O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth: who hast set Thy glory above the heavens. What is man that Thou art mindful of him: and the Son of Man that Thou visitest Him? Psalm. Thou, O Lord, art our Father and our Redeemer: Thy name is from everlasting.
The Gloria Patri
The Kyrie p. 17
The Gloria in Excelsis
The Salutation and Collect p. 19
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift, we give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, temporal and spiritual, bestowed upon us in the year past, and we beseech Thee of Thy goodness, grant us a favorable and joyful year, defend us from all dangers and adversities, and send upon us the fullness of Thy blessing; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth, etc.
The Epistle and Gradual
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God: make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth.
V. The Lord hath made known His salvation: His righteousness hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
V. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets: hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son. Hallelujah!
Glory be to Thee, O Lord!
Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
The Nicene Creed p. 22
The Sermon Hymn # 123 Our God, Our Help
The Hymn # 126 Arise and Shine in Splendor
The Preface p. 24
The Sanctus p. 26
The Lord's Prayer p. 27
The Words of Institution
The Agnus Dei p. 28
The Nunc Dimittis p. 29
The Benediction p. 31
The Hymn # 552 Abide with Me
Announcements and Prayers
- Randy Anderson's operation was very successful; he is home.
- Medical care - Callie, Kermit Way, Pastor Jim Shrader and Chris, diabetics - Pastor K, Doc Lito.
Matthew 23:34-39. Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
KJV Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
When the hen sees the shadow of a hawk, she stretches out her wings to protect the chicks. Her noise makes them take cover. She risks her own life for her little ones. Jesus does the same for believers. There are threats, dangers, suffering, loss of food and income, plus rare medical disorders. These things happen to all believers in Christ but they still have protection and care until they reach eternal life.
Persecution of the Faith grows with the seduction of false gods and Satanic influence. Those who are anti-Christian are quick to sift the people they know or meet and identify those who are a danger. Many times their hatred is intense and deliberately destructive. I got all my promotions toward independent preaching and writing by the Heroes of Church Growth and Gender Confusion. They made sure a tiny living would be shut down, regardless of a child's and a wife's medical needs. Those fears were resolved as they developed. Step by step, they pushed me to a place they could not reach or touch.
Things just happen, thanks to God. Big John came asking for more KJV Bibles yesterday. I had 10 in all, various surplus KJVs. He said, "You and I agree that the Super Giants are the best." I said, "Yes, John I am ordering 10 tonight." About 60 - 70 KJVs have been distributed free.
No matter what John gives away, more requests come in. There is always enough to buy more.
Now it was said before in an Epistle how it is not sufficient that we are pious, do good works, and live in grace. For our righteousness cannot stand before God’s eyes and judgment, much less our unrighteousness. Therefore I have said: Faith, if it is true faith, is of such a nature that it does not rely upon itself nor upon the faith; but holds to Christ, and takes refuge under his righteousness; and he lets this righteousness be its shield and protection just like the little chicken never trusts in its own life and efforts, but takes refuge under the body and wings of the hen.