February 16, 2020

February 16, 2020

Order of Worship

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

In today’s reading from Deuteronomy we are called to choose life by loving and obeying God. Much of today’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We too are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.


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, the eternal voice from heaven, the anointed and beloved one, the Spirit moving over the waters.Amen.


As we approach the mystery of God, let us come in confession, trusting the love of Christ crucified and risen.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God who searches us and knows us, you have shown us what is good, but we have looked to other lights to find our way. We have not been just in our dealings with others. We have chosen revenge over mercy. We have promoted ourselves instead of walking humbly with you. With what shall we come before you? Forgive us our sin, and show us your salvation in the face of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Beloved of God, you have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, poured out for you in the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. Receive the promise of baptism: You are God’s child; ☩ your sins are forgiven. Rejoice and be glad, for yours is the reign of heaven. Amen.


Gathering Song – Lord, Jesus Christ, Be Present Now, LBW 527



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

O God, the strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Children's Sermon

Noisy Offering for St. John's Women of the ELCA


First Reading – Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The Lord sets before the people of God a clear choice. Life and prosperity will come to the faithful; loss of the land will be the consequence of disobedience. Choosing life entails loving and holding fast to the Lord. Life in God’s presence presupposes the promise made to the ancestors.


[Moses said to the people:] 15See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 119:1-8

1Happy are they whose way is blameless,
  who follow the teaching of the
2Happy are they who observe your decrees
and seek you with all their hearts,
3who never do any wrong,
  but always walk in your ways.
4You laid down your commandments,
that we should fully keep them. 
5Oh, that my ways were made so direct
  that I might keep your statutes!
6Then I should not be put to shame,
when I regard all your commandments.
7I will thank you with a true heart,
  when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me.


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – Rain on Me


Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Human leaders in the church are not the ones who control ministry. Rather they are coworkers who belong to God, the one who truly controls and continuously empowers the ministry of the church.


1Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p.188


Gospel –Matthew 5:21-37

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts his followers to embrace standards of righteousness that exceed legal requirements and traditional expectations.


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


[Jesus said to the disciples:] 21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”


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




Song of the Day – O God of Mercy, God of Light, ELW 714


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


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 wonder, you formed us in our mother’s womb, and from mother earth you bring forth this bread and wine. We place them on your table, together with our lives and all that you have made. Open the heavens to us and pour out your Spirit. We wait for your mercy; we long for your peace; we hunger and thirst for Jesus Christ, our banquet of life. 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 –Blessed Assurance, ELW 638



Prayer after Communion

Faithful God, you have kept your promise to us in this meal, nourishing us with the gift of salvation. Now send your servants forth in peace, that we may testify to your goodness and share the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.




Sending Song –Spread, Oh, Spread, Almighty Word, ELW 663


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


Thanksgivings: For God's call in Christ to be all that we can be, and for God's help to do that.

News and Events:

Today we will collect the Noisy Offering for St. John's Women of the ELCA and accept donations for Food Pantry Sunday. Beginning March 1, the 1st Sunday of the month will be Noisy Offering and the 3rd Sunday of the month will be Food Pantry Sunday.


Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be February 21 at    5 pm at the Golden Nugget. RSVP to the Knapwursts if you are able to attend.


Quilters will meet at 9:00 am this Saturday, February 22.


March is just around the corner. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area to volunteer as an usher or coffee hour host. Thank you.


On Sunday, March 1, Bridgette Henschel will be here for a short presentation about Central Wisconsin Treehouse. It will follow church service during our coffee hour. Please plan to stay and learn about this great opportunity to help local youth feel lovable, capable, and worthwhile.


Summer Camp at Crossways is a unique opportunity to encourage the faith of youth and mold Christian Leaders. Visit www.CrosswaysCamps.org to register or learn more. There are brochures on the bulletin boards detailing the camp options available this year through Crossways Camps (Pine Lake Camp). Funds are available to help defray the cost. Contact Debi Smith if you are interested in attending one of the camp sessions.

Summer employment opportunity: A summer at camp is some of the best young adult ministry in the church today. Cabin Leaders grow into more confident, self-assured, and mission-focused people. Most importantly, summer staff grow into the leaders of our church, starting now. Often, our staff apply for the role after someone in their life points out that they have gifts that are a good match. Do you know a young adult who has a passion for working with people, sharing their faith, or caring for creation? A referral goes a long way! Check out Crosswayscamps.org/apply-for-summer-staff to begin this life-changing experience


Bethany is offering our members a free month trial at The Springs wellness center. Call 715-942-1462 to schedule your free month trial. A brochure is posted on the bulletin board.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Jim and Janine

Reader: Debi

Communion Servers: Steve and Jackie

Coffee Hour: St. John's Women of the ELCA


Readings for next week: Exodus 24:12-18; Peter 1:16-21;                                                             Matthew 17:1-9


Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, February 19  9:15 am and 5:30 pm – Choir practice

                                            10:00 amBible Study with Pastor Rick

                                              4:00 pm – Confirmation class

Friday, February 21            5:00 pm – Friday Fellowship & Fish Fry                                                                   at Golden Nugget

Saturday, February 22        9:00 am – Quilters

Sunday, February 23           9:00 am – Worship



                        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.