Worship Message and Announcements for Sunday Aug. 2

Sunday August 2nd Worship and Announcements.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Marcus & Bobbie Nation w.8/5/2011 (9)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Erika White – Aug. 1
Julie Dibbern – Aug. 3
Angela Meyer – Aug. 5
Maxwell Harder – Aug. 6
Pete Dibbern – Aug. 7

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Please keep Charlie Kemptar, Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.
Please keep Angie Dibbern in your prayers, recovering at Wedgewood Care Center, GI NE.
Please keep Vickie Lemburg in your prayers, recovering from gallbladder surgery earlier this week.
Please keep Gerry Kohtz mother in your prayers, she suffered from a stroke this past week and is in hospice.

Suffering from Cancer
Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Barb Meyer
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

THANK YOU
Habitat for Humanity would like to thank Merlin Dibbern, Steve Dibbern, Loren Dibbern, Jeff Campbell, Rick Leth, Andrew Merrett and Lee Echtenkamp for their recent help on the previous Habitat Build.

DIST. NEWS
Pastor Kevin McReynolds from St Paul’s Lutheran, Central City NE, our Circuit Visitor has accepted a call to Arkansas. Rev. Adam Snoberger from Trinity Lutheran, GI NE, has been placed as interim Circuit Visitor until the next NE Dist. Convention, to be held in the summer of 2021.

Weeks Calendar
Sunday, Aug. 2 – 9th Sun after Pentecost
Is. 55:1–5, Psalm 136:1–9 (23–26)
Rom. 9:1–5 (6–13), Matt. 14:13–21
Adult Bible Study 9 am
Worship with Comm. 10:30 am
Monday Aug. 3
ABC Board Mtg. 6:30 pm
Tuesday Aug. 4
Wednesday Aug. 5
Men’s Bible Study 8 a.m.
Thursday Aug. 6
Friday Aug. 7
Saturday Aug. 8
Sunday, Aug. 9 – 10th Sun after Pentecost
Job 38:4–18, Psalm 18:1–9 (7–16)
Rom. 10:5–17, Matt. 14:22–33
Adult Bible Study 9 am
Worship 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE
Aug. 12 Men’s Breakfast Study 6:45 am
Aug. 16 Sunday School Teachers Mtg. Following worship
Aug. 17 Nominating Committee/M & M mtg.
Aug. 26 7/8 gr Confirmation Parent/Student Mtg. 5:30 pm
Aug. 31 Elder’s Mtg. 8 pm
Sept. 9 LWML NE South Convention Held Online
Oct. 19-20 Fall Pastors’ Conf. Schuyler NE
Nov. 14-15 Middle School Youth Gathering Grand Island NE
Nov. 20-22 Dist. Youth Gathering Omaha NE
Sept. 21 Annual Budget/Election of Officers Mtg.
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 55:1–5
1“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.”

Epistle Romans 9:1–13
1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. 6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call— 12she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Holy Gospel Matthew 14:13–21
13Now when Jesus heard [about the death of John], he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Worship Message and Announcements for Sunday July 19, 2020

Readings From Holy Scripture
OT Reading Isaiah 44:6–8
6Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. 7Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

Epistle Reading Romans 8:18–27
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Gospel Reading Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
24[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” . . . 36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed is the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Responsive Psalm – Psalm 119:57–64
P 57The LORD is my portion;
C I promise to keep your words.
P 58I entreat your favor with all my heart;
C be gracious to me according to your promise.
P 59When I think on my ways,
C I turn my feet to your testimonies;
P 60I hasten and do not delay
C to keep your commandments.
P 61Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
C I do not forget your law.
P 62At midnight I rise to praise you,
C because of your just and righteous decrees.
P 63I am a companion of all who fear you,
C of those who keep your precepts.
P 64The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
C teach me your statutes!

This Week’s Calendar

Sunday, July 19 – 7th Sun after Pentecost
Is. 44:6–8, Psalm 119:57–64
Rom. 8:18–27, Matt. 13:24–30, 36–43
Worship with Communion 10:30 am

Monday July 20

Tuesday July 21

Wednesday July 22
Men’s Bible Study 8 a.m.

Thursday July 23

Friday July 24

Saturday July 25
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls)

Sunday, July 26 – 8th Sun after Pentecost
Deut.7:6–9, Psalm 125
Rom. 8:28–39, Matt. 13:44–52
Worship 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE
July 27 Elder’s Mtg. 8 pm
Sun. Aug. 2 Jones Baptism with Private Family lunch
Aug. 17 Nominating Committee/M & M mtg.
Sept. 9 LWML NE South Convention Held Online
Oct. 19-20 Fall Pastors’ Conf. Schuyler NE
Nov. 14-15 Middle School Youth Gathering Grand Island NE
Nov. 20-22 Dist. Youth Gathering Omaha NE
Sept. 21 Annual Budget/Election of Officers Mtg.
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Jerry & Barb Teichmeier 7/19/1975 (45)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Sara Mayes July 20
Greyson Rasmussen July 21
Barb Meyer July 22
Kylie Neppl July 24
Abby Hadenfeldt July 25
Lorraine Kroeger July 25
Spencer Meyer July 25

