Dear members of Christ’s flock,
We are on the doorstep of Advent and Christmas, which are the beginning of the new Church Year. Therefore, as the old Church Year draws to a close we think on the Last Things–Christ’s Return, the Resurrection of all flesh, the Judgment of all flesh, those who trust in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation being received into the eternal glory of heaven, those who do not trust in Christ for forgiveness and salvation being cast away into the eternal pangs of hell, the earth and as we know it destroyed.
We are very temporary on this earth. Life is but a short journey. The date of your life’s end is known alone by God. The date of the end of all things is known alone by God.
With Christ, fear not! He Himself has won favor for you with God, by taking for you the punishment for your sins, and by rising from the dead to declare that Truth! No more death for sin, but Life through Jesus the Savior!
Peace and Joy for each day! no matter how trying, unnerving, disappointing, or filled with self-inflicted woe from self-inflicted decisions of sin they may be. Humbly turn to Jesus. He is your Rest now and forever.
With a shepherd’s heart,
MORNING STAR LUTHERAN CHURCH
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
PO Box 22, 250 N.Center St. www.fairchildlutheran.com Fairchild, WI 54741
We are affiliated with the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC).
Richard Kanzenbach Pastor
21st SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY FESTIVAL
Judy Kanzenbach, Organist Sunday, November 10, 2019
“[Give] thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of
darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we
have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins!” Colossians 1:12-15
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
Have you committed a sin particularly grievous in nature, and felt that it so
tainted you and was so un-becoming of a Christian, that it was unfit for you to
attend Communion? Or because the sin was so fresh and so recent, that you
needed to repent more first?
Reception of Holy Communion never depends on your “goodness” or
your “amount of repentance.” If that were the case, no one would go to Holy
Communion–except those foolishly blind to their sins, or proud of their much
repenting. Holy Communion is for sinners. Holy Communion is Christ’s
merciful assurance of the wiping away of guilt, rebellion, transgressions, and
sins. By faith in Him and in His body and blood given into death for you, you
are graciously forgiven. God has so promised! Come to the Lord’s Table.
On the other hand, if a sin that you committed so lingers in your heart and
mind, and you continue to find pleasure and satisfaction in it, going to
Communion is hardly seeking the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness. It is only an
outward act by which you attempt to get clearance to continue in this sin.
Are you struggling with a sin, burdened with its guilt, yet unable to break
free? Come to the Lord’s table. Receive Christ’s forgiveness and comfort.
With joy and with strength in Him, strive to obey Him. If you have quit
struggling with a sin and simply regard it as acceptable to God, beware lest you
make a mockery of your Savior, His forgiveness, and His Supper.
Hymn 259 Flung to the Heedless Winds!
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
PSALM 143: 1-2, 7-8
P: O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy.
C: In Your faithfulness and righteousness, come to my relief.
P: Do not bring Your servant into judgment,
C: For no one living is righteous before You.
P: Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails.
C: Do not hide Your face from me, or I will be like those who go down
to the pit.
P: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
C: For I have put my trust in You.
C: (sings) 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 eternally. Amen.
EPISTLE: Ephesians 6:10-17 Only in Christ and in His Word are we able to
stand our ground against Satan. Prepare for battle every day. Put on the full
armor of the Word! In the Gospel of forgiveness in Jesus, Satan is defeated.
GOSPEL: John 4:46-54 A nobleman begged Jesus to come to his house to
heal his dying son. Jesus, encouraging the man to live by faith not by sight, told
him to go home, his son would live. The official departed and soon learned that
his son had recovered at the very hour Jesus had spoken with him! Trust Jesus.
THE NICENE CREED 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 the Son together is
worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in 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
Hymn 463 vv. 1-4 For All the Saints!
SERMON: II Kings 2:5-14 (see text on insert)
IN A BLAZE OF GLORY!
Hymn 463 vv. 5-8 For All the Saints!
PRAYER and LORD’S PRAYER
THE LORD’S SUPPER
VISITORS , kindly note that our congregation does not practice
“open” communion. Communion is an expression of oneness—certainly
oneness with the Lord, but it is also an expression of oneness in faith and teaching
with one another. In keeping with the oneness of the Lord’s Supper, and
because differences of Bible teaching do separate, we practice a “close-knit”
communion, or “closed” communion. We commune only those who are
members of Morning Star and other sister CLC congregations. Please be
assured, we are not judging your heart or faith in Jesus. God knows the heart.
Hymn 311 vv. 1-4, 8 Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior!
The Confession of Sins C: O almighty God, merciful Father, I a poor
miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have
ever offended You and justly deserve Your temporal and eternal punishment.
But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You for
Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings
and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me,
a poor sinful being.
Assurance of Forgiveness P: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had
mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake for-
gives us all our sins. To them that believe on His name He gives power to be-
come the sons of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believes
and is baptized shall be saved. Grant this, Lord, unto us all. Amen.
P: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth [multitudes] ! Blessed is He, who
comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest!
P: The WORDS OF INSTITUTION of the Lord’s Supper
P: O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have
mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
have mercy upon us, O Christ, Thou Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,
grant us Your peace. Amen.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE SACRAMENT: To our Morning Star communicant
members and those of sister CLC congregations.
Silent Prayer after Communing: “In these last days of sore distress grant us,
dear Lord, true steadfastness that pure we keep ‘till life is spent, Thy holy Word
and Sacrament. Amen.”
Song of Simeon (Melody Hymn 308)
“Lord, let Your servant now depart, The Promised One has come for all,
With peace and joy within my heart For Gentiles and for Israel,
According to Your Holy Word, A Light to lighten all the blind
I’ve seen salvation from the Lord! God’s Glory for the heart and mind!
Prayer and Benediction
Hymn 283 God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage! Amen.