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Today's Service Leader Rev. Brett Cornelius, Pastor Holy Cross Lutheran Church



Today's liturgy is the Divine Service, Setting Three, LSB pages 184ff.


614 “As Surely as I Live,” God Said


5 The words which absolution give
Are His who died that we might live;
The minister whom Christ has sent
Is but His humble instrument.


6 When ministers lay on their hands,
Absolved by Christ the sinner stands;
He who by grace the Word believes
The purchase of His blood receives.


7 All praise to You, O Christ, shall be
For absolution full and free,
In which You show Your richest grace;
From false indulgence guard our race.


D 8 Praise God the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
As was, is now, and so shall be
World without end, eternally!




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



P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.


Exhortation LSB 184

P 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.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

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

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.



Confession of Sins LSB 184

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C 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.


Absolution LSB 185

P 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 T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.



Introit Psalm 25:1–2a, 5b, 15, 20; antiphon: vv. 16, 18

Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,*
for I am lonely and af- | flicted.
Consider my affliction and my | trouble,*
and forgive | all my sins.
To you, O Lord, I lift | up my soul.*
O my God, in you I trust; let me not be | put to shame.

You are the God of my sal- | vation;*
for you I wait all the | day long.
My eyes are ever | toward the Lord,*
for he will pluck my feet out | of the net.

Oh, guard my soul, and de- | liver me!*
Let me not be put to shame, for I take ref- | uge in you.
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.
Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,*
for I am lonely and af- | flicted.
Consider my affliction and my | trouble,*
and forgive | all my sins.


Gloria Patri LSB 186



Kyrie LSB 186


Gloria in Excelsis LSB 187


Salutation and Collect of the Day

P O God, the protector of all who trust in You, without whom nothing is strong and nothing is holy, multiply Your mercy on us that, with You as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.





Old Testament Reading Micah 7:18–20

18Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
20You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.



Gradual Psalm 55:22a, 16, 18a

Cast your burden | on the Lord,*
and he will sus- | tain you.
I call to God, and the Lord will | save me.*
He redeems my soul in | safety.


Epistle 1 Timothy 1:12–17

12I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.




Alleluia LSB 190


Holy Gospel Luke 15:11–32

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fifteenth chapter.

11[Jesus said:] “There was a man who had two sons. 12And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

17“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

25“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ 31And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.


Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.





608 Lord, to You I Make Confession



Sermon - Rev. Brett Cornelius, Pastor Holy Cross Lutheran Church





Offertory LSB 192


Prayer of the Church

P In peace, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For grace to eternally live from the waters of Holy Baptism, where we unworthy sinners are clothed by our heavenly Father with the bright raiment of Christ’s righteousness, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For those who have wandered from the safety of the fold of the Church and have grieved the heart of their heavenly Father and of their brothers and sisters in Christ, that they may return to His house and the joy of the Savior who came to die for lost sheep, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For godly homes, that parents would teach their children to love God, obey His voice and hold fast to Him for life, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For fathers of office, especially our president, congressmen and judges, that our Father from whom all fatherhood is named would make their authority respected and honored by all and lead them to use it according to its institution for the sake of those under their care, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For our brotherhood throughout the world who suffer persecution for the sake of Christ, that although called to endure suffering, they may be assured that God Himself will restore, confirm and establish them, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For all who suffer, [especially _____________,] that they may be strengthened by their Baptism, and that the Son who therein laid them on His shoulders rejoicing would bear them safely home through their trials to the joy of heaven, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P For repentant boldness to come to Christ’s table where He eats with sinners and receives them, that in this feast we may obtain forgiveness and life through His body and blood, let us pray to the Lord:

C Lord, have mercy.

P Heavenly Father, You crown us with steadfast love and mercy in Your Son. While we live amid many troubles in this sinful world, remind us by Your Word that You do not deal with us according to our iniquities, but are merciful and gracious to us. Call us to repentance and faith, that we may take up our crosses daily and follow You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.




The offering is gathered.


609 Jesus Sinners Doth Receive


5 Oh, how blest it is to know:
    Were as scarlet my transgression,
It shall be as white as snow
    By Thy blood and bitter passion;
For these words I now believe:
Jesus sinners doth receive.


6 Now my conscience is at peace;
    From the Law I stand acquitted.
Christ hath purchased my release
    And my ev’ry sin remitted.
Naught remains my soul to grieve:
Jesus sinners doth receive.


7 Jesus sinners doth receive;
    Also I have been forgiven;
And when I this earth must leave,
    I shall find an open heaven.
Dying, still to Him I cleave:
Jesus sinners doth receive.




Preface LSB 194


Proper Preface

P It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who, out of love for His fallen creation, humbled Himself by taking on the form of a servant, becoming obedient unto death, even death upon a cross. Risen from the dead, He has freed us from eternal death and given us life everlasting. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:


Sanctus LSB 195



Lord’s Prayer LSB 196


The Words of Our Lord LSB 197


Pax Domini LSB 197


Agnus Dei LSB 198







618 I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table


915 Today Your Mercy Calls Us


814 O Bless the Lord, My Soul


5 He fills the poor with good;
    He gives the suff’rers rest.
The Lord hath judgments for the proud
    And justice for th’oppressed.


6 His wondrous works and ways
    He made by Moses known,
But sent the world His truth and grace
    By His belovèd Son.


802 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise




Nunc Dimittis LSB 199


Thanksgiving LSB 200


Post-Communion Collect

A Let us pray.

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Salutation 201


Benedicamus LSB 202


Benediction LSB 202



709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is


5 Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
    Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
    From Thy pure chalice floweth!


6 And so through all the length of days
    Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
    Within Thy house forever!




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