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Please keep the family and friends of a past member of Christ Lutheran in your prayers. Michelle Pollock passed away on Thursday July 2 and her service was July 13 in Grand Island.
Please keep family and friends of Andrew Fairbairn, Barb Rasmussen’s nephew, in your prayers. Andrew passed away on July 4, 2020, a private family memorial service was held Saturday July 11, in Lincoln NE.
Please the family and friends of Marion Ostdiek, Rebecca Hadenfeldt’s uncle, in your prayers. Marion passed away July 17 following time on a ventilator with COVID 19.
Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.
Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt) in your prayers. Sandy has been transported to her home state of Arkansas and has begun rehabilitation from a massive stroke.
Please keep Kim Acuff (Lisa Harders cousin) daughter of Sandy Banta in your prayers, Kim suffered a mini stroke on Friday July 11 and will see a neurologist this coming week.
Please keep the family and friends of Selma Keylon, Kassidy Gascho’s grandmother, in your prayers. Selma passed away Saturday, July 18 at the age of 92.

Suffering from Cancer
Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Barb Meyer
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.


Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Sunday July 12, 2020 – Worship Message and Announcements

Sunday July 12 Worship Message and Announcements for Christ Lutheran Cairo.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Jeffrey & Jennell Campbell 7/15/2006 (14)
Joshua & Andrea Floth 7/15/2017 (3)
Brian & Lisa Wright 7/17/1993 (27)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Shari Rathman July 12
Carl Sokol July 13
Atley Strode July 14
Amira Gaet July 15
Sophie Schroeder July 15
Mickhalla Critel July 17
Douglas Meyer July 17
Daniel Reimers July 18

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Please keep the family and friends of Jeanette Wudel (from Florida), Don Deines’ sister in your prayers. Jeanette passed away Sunday afternoon.
Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.
Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt from Arkansas) in your prayers. Sandy has been transported to her home state and is recovering from a stroke.

SUFFERING FROM CANCER
Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Barb Meyer
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 55:10–13
10“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Epistle Romans 8:12–17
12So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Holy Gospel Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9He who has ears, let him hear. . . .18“Hear then the parable of the sower: 19When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Announcements and Readings for the week of July 5, 2020

Please click the link below to view Pastor Wright’s Sermon Message for this Sunday.

 https://youtu.be/QvOw1DWhCUU

Weekly Announcements for the Week of July 5th

Sunday, July 5 – 5th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42
Worship 10:30 am

Monday July 6

Tuesday July 7 GO BIG GIVE
Lasagna Dinner at ABC  5 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday July 8 Men’s Breakfast Study 6:45 a.m.

Thursday July 9

Friday July 10

Saturday July 11 Habitat for Humanity Build (Footings)
Contact Lee Echtenkamp if you can volunteer

Sunday, July 12 – 6th Sun after Pentecost
Is. 55:10–13, Psalm 65:(1–8) 9–13
Rom. 8:12–17, Matt. 13:1–9,18–23
Worship 10:30 am

 SAVE the DATE
Pastor Out of Town June 29-July 11 for KS Wheat Harvest
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls) July 25
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021 

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK

Dwight & Lisa Jones – 7/11/2015 (5)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK

Allison Sokol – July 6
Kassidy Gascho – July 9
Holly Plejdrup – July 9
Dana Lemburg July 11

PRAYERS THIS WEEK

Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.
Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt from Arkansas) in the Council Bluffs Hospital, Sandy suffered a stroke while traveling to Iowa last week.
Prayers of Thanks for Dwight & Lisa Jones on the birth of their son, Braxton Michael born on June 30th. Mommy and Baby are doing well.   Please keep Jeanette Wudel (from Florida), Don Deines’ sister in your prayers. Jeanette is currently in the hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer. 

Suffering from Cancer

  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

GO BIG GIVE – Tuesday July 7th
Pre-Giving Begins on Monday June 22nd
Join us for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference!

Go Big GIVE brings Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving day on July 7th. We inspire people to give generously to reach our goal of $1,000,000! Thank you for your support by making “a million gifts for the world we want to make”.
Several Local Groups are involved in Go Big Give, three close to our church are ALL BELONG TO CHRIST DAYCARE, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL and HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL.

HLHS will be having a Prayer Walk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 7th. Guided sessions will start on the hour beginning with scripture readings and a short message. Self-guided sessions can be started any time. Walk around the school and pray for our school, community, nation and the world. Spend as much time here as you like, refreshments will be provided.

You Are Invited As part of this year’s GO BIG GIVE Event, All Belong to Christ (ABC) will be hosting a free Lasagna dinner open to  everyone. Please join us for supper Tuesday July 7th from 5-7pm. “Grab-And-Go” Containers will be available if you wish to take food home to enjoy as another convenient option. Volunteers will be available to help assist anyone in making online donations. This is a huge event for non-profits in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Howard counties. One can make donations to specific organizations or there is a ‘Support Them All’ option where the money donated that way gets split among all the nonprofits. Pretty cool for sure! Given the current COVID-19 climate our state is in, it is essential for us all to support our non-profits in order that they may continue to grow and thrive. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying some yummy supper on us.
If you have any questions please email us at: allbelongtochristdaycare@gmail.com Thank You, Robin & The Childcare Board

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Sunday June 28, 2020 Worship Message and Announcements

To view Pastor Wright’s Sermon Message from 6-28 Worship, please click the link below.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Bobbie Nation – June 30
Gerry Kohtz – July 1
Peg Lemburg – July 3
Lula Garrett – July 4

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
  Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
  Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
  Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.   Please keep Sandy Banta (Lisa Harders Aunt) from Arkansas in your prayers. Sandy suffered a stroke while traveling from Arkansas to Iowa. Please keep Sandy, her medical team and her family as they have traveled from Arkansas to be with her, in your prayers.

