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Second Sunday after epiphany
January 17, 2021

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
PRELUDE  Mark Ongalo
WELCOME
GATHERING HYMN  Will You Come and Follow Me  ELW 798

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose voice is upon the waters,
whose mercy is poured out upon all people, whose goodness cascades over all creation. Amen.
Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Holy God,
you search us and know us.
You are acquainted with all our ways.
We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin—
our own sins and the broken systems that bind us.We turn inward, failing to followyour outward way of love.
We distrust those who are not like us.
We exploit the earth and its resourcesand fail to consider generations to come.
Forgive us, gracious God,for all we have done and left undone.
Even before the words are on our tongues,
you know them;receive them in your divine mercy.Amen.
How vast is God’s grace!
Through the power and promise of ☩ Christ Jesus,
our sins are washed away and we are claimed as God’s own beloved.
Indeed, we are forgiven.
In the wake of God’s forgiveness, we are called to be the beloved community
living out Christ’s justice and the Spirit’s reconciling peace. Amen.

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.
GLORY TO GOD    ELW Pg. 139


PRAYER OF THE DAY:  Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 3:1-20
1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [11Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 12On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
15Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” 17Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” 18So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”
19As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE  Deacon Kari Olson

PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18
1Lord, you have searched me out; O Lord, you have known me.
2You know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3You trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways.
4Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,
but you, O Lord, know it altogether. 
5You encompass me, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
13For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together
    in my mother’s womb.                                                
14I will thank you because I am marvelously made;
your works are wonderful, and I know it well. 
15My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret
     and woven in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written 
     in your book; my days were fashioned before they came to be.                                    
17How deep I find your thoughts, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
  to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours. 

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” 17But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

HYMN BEFORE THE PRAYERS  Where True Charity and Love Abide  ELW 642
Where True Charity and Love Abide
God is dwelling there; God is dwelling there

Text:  Latin antiphon, 9th cent.; Taizé Community; tr. With One Voice. Music:  Jacques Bertheir
Text and music © 1979 Les Presses de Taizé, admin. GIA Publications, Inc. Tr. © 1995 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION  After each petition, all reply, Have mercy, O God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION  ELW Pg. 142
GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to John 1:35-51.Glory to you, O Lord.
35The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). 42He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.
Reflections on the Scripture Reading   Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY  Here I Am, LordELW # 574

Text: Daniel L. Schutte, b. 1946. Music: Daniel L. Schutte
Text and music © 1981 OCP Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under CCLI license #2488679


APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  This Little Light of MineELW#677
Text: African American spiritual. Music: African American spiritual; arr. Horace Clarence Boyer, b. 1935. Public Domain. Arr. © Horace Clarence Boyer. Reprinted with permission under CCLI license #2488679.
LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING  God the creator strengthen you; Jesus the beloved fill you;
and the Holy Spirit the comforter ☩ keep you in peace. Amen.
SENDING HYMN  Songs of Thankfulness and Praise  ELW # 310

Text: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807–1885, alt. Music: Jakob Hintze, 1622–1702; arr. Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685–1750. Reprinted with permission under CCLI license #2488679.

SENDING 
Go in peace. Be the light of Christ. Thanks be to God.
POSTUDE
Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Deacon Kari Olson
Pastor Erik Roth
Cantors: Judy Peliska
Piano: Mark Ongalo
From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
January 10, 2021

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

PRELUDE   

WELCOME

GATHERING HYMN  Bright and Glorious Is the Sky    ELW 301 (Vs. 1,2,5,6)

(Vs. 1) Bright and glorious is the sky,
radiant are the heavens high
where the golden stars are shining.
All their rays to earth inclining
beckon us to heav’n above,
beckon us to heav’n above.

(Vs. 2) On that holy Christmas night
through the darkness beamed a light;
all the stars above were paling.
all their luster slowly failing
as the wondrous star drew nigh,
as the wondrous star drew nigh..

(Vs. 5) Guided by the star, they found
him whose praise the ages sound.
We too have a star to guide us,
which forever will provide us
with the light to find our Lord,
with the light to find our Lord.

(Vs. 6) And this star, as bright as day,
that will never lead astray
with its message so appealing,
is the word of God, revealing
Christ, the way, the truth, the life,
Christ, the way, the truth, the life.

Text: Nikolai F.S. Grundtvig; tr. Jens Christian Aaberg
Music:  Danish, 19th cent.
Text © 1958 Service Book and Hymnal, admin. Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.


THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM      ELW Pg. 97
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.  Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

Water may be poured into the font as the presiding minister gives thanks.
We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John
and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit,
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

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.

GLORY TO GOD     ELW Pg. 139

PRAYER OF THE DAY:  Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

FIRST READING: Genesis 1:1-5
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE    Pastor Erik Roth

PSALM 29
1Ascribe to the | Lord, you gods,
  ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due God’s name;
worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of | glory thunders;
  the Lord is upon the | mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a pow- | erful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a | voice of splendor. 
5The voice of the Lord breaks the | cedar trees;
  the Lord breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip | like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.
7The voice | of the Lord
  bursts forth in | lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord| shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh. 
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the | forests bare.
  And in the temple of the Lord all are | crying, “Glory!”

10The Lord sits enthroned a- | bove the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king for- | evermore.
11O Lord, give strength | to your people;
  give them, O Lord, the bless- | ings of peace. 

SECOND READING: Acts 19:1-7
1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” 4Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied—7altogether there were about twelve of them.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

HYMN BEFORE THE PRAYERS   ELW 642

Where True Charity and Love Abide
God is dwelling there; God is dwelling there
Text:  Latin antiphon, 9th cent.; Taizé Community; tr. With One Voice
Music:  Jacques Bertheir
Text and music © 1979 Les Presses de Taizé, admin. GIA Publications, Inc.
Tr. © 1995 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
After each petition, all reply, Have mercy, O God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION   ELW Pg. 142

GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to Mark 1:4-11.Glory to you, O Lord.
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY    Baptized and Set Free     ELW 453

(Vs. 1) We are people created,
chosen by God.
Then we’re washed, ever gently,
in mercy and love.
Sin has power no more.
Jesus opened the door
to a fountain bringing healing,
and wholeness and more.
 
(Vs. 3)  We are nourished by water,
all living things,
and by life that the Spirit
abundantly brings.
As we journey toward home,
may your presence be known:
precious river, ever-flowing,
now carry us home.
 
(Vs. 2)  We are fed and we’re nourished,
filled and refreshed.
Then our hunger returns and
again we are blessed.
For whatever the need,
God is greater indeed:
endless ocean, always deeper
than all of our need.
 
(Vs. 4)  Now with praise and thanksgiving,
we join the song.
All are welcome! We gather
to sing loud and strong.
Not enslaved, but set free!
From now on, all will be
one in Jesus, one in water,
baptized and set free!
 

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN   The First Noel    ELW 300

Text:  English traditional
Music:  English traditional; arr. John Stainer
Public Domain

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING
God the creator strengthen you;
Jesus the beloved fill you;
and the Holy Spirit the comforter ☩ keep you in peace.
Amen.

SENDING HYMN  Shine, Jesus, Shine     ELW 671

SENDING
Go in peace. Be the light of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

POSTUDE

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Deacon Kari Olson
Pastor Erik Roth
Cantors: Patty & Scott Chandler
Piano: Twilla Ann Ahola

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB140007.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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“Baptized and Set Free” –  Text & Music:  Cathy Skogen-Soldner; Text and music © 1999 Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

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Happy Epiphany! Receive your Star Word!
To celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord, Messiah and Our Savior’s Lutheran Churches invite you to receive a Star Word (simply a word printed on star-shaped piece of paper).  You are asked to spend time with God as you reflect on that word for the coming year and ponder how God might be speaking to you through that word.

If you would like to receive a Star Word, you may:

  • Stop by Messiah and pick one up from a plastic container on the bench outside the church doors or from the basket in the narthex.
  • Stop by Our Savior’s and pick one up from the narthex entry table.
  • Call Messiah Lutheran Church (218-741-7057) or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (218-741-6207) and we will pick one for you.

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

Bulletin:

Christmas Eve Service 24 December 2020

Merry Christmas!

PRELUDE Kristen Weikum

WELCOME

GATHERING HYMN O Come All Ye Faithful  ELW #283

Text: attr. John Francis Wade, 1711-1786; tr. Frederick Oakeley, 1802-1880, sts. 1, 3-4; tr. unknown, st. 2

Music: attr. John Francis Wade. Public Domain. Printed with permission under CCLI license # 2488679

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH:

With voices rising, rising like incense
We prayed in hope, we reached to you in hope, we sang in hope, we shouted with hope
Tonight we see in the shadows and the shine the holy mystery of a hope fulfilled and a hope to come.
Tonight we move in hope.

