The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 13, 2010


Prompt us, Lord, to come before you

With a child-like heart to pray;

Sigh for us, O Holy Spirit,

When we know not what to say.

Then our prayer is not in vain,

And our faith new strength shall gain.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 181:4 - modified)

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 13, 2010

Worship Focus: Call on the Lord, Adonai, (אֲדֹנָי)

Order of Worship: The Service of Word, p. 38

Hymns: 283, 413, 412, 451

God's Word

First Lesson: Genesis 18:16-33

Abraham calls on the Lord in humble faith.

Psalm 30, p. 76

We call out to the Lord in faith that trusts him to answer.

Second Lesson: Galatians 1:11-24

The Good News of forgiveness in Jesus is not the invention of men, but the revelation of God. Believe it with all your heart.

Gospel: Luke 7:11-17

Call on your Lord, Jesus Christ. He is our Help even I the hour of utmost need.

Genesis 18:16-33

Plead with the Lord, Adonai (אדני), with Humble Persistence

  1. For he rules over all with justice
    1. What are we compared to the Lord, Adonai (אֲדֹנָי)?
    2. How does our persistence and our prayers develop as we humbly trust the Lord, Adonai (אֲדֹנָי)?
  2. For he has redeemed you, his people
    1. How alone was Abraham righteous before the Lord, Adonai (אֲדֹנָי)?
    2. Why can you call Adonai (אֲדֹנָי), “My Lord,” as you plead with humble persistence?

New Banners and Sermon Series: Each week as one of the new banners goes up, the sermon will focus on that special name for our God. We started with Yahweh and then El Shaddai. Today we heard about Adonai. Next week is our last one.

Wednesday Night Service will be June 23, July 14, 21, 28 at 7:00pm. No Wednesday service on June 16, 30, July 7. The service is the same as the previous Sunday.

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of June 13, 2010

  • Sunday -- June 13, 2010
    • 10:00am Church Council
    • Mon- Thurs. Pastor @ District Convention, New Ulm
  • Wednesday
    • No Service
  • Sunday
    • 9:00am Divine Service: Lion of Judah

News & Notes

Friends and Family: People outside our congregation who would like a family potrait are welcome to sign up for one of the sitting times on July 7 and 8. Their photograph won't appear in the church directory. But they will receive a complimentary 8x10 and the opportunity to order more. So if you have friends or family in the area that might be interested, let them know. Their participation helps us reach our goal of thirty-five sittings.

Sign-up for pictures: Lifetouch Church Services is helping us to replace our ten year old church directory. There is no cost to the church or sitting fee for your family. In one easy convenient visit, Lifetouch will photograph your family for the directory and take additional poses for greeting cards or portraits that you can purchase. Plenty of good times remain. If you haven't signed-up yet, please do so after church today. Look for the sign-up table in the narthex.

Roster Corrections: Please make any necessary corrections to the membership roster so that it will be accurate when included in the pictorial directory.

Budget: We made up a little ground in May. We started the month with a deficit of -$316.28. By the end of May the deficit was down to only -$171.89. We need to continue to be diligent over the summer month, since our expenses continue.

June ushers: Don Spencer (capt.), Jeff Flaten, Chuck Nelson, Evan Nelson, Kevin Zeltwanger

June cleaners: Harvey & Mary Flaten; Jeff & Christa Flaten

Today's Greeters: Marjorie Berget

Text Genesis 18:16-33

The men got up from there and looked over toward Sodom. Abraham was going with them to send them [on their way]. The Lord said, “Shall I keep hidden from Abraham what I am doing? Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation. All the nations of the earth will be blessed in him. For I have chosen him in order that he may command his sons and daughters after him that they keep the way of the Lord acting righteously and justly, so that the Lord may bring on Abraham what he has promised him.”

The Lord said, “How great the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah! How exceedingly heavy their sin! I will go down and see whether all that they're doing matches this outcry that has come to me. If not, I will know.”

Then the men turned away from there and went to Sodom. Abraham was still standing before the Lord. He drew near and said, “Will you really sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Perhaps there are fifty righteous in the city. Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing as this, killing the righteous with the wicked so that the righteous are treated the same as the wicked. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth act justly?”

The Lord said, “If in Sodom I find fifty righteous people in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sakes.”

Abraham replied, “Behold now, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord (אדני), but I am dust and ashes. Perhaps the fifty righteous lack five people. Will you destroy the whole city for a lack of five?”

“I will not destroy it, if there are forty-five there.”

Yet again he spoke to him, “Perhaps forty are found there.”

“I will not destroy it for the sake of forty.”

“May the Lord (אדני) not be angry but let me speak. Perhaps thirty are found there.”

“I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”

“Behold now, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord (אדני). Perhaps, twenty are found there.”

“I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”

“May the Lord (אדני) not be angry but let me speak yet once more. Perhaps ten are found there.”

“I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.”

Then Lord went away when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.


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Hancock, MN 56244
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