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The Second Commandment: You Shall Not Misuse the Name of the Lord Your God
“[Taking God’s name in vain] means misusing God’s name when we call upon the Lord God—no matter how—in order to deceive or do wrong of any kind.” Therefore, this commandment makes this point: God’s name must not be appealed to falsely. Or taken upon the lips, while the heart knows well enough—or should know—that the truth of the matter is different. This is what happens when people who take oaths in court, where one side lies against the other. For God’s name cannot be misued worse than for the support of falsehood and deceit. (364:51)
You must also know how to use God’s name rightly…. For His name has been revealed and given to us so that it may be of constant use and profit. So it is natural to conclude that since this commandment forbids using the holy name for falsehood or wickedness, we are, on the other hand, commanded to use His name for truth and for all good, like when someone takes an oath truthfully when it is needed and it is demanded. This commandment also applies to right teaching and to calling on His name in trouble or praising and thanking Him in prosperity, and so on. (365:63-64)
—Martin Luther Large Catechism
O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Collect for Peace Lutheran Service Book
Welcome! Whether you are a longtime member or visiting for the first time, you are a gift from God to us.
So that we may all celebrate your presence and give thanks to God for you, please fill out the Record of Fellowship at the end of your pew. At the time of the Offering, you may place your attendance sheet in the offering plate.
The love of Christ comfort you, and the love of His people encourage you.
Arioso Johann Sebastian Bach
Barbara Hood, violin
Please stand and face the processional cross.
Lutheran Service Book 549 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
Matth e w 2 8 :1 9 b ; [1 8 :2 0 ]
The sign of the cross T may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.
P sa lm 1 2 4 :8 ; 1 3 0 :3 -4 ; [ Lu ke 1 8 :1 3 ] ; [ Joh n 20 :1 9 -2 3 ]
P Our help is in the name of the Lord, C who made heaven and earth.
P If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? C But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
P Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Kneeling or sitting forward
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination:
Do I curse? Have I cursed? Do I use God’s name cheaply?
Do I pray with fervor in times of trouble? Am I bored or indifferent with prayer?
Do my heart and life—sealed with God’s name at Baptism—represent Him rightly to the world?
P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father. C Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life.
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 T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, Have Mercy Mark 10:47
A For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray | to the Lord.
A For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of
all let us pray | to the Lord.
A For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray | to the Lord.
A Help, save, comfort and defend us, | gracious Lord.
~ Glory to God in the Highest Luk e 2 :1 4 ; Joh n 1 :2 9
2 Timothy 4:22
P The Lord be with you.
C And with your spirit.
P Let us pray.
Holy Father, purify our lips from every misuse of Your name by cursing, swearing,
superstition, lying, or deception. Open our mouths to reverence Your holy name, calling
upon it in every time of trouble, praying for what You promise to give, praising You for Your
glory, and giving thanks to You as the Giver of every good and perfect gift; this we ask in the
name which gives us access to You, the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Si t t ing
A The Old Testament Reading is from Exodus, chapter three.
1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the LORDappeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7 Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites,
the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.
Psa lm 5 0 :1 -1 5 ; ant ip h on : Romans 1 1 :3 3 , 36
Cantor introduces fi rst time then congregation repeats :
L The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and sum- | mons the earth* from the rising of the sun to its | setting.
C Out of Zion, the perfection of | beauty,*
God | shines forth.
L Our God comes; he does not keep | silence;* before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty | tempest.
C He calls to the heav- | ens above*
and to the earth, that he may judge his | peoples:
L “Gather to me my | faithful ones,* who made a covenant with me by | sacrifice!”
C The heavens declare his | righteousness,*
for God him- | self is judge!
L “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify a- | gainst you.* I am | God, your God.
C Not for your sacrifices do I re- | buke you;*
your burnt offerings are continually be- | fore me.
L I will not accept a bull | from your house* or goats | from your folds.