Sunday, August 2, 2020

Order of Worship

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

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

Welcome and Reminders

Thanksgiving for Baptism


Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Amen.


Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Reconciling God, we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live
and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in
hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Gathering Song – 

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.

Kyrie p.138

Prayer of the Day

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


First Reading – Isaiah 55:1-5
God invites Israel to a great feast at which both food and drink are free. God also promises to make an everlasting covenant with all peoples, with promises that previously had been limited to Israel. As David was a witness to the nations, these nations shall now acknowledge the ways in which God has glorified Israel.

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not
bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure
love for David.

See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
LORD, you are good to all,
and your compassion is over all your works.
The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD,

and you give them their food in due season.

You open wide your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
You are righteous in all your ways
and loving in all your works.
You are near to all who call upon you,
to all who call upon you faithfully.
You fulfill the desire of those who fear you;
you hear their cry and save them.
You watch over all those who love you,
but all the wicked you shall destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD;
let all flesh bless God’s holy name forever and ever.


Psalm Prayer

Second Reading – Romans 9:1-5
This begins a new section in Paul’s letter in which he will deal with the place of Israel in God’s saving plan. He opens by highlighting how Israel’s heritage and legacy include being God’s children, having
God’s covenants, being given God’s law, participating in worship of God, and receiving divine promises.

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.

They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel – Matthew 14:13-21
After John the Baptist is murdered, Jesus desires a time of solitude. Still, his compassion for others will not allow him to dismiss those who need him, and he is moved to perform one of his greatest miracles.
Now when Jesus heard about the beheading of John the Baptist, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for
themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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



Apostles' Creed p. 105

Prayers of Intercession -

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.

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



Prayer after Communion

God of the welcome table, in this meal we have feasted on your goodness and have been united by your presence among us. Empower us to go forth sustained by these gifts so that we may share your neighborly love with all, through Jesus Christ, the giver of abundant life. Amen.


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


In Prayer This Week:
Our condolences to the family of Lyle Dorn, Sr who passed away this week. 

For Linda, Karen Karbowski's sister, who is struggling with health issues. 

For Jaki, Stewarts' granddaughter who continues to struggle with liver problems.

For Kelly, Tim and Jeanne Williamson's daughter who is struggling with health issues.

For all those struggling against cancer: Rosemarie Jensen; Ray, Debby Manske's grandfather; Sandy, Pat Sorenson's cousin; Ken, Linda Duesterbeck's cousin; Donna, Jack Dickson's sister.

For the Attoe's friend Janice who lost her son to a genetic liver disease.


News and Events:

Noisy Offering today will benefit Options for Independent Living

Stewardship Report: General Offering: $2,348.00

Happy Birthday: Beverly Butzlaff, Aug 3; Eugene Trieglaff, Aug 4; Julie Attoe, Aug 5; Jim Christensen, Aug 6

Happy Anniversary: Luke and Andrea Konrath, Aug 4

Tony and Marcia O’Kon, Aug 5


Readings for next week: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33


St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371
Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,
Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358 Debbie Sattler, Organist

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.