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December 3, 2017 Traditional Commitment Sunday

Five minutes before the service, the Pastor and Elder are praying for you.


As we prepare for worship, please be considerate of those around you who are praying and meditating on Scripture by turning off your cell phones as soon as you enter the sanctuary. May God bless your time of worship!



Welcome in the name of Jesus! Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your family today. We ask you to sign our guest register located in the foyer or fill out a guest card letting us know how we can serve you.  If you have no church home, we invite you to make First Evangelical Lutheran your church home. Please get in touch with our Pastor for the next available new member class.


HYMNS used in today’s service:  LSB 355 vs 1-5, 346, 349

Divine Service Setting Three LSB pg. 184


HYMN:  LSB 355 vs. 1-5, O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide



Confession and Absolution:

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


In the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

 who made heaven and earth.

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

 and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.


Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.


O almighty God, merciful Father,

I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.



Service of the Word

Introit:  Ps. 25:1–3; antiphon: Zech. 9:9b, alt.

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

To you, O Lord,

I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame;

let not my enemies exult over me.

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;

they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.




Gloria in Excelsis: 


Salutation and Collect of the Day:

The Lord be with you.

 And with thy spirit.


Let us pray.

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Be Seated

Old Testament Reading:  Isaiah 64:1-9 

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

that the mountains might quake at your presence—

2 as when fire kindles brushwood

and the fire causes water to boil—

to make your name known to your adversaries,

and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

3When you did awesome things that we did not look for,

you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

4From of old no one has heard

or perceived by the ear,

no eye has seen a God besides you,

who acts for those who wait for him.

5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,

those who remember you in your ways.

Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;

in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?

6We have all become like one who is unclean,

and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

We all fade like a leaf,

and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

7There is no one who calls upon your name,

who rouses himself to take hold of you;

for you have hidden your face from us,

and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

8But now, O Lord, you are our Father;

we are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the work of your hand.

9Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,

and remember not iniquity forever.

Behold, please look, we are all your people.


This is the Word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.


Gradual:  Zech. 9:9; Ps. 118:26, alt.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation.

Blessèd is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.


Epistle:  1 Corinthians 1:3–9

3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


This is the Word of the Lord.

 Thanks be to God.



Holy Gospel:   Mark 11:1-10

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the Eleventh chapter.

 Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


1Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Praise be to Thee, O Christ.



I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His

Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,

 begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,

 by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation

came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried.  And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.

 And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

 whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from

the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

 And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one

Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the

 dead and the life of the world to come.  Amen.


Be Seated


HYMN: LSB 346, When All the World Was Cursed


Sermon: Making Room for the Savior  [Isaiah 64:1-9] Pastor Greg DeMuth





Be Seated



Commitments and Time & Talents



Prayer of the Church (congregational response- ‘hear our prayer’)


Lord's Prayer:

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.



Salutation and Benedicamus:







Be Seated

HYMN:  LSB 349, Hark the Glad Sound


Acknowledgments  Divine Service, Setting Three from Lutheran Service Book

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.