October 6, 2019

October 6, 2019

 

Order of Worship

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine (holy communion), the word read and proclaimed in this assembly. Anticipate them. Receive them with thanksgiving.

 

At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence

 

Welcome and Reminders

 

Thanksgiving for Baptism

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the strength of our ancestors, the host of this meal, the builder of the city that is to come. Amen.

 

If we have died with Christ, we will also live with Christ. Let us confess our sin to the one who is faithful.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God our helper, we confess the many ways we have failed to live as your disciples. We have not finished what we began. We have feasted with friends but ignored strangers. We have been captivated by our possessions. Lift our burdens, gracious God. Refresh our hearts and forgive our sin. Raise us to the new life you have chosen for us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

There is rejoicing in heaven when sinners repent. Put your trust in these promises: God will never leave you or forsake you. You who were lost have been found. For the sake of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Rejoice with the angels at this good news. Amen.

 

Gathering Hymn – Let the Whole Creation Cry, ELW 876

 

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

Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Children's Sermon

 

First Reading – Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Injustice and violence in the time leading up to the Babylonian exile move this prophet to lament: How can a good and all-powerful God see evil in the world and seemingly remain indifferent? God answers by proclaiming that the wicked will perish, but the righteous will live by faith.

 

1The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
2Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous— therefore judgment comes forth perverted.
2:1I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. 2Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. 3For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. 4Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 37:1-9

1Do not be provoked by evildoers;
  
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
2For they shall soon wither like the grass,
  
and like the green grass fade away.
3Put your trust in the Lord and do good;
  
dwell in the land and find safe pasture.
4Take delight in the Lord,
  
who shall give you your heart’s desire. 
5Commit your way to the Lord; put your trust in the Lord,
  
and see what God will do.
6The Lord will make your vindication as clear as the light
  
and the justice of your case like the noonday sun.
7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently.
  
Do not be provoked by the one who prospers, the one who succeeds in

evil schemes.
8Refrain from anger, leave rage alone;
  
do not be provoked; it leads only to evil.
9For evildoers shall be cut off,
  
but those who hope in the Lord shall possess the land. 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – 2 Timothy 1:1-14

This message written from Paul to Timothy is a personal message of encouragement. In the face of hardship and persecution, Timothy is reminded that his faith is a gift of God. He is encouraged to exercise that faith with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my beloved child:
  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
8Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 17:5-10

On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus instructs his followers about the power of faith and the duties of discipleship. He calls his disciples to adopt the attitude of servants whose actions are responses to their identity rather than works seeking reward.

 

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

 

5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7“Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’ ”

 

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

 

Sermon by Dr. Rev. Eugene Trieglaff: “Growing Old Gracefully”

 

Song of the Day – Blessed Assurance, ELW 638

 

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 our provider, we bring nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it. Accept the gifts you have first given us, which we bring to your table, and with them the offering of our lives. Nourish us now with the life that really is life, revealed to us in 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

Distribution Song – Let Us Break Bread Together, ELW 471

Communion

Blessing

Prayer after Communion

God of blessing, at this table we have seen you face to face, and in the gift of Christ’s body and blood, our hearts have been refreshed. Send us now to shine with your goodness and bear witness to the one we have received: Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Blessing

 

Sending Song – The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve, ELW 551

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For a new season of learning at the church - Bible study, Confirmation, Sunday School, and our own personal reading and reflection for personal faith enrichment.


News and Events:

Thank you to Dr. Rev. Eugene Trieglaff who will be giving the sermons today and October 13. October 13 sermon: “Don't Retire from Living”.

 

Today is Food Pantry Sunday. Your donations of non-perishable food items will be donated to our local food pantry.

 

2nd Wednesday Meal is this week at 5 pm. Join us for food and fellowship.

 

A HUGE thank you to the quilters! People all over the world have appreciated and been helped by their work for many years. Now it is time for some new volunteers. Who is interested?

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry will be October 18 at Rawhide (outside of New London) at 5 pm. This is the last fish fry for the year at Rawhide. Let Dave know if you will be attending. We can carpool from church.

 

Bible Study with Pastor Rick and Confirmation classes this week. Bible Study is at 10:00 am. Confirmation class is at 4:00 pm.

 

Fright Night Price is Right tickets are now available. Come On Down If You Dare! Tickets will be limited to 60. We are selling general admission tickets at $10.00 per person and that will include BBQ boneless pork ribs, smashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert, and drink. In addition, you may purchase a $5.00 players ticket to be chosen as a contestant to play Price is Right. You will have the opportunity to win prizes with the total of all prizes to exceed $250.00. All winners are guaranteed to get their $5.00 back. Proceeds all go to benefit St. John’s WELCA. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at 5pm in the church basement. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Steve or Karen

 

The Potato Bake served 159 dinners.

   

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Lee and Jane

Reader: Lee

Communion Servers: Gene and Marcia

Coffee Hour: John and Julie

 

Readings for next week: 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

 

Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, October 9     10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                               4:00 pm – Confirmation class

                                               5:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Meal

Sunday, October 13            9:00 am – Worship

 

 

 

 

                        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.

 

Arm chairs in 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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