  He rejoices over you with singing (Zech).  For you were lost but now are found.

 

BUT SOME OF YOU STILL GRUMBLE AT SUCH GRACE.

 

The Wednesday Bible study group had a good discussion about accepting a repentant sinner back into the fold.  It is as difficult to discipline unrepentant Christians as it is to demonstrate love and forgiveness to the Christian who has repented.

 

The particular public unrepentant sin that St. Paul addressed in the Corinthian letters concerned a family in the Corinthian congregation.  The sin was that a young man had his mother…It’s called incest. (I’m being discreet). The congregation did not want to deal with the problem.  Could we blame them? The family was in all other respects a good family. St. Paul needed to persuade them that it was unloving to let this ongoing, publicly known sin continue in the congregation.  The effect of breaking God’s Word in such a way brings grief to all involved. False teaching and unrepentant lifestyles cause people to fall from the faith. So, the congregation, reluctantly, removed the young man from the Lord’s table and rebuked him SO THAT he might repent and return to the Lord.

 

And so it happened.  The young man repented.  He agreed with God’s Law that his action was against the will of the Lord.  He agreed with the Lord that his action was born from sin and unbelief. He stopped the action and asked for mercy.

 

Which lead us back to the Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin.

 

It is written: And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “(Jesus) receives sinners and eats with them.”

 

It could easily be said this way:  And the Corinthian congregation grumbled, saying, “St. Paul receives practicers of incest and eats with them in Holy Communion.”

 

But, the Law has worked repentance in the man.  The incest is stopped. He is now despairing of the grace and mercy of God.

 

So it is with the “tax collectors and sinners (who) were all drawing near to hear (Jesus)”.  They were despairing under the weight of their sin.  They needed the Gospel. They needed to be found by the Lord.

 

So Jesus speaks a parable to the Pharisees and scribes, the Corinthian congregation, and to the whole church on earth including Our Savior Lutheran Church in Muscatine.  The parable is this:

 

4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

 

WHAT IS OUR REPENTANCE FOR THIS MORNING?

 

What is our repentance for this morning?  It might be to forgive a repentant homosexual and accept him back into the fold of our congregation.  If you are that repentant homosexual you are welcome in the Lord’s house because Jesus found you with His Word like a Shepherd finding His lost sheep.  

 

What is our repentance for this morning?  It might be to forgive a woman who is repentant of her abortion and accept her back into the fold of our congregation.  If you are that repentant lady (or repentant boyfriend, or repentant husband, or repentant family member who supported the abortion) you are welcome in the Lord’s house because Jesus found you with His Word like a Woman finding her lost coin.  

 

Finally, and most importantly, what is our repentance for this morning?  It might be be to forgive a person who is repentant of denying the inerrancy and power of God’s Word and parables and accept that person back into the fold of the congregation.  If you are that person you are welcome in the Lord’s house because Jesus found you with His Word.

 

As Jesus says in first Peter:  6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of (our Father) so that at the proper time He may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on (Me, Jesus), because (I, Jesus, am taking care of you).

 

JESUS IS TAKING CARE OF YOU

 

Jesus is taking care of you.  He is like a mother who finds her baby crying.  What does she do? She cradles the baby in her arms.  She comforts her baby. She takes care of her baby.

 

Jesus pardons your iniquity.

 

Jesus does not retain his anger (against you) forever.

 

Rather, Jesus delights in steadfast love toward you.   

 

Jesus will again have compassion on you.

 

Jesus will tread (your) iniquities underfoot.  

 

Jesus will cast all (your) sins into the depths of the sea.  

 

Jesus will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham and to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

 

Jesus has sworn this to our fathers from the days of old.

 

JESUS FOUND YOU.  THANKS BE TO GOD.

 

Like a lost sheep, Jesus is the Shepherd who found you.

 

Like a lost coin, Jesus is the Woman who found you.

 

And now what does the Lord do?  He rejoices over you with singing (Zech).  For you were lost but now are found; in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  (Amen)


 

The peace of God, which passes understanding, guard and keep you in Jesus Christ, our Savior.  (Amen)

Matins Service June 13, 2018

 Matins Service

Matins Service

P – O Lord, open Thou my lips.
C – And my mouth shall show forth Thy praise midi 
P – Makes haste O God, to deliver me.
C – Make haste to help me, O God. midi 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
And to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And every shall be; world without end.
Amen. Hallelujah! midi 
 

The Invitatory

P – O come, let us worship the Lord;
C – For he is our Maker midi 

The Venite

O come let us sing unto the Lord
Let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
And make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The strength of the hills is His also
The sea is His, and He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh, come let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker
For He is our God
And we are the people of His pasture
And the sheep of His hand.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
And to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be; world without end. Amen. midi 

Then shall
The Hymn
be sung.

