February 10, 2019

February 10, 2019

Order of Worship

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

The fifth Sunday after Epiphany continues to highlight unlikely instruments and circumstances appointed to reveal the glory of the Lord. “Who will go for us?” queries the voice of the Lord. A man of unclean lips, a former persecutor of the church of God, and three fishermen who couldn’t catch a thing. More surprising still, perhaps, is the fact that we are also called.

 

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

 

Welcome and Reminders

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who creates us and forms us, who redeems us and calls us, who unites us and sends us. Amen. 

Gathered in God’s presence, let us confess our sin.

Silence for reflection.

Mighty and loving God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We seek our own way. We divide the body of Christ. In your mercy, cleanse us and heal us. Let the words of our mouths, the thoughts of our hearts, and everything that we do be filled with faith, hope, and love. Amen. 

Hear the voice of Jesus: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim release to the captives.” In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, I proclaim to you that your sins are forgiven and you are released. The joy of the Lord is your strength, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are yours forever. Amen.

 

Gathering Song – Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!, ELW 413

  

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

Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and before you angels and saints stand in awe. Enlarge our vision to see your power at work in the world, and by your grace make us heralds of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Children's Sermon

 

First Reading – Isaiah 6:1-8 

Isaiah says, Here am I; send me

 1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said: 

 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 138

1I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
  
before the gods I will sing your praise.
2I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, because of your steadfast love and faithfulness;
  
for you have glorified your name and your word above all

        things. 
3When I called, you answered me;
  
you increased my strength within me.
4All the rulers of the earth will praise you, O Lord,
  
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
5They will sing of the ways of the Lord,
  
that great is the glory of the Lord.
6The Lord is high, yet cares for the lowly,
  
perceiving the haughty from afar. 
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe;
  
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;

        your right hand shall save me.

8You will make good your purpose for me;
  
O Lord, your steadfast love endures forever; do not abandon         the works of your hands.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem

 

 

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Paul delivers in a nutshell the story of the gospel that was given to him. In the lineage of the Christian faith, we have received the good news of God’s love from generations of believers before us, and we continue to tell this story to the world.

 

1Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.
3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 5:1-11

Jesus’ teaching of God’s word has begun to draw great crowds. For Simon, James, and John, Jesus’ teaching inspires hospitality, then obedience, and then risk. After

 

Jesus’ creative power is revealed, fear and amazement lead these three fishermen to leave everything behind in order to become apostles.

 

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

 

1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore, ELW 817

  

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

God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever. You bring forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine. Nourish us with these gifts, that we might be for the world signs of your gracious presence in Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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

We thank you, O God, that you have fed us at your banqueting table with bread and wine beyond compare, the very life of Christ for us. Send your Spirit with us now, that we may set the captive free, use your gifts to build one another up, and in everything reflect your glory revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song – The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve, ELW 551

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For all those who witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our community and throughout the world.

 

News and Events:

Today we will sign up for our 2019 Prayer Partners. This prayer ministry is an annual project of St. John's Women of the ELCA. They are also sponsoring the Wild RoseManor Valentines/Birthday Party on Feb 14 at 2 pm and are looking for volunteers. Please contact Lori if you are able to help.

 

2nd Wednesday Meal is this week at 5 pm. Please join us for food and fellowship.

 

St. John's Women of the ELCA Bible Study is tomorrow at

1:30 pm.

 

Next Sunday is our Noisy Offering. It will be donated to St. John's Women of the ELCA.

 

Copies of St. John's Constitution are available in the Gathering Area. This constitution was approved at the Annual Meeting on January 25, 2015.

 

If you would like to make a contribution to St. John's Scholarship Fund, please indicate your designation on your offering envelope.

 

Having a difficult day or know someone who could use a warm meal? There is soup available in the chest freezer downstairs provided by Sisters into Soup. Help yourself.

 

Crossways Camping Ministries is looking young adults to work at camp this summer. Contact https://crosswayscamps.org/join-our-summer-staff.html for more information.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: John and Julie

Reader: Karen

Communion Servers: Mike and Dorothy

Coffee Hour: Mike and Dorothy

 

Readings for next week: Jeremiah 17:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20;

Luke 6:17-26

 

Calendar This Week:

Monday, February 11          1:30 pm – WELCA Bible Study

Tuesday, February 12           8:30 am – Quilters

Wednesday, February 13   10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                  4:15 pm – Confirmation Class

                                                  5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

                                                  5:30 pm – Choir

Sunday, February 17             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.

 

Four chairs in the back row of 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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