February 9, 2020

Order of Worship

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Through baptism we are sent into the world to shine with the light of Christ.

 

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, 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 – In a Lowly Manger Born, LBW 718

 

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

Lord God, with endless mercy you receive the prayers of all who call upon you. By your Spirit show us the things we ought to do, and give us the grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Isaiah 58:1-9a

Shortly after the return of Israel from exile in Babylon, the people were troubled by the ineffectiveness of their fasts. God reminds them that outward observance is no substitute for genuine fasting that results in acts of justice, such as feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and clothing the naked.

 

1Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God. 3“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.
4Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. 5Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
6Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? 7Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? 8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9aThen you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 112:1-9

1Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord
  
and have great delight in God’s commandments!
2Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
  
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3Wealth and riches will be in their house,
  
and their righteousness will last forever.
4Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
  
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5It is good for them to be generous in lending
  
and to manage their affairs with justice.
6For they will never be shaken;
  
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7They will not be afraid of any evil rumors;
  
their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8Their heart is established and will not shrink,
  
until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9They have given freely to the poor, and their righteousness stands fast forever;
  
they will hold up their head with honor.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – 1 Corinthians 2:1-12

Though people such as the Corinthians are enamored with human philosophy and wisdom, Paul continuously presents God’s hidden wisdom which is Jesus Christ crucified. True spiritual maturity involves judging ourselves and others in light of God’s revelation in the cross.

 

1When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. 2For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
6Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. 7But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But, as it is written,
 “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
  nor the human heart conceived,
 what God has prepared for those who love him”—
10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Matthew 5:13-20

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encourages his followers to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, doing good works and keeping God’s commandments.

 

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

 

[Jesus said:] 13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Christ, Be Our Light, ELW 715

 

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 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 – You Satisfy the Hungry Heart, ELW 484

Communion

Blessing

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.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song – This Little Light of Mine, ELW 677

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For all those who bring "salt" and "light" into our lives.


News and Events:

2nd Wednesday Meal is this week at 5 pm.

 

It's time for a movie on Saturday, Feb 15 at 2pm. The featured film is Hiding in Plain Sight. Please let Steve know if you will be attending.

 

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

 

Next Sunday we will collect the Noisy Offering for St. John's Women of the ELCA and accept donations of nonperishable food items for Food Pantry Sunday. We have had to adjust the dates of these two projects but starting March 1, the first Sunday of the month will be designated to collect the Noisy Offering and the third Sunday of the month will be our Food Pantry Sunday.

 

Last summer we created, splashed, prayed, hiked, and grew together. Summer Camp at Crossways is a unique opportunity to encourage the faith of youth and mold Christian Leaders. Family and youth programs are waiting to engage your family at one of our three beautiful sites. 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.

 

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.

 

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:

Reader: Jeanne

Communion Servers: Tammy and Steve

Coffee Hour: Sara and Jay

 

Readings for next week: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 ;

                                           1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

 

Calendar This Week:

Monday, February 10           WELCA Bible Study

Wednesday, February 12     9:15 am and 5:30 pm – Choir practice

                                                10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                  4:00 pm – Confirmation class

                                                  5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

Saturday, February 15           2:00 pm – Movie

                                                                    “Hiding in Plain Sight”

Sunday, February 16              9:00 am – Worship

                                               Noisy Offering and Food Pantry Sunday

 

                              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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