Lutheran Order of service for “Church Dedication”

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The Lutheran Order of Service for the upcoming Sunday (8th Sunday after Trinity) is available here in isiZulu, seTswana and English. This is focussed  on the theme of “Dedication of the Church” (Kirchweih). Today it comes with a sermon based on God’s Word from the Holy Gospel of St. John in the 2nd chapter verses 13-25 written by my brother Rev. Kurt Schnackenberg in English (WE 20150727 KS Church Dedication Jo2) and translated as usual by my father Rev. E.A.W.Weber DD (Welbedacht, KZN) into both isiZulu (wz1540150726. n Tr 8 elokukhumbula ukuvulwa kwendlu yokusonta) and se Tswana (wt1540150717 n. Tr. 8 moletlo wa go gopola pulo ya kereke).

The readings for the 8th Sunday after Trinity are:

  • Old Testament:       Isaiah 2:1-5
  • The Epistle:            Ephesians 5,8b-14
  • The Gospel:            St.Matthew 5:13-16
  • Psalm:                    48:2-3a.9.15

The liturgical colour is green, but if the Sunday is celebrated as “Church Dedication” it would be red.

May you have a very blessed weekend and have time to meditate on the watchword for the 8th Sunday after Trinity: Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. (Ephesians 5:8b-9 NIV)

A collect for the 8th Sunday after Trinity: Grant to us, Lord, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are right, that we, who cannot do anything that is good without You, may be enabled by You to live according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book Pg.917)

If you are called to preach this weekend, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)

We thank the Lutheran Heritage Foundation for supporting the distribution of hard-copies of these orders of worship and sermons throughout Southern Africa. If you also want a copy please do not hesitate to subscribe by writing to

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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