We move as a people waking from a slumber, like a new parent hearing a cry in the night. “For unto us a child is born.”
We move with confidence and praise, because hope has arrived.
“You have increased our joy.”
We move with determination that liberation is not just our destiny but our reality. “The rod of their oppressors you have broken.”

We move because the one born this night invites us to “come and follow.”
We move because the Christ tells us “take up our cross.”
We move to bear one another’s burden like Simon of Cyrene, who held the cross for Jesus.
We move in the march toward freedom, we move towards the promised land, we move forward in hope.
We move in hope because hope moved into the world.
“This One shall be called Wonderful Counselor,

the Strength of God, Eternal Protector,  Champion of Peace.”*
We move in hope, O God
We move forward in hope

HYMN Love Has Come  ELW #292

Text: Ken Bible, b. 1950. Music: F. Seguin, Recueil de noëls composés en langue provençale, 1856

Text © 1996 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music. Public Domain. Printed with permission under CCLI License #2488679

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

who was in the beginning, who makes a dwelling among us,

who covers us with justice and mercy. Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

God of goodness and lovingkindness,

we confess that we have sinned against you and our neighbors.

We have turned away from your invitation to new life.

We have turned away from the lowly and downtrodden.

In your abundant mercy, forgive us our sins,

those we know and those known only to you,

for the sake of the one who came to live among us,

Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Hear the good news of peace and salvation!

God forgives us all our sins, not through our own work,  

but through ☩ Jesus Christ, made known to all people.

With all who come to the manger,

rejoice in this amazing gift of grace. Amen.

GREETING

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
By the power of the Holy Spirit may we abound in hope

HYMN OF PRAISE 
Angels We Have Heard on High      ELW #289

Text: French carol; tr. H.F. Hemy, The Crown of Jesus Music, 1864
Music: French carol; arr. Edward S. Barnes, 1887-1958. Printed with permission under CCLI license #2488679

PRAYER OF THE DAY  Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 9:2-7
2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
 those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.
3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy;
 they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest,
  as people exult when dividing plunder.
4For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders,
  the rod of their oppressor,
  you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood
  shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
6For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
     authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named
 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace
 for the throne of David and his kingdom.
  He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness
  from this time onward and forevermore.
 The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 96

1Sing to the Lord| a new song; sing to the Lord, | all the earth.
2Sing to the Lord, bless the name | of the Lord;
  proclaim God’s salvation from | day to day.
3Declare God’s glory a- | mong the nations
  and God’s wonders a- | mong all peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly | to be praised,
  more to be feared | than all gods.
5As for all the gods of the nations, they | are but idols;
  but you, O Lord, have | made the heavens.
6Majesty and magnificence are | in your presence;
  power and splendor are in your | sanctuary.
7Ascribe to the Lord, you families | of the peoples,
  ascribe to the Lord hon- | or and power.
8Ascribe to the Lord the honor due the | holy name;
  bring offerings and enter the courts | of the Lord. R
9Worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness;
  tremble before the Lord, | all the earth.
10Tell it out among the nations: “The | Lord is king!
  The one who made the world so firm that it cannot be moved

will judge the peo- | ples with equity.”                                               
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the | earth be glad;
  let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that | is therein.
12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your com- | ing, O Lord,
  for you come to | judge the earth.
13You will judge the | world with righteousness
  and the peoples | with your truth.

SECOND READING: Titus 2:11-14

 11The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, 12training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, 13while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                                                                    Carolyn Flaschberger

HYMN BEFORE THE PRAYERS  Infant Holy, Infant Lowly    ELW #276

1    Infant holy, infant lowly,

       for his bed a cattle stall;

       oxen lowing, little knowing

       Christ the child is Lord of all.

       Swiftly winging, angels singing,

       bells are ringing, tidings bringing:

       Christ the child is Lord of all!

       Christ the child is Lord of all!

2     Flocks were sleeping,  shepherds keeping

       vigil till the morning new

       saw the glory, heard the story,

       tidings of a gospel true.

       Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,

       praises voicing, greet the morrow:

       Christ the child was born for you!

       Christ the child was born for you!

Text: Polish carol; tr. Edith M.G. Reed, 1885-1933, alt.
Music: Polish carol. Public Domain. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #SB124425

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

After each petition, all reply, Your mercy is great.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve                                ELW 271


Text: Marie Wexelsen, 1832-1911; tr. Peter A. Sveeggen, 1881-195 Music: Peder Knudsen, 1819-1863. Text © 1932
Augsburg Publishing House. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #SB124425

GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]

Glory to you, O Lord.

1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
  8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
  and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
  15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.]

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Deacon Kari Olson and  Pastor Erik Roth *IF YOU CANNOT HEAR THE DIALOGUE ON OSLC’S RECORDING, PLEASE LISTEN TO MESSIAH RECORDING (WHICH IS THE SAME, AS WE JOINTLY DO THE SERVICES). YOU CAN SCROLL EXACTLY 30 MINUTES INTO THE SERVICE TO HEAR THE SERMON DIALOGUE. IT CAN BE FOUND ABOVE AND ON FACEBOOK.

HYMN OF THE DAY  Hark the Herald Angels Sing    ELW #270


Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, alt. Music: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847;
arr. William H. Cummings, 1831-1915. Public Domain. Printed with permission under CCLI license #2488679

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  What Child Is This             ELW #296


Text: William C. Dix, 1837-1898. Music: English ballad, 16th cent.

Public Domain. Printed with Permission under CCLI license #2488679

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 

and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES~HYMN   Silent Night ELW #281

Text: Joseph Mohr, 1792-1849; tr. John F. Young, 1820-1885
Music: Franz Gruber, 1787-1863. Public Domain. Printed with permission under CCLI license # 2488679

BLESSING

May you find time for rest this season
May you create space to prepare
May the Lord our God fill you with hope
May Jesus Christ be ever present in your heart
May the Holy Spirit illuminate your way.  Amen.

SENDING HYMN  Joy to the World  ELW #267

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748. Music: English melody, 18th cent.; arr. Lowell Mason, 1792-1872.
Public Domain. Printed with permission under CCLI license #2488679

SENDING  Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

POSTUDE   Kristen Weikum

Thank you for worshipping with us today, Merry Christmas.

Deacon Kari Olson

Pastor Erik Roth

Cantors: Carolyn Flaschberger

Piano: Kristen Weikum

20 DECEMBER 2020
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

PRELUDE  Piano, Mark Ongalo
WELCOME
GATHERING HYMN Awake, Awakeand Greet the New Morn     ELW #242
Judy Peliska
Marty Haugen, Holden Evening Service. Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Music: Marty Haugen. Text and music © 1983 GIA Publications, Inc.

HYMN My Lord, What a Morning   WOV #627

Text and Music: African American spiritual
Public Domain. Reprinted under CCLI # 2488679

GATHERING
Let us join together to worship the God who fulfills all promises, Jesus Christ, the hope born of Mary, and the Holy Spirit, who fuels our hope as we await Christ’s return.

HYMN Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus   ELW # 254

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788. Music: W. Walker, Southern Harmony, 1835
Public Domain. Reprinted under CCLI license #2488679

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
We praise you, O God, for this wheel of time  that marks our days of preparation for Christ’s advent.
As we light the candles on this wreath, open our eyes to see your presence in the lowly ones of this earth. 
Enlighten us with your grace, that we may sing of your advent among us in the Word made flesh.
Grant this through Christ our Lord, whose coming is certain and whose day draws near. Amen.

HYMN Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah   ELW# 240 (Vs. 1- 4) 1 

1 Light one candle to watch for Messiah:
    let the light banish darkness.
    He shall bring salvation to Israel,
    God fulfills the promise.
2  Light two candles to watch for Messiah:
    let the light banish darkness.
    He shall feed the flock like a shepherd,
    gently lead them homeward.
3   Light three candles to watch for Messiah:
     let the light banish darkness.
     Lift your heads and lift high the gateway
     for the King of glory.
4   Light four candles to watch for Messiah:
     let the light banish darkness.
     He is coming, tell the glad tidings.
     Let your lights be shining GREETING 

PRAYER OF THE DAY   Lover of justice, you come to us through your servants, like Isaiah and John. And you come to us as a servant: of peace, of the poor and oppressed, of righteousness. Make us servants too, that we may find hope where you are: among the lowly, the brokenhearted, and those imprisoned. Through your servant Messiah Jesus, we pray. Amen.

ISAIAH 9:6
6For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
 authority rests upon his shoulders;
 and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

HYMN Prepare the Royal Highway   ELW #264

Text: Frans Mikael Franzén, 1772-1847; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship. Music: Swedish folk tune, 17th cent. Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Printed with permission under license #SB124425.

