October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018

Order of Worship

Twenty-first 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 bell, please observe a moment of silence

 

Welcome and Reminders

 

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the ☩ holy Trinity, the one who fashions us, the one who heals us, the one who reforms us again and again. Amen.

 

Let us confess our sin, calling for God's transforming power.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Source of all life, we confess that we have not allowed your grace to set us free. We fear that we are not good enough. We hear your word of love freely given to us, yet we expect others to earn it. We turn the church inward, rather than moving it outward. Forgive us. Stir us. Reform us to be a church powered by love, willing to speak for what is right, act for what is just, and seek the healing of your whole creation. Amen.

 

God hears our cry and sends the Spirit to change us and to empower our lives in the world. Our sins are forgiven, ☩ God’s love is unconditional, and we are raised up as God’s people who will always be made new, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Gathering Song – Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now, ELW 527

 

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.

 

Children's Sermon

 

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 –Take My Life, That I May Be, ELW 583

 

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 life, you give us these gifts of the earth, these resources of our life and our labor. Take them, offered in great thanksgiving, and use them to set a table that will heal the whole creation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Light. 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 –We Come to the Hungry Feast, ELW 479

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Holy and compassionate God, in bread and wine you give us gifts that form us to be humble and courageous. May your words come to life in our serving and in our witness, that we might speak a living voice of healing and justice to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song –Let Justice Flow like Streams,ELW 717

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For the joy and recreation of sports events in our wider community - the Brewers, Packers, Badgers, Bucks, Admirals and especially our young people who participate in sports in our local community. (GO BREWERS)

 

News and Events:

A huge thank you to Ron and Barb for delivering all of the Lutheran World Relief donations of quilts, baby kits and school kits to Appleton for the first leg of the journey to help those in need.

 

We are having the fall highway cleanup on Saturday, October 20, starting at 8:00 a.m. and it usually takes about an hour. Vests and garbage bags will be provided.

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be held this Friday, October 19 at 6 pm at Magdalene's in King (formerly King's Table). Please let John know if you will be able to join us.

 

Noisy Offering next Sunday will benefit Parkinson's Disease research.

 

The Murder/Mystery “Bloodlines” will soon be upon us. The night is shaping up to be a haunting good time. The parts have been cast. There are a few tickets still available @ $10.00 pp. 5:00 to 8:00pm on Saturday October 27. If you have already purchased tickets you are encouraged to come in costume, but not required. There is no doubt that this will be a fantastic night. Don’t wait to hear about it later.

 

CAP Services is seeking volunteers to serve as intake specialists, tax preparers, and interpreters during tax season. Training provided. See the flyer on the bulletin board.

 

Bible Study with Pastor Rick Wednesdays at 10 am.

Confirmation Class Wednesdays at 4:15 pm.

 

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Steve and Pat

Reader: Scott

Communion Servers:Tim and Jeanne

Coffee Hour: Pat and Steve

 

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

                                            Mark 10:35-45



Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, Oct 17     10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                          4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                           5:30 pm - Choir

Friday, Oct 19                   6:00 pm – Friday Fellowship & Fish Fry at

                                                               Magdalene's

Saturday, Oct 20               8:00 am – Highway Clean-up

Sunday, Oct 21                  9:00 am – Worship with Noisy Offering

 

                            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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