Suffering from Cancer
  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Sunday, June 28 – 4th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42

Worship 10:30 am

Monday June 29
Tuesday June 30 
Wednesday July 1Men’s Bible Study 8 a.m. 
Thursday July 2  
Friday July 3
Saturday July 4

Sunday, July 5 – 5th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42

Worship (Elder Led) 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE
Pastor Out of Town June 29-July 11 for KS Wheat Harvest
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study 6:45 a.m. – Weds. July 8
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Footings) July 11
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls) July 25
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021 

GO BIG GIVE – Tuesday July 7th
Pre-Giving Begins on Monday June 22nd
Join us for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference!
Go Big GIVE brings Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving day on July 7th. We inspire people to give generously to reach our goal of $1,000,000! Thank you for your support by making “a million gifts for the world we want to make”. 

Several Local Groups are involved in Go Big Give, three close to our church are ALL BELONG TO CHRIST DAYCARE, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL and HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL.  

HLHS will be having a Prayer Walk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 7th. Guided sessions will start on the hour beginning with scripture readings and a short message. Self-guided sessions can be started any time. Walk around the school and pray for our school, community, nation and the world. Spend as much time here as you like, refreshments will be provided. 

ABC Daycare & Preschool –  GO BIG GIVE Event!You Are Invited – As part of this year’s GO BIG GIVE Event, we will be hosting a free Lasagna dinner open to everyone. Please join us for supper Tuesday July 7th from 5-7pm. “Grab-And-Go”
Containers will be available if you wish to take food home to enjoy as another convenient option.
Volunteers will be available to help assist anyone in making online
donations. This is a huge event for non-profits in Hall, Hamilton,
Merrick and Howard counties. One can make donations to
specific organizations or there is a ‘Support Them All’ option
where the money donated that way gets split among all the nonprofits. Pretty cool for sure!
Given the current COVID-19 climate our state is in, it is essential
for us all to support our non-profits in order that they may
continue to grow and thrive.
We look forward to seeing you and enjoying some yummy supper
on us.
If you have any questions please email us at:
allbelongtochristdaycare@gmail.com
Thank You,
Robin & The Childcare Board


Habitat for Humanity Build Dates
See Lee Echtenkamp is you are able to Volunteer to help with
HFH Build on Nelson Lane, Grand Island NE.
July 11 will be Footings and July 25 will be Walls.

Old Testament Reading – Jeremiah 28:5–9
5Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD, 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. 7Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”

Epistle – Romans 7:1–13
Released from the Law
1Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. 4Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
The Law and Sin
7What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
13Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 10:34–42
Not Peace, but a Sword
34[Jesus said:] “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Rewards
40“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Sunday June 21st Worship Message and Announcements

Sunday June 21 CLC Sermon Message and Announcements for the Week of June 21 – 28.


Christ Lutheran Church weekly Calendar and Announcements for the week of June 21st.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK

Daniel & Kathryn Reimers 6/21/1980 (40)
Randy & Erika White 6/27/2015 (5)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK

Ryan Schweitzer 6/21
Russel Lemburg 6/22
Ted Dibbern 6/23
Eric Bredthauer 6/24
Nicholas Serr 6/24
Carol Fredrick 6/25
Robyn Dibbern 6/26

PRAYERS THIS WEEK

 +  Please keep Kristin Schultz father in your prayers, recovering after surgery on his leg.
 +  Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, recovering at home following a stroke.
 +  Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, recovering following a stroke.

Suffering from Cancer  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
  Barb Meyer
  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Readings from Holy Scripture – Old Testament – Jeremiah 20:7–13

7O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. 8For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 9If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
10For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” say all my close friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him.” 11But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. 12O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I committed my cause.
13Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.

Epistle – Romans 6:12–23

12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 10:5a, 21–33
Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, . . .21“Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
Have No Fear
26“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

Sunday, June 21 – 3rd Sun after Pentecost
Ex. 19:2–8, Psalm 100
Rom. 5:6–15, Matt. 9:35—10:8 (9–20)
Happy Father’s Day!
Worship / with communion 10:30 am

Monday June 22
Tuesday June 23
Wednesday June 24
Thursday June 25
Friday June 26
Saturday June 27

Sunday, June 28 – 4th Sun after Pentecost
Jer. 28:5–9, Psalm 119:153–160
Rom. 7:1–13, Matt. 10:34–42
Worship 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE

Pastor Out of Town June 29-July 11 for KS Wheat Harvest

Elder’s Mtg. (In Person) Monday – June 29
Men’s Bible Study Begins 8:00 a.m. – Weds. July 1
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Men’s Breakfast Bible Study 6:45 a.m. – Weds. July 8
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Footings) July 11
HFH Build on Nelson Lane (Walls) July 25
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021 

