Epistle #78: July 26 Worship with message from Pastor Brian Mortenson & Music by the Feirer family

Order of Worship

Greetings, St. Paul friends and family, and welcome to Worship! Special thanks to the Feirer family for providing music for our worship service today! Following is the service for this Lord’s Day. 

As we turn to the Lord, let’s take a moment to bow our hearts before Him now.

Confession of Sin & Declaration of Grace

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9

Take time to confess your sins and ask God for forgiveness.
Take time to bask in God’s forgiveness and love for you, demonstrated at the Cross.

Scripture & Prayer

Psalm 119:129-136

Your decrees are wonderful; therefore I obey them with all my heart. When your word is opened it gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as you always do to those who love your name. Order my footsteps in your word; let no iniquity have dominion over me. Rescue me from those who oppress me, and I will keep your commandments. Let your face shine upon your servant and teach me your statutes. My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your teaching.

Praise the Lord and pray for the needs of God’s people.

Responding with PraiseListen to “Spirit of Gentleness” – Alan, Julie & Mara Feirer


Hearing God’s Word

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Jesus put before the crowds another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Watch Pastor Brian’s Sermon “Small Seeds, Big Surprises!”


Responding in FaithListen to “Blest are They”  – Alan, Julie & Mara Feirer


Pray the LORD’S Prayer

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.

Benediction (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV)

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Ending with Praise – Listen to “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” – Alan, Julie & Mara Feirer



Church office phone: 515-462-4270
Church office email: StPaulLutheranChurch@hotmail.com
Pastor Brian Mortenson email: StPaulPastor1941@gmail.com
Pastoral Emergencies: 605-351-0867