Bethlehem Lutheran, LCMS
7-19-20

7-19-20

August 3, 2020

7-19-20

The Sixth Sunday of Trinity

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 228:1-2, 7; antiphon Ps. 28:8-9:

The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

Save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. 

Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I life up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. 

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.

The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

Save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.

First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17

Epistle: Romans 6:3-11

Holy Gospel: Matthew 5:20-26

Sermon: Pastor Christopher Craig

7-12-2020

7-12-2020

July 25, 2020

7-12-20

The Fifth Sunday of Trinity

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 27:1a, 11-12, 14; antiphon Ps. 27:7,9b:

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! O you who have been my help, forsake me not, O God of my salvation! The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen up against me, and they breathe out violence. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! O you who have been my help, forsake me not, O God of my salvation!

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:11-21

Epistle: 1 Peter 3:8-15

Holy Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Sermon: Pastor Christopher Craig

7-5-20

7-5-20

July 18, 2020

7-5-20

The Fourth Sunday of Trinity

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 27:3-4a, 5; antiphon Ps. 27:1-2: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes; it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army camp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high up on a rock. Glory be to the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries, and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.

First Reading: Genesis 50:15-21

Epistle: Romans 12:14-21

Holy Gospel: Luke 6:36-42

Sermon: Pastor Christopher Craig

6-28-20

6-28-20

July 6, 2020

6-28-20

The Third Sunday of Trinity

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 25:1-2a, 5b 15, 20; antiphon Ps. 25:16. 18: Turn to me and be gracious to me for I am lonely and afflicted. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame. You are the God of my salvation; for you I will wait all the day long. My eyes are ever to the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 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. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. 

First Reading: Micah 7:18-20

Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Holy Gospel: Luke 15:1-10

Sermon: Pastor Christopher Craig

6/21/20

6/21/20

June 27, 2020

6/21/20

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 18:1-2a,27,30a,49; antiphon Ps. 18:18-19: The Lord was my support in the day of my calamity. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me. I love you, O lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. This God – his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true. For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing to your name. The Lord was my support in the day of my calamity. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

Old Testament - Proverbs 9:1-10

Second Reading - Ephesians 2:13-22

Gospel - Luke 14:15-24

Sermon: This God - Pastor Christopher Craig

6/14/20 - How Long O Lord?

6/14/20 - How Long O Lord?

June 15, 2020

5/31/20

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 13:1-4, antiphon Ps. 13:5-6:  O Lord, I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all day? How long shall my enemy exult over me? Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. O Lord, I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Old Testament - Genesis 15:1-6
Epistle - 1 John 4:16-21
Gospel - Luke 16:19-31 
 
Sermon: How Long O Lord? - Pastor Christopher Craig
6/7/20 - The Athanasian Creed

6/7/20 - The Athanasian Creed

June 11, 2020

6/7/20

Introit - Ps. 8:1-2a, 3-5; antiphon : 

Old Testament - Isaiah 6:1-7

Epistle - Romans 11:33-36

Gospel - John 3:1-17

Sermon: The Athanasian Creed - Pastor Christopher Craig:

 

The Athanasian Creed

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eternal. As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another; But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal: so that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped. He, therefore, that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ: One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

5/31/20 - The God of Power and Strength

5/31/20 - The God of Power and Strength

June 1, 2020

5/31/20

Introit (Sermon Text) - Psalm 68:1,4a,c,11a,33b, 35: antiphon. liturgical text, Ps. 68:3: The Spirit of the Lord fills the World. Alleluia. The righteous shall be glad. Alleluia. They shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy! Alleluia. God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him. Sing to God, sing praises to his name; exult before him! The Lord gives the word; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel – he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.The Spirit of the Lord fills the World. Alleluia. The righteous shall be glad. Alleluia. They shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy! Alleluia.

Old Testament - Genesis 11:1-9

Second Reading - Acts 2:1-21

John 14:23-31 

Sermon: The God of Power and Strength - Pastor Christopher Craig

5/24/20 - The Ascension of Our Lord

5/24/20 - The Ascension of Our Lord

May 28, 2020

5/24/20

Introit (sermon text) - Psalm 47:1-2,5,8; antiphon Acts 1:11: Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? Alleluia. This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Alleluia. Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet God reigns over the nations, God sits on his holy throne. Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? Alleluia. This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Alleluia.

Old Testament - 2 Kings 2:5-15 (not recorded)
 
Epistle - Acts 1:1-11 (not recorded)
 
Gospel - Luke 24:44-53 

Sermon: The Ascension of Our Lord - Pastor Christopher Craig

5/17/20 - Declarations and Prayers (Sermon Only)

5/17/20 - Declarations and Prayers (Sermon Only)

May 21, 2020

5/17/20

Introit - Psalm 98:1b,3-4; antiphon Ps. 98:1a,2b (Sermon Text): With a voice of singing, declare this with a shout of joy to the end of the earth. Alleluia! The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob! Alleluia.Shout for joy to God all the earth; sing the glory of his name.I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!With a voice of singing, declare this with a shout of joy to the end of the earth. Alleluia! The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob! Alleluia.

Old Testament - Numbers 21:4-9
 
Epistle - 1 Timothy 2:1-6
 
Gospel - John 16:23-30

Sermon: Declarations and Prayers - Pastor Christopher Craig

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