The Psalmody

The Lection

P – But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us.
C – Thanks be to Thee, O Lord. midi 

The Sermon

The Te Deum Laudamus

We praise Thee O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father Everlasting.
To Thee all the angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein;
To Thee cherubim and seraphim continually do cry;
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee;
The noble army of martyrs praise Thee;
The holy Church though all the world doth acknowledge Thee;
The Father of an infinite majesty; Thine adorable true and only Son,
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deleiver man;
Thou didst humble Thyself to be born of a virgin.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God
In the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come
To be our judge.
We therefore pray Thee to help Thy servants,
Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints
In glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them and lift them up forever.
Day by day we magnify Thee,
And we worship Thy name ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin,
O Lord have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us,
O Lord, let Thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded. midi 
 

The Prayers

The Kyrie

Lord have mercy upon us, 
Christ have mercy upon us, 
Lord have mercy upon us. midi 

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who are 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.
 

The Salutation

P – The Lord be with you.
C – And with thy spirit midi 

P – O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God,
Who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day,
Defend us in the same with Thy mighty power
And grant that all our doings, being ordered by Thy governance
May be righteous in Thy sight;
Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost
Ever one God, world without end.
C – Amen midi 
 

The Benedicamus

P – Bless we the Lord
C – Thanks be to God midi 
 

The Benediction

P – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
The love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost
Be with you all.
C – Amen midi 

Silent Prayer

First Sunday after Holy Trinity

Sermon Notes:

It is written: And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ” Thus far the text.

 

Let us pray:

 

Our Lord sees two kinds of people. He doesn't look at outward appearances like we tend to do. Rather, it is the Lord alone who can look into the heart. He sees the rich kind of person and the poor kind of person but again this is the Lord's view of the state of your soul.

 

You can have no money and yet be rich like the rich man in today's parable.

Live paycheck by paycheck and angry you don't have more.

Not included by the popular kids at school but will do anything to be liked

Not included by the powerful managers and bosses at work and it gnaws at you.

Waste money playing the lottery hoping to make it rich one day.

 

There is a difference between being broke and being poor. If you are broke you might not make a mortgage or rent payment. Poor is a state of the mind and soul. The poor are never content; always need more. Broke can be fixed by saving and increasing income. If you are poor, whether wealthy or broke, whether popular or not, whether powerful or not, you will never have enough wealth, popularity, or power. If this is you then have found your repentance for this morning. Our Lord calls of you rich men. You were born rich. Rich in unbelief.

 

You can have a lot of money and still be a poor Lazarus but its really hard.

King David was wealthy but preferred to remain a shepherd than a king. He was content to trust Christ

Job was the richest and wisest man in the east but he clung to the Lord even when he lost

everything.

 

The Law of God exposes the richness of your soul. You were born rich to yourself. Like the rich man in today's parable, you feasted sumptuously on rich food in Sunday School, Divine Service, and confirmation classes but do not believe in Jesus. You are the rich men who come to the Lord's Table but care nothing about the unbelievers in your midst. John the Baptist is correct.

 

10  Jesus was in the world, and the world was made through Jesus, yet the world did not know Jesus. 11  Jesus came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

 

These rich souls are within Jesus' own people, the church. The rich souls look to externals. Rich souls look at an empty pew but do not pray to the Lord of the harvest. Rather, they jump to strategory such as Friendship Sundays, build a new more attractive sanctuary, or plan a service in the park to witness to the surrounding community. What is neglected are those within the congregation who did receive Jesus. What is wrong with that? Because...

 

The good news is that the Gospel of God makes you poor. Again, John the Baptist is correct.

 

12 But as many as received Jesus, to them Jesus gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

The Lord has made you poor to the wealth of your own soul. Poor souls are in Christ. They look into their souls and find only a wealth of sin and unbelief. You recognize that you are so poor toward God that you fear you will even remain in the faith. Poor believing souls look at an empty pew and pray to our Father and beg Him for things like: O Father, keep in the faith. O Lord, have mercy on my friend who does not believe in You. Almighty God, thank you for granting us this holy place and making it beautiful with Your presence and continue to grant us the scraps that fall from Your altar. Lord of the Church on earth, call poor men from around the world to preach and teach Your Word here at Our Savior and in Your assembly of poor souls around the world to the repentance of rich unbelievers and for the faith of poor believers.

