Current Online Worship Service

Please Follow the Order of Service as Written

God’s Blessings on your Worship!

Instructions for this Service

Offering: We might be separated in our worship, but the Lord still gives us opportunity to gather our gifts for him. If you are uncomfortable coming to the in-church service please continue to send in your offerings to our PO Box. It is a safe and secure way to continue giving thanks to God in the midst of trial. Our PO Box is: St. Paul Lutheran Church, PO Box 143, Grant Park, IL 60940.

Prayer Upon Entering Church: Lord, you want us to make you our top priority in life. We don’t always do this, but rather put family, friends or something else in your place. Forgive us for our indifference towards you and enable us to make you our top priority in life. Amen. 

Opening Hymn: Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (CW 465)

  1. Jesus, I my cross have taken,
    All to leave and follow you.
    Destitute, despised, forsaken,
    You on earth once suffered, too.
    Perish ev’ry fond ambition,
    All I’ve ever hoped or known;
    Yet how rich is my condition!
    God and heav’n are still my own.
  2. Let the world despise and leave me;
    They have left my Savior, too.
    Human hearts and looks deceive me;
    You are not, like them, untrue.
    And since you have smiled upon me,
    God of wisdom, love, and might,
    Foes may hate and friends may shun me–
    Show your face, and all is bright.

Leader: We begin the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Group: Amen

Leader: Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking him in the name of Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

Group: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.

Leader: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Group: Amen.

Prayer of the Day said by group: O God, you have prepared joys beyond understanding for those who love you. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Lesson: Exodus 32:15-29
Moses turned and went down the mountain, with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand—tablets that were written on both sides, written on one side and on the other. The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is the noise of war in the camp.” Moses said, “It is not the sound of people who shout for victory; neither is it the sound of people who cry because of defeat. But I do hear the sound of people who are celebrating.” As soon as Moses came near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing, and Moses’ anger burned. So he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, and scattered it on the water. Then he made the people of Israel drink it.
Moses said to Aaron, “What did these people do to you, that you have brought such a great sin on them?” Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn. You know these people. They are set on evil, so they said to me, ‘Make a god for us, who will go ahead of us, because this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ So I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, pull it off.’ So they gave it to me. I threw it into the fire and out came this calf.” When Moses saw that the people were out of control (for Aaron had let them get so out of control that they were disgraced among their enemies), Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Whoever is on the LORD’s side, come to me!”
All the descendants of Levi gathered themselves together to Moses. He said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘Every man is to strap his sword on his thigh and go back and forth throughout the camp, from one gate of the camp to the other, and every man is to kill his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” The Levites did what Moses said, and that day about three thousand men from among the people fell. Moses said, “Begin your service of the LORD today. Yes, because every man among you took a stand against his son and against his brother, the LORD is bestowing a blessing on you today.”

Psalm: Psalm 89 read responsively

Refrain: At the works of your hands, O Lord, I lift up my voice in song; I sing for joy.

Leader: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;

Group: I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

Leader: I will declare that your love stands firm forever,

Group: that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

Leader: The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,

Group: your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

Refrain: At the works of your hands, O Lord, I lift up my voice in song; I sing for joy.

Leader: O Lord God Almighty, who is like you?

Group: You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

Leader: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,

Group: who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.

Leader: They rejoice in your name all day long;

Group: they exult in your righteousness.

Group: 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.

Refrain: At the works of your hands, O Lord, I lift up my voice in song; I sing for joy.

Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:11-16
But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of eternal life, to which you were called and about which you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who made a good confession as a witness before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this command without spot and without fault, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will make known at the proper time—the blessed and only ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or is able to see. To him be honor and power forever! Amen.

Verse of the Day: Alleluia. “If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Alleluia. (Mark 8:34b)

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 10:34-42
“Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. Whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink because he is my disciple—Amen I tell you—he will never lose his reward.”

Hymn of the Day: Creator Spirit, by WhosCome, Follow Me, the Savior Spoke (CW 453)

  1. “Come, follow me,” the Savior spoke,
    “All in my way abiding.
    Deny yourselves; the world forsake;
    Obey my call and guiding.
    Oh, bear the cross, whate’er betide;
    Take my example for your guide.
  2. Then let us follow Christ our Lord
    And take the cross appointed
    And, firmly clinging to his Word,
    In suff’ring be undaunted.
    For those who bear the battle’s strain
    The crown of heav’nly life obtain.

Sermon: Worthy of Jesus (Matthew 10:34-42)

Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Blessing spoken by Leader: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. Amen. 

Closing hymn: Jesus, Priceless Treasure (CW 349) 

  1. Take the world, but give me Jesus!
    All its joys are but a name.
    But his love abides forever,
    Through eternal year the same.
    (Refrain) Oh, the height and depth of mercy;
    Oh, the length and breadth of love!
    Oh, the fullness of redemption,
    Pledge of endless life above!
  2. Take the world, but give me Jesus,
    Sweetest comfort of my soul.
    With the Savior watching o’er me,
    I can sing, though thunders roll.
  3. Take the world, but give me Jesus!
    In his cross my trust shall be
    Till with clearer, brighter vision
    Face to face my Lord I see. (Refrain)


Welcome in Jesus’ name to any and all guests and visitors here with us today. It is a joy to be able to worship with you. Help us to remember your visit by signing our guest book. Ask an usher if you need help finding the book. If you would like more information about our church please speak with pastor after church. If you need a hearing device, please speak to a greeter. Please come again!

Weekly Preview next Sunday is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Our readings will be from Ezekiel 33:12-23, Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:25-30. Our sermon will be based on Matthew 11:25-30 with the theme, “Rest for Your Soul.”

Hospitalized/Homebound members/members to keep in your prayers: Carol Luft, Marcia Graf, Bob Jacobs, Patty Rosenbrock (Heritage Village), Mira Wieggel, Becky Herz, Marty Nissen and Joyce Hibbs.

Voters will have a quarterly meeting on July 19 at 10:15am. We will have the ability to view the voter meeting on Zoom. Please click on the link on the calendar.

Bible class on the Psalms continues Tuesdays at 6:30pm. It will be our last Tuesday Bible Class until August.

This week at St. Paul 

Today: Worship 9am 

Tuesday: Zoom Bible Study 6:30pm

Sunday: Worship 9am , Voters’ Meeting 10:15am

Organist: Thank you to Judy Keithley