ISAIAH 9:7
7His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace
 for the throne of David and his kingdom.
 He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness
 from this time onward and forevermore.
 The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

HYMN Once in Royal David’s City   ELW #269

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895. Music: Henry J. Gauntlett, 1805-1876. Public Domain. Reprinted under Augsburg Fortress #124425

POEM READINGSteve and Tanya Carlson

HYMN Away in a Manger  (Verse 1)
1    Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
     the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
     the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
     the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

CHILDREN MESSAGE

HYMN Away in a Manger  Vs. 2&32.

2. The cattle are lowing; the baby awakes,
    but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
    I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky
    and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

3. Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
    close by me forever and love me, I pray.
    Bless all the dear children in your tender care
    and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.
Text: North American, 19th cent. Music: James R. Murray, 1841-1905.
Public Domain. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #124425.

ANNUNCIATION  Luke 1:26-34 
26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 

HYMN Savior of the Nation’s, Come  ELW #263

MARY’S MAGNIFICAT  Luke 1:46b-1:55
46bMy soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
47my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
49you, the Almighty, have done great things for me
             and holy is your name.
50You have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.
51You have shown strength with your arm
        and scattered the proud in their conceit,
52casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
53You have filled the hungry with good things
        and sent the rich away empty.
54You have come to the aid of your servant Israel,
to remember the promise of mercy,
55the promise made to our forbears,
        to Abraham and his children forever. 

SONG Mary’s Song Judy Peliska   
Marty Haugen, Holden Evening Service. Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Music: Marty Haugen. Text and music © 1983 GIA Publications, Inc.

LUKE 2:8-15
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
  and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 

HYMN It Came Upon a Midnight Clear   ELW #282

*Words about the Hymn

LUKE 2:15-20
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

HYMN O Little Town of Bethlehem   ELW #279 

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

ISAIAH 49:13
13Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
 break forth, O mountains, into singing!
 For the LORD has comforted his people,
 and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

HYMN Comfort, Comfort Now My People  ELW #256

Text: Johann G. Olearius, 1635-1711; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.
Music: Trente quatre pseaumes de David, Geneva, 1551. Reprinted under CCLI # 2488679

SHARING PEACE

ACTS 4:20
20for we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

HYMN Love Has Come  ELW #292

Text: Ken Bible, b. 1950. Music: F. Seguin, Recueil de noëls composés en langue provençale, 1856. Text © 1996 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music. Reprinted under CCLI# 2488679

LORDS PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19
     19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

HYMN Hark the Herald Angels Sing  ELW#270

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, alt.. Music: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847; arr. William H. Cummings, 1831-1915. Reprinted with permission under CCLI #2488679

BLESSING 

NEHEMIAH 8:10
10Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our LORD; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

HYMN Joy to The World   ELW #267

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748. Music: English melody, 18th cent.; arr. Lowell Mason, 1792-1872. Public Domain. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #124425.

DISMISSAL
From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 
Hope From Disrupt Liturgy:
All liturgy and litanies are for public use, c. Disrupt Worship Project (or DWP).  Confession:  Written by Sem. Kayla Sadowy and The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson; Prayer of the Day:  Written by Rev. Collette Broady Grund; Blessing:  Written by Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Deacon Kari Olson
Pastor Erik Roth
Cantors: Judy Peliska
Piano: Mark Ongalo
Readers: Steve & Tanya Carlson

13 December, 2020
Third Sunday of Advent

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson


PRELUDE People Look East, On Jordan’s Banks        Kristen Weikum
Music arr. Curt Oliver from Advent Keyboard Seasons, code 11-10724. Copyright 1996 Augsburg Fortress. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress license # SB124425.     

GATHERING HYMN Christ, Be Our Light    ELW #715

Text: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957.Text and music © 1993 Bernadette Farrell, OCP Publications. Augsburg Fortress. Printed with permission under license #SB124425

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH: ADVENT 3
We praise you, O God, for this victory wreath
that marks our days of preparation for Christ’s advent.
As we light the candles on this wreath,
strengthen our hearts
as we await the Lord’s coming in glory.
Enlighten us with your grace,
that we may serve our neighbors in need.
Grant this through Christ our Lord,
whose coming is certain and whose day draws near. Amen.

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress.
Printed with permission under license #SB124425

HYMN Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah      ELW# 240 (Vs. 1-3) 
1      Light one candle to watch for Messiah:
        let the light banish darkness.
        He shall bring salvation to Israel,
        God fulfills the promise.
2      Light two candles to watch for Messiah:
        let the light banish darkness.
        He shall feed the flock like a shepherd,
        gently lead them homeward.
3      Light three candles to watch for Messiah:
        let the light banish darkness.
        Lift your heads and lift high the gateway
        for the King of glory.
Text:  Wayne L. Wold; Music:  Yiddish folk tune. Text © 1984 Fortress Press. Public Domain. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress License #SB124425.

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Jesus, who comes as new birth,
we have prepared for you
with comfortable traditions and humble requests.

We have memorialized your birth
as if it was a past act
and not the bold declaration of a living God.

We have rested in the safer hope of your work,
abandoning our call as co-creators of the Beloved Community,
harming your children with our ill-informed action and comfort-catering inaction.

All this we humbly confess.
Help us remember in this season of anticipation
that we prepare not only for you,
but because of you.

Challenge us to examine our intentions,
and to hold sacred both the act of preparing,
and the transforming justice love of the one who comes.  Amen

Christ has come so that we know there is forgiveness, and, in that, we find our true hope, our only peace, our source of joy,
our capacity for love. Thanks be to God.  Amen.

GREETING
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
By the power of the Holy Spirit may we abound in hope

PRAYER OF THE DAY
God of David and Nathan, Might One who sent Gabriel to Mary, you proclaim unbelievable things to your people generation after generation. You make your proclamations reality. As we wait for you coming anew this Christmas, give us faith like Mary, that it will be to us according to your will. Amen.

FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
1Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 3Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”
4But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” 8Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 
16Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever. 
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM Reading:  Luke 1:46b-55
46bMy soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
47my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
49you, the Almighty, have done great things for me and holy is your name.
50You have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.
51You have shown strength with your arm
  and scattered the proud in their conceit,
52casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
53You have filled the hungry with good things
  and sent the rich away empty.
54You have come to the aid of your servant Israel,
to remember the promise of mercy,
55the promise made to our forbears,
  to Abraham and his children forever.  

SECOND READING:  Romans 16:25-27
25Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE     Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN BEFORE THE PRAYERS  Wait for the Lord      ELW# 262
Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord: be strong, take heart!

Text:  Taizé Community; Music:  Jacques Berthier
Text and music © 1984 Les Presses de Taizé, admin. GIA Publications, Inc.
Reprinted with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #SB124425.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
After each petition, all reply, Your mercy is great.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION     ELW Pg. 142

GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to Luke 1:26-38.  Glory to you, O Lord.
26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading     Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY On Jordan’s Banks the Baptist’s Cry      ELW #249

Text: Charles Coffin, 1676-1749; tr. composite; Music: European tune, adapt. Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Public Doman. Reprinted with permission under CCLI license #2488679.

NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  Come Now, O Prince of Peace  ELW#247
Text: Geonyong Lee, b. 1947; tr. Marion Pope. Music: Geonyong Lee, b. 1947
Text and music © Geonyong Lee. Used with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #124425.


LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING
May you find time for rest this season
May you create space to prepare
May the Lord our God fill you with hope
May Jesus Christ be ever present in your heart
May the Holy Spirit illuminate your way  Amen

SENDING HYMN  People Look East   ELW #248

Text: Eleanor Farjeon, 1881-1965. Music: French carol; arr. Barry Rose, b. 1934. Text © Miss E. Farjeon Will Trust, by permission of David Higham Associates. Arr. © 1999 Novello & Co. Ltd., London. Reprinted with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #SB124425.

SENDING Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

POSTUDE People Look EastKristen Weikum
Text: Eleanor Farjeon, 1881-1965. Music: French carol; arr. Barry Rose, b. 1934. Arr. By Nancy M. Raabe, Hymn Portraits for Piano, 2005. Augsburg Fortress. Printed with permission under Augsburg Fortress license #124425.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Deacon Kari Olson
Pastor Erik Roth
Cantors: Sharon & Ken Panula
Piano: Kristen Weikum

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

Hope From Disrupt Liturgy:
All liturgy and litanies are for public use, c. Disrupt Worship Project (or DWP).  Confession:  Written by Sem. Kayla Sadowy and The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson; Prayer of the Day:  Written by Rev. Collette Broady Grund; Blessing:  Written by Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings

Second Sunday of Advent

December 6, 2020

PRELUDE                                                                                                                

WELCOME

GATHERING HYMN         Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus           ELW# 254

Text:  Charles Wesley; Music:  W. Walker, Southern Harmony (Public Domain)

Arr. © 2006 Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

With voices rising, rising like incense,
We reach to you in hope, our God
We reach to you in hope, our God

It is hard, in these days, to have hope
To invest in things we do not understand
To believe in things we have not experienced
To trust that all will be well
But you, O God, are a keeper of promises
You promised to create a nation, and you did
You promised a savior, and you dwelt among us
You promised forgiveness, and you give it

We grasp for you in hope
We await your return with expectation
We look to the renewal of all things with joy
We prepare for you through acts of love

We reach for you in hope, our God
We reach for you in hope, our God
Your promise to be fulfilled

HYMN   Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah            ELW# 240 (Vs. 1 & 2)

Text:  Wayne L. Wold; Music:  Yiddish folk tune. Text © 1984 Fortress Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

Jesus, who comes as new birth,
we have prepared for you
with comfortable traditions and humble requests.