GO BIG GIVE – Tuesday July 7th
Pre-Giving Begins on Monday June 22nd
Join us for 24 hours of giving to make a BIG difference!
Go Big GIVE brings Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties together as one community, raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving day on July 7th. We inspire people to give generously to reach our goal of $1,000,000! Thank you for your support by making “a million gifts for the world we want to make”. Several Local Groups are involved in Go Big Give, three close to our church are ALL BELONG TO CHRIST DAYCARE, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL and HEARTLAND LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL. HLHS will be having a Prayer Walk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 7th. Guided sessions will start on the hour beginning with scripture readings and a short message. Self-guided sessions can be started any time. Walk around the school and pray for our school, community, nation and the world. Spend as much time here as you like, refreshments will be provided. New Hope School is planning a Road Rally on Sat. June 27thRoad Rally time!!!! This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and stretch your mind and eyes and laugh and have a good time!!! New Hope Christian School invites you to test your clue finding skills at a Road Rally! Grab your friends and family and relax in the comfort of your vehicle while you search for clues and follow the correct route and see if you can win a prize! This is not a race; winner will be determined by the closest mileage. Rally will begin south of New Hope Christian School on West Oasis St. Cut off to complete the route is 5:30pm. 1st place will win a $50 gas card from Hy-Vee Gas! 2nd place will receive $20! Cost is $5 per person or $20 per vehicle. All ages are welcome but driver must be at least 18 years old.

Habitat for Humanity Build Dates
See Lee Echtenkamp if you are able to Volunteer to help with FH Build on Nelson Lane, Grand Island NE.
July 11 will be Footings and July 25 will be Walls.
Call Lee at 308-850-8816 to Volunteer. 

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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June 7, 2020 Worship and Announcements

Sunday June 7, 2020 – The Holy Trinity

Divine Service One LSB pg. 151-166

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Thank you for your patience and grace, during this time of transitioning back into in-person worship. We are trying to follow all the State and CDC Health guidelines, we have set up several things to make worshiping together safe.

We will enter for worship only on the EAST end of the church. So the East bell tower door or the Southeast old fellowship hall doors will be propped open so no one will need to touch the doors (if the weather will not permit this, we will have an Elder there to open the doors).

We will NOT be using the ABC Daycare side, no kitchen or bathroom use on the west end please do not go beyond the fire door, we will have the east end bathrooms open if you should need one.

As you enter your worship folder and offering envelope will be located in your church mailbox, there will not be an usher handing out bulletins.

Hand sanitizer will be available for you as you enter and leave the church.

We encourage you, if you have your own mask please bring it with you, as it will be required. We have purchased disposable masks and have received several handmade ones for your protection. We do ask that you please wear your mask into and out of the church, and during worship, if we are not singing or speaking feel free to lower your mask as we understand they are not the most comfortable. PLEASE understand the mask wearing is not just for you, it is also for your neighbor’s health so please be kind and respect the social distancing guidelines.

We will be seated in the church every other pew and alternating sides as to try and follow the 6’ distancing rule. We will have chairs set up in the fellowship hall in pods for overflow seating if needed. PLEASE as you enter head to the front of the church and fill FRONT to BACK first, we do realize this is not or norm and sounds confusing, but as we enter the church and fill front to back we will dismiss from church BACK to FRONT.

PLEASE even though we are meeting, we encourage everyone to follow the suggested social distancing guidelines through the month of June, including remaining home if you are showing any signs or symptoms of the virus, or have been exposed to someone who is or has been diagnosed, or are particularly susceptible to illness for any reason. We will be posting the services online immediately afterwards for your viewing from home.

** All RESPONSES WILL BE SPOKEN IN TODAY’S WORSHIP

*** We will only be singing the first and last verses of today’s hymns.

**** Holy Communion will be distributed different during the month of June, as you enter the church the head of the family will go to the center of the fellowship hall and collect the wine and wafers from the Elder for your family. Pastor will direct everyone during worship on how communion will take place.

T Confession and Absolution

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Hymn of Invocation – LSB 801 “How Great Thou Art”

1 O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed; Refrain

Refrain

    Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

4 When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim: “My God, how great Thou art!” Refrain

Text: © 1949, 1953 The Stuart Hine Trust, admin. EMI CMG and Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110003661

*Announcements

Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 151

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

C Amen.

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Confession of Sins – LSB 151

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Absolution – LSB 151

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

T Service of the Word

Responsive Psalm – Psalm 8

P 1O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

C You have set your glory above the heavens.

P 2Out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,

C to still the enemy and the avenger.

P 3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

C the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

P 4what is man that you are mindful of him,

C and the son of man that you care for him?

P 5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

C and crowned him with glory and honor.

P 6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

C you have put all things under his feet,

P 7all sheep and oxen,

C and also the beasts of the field,

P 8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

C whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

P 9O Lord, our Lord,

C how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Kyrie – LSB 152

P In peace let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

C Lord, have mercy.

P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

C Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis – LSB 154

P Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth.

C Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father:

We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day – Holy Trinity

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.

C Amen.

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Old Testament Reading – Genesis 1:1—2:4a

The Beginning of Creation 1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. The Six Days of Creation 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 20And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. The Seventh Day, God Rests 1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. The Creation of Man and Woman 4These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Acts 2:14a, 22–36

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost – 14Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, . . .22“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, 35until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

P This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

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Alleluia and Verse – LSB 156

C Alleluia.

