Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ,

This morning we welcome Pastor Kevin Walrath to preside and preach at Divine Services today!

Also, this morning our guest organist is Carol Walrath (who happens to be married to our guest preacher)

Peace to you all,


Creation Is Redeemed and Sanctified by the Word of Christ Jesus

Having spared faithful Noah and his family from the flood, the Lord established His covenant with them, “and with every living creature,” that never again would there be “a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:9–11). He signed and sealed this everlasting covenant with His rainbow in the clouds, by which He sees and remembers His promise that “the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Gen. 9:13–16). Although creation suffers under the curse of sin, the Lord preserves and orders creation for the benefit of His Church. In particular, all of creation is redeemed and sanctified by the incarnate Son of God. “Take heart” and “do not be afraid,” for He is with you on the sea. He is not a ghost, but He has come in the flesh to save you. He has gotten “into the boat” with you, and the wind that was against you has ceased (Mark 6:45–51). For He is the Word and promise of the Father, and His own flesh and blood are the covenant by which you are “strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Eph. 3:16–17).

Here are the Propers for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Service: Divine Service Three – Page 184

Opening Hymn: 906 O Day of Rest and Gladness

The Introit

Psalm 145:1-3, 6-7; antiphon Psalm 145:5

    On the glorious splendour of your majesty,

        and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 

    I will extol you, my God and King,

        and bless your name forever and ever.

    [2] Every day I will bless you

        and praise your name forever and ever.

    [3] Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,

        and his greatness is unsearchable. .

    [6] They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,

        and I will declare your greatness.

    [7] They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness

        and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Collect     

Almighty and most merciful God, the Protector of all who trust in You,

strengthen our faith and give us courage to believe that in Your love You will rescue us from all adversities;

through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Old Testament Reading:

Genesis 9:8-17

    Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, [9] “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, [10] and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. [11] I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” [12] And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: [13] I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. [14] When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, [15] I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. [16] When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” [17] God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

The Gradual

Romans 11:33; 36

    Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

  For from him and through him and to him are all things.

To him be glory forever. Amen.

The Epistle Reading:

Ephesians 3:14-21

    For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, [15] from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, [16] that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, [19] and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

    [20] Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, [21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

The Holy Gospel:   

  Mark 6:45-56

    Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. [46] And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. [47] And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. [48] And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, [49] but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, [50] for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” [51] And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, [52] for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

    [53] When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. [54] And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him [55] and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. [56] And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

The Nicene Creed 

The Hymn of the Day: 587 I Know My Faith is Founded

Sermon (attached)

The Prayers of the Church (attached)

The Closing Hymn: 752 Be Still, My Soul

If you would like to watch the service – with thanks to Steve Bechthold – we will be live-streaming the 10:45am Service

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Watch Thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give Thine angels charge over those who sleep. 

Tend Thy sick ones, O lord Christ.  Rest Thy weary ones.  Bless thy dying ones.  Soothe The suffering ones. 

 Pity Thine afflicted ones.  Shield Thy joyous ones. And all, for Thy loves’ sake. Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you,