October 21, 2018

October 21, 2018

Order of Worship

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.

 

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.

 

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 God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, 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

Noisy Offering – Parkinson's Disease research

 

First Reading – Jeremiah 31:31-34

The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the Lord means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.

 

31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 46

1God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
  and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea;
3though its waters rage and foam,
  and though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
  the holy habitation of the Most High.
5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken;
  God shall help it at the break of day.
6The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake;
  God speaks, and the earth melts away. 
7The Lord of hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
8Come now, regard the works of the Lord,
  what desolations God has brought upon the earth;
9behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world;
  who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the         shields with 
fire.

10“Be still, then, and know that I am God;
      
I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the

         earth.”

11The Lord of hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob is our stronghold.   
 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Choir Anthem – Fill my Cup, Lord

 

Second Reading – Romans 3:19-28

Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.

 

19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p. 188

 

Gospel –John 8:31-36

Jesus speaks of truth and freedom as spiritual realities known through his word. He reveals the truth that sets people free from sin.

 

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

 

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less, ELW 597

 

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 – Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound, ELW 779

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

Holy and compassionate God, in bread and wine you give us gifts that form us tobe 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 – Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word,ELW 517

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For days of sunshine will no rain.

 

News and Events:

The Noisy Offering today 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.

 

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.

 

Final bids for the silent auction items displayed in the Gathering Area will be taken Saturday night, Oct 27 at the Mystery Dinner.

 

Next Sunday, Pastor Jim Homberg for Lutheran Social Services will be sharing his message with us.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Lee and Jane

Reader: Jane

Communion Servers: Bonnie and Bev

Coffee Hour: Paul and Lori

 

  

Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, Oct 24    10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                         4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                         5:30 pm - Choir

Saturday, Oct 27            5:00 pm – Mystery Dinner

Sunday, Oct 28               9:00 am – Worship    LSS Sunday

 

 

                          St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371 saintjohns@centurytel.netstjohnssaxeville.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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