October 24, 2021

October 24, 2021

Order of Worship

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers that be? Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly, but repeats his call for help more loudly. Do we ask so boldly? And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”

 

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 – Praise and Thanksgiving, ELW #689

 

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

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Jeremiah 31:7-9

This passage speaks not only of the southern kingdom, Judah, and its homecoming from exile in Babylon, but also of the northern kingdom (“Israel” or “Ephraim”) and its restoration. The northern tribes of Israel had been lost in exile to Assyria more than a century before Jeremiah prophesied.

  7Thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.”

8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. 9With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

                                 The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 126

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of 
joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 

3The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.
4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negeb.
5Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, 
shouldering their sheaves. 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Hebrews 7:23-28

Human priests of old offered sacrifice for their own sins and served only until their death. In contrast, Jesus is God’s Son, the holy, sinless, resurrected high priest. Death did not terminate his priestly service, but through his death he has interceded for our sins.

 23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

               The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus comes to Jesus with faith, asking that he might see again. Recognizing Jesus’ identity, Bartimaeus is the first person to call him “Son of David” in the Gospel of Mark.

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

 46As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – I Come with Joy, ELW #482

 

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 – This Little Light of Mine, ELW #677

 

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

 

News and Events:

The Christmas tree decorated with paper angel and tree tags in the gathering area is part of the Waushara Holiday Project (formerly Waushara Community Christmas Project.) Please take an ornament (or 2 or 3), purchase an age appropriate gift, return the unwrapped gift with the attached ornament to church by Nov 29. Information sheets including gift suggestions are available on the table near the tree. God’s Work. Our Hands.

 

Council meets Monday, October 25 at 6 pm.

 

Thank you to the Sorensons for preparing the fleece for us to tie for blankets for the foster care kits. Another way to strive to live out our mission statement of “serving others.” Thank you to Julie for preparing and delivering the kits.

 

Choir practice and Bible Study this Wednesday. Choir practice is at 9 am. Bible Study begins at 10 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 sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.

 

Thank you for serving today:

Ushers: Scott

Reader: John

Coffee Hour Hosts: Steve and Pat

 

Readings for next week: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Romans 3:19-28;                                                         John 8:31-36

 

                     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 prepackaged 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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