September 15, 2019

September 15, 2019

Order of Worship

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The grumbling of the Pharisees and the scribes in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God wills to seek and to save the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Thanks be to God.

 

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 – Oh, Worship the King, ELW 842

 

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

O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Children's Sermon

Noisy Offering – Alzheimer's Association

 

First Reading – Exodus 32:7-14

While Moses is on Mount Sinai, the people grow restless and make a golden calf to worship. Today’s reading shows Moses as the mediator between an angry God and a sinful people. Moses reminds God that the Israelites are God’s own people and boldly asks mercy for them.

 

7The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ ” 9The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”
11But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ” 14And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 51:1-10

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
  
in your great compassion blot out my offenses.
2Wash me through and through from my wickedness,
  
and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my offenses,
  
and my sin is ever before me.
4Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;
  
so you are justified when you speak and right in your judgment.
5Indeed, I was born steeped in wickedness,
 a sinner from my mother’s womb.
6Indeed, you delight in truth deep within me,
  
and would have me know wisdom deep within.
7Remove my sins with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
  
wash me, and I shall be purer than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
  
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
9Hide your face from my sins,
  
and blot out all my wickedness.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
  
and renew a right spirit within me. 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – 1 Timothy 1:12-17

The letters to Timothy are called the Pastoral Epistles because they contain advice especially intended for leaders in the church. Here the mercy shown to Paul, who once persecuted the church, is cited as evidence that even the most unworthy may become witnesses to the grace of God.

 

12I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 15:1-10

Jesus tells two stories that suggest a curious connection between the lost being found and sinners repenting. God takes the initiative to find sinners, each of whom is so precious to God that his or her recovery brings joy in heaven.

 

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

 

1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3So he told them this parable: 4“Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling, ELW 608

 

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 – You Satisfy the Hungry Heart, ELW 484

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 – We Are Marching in the Light, ELW 866

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For all the people of St. John's who share their gifts with such generosity and joy.


News and Events:

The Noisy Offering today will to go to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Sunday School begins today.

 

To help victims of Hurricane Dorian send contributions to Lutheran Disaster Relief, PO Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

 

Our next Friday Fellowship and Fish Fry is September 20 at 5 pm at Waupaca Woods Restaurant. Please let Bev know if you are able to join us.

 

Thank you to all those who brought supplies for the Lutheran World Relief school kits.

 

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept 28. Our annual Potato Bake and Hay Ride.

 

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

 

Newsletter deadline is September 20. Time to submit those twitters.................

 

We are in urgent need of ushers for September. Please volunteer to help.

 

Choir practice will be at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept 18. No practice on Sept 25. Join us!

 

Thank you for serving today: Reader: John

Communion Servers: Pat and Steve

Coffee Hour: Pat, Patt, Jeanne

 

Readings for next week: Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

 

Calendar This Week:

Wednesday, September 18       5:30 pm – Choir practice

Thursday, September 19           9:00 am – Sisters into Soup

Friday, September 20                 5:00 pm – Friday Fellowship & Fish                                                                         Fry at Waupaca Woods

Sunday, September 22                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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