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August 28, 2012 @ 8:55 am

Jesus Loves Me

From the 2012-13 Opening Service of Our Savior Lutheran School

Jesus Love Me (Text: Susan Warner, 1860; Tune: Anna Bartlett Warner, 1862)

1) Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong.

Chorus: Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

2) Jesus loves me! This I know, as He loved so long ago,

Taking children on His knee, Saying, “Let them come to Me.”


3) Jesus loves me, He who died, Heaven’s gate to open wide;

He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in.


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August 28, 2012 @ 8:30 am

Children’s Service - Opening School 2012

Excerpts from Our Savior Lutheran School - Opening Service 2012

  1. "Good Morning!" from Pastor Wagner
  2. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God / v.1-2
  3. Devotion - Matthew 6:22-23 "Batteries Required" - Rev. Mark C. Wagner
  4. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God / v.3-4
  5. "Welcome to School" from Pastor Wagner

Click here for more information about A Mighty Fortress Is Our God by Martin Luther.

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August 26, 2012 @ 8:50 am

We Praise You, O God (Te Deum Laudamus)

Te Deum Laudamus (We Praise You O God) - is an ancient Latin hymn in rhythmic prose, sung at morning prayer as an expression of thanksgiving on special occasions. It's origins can be traced back to the early 5th Century. This song appears in Christian Worship (NPH) in the Morning Praise liturgy (pp. 48-49) after the Sermon.

We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord;

all creation worships you, the Father everlasting.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of heavenly hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy church acclaims you:

Father of majesty unbounded, your glorious, true, and only Son, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free, you humbled yourself to be born of a virgin.

You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You sit at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father.

We believe that you will come to be our judge.

Come, then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

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August 26, 2012 @ 8:15 am

Pentecost 13 - 2012: Sermon

August 26, 2012 - Sermon from Pentecost 13
"How to Greet Every Situation with Contentment"

Philippians 4:1-9 (Summer Series 8 )-Rev. Mark C. Wagner

Intro: As Paul begins the fourth chapter his "mixed metaphor" confuses us. Are we to run the race or stand firm? Thinking this through we have a marvelous manifestation of how our Christian faith remains true to life. Joy can escape us in a breath if we let problems push us around.

1. Problems of Personality cannot separate us. (vs. 1-5)

  1. Agree "in the Lord." Find the common ground.
  2. Rejoice "in the Lord." Let his gentleness rule.

App: In every case of difficulty we are faced with this situation: I can't. But He can, therefore, I can. As I take grip on the fact that the Lord in me is able to do what I myself cannot do, then I can do it.

2. Problems of Pressure cannot paralyze us. (vs. 6-7)

  1. Modern life appears NOT to have relieved us: we're all stressed out!
  2. You may not be able to control your worry, but HE CAN!
  3. Continual, thankful prayer keeps us connected to his wisdom (providence).

App: In every challenge know that you can ask for and receive his grace, strength, insight, patience, love, compassion and truth. This brings us the peace that surpasses our normal, human understanding.

3. Problems of Perspective cannot decimate us. (vs. 8-9)

  1. Note how often our imagination sets our attitude in the wrong direction.
  2. We can and must learn to listen before we react.

Conclusion: Christianity was designed for life. Jesus didn't talk to people about religion. He talked to them about life and how to handle the continual agitation. Don't just think positively. Think rightly about how his life and love guard your inner being from doubt.

" And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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August 19, 2012 @ 8:20 am

Pentecost 12 - 2012: Sermon

August 19, 2012 - Sermon from Pentecost 12

"How to Live Beyond Your Means"

Philippians 3:8-21 (Summer Series 7)-Rev. Mark C. Wagner

Intro: Conversion means a complete turn-around, an about-face.  We see this complete reversal of thinking (metanoia) in Paul.  He tells us how he abandoned all his former reckoning and came to a new understanding.  What he once counted as gain he now counts as loss.

1.  Conversion in Christ takes you out of yourself. (v. 8 )

  1. Conversion is not the end of the road, but the beginning.
  2. This transformation into a new version of life comes when Christ takes over.
  3. Remind yourself that when you depend on earthly things you lose sight of what really matters (heavenly things).

App: You cannot serve two masters.  You cannot drink from the empty bowl of human boasting and from the inexhaustible rivers of life that flow from the Lord Jesus.

2.  Conversion into Christ's life takes you beyond all circumstance.  (vs. 9-12)

  1. We are called into a majestic morality:  his righteousness.
  2. We share in his majestic ministry:  power, compassion, purity.
  3. We move beyond ourselves by this majestic motive:  he has taken hold of me.

App: This is not knowing about Christ but knowing HIM - daily, again and again.  Our lives go from mundane to majestic because he fills us to the point of forgetting.  Forgetting what is behind we press on toward what is ahead.  (vs. 13-14)

Conclusion: Paul contrasts our former way of life with our new one.  We no longer live for pleasure but for him - for the joy no words can adequately express!  He has taken over me and I am now a citizen of heaven.  (vs. 15-21) I live beyond myself and my limitations knowing that I am becoming more like him as I near the day of our meeting face to face.

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

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August 19, 2012 @ 8:15 am

Christ, the Lord of God Incarnate

Hymn of the Day: Christ, the Lord of God Incarnate (CW750)

1. 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.

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August 12, 2012 @ 8:55 am

Everlasting God

Everlasting God by Ken Riley and Brenton Brown (2005)

Performed by Grateful Hearts at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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August 12, 2012 @ 8:50 am

Your Name

Your Name by Glenn Packiam and Paul Baloche (2011)

Performed by Grateful Hearts at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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August 12, 2012 @ 8:30 am

Pentecost 11 - 2012: Sermon

August 12, 2012 - Sermon from Pentecost 11

Philippians 1:12-26 - Rev. Paul Kelm, Campus Pastor - Wisconsin Lutheran College

Sermon: "Do Life God's Way"

  1. In His Church
  1. In Our Life
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August 12, 2012 @ 8:25 am

By Your Side

By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North (2008)

Performed by Grateful Hearts at Our Savior Lutheran in Grafton, Wisconsin.

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