Worship audio from Easter 4B (April 22, 2018). Bulletin here, or below the notes.
Green Pastures with Jesus is the podcast from Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, MN. Here you’ll find a variety of segments to lead you to the green pastures of the Word of God, where our Good Shepherd feeds our faith.
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Worship is Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.
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Intro & Outro courtesy of Koine - The Church Band. Check them out at www.koinemusic.com, or find them on iTunes & Amazon: Search for Koine.
Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes! We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all. Come, let us worship!
Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who laid down your life for the sheep. Grant that I always hear & heed your voice in the Word and worship, that I may be preserved in the faith throughout my life; AMEN.
Works of the Law vs. Fruit of the Spirit:
4. Now, consider the distinction between the works of the Law [Galatians 2:16] and the fruit of the Spirit [Galatians 5:22–23]. We believe, teach, and confess that the works of the Law are those that are done according to the Law. They are called works of the Law as long as they are only forced out of a person by teaching the punishment and threatening of God’s wrath.
6 5. Fruits of the Spirit, however, are the works wrought by God’s Spirit, who dwells in believers. The Spirit works through the regenerate. These works are done by believers because they are regenerate ‹spontaneously and freely›. They act as though they knew of no command, threat, or reward. In this way God’s children live in the Law and walk according to God’s Law. St. Paul calls this the “law of Christ” and the “Law of my mind” in his letters. (See Romans 7:23–25; 8:7; 8:2 [; Galatians 6:2].)
Formula of Concord, Article 6 (Concordia p. 486)
Shepherd & Sheep:
As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we gradually shift our focus – from the way that Christ won our salvation, to our relationship with the risen Lord. Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, will guard & keep his flock from all danger; he does for his sheep as they hear his voice and remain close to him.
As sheep together in the family of God – how do we encourage one another?
OPENING HYMN: 150 – Christ the Lord is Risen Today
ORDER OF SERVICE: Morning Praise, CW p. 45
FIRST READING: Acts 20:28-32
The Word of grace brings us and preserves us in the sheepfold of Christ. Let us be on guard against those who would turn us aside from the Word of grace:
28“Always keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which he purchased with his own blood. 29I know that after my departure savage wolves, who will not spare the flock, will come in among you. 30Even from your own group men will rise up, twisting the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31Therefore be always on the alert! Remember that for three years, night and day, I never stopped warning each one of you with tears.
32“And now I entrust you to God and to the word of his grace, which has power to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
PSALM OF THE DAY: 23, p. 72
SECOND READING: 1 John 3:1-2
The Good Shepherd’s sheep, the children of God:
See the kind of love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are! The world does not know us, because it did not know him. 2Dear friends, we are children of God now, but what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he is revealed we will be like him, and we will see him as he really is.
THEME VERSE: John 10:14
Alleluia. Alleluia. Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. Alleluia.
GOSPEL READING: John 10:11-18
Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd:
11“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired man, who is not a shepherd, does not own the sheep. He sees the wolf coming, leaves the sheep, and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. 13Because he works for money, he does not care about the sheep.
14“I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me 15(just as the Father knows me and I know the Father). And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I also have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This is the commission I received from my Father.”
CONFESSION OF FAITH: Small Catechism Explanation to the Third Article (1529)
I believe that I cannot by my own thinking or choosing believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.
But the Holy Spirit has called me by the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.
In this Christian church he daily and fully forgives all sins to me and all believers. On the Last Day he will raise me and all the dead and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true.
HYMN OF THE DAY: 375 – The King of Love my Shepherd Is
SERMON based on 1 John: Sheep Together in the Family of God
SUNG CONFESSION OF FAITH: Te Deum, CW p. 48
OFFERING: 485 v.1 when the offering is brought forward
KYRIE & LORD’S PRAYER: CW p. 50
HYMN: 766 (next page) – The Lord’s My Shepherd
PRAYER FOR GRACE & BLESSING: CW p. 50
CLOSING HYMN: 153 – Alleluia! Jesus Lives!
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Today 2 Kings 5
9:30 AM - Easter 4 Worship
10:45 AM - Sunday School, QVM
Monday 2 Kings 6
Tuesday 2 Kings 7
Treasure Haus Work Day
7-8:30 PM CAP Class
Wednesday 2 Kings 8
5-6:45 - Small Catechism Class
Thursday 2 Kings 9
Friday 2 Kings 10
Children’s Theatre at MLC - see the signup!
Saturday 2 Kings 11
Sunday 2 Kings 12
9:30 AM - Easter 5 Worship with Holy Communion
10:45 AM - Sunday School, Bible class