SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY
801 E. DENVER AVE.
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA
Rev. Lester Wolfgram, Pastor
Rev. Justin Woodside, Pastor
Sanctity of Life Sunday
January 31, 2021
|Devine Service:||Setting Three||LSB 184|
|Opening Hymn:||“Christ, Our Human Likeness Sharing”||LSB 847|
|Hymn of The Day:||“Son God, Eternal Savior”||LSB 842|
|Distribution:||“Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray”
“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
|Closing Hymn:||“Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”||LSB 849|
WELCOME!! We are glad that you have joined us this morning as we lift up our hearts and voices in response to God’s great gift of forgiveness and life in Christ Jesus. If you are a visitor, please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to Pastor Les Wolfgram and Pastor Justin Woodside.
AT SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH we celebrate the Lord’s Supper in the confidence that we receive, along with the bread and wine, our Savior’s true body and blood “through and in which we obtain the forgiveness of sins.” Besides individually receiving Christ’s free gift of forgiveness in this sacrament, all those who commune make a confession of the faith that we believe and teach in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. To commune at this altar is to accept the doctrinal position of this congregation. Because of that common confession, we invite those who are members at sister Missouri Synod Churches to join us at the Lord’s Table. If you would like more information on our understanding of the Lord’s Supper, please visit with Pastor Wolfgramor Pastor Woodside.
Introit: Psalm 68:4-6, 19-20 (See “Singing the Psalms,” page xxvi, LSB.)
P Sing to God, sing praises | to his name; *
C lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult be- | fore him!
P Father of the fatherless and protector of | widows*
C is God in his holy habi- | tation.
P God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to pros- | perity,*
C but the rebellious dwell in a | parched land.
P Blessed be the Lord, who daily | bears us up;*
C God is our sal- | vation.
P Our God is a God of sal- | vation*
C and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances | from death.
C Glory be to the Father and | to the Son* and to the Holy | Spirit; as it was in the be- | ginning,* is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
COLLECT Almighty God, open our eyes to behold Your great love toward us in the humility of Your Son and to know Him in the least ones, that we may serve You by serving our neighbors, until You gather us together to rejoice as brothers and sisters in Your everlasting kingdom; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 – For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
P This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.