Worship & Devotions



16th Sunday after Pentecost

&

17th Sunday after Pentecost

 

September 20, 2020 & September 27, 2020



A       Assisting Minister

C       Congregation

L        Lector




WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


PRELUDE         Sept. 20        Great is Thy Faithfulness                                 arr. Marianne Kim

                          Sept. 27        Consolation                                           by F. Liszt / arr. Lani Smith 

    

INVOCATION

A       Glory be to the Father, and to the ☩Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

          as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

C       Amen.

  

ORDER OF CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

A       Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C        Amen.


A       If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


A       Most merciful God,

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


A     In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake God forgives you all your sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.

C       Amen.



OPENING HYMN: 

Sept. 20       #771 (WOV Blue Hymnal)   Great is Thy Faithfulness            vss. 1 & 3


Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

There is no shadow of turning with thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;

As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is they faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided;

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is they faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided;

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


Sept. 27     #248 (LBW Hymnal)   Dearest Jesus at Your Word   vss. 1 & 4


Dearest Jesus, at your word we have come again to hear you;

Let our thoughts and hearts be stirred and in glowing faith be near you

As the promises here given draw us wholly up to heaven.


Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Praise to you and adoration!

Grant us what we need the most: Your blest Gospel’s consolation,

While we here on earth await, till in heav’n with praise we greet you.



GREETING

A       The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,        

         and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C       And also with you.


KYRIE

A       Kyrie eleison;

C       Lord, have mercy.


A       Christe eleison;

C       Christ, have mercy.


A       Kyrie eleison;

C       Lord, have mercy.


HYMN OF PRAISE OF THE TRINITY    

A       Glory be to God the Father,

C       Glory be to Christ the Son,


A       Glory to the Holy Spirit,

C       Ever three and ever one;


A       As it was in the beginning,

C       And is now and ever shall be. Amen.


SALUTATION

A       The Lord be with you.

C       And also with you.


PRAYER OF THE DAY         

Sept. 20                                        

A       Let us pray,

C    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.


Sept. 27

A       Let us pray,

C       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.



READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 20th

OLD TESTAMENT 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?


A reading from Jonah:


                  When 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.
         But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He 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. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 

               And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Then 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.
          The 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. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When 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.”
         But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 

            Then 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. And 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?”


L       The Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.


EPISTLE 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.


St. Paul wrote:


              For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
           Only, 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, and 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. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well—since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.


L       The Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.



ACCLAMATION RESPONSE

A       Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

C       You have the words of eternal life.

         Alleluia.


GOSPEL READING                                                                                                     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.

        

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the 20th Chapter.

C       Glory to you, O Lord.

      

         Jesus said to the disciples:

               “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 

      When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 

             When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And 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?’ 

              They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’

              He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 

          When 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.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘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.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”


A       The Gospel of our Lord

C       Praise to you, O Christ.



Readings for September 27th


OLD TESTAMENT 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.


Ezekiel writes:


                  The word of the Lord came to me: What 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”? As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know 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.

                Yet 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? When 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. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. Yet 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?

       Therefore 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. Cast 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? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live.


L       The Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.




EPISTLE 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.


St. Paul Wrote:


                  If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

                                  who, though he was in the form of God,
                               did not regard equality with God
                               as something to be exploited,
                                  but emptied himself,
                               taking the form of a slave,
                               being born in human likeness.
                                  And being found in human form,
                               he humbled himself
                               and became obedient to the point of death—
                               even death on a cross.
                                  Therefore God also highly exalted him
                               and gave him the name
                               that is above every name,
                                  so that at the name of Jesus
                               every knee should bend,
                               in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
                                  and every tongue should confess
                               that Jesus Christ is Lord,
                               to the glory of God the Father.
       Therefore, 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; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.


L       The Word of the Lord.

C       Thanks be to God.



ACCLAMATION RESPONSE

A       Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?

C       You have the words of eternal life.

         Alleluia.


GOSPEL READING                                                                                           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 believers and in charge of the temple worship.

        

A       The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew the 21st Chapter.

C       Glory to you, O Lord.

        

             When [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?” 

              Jesus 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. Did 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?’  But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So 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.

            “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which 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. For 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.”


A       The Gospel of our Lord

C       Praise to you, O Christ.



MEDITATION OF THE WORD     Sept. 20th -  Michael Noble

                                                        Sept. 27th -  Karen Feeser                        


MUSIC OF THE DAY     Sept. 20th             Give Me Jesus                        

                                        Sept. 27th             We Sing to You, O God 


APOSTLES’ CREED

A       Living together in trust and hope we confess our faith.


C       I believe in God, the Father almighty,

              creator of heaven and earth.

        

         I believe in Jesus Christ,

              his only Son, our Lord.
              He was conceived by the power of the

              Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

              He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

              was crucified, died, and was buried.
              He descended into hell.
              On the third day he rose again.
              He ascended into heaven, and is seated

              at the right hand of the Father.
              He will come again to judge

              the living and the dead.


         I believe in the Holy Spirit,

             the holy catholic Church,

             the communion of saints,

             the forgiveness of sins,
             the resurrection of the body,

             and the life everlasting. Amen.


CORPORATE SHARING OF THE LORD’S PEACE

A       The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C       And also with you.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION


Prayers for Sept. 20th 

                                                            

A       Called together in the name of God, let us pray giving thanks and seeking the Lord’s blessings on His world.