We have memorialized your birth
as if it was a past act
and not the bold declaration of a living God.

We have rested in the safer hope of your work,
abandoning our call as co-creators of the Beloved Community,
harming your children with our ill-informed action and comfort-catering inaction.

All this we humbly confess.

Help us remember in this season of anticipation
that we prepare not only for you,
but because of you.

Challenge us to examine our intentions,
and to hold sacred both the act of preparing,
and the transforming justice love of the one who comes.  Amen

Christ has come so that we know there is forgiveness, and, in that, we find our true hope, our only peace, our source of joy, our capacity for love.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

GREETING May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
By the power of the Holy Spirit may we abound in hope
PRAYER OF THE DAY
God of the prophets, your voice cries out through your people, in wildernesses of all kinds. As your voice comforts and challenges us, remind us that our hope lies in your promise of wholeness and restoration. Through your Spirit, we pray. Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11

1Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.
2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
 that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid,
 that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3A voice cries out:
 “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
  make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
5Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
  and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

6A voice says, “Cry out!”
  And I said, “What shall I cry?”
 All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades,
  when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers, the flower fades;
  but the word of our God will stand forever.
9Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings;
 lift up your voice with strength,
  O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear;
 say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
10See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him;
 his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                                                                             Pastor Erik Roth

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

1You have been gracious to your | land, O Lord;
  you have restored the good for- | tune of Jacob.
2You have forgiven the iniquity | of your people
  and blotted out | all their sins.
8I will listen to what the Lord| God is saying;
  for you speak peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their | hearts to you.

9Truly, your salvation is very near to | those who fear you,
  that your glory may dwell | in our land. 
10Steadfast love and faithfulness have | met together;
  righteousness and peace have | kissed each other.
11Faithfulness shall spring up | from the earth,
  and righteousness shall look | down from heaven.
12The Lord will indeed | grant prosperity, and our land will | yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go be- | fore the Lord
and shall prepare for | God a pathway. 

SECOND READING:  2 Peter 3:8-15a

8Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.
14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15aand regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

HYMN BEFORE THE PRAYERS     Wait for the Lord        ELW# 262

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord: be strong, take heart!

Text:  Taizé Community; Music:  Jacques Berthier. Text and music © 1984 Les Presses de Taizé, admin. GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION After each petition, all reply, Your mercy is great.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION            ELW Pg. 142

GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to Mark 1:1-8Glory to you, O Lord.

1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
 “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
  who will prepare your way;
3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
  ‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
  make his paths straight,’ ”
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading                                                              Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY    All Earth Is Hopeful                 ELW# 266

Text:  Alberto Taulé; tr. Madeleine Forell Marshall.  Music:  Albert Taulé. Spanish text and tune  © 1993 and tr. © 1995 Centro de Pastoral Litúrgica, admin. OCP Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN   Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne     Scott & Patty Chandler

Text:  Emily E.S. Elliott; Music:  Timothy R. Matthew. Public Domain

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 

and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING May you find time for rest this season
May you create space to prepare
May the Lord our God fill you with hope
May Jesus Christ be ever present in your heart
May the Holy Spirit illuminate your way  Amen

SENDING HYMN   He Came Down                                        ELW# 253

Text:  Cameroon traditional (Public Domain). Music:  Cameroon traditional; arr. John L. Bell. Arr. © 1986 Iona Community, admin. GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

SENDING Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Pastor Erik Roth

Deacon Kari Olson

Twilla Ann Ahola, Piano

Scott & Patty Chandler, Cantors

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB140007.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

Hope From Disrupt Liturgy:

All liturgy and litanies are for public use, c. Disrupt Worship Project (or DWP).  Confession:  Written by Sem. Kayla Sadowy and The Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson; Lighting of the Advent Wreath:  Written by Rev. Michelle Magee; Prayer of the Day:  Written by Rev. Collette Broady Grund; Blessing:  Written by Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings

Forgiveness:  Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Touch Holiness, ed. Ruth C. Duck and Maren C. Tirabassi.  Copyright © 1990 by The Pilgrim Press.

If you are in need of a Bible, ELW Hymnal, or Christ in Our Home devotional please call Our Savior’s Lutheran Church business office and we will gladly get them to you – 218-741-6207.

Messiah Lutheran Church’s Administrative Office hours are 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., Monday – Thursday.  If you are planning to stop by the office, please call

(218) 741-7057 before stopping by the church. Occasionally, we are out of the office for meetings or church errands.

For personal prayer, questions or needs, please call Deacon Kari Olson at Messiah Lutheran (218-290-5984) or Pastor Erik at Our Savior’s Lutheran

(218-404-0007).

November 29, 2020
First Sunday of Advent

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

PRELUDE                                                                                              

WELCOME

GATHERING HYMN  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel     ELW# 257

Text:  Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. composite
Music:  French processional, 15th cent. (Public Domain)
Text sts. 2, 6, 7 © 1997 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
With voices rising, rising like incense
We pray to you in hope, our God
We pray to you in hope, our God

In you alone we hope
You who stir up your power to save
You who come down to us
Unbounded love put into flesh and bones

Being all powerful
Becoming most vulnerable
That is how you make true love known
You call us to awaken, see you all around us
In migrant mother, in homeless vet, in raised hands and held breath

We pray to you in hope, our God
We pray to you in hope, our God
You are our hope

HYMN    Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah        ELW# 240 (Vs. 1)
Light one candle to watch for Messiah:
let the light banish darkness.
He shall bring salvation to Israel,
God fulfills the promise.
Text:  Wayne L. Wold; Music:  Yiddish folk tune
Text © 1984 Fortress Press
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Jesus, who comes as new birth,
we have prepared for you
with comfortable traditions and humble requests.

We have memorialized your birth
as if it was a past act
and not the bold declaration of a living God.

We have rested in the safer hope of your work,
abandoning our call as co-creators of the Beloved Community,
harming your children with our ill-informed action and comfort-catering inaction.

All this we humbly confess.

Help us remember in this season of anticipation
that we prepare not only for you,
but because of you.

Challenge us to examine our intentions,
and to hold sacred both the act of preparing,
and the transforming justice love of the one who comes.  Amen


GREETING
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
By the power of the Holy Spirit may we abound in hope

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Give ear, O God in whom we hope, to our pleas for your help. Rend the heavens and come down, that we may see your great power and glory. Make us attentive to the signs of your coming, and wake us up anew to your presence, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
1O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
  so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
2as when fire kindles brushwood
  and the fire causes water to boil—
 to make your name known to your adversaries,
  so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
  you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4From ages past no one has heard,
  no ear has perceived,
 no eye has seen any God besides you,
  who works for those who wait for him.
5You meet those who gladly do right,
  those who remember you in your ways.
 But you were angry, and we sinned;
  because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6We have all become like one who is unclean,
  and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
  and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7There is no one who calls on your name,
  or attempts to take hold of you;
 for you have hidden your face from us,
  and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
8Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
  we are the clay, and you are our potter;
  we are all the work of your hand.
9Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
  and do not remember iniquity forever.
  Now consider, we are all your people.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Deacon Kari Olson

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph | like a flock;
  shine forth, you that are enthroned up- | on the cherubim.
2In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, | and Manasseh,
stir up your strength and | come to help us.
3Restore | us, O God;
  let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.
4O Lord| God of hosts,
how long will your anger fume when your | people pray?
5You have fed them with the | bread of tears;
  you have given them bowls of | tears to drink.
6You have made us the derision | of our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh | us to scorn.
7Restore us, O | God of hosts;
  let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.
17Let your hand be upon the one at | your right hand,
the one you have made so strong | for yourself.
18And so will we never turn a- | way from you;
  give us life, that we may call up- | on your name.
19Restore us, O Lord| God of hosts;
let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.

