August 11, 2019

August 11, 2019

Order of Worship

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus says, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” It is God’s promise from the beginning—to Abraham, to the early church, and to the “little flock” of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God’s baptismal gift, trusts the promises of God. Have no fear.

 

At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence

 

Welcome and Reminders

 

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen.

 

Seeking reconciliation with God and neighbor, let us remember the gift of baptism and confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God of mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, against one another, and against the earth entrusted to our care. We are worried and distracted by many things, and we fail to love you above all else. We store up treasures for ourselves and turn away from our neighbors in need. Forgive us, that we may live in the freedom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us ☩ all our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross. For freedom Christ has set us free: Rejoice in this good news! Amen.

 

Gathering Hymn – God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind, ELW 400

 

Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

 

Hymn of Praise p.187

 

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Noisy Offering – Options for Independent Living

 

First Reading – Genesis 15:1-6

God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendants will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God’s promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous.

 

1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 33:12-22

12Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord!
  Happy the people chosen to be God’s heritage!
13The Lord looks down from heaven,
  
and sees all humankind.
14God sits firmly enthroned and watches
  all who dwell on the earth.
15God fashions all their hearts
  
and observes all their deeds. 
16A king is not saved by the size of the army,
  nor are warriors rescued by their great strength.
17The horse gives vain hope for victory;
  
despite its great strength it cannot save.
18Truly, your eye is upon those who fear you, O Lord,
  upon those who wait for your steadfast love,
19to deliver their lives from death,
  
and to keep them alive in time of famine. 
20Our innermost being waits for you, O Lord,
  our helper and our shield.
21Surely, our heart rejoices in you,
  
for in your holy name we put our trust.
22Let your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
  even as we place our hope in you.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.

 

1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 12:32-40

Jesus encourages disciples to invest their hearts and live fully into God’s reign. Instead of facing life with fear, those who know God’s generosity are always ready to receive from God and to give to others.

 

Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.

 

Jesus said:] 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

 

Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Lord of All Hopefulness, ELW 765

 

Apostles' Creed p. 105

 

Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us

grace.

Each petition concludes with, “Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer

 

The Meal

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

Offering and Prayer

Blessed are you, O God, for the greening earth given for all, for the talents we are given to share, and for this bread and wine. Transform us to be the body of Christ, that, feasting on this food and drink, our lives may reflect your generosity; through Christ our Lord. Amen

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song – Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound, ELW 779

Communion

Blessing

 

Prayer after Communion

O God, in this holy communion you have welcomed us into your presence, nourished us with words of mercy, and fed us at your table. Amid the cares of this life, strengthen us to love you with all our heart, serve our neighbors with a willing spirit, and honor the earth you have made; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song – God of Grace and God of Glory, ELW 705

 

Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.

 

Thanksgivings: For the harvest of local vegetables that grace our tables at this time of year.


News and Events:

Thank you, Scott, for leading us in worship this morning. Pastor Rick is visiting family.

 

Noisy Offering today will benefit Options for Independent Living.

 

113 Baby Care Kits (layettes) were assembled this week and will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution around the world.

Women of the ELCA Bible Study is tomorrow at 1:30 pm.

2nd Wednesday Meal is this week at 5 pm.

 

Sisters into Soup will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 15.

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry is August 16 at 6 pm at Sluggers. Please let Wally know if you will be attending.

 

It's almost here! The church picnic is next Sunday, August 18. Come share in the games, potluck and fellowship. Bring your favorite dish to pass. Meat will be provided.

 

We will be sending School Kits to Lutheran World Relief. Items needed are 70-sheet notebooks, 30 cm rulers or rulers with centimeters on one side and inches on the other, blunt (safety) scissors.

 

Do you have a project in mind for God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday? Contact Steve or a council member and share your ideas.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Bea

Reader: Jeanne

Communion Servers: Lee and Jane

Coffee Hour: Jane and Lee

 

Readings for next week: Jeremiah 23:23-29; Hebrews 11:29-12:2;

                                            Luke 12:49-56

 

Calendar This Week:

Monday, August 12          1:30 pm – WELCA Bible Study

Tuesday, August 13          8:30 am – Quilters

Wednesday, August 14    5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

Thursday, August 15        9:00 am – Sisters into Soup

Friday, August 16              6:00 pm – Friday Fellowship & Fish Fry                                                                    at Sluggers

Sunday, August 18             9:00 am – Worship with

                                                                CHURCH PICNIC to follow

 

 

                                St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371    saintjohns@centurytel.net    stjohnssaxeville.org

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home, rtengen@aol.com

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358

 

Welcome to those visiting today. Please fill out the yellow visitor card in the pew rack in front of you. May the Holy Spirit who has gathered us together for worship today be with you.

 

In Holy Communion we believe we receive the body and blood of Christ for forgiveness, renewal and strength in our faith and life. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Gluten-free wafers are available. Take one from the center cup of the bread tray.

 

On the first Sundays of the month, the sacrament is served at the altar. Come forward, kneel or stand at the rail. You will be served the bread. The wine is served in individual glasses. The lighter colored glasses in the center of the tray are juice.

 

Other Sundays we serve the sacrament by intinction in procession. Come forward, receive the bread and dip it in one of the chalices (the gold chalice has wine in it, the silver chalice has juice). Gluten-free wafers are in the cup in the center.

 

People with special needs should make these known to the ushers or to the servers as they are being served. Children who have not made their First Communion and those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing.

 

Arm chairs in the sanctuary are available for people with special circumstances. Two portable lift cushions are available to help those who need assistance getting up from a sitting position. Contact an usher for assistance.

 

You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime

at 920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497

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