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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: Almighty God, You invite us to die to sin each day through our Baptism and to rise to new life with You, through Your life-giving Son and Spirit. Knowing that You desire the repentance and conversion of all, cause us to rejoice in Your gifts and testify to Your goodness that welcomes every outcast and sinner into Your kingdom for the sake of Jesus. Amen.

Opening Hymn: To Your Temple I Draw Near (CW 226)

  1. To your temple I draw near;
    Lord, I love to worship here.
    Here are sacrament and Word;
    Here believers meet their Lord.
  2. I through Christ am reconciled;
    I through Christ become your child.
    Abba, Father, give me grace
    In your courts to seek your face.
  3. While your ministers proclaim
    Peace and pardon in your name,
    Through their voice, by faith, may I
    Hear you speaking from the sky.
  4. From your house, when I return,
    May my heart within me burn,
    And at evening let me say,
    “I have walked with God today.”

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: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Lesson: Ezekiel 33:7-11

But I have appointed you, son of man, to be a watchman for the house of Israel. So whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you are to warn them from me. When I say to a wicked man, “Wicked man, you shall surely die,” if you do not speak to warn the wicked man against his way, that wicked man will die because of his guilt, but I will also hold you responsible for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die because of his guilt, but you will have saved your life.
So you, son of man, say the following to the house of Israel. This is what you people are saying: “Certainly our rebellion and our sins weigh us down, and because of them we are rotting away. How then can we live?” Say to them, “As I live, declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from their way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why should you die, O house of Israel?”

Psalm: Psalm 51a read responsively

Refrain: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Leader: Have mercy on me, O God,
Group: according to your unfailing love.
Leader: Wash away all my iniquity,
Group: and cleanse me from my sin.
Leader: For I know my transgressions,
Group: and my sin is always before me.
Refrain: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.
Leader: Against you, you only, have I sinned

Group: and done what is evil in your sight.
Leader: Surely I was sinful at birth,
Group: sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Leader: Hide your face from my sins,
Group: and blot out all my iniquity.
Leader: Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
Group: and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
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: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Second Lesson: Galatians 2:11-21

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly wrong. For before some people came from James, he ate with the Gentiles. But when those people came, he drew back and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision group. And the rest of the Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not acting according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of all of them, “If you, a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, why do you compel the Gentiles to live like the Jews?”

“We are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners. We know that a person is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. So we also believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were also found to be sinners, then is Christ a servant of sin? Certainly not! “In fact, if I build up again those things that I destroyed, I bring on myself the judgment of being a lawbreaker. Indeed, through the law I died to the law that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not regard the grace of God as nothing. As a matter of fact, if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”

Verse of the Day: Alleluia. Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! Alleluia. (Philippians 4:4)

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:15-20 
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his sin just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And, if he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as an unbeliever or a tax collector. Amen I tell you: Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Amen I tell you again: If two of you on earth agree to ask for anything, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. In fact where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am among them.”

Leader: The Gospel of our Lord.
Group: Thanks be to God.

Hymn of the Day: Jesus Sinners Does Receive (CW 304 vs. 1-4)

  1. Jesus sinners does receive;
    Oh, may all this saying ponder.
    Who in sin’s delusions live
    And from God and heaven wander.
    Here is hope for all who grieve–
    Jesus sinners does receive.
  2. We deserve but grief and shame,
    Here their ills have perfect healing
    Pardon, peace, and life proclaim;
    Here their ills have perfect healing
    Who with humble hearts believe–
    Jesus sinners does receive.
  3. Sheep that from the fold did stray
    Are by Christ, the shepherd, taken
    Weary souls who lost their way
    Are by Christ, the shepherd, taken
    In his arms that they may live–
    Jesus sinners does receive.
  4. Come, O sinners, one and all,
    Come and take this free salvation!
    Come, obey his gracious call;
    Come and take his free salvation!
    Firmly in these words believe–
    Jesus sinners does receive.

Sermon: Victory in the Lord’s Kingdom (Matthew 18:15-20)

Nicene Creed: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Lord’s Prayer: C: 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.

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 Sinners Does Receive (CW 304 vs. 5-7)

  1. I, a sinner, come to you
    With a penitent confession.
    Savior, show me mercy, too;
    Grant for all my sins remission.
    Let these words my soul relieve–
    Jesus sinners does receive.
  2. Oh, how blest it is to know,
    Were as scarlet my transgression,
    It shall be as white as snow
    By your blood and bitter passion,
    For these words I do believe–
    Jesus sinners does receive.
  3. Jesus sinners does receive.
    Even I have been forgiven.
    And when I this earth must leave,
    I shall find an open heaven.
    Dying, still to him I cleave–
    Jesus sinners does receive.


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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Our readings will be from Genesis 50:15-21, Ephesians 4:29-5:2 and Matthew 18:21-25. Our sermon will be based on Matthew 18:21-35 with the theme, “The Forgiven Forgive.”

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

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Sunday School lessons have been sent home and led by the parents at home for the first semester. 

This week at St. Paul
Today: Worship 9am
Bible Study after church
Saturday: Worship 6pm
Sunday: Worship 9am
Bible Study after church

Organist: Thank you to Doreen Romadka