June 26, 2022

June 26, 2022

Order of Worship

Third Sunday after Pentecost

We have no good apart from God. That makes Jesus’ call to follow him an invitation to freedom. This is freedom to revel in the Spirit’s fruit: love, joy, peace, and patience. This is freedom to not be imprisoned by anything that would keep us from the fullness of the life God has given us. This is the path of life.

 

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, whose steadfast love endures forever. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Merciful God, we confess that we have not followed your path but have chosen our own way. Instead of putting others before ourselves, we long to take the best seats at the table. When met by those in need, we have too often passed by on the other side. Set us again on the path of life. Save us from ourselves and free us to love our neighbors.

Amen. 

Hear the good news! God does not deal with us according to our sins but delights in granting pardon and mercy. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. You are free to love as God loves. Amen.

 

Gathering Song – Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, ELW #836

 

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

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21

In the story preceding today’s reading, the prophet Elijah flees for his life to the security of God’s mountain. There God reveals to Elijah that there are still other faithful people in Israel and commissions him to anoint new leaders, including his own successor, Elisha.

 15Then the Lord said to [Elijah,] “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place.

19So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. 20He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

                  The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 16

1Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all other.”
2All my delight is in the godly that are in the land, upon those who are 
noble among the people.

3But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings to such gods, never take their names 
upon my lips.

5O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; it is you who uphold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; indeed, I have a rich

inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; my heart teaches me night after night.
8I have set the Lord always before me; because God is at my right hand, 
I shall not be shaken. 

9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me to the grave, nor let your holy one see the 
pit.

11You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-25

For Paul, the freedom Christ gives is not permission to do whatever we want. It is the invitation to be what we could not be otherwise. The power and guidance of Christ’s Holy Spirit produce a different kind of life, one marked by the fruit of this Holy Spirit.

 1For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

                 The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel AcclamationAlleluia p. 188

  

Gospel –Luke 9:51-62

Jesus is unwavering in his commitment to his mission in Jerusalem and will not be swayed by pettiness. In a series of striking cases in point, he calls his disciples to a similar single-mindedness.

 

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

 

51When the days drew near for [Jesus] to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; 53but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55But he turned and rebuked them. 56Then they went on to another village.
57As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Be Thou My Vision, ELW #793

 

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 (offering plate is at the back of the sanctuary)

God of abundance: you have set before us a plentiful harvest. As we feast on your goodness, strengthen us to labor in your field, and equip us to bear fruit for the good of all, in the name of Jesus. 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 –Now We Join in CelebrationELW #462

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Life-giving God, through this meal you have bandaged our wounds and fed us with your mercy. Now send us forth to live for others, both friend and stranger, that all may come to know your love. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song –On What Has Now Been Sown, ELW #550

 

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

 

News and Events:

Bethany invites everyone to lunch, a brief information session and a tour of their campus at Noon on June 28 as part of their 125 years celebration. Enter at the Wellness Center.

 

The latest newsletter from Treehouse Central is posted on the bulletin board. There is also a list of volunteer opportunities.

 

Next Sunday, July 3 is Noisy Offering to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, WI Chapter. This organization works toward creating a world free from MS.

 

We will need Ushers and Coffee Hour Hosts for July and August. The signup sheets are on the bulletin board. Thanks for lending a hand.

 

Xavier Fine Arts Theatre in Appleton is presenting “All Rise!” the Northeast Wisconsin Passion Play March 30-April 2, 2023. Reserve tickets for a group of 10 or more by September 5 to save $2 on each ticket reserved, priced at $15. Flyer is on the bulletin board.

 

Thank you for serving today:

Usher: Peter and Linda

Reader: Scott

Communion Servers: Gene and Marcia

Coffee Hour: Jack and Sandy

 

Readings for next week: Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:[1-6]7-16;

Luke 10:1-11,16-20

 

 

                      St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

                         P.O. Box 27, Saxeville, WI 54976

(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 Sunday 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.

 

On any Sunday, we have the option to remain in your seat and use the prepackaged communion elements available in the basket at the sanctuary entrance or ask an usher.

 

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.

 

 

You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime

at 920-566-4014

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