"The Victorious Christian Life?"


May 20, 2018






OPENING HYMN:   503, "O Day Full of Grace"


ENTRANCE RITE, John 7:37–39; 15:26–27; 16:12–16


INTROIT, Psalm 104:24, 27–28, 30

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful,

   and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Alleluia.

O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all;

   the earth is full of Your creatures.

These all look to You,

   to give them their food in due | season.

When You give it to them, they gather it up;

   when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.

When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created,

   and You renew the face | of the ground.


HYMN OF PRAISE:   797, “Praise the Almighty”




OLD TESTAMENT,     Ezekiel 37:1-14          (The skeletons of death revived.)

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know."

Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'"

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'" So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet-- a vast army.

Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'"


PSALM 139:1-12

           O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.

           You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

           You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

           Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

           You hem me in-- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

           Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

            Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

           If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

           If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

           even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

            If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"

           even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.


HYMN:   905, vs. 1, 3, "Come, Thou Almighty King"


SECOND READING,    Acts 2:1-21              (The Spirit of Jesus descends on His Church.)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs-- we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?"

Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'


HYMN:   913, vs. 1, “O Holy Spirit, Enter In”


HOLY GOSPEL,     John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15            (You are not left helpless.)

"When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.


I did not tell you this at first because I was with you. "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.


HYMN:   913, vs. 2, “O Holy Spirit, Enter In”




HYMN:   913, vs. 3, “ O Holy Spirit, Enter In”












PREFACE,     2 Timothy 4:22; [Colossians 3:1];   [Psalm 136]









                           Matthew 26:26–28; Mark 14:22–24; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–25


PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST,     1 Corinthians 11:26;     Revelation 22:20


LORD’S PRAYER,     Matthew 6:9–13







650, “Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling”

700, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”






CLOSING HYMN:   895, "Now Thank We All Our God"




You're invited!  Please join us in creating relationships and sharing the gospel by attending our Free Financial Control Workshops.  This is an opportunity not only to learn more but also for meeting others in our community!  First class is on Tuesday, May 22 with Long-Term Care as the topic.  The second class, May 29 on Estate Strategy Essentials.  The final class in the series is Taxes and Retirement on June 5.  All classes are from 12:30-2:00 p.m. with coffee and tea provided.  Bring a Brown Bag lunch.  Feel free to invite friends and neighbors!  Flyers to hand out coming in next week's bulletin.  


Concordia Camps June 25-28 at Rasar State Park! We still have three space available in the group area.  Please contact Rod or Trudy, if you would like more information.


Help House:  This month Help House is especially in need of the following items:  canned pork 'n beans, chili, stew, rice of any kind, and mac 'cheese.  Jelly would be a nice treat also.  Other non-perishable items are welcome.  The Help House basket is in Fellowship Hall on the LWML table.  Many thanks.


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