March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019

Order of Worship

Second Sunday in Lent

Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God’s desire to protect and save us, our God persists. In holy baptism, God’s people have been called and gathered into a God-initiated relationship that will endure. Lent provides the church with a time and a tradition in which to seek the face of the Lord again. Lent provides another occasion to behold the God of our salvation in the face of the Blessed One who “comes in the name of the Lord.”

 

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 – Lead On, O King Eternal!, ELW 805

 

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

God of the covenant, in the mystery of the cross you promise everlasting life to the world. Gather all peoples into your arms, and shelter us with your mercy, that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son, 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 – Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

God promises a childless and doubting Abram that he will have a son, that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars, and that the land of Canaan will be their inheritance. Abram’s trust in God is sealed with a covenant-making ceremony, a sign of God’s promise.

 

1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
7Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” 8But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
12As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.
17When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 27

1The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?
  
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be

        afraid?
2When evildoers close in against me to devour my flesh,
  
they, my foes and my enemies, will stumble and fall.
3Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear.
  
Though war rise up against me, my trust will not be shaken.
4One thing I ask of the Lord; one thing I seek;
  
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my

        life; to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek God in

        the temple. 

5For in the day of trouble God will give me shelter,  

        hide me in the hidden places of the sanctuary, and raise me

        high upon a rock.

6Even now my head is lifted up above my enemies who surround me.
  
Therefore I will offer sacrifice in the sanctuary, sacrifices of

        rejoicing; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

7Hear my voice, O Lord, when I call;
  
have mercy on me and answer me.
8My heart speaks your message— “Seek my face.”
  
Your face, O Lord, I will seek. 
9Hide not your face from me, turn not away from your servant in anger.
  
Cast me not away—you have been my helper; forsake me

        not, O God of my salvation.

10Though my father and my mother forsake me,
  
the Lord will take me in.
11Teach me your way, O Lord;
  
lead me on a level path, because of my oppressors.
12Subject me not to the will of my foes,
  
for they rise up against me, false witnesses breathing

        violence.
13This I believe—that I will see the goodness of the Lord
  
in the land of the living!
14Wait for the Lord and be strong.
  
Take heart and wait for the Lord! 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem

  

Second Reading – Philippians 3:17--4:1

Although Paul’s devotion to Christ has caused him to be persecuted, he does not regret the course he has taken. Writing from prison, he expresses confidence in a glorious future and encourages other Christians to follow in his footsteps.

 

17Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. 4:1Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation - Sentence for Lent p. 142

 

Gospel –Luke 13:31-35

Neither Herod’s plotting nor Jerusalem’s resistance to maternal love will deter Jesus from his sacrificial mission.

 

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

 

31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus,] “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Precious Lord, Take My Hand, ELW 773

 

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 –We Come to the Hungry Feast,ELW 479

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 –Faith of Our Fathers, ELW 812

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For those bold men and women who first brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to new lands, like St. Patrick of Ireland.

 

News and Events:

Today's Noisy Offering will go to the Foundations for Living, Inc.

 

Sisters into Soup will meet at 9:00 am this Thursday, March 21.

 

Newsletter deadline is Friday, March 22.

 

If you would like an Easter flower donated in memory or in honor of someone, please contact Bea. Flowers are $10 each.

 

Our midweek Lenten services will be preceded by a soup supper at 5 pm with the Holden Evening Prayer Service at 6 pm. Please bring along a nonperishable food item or hygiene item to donate.

 

We will continue our Lenten project of tying fleece blankets on Sunday mornings.

 

It is time for a new directory with updated information on all members. 

 

St. John's has a page on Facebook and our members & friends are encouraged to "like" it. 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

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Bea

Reader: Jeanne

Communion Servers:John and Julie

Coffee Hour: Bev and Bonnie

 

Readings for next week: Isaiah 55:1-9; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13;

                                            Luke 13:1-9

 

Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, March 20      10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                                5:00 pm – Soup Supper

                                                6:00 pm – Lenten Service

Thursday, March 21             9:00 am – Sisters into Soup

Sunday, March 24                 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

 

 

You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime at 920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497

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