Today’s Worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The video of today’s worship service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rogers may be watched at the link below.

The bulletin is also available for viewing here: 2017.01.15-bulletin.

The Sermon Text was: John 1:29

The Sermon Theme was: “Behold the Lamb of God….”

‘Behold the Lamb of God….’

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

The Bible tells us of John the Baptist in the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel: “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe” (6-7).

John the Baptist was sent into this world that he might prepare people for the coming of the Messiah and Savior by calling upon all to repent of their sin and pointing them to Jesus Christ, their Savior. This John did when he saw Jesus coming to him. Directing the people to Jesus, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

John knew and recognized that Jesus was and is the very Son of God and the Messiah and Savior of the world (cf. v.30-34).

He pointed his hearers to Jesus that they too might see and believe in their Savior.

With these few words, John says so much! Jesus is that perfect sacrifice for sins which God promised of old. Like the sacrificial lambs of the Old Testament, Christ would shed His holy and precious blood upon the cross to pay for the sins of all men (cf. 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Heb. 9:11-15, 25-28).

We too, who have sinned against the holy commandments of the LORD God, are directed to look in faith to Jesus, who suffered and died upon the cross for our sins, for forgiveness and everlasting life in heaven. “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Dear holy, spotless Lamb of God, cleanse us from all our sins with Thy precious blood, shed for us upon the cross of Calvary. Amen.

[Scripture quotations from the King James Version of the Bible]

 

‘Wise men still seek Him!’

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2; Read Matthew 2

Wise men from the east, perhaps through study of ancient prophecy (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17), understood that the appearing of a special star indicated the birth of the long-promised Messiah and King of the Jews and traveled many miles to worship Him and offer Him gifts. The chief priests and scribes in Jerusalem knew the Scriptures and the place where the Messiah was to be born from Micah 5:2 but apparently were too busy practicing their religion to go there to seek Him. Herod, hearing of the birth of the Messiah, was afraid of losing his kingdom and sought to slay the Christ Child.

This raises an important question for you to consider. “How do you respond to the news that God has sent His only-begotten Son into the world to be your Savior?”

Do you, like King Herod, fear that Jesus’ coming into the world will interfere with your life or threaten your own little kingdom? Do you seek to keep Him out of your life so that you can continue on in your own ways, doing the things you want to do, without Jesus there to interfere? Do you stay away from church and even sometimes wish people would quit talking about Jesus and teaching from the Bible?

Are you, like the chief priests and scribes, so busy with your religious service to God that you don’t have the time or the desire to seek out Jesus even though you may know much about Him? Are you able to recite the facts about Jesus and tell others where to find Him but are yet unable to honestly say that you have sought Jesus out to truly know Him and honor Him as your savior and king?

Or, have you, like the wise men of old, heard of Jesus’ coming, sought Him out through the study of the Scriptures, found Him and worshiped and honored Him as your messiah, savior and king?

You know, the saying is still as true today as ever: “Wise men still seek Him!”

O gracious and merciful God. You sent Your only-begotten Son into this world to redeem us and win for us salvation. Graciously grant to us the wisdom to seek Him out in Your Word, to find Him and honor Him as our God and Savior by trusting in His name. Amen.

[Scripture quotations from the King James Version of the Bible.]

 

Just a reminder….

Our Potluck dinner, usually held the first Sunday of the month, will be held next Sunday, January 8, due to the holiday.

January Dates to remember include Congregational Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Church Council at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

So teach us to number our days

“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm 90:1-2 (Read Psalm 90)

One certainty as we enter into each new year of life is God Himself. He has been man’s dwelling place in all generations. He has created us, given us life and holds our life in His hand. “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth … And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:1, 2). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4).

The Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have always been and always will be! You and I have been created by God, and we still depend upon Him for our every breath! Cf. Daniel 5:23. Our lives, on the other hand, are short, averaging only 70 to 80 years. We are like grass which grows up and flourishes in the morning but is cut down and withers by evening. Our lives pass like a watch in the night. Because of our sins, which are ever before the LORD, we feel the heat of His wrath and wither and die.

Knowing this, we ought “number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (v. 12). We ought read and study His Word that we might learn the truth about ourselves and the life we live here in this world. And, we ought repent of our rebellious and sinful ways and turn unto the LORD and receive the compassion and mercy which He offers and gives for the sake of the innocent sufferings and death of His own Son, Jesus Christ, in our stead!

