November 8, 2020

November 8, 2020

Order of Worship

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.


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 –



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 justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


First Reading – Amos 5:18-24

In the days of Amos, people thought that the day of the LORD would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience. The LORD demands justice and righteousness in the community.


18Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; 19as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake. 20Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?
21I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. 23Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

24But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Psalm 70

1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.
2Let those who seek my life be put to shame and confounded;        let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and        be disgraced. 

3Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat over me turn back because of their shame.
4Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let those                who love your salvation say forever, “Great is the Lord!”

5But as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quickly, O God. You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry. 


Second Reading – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Some of the Thessalonians are worried that dead Christians will be excluded from the resurrection to eternal life when Christ comes again. Paul reassures them with the word of hope that all Christians, living or dead, will be raised into everlasting life with Christ.


13We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel –Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus tells a parable about his own second coming, emphasizing the need for readiness at all times.


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


[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”


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




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




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


News and Events:

This is our first Sunday worshipping in our cars and tuning to a designated FM radio station on car our radios. Broadcasting our worship service in this manner allows us to safely gather for worship.


Barb Hansen will again be assembling Thanksgiving Boxes for those in need. Barb will be at church on Thursday, Nov 12 from   5 pm until 6 pm to accept your food donations and/or cash donations to fill the boxes. We are looking for food items for Thanksgiving dinner but all donations are gratefully accepted and will be distributed. If you need, or you know of someone who needs a Thanksgiving box of food, please contact Barb Hansen by phone. Her number is 715-281-8254. 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 are starting a project called Puzzle Box. With the help of a Thrivent Action Team we are offering a selection of 25 puzzles. They are all 1000 piece puzzles. The intent is to help those who are not getting out right now or even if you are bored with too much time on your hands. With colder weather and winter coming why not start a puzzle? Hopefully one day we can offer this at church. Right now 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. No charge. I hope you take advantage of the Puzzle Box.


The fleece blanket project will look different this year. I am trying to complete the project before Christmas. It does not look like we will be able to get together to tie blankets at church service due to the virus situation. I was able to purchase, with the help of a Thrivent Action Team, material for 17 blankets. After watching the sales at Joann Fabrics I bought the kits regularly $34.99 for $13.49. This resulted in a savings of $372.00. I have them cut and ready to be tied. I am looking for volunteers to take a blanket and tie them. There will be 10 red/white/ and blue ones that will go to the Veteran’s Home at King and 7 others that will go into the We Care Foster Care Program. Please contact Steve Sorenson (920-987-5744 or to make arrangements. Please consider participating in this as a Stewardship program. Thank you.

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. For deliveries, we need a correct address along with the above information. Thank you.

Next week's lessons: Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11;

Matthew 25:14-30

                     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.


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