SECOND READING:  1 Corinthians 1:3-9
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

HYMN BEFORE THE PRAYERS  
Wait for the Lord      ELW# 262
Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord: be strong, take heart!
Text:  Taizé Community; Music:  Jacques Berthier
Text and music © 1984 Less Presses de Taizé, admin. GIA Publications, Inc.
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
After each petition, all reply, Your mercy is great.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION    ELW Pg. 142

GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to Mark 13:24-37.  Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said:] 24“In those days, after that suffering,
 the sun will be darkened,
  and the moon will not give its light,
25and the stars will be falling from heaven,
  and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY  Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying ELW# 436

Text and Music:  Philipp Nicolai; tr. composite
Text © 1999 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,*
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN The Advent of Our God      Scott & Patty Chandler
Text:  Charles Coffin; translated by John Chandler, altered
Music:  Aaron Williams
Public Domain

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING
May you find time for rest this season
May you create space to prepare
May the Lord our God fill you with hope
May Jesus Christ be ever present in your heart
May the Holy Spirit illuminate your way  Amen

SENDING HYMN   Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers                              ELW# 244

Text:  Laurentius Laurenti; tr. Sarah B. Findlater
Music:  Swedish folk tune
Public Domain
SENDING
Go in peace. Prepare the way of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

November 22, 2020

Care for one another  ~ Share Christ’s Love
All are Welcome

Greetings

Opening Narration

            Often in our lives the celebration of a new year – a birthday, an anniversary, a new school term, a new calendar – provides a natural time of reflection.  We see ways that we are not the same as we were a year ago, and we think about how the events of the past year have shaped us.
            Today we celebrate Christ the King Sunday.  The wheel of our church year has come full circle, and we are poised on the eve of a new year.  Today we are invited to look back- to recall the stories of the seasons we have shared- and to turn with anticipation toward the year to come.  Today we are invited to reflect on how our encounter with the Word of the living God has shaped us.  For as we worship, we do more than remember: we enter into God’s story of redemption and new life.  We experience God’s saving action, and we are changed.
            And so on this day, we are invited not to sit back and relax as we begin our worship; rather, we are invited to enterin to the presence of the living Lord.  Through word and symbol, song and prayer, we join with the whole church – gathered here in this place and throughout all times and places- to worship and adore Jesus, our risen and exalted King!

+ Advent
Reading   Isaiah 11:1-10                                              
Symbol – the Advent wreath
Narration
Hymn  “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn”  Vs. 1, 3, 4   ELW 242
Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950 Music: Marty Haugen
Text and music © 1983 GIA Publications, Inc. Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted under #SB124425


+ Christmas
Reading Luke 2:1-20
Symbol-  Manger                  
Narration 
Hymn   “Joy to the World”  vs. 1 & 4   ELW 267
Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 Music: English melody, 18th cent.; arr. Lowell Mason, 1792-1872 . Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted under #SB124425

Epiphany
Reading  Isaiah 60:1-3                         
Symbol – lit candle
Narration
Hymn   “Christ, Be Our Light”   ELW 715
Text and music © 1993 Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP Publications. Augsburg Fortress.
Reprinted under #SB124425

+ The Baptism of Our Lord
Symbol – water poured into font
Narration
Hymn  “Baptized and Set Free”  vs. 1& 2  ELW 453
Text and Music: Cathy Skogen-Soldner © 1999 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted under #SB124425

+ The Transfiguration of Our Lord
Symbol – white cloth
Narration
Hymn “Shine, Jesus, Shine”   ELW 671
Tex and Musict: Graham Kendrick, b. 1950  © 1987 Make Way Music,
Reprinted under CCLI #2488679

LENT

+ Ash Wednesday

Responsive Reading  Psalm 51:1-13

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 
Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.                                     

Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. 
You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.      

Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.        
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.     

Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

Symbol – cross
Narration
Hymn “Change My Heart O God”  ELW 801
Tex and Musict: Eddie Espinosa, b. 1953 © 1982 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing
Reprinted under CCLI #2488679

+ Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
Symbol – palm branch
Narration
Hymn  “Lamb of God” vs 1   ELW 336
Copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted under #SB124425

THE THREE DAYS

+ Maundy Thursday
Reading John 13:1-5, 12-17
Symbol – Basin and towel
Narration
Hymn “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love” vs 1 ELW 708
Text: Tom Colvin, 1925-2000, alt. Music: Ghanaian folk tune, adapt. Tom Colvin. © 1969 Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted under CCLI #2488679

+ Good Friday
Reading  Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Symbol – black cloth
Narration
Hymn “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” vs 1  ELW 335
Text: Fanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915 Music: William H. Doane, 1832–1915
Reprinted under CCLI #2488679

+ Vigil of Easter
Symbol – white cloth draped on cross
Narration

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

+ Easter
Reading Matthew 28:1-0
Symbol – Rock
Narration
Hymn “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” vs 1  ELW 365
Text: Latin carol, 14th cent., sts. 1–3; tr. J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708, alt.; Charles Wesley, 1707–1788, st. 4 Music: J. Walsh, Lyra Davidica, 1708 Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted under #SB124425

+ The Ascension of our Lord
Symbol – Chalice and paten
Narration
Hymn “You Are Holy”   ELW 525
Text: Per Harling, b. 1948 Music: Per Harling © 1990 Ton Vis Produktion AB. Augsburg Fortress.
Repritned under #SB124425

Pentecost
Reading  Acts 2:1-4
Symbol – Red Cloth
Narration
Hymn     Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading, verse 1ELW 401
Text: Wilson Niwagila; tr. Howard S. Olson, b. 1922. Music: Wilson Niwagila; arr. Egil Hovland, b. 1924
English and Swahili text and tune © Lutheran Theological College, Makumira, Tanzania, Augsburg Fortress
Arr. © Egil Hovland. Reprinted under #SB124425

Time after Pentecost
Reading    John 15:1-5
Symbol – Plant
Narration

Prayers of the People
Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

The Gathering of the Gifts
The work of the Spirit among us leads us to offer our gifts, a sign of the giving or our whole selves in grateful response for all God’s gifts to us.

Offertory Prayer
Let us pray.  Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. 
Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

✚ CHRIST THE KING (Celebrating the Feast of Victory)
Reading   Luke 23:33-43
Narration
Hymn  “Crown Him with Many Crowns” vs 1, 3, 4   ELW 855
Text: Matthew Bridges, 1800-1894, sts. 1-3, 5; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903, st. 4 Music: George J. Elvey, 1816-1893. Reprinted under #SB124425


Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who are in heaven hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heave.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Blessing and Dismissal
Through every season of the year, therefore, we live under God’s blessing and to God’s praise!  May the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord’s face shine on your and be gracious to you, the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Go in Peace.  Christ is with you.   Thanks be to God.

Postlude:  Beautiful Savior Kristen Weikum
Words: Public Domain Music: Arrangement by Nancy M. Raabe. Grace and Peac, Vol. 3. Augsburg Fortress 2009.  Reprinted with permission under license #SB124425               

CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
The Festival of Christ the King was first celebrated in 1925, in the midst of the European political turmoil of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It was intended to proclaim God’s reign over a world wracked by one world war and facing another.That truth can still be proclaimed today. No human system is forever. No one can claim absolute allegiance. Only Christ is sovereign.

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
November 8, 2020

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
PRELUDE

WELCOME

GATHERING HYMN   O God, Our Help in Ages Past     ELW# 632
Text:  Isaac Watts, Music:  William Croft
Public Domain

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
in whose image we are made,
who claims us and calls us beloved.  Amen.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy One,
we confess that we are not awake for you.
We are not faithful in using your gifts.
We forget the least of our siblings.
We do not see your beautiful image in one another.
We are infected by sinthat divides your beloved community.

Open our hearts to your coming,
open our eyes to see you in our neighbor,
open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.

Beloved, we are God’s children,
and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us.
Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven,
by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice!
Let us live in the promises prepared for us
from the foundation of the world.  Amen.

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.

KYRIE   ELW Pg. 203

HYMN OF PRAISE   ELW Pg. 204

PRAYER OF THE DAY 
O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

FIRST READING:  Amos 5:18-24
18Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
  Why do you want the day of the Lord?
 It is darkness, not light;
19as if someone fled from a lion,
  and was met by a bear;
 or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
  and was bitten by a snake.
20Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
  and gloom with no brightness in it?
21I hate, I despise your festivals,
  and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
  I will not accept them;
 and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
  I will not look upon.
23Take away from me the noise of your songs;
  I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
24But let justice roll down like waters,
  and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE  Pastor Erik Roth

Psalm 70                                                        
1Be pleased, O God, to de- | liver me;
  O Lord, make | haste to help me.
2Let those who seek my life be put to shame | and confounded;
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and | be disgraced. 
3Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat | over me
  turn back because | of their shame.
4Let all who seek you rejoice and be | glad in you;
let those who love your salvation say forever, “Great | is the Lord!”
5But as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quick- | ly, O God.
  You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, | do not tarry. 