Lord, to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel – Matthew 28:16–20

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-eighth chapter.

C Glory to You, O Lord.

The Great Commission – 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise to You, O Christ.

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Hymn of the Day – LSB 498 “Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest”

(Please rise for verse 7 in Honor of the Triune God”

1 Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And make our hearts Your place of rest;
Come with Your grace and heav’nly aid,
And fill the hearts which You have made.

D 7 Praise we the Father and the Son
And Holy Spirit, with them One,
And may the Son on us bestow
The gifts that from the Spirit flow!

Text: Public domain

Sermon – “LORD & CHRIST” Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:36

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The Athanasian Creed – The Church’s Confession of the Holy Trinity

Early in the fourth century, a new teaching appeared which claimed that Jesus was not true God. Arius, the north African priest who first proposed this theory, was extremely persuasive, and soon the controversy was so widespread that a church council was called to settle the matter. Out of that meeting in A.D. 325 came the Nicene Creed, which clearly confesses Jesus to be true God. That creed, which was expanded in A.D. 381 in order to defend the divinity of the Holy Spirit, is still widely used today as a confession of the triune faith. Despite the clarity of the Nicene Creed, the controversy continued for some time. Toward the end of the fifth century, another creed was written that marveled at the mystery of the Trinity in a way that no creed had ever done. Though attributed to Athanasius, a fourth-century opponent of Arius, this anonymous creed clearly came at a later stage in the debate. The Athanasian Creed proclaims that its teachings concerning the Holy Trinity and our Lord’s incarnation are the catholic faith. In other words, this is what the true church of all times and all places has confessed. More than 15 centuries later, the church continues to confess this truth, confident that the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has given himself for our salvation.

P Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic faith.

C Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.

P And the catholic faith is this,

C that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.

P For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.

C But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

P Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:

C the Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;

P the Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;

C the Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.

P And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,

C just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.

P In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;

C and yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.

P So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God;

C and yet there are not three Gods, but one God.

P So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord;

C and yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.

P Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.

C The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone.

P The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone.

C The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.

P Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.

C And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another;

P but the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.

C Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.

P But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man.

P He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; and He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age:

C perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;

P equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity.

C Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ:

P one, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God;

C one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

P For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,

C who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,

P ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

C At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.

P And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.

C This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.

Prayer of the Church

P O blessed and holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hear the prayers of Your people and grant to us all things according to Your Word and promise.

Brief silence

In the beginning, Father, Your Word spoke all things into being and from nothing You made all that is. Help us to see the imprint of Your love in the goodness of creation and to exercise responsible care of all that You have entrusted to us. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Throughout the ages, Father, Your Spirit filled the sin-stained world with hope and called us to repentance and faith. Help us to hear the voice of Your Word and to respond with faith, confessing You without fear before all manner of people and in every corner of the earth. As You planned long before the world began, deliver us in Christ, that we may be Your own and live according to Your commands all our days. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In Baptism, You joined us to our Savior’s death and resurrection, Father. Guide us, that we may live out faithfully the new lives born of water and the Spirit, serving You with all our bodies, minds, souls and strength. In the face of disease and death, make us bold to expect that we will be united with Him in a resurrection like His. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In government and law, Father, You work to establish and preserve order, protecting the weak and fostering godly virtue. Bless our president; our governor; and all who make, administer and judge our laws. Deliver the world from the threats of pandemic and tyranny, and preserve the nations in peace. Bless all who defend us in the armed forces, aid us in emergency and medical fields, and inform us with news. Hinder those who oppress any peoples with mistruth, violence or fear. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In the hour of trial and in the moment of trouble, You are there, Father. Hear us as we cry to You for the sake of the sick, the troubled in mind, the wounded in heart and those who grieve [especially _]. Deliver them from affliction as You will, and sustain them in hope with a patient heart and strength for the day. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P Father, in the blessed Supper of our Lord, Your Son has offered us His body as the bread of heaven and His blood as the cup of salvation. Help us to receive this blessed Sacrament with faith and to show forth the fruits of the Spirit in lives of faith, repentance and goodness. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P In this hour of worship, Father, You serve us with gifts of Your grace so that forgiven we might know the gift of a clear conscience and redeemed we might honor You with all we think, say and do. Accept the sacrifice of our praise and the tithes and offerings we bring. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

P All these things and whatever else You know we need, we pray You to grant us, Father, for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, through whom, with whom and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory are Yours, almighty Father, both now and forevermore.

C Amen.

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Offering

(During the month of June our offering will not be passed throughout the church, there will be an offering plate on the Clavinova for you to place your offering in as you enter or leave the sanctuary.)

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T Service of the Sacrament

Preface – LSB 160

P The Lord be with you.

C And also with you.

P Lift up your hearts.

C We lift them to the Lord.

P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P It is truly good, 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, sharing Your eternal splendor, was presented on this day in Your temple in the substance of our human flesh and revealed by the Spirit as the glory of Israel and the light of all peoples. 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 161

C Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:

Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.

Hosanna. Hosanna.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The Words of Our Lord

P Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Lord’s Prayer – LSB 162

P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C 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.

