September 29, 2019

September 29, 2019

Order of Worship

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.

 

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 – Jesus Loves Me!, ELW 595

 

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, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading – Amos 6:1a, 4-7

The prophet Amos announces that Israel’s great wealth is a cause not for rejoicing but rather sorrow, because God’s people have forgotten how to share their wealth with the poor. The wealthy will be the first to go into exile when judgment comes.

 

1aAlas for those who are at ease in Zion,
  and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
4Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
  and lounge on their couches,
 and eat lambs from the flock,
  and calves from the stall;
5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,
  and like David improvise on instruments of music;
6who drink wine from bowls,
  and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
  but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
7Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile,
  and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm 146

1Hallelujah!
  Praise the
Lord, O my soul!
2I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
  
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3Put not your trust in rulers,
  in mortals in whom there is no help.
4When they breathe their last, they return to earth,
  
and in that day their thoughts perish. 
5Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help,
  whose hope is in the
Lord their God;
6who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them;
  
who keeps promises forever;
7who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.
  The
Lord sets the captive free.
8The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
  
the Lord loves the righteous.
9The Lord cares for the stranger;
  the
Lord sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the         way of the wicked.

10The Lord shall reign forever,
  
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah! 

 

Psalm Prayer

 

Second Reading – 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Timothy is reminded of the confession he made at his baptism and of its implications for daily life. His priorities will be different from those of people who merely want to be rich.

 

6Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

 

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Acclamation p.188

 

Gospel –Luke 16:19-31

Jesus tells a parable in which the poor one is “lifted up” and the rich one is “sent away empty.” Jesus makes it clear that this ethic of merciful reversal is not new but is as old as Moses and the prophets.

 

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

 

[Jesus said:] 19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ 27He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house—28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ 29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

 

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

 

Sermon

 

Song of the Day – What a Friend We Have in Jesus, ELW 742

 

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 – Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound, ELW 779

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 – Sent Forth by God's Blessing, ELW 547

 

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

 

Thanksgivings: For QUILTS.....for the women and men of St. John's who produce the life-giving and life-saving quilts that will be sent out through the mission of Lutheran World Relief.


News and Events:

Thank you to Laura who is playing the organ for us this morning.

 

Thank you to those who worked, donated, ate, cleaned up at the Potato Bake yesterday.

 

Dr. Rev. Eugene Trieglaff will be giving the sermons on October 6 and October 13. Pastor Trieglaff and Marcia are long time members of St. John's. We look forward to his special presentations: October 6 - “Growing Old Gracefully”; October 13 - “Don't Retire from Living”.

 

Council meets tomorrow at 6:05 pm.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Mike and Bea

Reader: Lori

Communion Servers: Peter and Linda

Coffee Hour: Pastor Rick and Laurie

 

Readings for next week: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:1-14;                                             Luke 17:5-10

 

Calendar This Week:

Tuesday, October 1             8:30 am – Quilters

Wednesday, October 2      10:00 am – Bible Study with Pastor Rick

                                                4:00 pm – Confirmation class

Sunday, October 6                9:00 am – Worship with Sunday School

 

                          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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