SECOND READING:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

HYMN BEFORE PRAYERS  Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying    ELW# 752

Text and Music:  Ken Medema
Text and music © 1973 Hope Publishing Company
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
After each petition, all reply, Your mercy is great.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION    ELW Pg. 205

GOSPEL:  The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew 25:1-13.  Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading   Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY   When the Poor Ones   ELW# 725
Text:  José Antonio Olivar; tr. Martin A. Seltz
Music:  Miguel Manzano
Text and music © 1971, 1998 J.A. Olivar, Miguel Manzano, and San Pablo Internacional – SSP, admin. OCP Publications

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE A-704161.  All rights reserved.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  We Give Thee but Thine Own   ELW# 686
Text:  William W. How, Music:  L. Mason and G. Webb, Cantica Lauda; Public Domain

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING 
May the God of all creation,
in whose image we are made,
who claims us and calls us beloved,
who strengthens us for service,
give you reason to rejoice and be glad!
The blessing of God,
Sovereign, ☩ Savior, and Spirit,
be with you today and always.  Amen.

SENDING HYMN  Lift Every Voice and Sing    ELW# 841
Text:  James W. Johnson, Music:  J. Rosamond Johnson
Public Domain

SENDING  Beloved of God, go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Pastor Erik Roth
Deacon Kari Olson
Twilla Ann Ahola, Piano
Scott & Patty Chandler, Cantors

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REFORMATION SUNDAY
25 OCTOBER 2020

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth

PRELUDE  Kristen Weikum

WELCOME    Pastor Erik Roth

GATHERING HYMN  A Mighty Fortress          ELW# 504

 Text: Martin Luther, 1483–1546; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship. Music: Martin Luther, 1483–1546 Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted with permission from Augsburg Fortress #SB124425

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

In the name of the Father,
and of the  Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God of all mercy and consolation, come to the help of your people,
turning us from our sin to live for you alone.
Give us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may confess our sin,
receive your forgiveness, and grow into the fullness of Jesus Christ,
our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Silence is kept for reflection

Most merciful God,
we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will
and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.Amen.

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us,
and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.
As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority,
I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins,
in the name of the Father, and of the  Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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.

KYRIE                                                                                                   ELWPg. 203
HYMN OF PRAISE                                                                               ELW Pg. 204

PRAYER OF THE DAY  Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


FIRST READING:Jeremiah 31:31-34
31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 46
     1God is our refuge and strength,
  a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea;
3though its waters rage and foam,
  and though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken;
  God shall help it at the break of day.
6The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake;
God speaks, and the earth melts away.
7The Lord of hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 
   8Come now, regard the works of the Lord,
what desolations God has brought upon the earth;
9behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world;
  who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire.
10“Be still, then, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”
11The Lord of hosts is with us;
  the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

SECOND READING:Romans 3:19-28
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
              21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading  Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN BEFORE PRAYERS 
 Jesus Remember Me   ELW#616
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Text and music © 1981 Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications, Inc. 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. www.giamusic.com. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission.. Reprinted with permission from Augsburg Fortress #SB124425
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION  After each petition, all reply, Hear our prayer.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION                                                                     ELW Pg. 205

GOSPEL  The Holy Gospel, according to  John 8:31-36,Glory to you, O Lord.
31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading          Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY  
Day by Day                                             ELW# 790

Text: Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; tr. Robert Leaf, 1936-2005
Music: Oskar Ahnfelt, 1813-1882 Text © 1992 Augsburg Fortress.
Reprinted with permission from Augsburg Fortress #SB124425, CCLI#2488679

APOSTLES’ CREED
          I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
         I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN                                                                                

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING  The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.

SENDING HYMN 
Soli Deo Gloria                                            ELW# 878

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Deacon Kari Olson
Pastor Erik Roth
Kristen Weikum, Piano
Judy Peliska, Cantor

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
OCTOBER 18, 2020

PRELUDE   Mark Ongalo

WELCOME   Pastor Erik Roth

GATHERING HYMN  Gather Us In ELW# 532

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation.  Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Faithful God, have mercy on us.
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways.
We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves.
We place our own needs before those of our neighbors.
We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves.
Make us humble, cast away our transgressions, and turn us again to life in you
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

God hears the cries of all who call out in need,
and through his death and resurrection, Christ has made us his own.
Hear the truth that God proclaims:
Your sins are forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ.
Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness
to do God’s work in the world.  Amen.

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.

KYRIE                                                                                                   
ELWPg. 203

HYMN OF PRAISE                                                                               ELW Pg. 204

PRAYER OF THE DAY 
Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE  Pastor Erik Roth

FIRST READING: Isaiah 45:1-7
1Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped
 to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes,
 to open doors before him— and the gates shall not be closed:
2I will go before you and level the mountains,
 I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
  and cut through the bars of iron,
3I will give you the treasures of darkness
  and riches hidden in secret places,
 so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
  the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen,
 I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.
5I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god.
  I arm you, though you do not know me,
6so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
  and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
  I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness,
  I make weal and create woe;
  I the Lord do all these things.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading   Dave Ackerson

PSALM 96:1-9 [10-13]
1Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2Sing to the Lord, bless the name of the Lord;
proclaim God’s salvation from day to day.
3Declare God’s glory among the nations and God’s wonders among all peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised,more to be feared than all gods.
      5As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;
  but you, O Lord, have made the heavens.
6Majesty and magnificence are in your presence;
power and splendor are in you| sanctuary.
7Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples,
  ascribe to the Lord honor and power.
8Ascribe to the Lord the honor due the holy name;
bring offerings and enter the courts of the Lord.
9Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; tremble before the Lord, all the earth.
10Tell it out among the nations: “The Lord is king!The one who made the world
         so firm that it cannot be moved will judge the peoples with equity.”                                
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
  let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your coming, O Lord,
for you come to judge the earth.
13You will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with your truth.  

SECOND READING:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
  To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
  Grace to you and peace.
2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

HYMN BEFORE PRAYERS 

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying                   ELW# 752

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
After each petition, all reply, Hear our prayer.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION   
ELW Pg. 205

GOSPEL  The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew 22:15-22. Glory to you, O Lord.
15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
 This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading    Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY   O God of Every Nation              ELW# 713

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
         I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN   Mark Ongalo                

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, 
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING 
Mothering God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life. Amen.

SENDING HYMN Here I Am, Lord                                                       ELW# 574

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.
Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Pastor Erik Roth
Dave Ackerson, Lector
Mark Ongalo, Piano
Carolyn Flaschberger, Cantor

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

WORSHIP BULLETINS:

October 4, 2020

PRELUDE

WELCOME

GATHERING HYMN The Church’s One Foundation ELW# 654

Text: Samuel J. Stone Music: Samuel S. Wesley Public Domain

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation. Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Faithful God, have mercy on us.
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways.
We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves.
We place our own needs before those of our neighbors.
We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves.
Make us humble, cast away our transgressions, and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

God hears the cries of all who call out in need,
and through his death and resurrection, Christ has made us his own.
Hear the truth that God proclaims:
Your sins are forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ.
Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness
to do God’s work in the world. Amen.

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.

KYRIE ELW Pg. 203
HYMN OF PRAISE ELW Pg. 204

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Erik Roth

FIRST READING: Isaiah 5:1-7
1Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
3And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

7For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!
Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.

PSALM 80:7-15
 7Restore us, O God of hosts;
  let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved.
 8You have brought a vine out of Egypt;
  you cast out the nations and planted it.
 9You cleared the ground for it;
  it took root and filled the land.
 10The mountains were covered by its shadow
  and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
 11You stretched out its tendrils to the sea
  and its branches to the river.
 12Why have you broken down its wall,
  so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
 13The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it,
  and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
 14Turn now, O God of hosts,
  look down from heaven;
 15behold and tend this vine;
  preserve what your right hand has planted.

SECOND READING: Philippians 3:4b-14
[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
  7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
  12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Word of God. Word of Life. Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN BEFORE PRAYERS Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying ELW# 752

Text and Music: Ken Medema Text and music © 1973 Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted with permission under CCLI License # 2488679. All rights reserved.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION After each petition, all reply, Hear our prayer.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ELW Pg. 205

GOSPEL
The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew 21:33-46. Glory to you, O Lord.
[Jesus said to the people:] 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
  42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
 ‘The stone that the builders rejected
  has become the cornerstone;
 this was the Lord’s doing,
  and it is amazing in our eyes’?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
  45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY All Are Welcome ELW# 641

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN Praise and Thanksgiving ELW# 482
Text: Albert F. Bayly. Music: Gaelic tune; arr. hymnal version (Public Domain) Text © Oxford University Press; Arr. © 2006 Augsburg Fortress
Reprinted with permission under CCLI License # 2488679. All rights reserved.

