November 4, 2018

November 4, 2018

Order of Worship

All Saints Sunday

Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.


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 – For All the Saints, ELW 422 verses 1-2



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, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through 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 – Isaiah 25:6-9

Isaiah sees a vision of the end of days, when the Lord will gather all God’s people on God’s holy mountain and will prepare for them a rich feast. At this banquet the Lord will wipe the tears from all eyes. And there will be no more sorrow, for God will destroy death itself.


6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.  

9It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 24

1The earth is the Lord‘s and all that is in it,
  the world and those who dwell therein.
2For the Lord has founded it upon the seas
  and established it upon the rivers. 
3Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord,
  and who may stand in God’s holy place?
4Those of innocent hands and purity of heart,
  who do not swear on God’s being, nor do they pledge by

         what is false.
5They shall receive blessing from the Lord
  and righteousness from the God of their salvation.
6Such is the generation of those who seek you, O Lord,
  of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob. 
7Lift up your heads, O gates; and be lifted up, O everlasting doors,
  that the King of glory may come in.
8Who is this King of glory?
Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
9Lift up your heads, O gates; and be lifted up, O everlasting doors,
  that the King of glory may come in.
10Who is this King of glory?
  Truly, the
Lord of hosts is the King of glory.


Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – He's Everything to Me


Second Reading – Revelation 21:1-6a

Here is a vision of the new heaven and new earth in which God resides fully with God’s people so that mourning, despair, and pain have been eradicated. These renewing words from the God who spans all of time are trustworthy and true.


1I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6aThen he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p. 188


Gospel –John 11:32-44

Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus offers the world a vision of the life to come, when death and weeping will be no more.


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


32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”


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




Song of the Day – Shall We Gather at the River, ELW 423


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 – Have No Fear, Little Flock, ELW 764



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 – For All the Saints,ELW 422 verses 6-7


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


Thanksgivings: For all the saints who from their labors rest.


News and Events:

Our Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be this Friday, Nov 9 at Oakwood at 6pm. Bonnie is in charge of the evening so please let her know if you will be attending.


Council meets tomorrow, Nov 5 at 6:05 pm.


Movie Night is Saturday, Nov 10 at 5 pm. The movie will be “Seven Deadly Words”.

Inspired by actual events, this Docudrama follows a congregation as they try to overcome the Seven Deadly Words: “We’ve never done it that way before.”

Two student filmmakers come to Egypt Valley Community Church to complete a documentary on a small congregation adapting to a new pastor. What they don’t realize is that they will soon be caught in the middle of a

power struggle that will test the faith and push the limits of all parties involved. The church is out of funds and out of touch with the community. When a major spending issue threatens the church’s very survival, Evan steps in with a controversial budget proposal. What starts out as a debate over “faith giving” turns into a holy war, with Evan as the target.


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



We will begin collecting nonperishable food donations for the Thanksgiving boxes. Boxes will be packed on Sunday, Nov 18.


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.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Paul and Debi

Reader: Lori

Communion Servers: Mike and Bea

Coffee Hour: Bonnie , Sandy and Jack


Readings for next week: 1 Kings 17:8-16, Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44


Calendar This Week:

Monday, November 5      6:05 pm – Council

Tuesday, November 6       8:30 am – Quilters

Wed, November 7            10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                              4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                              5:30 pm – Choir

Friday, November 9           6:00 pm – Friday Fellowship & Fish Fry

                                                                 at Oakwood

Sat, November 10               5:00 pm – Movie Night

                                                                “Seven Deadly Words”

Sunday, November 11 9:00 am – Worship          Veterans Day



                        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