November 25, 2018

 November 25, 2018

Order of Worship

Christ the King Sunday

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right. He would have the king’s title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the “one like a human being” (Son of Man) given dominion in Daniel’s vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory will be the nonviolent victory of 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.

 

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.

 

Hymn of Praise p. 187

 

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and ever-living God, you anointed your beloved Son to be priest and sovereign forever. Grant that all the people of the earth, now divided by the power of sin, may be united by the glorious and gentle rule of 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 – Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

To the community for whom this passage was written, it seemed as though the oppression they were experiencing would never end. Daniel’s message is: It shall end. The Ancient One who is judge will call all nations to account and will give dominion to “one like a human being,” the Messiah.

 

9As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne, his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. 10A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
13As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. 14To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 93

1The Lord is king, robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
  The
Lord has made the world so sure that it cannot be moved.
2Ever since the world began, your throne has been established;
  you are from everlasting. 
3The waters have lifted up, O Lord, the waters have lifted up their voice;
  the waters have lifted up their pounding waves.
4Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea,
  mightier is the
Lord who dwells on high.
5Your testimonies are very sure,
  and holiness befits your house, O
Lord, forever and forevermore.  

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Revelation 1:4b-8

The book of Revelation begins by celebrating the Almighty God, who spans all of time. Similarly, Jesus is celebrated as the firstborn from the dead who rules over the world’s rulers. He is the one whose return we eagerly await.

 

4bGrace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
  To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood,
6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p. 188

 

Gospel – John 18:33-37

In John’s gospel, the story of Jesus and Pilate presents two different ways of exercising power: through force or with love.

 

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

 

33Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” 37Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day –Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!,ELW 377

 

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

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 –Beautiful Savior, ELW 838

Communion

Blessing

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.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song –Crown Him with Many Crowns,ELW 855 verses 1,2,5

 

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

 

 

Thanksgivings: For this special time of the year for a time of Thanksgiving with family and friends and reaching out to our neighbors.

 

News and Events:

Thank you to Steve for leading worship this morning while Pastor Rick celebrates Thanksgiving with his family.

 

Council meets tomorrow at 6:05 pm.

 

We furnished 18 families with Thanksgiving boxes last Sunday. Thank you for sharing your bounty. God's Work. Our Hands.

 

Our annual Advent Event will be next 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.

 

Surviving The Holidays is the theme of a special gathering to bring comfort and hope to all who are experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. The holidays are a time when the difficult emotions of grief hit even harder, and our time together will offer guidance and encouragement to make it through. “Surviving the Holidays” will be held on Sunday, Dec 2, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church, W2314 Prospect St, Poy Sippi featuring some of the nation's foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. A video will be shown and following that there will be an opportunity for discussion and sharing. It is okay to just watch and listen; no one is required to talk. A “survival guide” booklet will be provided to each participant. Call 920-787-5151 for more information.

 

St. John's Scholarship applications are available in the Gathering Area. Completed applications are due Friday, Dec 28, 2018.

 

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.

 

 

Newsletter deadline is today 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.

 

Next Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday. We need to restock.

 

Movie Night, Dec 8 at 4 pm features 23 Blast. 23 Blast isbased on the amazingly true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry's attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

 

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.

 

Stewardship Report:General Offering: $1,450.02

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Lori

Reader: Jeanne

Communion Servers: Scott and Lynn

Coffee Hour: Steve and Pat

 

Readings for next week: Jeremiah 33:14-16;1 Thessalonians 3:9-13;                                              Luke 21:25-36

 

Calendar This Week:

Monday, Nov 26          6:05 pm – Council

Wed, Nov 28                10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                         4:15 pm – Confirmation Class

                                         5:30 pm – Choir

Sunday, Dec 2                9:00 am – Worship

                              Advent Event with a Potluck to follow activities

                               Food Pantry Sunday

                                          3:00 pm – Surviving the Holidays –

                                                             First Lutheran, Poy Sippi

  

 

                               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.

 

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

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