HYMN            God Himself is Present TLH 4

God Himself is present: Let us now adore Him
And with awe appear before Him.
God is in His temple--All within keep silence,
Prostrate lie with deepest reverence.
Him alone God we own, Him, our God and Savior;
Praise His name forever.

God Himself is present:  Hear the harps resounding;
See the hosts the throne surrounding!
"Holy, holy, holy"-- Hear the hymn ascending,
Songs of saints and angels blending.
Bow Thine ear To us here:  Hear, O Christ, the praises
That Thy Church now raises.

O Thou Fount of blessing, Purify my spirit,
Trusting only in Thy merit.
Like the holy angels, Who behold Thy glory,
May I ceaselessly adore Thee.
Let Thy will Ever still Rule Thy Church terrestrial
As the hosts celestial.


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

People:  Amen.


Pastor:  God invites us to gather in His name.

People:  We are gathered to worship and praise.

Pastor:  Our heavenly Father’s house is a house of prayer for all the nations.

People:  He gathers people from every corner of the earth to sing His praises.

Pastor:  We listen to God’s Word.

People:  We hear the message proclaimed of Christ crucified.


Pastor:  Though this is a house of prayer, we do not always honor God’s house as we should. Still, our heavenly Father is merciful, and He invites us ever into His house to ask for forgiveness.

Silence for reflection.

Pastor:  Heavenly Father,

People:  we have sinned against You and against our neighbors. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Disrupt our sinfulness. Forgive us, renew us, and restore us, on account of Jesus. Amen.

Pastor:  Almighty God in His mercy sent Jesus into our world, not only to disrupt our sinfulness but also to forgive us by His death and resurrection. As a called and ordained servant of 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. We are forgiven because of Christ crucified.

+ WORD +


Pastor:  Let us pray.  O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; 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¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Exodus 20:1‚Äď17¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† (God offers ten words for the people He delivered from Egypt.)

And God spoke all these words, saying,  2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore he Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder. 

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17¬†‚ÄúYou shall not covet¬†your neighbor's house;¬†you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.‚ÄĚ

EPISTLE¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 Corinthians 1:18‚Äď31¬† (We preach Christ crucified.)

18¬†For the word of the cross is¬†folly to¬†those who are perishing, but to us¬†who are being saved it is¬†the power of God.¬†19¬†For it is written, ‚ÄúI will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.‚ÄĚ

20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26¬†For consider your calling, brothers:¬†not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,¬†not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.¬†27¬†But¬†God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise;¬†God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;¬†28¬†God chose what is low and despised in the world, even¬†things that are not, to¬†bring to nothing things that are,¬†29¬†so¬†that no human being¬†might boast in the presence of God.¬†30¬†And because of him¬†you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us¬†wisdom from God,¬†righteousness and¬†sanctification and redemption,¬†31¬†so that, as it is written,¬†‚ÄúLet the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.‚ÄĚ

HOLY GOSPEL¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† John 2:13‚Äď22¬† ¬†¬†(Jesus cleanses the temple.)

13¬†The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus¬†went up to Jerusalem.¬†14¬†In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.¬†15¬†And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.¬†16¬†And he told those who sold the pigeons,¬†‚ÄúTake these things away; do not make¬†my Father's house a house of trade.‚Ä̬†17¬†His disciples remembered that it was written,¬†‚ÄúZeal for your house will consume me.‚ÄĚ

18¬†So the Jews said to him,¬†‚ÄúWhat sign do you show us for doing these things?‚Ä̬†19¬†Jesus answered them,¬†‚ÄúDestroy this temple, and in three days¬†I will raise it up.‚Ä̬†20¬†The Jews then said, ‚ÄúIt has taken forty-six years to build this temple,¬†and will you raise it up in three days?‚Ä̬†21¬†But he was speaking about¬†the temple of his body.¬†22¬†When therefore he was raised from the dead,¬†his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed¬†the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.


HYMN     Thy Word    CH 184

Refrain:  Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

               Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid, and I think I’ve lost my way,

Still You’re there right beside me.

Nothing will I fear as long as You are near.

Please be near me to the end. (Refrain)


I will not forget Your love for me, and yet

My heart forever is wandering.

Jesus, be my guide and hold me to Your side;

I will love You to the end. (Refrain)



      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 Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe 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.




Pastor:  On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus Christ, lead Your church on earth to be a house of prayer for all the nations. Disrupt our petty preferences and cultural bias so that we might welcome people from every nation, language, and background. On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus Christ, as You delivered the people out of slavery in Egypt and taught them how to live as Your people, so teach us to live according to Your righteous instructions so that we may live peacefully with You and our neighbors. On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus Christ, You are well acquainted with grief and death. Bring Your comfort to all those who are suffering in grief. Point them to the hope that in Your Father’s house are many rooms and that You have gone to prepare a place for us. On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus Christ, intercede for all those struggling with relationship issues, whether in friendships, family dynamics, marital struggles, or relationships within the church. We pray that You would bring repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation in the midst of such struggle. On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus Christ, send Your strength to all missionaries.  Embolden them to preach the power of Your cross. Encourage them in their service by the same message they proclaim that You have died and are risen for us and our salvation. On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus Christ, look with favor upon all who are sick, injured, and recovering, [especially . . .]. Have mercy upon them and restore them to health according to Your good and gracious will. On our hearts imprint Your image,

People:  blessed Jesus, King of grace.

Pastor:  Lord Jesus, we commend all of these people and situations into Your hands, for You have promised to hear our prayers and intercede for us, for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:  Amen.