 

How is this done? Returning to the Gospel of Luke: The rich man died in his unbelief and his body was buried. Now, hell is his home. Hell is a place of torment. Hell is an eternal lake of fire. The Lord says in Hebrews 9:

 

27It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

 

The death of your body is the seal of your judgment. But it gets worse. It is written in Acts 24:15;

 

There will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

 

Yes, the rich unbelievers will only suffer the torment of their souls for a time. On the Last Day, they too will be bodily resurrected from the dead only to return to hell, bodily, after the judgment. All rich unbelievers will die to all good things from the Lord. They share in good things now. They will die to all good things upon the death of their bodies. They will eventually die to all bodily good things as well.

 

What about poor believing Lazarus?

 

The Gospel calls you to a poor faith in Jesus. The parable says that in this life dogs licked Lazarus' sores. Your faith is a poor faith because right now your only comfort is to have your sins licked clean by hearing Moses and the prophets.

 

And poor Lazarus died in Christ and was carried to the bosom of Abraham. The bosom of Abraham in this parable is Moses and the prophets. We prefer to call it God's Word. Both God's Law and Gospel. The Law convicts you of your rich unbelief. The Gospel calls you to poor faith in Jesus. Poor because in this life your sores are licked, not by dogs, but with God's Word and Sacrament. This is your only comfort.

 

so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

 

The death of your body is the seal of your judgment unto eternal life. But it gets better. As I just mentioned, it is written

 

Second Sunday after Holy Trinity

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Sermon Notes

Second Sunday After Trinity

 

KJV Luke 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.   

 

 

One thing should strike us about the Great Feast Parable - this is a concrete comparison and not an abstract one. Objections to Biblical teaching are abstract and often use newly minted words. But Jesus taught with concrete examples from ordinary life and His own Creation. If we cannot learn from Creation, then we might pay attention to parallels with ordinary life.

 

 

No one had trouble with Holy Communion until the Reformation, when those who opposed Luther found an agenda they could promote. Zwingli and later Calvin wrote against it, and others did as well. The idea was always to make Holy Communion only symbolic, just a ritual. In doing so, they thought they refuted Roman dogma. But they were like the man, as Luther said, who saw his brother attacked by a bear. He grabbed his knife and stabbed, killing his brother instead of the bear. So these supposed anti-Romanists attack the wrong thing and effectively kill the efficacy and purpose of the Lord's Supper.

 

 

A certain man...

Everyone can see this is a parable, one with everyday comparisons. "A certain man" signals that this is a parable. As a teaching of Jesus in His own words, we should pay attention to it.

 

 

When people appeal to authority as a logical fallacy, they pick their own authority and skip the true source, the Word of God, which judges all authorities. In addition, they use a reverse version of this, saying, "I don't agree with you." I have said to many, "But that does not matter. Do you agree with the Scriptures and as a Lutheran, with the Book of Concord?"

 

 

Secondly, as a parable, this ranks as teaching by Jesus that was explained thoroughly to His disciples. It was not supposed to be so obvious that any dabbler could deal with it.

 

 

A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

 

 

We can all relate to this, because it is saying that the Gospel is a gracious invitation. Who would not accept an invitation sent when they are hungry - at supper time? The Jewish people hungered for righteousness. They knew the Scriptures but often missed the main point. And yet, at the time of Jesus, there was so much longing, so much hunger, that they flocked to Him to hear the Word from him rather than the scribes and Pharisees.

 

 

This is a parallel to what the Fourth Gospel states - that Jesus came to His own people, and they did not receive him (believe in Him).

 

 

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

 

 

The rejection of the invitation is shown to be ridiculous, because each excuse is shallow and ridiculous. One has to go look at some land. One has to test-drive his oxen. The last one has just married.

 

 

As Luther noted, this parable is a rebuke to the Jewish leader who tried to show off and preach better than Jesus.

 

 

[Luther:

  1. Following this address one of them who thought himself much more learned than Christ the Lord, begins to say: “Oh, how blessed is he who eateth bread in the kingdom of God.” As though he would say in his great wisdom: You make yourself unprofitable enough by your preaching! If it would depend on preaching, I can do that, too, even better than you; for I consider this a truly great sermon: “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.”

