Bulletin

Order of Worship September 27, 2020

Announcements

Please add Ferne Olson to your prayer concerns. She has tested positive for Covid-19, but is not having any serious symptoms, at this time.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 increments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

This Tuesday at 7:15 we will have a meeting for all the 7th and 8th grade confirmation students and their parents as we prepare to return to having confirmation class.

On Wednesday, September 30 at 7 pm the First Communion students from last spring will be painting their chalices for their first communion which will be held during worship on Sunday October 18.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

Bishop Constanza Hagmaier, the Bishop of the SD Synod, will be in worship with us on October 11 and will bring the message that day. Please plan on being in worship that day. This service will also be live streamed on the Scandia Facebook page.

We are looking for prayer partners for 7 or 8 incoming Confirmation students. This is a very rewarding experience for both the student and the Prayer partner. If you are interested, please contact LeAnn Knudson or the church office.

On Wednesday, September 30 the WELCA fall meeting will be held. They will be       gathering and packing the LWR quilts, school bags and soap donations at that time.

The Scandia Youth Group will be having a Bicycle Run on Sunday October 4. We need 6-8 cases of bottled water some sealed snacks like cookies, fruit snacks crackers etc., (NO PEANUTS PRODUCTS PLEASE). Contact the church office if you would like to participate and/or donate.

Worship/activity Opportunities for October:

Oct 4           9:15 Sunday School

                   10:30 Worship

                   4:00 pm Youth Bike Rally

Oct 11        9:15 Sunday School

10:30 Worship W/ Communion, Sunday School Children Sing, Bishop Hagmaier Preaching, Third graders receive their Bibles.

Oct 18        9:15 Sunday School

                   10:30 Worship with First Communion

Oct 25        9:15 Sunday School

                   10:30 Reformation Worship w/ Holy Communion

                   5:00 pm Rite of Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism for 9th Graders

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by singing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

Jesus’ parable about two sons who don’t do what they say reveals surprises in the reign of God. In the reading from Ezekiel the people claim the ways of the Lord are unfair, while God offers repentance and new life. Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, putting the interests of others above our own. Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup, we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Hear the promise of forgiveness

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.

Opening Hymn               “The Church’s On Foundation”                     LBW 369

Prayer of the Day

God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message 

Readings

First Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Ezekiel challenges those who think they cannot change because of what their parents were and did, or who think they cannot reverse their own previous behavior. God insistently invites people to turn and live.

1The word of the Lord came to me: 2What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? 3As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.
 25Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 26When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. 27Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. 28Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. 29Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?
 30Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin. 31Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.

Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-13

As part of a call for harmony rather than self-seeking, Paul uses a very early Christian hymn that extols the selflessness of Christ in his obedient death on the cross. Christ’s selfless perspective is to be the essential perspective we share as the foundation for Christian accord.

1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

 12Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them and they follow me. Alleluia. (John 10:27)

“Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                       

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 21st chapter. Hear the God News from God. Listen, God is calling.

Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32

After driving the moneychangers out of the temple (21:12), Jesus begins teaching there. His authority is questioned by the religious leaders, who are supposed to be in charge of the temple.

23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
 28“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord, Thanks be to God.

Message                                                                                      Pastor Mark Eliason

Hymn of the Day                  “Listen, God is Calling”                            WOV 712

Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                 LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet, nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Blessing

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

Dismissal

Go in peace. Remember the poor.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn                  “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”                LBW 221   

Postlude                                                                                  Colleen Buckneberg

 

 

Order of Worship September 20, 2020

Announcements

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 increments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

Bishop Constanza Hagmaier, the Bishop of the SD Synod, will be in worship with us on October 11 and will bring the message that day. Please plan on being in worship that day. This service will also be live streamed on the Scandia Facebook page.

We are looking for prayer partners for 7 or 8 incoming Cmfirmation students. This is a very rewarding experience for both the student and the Prayer partner. If you are interested please contact LeAnn Knudson or the church office.

Ruth circle will meet this Tuesday at 9:30 in the Fellowship hall.

On Wednesday, October 30 the WELCA fall meeting will be held. They will be       gathering and packing the LWR quilts, school bags and soap donations at that time.

