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Welcome to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

September 3, 2023 The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost




Welcome Friends! - To the friends who know us, we renew our welcome, to the guests who worship with us, we extend our welcome most warmly. To those seeking a church home, we offer fellowship with a Living, Personal Savior, membership in His Church, and citizenship in His eternal Kingdom!

Welcome and Announcements

*For September, we are collecting for Cups Café. They are asking for paper towels, napkins, paper plates and bowls, sugar, tea bags, coffee, and Kool-aid packets. Thank you for supporting the collection box!

*Join us for bible study in the Fellowship Hall. We will take today off from The Chosen, starting Season 2 next week.

*Children’s Sunday School starts next Sunday! Confirmation starts September 17, now on Sunday mornings, in the youth room.

*We will not be able to have coffee hour on Sundays without volunteers. Please sign up on the Ministry in Action wall in the narthex.

*Voter’s meeting, next Sunday after late services. Please plan to attend!

*Fall Fest is just one month away! Make sure to purchase your tickets to join us for food, fellowship and fantastic live music.

*There will be blood pressure screenings after each service on Sunday.



Sharing of the Peace

P: The peace of the Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.


(Shake hands and/or give hugs and share God’s peace with one another)



P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


Opening Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty LSB# 790 v.1-3

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise Him, for He is your health and salvation!

Let all who hear

Now to His temple draw near,

Joining in glad adoration!


Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things is wondrously reigning

And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.

Have you not seen

All that is needful has been

Sent by His gracious ordaining?


Praise to the Lord, who has fearfully, wondrously, made you,

Health has bestowed and, when heedlessly falling, has stayed you.

What need or grief

Ever has failed of relief?

Wings of His mercy did shade you.


Confession and Absolution

P: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

C: But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.


P: Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.


P: Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.




Sanctus LSB page 208

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;

Heav'n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.

Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;

Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!


Old Testament Reading: Psalm 1:1-6

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.                                

C: Thanks be to God.                 


Epistle Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:15-20, 24-27

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



Kids Korner


Sermon Hymn: Christ Be My Leader LSB# 861

Christ be my Leader by night as by day;

Safe through the darkness, for He is the way.

Gladly I follow, my future His care,

Darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.


Christ be my Teacher in age as in youth,

Drifting or doubting, for He is the truth.

Grant me to trust Him; though shifting as sand,

Doubt cannot daunt me; in Jesus I stand.


Christ be my Savior in calm as in strife;

Death cannot hold me, for He is the life.

Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain

Can touch my salvation: with Jesus I reign.

Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1926 Text: © 1964, renewed 1992 Hope Publishing Co. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004467


Sermon: Can You Tell Me More About the Bible?


Offertory: I Know My Faith Is Founded LSB# 587 V. 1–2

I know my faith is founded

On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;

And this my faith confessing,

Unmoved I stand on His sure Word.

Our reason cannot fathom

The truth of God profound;

Who trusts in human wisdom

Relies on shifting ground.

God’s Word is all-sufficient,

It makes divinely sure;

And trusting in its wisdom,

My faith shall rest secure.


Increase my faith, dear Savior,

For Satan seeks by night and day

To rob me of this treasure

And take my hope of bliss away.

But, Lord, with You beside me,

I shall be undismayed;

And led by Your good Spirit,

I shall be unafraid.

Abide with me, O Savior,

A firmer faith bestow;

Then I shall bid defiance

To ev’ry evil foe.

Text: Erdmann Neumeister, 1671–1756; tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, alt.

Text: Public domain




Nicene Creed

C: I believe in one God,

    the Father Almighty,

    maker of heaven and earth

    and of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

    the only-begotten Son of God,

    begotten of His Father before all worlds,

    God of God, Light of Light,

    very God of very God,

    begotten, not made,

    being of one substance with the Father,

    by whom all things were made;

    who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

    and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

    and was made man;

    and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

    He suffered and was buried.

    And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

    and ascended into heaven

    and sits at the right hand of the Father.

    And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

    whose kingdom will have no end.


And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

    the Lord and giver of life,

    who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

    who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

    who spoke by the prophets.

    And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

    I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

    and I look for the resurrection of the dead

    and the life + of the world to come. Amen.


Prayer of the Church


Lord’s Prayer

P: Let us pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

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.


The Words of Our Lord

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”


In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”




Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace.


Distribution Hymns:

When Peace, like a River LSB# 763

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way;

When sorrows, like sea billows, roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul. 


Chorus: It is well (It is well)

with my soul, (with my soul),

It is well, it is well with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate

And hath shed His own blood for my soul. Chorus


He lives—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;

My sin, not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! Chorus


And, Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;

Even so it is well with my soul. Chorus

Text: Horatio G. Spafford, 1828–88, alt. Text: Public domain


Christ, the Word of God Incarnate LSB# 540 V. 1-3

 Christ, the Word of God incarnate,

Lord and Son of Abraham;

Christ, the radiance of the Father,

Perfect God, the great I AM;

Christ, the light, You shine unvanquished,

Light and life You bring to all;

Light our path with Your own presence,

Grant us grace to heed Your call.


Christ, the living bread from heaven,

Food for body, food for soul;

Christ, the manna daily given,

Nourish, strengthen, make us whole.

Feed us with the food of heaven,

Foretaste of the feast to be;

Quench our thirst with living water

Springing up eternally.


Christ, the shoot that springs triumphant

From the stump of Jesse’s tree;

Christ, true vine, You nurture branches

To bear fruit abundantly.

Graft us into You, O Savior;

Prune our hearts so we remain

Fruitful branches in Your vineyard

Till eternal life we gain.

Text: Steven P. Mueller, 1964

Text: © 2001 Steven P. Mueller. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004467



Thank the Lord

The the Lod and sing His praise; tell ev'ry-one what He has done.

Let all who seek the Lord rejoince and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.



P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.

C: Amen.


Hymn to Depart: Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me LSB# 722

Lord, take my hand and lead me

Upon life’s way;

Direct, protect, and feed me

From day to day.

Without Your grace and favor

I go astray;

So take my hand, O Savior,

And lead the way.


Lord, when the tempest rages,

I need not fear,

For You, the Rock of Ages,

Are always near.

Close by Your side abiding,

I fear no foe,

For when Your hand is guiding,

In peace I go.


Lord, when the shadows lengthen

And night has come,

I know that You will strengthen

My steps toward home.

Then nothing can impede me,

O blessèd Friend;

So take my hand and lead me

Unto the end.

Text: Julie von Hausmann, 1825–1901; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, alt.

Text: © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Used by permission: LSB Hymn License no. 110004467


Today’s altar flowers given by Chris and Beth Merkle in honor of Carolyn Dietsche’s birthday.



Serving Today:

Rev. Jim Bretthauer

Organist: Daniel Barber, D.M.

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