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Weekly Service Bulletin

November 19, 2017 - Traditional Harvest Sunday

 Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 


Five minutes before the service, the Pastor and Elder are praying for you.


As we prepare for worship, please be considerate of those around you who are praying and meditating on Scripture by turning off your cell phones as soon as you enter the sanctuary. May God bless your time of worship!



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HYMNS used in today’s service:  LSB 508 vs 1-4, 7; 587, 690

Divine Service Setting Three LSB pg. 184


HYMN:  LSB 508 vs 1-4, 7  The Day is Surely Drawing Near



Confession and Absolution:

The sign of the cross (+) may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.


In the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

 who made heaven and earth.

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

 and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.


Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.


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 deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of 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.

Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.



Service of the Word

Introit: Ps. 143:2, 5–6, 10–11; antiphon: Ps. 143:1

Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

 In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

Enter not into judgment with your servant,

 for no one living is righteous before you.

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done;

 I ponder the work of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you;

 my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God!

 Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!

 In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

 In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!



Gloria in Excelsis: 


Salutation and Collect of the Day:

The Lord be with you.

 And with thy spirit.


Let us pray.

Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Be Seated

Old Testament Reading:  Zephaniah 1:7–16

7Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near;

the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.

8And on the day of the Lord’s sacrifice—“I will punish the officials and the king’s sons

and all who array themselves in foreign attire.

9On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold,

and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud.

10“On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,

a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills.

11Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!  For all the traders are no more;

all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’

13Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste.

Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards,

they shall not drink wine from them.”

14The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there.

15A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation,

a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.


This is the Word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.


Gradual:  Rev. 7:14b; Ps. 84:5

These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.

They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Blessèd are those whose strength is in you,

in whose heart are the highways to Zion.


Epistle:  1 Thessalonians 5:1–11

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.


This is the Word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.



Holy Gospel:  Matthew 25:14–30 

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the Twenty Fifth chapter.

 Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


14“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Praise be to Thee, O Christ.



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.


Be Seated


HYMN: LSB 587, I Know My Faith Is Founded


Sermon: God’s Kingdom’s Got Talents Pastor Greg DeMuth

[Matthew 25:14-30]





Be Seated




Prayer of the Church (congregational response- ‘Lord have mercy’)

Lord's Prayer:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.


Salutation and Benedicamus:







Be Seated


HYMN:  LSB 690, Hope of the World


Acknowledgments  Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


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