March 10, 2019

March 10, 2019

Order of Worship

First Sunday in Lent

These forty days called Lent are like no other. It is our opportune time to return to the God who rescues; to receive the gifts of God’s grace; to believe with the heart and confess with the mouth the wonder of God’s love in Jesus; and to resist temptation at every turn. This is no small pilgrimage on which we have just embarked. It is a struggle Jesus knew. It is a struggle Jesus shares. The nearness of the Lord, in bread and wine, water and word, will uphold and sustain us.

 

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 gathers us in the wilderness to redeem us, anoint us, and make us new. Amen.

 

In these forty days, let us be honest, confess our sin, and receive God’s promise of mercy.

Silence for reflection.

God at the margins, We have wandered far from your home; again and again, we lose our way. We turn inward, afraid of the world around us. We forget that you have saved your people before and promise to do so again. Do not remember the deeds of our past, but turn our faces toward the future, where your forgiveness is sure, your welcome is clear, and your love overflows. Amen.

 

Like a hen who gathers her chicks, God embraces you in tender care. Like manna in the desert, God feeds you with surprising mercy. Like a loving parent, God runs to meet you again this day, forgiving your sins for the sake of ☩ Christ, leading you from death into life. Amen.

 

Gathering Song – O Lord, throughout These Forty Days, ELW 319

 

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.

 

Kyrie p.138

 

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, you led your people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide us now, so that, following your Son, we may walk safely through the wilderness of this world toward the life you alone can give, 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 – Deuteronomy 26:1-11

The annual harvest festival, called the Feast of Weeks, provides the setting for this reading. This festival celebrates the first fruits of the produce of the land offered back to God in thanks. In this text, worshipers announce God’s gracious acts on behalf of Israel.

 

1When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” 4When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, 5you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, 7we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. 11Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

1You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
  
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty—
2you will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my stronghold,
  
my God in whom I put my trust.”
9Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
  
and the Most High your habitation,
10no evil will befall you,
  
nor shall affliction come near your dwelling.
11For God will give the angels charge over you,
  
to guard you in all your ways.
12Upon their hands they will bear you up,
  
lest you strike your foot against a stone. 
13You will tread upon the lion cub and viper;
  
you will trample down the lion and the serpent.
14I will deliver those who cling to me;
  
I will uphold them, because they know my name.
15They will call me, and I will answer them;
  
I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue and honor them.
16With long life will I satisfy them,
  
and show them my salvation. 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem

 

Second Reading – Romans 10:8b-13

Paul reminds the Christians at Rome of the foundation of their creed, the confession of faith in the risen Christ as Lord.

 

8b“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation - Sentence for Lent p. 142

 

Gospel –Luke 4:1-13

After being filled with the Holy Spirit at his baptism, Jesus is led in the wilderness. Through his responses to the temptations of the devil, he defines what it means to be called “the Son of God.”

 

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

 

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’ ”
5Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ”
9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10for it is

written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
12Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, ELW 325

 

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

Generous God, you feed us with the harvest of the land, and you provide for our every need. Receive our gifts of money, imagination, and labor, and transform them into a feast that welcomes all, in Jesus Christ, our host and our guest. 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 –One Bread, One BodyELW 496

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Tender and merciful one, at your feast, you fed us who brought nothing, turning our emptiness into joy. Filled with your abundant grace, send us now to be ministers of reconciliation, mending broken hearts, working for justice, and striving for peace among all people, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song –Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer, ELW 618

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For this season of Lent, a time of repentance, reflection, renewal and hope.

 

News and Events:

Today is the first Sunday in Lent so we will begin our Lenten project of tying fleece blankets. Thank you to Steve and Pat for preparing the fleece.

 

Our midweek Lenten services will be preceded by a soup supper at 5 pm with the Holden Evening Prayer Service at 6 pm. This week the 2nd Wednesday Meal will precede the worship service.

 

Thank you to everyone who helped yesterday with St. John's Annual Lenten Labors church cleaning.

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be March 15 at        6 pm at Silvercryst. Contact Wally to let him know you will attend.

 

Next Sunday the Noisy Offering will go to the Foundations for Living, Inc. This Waupaca based organization serves people in Waupaca County and the surrounding communities. Their mission is to assist members of the community in crisis onto the path of self sufficiency through education, emotional support, advocacy, and emergency services. This support includes employment connections, clothing, transitional housing, recovery coaching and living skills classes.

 

St. John's has a page on Facebook and our members & friends are encouraged to "like" it. When you do that, it increases our visibility among people in and around the Saxeville area, some of who could very well be looking for a church home. Better yet, if you take a picture at one of our events, pass it along to either Pete or Julie and we'll post it. https://www.facebook.com/SjJohnsSax

 

FYI from Pastor Rick:“We are in Christ”, the county-wide church group working with Vision 20/20 to fight hunger and poverty in Waushara County, is encouraging churches to make donations to our county food pantries a part of our Lenten observance. The goal is 4000 food or health hygiene items during Lent. We would ask people to bring such an item to our weekly Lenten services.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Lori

Reader: John

Communion Servers:Tim and Jeanne

Coffee Hour: Jack and Sandy

 

Calendar This Week:

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

Tuesday, March 12         8:30am – Quilters

Wednesday, March 13    5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

                                           6:00 pm – Lenten Holden                                                                                             Evening Prayer Service

Sunday, March 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.

 

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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