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING
Mothering God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life. Amen.

SENDING HYMN How Firm a Foundation ELW# 796

SENDING Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Pastor Erik Roth
Deacon Kari Olson
Twilla Ann Ahola, Piano
Scott & Patty Chandler, Cantors

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  Copyright permission:  “How Firm a Foundation” – J. Rippon, A Selection of Hymns, 1787, alt., Music:  Early American; Public Domain.

Worship Service
20 September 2020

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth

PRELUDE Mark Ongalo
WELCOME Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth
GATHERING HYMN  Great is Thy Faithfulness   ELW# 733   
Mark Ongalo, Carolyn Flaschberger

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation.  Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.

Faithful God,
have mercy on us.
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways.
We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves.
We place our own needs before those of our neighbors.
We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves.
Make us humble, cast away our transgressions,
and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

God hears the cries of all who call out in need, and through his death and resurrection,
Christ has made us his own.
Hear the truth that God proclaims:
Your sins are forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ.
Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness to do God’s work in the world. Amen.


GREETINGS 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.

Kyrie & Hymn of Praise page # 204

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Deacon Kari Olson

FIRST READING:Jonah 3:10–4:11
10When God saw what [the people of Ninevah] did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
4:1But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” 5Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
6The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
9But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”  
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Deacon Kari Olson

PSALM 145:1-8  
1I will exalt you, my God and king,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2Every day will I bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!
There is no end to your greatness.
4One generation shall praise your works to another
and shall declare your power. 
5I will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty
and all your marvelous works.
6They shall tell of the might of your wondrous acts,
and I will recount your greatness.
7They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness;
  they shall sing joyfully of your righteousness.
8The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 

SECOND READING:  Philippians 1:21-30
21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well—30since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
  After each petition, all reply, Hear our prayer.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION  ELW Pg. 205

GOSPEL  The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew 20:1-16, Glory to you, O Lord.
 [Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY 
 Canticle of the Turning  ELW# 723

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  Mark Ongalo, Carolyn Flaschberger    

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
   on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING  Mothering God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life. Amen.

SENDING HYMN  Christ Be Our Light   ELW# 715

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Deacon Kari Olson, Pastor Erik Roth
Piano: Mark Ongalo

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Worship Service 13 September 2020

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
PRELUDE
WELCOME
GATHERING HYMN   My God, How Wonderful Thou Art  ELW# 663

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation.  Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence is kept for reflection.

Faithful God,
have mercy on us.
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways.
We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves.
We place our own needs before those of our neighbors.
We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves.
Make us humble, cast away our transgressions,
and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
God hears the cries of all who call out in need, and through his death and resurrection,
Christ has made us his own.
Hear the truth that God proclaims:
Your sins are forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ.
Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness
to do God’s work in the world. Amen.

GREETINGS 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. KYRIE   ELWPg. 203

HYMN OF PRAISE  ELW Pg. 204

PRAYER OF THE DAY  O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE           Pastor Erik Roth

FIRST READING:  Genesis 50:15-21

15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM 103:8-13                                                                                              

8Lord, you are full of compas- | sion and mercy,
  slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love; 
9you will not al- | ways accuse us, nor will you keep your an- | ger forever.
10You have not dealt with us according | to our sins,
  nor repaid us according to | our iniquities.
11For as the heavens are high a- | bove the earth,
  so great is your steadfast love for | those who fear you.
12As far as the east is | from the west, so far have you removed our transgres- | sions from us.
13As a father has compassion | for his children,
  so you have compassion for those who fear | you, O Lord. 

SECOND READING:  Romans 14:1-12
1Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
5Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
7We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written,
 “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
  and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading Deacon Kari Olson        

HYMN BEFORE PRAYERS  Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying  ELW# 752
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION  After each petition, all reply, Hear our prayer
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION ELW Pg. 205

GOSPEL
The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew 18:21-35. Glory to you, O Lord.
21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.
*Reflections on the Scripture Reading Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY Our Father, We Have Wandered  ELW# 606

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.

OFFERING HYMN  I Come with Joy   ELW# 482 
Scott & Patty Chandler, Cantors

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING  Mothering God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life. Amen.
SENDING HYMN  Christ, Be Our Light   ELW# 715

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshiping with us today.


Worship Bulletin Eighth Sunday after Pentecost July 26, 2020

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA
Pastor Erik Roth
Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA
Deacon Kari Olson
 

PRELUDE Kristen Weikum
WELCOME
HYMN Carolyn Flaschberger
Children of the Heavenly Father   ELW 781                              

CHILDREN’S MESSAGEDeacon Kari Olson

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting,
whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Amen.

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.

Reconciling God,
we confess that we do not trust your abundance,and we deny your presence in our lives.
We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts.
We fail to believe that you provide enough for all.
We abuse your good creation for our own benefit.
We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us.
We sin in thought, word, and deed.
By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us;
and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace.
Our sins are forgiven.  Let us live now in hope.
For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING: 1 Kings 3:5-12
5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”
10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.”   Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Pastor Erik Roth

PSALM 119:129-136
129Your de- | crees are wonderful;
  therefore I obey them with | all my heart.
130When your word is opened | it gives light;
it gives understanding | to the simple.
131I open my | mouth and pant
  because I long for | your commandments.
132Turn to me and be gra- | cious to me,
as you always do to those who | love your name. R
133Order my footsteps | in your word;
  let no iniquity have dominion | over me.
134Rescue me from those | who oppress me,
and I will keep | your commandments.
135Let your face shine up- | on your servant
  and teach | me your statutes.
136My eyes shed | streams of tears,
because people do not | keep your teaching. R


SECOND READING: Romans 8:26-39
26The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written,
 “For your sake we are being killed all day long;
  we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Ken Bartlett

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Let Justice Flow Like a River    W&P 85
Let justice roll like a river, and wash all oppression away. Come, O God, and take us, move and shake us; Come now, and make us anew, that we might live justly like you.

GOSPEL READING
The Holy Gospel, according to Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Glory to you, O Lord.
31[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Deacon Kari Olson

HYMN OF THE DAY  My Faith Looks Up to Thee    ELW 759

APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION After each petition, all reply, “Hear our prayer.”

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING MUSIC Kristen Weikum, Carolyn Flaschberger   
Accept, O Lord, the Gifts We Bring     ELW 691 

BLESSING  Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,
bless you and keep you in eternal love. Amen.

SENDING HYMN  O Shelter Me
Verse 1. Shepherd and sheep, my God and I:
to fresh green fields you led my steps in days gone by.
You gave me rest by quiet springs
and filled my soul with peace your loving presence brings.

REFRAIN: O shelter me, O shelter me:
the way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me, O shelter me:
all will be well if only you will shelter me.

Verse 2. Yet now I tread a diff’rent way;
death dogs my path with stealthy steps from day to day.
I cannot find your peaceful place
but dwell in dreary darkness, longing for your face.
REFRAIN

Verse 3. I will look back in days to come
and realize your faithfulness has led me home.
Within your house I’ll find my peace,
trusting that in your mercy you have sheltered me.
REFRAIN

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
Cantors:  Carolyn Flaschberger
Piano: Kristen Weikum
Lector & Prayers: Ken Bartlett
Presiding: Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bulletin for Worship, 19 July 2020, Seventh Sunday of Pentecost

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church ELCA, Pastor Erik Roth

Messiah Lutheran Church ELCA, Deacon Kari Olson

PRELUDE Mark Ongalo

HYMN  Carolyn Flaschberger

WELCOME

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less   ELW 596 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE  Pastor Erik

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting,

whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation. Amen.

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Reconciling God, we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives.

We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven.  Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 44:6-8

There are no other gods besides God: the word of the Lord does not fail to come to pass. We can trust in God, through whom Israel—and we—are redeemed.

 6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.

 7 Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be.

 8 Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it?You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading

PSALM 86:11-17

 11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk | in your truth; give me an undivided heart to re- | vere your name.

 12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with | all my heart, and glorify your name for- | evermore. R

 13 For great is your | love toward me; you have delivered me from the | pit of death.

 14 The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent people | seeks my life; they have not set you be- | fore their eyes.

 15 But you, O Lord, are gracious and full | of compassion, slow to anger, and full of kind- | ness and truth.

 16 Turn to me and have mer- | cy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the child | of your handmaid.

 17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be | put to shame; because you, Lord, have helped me and com- | forted me.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Kim Anderson

SECOND READING: Romans 8:12-25

12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Deacon Kari Olson

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

GOSPEL READING The Holy Gospel, according to  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Glory to you, O Lord.

24 [Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

  36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ.

