November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018

Order of Worship

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Widows are visible everywhere in today’s readings. Jesus denounces those scribes who pray impressive prayers but devour widows’ houses. He commends the poor widow who in his view gave far more than the major donors. Jesus doesn’t see her simply as an object of compassion or charity. She, like the widow of Zarephath who shares her last bit of food with Elijah, does something of great importance.


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 calls us into an everlasting hope, who guides us to springs of the water of life, who enlightens us with the spirit of wisdom.Amen.


One with the communion of saints in all times and places, let us confess our sin against God and one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

O God, our merciful redeemer, we confess the ways we live only for ourselves. We fail to see you in our neighbor’s face. We turn our ears from voices that cry out. We pass by the hungry and the oppressed. In your great mercy, forgive our sin and strengthen us for service to all in need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for ☩ his sake, God forgives you all your sin. Blessed are you! Rejoice and be glad, beloved people of God. Amen.


Gathering Song – O Beautiful for Spacious Skies, ELW 888



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

O God, you show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Children's Sermon


First Reading – 1 Kings 17:8-16

This chapter begins the story of Elijah. God sends a drought on Israel because of the sins of King Ahab. This passage depicts God’s saving acts not only on behalf of Elijah, but also on behalf of those who are associated with the prophet, even a foreigner, the widow of Zarephath.


8The word of the Lord came to [Elijah,] saying, 9“Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” 11As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” 15She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 146

  Praise the
Lord, O my soul!
2I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
  I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3Put not your trust in rulers,
  in mortals in whom there is no help.
4When they breathe their last, they return to earth,
  and in that day their thoughts perish. 
5Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help,
  whose hope is in the
Lord their God;
6who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;
  who keeps promises forever;
7who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.
Lord sets the captive free.
8The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
Lord loves the righteous. 
9The Lord cares for the stranger;  

         the Lord sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the

         way of the wicked.

10The Lord shall reign forever,
  your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah! 


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – Moment by Moment


Second Reading – Hebrews 9:24-28

The letter to the Hebrews describes Christ as a high priest who offers himself as a sacrifice for our sin. Christ does not die again and again each year. He died once, is alive with God, and will reveal himself on the last day.


24Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, 28so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p. 188


Gospel –Mark 12:38-44

After engaging in a series of public arguments with religious leaders in the temple,

Jesus contrasts the proud and oppressive ways of those leaders with the sacrificial humility and poverty of the widow.


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


38As [Jesus] taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”


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




Song of the Day – Take My Life, That I May Be, ELW 583


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


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

Creator God, you made everything, and you provide for every need. The bread we break and the wine we pour come from you. As we eat and drink with thanksgiving, fill us with your love; let that love flow through us to others; and join us to the saints before us in a holy and boundless communion; through Jesus Christ our 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 – Blessed Assurance, ELW 638



Prayer after Communion

Sovereign God, in this meal you give us a foretaste of the great feast to come. Keep us faithful to you, that we, with all your saints, may at length celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Sending Song – I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me,ELW 860


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


Thanksgivings: For the services and sacrifices of all military veterans who have served in the defense of our country.


News and Events:

Lutheran Social Services donation envelopes are enclosed in the bulletin. Pastor Jim Holmberg of LSS shared his message with us on Oct 28.


Women of the ELCA Bible Study is tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.


2nd Wednesday Meal is at 5:00 p.m. Invite your neighbors to join you.


We will pack the Thanksgiving boxes next Sunday, Nov 18 after worship.


Bonnie is looking for input on a monthly knitting/crocheting session by the fireplace at her apartment for the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Please suggest day, time and if you would like to host. She will supply the tea, coffee and snack.


The Noisy Offering collected Nov 18 will go to the Waushara County Food Pantry.


Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical service will be held on Nov 21 at 6:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Redgranite.


Newsletter deadline is Nov 25 so start writing up those Twitters. Let us know how you spent time this fall, what is new with your family, holidays plans, major awards, etc.


We have received Thrivent Action Team dollars the confirmation students will use to shop for the Waushara County Christmas Project. If you have gifts you would like to donate as well, please bring them in Dec. 9. Thank you.



Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Pat and Steve

Reader: Bonnie

Communion Servers: Julie and John

Coffee Hour: Bev


Readings for next week: Daniel 12:1-3, Hebrews 10:11-14,19-25; Mark 13:1-8


Calendar This Week:

Monday, November 12       1:30 pm – WELCA Bible Study

Tuesday, November 13        8:30 am – Quilters

Wed, November 14             10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                 4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                                 5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

                                                 5:30 pm – Choir


Sunday, November 18          9:00 am – Worship 


                       St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,

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