September 22, 2019

September 22, 2019

Order of Worship

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

As we are invited today to consider what it means to be managers (rather than owners) of all that we have, it is crucial to recall that we are bought with a price. “Christ Jesus, himself human, . . . gave himself a ransom for all.” Apart from the generosity of God we have nothing—we are nothing. By God’s gracious favor we have everything we need.


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.


Hymn Sing



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 Praisep.187


Prayer of the Day

God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


First Reading – Amos 8:4-7

Amos was called by God to prophesy in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Peace and prosperity in Israel led to corrupt business practices and oppression of the poor. The prophet declares that God will not tolerate such a situation.


4Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, 5saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain;
  and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale?
  We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
   and practice deceit with false balances,
6buying the poor for silver
   and the needy for a pair of sandals,
   and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”
7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 113

1Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord;
praise the name of the Lord.
2Let the name of the Lord be blessed,
from this time forth forevermore.
3From the rising of the sun to its going down
let the name of the Lord be praised.
4The Lord is high above all nations;
God’s glory above the heavens. 
5Who is like the Lord our God,
who sits enthroned on high,
6but stoops to behold
the heavens and the earth?
7The Lord takes up the weak out of the dust
and lifts up the poor from the ashes,
8enthroning them with the rulers,
with the rulers of the people.
9The Lord makes the woman of a childless house
to be a joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!


Psalm Prayer


Second Reading – 1 Timothy 2:1-7

The Pastoral Epistles offer insight into how early Christians understood many practical matters, such as church administration and worship. The church’s focused prayer for others is an expression of the single-minded passion God has toward us in Jesus.


1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time.7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.


The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p.188


Gospel –Luke 16:1-13

Jesus tells the curious story of a dishonest man who cheats his employer and then is commended by him for having acted so shrewdly. Jesus wonders why his own followers are less creative and diligent in their stewardship given that they are managers of a far more valuable household.


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


1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”


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




Song of the Day – Let Justice Flow like Streams, ELW 717


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


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 –Borning Cry, ELW 732



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.




Sending Song –Praise and Thanksgiving, ELW 689


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


Thanksgivings: For the beginning of autumn and the promise of fall colors and the beautiful weather that autumn brings.

News and Events:

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


Our annual Fall Festival with Potato Bake and Hay Ride is this Saturday, September 28. Hayrides begin at 4:00 pm. Serving begins at 4:30 pm. $7 per dinner. Let's all find a way to pitch in to make this a success!


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


I will still accept twitters today.................


No choir practice this week but please plan on joining us when we do meet again.


Any volunteers to deliver quilts, baby care kits, fabric kits, school kits to Lutheran World Relief drop-off site? October 21-26 at First English Lutheran in Wisconsin Rapids or October 12 at First English Church in Appleton. We could use help loading up the donations as well. Let me know and I will pass along the details. Debi Smith


Zion Lutheran Church, Appleton, will feature organist Andew Schaeffer in recital on Friday, October 18. Andrew serves as the Director of Music and Organist at Luther Memorial Church in downtown Madison. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College and Yale University and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in organ at the University of Oklahoma. The recital will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 912 N. Oneida St., Appleton on Oct 18 at 7 pm. A reception will follow the concert. A free-will donation will be received to support future musical events at Zion.


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Steve and Pat

Reader: Scott

Communion Servers: Mike and Bea

Coffee Hour: Dave and Karen


Readings for next week: Amos 6:1a,4-7; 1 Timothy 6:6-19;

                                            Luke 16:19-31


Calendar This Week:

Saturday, Sept 28      4:00 pm – Fall Festival – Hayrides 4 pm;

                                                                                Potato Bake 4:30 pm

Sunday, Sept 29         9:00 am – Worship



                 St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,

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