The Dismissal

P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you in body and soul to life everlasting. Depart T in peace.

C Amen.

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Thank the Lord – LSB 164

C Thank the Lord and sing His praise; tell ev’ryone what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

Post-Communion Collect

P 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.

C Amen.

Benediction – LSB 166

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C Amen.

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Hymn to Depart – LSB 805 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

D 1 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

Text: Public domain

Acknowledgments – Divine Service, Setting One from Lutheran Service Book Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Bill & Catherine Garrett – June 11, 1988 (32)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Troy Callahan – June 7
Jan Leth – June 7
Barb Robertson – June 9
Julie Whitefoot – June 9
Sara Bierhaus – June 10
Barb Rasmussen – June 10
Kristin Schultz – June 13
Rod Schweitzer – June 13

Our Offerings 5-12 / 6-3
General Fund $5,374.97

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, Carolyn suffered a stroke and had been hospitalized in Grand Island at CHI St Francis.
Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, Keith is in the hospital after having a stroke.

Suffering from Cancer
Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
Barb Meyer
Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Sunday, June 7 – The Holy Trinity
Gen. 1:1—2:4a, Psalm 8
Acts 2:14a, 22–36, Matt. 28:16–2039

Our First in person Worship since March 15 – 10:30 a.m.
*Please watch your email for worship CDC safety protocols,
to safely attend worship together.
**There will be NO Bible Study this Sunday, but it is the hope to continue with ZOOM Bible Studies on June 14.

Monday June 8
Tuesday June 9
Wednesday June 10
Thursday June 11
Friday June 12
Saturday June 13

Sunday, June 14 – 2nd Sun after Pentecost
Ex. 19:2–8, Psalm 100
Rom. 5:6–15, Matt. 9:35—10:8 (9–20)
Worship 10:30 am

SAVE the DATE
M & M Meeting (In Person) Monday – June 15
Father’s Day – June 21
Elder’s Mtg. (In Person) Monday – June 29
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Rite of Confirmation this Sunday May 31, 2020 joins us on FACEBOOK Live

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Don’t forget you are invited to join the Confirmation Students in celebration of their Rite of Confirmation Worship Service on FACEBOOK Live this Sunday May 31 at 9:00 a.m. 
Congratulations to our Confirmands – Lilyana Campbell, Katie Hadenfeldt and Kendal Knuth

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The Day of Pentecost Worship Sunday May 31, 2020

The Day of Pentecost – May 31, 2020

Divine Service 4 pg. 203-212

Please click the link below to view Pastor Wright’s message.   

Announcements

+ Confession and Absolution

Hymn of Invocation – LSB 537 “Beautiful Savior”

1      Beautiful Savior,
    King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
    Truly I’d love Thee,
    Truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

2      Fair are the meadows,
    Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
    Jesus is fairer,
    Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorr’wing spirit sing.

3      Fair is the sunshine,
    Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
    Jesus shines brighter,
    Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

4      Beautiful Savior,
    Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
    Glory and honor,
    Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Text: Public domain

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

Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 203

P    In the name of the Father and of the 

+ Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C    Amen.

P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C    who made heaven and earth.

P    If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C    But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P    Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins & Prayer of Forgiveness – LSB 203

C    Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

P    Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C    Amen.

+ Service of the Word

Kyrie- LSB 204

C    Lord, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis – LSB 204

C    1 To God on high be glory

    And peace to all the earth;

    Goodwill from God in heaven

    Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

    We praise and bless You, Father;

    Your holy name, we sing—

    Our thanks for Your great glory,

    Lord God, our heav’nly King.

2 To You, O sole-begotten,

    The Father’s Son, we pray;

    O Lamb of God, our Savior,

    You take our sins away.

    Have mercy on us, Jesus;

    Receive our heartfelt cry,

    Where You in pow’r are seated

    At God’s right hand on high—

3 For You alone are holy;

    You only are the Lord.

    Forever and forever,

    Be worshiped and adored;

    You with the Holy Spirit

    Alone are Lord Most High,

    In God the Father’s glory.

    “Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and Collect of the Day – Pentecost Day

P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you.

P    Let us pray.

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

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Old Testament Reading – Numbers 11:24–30

24Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. 26Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – Acts 2:1–21

1When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; 18even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. 19And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; 20the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Stand

Alleluia and Verse – LSB 205

C    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

C    These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

C    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel: John 7:37–39

P    The Holy Gospel to St. John, the seventh chapter.

C    Glory to You, O Lord.

37On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise to You, O Christ.

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 + everlasting. Amen.

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Children’s Message

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Hymn of the Day – LSB 702 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

1      My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
    Savior divine.
Now hear me while I pray;
Take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
    Be wholly Thine!

2      May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart;
    My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
    A living fire!

3      While life’s dark maze I tread
And griefs around me spread,
    Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
    From Thee aside.

4      When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold, sullen stream
    Shall o’er me roll,
Blest Savior, then, in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
    A ransomed soul!

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Sermon Message – “Come Thirsty, My Friends!” John 7:37-38

The text for our message this morning is the Gospel Reading from John chapter 7, verses 37-38.  I encourage you to open up your Bibles to all of the readings for this Pentecost Sunday, or to follow along where the readings are printed in the worship folder, sent out to you.

