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The Hymn # 452 The Son of God
The Confession of Sins
The Introit p. 16
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
The Epistle and Gradual
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sermon Hymn #463 For All the Saints
Fathers Look to Their Heavenly Father
The Communion Hymn #307 Draw Nigh and Take the Body
The Preface p. 24
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn #49 Almighty God Thy Word Is Cast
KJV Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
KJV Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
Fourth Sunday After Trinity
Lord God, heavenly Father, who art merciful, and through Christ didst promise us, that Thou wilt neither judge nor condemn us, but graciously forgive us all our sins, and abundantly provide for all our wants of body and soul: We pray Thee, that by Thy Holy Spirit Thou wilt establish in our hearts a confident faith in Thy mercy, and teach us also to be merciful to our neighbor, that we may not judge or condemn others, but willingly forgive all men, and, Judging only ourselves, lead blessed lives in Thy fear, through Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one true God, world without end. Amen.
Fathers Look to Their Heavenly Father
KJV Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
The basic problem of mankind is from seeing God as they imagine Him to be, and not as He is. That affects the our human behavior because of this mistaken faith, which only comes from not comprehending the Word or ignoring the Word of God.
Another problem is the fallacy of emphasis, where one matter is emphasized to the exclusion of all others. A current fad is announcing forgiveness to the unrepentant, so they ask the victims of violent crime, "Have you forgiven the convicted criminal?" I just heard that on TV. We should heard the journalist ask the criminal, "Have you repented of your crime and told the family of your repentance?" But in a world of Universalism where everyone is forgiven, everyone saved, without faith, that kind of faithless question to the family can be expected.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful
The dominant characteristic of God is mercy, and this is constantly questioned by those who are ill-informed or prone to rebellion.
We can only marvel at those who question God's mercy when we have everything from Him, all our blessings and abundance beyond comprehension. If that is spoiled, man has spoiled it. We ravage the earth with our wars. We wasted what is given to us with great generosity. And when God gives us His grace through the Means of Grace, this is also questioned and fought against.
Earthly fathers have their Heavenly Father as an example in mercy. This is the first and most important quality. The problem is - when we start with the Law, we often end with the Law, too. And the Law is never satisfied, because no one is perfect or completely wise or completely self-disciplined.
This does not mean mercy without the Law. If we start with Luther's view of the Bible, this becomes more clear. The entire Bible is a sermon about Jesus, so that man will have faith in Him, have forgiveness through faith, and enjoy everlasting life and all the blessings of the Kingdom of God.
Therefore, God does not command believers, He persuades them. He encourages them. I have found that every exhortation to pray includes an introduction of Gospel Promises. After showing us how much God has already done, we are urged to pray to Him for everything and anything.
This is not a repudiation of the Law, as the Antinomians ("there is no Law - it is obsolete now") would have us believe. Instead, it means having a different attitude toward the Law, loving God's commands, which are good for us, rather than fearing His retribution.
The stern warning in the Word of God come from God the Father and Jesus Himself. As I often say, quoting C. S. Lewis, the scariest words in the Bible come from Jesus. Why is this so? Because the difference between salvation and perdition is faith. The lack of faith in Christ leads to all kinds of evils and misunderstandings. In contrast, faith in Christ generates the fruits of the Spirit and an endless supply of blessings.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
This is a good verse for Father's Day that goes well with the following -
|Countless blessings with all three children.|
|Bethany loved the camera, and vice versa.|
|Erin Joy loved her swing, |
which the nursing home took away to spite her.