                  A brief silence.


A       Generous God, you make the last first, and the first last. Where this gospel challenges the church, equip it for its works of service. Inspire us by your Spirit to be your witnesses, your evangelists, and your caregivers. Lord, in your mercy,

C                hear our prayer.


A     Lord, where we find envy and create enemies, you provide enough for all. Bring peace to places of conflict, violence and civil unrest. Inspire leaders with creativity and wisdom. Bless the work of negotiators, peacekeepers, and development workers. Lord, in your mercy,

C                hear our prayer.


A       Healing Lord, you come and provide blessings beyond our expectations. You choose to give generously and yet Lord we turn away from you in brokenness and sin. This world has fallen from your grace and many suffer from pain, anguish and suffering. Send your Spirit to give comfort to those who call out to you this day. Be especially with our shut-ins, the hospitalized and all those we name now in our prayers to you……      Lord, in your mercy,

C                hear our prayer.


A      Eternal Father, we praise you for the generations that have declared your saving power to us. Give us faithfulness to follow them, living for Christ, until you call us to join them in the joyful song around his throne. Be with all those who grieve this day and shine on them the Light of your Son. Lord, in your mercy,

C                hear our prayer.


A       Joining our voices with your faithful ones in every time and place, we join together in saying the words that our Lord taught us to pray,



Prayers for Sept. 27th 

A       Called together in the name of God, let us pray giving thanks and seeking the Lord’s blessings on His world.


                  A brief silence.


P       Lord we pray for the mission of the Gospel. Unite your church in its proclamation and witness. Show us your ways, increase our belief and teach us your path. Lord, instill in us the same mind that is in Christ Jesus. Lord, in your mercy,

C        hear our prayer.


P       God of the creation, you have all authority and power. By your mercy we are given life and goodness. By your spirit continue to lift up people to live in your wisdom, lift up leaders to guide in righteousness. Lift up justice to put an end to all strife, hunger, disease and all places where your creation is in pain. Lord, in your mercy,

C          hear our prayer.


P       Compassionate and Healing Lord, stir up our consciences with the same mind of compassion that you have for those in need. Send your Spirit to those who are in crisis, troubled, weary, or discouraged. We pray especially for our shut-ins and the hospitalized and all those we name now in our prayers to you….   Lord, in your mercy.

C          hear our prayer.


C       Heavenly Father, we pray for our congregation and community. Guide us in our work as your people, empower us to serve and make difficult decisions, to risk being your messengers in this world. Strengthen our commitment to our ministries and to those of the community of our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy,

C           hear our prayer.


P       Gracious God, we give thanks for the saints whose tongues confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and taught us the faith. Keep us confident in your promises until we join them in endless praise. Be especially with all those who mourn this day and grant them your eternal comfort. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A       Joining our voices with your faithful ones in every time and place, we join together in saying the words that our Lord taught us to pray,



LORD’S PRAYER

C       Our Father, who art in heaven,

                  hallowed be thy name,

                  thy kingdom come,

                  thy will be done,

                  on earth as it is in heaven.

                  Give us this day our daily bread;

                  and forgive us our trespasses,

                  as we forgive those

                  who trespass against us;

                  and lead us not into temptation,

                  but deliver us from evil. 

                  For thine is the kingdom,

                  and the power, and the glory,

                  forever and ever. Amen.


Closing Hymn:

         Sept. 20   #537 (ELW Hymnal)     On Our Way Rejoicing


On our way rejoicing Gladly let us go.

Christ our Lord has conquered; Vanquished is the foe.

Christ without, our safety; Christ within, our joy;

Who, if we be faithful, Can our hope destroy?

On our way rejoicing; As we forward move,

Hearken to our praises, O blest God of love!


Unto God the Father Joyful songs we sing;

Unto God the savior Thankful hearts we bring;

Unto God the Spirit Bow we and adore,

On our way rejoicing Now and evermore.

On our way rejoicing; As we forward move,

Hearken to our praises, O blest God of love!



         Sept. 27   #722 (WOV Hymnal)     Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises


Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Christ the Lord to us said: I am wine, I am bread,

I am wine, I am bread, give to all who thirst and hunger.


Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Now he sends us all out, strong in faith, free of doubt,

Strong in faith, free of doubt. Tell to all the joyful Gospel.


Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness.

Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness.


BLESSING DIALOGUE

A       Show us your mercy, O God,

C       and grant us your salvation.


A       Give us the joy of your saving help,

C       and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit.


A       Let your ways always be before us,

C       and your strength and health be with us.


A       Bless us Lord by your saving Word,

C       and sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

         Amen.


BENEDICTION

A       The Lord bless you and keep you,

         The Lord make his face shine on you

          and be gracious to you.

         The Lord look upon you with favor

         and ☩grant you peace.

C       Amen.


DISMISSAL

A       Go in peace. Share the good news!

C       Thanks be to God! 

    

POSTLUDE        Sept. 20     Be Strong in the Lord                                          by Robert J. Powell                               Sept. 27     Fanfare and Processional                                   by Dale G. Rider


Sept. 20  Assisting Lay Minister             Michael Noble

Sept. 27  Assisting Lay Minister             Karen Feeser

Sept. 20   Lector                                        Linda Bolin

Sept. 27   Lector                                        Alison Peterson

Organist                                                     Martha Lobaugh

Videographer                                            Michael Lobaugh



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