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Confession and Absolution
P Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us not avoid Him out of fear of condemnation,
but rather confess our sin, believe His forgiveness, and walk in newness of life.
Kneel Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination –
P Eternal Father, all seeing and loving God,
C Your laws are just and good, but we have trespassed their bounds.
Look upon us, Your children, with mercy, for we have sinned.
Forgive us our offenses, cleanse us from inner arrogance and vain desires,
and by Your grace, draw us near to live in You.
P Jesus Christ, uniquely, is the One Person who never transgressed, the faithful One
who lived and died for mankind’s salvation. Peace with God is by faith in Him,
and God pours His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us for Christ’s sake. Then have faith and receive this:
All your sins are forgiven, in the Name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit
Holy Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35–41
Holy Gospel Mark 4:35–41
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the fourth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
35On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Prayer of the Day
L Your people are tossed, O God—
C tossed like boats on stormy seas. The thunderous rumbles of this world’s dangers swell our fear. Cloud banks of doubt roll in. Waves of despair wash over us.
L Your people are tossed, O God—
C tossed like boats on stormy seas.
L Give us the wisdom of the disciples:
C “they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was.”
L Sail with us, O great Defender. When it is within Your design,
C calm our stormy seas.
L When it is not,
C captain us, O God.
L Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now,
C and forever. Amen.
Readings: Old Testament 1 Samuel 15:10–23
(Samuel became a priest and prophet, and anointed Saul as the first (human) King of Israel. But Saul didn’t work out so good…)
10The word of the LORD came to Samuel: 11“I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the LORD all night. 12And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the
morning. And it was told Samuel, “Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal.” 13And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed be you to the LORD. I have performed the commandment of the LORD.” 14And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?” 15Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the LORD your God, and the rest we have devoted to destruction.” 16Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! I will tell you what the LORD said to me this night.” And he said to him, “Speak.”
17And Samuel said, “Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. 18And the LORD sent you on a mission and said, ‘Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?” 20And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the LORD. I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” 22And Samuel said,
“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God
Sermon: The Disobedience of Saul
Response to God’s Word:
P These are the Ten Commandments God gave to His people:
C You shall have no other gods.
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
P Dear Lord, grant us the gift of a true and deep repentance,
C and incline our hearts to keep Your Laws. Amen.
Prayer of the Church
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
L Merciful Father,
C we offer with joy and thanksgiving what You have first given us-
our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of Your gracious love.
Receive them for the sake of Him Who offered Himself for us,
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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