*Reflections on the Scripture Reading, Pastor Erik Roth

HYMN OF THE DAY   We Plough the Fields and Scatter    ELW 680 

1      We plow the fields and scatter  the good seed on the land,

        but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand who sends the snow in

winter, the warmth to swell the grain,  the breezes and the sunshine,

        and soft refreshing rain.

2      You only are the maker of all things near and far

        You paint the wayside flower, you light the evening star.

        The winds and waves obey you, by you the birds are fed;

        much more to us, your children, you give our daily bread.

3      We thank you, our creator, for all things bright and good,

        the seed-time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food.

       No gifts have we to offer for all your love imparts

        but what you most would treasure—our humble, thankful hearts.

APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

         I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION  Kenneth Bartlett After each petition, all reply, “Hear our prayer.”

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;  and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

OFFERING MUSIC Mark Ongalo                       

BLESSING  Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter, bless you and keep you in eternal love. Amen.

SENDING HYMN  For the Fruit of All Creation     ELW 679           

SENDING  Go in peace. Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.  

Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Cantors:  Carolyn Flaschberger

Piano: Mark Ongalo

Lector & Prayers: Kenneth Bartlett, Kim Anderson

Presiding: Pastor Erik Roth, Deacon Kari Olson

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SB124425.  New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

March 29, 2020

God day! Hope you were able to watch or listen in on our Sunday Worship this morning at 9:30am. We are broadcast live Sunday mornings on 1340AM KRBT, and can be viewed on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/oslcmn/) as well. The facebook video is available to view anytime you desire, just scroll down to find the video and click the play button. We are also on cable channel 5, Wed. & Thurs. at 4pm, Mon. & Fri. at 10am, and Saturdays at 4:30pm.

If you are not signed up to receive our Weekly Witness email just call the church office with your email address and we will add you to the list – it is sent out two times a week, and the Thursday or Friday’s edition will include the Bulletin’s order of worship with readings and hymns for you to follow along on Sundays, or to read at your own leisure.

We hope these resources make you feel connected during this time of social distancing; we are a church family, and can still worship and pray together! Also, you are invited to call the church office during the week 9:30am-4pm, with a prayer request for yourself or others, and to request to talk with Pastor Erik. If we are not in the office at the time of your call, just leave a detailed message and we will call you back as soon as we can.

May the Lord Bless you and your family~

Below are a few devotional links we think you will find to be of comfort for your personal prayer time as well:

God Pause devotions https://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/

Daily Grace https://www.womenoftheelca.org/blog/category/daily-grace

Daily Bible Reading plan https://www.elca.org/Faith/DailyBible

Augsburg Fortress devotional https://go.augsburgfortress.org/augsburg-fortress-weekly-devotional

March 24, 2020

Good afternoon ~ We trust you and your loved ones are doing well, and remember, you can contact us here at the church (218-741-6207) if you want prayer and to talk with Pastor Erik.

This Sunday we were able to bring the service to you via radio broadcast on 1340 KRBT and also on facebook with Livestream. We will continue to offer our Sunday Worship Service to you with our radio broadcast, facebook and as usual, on public cable channel #5. Keep in mind, the television broadcast for the current Sunday doesn’t start until the following Wednesday evening or Thursday…

Pastor will also be offering a Devotional at 12 noon tomorrow (this was our original time for the Bible Study ~ it will be a devotional instead). Please join us on facebook at noon tomorrow and let us know how you are doing.

Two things that also may help you to worship at home ~ if you are not already signed up to receive our Weekly Witness Newsletter Email, call or email the church ([email protected]) and give us permission to add you to the list to receive it; we will send it out twice a week to keep you updated. The second tool you can use for worship at home is a Hymnal. Stop by the church during the day, Monday – Thursday, and sign out a Hymnal in the narthex at the main doors. A Hymnal will not only help you follow along during the service, you can read or sing Hymns for your own personal devotional or study time, and also read the Psalms, which start after page # 338.

We hope these resources help you in your personal worship as well as to join fellow congregants on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. We are going through this together ~ you are never alone. God Bless you~

OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE:

Facebook at “Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Virginia, MN ELCA” live Sunday mornings at 9:30AM, and as re-post anytime you hop on to facebook

KRBT 1340 AM Radio, live Sunday Mornings at 9:30am

Public Cable Channel # 5 – Sun. & Thurs. at 4pm, Mon. & Fri. at 10am, Sat. at 4:30pm. *The latest Sunday’s viewing will start the following Thursday.

Weekly Witness Email Newsletter: The format for the service in a full-bulletin-form will be sent in this newsletter at the end of each week.

March 19, 2020

Greetings and blessings to everyone~ Praying you are all staying healthy! This Sunday’s scripture readings will be: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41.

Starting next Wednesday, March 25th at 1pm, Pastor will facilitate the OSLC Bible Study on facebook, livestreaming. You are invited to watch; there will be opportunities to comment with each other during the study! Monday’s at 1pm (March 23) he will announce the scripture references and topic of study. Join us and stay connected!

We wish to provide many opportunities to worship together. You are invited to stop by the church and sign-up to grab a hymnal in our narthex for you & your family to follow along with Sunday’s Worship on 1340 AM @ 9:30am. The hymnals are on a cart just as you enter the church for your convenience, and the church doors will be open Mondays – Thursdays 9:30am – 4pm, call about Friday hours as we can schedule a time to make sure we are here for you. You can watch the last week’s service on Public Channel 5: Sun & Thurs @ 4pm, Mon & Fri @ 10am, Sat. @ 4:30pm. We will continue to televise Worship on this channel.

If you need to talk with Pastor personally, call him or the church office at 218-741-6207. You can also set up a video chat with him-he will give you the link to do so. Sometimes we just need to speak with someone personally, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Psalm 23:3 “You restore my soul, O Lord…” God Bless your day💝

March 18, 2020

Psalm 91:15 “When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.”

Church is not closed! We are only suspending corporate worship at this time. Please worship with us on the radio; it is a live broadcast at 9:30am Sundays on KRBT 1340AM, and during the TV broadcast times we have reserved (Cable channel 5 Sun. & Thurs. 4pm, Mon. & Fri. 10am, Sat. 4:30pm.)

The church is open during the week for the sake of the community. We are suspending gatherings at this time, but we are still committed to serving our neighbors. The sanctuary is open for personal prayer, and our staff is available for faith needs. If you would like to speak with Pastor Erik please feel free to call (218-741-6207) and we can set up a time for you to meet personally or online via video chat (we are utilizing an online program that will be easy for you to access).

This is a significant time for all people, especially church. There are many people in our community who are in desperate need. The church is called to hear and respond to those needs.  We need you to participate!  We are asking for specific items to be donated: non-perishable food, such as canned fruit & vegetables, boxed meals, cereal, infant formula and food, diapers, and fever medicine. We are especially asking for gift cards and cash that will only be used to address hunger needs. Food can be brought directly by you to the Little Pantry outside, or left on the bench outside the church’s main doors, or in the entryway of the church.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Isaiah 41:9b  “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; 10 do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

In light of the threat of coronaviras we have suspended worship for at least next Sunday March 22nd.  As usual, we will be providing a worship service on the radio 1340 AM at 9:30 and we will continue to be church together for the sake of the world. The Church itself is still open. Thank you for your patience, your faithfulness and your prayers.

We will be taking some different approaches to pastoral care in the coming week. Pastor Erik will not be making hospital or care center visits to protect one another from the spread of viruses. We will be making phone calls, sending emails and writing notes checking in with the home bound and hospitalized. We ask that you reach out to us also, we are available to you in this time which can feel lonely, isolating and frightening. If you are in need of supplies, child care or other things, please call the church and we will work together for everyone’s health and well-being.

This is a difficult time for all, but it is also an opportunity for our congregation to connect and care for one another. Please reach out to those who you would sit by or visit with on a Sunday morning. Let’s be church together in this time social distancing.

God’s Peace~ Pastor Erik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Jamaica 2018

Members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church have joined others from various  churches in Minnesota and surrounding states to serve in Jamaica. We provide medical care, help residents build homes, and join them in worship and work.

J’ABODE (formerly Habitat for Humanity) – There’s always work to be done for housing. Mission Jamaica missionaries help make simple, decent and affordable housing a reality for families that are in the greatest need.

What we do-Dig footings, pour concrete and tie steel. The focus in Jamaica is to build 16’x20’ one room homes or add-ons to existing homes. We work side by side with future new owners and the community.

In January of 2018 we had over 20 people go to Jamaica  to continue in the work of building homes, and also assist with in care of children at an area orphanage. This Mission continues to be a big part of OSLC, and the congregants’ lives.

If you are interested in going you may speak with Bob Rutka about joining next year’s team! No matter your skill level, there will be something exciting for you to take part of!

Called to Serve

 

 

Rooted in Faith

Growing in Christ

Reaching to Serve