October 3, 2021

October 3, 2021

Order of Worship

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?

 

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 – This Is My Father’s World, ELW #824

  

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

Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Genesis 2:18-24

Genesis 2 stresses that people are not meant to live in isolation but in relationship. Out of love for humanity, God creates them male and female, to provide companionship for each other and to become with each other “one flesh.” The Hebrew words used here are ish (man) and ishshah (woman).

 18The Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” 19So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. 21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.”

24Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.

                    The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 8

1O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!—
2you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of 
infants and children; you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.

3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
4what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them, human 
beings that you should care for them? 

5Yet you have made them little less than divine; with glory and honor you crown them.
6You have made them rule over the works of your hands; you have put all 
things under their feet:

7all flocks and cattle, even the wild beasts of the field,
8the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the 
paths of the sea.

9O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Quoting from the psalms, this passage from Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus, the one through whom God created everything and who sits at God’s right hand, is also the one who experienced human suffering and death in order to blaze the path of salvation for us.

 1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

2:5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.”
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them,9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”

                 The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Mark 10:2-16

Jesus announced and enacted in history the new reality of God’s surprising activity. These two stories demonstrate this new reality: Women and children are accepted and valued, not dismissed as inferior to adult men.

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

 2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not

stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Borning Cry, ELW #732

 

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

 

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

  

News and Events:

Our Noisy Offering today will go to Rawhide.

 

Bible Study with Pastor Rick will begin Wednesday, October 6 at 10 am.

 

Quilters will meet Monday, Oct 4 and Tuesday, Oct 5 at 8:30 am. Come join us!

 

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.

 

St. John’s will be sending out 84 quilts, 67 baby care kits and 20 school kits to Lutheran World Relief. Our prayers for those who receive our gifts are included as well. God’s Work. Our Hands.

 

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! 

 

Thank you for serving:

Ushers: Dave and Karen

Reader: Lori

Coffee Hour Hosts: Pat, Lori, Paul

 

Readings for next week: Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Hebrews 4:12-16;                                                       Mark 10:17-31

 

 

                    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.

  

In October, we will celebrate communion using the prepackaged communion elements and take communion in our seats. This procedure will be reviewed at the end of the month. These 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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