  2. Christ replies to him: Yes, says he, I will tell you how blessed you and your comrades are: “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many,” and they despised it and would not come. This blow was meant for him. As though he would say: You say much in the words, that he is a blessed man who eats bread in heaven! Oh, but you are in very great earnest! What an excellent holy man you are, namely, you are one of those who are invited and yet do not come. These are hard, sharp and terrible words when rightly considered; for he is speaking to real thorough-going rogues, who sat about the table, not because they wanted to learn anything, but in order to observe him closely to see by what means they might come to him and take him. To those he spoke this parable: “A certain man made a great supper.”]

 

 

So these people who excuse themselves are the Jews invited to believe ever since Abraham, since that patriarch was and is the model of justifying faith. The Gospel invitations are all those predictions and blessings in the Old Testament. People think of the prophets as warning them about their sins, which is true. Those sins - like ours today - came from lack of faith. The condemnations were intended to warn the Jewish people away from all the consequences of their lack of faith, such as chasing after the carnal pagan religions around them. But they were also promised the Messiah, and the people’s response was to get rid of the prophets who annoyed them so much.

 

 

21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

 

 

Who would reject a gracious invitation with such rude, flimsy excuses? And yet they continue to this day. People cite their bad experiences with their parents or a pastor or a denomination, as that mattered in terms of faith in the Savior. Anyone can cite as as many excuses, and pastors can add many more. People should be overwhelmed with gratitude that there are any ministers left who believe in the traditional teaching of the Christian Faith. The modern theologians and the denominational executives are apostates who hate the Christian Faith.

 

 

More importantly, the greedy, dishonest, and criminal clergy are rewarded for their apostasy and behavior. Those who want the riches and glory of the world, as Jesus was offered in His temptations, are eager to bow down and worship Satan. They will not die for the Faith, but they will kill for their synod's corrupt leaders.

 

 

The Gospel moves on. As Jesus is teaching in the parable the Gospel invitation was extended to those never considered by Jews to be part of the Kingdom. That would mean us! And now that the West has been rewarded by the blessings of the Gospel, it is moving on among the poorest nations.

 

 

24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

 

 

Sometimes the Word emphasizes works, and at other times faith, but the decisive term in the entire Bible is faith.

 

 

As the Matthew 7:15ff passage teaches us, the good tree can only bear good fruit, and the bad tree only evil and corrupt fruit.

 

 

Any gardener can say, the battle against weeds is constant and never won. The weeds grab the good soil, the rain, and the sunshine to overwhelm the good plants. I have roses with grass growing right up through the plant, so I have to cut the grass carefully and deny it sunshine to sprout again.

 

 

Some weeds are so robust that they grow 9 feet tall, spread out their seeds, dominate the country they adopt, and produce horrible rashes when touched.

 

 

The believer still has sins, but they do not dominate and destroy, as we see happening with so many today. The unbeliever may strive to show off his great sanctity, but that by itself is an affront to God, as if a human's pretended righteousness is better than God's, which comes from faith in Christ alone.

 

 

[Luther:

  1. But how shall we be constrained, as God does not want any forced worship? He constrains us by having the Gospel preached to all men: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Here he shows us both heaven and hell, death and life, wrath and grace, and reveals unto us our sins and ruined condition, so that we may be awakened on account of it, because we hear that a man as soon as he is born, naturally belongs to the devil and is condemned. This is part of this constraint, by which one is terrified at the wrath of God and desires grace and help from him.

 

  1. When this has taken place by preaching and the hearts are thus stricken and awakened, he then desires that we should preach thus: Dear friend, do not despair because you are a sinner and have such a terrible sentence passed upon you; but do this, go forth and be baptized and hear the Gospel. Here you will learn that Jesus Christ has died for your sake, and has made satisfaction for your sins. If you believe this, then you will be safe against the wrath of God and eternal death, and you shall eat here at this glorious supper and live well, become hearty and strong.]

 

 

This Is a Feast That Feeds

Holy Communion is not abstract, but concrete. It is both symbolic and real at the same time. Holy Communion symbolizes the Last Supper and has us re-enact that pivotal event. Christ instituted it, so the Sacrament is very important.

 

 

The power of this Sacrament is the Holy Spirit in the Word. What God promises is true - these ordinary elements, consecrated, are also the Body and Blood of Christ, given for the forgiveness of sin.

 

 

We say Sacrament because Communion  combines the Word with earthly elements. Supper is a good term. If we become weak from lacking food, how much more important is it to feed the soul so that we do not become weak in faith?

 

 

This feast depends on the Word and faith. God has the Word preached to strengthen faith and enjoy the invitation, trusting in the Spirit's work. Notice how powerfully people argue against this - to no avail. The use up 100 times the energy to say this cannot be so and to condemn those who agree with the simple and plain language of Jesus; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.