The Scandia Youth Group will be having a Bicycle Run on Sunday October 4. We need 6-8 cases of bottled water some sealed snacks like cookies, fruit snacks crackers etc., (NO PEANUTS PRODUCTS PLEASE). Contact the church office if you would like to participate and/or donate.

12 children participated in the summer reading program this year. Dan and Roxanne Evnas delivered their prizes tis past week, thank you to the Evans for organizing this program again this year. The students are: Emmarie Anderson, Owen Blake, Colton Langley, Hesston Poppenga, Brooke Blake, Bethany Knutson, Gracie Langley, Rylee Poppinga. Oliver Blake Josiah Knutson, Kyper Locke, and Leighton Reif. Thanks to you all for making this event a success again this year.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by singing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables in which Jesus says that the reign of God is like that of a landowner who pays his workers the same wage no matter what time of day they began to work. When God changes God’s mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Martin Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Hear the promise of forgiveness

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.

Opening Hymn               “Lord of all Hopefulness”               (LBW 469) Insert           

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 

Readings and Psalm

First Reading: Jonah 3:10--4:11

After Jonah’s short sermon in 3:4, the Ninevites all repented and God decided to spare the city. Jonah objected to this and became even more angry when God ordered a worm to destroy a plant that was providing shade. The book ends with a question that challenges any who are not ready to forgive: You, Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but shouldn’t I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites?

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?”

Second Reading: Philippians 1:21-30

Paul writes to the Philippians from prison. Though he is uncertain about the outcome of his imprisonment, he is committed to the ministry of the gospel and calls on the Philippians to live lives that reflect and enhance the gospel mission.

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.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Open our hearts, O Lord, to give heed to what is said by your Son. Alleluia.

“Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                       

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 20th chapter. Hear the God News from God. Listen, God is calling.

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus tells a parable about God’s generosity, challenging the common assumption that God rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve.

[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, Thanks be to God.

Message                                                                                      Pastor Mark Eliason 

Hymn of the Day       “For the Fruit of All Creation”                  (WOV 760) Insert                          

Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                 LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer

Blessing

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

Dismissal

Go in peace. Remember the poor.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn                “Take My Life, that I May Be”             (LBW 406)  Insert

Postlude

 

 

Order of Worship September 13, 2020

Announcements

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

Bishop Hagmeier, the Bishop of the SD Synod, will be preaching here at Scandia on October 11.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 increments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by singing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

In today’s second reading Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God. Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus’ challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times reveals God’s boundless mercy. When we hear the words of forgiveness in worship and sign ourselves with the cross, we are renewed in baptism to be signs of reconciliation in the world.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Hear the promise of forgiveness

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.

Opening Hymn                           “Kyrie Eleison”                                        Insert        

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

First Reading:  Genesis 50:15-21

After Jacob’s death the brothers of Joseph begged for forgiveness for the crime they had done against him. You intended to do me harm, Joseph said, but God used this as an opportunity to do good and save many lives.

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.

Second Reading: Romans 14:1-12

This Christian community has significant struggles with diversity. Here Paul helps us understand that despite different practices in worship and personal piety, we do not judge one another. All Christians belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all of us and will judge each of us.

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.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. We have an advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous; your sins are forgiven on account of his name. Alleluia. (1 John 2:1, 12)

“Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                       

Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

When Peter asks about the limits of forgiveness, Jesus responds with a parable that suggests human forgiveness should mirror the unlimited mercy of God.

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.”

Message                                                                             Pastor Carroll Marohl

Hymn of the Day                                  “Mercy”                                            Insert

Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                 LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet, nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Celebration of Holy Communion

Invitation to Holy Communion

Words of Institution

Prayer after Communion

We give you thanks, gracious God, that you have once again fed us with food  beyond compare, the body and blood of Christ. Lead us from this place, nourished and forgiven, into your beloved vineyard to wipe away the tears of all who hunger and thirst, guided by the example of the same Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Blessing

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

Dismissal

Go in peace. Remember the poor. Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn                   “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”                   LBW 543

Postlude

 

 

Order of Worship. August 30, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

Please add Joan Knutson and Darlene Munter (Sherri Knudson’s mother), and my friend Marv to your prayer list. Joan fell and injured her shoulder and Darlene has had a stroke and Marv was in a bad car accident last Wednesday.

