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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

16th-19th February Anno Domini 2017 S EVENTH S UNDAY AFTER THE

Epiphany

GOOD SHEPHERD Evangelical Lutheran Church and School 10611 Hwy 13 South Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA 54494-9574 Pastor: Educator/Principal email:

Paul A.Tullberg 715-325-6812 Donna Tullberg [email protected]

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

We welcome you to

Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

Welcoming Song:

OH, BLESS

THE

LORD, MY SOUL #238CW

L E AD E R : We worship as we live: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. P EOPLE : Amen. God has gathered us to hear His Word. L EADER : Let us confess our sins to Him. Heavenly Father, we have disobeyed and dishonored Your holy name. Our thoughts, words and activities display our inborn rebellion. We beg You for the sake of Jesus Christ to have mercy on us.

P EOPLE :

G O O D S H E P H E R D Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Wisconsin Rapids, WI , U S A

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

L E A D E R : In the name of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, I forgive you all your sins. Be at peace in Him. Go and sin no more.

P EOPLE :

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L EADER : Gracious Father, keep Your family, the Church, always faithful to You, that we may lean on the hope of Your promises; A D U L T S Move us with Your Word and promises to be strong in the AND

CHILDREN

power of Your love. We ask through Jesus Christ. Jesus is Your Son and our Savior. He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Th e Lo rd G i ves H i s W ord Taken from The Ev angeli ca l Her i tage V er si on T M (EHV T M ) © 2016 The Wartburg Project.

We hear the Lord’s word recorded in Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 The L ORD told Moses 2 to speak to the whole community of the Israelites and tell them these things: You shall be holy, because I, the L ORD your God, am holy.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36 17 You

shall not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. You must open-

ly rebuke your fellow citizen so that you do not become responsible for his sin.

18 You

must not take revenge. You must not bear a grudge

against the members of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I

AM

the L ORD .

We hear the Lord’s word recorded in Matthew 5:38-48

P EOPLE :

38 “You

have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a

tooth for a tooth.’

39 But

I tell you, do not resist an evil-

doer. If someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 If

anyone wants to sue you to take

away your shirt, give him your coat too.

41 Whoever

compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

42 Give

to

the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36 43 “You

have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate

your enemy.’

44 But

who persecute you,

I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those 45 so

that you may be children of your Father who

is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

46Indeed

if you

love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even tax collectors do that, don’t they?

47 If

you greet only your brothers, what are

you doing more than others? Do not even the unbelievers do that? 48 So

then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

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We hear the Lord’s word recorded in 1 Corinthians 10 In

3:10ff

keeping with the grace of God given to me, as a wise master

builder, I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. But let each person be careful how he builds on it.

11In

fact, no one can

lay any other foundation than the one that has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. 16 Do

you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and

that God’s Spirit lives in you?

17If

anyone destroys God’s temple, God

will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that is what you are. 18 Let

no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he

is wise in this world, let him become a fool so that he may become wise.

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be

sure, the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

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again,

“The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise; he knows that it is worthless.”

21 Therefore

let no one boast about

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

men. For all things belong to you—

22 whether

Paul, or Apollos, or

Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All things belong to you,

23 and

you belong to Christ, and

Christ belongs to God. R E S P O N S E : L ORD

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G a th e r in g o f o ffe r in gs, Pra y e rs Believers generously return to the Savior a portion of what God has generously given to them. These are not dues; they are not forced or billed church payments. God doesn’t want gifts to be strong-armed. God blesses us with life-long opportunities to show our thanks to Jesus for His awesome salvation. Thank you for your generous gifts supporting our ministries.

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

I T IS W ELL W ITH MY S OUL Horatio Spafford grew up and became a very successful lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He had many properties he took care of. In 1871, the great Chicago fire destroyed ALL his downtown investment properties. I n 1873, he decided to remove some of the stress for his wife, Anna, and planned a family vacation to Europe. While in Great Britain, he planned to help in a Christian outreach effort with some preacher friends of his. Mr. Spafford sent his wife and four girls—ages 11, 9, 7 and 2—ahead while he finished up some last-minute business in Chicago. Then, on November 22, the S.S. Ville Du Havre struck another ship. In twelve minutes the ship sank. The next day, Mr. Spafford received this twoword cablegram from his wife. “Saved alone.” History reports that Spafford wrote “It Is Well with My Soul” while going to England to be with his wife. He asked the captain to be awakened when the ship passed over the very spot of the ocean where his four daughters perished. But the tragedy surrounding the hymn didn’t end there. Horatio and Anna returned to Chicago. The Lord blessed them with another child, Horatio II. But he died of scarlet fever in 1876 when he was just 4 years old. Two years later, our Lord blessed them with a baby girl, named Bertha. She grew up to write that her dad and mom were starting to wonder if all these tragedies were a punishment from God, or if somehow God’s love for them had run out. They sang the words of that hymn to remind themselves of the truth. In 1881, Anna was blessed by God with a sixth daughter, they named “Grace.” Shortly after, the little family of four moved to Jerusalem, with Horatio explaining, “Jerusalem is where my Lord lived, suffered, and conquered, and I wish to learn how to live, suffer, and especially to conquer.” The family set up a children’s home there in Jerusalem. While there, Horatio sadly contracted Malaria and died of complications of that disease. But the tragedy surrounding the hymn didn’t end there, either. The tune was written by Philip P. Bliss, which he entitled “Ville du Havre,” the name of the ship that took the lives of Spafford’s four daughters. The hymn was first sung by Bliss himself for a pastor’s convention on November 24, 1876. A month later, on December 29, 1876, Bliss and wife were traveling to Chicago by train. As the train passed over a trestle near Ashtabula, Ohio, the bridge collapsed. The passenger coaches plunged 75’ into the icy river below. Philip was tossed out through a window. His wife was pinned in the wreckage. As Philip went back to free his wife, a fire broke out through the wooden cars. Both were burned beyond recognition. Nine sudden and sad deaths surround the hymn. Yet those affected by them, sang these heavenly-truths deep into their hearts. They were well prepared to enter heaven. Let us do the same as we sing this song: “It is well with my soul.” GOOD SHEPHERD Evan geli cal Lutheran Ch urch an d Sch ool - WELS 1 0 6 1 1 H w y 1 3 S o u t h , Wi s c o n s i n R a p i d s , WI , U S A 5 4 4 9 4 - 9 5 7 4

760 When Peace Like a River 1 When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll— Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. Refrain It is well (It is well) with my soul (with my soul). It is well, it is well with my soul. 2 My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought— My sin, not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more: Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Refrain 3 And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend; Even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain Text: Horatio G. Spafford, 1828–1888, alt.