Sunday, July 28, 2024


HYMN   Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now  TLH 3

Lord Jesus Christ, be present now,
Our hearts in true devotion bow,
Thy Spirit send with grace divine,
And let Thy truth within us shine.

Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise,
Our souls to Thee in worship raise,
Make strong our faith, increase our light
That we may know Thy name aright;

Until we join the hosts that cry,
"Holy art Thou, O Lord, most high!"
And in the light of that blest place
Fore'er behold Thee face to face.

Glory to God the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To Thee, O blessed Trinity,
Be praise throughout eternity!


Pastor:  In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Psalm 143:1a, 2, 8, 10; 145:8‚Äď9

Pastor:  Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

People:  Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no one living is righteous before You.

Pastor:  Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.

People:  Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Pastor:  The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

People:  The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.


Pastor:  It is good and right that we should make confession of our sins. The section on confession in the Small Catechism informs and directs us with these words, which summarizes it well.

People:  Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.

Pastor:  Humble yourselves, then, before God, confess your sins to Him, and implore His forgiveness.

People:  O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a troubled and penitent sinner, confess to You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your present and eternal punishment. By nature I am a sinful creature. By thought, word, and deed I have continually transgressed Your law. For the sake of the sufferings and death of Your Son, Jesus Christ, be gracious and merciful to me, a penitent and contrite being. Forgive me all my sins and grant me the power of Your Holy Spirit that I may amend my sinful life.

Pastor:  God be gracious to you and strengthen your faith.

People:  Amen.

Pastor:  As you believe, so let it be. As a called and ordained servant Christ and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:  Amen.

+ WORD +

HYMN OF PRAISE        Give Thanks with A Grateful Heart CH 170

Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One;

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Give thanks with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One;

Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.


And now let the weak say, ‚ÄúI am strong,‚ÄĚ

Let the poor say, ‚ÄúI am rich,‚Ä̬†

because of what the Lord has done for us.

And now let the weak say, ‚ÄúI am strong,‚ÄĚ

Let the poor say, ‚ÄúI am rich,‚Ä̬†

because of what the Lord has done for us.

Give thanks!


Pastor:  Let us pray. Almighty and most merciful God, the protector of all who trust in You, strengthen our faith and give us courage to believe that in Your love You will rescue us from all adversities; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:  Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Genesis 9:8‚Äď17¬†

  (God makes a covenant with Noah.)

8¬†Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,¬†9¬†‚ÄúBehold,¬†I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,¬†10¬†and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.¬†11¬†I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.‚Ä̬†12¬†And God said,¬†‚ÄúThis is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:¬†13¬†I have set¬†my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.¬†14¬†When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,¬†15¬†I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.¬†16¬†When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember¬†the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.‚Ä̬†17¬†God said to Noah, ‚ÄúThis is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.‚ÄĚ

EPISTLE¬†¬† Ephesians 3:14‚Äď21¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

(Paul writes concerning the love of Christ.)

14¬†For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,¬†15¬†from whom¬†every family[a]¬†in heaven and on earth is named,¬†16¬†that according to¬†the riches of his glory¬†he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit¬†in your inner being,¬†17¬†so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith‚ÄĒthat you, being¬†rooted and¬†grounded in love,¬†18¬†may have strength to¬†comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and¬†height and depth,¬†19¬†and to know the love of Christ¬†that surpasses knowledge, that¬†you may be filled with all¬†the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

HOLY GOSPEL¬†Mark 6:45‚Äď56¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

(Jesus walks on the Sea of Galilee and heals the sick people.)

45¬†Immediately he¬†made his disciples get into¬†the boat and go before him to the other side,¬†to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.¬†46¬†And after he had taken leave of them,¬†he went up on the mountain to pray.¬†47¬†And when¬†evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.¬†48¬†And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about¬†the fourth watch of the night¬†he came to them, walking on the sea.¬†He meant to pass by them,¬†49¬†but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out,¬†50¬†for they all saw him and¬†were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said,¬†‚ÄúTake heart; it is I.¬†Do not be afraid.‚Ä̬†51¬†And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,¬†52¬†for¬†they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts¬†were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.


HYMN        Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness CH 293

Praise the One who breaks the darkness with a liberating light.

Praise the One who frees the pris’ners, turning blindness into sight.

Praise the One who preached the Gospel, 

healing ev’ry dread disease,

Calming storms and feeding thousands 

with the very bread of peace.


Praise the One who blessed the children 

with a strong yet gentle word.

Praise the One who drove out demons 

with a piercing two-edged sword.

Praise the One who brings cool water to the desert’s burning sand.

From this well comes living water quenching thirst in ev’ry land.


Praise the one true love incarnate: 

Christ, who suffered in our place.

Jesus died and rose for many that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness, seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory, praise the One who makes us one.


CATECHISM                The Second Article

Pastor:  We have begun our worship this day in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Let us speak together the words of the Apostles’ Creed regarding the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

People:  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

Pastor:  What does this mean?

People:  I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
     This is most certainly true.




Pastor:  Friends in Christ, I urge you all to lift up your hearts to God and pray with me as Christ our Lord has taught us and freely promised to hear us.
     God, our Father in heaven, look with mercy on us, Your needy children on earth, and grant us grace that Your holy name be hallowed by us and all the world through the pure and true teaching of Your Word and the fervent love shown forth in our lives. Graciously turn from us all false doctrine and evil living whereby Your precious name is blasphemed and profaned. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  May Your kingdom come to us and expand. Bring all transgressors and those who are blinded and bound in the devil’s kingdom to know Jesus Christ, Your Son, by faith that the number of Christians may be increased. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  Strengthen us by Your Spirit according to Your will, both in life and in death, in the midst of both good and evil things, that our own wills may be crucified daily and sacrificed to Your good and gracious will. Into Your merciful hands we commend [name(s)] and all who are in need, praying for them at all times: Thy will be done. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  Grant us our daily bread, preserve us from greed and selfish cares, and help us trust in You to provide for all our needs. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  Forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who sin against us so that our hearts may be at peace and may rejoice in a good conscience before You, and that no sin may ever frighten or alarm us. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  Lead us not into temptation, O Lord, but help us by Your Spirit to subdue our flesh, to turn from the world and its ways, and to overcome the devil with all his wiles. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  And lastly, O heavenly Father, deliver us from all evil of both body and soul, now and forever. Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer.

Pastor:  We trust, O Lord, in Your great mercy to hear and answer us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

People:  Amen.