Then, when we trust in God to mercifully forgive us for Jesus’ sake, we can “rejoice and be glad all our days” (v. 14). We can live our short lives here in faith because we have been redeemed by God’s own dear Son and have everlasting joy awaiting us in heaven when this life is done!

O everlasting God, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Let us see the brevity of this life and its cause, our own sinfulness; and let us return unto You for mercy and forgiveness for the sake of Christ Jesus, the Son, and His innocent sufferings and death in our stead. Amen.

Scripture from the King James Version of the Bible

 

Are you ready to die in peace?

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32

Are you ready to die and stand before God, your Maker? Are you at peace with God, knowing that full atonement has been made for your sins? Do you have the assurance that God forgives and accepts you for Jesus’ sake?

Simeon was an old believer who had been waiting for the coming of God’s promised Messiah and Savior. God had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen with his own eyes the Lord’s Christ. And directed by the Spirit to come into the temple at Jerusalem precisely when Mary and Joseph came to the temple with the baby Jesus, Simeon took Jesus up in his arms and said: “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”

He had now seen the promised Christ Child — God the Son in human flesh — and held Him in his arms. And Simeon was now ready to die in peace and face God’s judgment because he knew that His God and Savior had come and that, for the sake of the holy life this Child would live in his stead, and for the sake of the innocent sufferings and death this Child would accomplish, atonement would be made for all his sins. Simeon was assured that in Christ Jesus, he was forgiven and accepted of God. He was ready to die in peace, for in Christ Jesus he had a Savior from sin and its eternal punishment!

What about you? Are you ready to die and stand before God, your Maker? Are you at peace with God, knowing your sins are paid for and forgiven for Christ’s sake?

For such confidence, we look to the pages of Holy Scripture; for there we too see our Savior and the salvation God has provided for us. There we see Christ’s holy life for us under God’s law, and there we see His bitter sufferings and death for us upon the cross and His glorious resurrection. There we see Jesus, our Savior, the Light of the Gentiles and the Glory of His people Israel. There we learn of God’s pardon and forgiveness. There we learn that, through faith in Christ Jesus, we are not condemned but have eternal life!

When we look at Christ through the Scriptures and trust in Him, we too can be ready, as Simeon was, to depart this life in peace!

God grant us such faith in Christ Jesus our Savior!

Lord Jesus Christ, let our eyes behold Thee through the pages of Holy Writ, that we too may trust in Thee and always be ready to depart this life in peace. Revive the weak in faith and strengthen all of us, that we may stand fast in our Savior until He returns to grant unto us and all believers everlasting life. Amen.

[Scripture from the King James Version of the Bible]

 

Worship Video for Christmas, Christmas Eve and Advent

Following are the worship videos for Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and the Dec. 14 Advent Service.

Christmas Day – https://youtu.be/ESn3PmyrDmc

Christmas Eve – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soktMW8HnjM

Last Advent service – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR4qXjtnqTw

I’ve also included bulletins for the three services.

Pastor Moll

advent-2016.12.14

2016.12.24-Christmas Eve

2016.12.25 bulletin

A Blessed Christmas to you from Pastor

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

A Blessed Christmas to you from Pastor and Lonnie Moll!

We pray that you rejoice with us in the gift God gave to us when He sent His only-begotten Son into the world a true man, born of the virgin Mary, to save us from our sin and its eternal consequences. It is only through faith in Christ Jesus and His cross that we who have come so far short of what God originally created us to be can be saved from eternal punishment and restored to live with our God forever in His new creation. As we grow older and the temporary pleasures of this life begin to fade, God’s gift becomes all-the-more important to us.

What a blessing it is to know that God loved each and every one of us so much, in spite of our sinfulness, that he sent His own Son to be our substitute sacrifice for sin that we might have pardon and peace, forgiveness and life eternal, through faith in Christ Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for the sins of all!

And, we count each and every one of you a blessing as well. Christ died for you and brought you to faith in His name. He keeps you and preserves you and has brought you into our congregation of believers that we might encourage each other and build each other up in the true and saving faith in Christ Jesus, our Savior.

As you well know, a few of our members have gone from worshiping with us in our humble church building to worshiping each and every day at the very throne of God, in the presence of the Lamb, God’s holy angels and saints from all ages. And we look forward to that day when we too are received into the everlasting joys of heaven to worship and serve our God and Savior in righteousness and true holiness forever!

God’s continued blessings and a joy-filled Christmas and New Year to all of you!

Pastor and Lonnie

December – 2016