August 4, 2019

August 4, 2019

Order of Worship

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.

 

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 –You Servants of God, ELW 825

 

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

Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23

The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities.” Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is a gift from God.

 

2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
  vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
12I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. 14I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
2:18I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me 19—and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my 
wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? 23For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 49:1-12

1Hear this, all you peoples;
  
give ear, all you who dwell in the world,
2you of high degree and low,
  
rich and poor together.
3My mouth shall speak of wisdom,
  
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
4I will incline my ear to a proverb
  
and set forth my riddle upon the harp. 
5Why should I be afraid in evil days,
  
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
6the wickedness of those who put their trust in their own prowess,
  
and boast of their great riches?
7One can never redeem another,
  
or give to God the ransom for another’s life;
8for the ransom of a life is so great
  
that there would never be enough to pay it,
9in order to live forever and ever
  
and never see the grave.
10For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish
  
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
11Their graves shall be their homes forever, their dwelling places from generation to generation,
  
though they had named lands after themselves.
12Even though honored, they cannot live forever;
  
they are like the beasts that perish.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Colossians 3:1-11

Life in Christ includes a radical reorientation of our values. Just as the newly baptized shed their old clothes in order to put on new garments, so Christians are called to let go of greed and take hold of a life shaped by God’s love in Christ.

 

1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 12:13-21

In God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty.” Jesus uses a parable to warn against identifying the worth of one’s life with the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God.

 

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

 

13Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

 

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

 

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – We Are Called, ELW 720

 

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 –We Come to the Hungry Feast,ELW 479

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 –Let Justice Flow Like Streams, ELW 717

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For time to travel, explore and recreate.


News and Events:

Baby Care Kits (layettes) will be assembled at 9:00 am on Tuesday, Aug 6. We can use your help.



Movie Night, 6 pm, Saturday, August 10 features the movie - Different Drummers. The movie is based on a true story - about the unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in the mid-1960s. When David, who is in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy, accurately foretells the death of their fourth grade teacher, his hyperactive friend, Lyle, devises a plan to find out if God really exists, by attempting to get David to run again.



Next Sunday is the Noisy Offering to benefit Options for Independent Living.



The church picnic is 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.

 

Pastor C. Dale Harrison passed away July 20. He served as the pastor here from 1967-1973.

 

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

 

ThedaCare At Home is seeking volunteers for the Hospice Program in Waupaca and the surrounding area. Training programs will be held in Waupaca this fall. Contact Sarah Lederer are 920-716-2783 or sarah.lederer@thedacare.org for more information.

 

Foundations for Living, based in Waupaca, is in urgent need of financial help. Their mission is to empower others to live with greater hope, independence and freedom from poverty, hunger and homelessness.

 

Donations may be given online at http://foundationsforlivingwaupaca.com or a check may be mailed to or dropped off at Foundations for Living, 1421 Churchill St, Waupaca, WI 54981

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Steve and Pat

Reader: Karen

Communion Servers:Cindy and Steve

 

Readings for next week: Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16;

                                            Luke 12:32-40

 

Calendar This Week:

Tuesday, August 6       9:00 am – Assemble LWR Baby Care Kits

Saturday, August 10    6:00 pm – Movie Night – Different Drummers

Sunday, August 11       9:00 am – Worship with Noisy Offering

 

 

                               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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