October 28, 2018

October 28, 2018

Order of Worship

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost/ Reformation Sunday

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 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 – God, Whose Almighty Word, ELW 673

 

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.

 

Children's Sermon

 

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

 

Choir Anthem –Living for Jesus, Oh What Peace!

 

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 –Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound, ELW 779

 

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 –Gather Us In, ELW 532

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 – Be Thou My Vision,ELW 793

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For the ministry we share with Lutheran Social Services.

 

News and Events:

Welcome and thank you to Pastor Jim Holmberg of Lutheran Social Services for sharing the message this morning.

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be held on Nov 9 at Oakwood at 6pm. Bonnie is in charge of the evening so please let her know if you will be attending.

 

Next Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday. We will begin collecting donations for the Thanksgiving boxes. Boxes will be packed on Sunday, Nov 18.

 

Thank you to those who arranged the Murder Mystery Dinner held last night. Hear all about it from someone who attended. Proceeds from the dinner and the silent auction will support Sisters in Soup, a new ministry here at St. John's. More information on that ministry will be coming soon.

 

Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical service will be held on Nov 21 at 6:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Redgranite.

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Dorothy

Reader: Beth

Communion Servers: Marty and Terry

Coffee Hour: Dorothy and Mike

 

 

Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, Oct 31      10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                           4:15 pm – Confirmation class

                                           5:30 pm - Choir

Sunday, Nov 4                 9:00 am – Worship

 

 

                             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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