Outdoor Service

August 21, 2011

Meditations on the Apostles' Creed
from the Psalms

Invocation

Hymn “Oh, that I Had a Thousand Voices” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 242)

1. Oh, that I had a thousand voices

To praise my God with thousand tongues!

My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,

Would then proclaim in grateful songs

To all, wherever I might be,

What great things God has done for me.

2. O forest leaves, so green and tender

That dance for joy in summer air,

O meadow grasses, bright and slender,

O flow'rs, so wondrous sweet and fair,

You live to show his praise alone;

With me now make his glory known.

3. All creatures that have breath and motion,

That fill the earth, the sea, and sky,

Now join me in my heart's devotion;

Help me to raise his praises high.

My utmost pow'rs can never quite

Express the wonders of his might.

4. Lord, I will tell, while I am living,

Your love and grace with ev'ry breath

And greet each morning with thanksgiving

Until my heart is still in death,

And, when at last my lips grow cold,

Your praise shall in my sighs be told.

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C: (spoken) And also with you.

Confession of Sins

P: Dearly Beloved: Unworthy sinners though we are, our merciful Father invites us to confess our sins. For he has given his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer.

C: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ear be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness so that you are feared. I wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in his word I have hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning. Let God's people hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy and with him is full redemption. He shall ransom his people from all their sins. (Based on Psalm 130)

Silence for personal reflection on our sins and God's mercy

P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us. He has given you his Son, Jesus Christ. All your sins were laid on Jesus, the Lamb of God. He is your Ransom. His blood sets you free. You are fully forgiven. Be at peace. You are his precious, blood-bought people. Live as his children.

C: (spoken) Amen.

P: In the peace of forgiveness, we praise the Lord.

Song of Praise (To the tune “Walther” Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 143)

1. We praise you, O God. We acclaim you as Lord.

With angels and seraphs we shout in accord:

“Most holy, most holy, most holy, high Lord,

You rule all creation in glory out-poured!”

2. With prophets, apostles, and martyrs in white,

Your Church universal acclaims you aright:

The Father, eternal; your true, only Son;

And Spirit, our advocate -- God, three in one!

3. O Christ, King of glory, true God before all,

True man, virgin-born, you destroyed death's dark pall.

Your blood sets us free and you've opened God's door.

In glory you reign at his hand evermore.

4. O come, then, Lord Jesus, to bring us your aid,

For we are your people, for whom you have paid.

We know that you're coming as Judge over all

To bring us, believers, to heaven's bright hall.

P: Let us prayer.

Prayer of the Day

God the Father: Our Creator

Confession of faith: The 1st Article of the Apostle's Creed and Martin Luther's Explanation

Devotion based on Psalm 19:1 — The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (NIV).

Hymn “From All that Dwell below the Skies” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 250)

1. From all that dwell below the skies

Let the creator's praise arise.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let the Redeemer's name be sung

Through ev'ry land by ev'ry tongue.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. Eternal are your mercies, Lord;

Eternal is your glorious Word.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Your praise shall sound from shore to shore

Till suns shall rise and set no more.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

God the Son: Our Redeemer

Confession of faith: The 2nd Article of the Apostle's Creed and Martin Luther's Explanation

Devotion based on Psalm 22:1, 16c-18, 22, 30b, 31 — My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning … [T]hey have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you … [F]uture generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn -- for he has done it (NIV).

Hymn “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 340)

1. Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer's praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God,

Assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad

The honors of your name.

3. The name of Jesus calms our fears

And bids our sorrows cease.

'Tis music in the sinner's ears;

'Tis life and health and peace.

4. He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin;

He sets the pris'ner free.

His blood can make the foulest clean;

His blood avails for me.

5. See all your sins on Jesus laid;

The Lamb of God was slain.

His life was once an off'ring made

That you might live again.

6. Glory to God and praise and love

Be ever, ever giv'n

By saints below and saints above,

The Church in earth and heav'n

God the Holy Spirit: Our Sanctifier

Confession of faith: The 3rd Article of the Apostle's Creed and Martin Luther's Explanation

Devotion based on Psalm 51:1, 2, 11, 12 — Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me (NIV).

Hymn “Holy Spirit, Light Divine” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 183)

1. Holy Spirit, Light divine

Shine upon this heart of mine;

Chase the gloom of night away;

Turn the darkness into day.

2. Holy Spirit, Love divine,

Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;

In your mercy pity me;

From sin's bondage set me free

3. Holy Spirit, Joy divine,

Cheer this saddened heart of mine;

Fill me with your heav'nly peace;

Let it grow and still increase.

4. Holy Spirit, Pow'r divine,

Dwell within this heart of mine;

Cast down ev'ry idol throne;

Reign supreme and reign alone.

5. See, to you I give my heart;

Cleanse my life in ev'ry part;

Your own temple I would be

Now and for eternity.

Prayer of the Church

Lord's Prayer

Blessing
C: (spoken) Amen.

Hymn “Oh, that I Had a Thousand Voices” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 194)

1. Oh, that I had a thousand voices

To praise my God with thousand tongues!

My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,

Would then proclaim in grateful songs

To all, wherever I might be,

What great things God has done for me.

2. Dear Father, endless praise I render

For soul and body, nobly joined;

I praise you, Guardian kind and tender,

For all the daily joys I find

So richly spread on ev'ry side

And freely for my use supplied.

3. I praise you, Savior, whose compassion

Has brought you down to ransom me,

Your pitying heart sought my salvation;

You bore the cross triumphantly,

Bought me from bondage full release,

Made me your own, and gave me peace.

4. Glory and praise, still onward reaching,

Be yours, O Spirit of all grace,

Whose holy pow'r and faithful teaching

Give me among your saints a place.

Whatever good by me is done

Is worked by grace divine alone.

5. Shall I not then be filled with gladness?

Shall I not praise you evermore

And triumph over fear and sadness,

Although my cup of woe runs o'er?

Though heav'n and earth shall disappear,

Your endless love is ever near.

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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313

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