November 22, 2020

Order of Worship

Christ the King Sunday

On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet we await the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds.

 

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

O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

First Reading – Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Because Israel’s kings proved to be bad shepherds, Ezekiel declares that the Lord will assume the role of shepherd in Israel. The Lord will also set over them a shepherd-messiah, “my servant David,” who will feed and care for the people.

 

11Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
20Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
23I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.



Psalm 95:1-7a

1Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving and             raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
3For you, Lord, are a great God, and a great ruler above all gods.
4In your hand are the caverns of the earth; the heights of the

       hills are also yours. 
5The sea is yours, for you made it, and your hands have molded the dry land.
6Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the

        Lord our maker.
7aFor the Lord is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand. 

 

Second Reading – Ephesians 1:15-23

In this passage, God is praised for revealing ultimate divine power in raising Jesus from the dead. The resurrected, exalted Christ is Lord of both the church and the entire universe, now and in the age to come.

 

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel –Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus compares himself to a king who moves among his subjects to see how he is treated: what is done for the least of those who belong to his family is truly done for him.

 

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

 

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

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:

Today is Christ the King Sunday. Advent begins November 29.

We will continue Sunday worship in our cars tuning into FM 97.5.

 

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 by December. If you would like to donate new items or contribute monetarily to this project, contact Debi Smith at 920-622-3358 or smithdebik@gmail.com.

 

Thanksgiving boxes are being prepared to share with members of our community in need of support. You may donate nonperishable food items through Sunday morning. The church will be open for a short time at 5:30 pm on Wednesday and 6 pm on Thursday. Boxes will be packed up Sunday morning following worship.

 

News for the Knot So Perfect Quilters: We’d like to start quilting again! Please contact Pat Sorenson (920-987-5744; stevesorenson@centurytel.net or Karen Karbowski (262-757-8155; karen.karbowski@gmail.com) if you are interested and your time choice, as we will accommodate up to 6 quilters per session. We will be meeting the first Tuesday and Thursday of each month from 9am-noon. There are many opportunities to serve – tying the quilts (you just have to be able to tie a simple knot), sewing around quilts or sewing together quilt squares at home or at church (simple instruction provided).The quilters are accepting gently used or new full size or larger blankets as a quilt filler, so please consider donating any unused or extra blankets to this ministry. There are also sewing opportunities making baby layettes – baby gowns, diapers, etc., with simple instruction provided.

 

Kermit Jorgensen published his life story in his book titled, When God Got Personal. Copies of the book are available for purchase from Shirley or you may purchase a copy on Amazon.

 

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 availabile 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: Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9;                                                             Mark 13:24-37

 

                           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

 

 

 


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