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

We will be returning to worship in the Sanctuary next week, September 6 and are considering resuming congregational singing at that time. I will keep you informed if that changes.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 increments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

I will be out of the office tomorrow morning and should arrive by noon, also, I will be on vacation starting Friday the 4th through Saturday the 12th  Pastor Marohl will be preaching on the 6th and the 13 and will cover any emergencies during my time away from the office.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering yet finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. When Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus tells the disciples they will find their lives in losing them. Such sacrificial love is described by Paul when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not repay evil with evil. In worship we gather as a community that we might offer ourselves for the sake of our suffering world.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn                        “Bind Us Together”                                 WOV 748               

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message   

First Lesson:                 Jeremiah 15:15-21

Jeremiah’s delight in the word of the Lord is contradicted by the heaviness of God’s hand upon him and God’s seeming unfaithfulness. God’s tough love to Jeremiah says that if he repents, he will be allowed to continue in his strenuous ministry. Jeremiah is strengthened by the simple words, “I am with you.”

15O Lord, you know;
remember me and visit me,
and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors.
In your forbearance do not take me away;
know that on your account I suffer insult.
16Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart;
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.
17I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
nor did I rejoice;
under the weight of your hand I sat alone,
for you had filled me with indignation.
18Why is my pain unceasing,
my wound incurable,
refusing to be healed?
Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook,
like waters that fail.
19Therefore thus says the Lord:
If you turn back, I will take you back,
and you shall stand before me.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
you shall serve as my mouth.
It is they who will turn to you,
not you who will turn to them.
20And I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you,
says the Lord.
21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21

Paul presents benchmarks for faithful relationships with Christians and non-Christians. Love is the unflagging standard of our behavior. When we encounter evil, we do not resort to its tactics but seek to overcome it with good. While Christians cannot control the actions and attitudes of others, we seek to live at peace with all people.

9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know the hope to which | God has called us. Alleluia. 

“Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                       

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 16th chapter. Hear the God news from God…Listen, God is calling.

Gospel:  Matthew 16:21-28

After Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (16:16), Jesus reveals the ultimate purpose of his ministry. These words prove hard to accept, even for a disciple whom Jesus has called a “rock.”

21From that time on, [after Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah,] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
 24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
 27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord…Thanks be to God.

Message:                                                                                  Pastor Mark Eliason

Hymn of the Day           “Will You Come and Follow Me”        

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

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

Sending Hymn  “Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”               LBW 259   

Postlude

 

Order of Worship. August 23, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

Last week I neglected to announce that Lisa Buckneberg-Stratmeier passed away after a long battle with leukemia. Lisa is the niece of Paul and Colleen Buckneberg. Please keep her family in your prayers as they continue their journey in life without her.

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

We will be returning to worship in the Sanctuary on September 13 and are considering resuming congregational singing at that time. I will keep you informed if that changes.

Also, add all of those involved in the return to school. This includes the students, the teachers, the staff, bus drivers, and everyone involved in the school system. It is a difficult time for all of them so, please lift them up and they do what needs to be done to educate our children.

Congratulations to Kari Ostrem on her graduation from North American University. A graduation Open House will be held on August 24 at 6 pm at Bertz.

The summer reading program ends tomorrow. If you have been a summer reader make sure you have completed the requirements and have completed your reading log. In a few weeks, during worship, we will give out the awards to those who have participated.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 increments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

Both Cheryl and I will be out of the office all day tomorrow and will return on Tuesday morning, so the office will be closed tomorrow.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

In Isaiah the people are advised to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith. God’s word of reconciliation and God’s mercy are keys to the church’s mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn                  “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                      WOV 771           

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message      

First Lesson:  Isaiah 51:1-6

Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God’s deliverance will come soon and will never end.

1Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
2Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
3For the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4Listen to me, my people,
and give heed to me, my nation;
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.
5I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,
my salvation has gone out
and my arms will rule the peoples;
the coastlands wait for me,
and for my arm they hope.
6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and those who live on it will die like gnats;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my deliverance will never be ended.

