October 10, 2021

October 10, 2021

Order of Worship

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

 

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,whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless. Amen.

 Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

 Silence is kept for reflection.

God our comforter: like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins. Amen.

  

Gathering Song – Holy God, We Praise Your Name, ELW #414

 

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, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

Amos was a herdsman by profession and a prophet by God’s call. During a time of great prosperity in the northern kingdom of Israel, the prophet speaks to the wealthy upper class. He warns his listeners that fulfilling God’s demand for justice brings blessing, while corruption and oppression incur God’s wrath.

  6Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground!

10They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. 11Therefore because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain,  you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. 12For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. 13Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time.
14Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. 15Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

                            The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 90:12-17

12So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? Be gracious to

         your servants. 

14Satisfy us by your steadfast love in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad as many days as you afflicted us and as many           years as 
we suffered adversity.

16Show your servants your works, and your splendor to their children.
17May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us;                   prosper the 
work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Hebrews 4:12-16

We cannot hide our thoughts, desires, and actions from God, to whom we are completely accountable. Nevertheless, Jesus understands our human weakness and temptations, because he also experienced them. Therefore we can approach the throne of grace to receive divine mercy from Christ.

 12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

                       The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Mark 10:17-31

Jesus has been teaching his disciples about what is most valued in God’s eyes. Now, a conversation with a rich man brings his message home to the disciples in a way that is surprising but unforgettable.

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

   17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Just a Closer Walk with Thee, ELW #697

 

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

God of abundance, you cause streams to break forth in the desert and manna to rain from the heavens. Accept the gifts you have first given us. Unite them with the offering of our lives to nourish the world you love so dearly; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song –On Our Way Rejoicing, ELW #537

 

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

 

 

News and Events:

The general meeting of St. John’s Women of the ELCA will be held today after worship.

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be October 15 at 5 pm at Waupaca Woods Restaurant. RSVP to Karen to reserve your spot.

 

The October issue of Living Lutheran is available in the gathering area.

 

Next Sunday, October 17 is our Food Pantry Sunday. Donations of nonperishable food items will be shared with a local food pantry for those in our area who could use a little help.

 

Quilters will meet Monday, Oct 18 and Tuesday, Oct 19 at        8:30 am.

 

The month of October we will celebrate communion in our pews using the prepackaged communion elements. Please pick up the communion elements as you enter the sanctuary or ask an usher. This procedure will be reviewed at the end of the month. Disposable masks are available upon entering the church. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

We are in need of ushers. The signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board.

 

CAP Services’ Volunteer Tax Assistance Coordinator is looking for Intake Specialists, Interpreters and Tax Preparers for the Waushara County Office located in the CAP Sell building, 205 E Main St Wautoma for the upcoming 2021 tax season. Applicants will receive training in standards of conduct, intake procedures and tax law as well as free basic tax filing in return for one 3-4 hour shift per week during the tax season. Visit www.capservices.org/vita for an application or call 920-647-0978. There is a flyer on the bulletin board.

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please contact me by email (chenn@capmail.org) or phone (920-647-0978). You may also sign up

at www.capservices.org/vita. Thank you for your support! Connie Henn

 

Thank you for serving today:

Ushers: John and Julie

Reader: Scott

Coffee Hour Hosts: Paul & Lori

 

Readings for next week: Isaiah 53:4-12; Hebrews 5:1-10;                                                                  Mark 10:35-45

 

                          St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

                            P.O. Box 27, Saxeville, WI 54976

(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

 

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.

 

For the month of October, we will celebrate communion usingthe prepackaged communion elements and take communion in our seats. This procedure will be reviewed at the end of the month.The elements are available in the basket at the sanctuary entrance or ask an usher.

  

You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime

at 920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497

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