November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018

Order of Worship

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate Christ’s coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time. In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us, Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is to meet together to provoke one another to love.


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 – My Lord, What a Morning, ELW 438



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

Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Children's Sermon

Noisy Offering – Waushara County Food Pantry


First Reading – Daniel 12:1-3

The book of Daniel is an example of apocalyptic literature, which is full of strange visions and symbolism. Arising during times of great persecution, apocalyptic literature is concerned with God’s revelation about the end time and the coming kingdom of God, when God will vindicate the righteous who have been persecuted.


1“At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 16

1Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
  I have said to the
Lord, “You are my Lord, my good above all

2All my delight is in the godly that are in the land,
  upon those who are noble among the people.
3But those who run after other gods
  shall have their troubles multiplied.
4I will not pour out drink offerings to such gods,
  never take their names upon my lips. 
5O Lord, you are my portion and my cup;
  it is you who uphold my lot.
6My boundaries enclose a pleasant land;
  indeed, I have a rich inheritance.
7I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
  my heart teaches me night after night.
8I have set the Lord always before me;
  because God is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 
9My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices;
  my body also shall rest in hope.
10For you will not abandon me to the grave,
  nor let your holy one see the pit.
11You will show me the path of life;
  in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right

        hand are pleasures forevermore.   


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem –For the Beauty of the Earth


Second Reading – Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25

Images of worship and sacrifice are used throughout Hebrews to highlight what Christ has uniquely accomplished through his death. Because we have received forgiveness through Christ’s death, we live with sincere hearts by trusting in God’s promises and encouraging love and good works from each other.


11Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p. 188



Gospel –Mark 13:1-8

In the last week of his life, Jesus warned his disciples concerning trials that were to come upon them and upon the world. He exhorts the listener: Do not be alarmed.


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


1As [Jesus] came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
3When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”


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




Song of the Day –Sing with All the Saints in Glory,ELW 426


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 –Soon and Very Soon, ELW 439



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 –Lead On, O King Eternal!,ELW 805


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


Thanksgivings: For the hope of the Kingdom of God and how that power helps us to live each day of our lives.


News and Events:

We will pack the Thanksgiving boxes after worship today. Thank you to everyone for your contributions and to Barb for spearheading this project once again. Thrivent action dollars were used to purchase turkeys and hams.


The Noisy Offering todaywill 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.


A free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in the parish hall in Wautoma on Thursday, November 22 to celebrate the holiday. Appetizers will be a 11:30 am and dinner will be served at 12 noon. If anyone would like to give of their time on Wednesday to set up or Thursday to help, please contact Helen Cox 787-5900. If you are a shut-in and cannot come and live in either Wild Rose or Wautoma and would like a meal delivered, please call Helen by Monday so arrangements can be made. Thank you.


Kermit has donated a copy of his new book, In God's Time, to the church library. Thank you, Kermit. It is also available for purchase on Amazon.


Our annual Advent Event will be Sunday, Dec 2. The tree will be decorated, goodie baskets for shut-ins will be filled, nativity sets will be arranged, and whatever else needs to be put in place for Advent will be taken care of with all activities culminating in a wonderful potluck fellowship. Don't miss it. Thrivent action dollars will be used toward the gift bags for shut-ins and we are asked to provide cookies, fruit, etc.


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. We will be purchasing warm clothing as well as other gift items and toys. If you have gifts you would like to donate please bring them in Dec. 9.Thank you.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Julie and John

Reader: Debi

Communion Servers:Pete and Linda

Coffee Hour: John and Julie


Readings for next week: Daniel 7:9-10,13-14; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37


Calendar This Week:

Wed, November 21       6:30 pm – Thanksgiving Eve Service at                                                   First Congregational Church in Redgranite

Sunday, November25     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