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8

In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoints are not molded by the time in which we live but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work. God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom and cured every sickness among the people. Alleluia. (Matt. 4:23)

“Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                     

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 16th chapter. Hear the God news from God…Listen, God is calling.

Gospel:  Matthew 16:13-20

At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

This is the Gospel of the Lord…Thanks be to God.

Message:                                                                                   Pastor Mark Eliason

Hymn of the Day                   “Giver of the Heartbeat”                  Dakota Road  

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                                    LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy...Hear our prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

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

Sending Hymn              “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”                LBW 294

Postlude

Order of Worship. August 16, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

Thanks to Pastor Carroll for preaching today.

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible, and.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

The Seed will be holding a “Back to School Prayer Gathering” on Tuesday at 6:30.

Congratulations to Kari Ostrem on her graduation from North American University. A graduation Open House will be held on August 24 at 6 pm at Bertz.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 increments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn                          “Seek Ye First”    WOV 783

Prayer of the Day

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message

First Lesson: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

The prophet calls upon Israel to do justice in view of God’s imminent intervention to save. Righteousness and obedience define who belongs to the Israelite community—not race, nationality, or any other category.

1Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.

6And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,
and hold fast my covenant—
7these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.
8Thus says the Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them
besides those already gathered.

Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

God has not rejected Israel. Rather, the call and gifts of God are irrevocable so that, while all have been disobedient, God has mercy upon all.

[Paul writes:] 1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2aGod has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
 29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom and cured every sickness among the people. Alleluia. (Matt. 4:23)

“Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                       

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 15th chapter. Hear the God news from God…Listen, God is calling.

Gospel:  Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

Jesus teaches his disciples that true purity is a matter of the heart rather than outward religious observances. Almost immediately, this teaching is tested when a woman considered to be a religious outsider approaches him for help.

[10[Jesus] called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand:11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” 13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” 15But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”]
 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

This is the Gospel of the Lord…Thanks be to God.

Message: Pastor Carroll Marohl

Hymn of the Day                 “People of Hope”    Dakota Road

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                 LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

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

Sending Hymn         “My Life Flows On In Endless Song”        WOV 781

Postlude

 

Order of Worship. August 9, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

A few things to remember today, we aaask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates are available in the church office. They are in $25 incriments and 5% from each one comes back to the church.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

The Scandia Quilters will meet this Wednesday at 12:30 in the church basement. Please enter through the south door at the top of the ramp as the stairs are under construction.

I will be in the office Monday through Thursday, but Monday through Wednesday I have zoom meetings most of the day. As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Bags for the School kits are in the back of the sanctuary and in the west entry. Please take one (or more) and fill them according the instructions inside. You can drop them off in the choir room.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn         “Blessed are Those”             

Prayer of the Day

O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message

First Lesson: 1 Kings 19:9-18

On Mount Horeb, where God had appeared to Moses with typical signs of God’s presence—earthquake, wind, and fire—Elijah now experienced God in “sheer silence.” God assured Elijah that he is not the only faithful believer. Seven thousand Israelites are still loyal. God instructed Elijah to anoint two men as kings and to anoint Elisha as his own successor.

9At [Horeb, the mount of God,][Elijah] came to a cave, and spent the night there.
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”
 11He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” 15Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. 16Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. 17Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. 18Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Second Reading: Romans 10:5-15

A right relationship with God is not something we achieve by heroic efforts. It is a gift received in the proclamation whose content is Jesus Christ. This proclaimed word creates our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence Christian proclamation is an indispensable component of God’s saving actions.

5Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7“or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say?
“The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart”
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
 14But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. I wait for you, O Lord; in your word is my hope. Alleluia. (Ps. 130:5)

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 14th chapter. Hear the God news from God…Listen, God is calling.

Gospel:  Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew’s gospel typically portrays Jesus’ disciples as people of “little faith,” who fail despite their best intentions. In this story, Matthew shows how Jesus comes to the disciples when they are in trouble and sustains them in their time of fear and doubt.

22[Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
 28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord…Thanks be to God.

