Each week the upcoming Sunday readings, prayers, Psalms, and hymns are posted to assist you in preparing for the liturgy.
The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace
“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).
First Reading: Revelation 14:6-7
Epistle: Romans 3:19-28
Gospel: John 8:31-36
Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
I will speak of your testimonies before kings, | [O Lord,]*
and shall not be | put to shame.
I will bless the LORD at | all times;*
his praise shall continually be | in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast | in the LORD;*
let the humble hear | and be glad.
Come, O children, lis- | ten to me;*
I will teach you the fear | of the LORD.
The LORD redeems the life of his | servants;*
none of those who take refuge in him will | be condemned.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
I will speak of your testimonies before kings, | [O Lord,]*
and shall not be | put to shame. (Ps. 34:1–2, 11, 22; antiphon: Ps. 119:46)
Great is the LORD and greatly | to be praised*
in the city | of our God!
Walk about Zion, go around her, number her | towers,*
consider well her ramparts, go through her | citadels,
that you may tell the next gener- | ation*
that this is God, our God forever and | ever. (Ps. 48:1a, 12–14a)
The liturgy for this week is Divine Service Setting Five (LSB):
The blessed Martin Luther suggested this week’s order of service, the Deutsche Messe, for use in teaching the liturgy. It was frequently used by the country churches of the Lutheran Reformation. The service use hymn paraphrases for each part of the ordinary liturgy. It is also noteworthy that the order of this service varies from our typical service in two places, both corresponding to the order used in Luther’s German Mass. First, the Hymn of the Day is placed between the Epistle and Holy Gospel. Following the Holy Gospel, the Creed is sung. Second, the Sanctus is placed after The Words of Our Lord. This reflects Luther’s understanding of the Sanctus as a confession of the true presence of Christ’s body and blood in the Sacrament.
The Festival of the Reformation – On October 31st, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the Schlosskirche door in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation of the abuses of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The goal of Luther was reform of abuses, not the schism that resulted. We mourn the denominationalism that ensued but rejoice in the restoration of a true Gospel proclamation among us.
The Ninety-Five Theses highlighted the abuse to the faith that Rome caused by imposing or suggesting acts of satisfaction. Christ is our one-for-all sacrifice. His blood is all atoning for the sin of the world. No acts done in repentance earn our Lord’s forgiveness. The good works of reconciliation and amends are fruits of the contrite heart and cannot be imposed by the pastor.
The reading of the Augsburg Confession before Holy Roman Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1520 marks the beginning of the church of the Gospel (evangelical). This document highlights the significant reforms sought by the German princes, Luther, Melanchthon, and the other Reformers. After years of bloodshed and infighting, the 16th century attempt to reconcile with Rome was ended in 1580 with collection of documents called the Book of Concord. As a church of the Lutheran confession, this codex is our confession of faith, which your pastor and this congregation have sworn to uphold because it is a truthful exposition of the Holy Scriptures.
Similarly, on October 16, 1960, the first service from Grace Lutheran Church was held. The Lutheran Confession was brought to Dyer, Indiana, thereby continually recovering the Gospel among us. The Reformation is nothing less than true repentance for teaching according to the doctrines of man and truly being forgiven to once again live according to God’s Word. We pray this reformation will continue among us today and until Christ returns.
Hymns for the Week:
|To God the Holy Spirit, let us pray||Nun bitten wir||Video|
|Kyrie, God, Father in heav’n above||Kyrie, Gott Vater||Video|
|All glory be to God alone||All Ehr und Lob||Video|
|Hymn of the Day||
|A mighty fortress is our God||Ein feste Burg||Video|
|We all believe in one true God||Wir glauben all||Video||Hymn Study|
|Isaiah, mighty seer in days of old||Jesaia, dem Propheten||Video|
|Lamb of God, pure and holy||O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig||Video|
|Salvation unto us has come||Es ist das Heil||Video|
|O Lord, we praise Thee||Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet||Video||Hymn Study|
|Lord, help us ever to retain||Herr Jesu Christ, meins||Video|