John 7:37–38 (ESV) Rivers of Living Water

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

This is our text.

Grace, mercy and peace to you, from God our heavenly Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen…  Amen.

We celebrate the Day of Pentecost as Christians, remembering Jesus’ fulfilled promise of pouring out His Holy Spirit on the early Christian believers, beginning in Jerusalem, but spreading all around the world.  We often think of Pentecost as a purely New Testament event, and indeed Pentecost signified the start of the spread of the New Testament Gospel good news of our salvation won for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as God’s Holy Spirit came upon Jesus’ disciples gathered that day in Jerusalem, 50 days after the Passover feast, to give thanks for their delivery from slavery in Egypt, and the reception of the 10 Commandments via Moses in the wilderness.  Like tongues of fire, the Holy Spirit came to rest over the heads of Jesus’ disciples while they then shared the good news of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name with the crowds gathered there for what was known as the Feast of Weeks.  The crowds from all over the region, from many different cultures, all heard the Gospel proclaimed by the disciples in their own language, by the Holy Spirit’s power, working through the disciples.  Many of those in the crowds believed the good news they heard and then took that Word back home to their own lands, helping to quickly spread the Gospel all through the region.  While it has long been our practice here at Christ Lutheran Church, to celebrate the Rite of Confirmation much earlier in the Church yearly cycle, namely on Palm Sunday of Holy Week, due to our social distancing procedures of the last couple months that celebration was put off until now.  But I can’t think of a better time to commemorate and celebrate the work of God’s Holy Spirit, now, in the lives of our Junior Confirmands, than on the day we celebrate Pentecost.  Earlier this weekend the Confirmands, along with their families and Baptismal Sponsors joined the Elders and I for their Confirmation Examination.  And having displayed that they indeed had completed their studies of the basic teachings of the Christian faith, as well as the history of the Lutheran Church, they then gathered this morning for the Rite of Confirmation, and declared their Christian faith, not as works of their own, but as the fruit of the work of the Holy Spirit, poured out on them at their own baptisms.  We give thanks to God, and His Holy Spirit for walking faithfully with each of our Confirmands, Lilyana Campbell, Katie Hadenfeldt, and Kendal Knuth, each and every day since their baptisms, to bring them to this very special day of celebration of their declaration of faith in the very same saving work of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, and for the promise of eternal life in His name.  We truly worship an awesome God, and He Is Faithful, and fulfills His promises.  We streamed that Confirmation Rite earlier this morning, but if you were unable to join us online, I encourage you to log onto our website and watch it as you are able.

You know, every Confirmation class is special, and this class was no different, special in my heart in so many ways.  It is my earnest prayer for each of them, that as the Holy Spirit continues to work in their hearts and lives that the words of today’s Gospel reading from John might be brought to bear through their continued witness, where Jesus declared, “Whoever believes in me… out of their heart will flow rivers of living water.” 

It is interesting, that the Gospel reading from John, chosen historically for this Pentecost Sunday, that took place all those years ago at the culmination of the Jewish Feast of Weeks, this Gospel reading takes place in the same location, but at a whole different Jewish Feast celebration.  While the Feast of Weeks commemorated the receiving of the Law of God to guide them in living as the people of God, the account of Jesus in John chapter 7 actually took place at the end of Fall harvest Feast called the Feast or Festival of Booths, where the Hebrew people would live for a week in tent-like structures called “booths” to remember and commemorate, not the guidance of God’s Laws, but the goodness of God’s providence, remaining with them and providing for them in the 40 years their ancestors wandered in the wilderness, awaiting their time of deliverance into the promised land.

            Now, while on the surface this reading might then seem out of context, with the Spring Celebration of Pentecost, permit me one more opportunity to share a Confirmation-like thought with you.  While the Old Testament commemoration of Pentecost celebrated the reception of God’s Laws, and is indeed worthy of celebrating, the central tenet of the Christian faith, in fact the whole reason for Jesus’ earthly ministry, is the recognition that while we are called to live as God’s people, in our sinful nature, we cannot follow His laws perfectly, we sin, and as sinners fall short of the glory of God.  But Jesus’ words to the crowds in John 7, and to you and me today, are a beautiful reminder, that though we are sinners, every one of us, God still loves us.  So much so, that He sent His only Son to die for us in order that we might be forgiven.  That is the spiritual reality Jesus is speaking of in John 7, “If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink.”  God himself, in the Person of Jesus, camped out in the temporary booth of human flesh and blood, and dwelt among His creation in order to save it, that you and I might be redeemed.  That despite our spiritual weakness, and our wandering in the wilderness of our own sinfulness, Jesus comes to us…  He dwells with us… He provides for all who believe the living water of salvation through the forgiveness we have in Him.  On this day of Pentecost, and on this day of Confirmation celebration, let us give thanks for the work of God’s Holy Spirit to constantly point us back to the saving work of Jesus, that at knowing the gift of salvation we have in him, we might come to His Holy House…  We might listen to His Holy Word… and we might come to Him, THIRSTING for His righteousness throughout our days.    AMEN!

Now may the PEACE of God, which passes all worldly understanding guard and protect your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen!