Message:

Hymn of the Day       “When Peace Like a River”   LBW 346   

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Create In Me                                                                                 LBW 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

Lord, in your mercy…Hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn               “Remembering the Promise”

Postlude

 

Order of Worship. August 2, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible, and, as you can see, we have removed all the hymnals from the pews, so there will be no congregational singing, and we have asked that you sit in every other pew for distancing purposes.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

With that in mind I need to inform you that there is at least 3 confirmed case of Covid-19 in Centerville. We are watching this situation very closely, and if the numbers go up, we will decide whether or not to go back to on-line worship only. This is for your safety.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

Grocery certificates.

Soap Sundays: Lutheran world relief has requested that all Lutheran congregations collect new wrapped bars of soap, any brand is OK. Last year we collected 408 bars, let’s see if we can break 500 this year. There will be a copper wash tub in the back of the church in the coming weeks for you to put them in, or you can drop them at the church office during the week.

I will be out of the office tomorrow morning, I should arrive by 11:30. As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. At the eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn                       “Giver of the Heartbeat”

Prayer of the Day

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message

First Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-5

God invites Israel to a great feast at which both food and drink are free. God also promises to make an everlasting covenant with all peoples, with promises that previously had been limited to Israel. As David was a witness to the nations, these nations shall now acknowledge the ways in which God has glorified Israel.

1Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5

This begins a new section in Paul’s letter in which he will deal with the place of Israel in God’s saving plan. He opens by highlighting how Israel’s heritage and legacy include being God’s children, having God’s covenants, being given God’s law, participating in worship of God, and receiving divine promises.

1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Alleluia. (Matt. 4:4)

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 14th chapter. Glory to you O Lord.

Gospel:  Matthew 14:13-21

After John the Baptist is murdered, Jesus desires a time of solitude. Still, his compassion for others will not allow him to dismiss those who need him, and he is moved to perform one of his greatest miracles.

13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Message:                                                                                                              Pastor Mark Eliason

Hymn of the Day                                “Build Up”

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn               “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve”             WOV 723

Postlude

 

Order of Worship. July 26, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible, and, as you can see, we have removed all the hymnals from the pews, so there will be no congregational singing, and we have asked that you sit in every other pew for distancing purposes.

 

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

 

I know this is difficult for some of us and that some may not see the need to be so cautious, but the recommendations from the ELCA and the CDC are to limit anything that might cause the virus to be transmitted. This is for your safety and we ask that you follow our guidelines.

With that in mind I need to inform you that there is at least one confirmed case of Covid-19 in Centerville. We are watching this situation very closely, and if the numbers go up, we will decide whether or not to go back to on-line worship only. This is for your safety.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

Don’t forget about the Total Stop grocery certificates. They come in the amount of $25 and can be picked up in the church office. 5% from each certificate purchased comes back to the church. They make great gifts.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn    “Kyrie Eleison”

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.

Children’s Message

First Lesson: 1 Kings 3:5-12

Because Solomon did not ask for long life, riches, or the defeat of his enemies, God gave him what he asked for: wisdom to govern the people well.

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.”

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39

These words celebrate the depth of God’s actions for us. Through Christ’s death for us and the activity of the Spirit praying for us, we are fused to God’s love poured out in Jesus Christ. Nothing, not even death itself, is able to separate us from such incredible divine love.

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.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Many will come from east and west and will eat in the kingdom of heaven. Alleluia. (Matt. 8:11)

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 13th chapter. Glory to you O Lord.

 

Gospel:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Throughout Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near!” Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people’s lives.

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.”

Message:

Hymn of the Day    “All of My Life”

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Offertory Prayer

God of goodness and growth, all creation is yours, and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Water and word, wine and bread: these are signs of your abundant grace. Nourish us through these gifts, that we might proclaim your steadfast love in our communities and in the world, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn    “Be Thou My Vision”   WOV 776

Postlude

 

Worship July 19, 2020 Scandia Lutheran

Prelude

Welcome & Announcements

Welcome back to worship. It is good to be getting back to the familiar. Even though online worship has been feeling familiar lately, it is good to be here today.

