135th Anniversary--Favorite Hymn Song Service

Nov 17, 2002
Pastor Paul D Nolting

WELCOME this morning to our worship service—a very special worship service on this, our 135th Anniversary. For over six generations God has seen fit to entrust Immanuel congregation with Christian ministry here in the Mankato area. For over six generations we have experienced His grace, as we have sought to proclaim His gospel to lost souls and as we have undertaken the task of instructing those souls He has reclaimed through the work of His Spirit.

We are encouraged by St. Paul to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). This we will do this morning, combining a series of familiar Scripture lessons with those hymns and liturgical settings identified by you as favorites.

Yes, welcome on this anniversary day in the name of Jesus, who has so richly blessed us in the past, and to whom we look and upon whom we depend for blessings in the future! May our blessed Savior be with us and bless us this day as we worship in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen.

Confession of Sins:

One only as to listen to the nightly news to know that something is dreadfully wrong in our world. While politicians and academics may argue about the causes, God’s Word is very clear. The problem is sin, and its roots go very deep. We human beings are sinful by nature. Our sins have separated us from God and would continue to separate us from Him were it not for His grace and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The heart of the ministry entrusted to us here at Immanuel for 135 years has been the preaching of repentance and the forgiveness of sins. To emphasis that point, to confess our sins, and to remind us of God’s promise of forgiveness, let us read responsively Psalm 32:1-5 and 1 John 1:8-9, as printed on page 2 in your service folder.

We continue with the Liturgical Setting "O Lord, Have Mercy." The congregation is asked to remain standing and to join in on the refrain.