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Prayer of the Church

P    Almighty God, You have blessed us in love with the Savior to whom the nations cry and in whom is forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Grant to us Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom You have promised, that we and all who call upon His name shall be saved. Help us to treasure in our hearts Your mercy and to give ourselves fully to Your service. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You delivered Your Word through Moses and the prophets and fulfilled Your Word in Christ. He was planted in death for our sins and raised for our justification, and in Him shall all the nations of the earth be united. Give us pastors who will preach this Word faithfully and church workers who are devoted to Your service. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have promised the thirsty will drink and from the empty will flow forth rivers of living water. Help us to show forth in holy lives the fruits of the Spirit and to live with love toward our neighbor. Give us a servant’s heart that doesn’t seek our own way but walks on the path of eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have promised to make one people from the many. Take from us all pride, prejudice and hate, that we may not hinder the cause of the Gospel by our shame but give welcome to all people in the name of Christ. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have ordered all things in heaven and on earth. Bless Donald, our president; _____________, our governor; the Congress of the United States; and all elected and appointed civil servants, that the rule of law may protect the weak, preserve life from conception to its natural end, and peace may reign for the benefit of all. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, have mercy and spare us. Put an end to the pandemic, and restore the communities of the world to their common life. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You have given our nation the gift and heritage of freedom. It came at the cost of many lives on battlefields far and near. Receive our thanks for their sacrifice, and give us the courage to preserve liberty in our own time and use it honorably. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You breath hope into the weary and renew Your Church by Your grace. Bless newly planted congregations that they may endure, guide established congregations that they may not lose heart, and build up our Synod that our zeal for Your Kingdom may not flag but flourish and prosper according to Your will. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, You carry the burdens of our lives in Your hands. Deliver from illness and suffering all who cry to You for release. Hear us on behalf of the sick, the dying and those who mourn [especially _____________]. Answer Your people, O Lord, and deliver them from their infirmities and their grief by Your grace. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P    Almighty God, hear Your people for the sake of Him who loved us even to death and who lives to call to Himself all who will be saved. You know what we need and those things we should ask in Your name. Grant them to us for the sake of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

C    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.

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Offering

Stand

Benedicamus & Benediction – LSB 212

P    Let us bless the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

P    The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C    Amen.

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Hymn to Depart – LSB 770 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

1      What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
    Ev’rything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
    Oh, what needless pain we bear—
All because we do not carry
    Ev’rything to God in prayer!

2      Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
    Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3      Are we weak and heavy laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
    Thou wilt find a solace there.

Text: Public domain

Acknowledgments

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Announcements for the week of May 31, 2020

CLC Weekly Announcements for the week of May 31, 2020

Sunday, May 31 – Pentecost
Num. 11:24–30, Psalm 25:1–15
Acts 2:1–21, John 7:37–39

Rite of Confirmation 9:00 a.m. Only Confirmands and their immediate family can attend. Church family may watch through Facebook Live Event.
Monday June 1
Tuesday June 2
Wednesday June 3
Thursday June 4
Friday June 5
Saturday June 6


Sunday, June 7 – The Holy Trinity
Gen. 1:1—2:4a, Psalm 8
Acts 2:14a, 22–36, Matt. 28:16–2039

Our First in person Worship since March 15 – 10:30 a.m.
*Please watch your email for worship CDC safety protocols, to safely attend worship together.
**There will be NO Bible Study this Sunday, but it is the hope to continue with ZOOM Bible Studies on June 14.


SAVE the DATE

M & M Meeting (In Person) Monday – June 15
Father’s Day – June 21
Elder’s Mtg. (In Person) Monday – June 29
GO BIG GIVE – July 7
Our 100th Anniversary Celebration July 10 & 11, 2021

ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK
Steven & Cynthia Hansen – May 31, 1975 (45)
Jose & Laurie Ocana – June 1, 2002 (18)
Larry & Peggy Hadenfeldt – June 2, 1973 (47)
Steve & Dana Lemburg – June 3, 1989 (31)

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Steve Schroeder – June 1
Brad Adams – June 2
Troy Grabowski – June 2
Katelyn Bierhaus – June 3
Carly Callahan – June 4

PRAYERS THIS WEEK
+  Prayers for our newly confimand members, Lily Campbell, Katie Hadenfeldt and Kendal Knuth.
+  Please keep Carolyn Visser in your prayers, Carolyn suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized in Grand Island at CHI St Francis.
+  Please keep Keith Dibbern in your prayers, Keith is in the hospital after having a stroke.
+  Please keep Kristin Schultz in your prayers, Kristin is home recovering for outpatient sinus surgery.
+  Please keep Cindy Bredthauer in your prayers, Cindy has recently been diagnosed with diabetes and will begin insulin injections.
+  Prayers for Charles Kemptar, Kristin Schultz’s father, in Lincoln hospital.
+  Prayers for Pastor Brian’s father, Norman continued healing at home.  
+  Prayers for Kay Budde, continued healing at home.

Suffering from Cancer
+  Flora Meester, friend of Catherine Garrett
+  Cheryl Klock, Julie Whitefoot’s Sister
+  Barb Meyer
+  Jeff Bexten, Former member of CLC
+  Pat Hughes, Barb Teichmeier’s Sister
+  Deb Homolka, Rick Gilbert’s Sister
+  Lorie Stahl, Ravenna NE.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
 
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24
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