A few things to remember today, we ask that there be no physical contact between people who are not a part of your family group, that you wear a mask if at all possible, and, as you can see, we have removed all the hymnals from the pews, so there will be no congregational singing, and we have asked that you sit in every other pew for distancing purposes.

When we do the liturgy, I ask that you speak softly so as not to move too much air, and that you place your offering in the plate on the table in the back of the church.

I know this is difficult for some of us and that some may not see the need to be so cautious, but the recommendations from the ELCA and the CDC are to limit anything that might cause the virus to be transmitted. This is for your safety and we ask that you follow our guidelines.

Ruth Circle will meet on Tuesday, July 21 at 9:30 in the north conference room.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

Don’t forget about the Total Stop grocery certificates. They come in the amount of $25 and can be picked up in the church office. 5% from each certificate purchased comes back to the church. They make great gifts.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Thank you to all those who spent most of the day on Wednesday getting the sanctuary and fellowship hall ready for today.

Call to Worship                                                                                                                                           “Sanctuary”

Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and Holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary for you. (2X).

                                                                          

Confession and Absolution

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist. Amen.

If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness, and so we confess.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned away from you, knowingly and unknowingly. We have wandered from your resurrection life. We have strayed from your love for all people. Turn us back to you, O God. Give us new hearts and right spirits, that we may find what is pleasing to you and dwell in your house forever. Amen.

We hear the Good News of forgiveness.

Receive good news: God turns to you in love. “I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,” says our God. All your sin is forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of God’s grace for you. Amen.

Opening Hymn                                          “Blessed Assurance”                                  WOV 699                                                      

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.

Children’s Message

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.

6Thus 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.
7Who 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.
8Do 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.

Second Reading                               Romans 8:12-25

For Paul, true spirituality means that we experience the reality of the Spirit, which enables us to pray as God’s children, keeps us in solidarity with creation, and gives us unseen hope that God will liberate us and creation from bondage to death and decay.

12So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for 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. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For 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!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and 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.
 18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that 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. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and 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. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Gospel Acclamation                             “Thy Word”

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (x2)                                                                        

Gospel Announcement     “Hear the Good News from God, Listen, God is calling”

Gospel                                     Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Jesus tells a parable about the coexistence of good and evil in this world. God’s judgment will remove all evildoers and causes of sin, but not until the end of human history.

24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And 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?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let 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.’ ”
 36Then 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.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

Gospel Response                       “This is the Gospel of the Lord, Thanks be to God”                                                                                                       

Message                                                                                           Pastor Mark Eliason

Hymn of the Day             “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”                LBW 315                                                  

Apostles Creed                                                                                         LBW Pg. 85

Sharing of the Peace of God

Offertory Response                             “Create in Me”                         LBW pg. 75

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me,

Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me,

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with you free Spirit.

Offering Prayer

Prayers of the People

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

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

Sending Hymn      “Praise and Thanksgiving”                                LBW 409      

Postlude         

                    

Pastor: Mark Eliason                                               Organist: Colleen Buckneberg

Office Administrator: Cheryl Oster               Ushers: Allen and Kathy Skotvold

 

Order of Worship. July 5, 2020

Prelude     

Announcements

BIG NEWS!!!! WE WILL RETURN TO ON SITE WORSHIP ON SUNDAY JULY 19!!!!!

There will be some changes, and we have sent guidelines out in the newsletter. If things change drastically, we will adjust our schedule, but for now, I will see many of you on July 19. We are going to try to continue this live stream on Facebook, and are working on that, so stay tuned.

We will celebrate Holy Communion today so please have some bread and wine or Juice available for later in the service.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

I will be taking most, if not all, of next week off to rest and get ready to return to worship, so there may or may not be someone in the office much next week, but the building will be open from 9 am – 9 pm so you can come get books for the summer reading program.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with those often excluded from the religious community. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

 

Opening Hymn  “Thy  Holy Wings”  WOV 741

Prayer of the Day

You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message

First Lesson: Zechariah 9:9-12

The coming messianic king will inaugurate an era of disarmament and prosperity. Because of God’s covenant with Israel, the people are designated as “prisoners of hope.”

