November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

Order of Worship

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the LORD will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urges us to be awake and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use our gifts, while we still have time, for the greater and common good. In a world filled with violence and despair, we gather around signs of hope—word, water, bread, and wine—eager to welcome the good news of Christ’s coming among us.

 

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, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved. Amen.

 Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy One, we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.

 Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us.

Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice! Let us live in the promises prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Amen.

 

Gathering Song –

 

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

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading) presents the day of the Lord as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the Lord.

 

7Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests.
12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the people who rest complacently on their dregs, those who say in their hearts, “The Lord will not do good, nor will he do harm.” 13Their wealth shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.
14The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there. 15That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.
17I will bring such distress upon people that they shall walk like the blind; because they have sinned against the Lord, their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. 18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath; in the fire of his passion
the whole earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.



Psalm 90:1-8 [9-11] 12

1Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.
2Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.
3You turn us back to the dust and say, “Turn back, O children of earth.”
4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a watch in the night;
5you sweep them away like a dream, they fade away suddenly like the grass:
6in the morning it is green and flourishes; in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7For we are consumed by your anger; we are afraid because of your wrath.

8Our iniquities you have set before you, and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. 
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9When you are angry, all our days are gone; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11Who regards the power of your wrath? Who rightly fears your indignation?]  

12So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

 

Second Reading – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ’s return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel –Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.

 

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

 

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Apostles' Creed p. 105

  

Prayers of Intercession -

Each petition concludes with, “Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer

 

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

 

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

 

Blessing

 

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

 

News and Events:

This is our Food Pantry Sunday. Items donated today will be included in the Thanksgiving Boxes. If you need, or you know of someone who needs, a Thanksgiving box of food, please contact Barb Hansen. Thank you, Barb for spearheading this important ministry. Thrivent Action Team funds will be used to purchase turkeys and hams again this year as they have in the past.

 

We will continue Sunday worship in our cars tuning into

FM 97.5. It worked very well last week.

 

The fleece blanket project has been completed. Thank you to those of you volunteered to tie the blankets and thank you to Steve and Pat Sorenson for organizing this project to help keep others warm this winter.

 

The church will be donating warm clothes and toys to the Waushara Holiday Project. Previously, Confirmation students would shop for items to donate to the Waushara County Community Christmas Project. Thrivent Action Team funds will used for this project plus your contributions. Shopping will be completed before December.

 

Kermit Jorgensen published his life story in his book titled, When God Got Personal. Copies of the book are available for purchase from Shirley.

 

Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve dinner at Treehouse in Wautoma. Currently help is needed for November 24, December 22 and December 29. Please call Bridgette Henschel to make arrangements. 920-229-1788

 

We are starting a project called Puzzle Box. To participate call Pat or Steve Sorenson 920-987-5744 to set up a visit to the puzzle box. You can come to our home and pick out a puzzle or if you wish we will come to you. Just give us a call. We will operate like a library. Check out a puzzle, when you are done return it or we will pick it up.

 

A free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be available curbside at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church parking lot in Wautoma on Thursday, Nov 26th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Due to Covid, no indoor dining is allowed. However, a reservation MUST be made by Friday, Nov 20 to Helen Cox at 920-787-5900. We need your name, phone number and the number of meals you wish. If you are a shut in and cannot come to the site and live in either Wild Rose or Wautoma and would like a meal delivered, please call Helen also by Friday, Nov 20 to reserve your meal so delivery arrangements can be made.

 

Next week's lessons: Ezekiel34:11-16,20-24; Ephesians1:15-23;

Matthew 25:31-46

 

                               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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