March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019

Order of Worship

Fourth Sunday in Lent

The psalm sets the tone this day: “Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!” Happy are those who have “become the righteousness of God” in the merits of Christ Jesus. Happy are those for whom the forgiveness of God has “rolled away . . . the disgrace” of former times. Happy is the father at the return of his prodigal son. Happy are we that our sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake. Rejoice!

 

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.

  

Hymn Sing

 

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 compassion, you welcome the wayward, and you embrace us all with your mercy. By our baptism clothe us with garments of your grace, and feed us at the table of your love, 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 – Joshua 5:9-12

By celebrating the Passover and eating the produce of the promised land instead of the miraculous manna that had sustained them in the desert, the Israelites symbolically bring their forty years of wilderness wandering to an end at Gilgal.

 

9The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.
10While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. 11On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 32

1Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven,
  and whose sin is put away!
2Happy are they to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
  
and in whose spirit there is no guile! 
3While I held my tongue, my bones withered away,
  because of my groaning all day long.
4For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
  
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
5Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not conceal my guilt.
  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the
Lord.” Then

        you forgave me the guilt of my sin.

6Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble;
  
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them. 
7You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble;
  you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
8“I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go;
  
I will guide you with my eye.
9Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding;
  who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not

        stay near you.”

10Great are the tribulations of the wicked;
  
but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
11Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord;
  shout for joy, all who are true of heart.
 

 

 Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem

 

Second Reading – 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

One way to describe the gospel is the promise that in Christ everything is transformed into newness. All mistakes, all deliberate sins, all old history is reconciled with Christ’s resurrection. This is Paul’s strong message to the congregation in the city of Corinth.

 

16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation - Sentence for Lent p. 142

 

Gospel –Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Jesus tells a parable about a son who ponders his father’s love only after he has spurned it. The grace he receives is beyond his hopes. That same grace is a crisis for an older brother who believed it was his obedience that earned his place in the father’s home.

 

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

 

1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3So he told them this parable: 11b“There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ’ 20So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
25“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’ ”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Just As I Am, without One Plea, ELW 592

 

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 – Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling, ELW 608

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 – Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways, ELW 772

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For the grace of God in Christ that welcomes us home and forgives us. 

 

News and Events:

St. John's Women of the ELCA will be taking orders for rosettes. $7.50 per dozen. Rosettes will be made April 13, delivered April 14, Palm Sunday. Just in time for Easter!

 

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. Only two more services before Holy Week.

 

It is time for a new directory with updated information on all members. Please give Julie your current information regarding address, phone numbers, email addresses as soon as possible. Members can submit their own updated photo if desired. Myra has volunteered to take photos for those who would like to have a new photo taken. They will be done after the church service on Sunday, April 28. If neither of these works for you, we have the photos from the 2014 directory still available if you were pictured there.

 

If you are interested in attending the fish fry at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hortonville on April 5, please contact Loren. We will have a car pool leave the parking lot here at 4:30 pm. There is a flyer on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area.

 

Easter Breakfast is planned for 8 am Easter Sunday. Individuals will bring food already prepared, everyone eats, enjoys fellowship, takes their serving pieces home with them so there is minimal cleanup, and everyone is able to attend worship then spend the rest of the day with family and friends. Easy peasy. There will be a signup sheet ready in the near future. St. John's Women of the ELCA will host breakfast this year. There will be a free will offering.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Steve and Pat

Reader: Lori

Communion Servers: Paul and Debi

Coffee Hour: Pete and Linda

 

Readings for next week: Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:4b-14;

                                            John 12:1-8

 

Calendar This Week:

Tuesday, April 2             8:30 am - Quilters

Wednesday, April 3      10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                           4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                            5:00 pm – Soup Supper

                                            6:00 pm – Lenten Worship - Holden                                                                           Evening Prayer Service

Sunday, April 7                 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

 

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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