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war-horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

Second Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

Life captive to sin is a catch-22 existence in which we know good but do not do it and do things we know to be wrong. Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence.

15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
 21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25aThanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed these things to infants. Alleluia. (Matt. 11:25)

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 11th chapter. Glory to you O Lord.

Gospel:  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.

[Jesus spoke to the crowd saying:] 16“To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
 25At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
 28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Message

Hymn of the Day  “The Church’s One Foundation”  LBW 369  

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Offertory Prayer

God of goodness and growth, all creation is yours, and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Water and word, wine and bread: these are signs of your abundant grace. Nourish us through these gifts, that we might proclaim your steadfast love

in our communities and in the world, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song. Amen.

Invitation to Communion

Prayer after Communion

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy…Hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn  “How Great Thou Art”  LBW 532

Postlude

 

 

Order of Worship. June 28, 2020

Prelude

Announcements

BIG NEWS!!!! I can finally say the it has been decided, WE WILL RETURN TO ON SITE WORSHIP ON SUNDAY JULY 19!!!!!

There will be some changes, and we will be sending guidelines out in a letter in the next few days, but, unless things change drastically, I will see many of you on July 19. We are going to try to continue this live stream on Facebook, and are working on that, so stay tuned.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

I will be out of the office tomorrow morning, June 29. I should arrive by noon.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

We will celebrate Holy Communion next Sunday so, have some bread and wine or grape juice ready at worship time.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In today’s gospel, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

Opening Hymn  “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”   LBW 315

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Children’s Message

First Lesson: Jeremiah 28:5-9

5The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23

12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
 15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
 20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Alleluia. (1 Peter 2:9)

Gospel:  Matthew 10:40-42

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

Message:  Pastor Mark

Hymn of the Day  “Thy Holy Wings”   WOV 741

The Apostles Creed

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Sending Hymn  “Here in This Place”   WOV 718

Postlude

 

 

Order of Worship. June 21, 2020

Prelude “All are Welcome” Dakota Road

Announcements

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the fathers watching today and to those who provide a fathering presence in the lives of others.

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

I will be out of the office all day tomorrow, June 22, and will return on Tuesday. See you then.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, if you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. It will be under the “weekly worship” tab, sub tab, “bulletin”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

“Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

God does not promise that the path of the disciple will be easy. Jeremiah feels the pain of rejection from those who do not want to hear what he has to say. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

 

Opening Hymn  “Borning Cry”  WOV 770

Prayer of the Day

Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Children’s Message

 

First Lesson: Jeremiah 20:7-13

7O Lord, you have enticed me,
and I was enticed;
you have overpowered me,
and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
I must shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the Lord has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
then within me there is something like a burning fire
shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
10For I hear many whispering:
“Terror is all around!
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
All my close friends
are watching for me to stumble.
“Perhaps he can be enticed,
and we can prevail against him,
and take our revenge on him.”
11But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble,
and they will not prevail.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
12O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous,
you see the heart and the mind;
let me see your retribution upon them,
for to you I have committed my cause.
13Sing to the Lord;
praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hands of evildoers.

 

Second Reading: Romans 6:1b-11

1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
 5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Jesus says, The Spirit of the Lord will testify on my behalf, and you also | are to testify. Alleluia. (John 15:26, 27)

 

The Holy Gospel for today is taken from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the 10th chapter. Glory to you O Lord.

 

Gospel:  Matthew 10:24-39

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
 26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
 34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

 

Message    

 

Hymn of the Day  “I Love To Tell the Story”  LBW 390

 

The Apostles Creed

 

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

 

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

 

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sending Hymn  “Let us Talents and Tongues Employ”  WOV 754

 

Postlude “Have you seen my Jesus”

 

 

Order of Worship. June 14, 2020 (Covid 19)

Prelude

Announcements

The summer reading program is in full swing, there are hundreds of books in our library to the kids to read this summer, and the Reading logs are also in the library. Let’s make this summer a reading summer.

The church council will meet via Zoom this Wednesday at 7 pm. I’ll send the invitation out this week along with the documents we need.

I will be out of the office tomorrow morning until around 11 am.

