January 13, 2019

January 13, 2019

Order of Worship

Baptism of Our Lord

The Baptism of Our Lord cannot help but recall our own and all baptismal blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as daughters and sons, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of the beloved Son of God in bread and wine.

 

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 – Give to Our God Immortal Praise!, ELW 848

 

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

Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Children's Sermon

 

First Reading – Isaiah 43:1-7

Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring them home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them.

 

1But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. 4Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life.
5Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; 6I will say to the north, “Give them up,” and to the south, “Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth— 7everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 29

1Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
  ascribe to the
Lord glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name;
  worship the
Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
  the
Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
  the voice of the
Lord is a voice of splendor. 
5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
  the
Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
  and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the Lord
  bursts forth in lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
  the
Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare.
  And in the temple of the
Lord all are crying, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
  the
Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.
11O Lord, give strength to your people;
  give them, O
Lord, the blessings of peace. 


Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem – Let's Just Praise the Lord

 

Second Reading – Acts 8:14-17

Peter and John are sent to support the new Christians in Samaria, a group that was recently baptized after hearing the good news of Christ through the preaching of Philip. Here the Samaritans receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the laying on of hands.

 

14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16(for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). 17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

The reading opens with questions about the identity of the Messiah. John the Baptist insists that he is not the Messiah; instead he points ahead to one who is coming. And whether the voice of God was heard by all or only by Jesus, God settles the matter: Jesus is God’s beloved Son.

 

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

 

15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Baptized in Water, ELW 456

 

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 – Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart, ELW 800

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 – All Who Believe and Are Baptized, ELW 442

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For all the promises that God gives us in our baptism.

 

News and Events:

Noisy Offering next Sunday.

 

Next Sunday, January 20St. John's Foundation meeting will be held after worship. We will discuss how we want to handle our investments.

 

January 27 – Annual Congregational Meeting (Yearly business meeting for the church)

 

Thursday, Jan 17, Sisters Into Soup will be meeting to make soup at 9 am.

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be January 18 at 5 pm at the Golden Nugget. Contact Bev if you are able to attend.

 

Movie Night will be Saturday January 19 at 4 pm. We will be showing the movie “I Can Only Imagine”, a March 2018 release. The inspiring and unknown true story behind Mercy Me's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

 

A new book “To Heaven And Back” has been added to our library compliments of Kermit. It is the true story of how a doctor dies in a kayak accident. Dr. Mary C. Neal (a surgeon) tells about angels, heaven and God in a very readable book, all in her own words.

 

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.

 

Newsletter deadline is January 24. Any news to share?

 

CAP Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps individuals and families maximize their tax returns. We have IRS-certified volunteers that provide free basic tax preparation and help taxpayers claim special tax credits for which they may qualify, such as the Child Tax Credit, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).  Tax preparation is provided by appointment at the CAPsell Center, 205 East Main St, Wautoma.  To find out if you’re eligible and to make an appointment call 1-800-660-5430 beginning January 14, 2019.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Lori

Reader: Karen

Communion Servers: Paul and Debi

Coffee Hour: Pat and Jeanne

 

 

Readings for next week: Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11;

                                            John 2:1-11

 

Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, January 16    10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                 4:30 pm – Confirmation Class

                                                 5:30 pm – Choir

Thursday, January 17           9:00 am – Sisters Into Soup

Friday, January 18                5:00 pm – Fri Fellowship & Fish Fry at

                                                                   Golden Nugget

Saturday, January 19             4:00 pm – Movie Night “I Can Only                                                                                                    Imagine

Sunday, January 20                9:00 am – Worship

St. John's Foundation Meeting following 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.

 

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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