You have been very faithful with your gifts and offerings to the church during this difficult time and I appreciate it, as does the rest of the congregation. The “Give Plus” app is a wonderful way to give, as is sending your offerings to the church at P. O. Box 147, Centerville, SD 57014 or dropping them off at the church.

As has been the case for the past few weeks, it you are going to come by the church, please call first to make sure someone is here.

I will have the order of worship on the website by Thursday afternoon so you can print it out for worship on Sunday morning. They will be in the Church News section, listed under “Weekly Bulletins are here”.

Let’s begin worship by sing “Sanctuary”

Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

Moses tells the Israelites that they are called to be a priestly kingdom and a holy people. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world. From the Lord’s table we go forth to proclaim the good news, to heal the sick, and to share our bread with the hungry.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

 

Opening Hymn Lord of All Hopefulness LBW 469

Prayer of the Day

God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 

Children’s Message

 

First Lesson: Exodus 19:2-8a

At Sinai God assured Israel, “You shall be my treasured possession,” and commissioned them to serve as mediating priests for the nations. The people commit themselves completely to God’s will.

2[The Israelites] had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.3Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: 4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, 6but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”
 7So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the 
Lord had commanded him. 8aThe people all answered as one: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.”

 

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-8

We are no longer God’s enemies but have peace with God because we were brought into a right relationship with God through Christ’s death.

1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

 

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. The kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. Alleluia. (Mark 1:15)

 

Gospel:  Matthew 9:35--10:8 [9-23]

The mission of Jesus’ followers is to continue the mission of Jesus himself. Here, he instructs his first disciples as to how they might proclaim the gospel through their words and deeds.

35Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
10:1Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
 5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. [9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. 11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
 16“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; 20for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”]

 

Message:

 

Hymn of the Day “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” LBW 294

 

 

 

 

The Apostles Creed

 

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

 

Offertory Prayer

God of goodness and growth, all creation is yours, and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. Water and word, wine and bread: these are signs of your abundant grace. Nourish us through these gifts, that we might proclaim your steadfast love

in our communities and in the world, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in Your mercy…Hear our prayer.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sending Hymn “The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve” WOV 723

 

Postlude

 

Order of Worship. June 7, 2020

Announcements

Sing “Sanctuary”

Lord prepare me to be a Sanctuary, pure and Holy, tired and true.

With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for you.” (2x)

Introduction

Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today’s second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

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.

 

Opening Hymn “All Are Welcome” Dakota Road

Prayer of the Day

God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 

Children’s Message

First Lesson: Genesis 1:1--2:4a

At the beginning of time, God the Creator, God the powerful Word, and God the life-giving Spirit form the earth and all its inhabitants. God sees that all this created work is good and then rests on the seventh day.

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.
 6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
 9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
 14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
 20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
 24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
 26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
 4aThese are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Paul closes a challenging letter to the Corinthians with an appeal to Christian fellowship grounded in the triune harmony of Christ’s grace, God’s love, and the Spirit’s partnership.

[Paul writes:] 11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
 13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

 

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; God’s glory fills the whole earth. Alleluia. (Isa. 6:3).

 

The Gospel text for today will be read by Bishop Eaton.

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

After his resurrection, Jesus summons his remaining disciples and commissions them to baptize and teach all nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Message From Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA.

 

Hymn of the Day “One Bread, One Body” WOV 710

 

The Apostles Creed

 

Passing of the peace. (Take a moment now to share the peace with those around you and then post a message in the comment section for others).

 

Offertory Prayer

Invitation to Communion

Words if Institution

Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:

Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life;

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.

You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise;

and, at this end of all the ages, you sent your Son,

who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom

and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this, as often as you drink it, for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup

we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Therefore, gracious Father, with this bread and cup

we remember the life our Lord offered for us.

And, believing the witness of his resurrection, we await his coming in power

to share with us the great and promised feast.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection,

that we who receive the Lord's body and blood

may live to the praise of your glory

and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.

Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and every place,

and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest

until he comes as victorious Lord of all.

The Lord’s Prayer

Distribution of the Elements

Prayer after Communion

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy… Hear our prayer.

Blessing

Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

 

Sending Hymn “Bind Us Together” WOV 748