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Worship – Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

GATHERING

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

  • Welcome to worship at Lord of Life in Baxter
  • So glad you could join us this day
  • Psalmist writes – We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds
  • We are here to praise God…
  • We are here to be inspired and sent by the telling of God’s wonderful deeds
  • A little later in the service we will be celebrating Holy Communion
  • You may want to gather the elements of bread…and if you have wine or grape juice..  if you don’t, even just bread will do

Introduction to the day

As we continue through the time after Epiphany, stories of the call to discipleship show us the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISMIn the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son ,and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the watersand by your Word you created the world,calling forth life in which you took delight.Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.Shower us with your Spirit,and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.To you be given honor and praisethrough Jesus Christ our Lordin the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Amen.

Come Now Is The Time To Worship

Come now is the time to worship Come now is the time to give your heart Come just as you are to worship Come just as you are before your God Come

One day every tongue Will confess You are God One day every knee will bow Still the greatest treasure remains For those who gladly choose You now
Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God Come

One day every tongue Will confess You are God One day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains For those who gladly choose You now

Come now is the time to worship Come now is the time to give your heart Come just as you are to worship Come just as you are before your God

Come come just as you are come come

CCLI Song # 2430948Brian Doerksen © 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.comCCLI License # 617337

GREETING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Kyrie

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison Lord have mercy

CCLI Song # 7149536Gabriel Wanous© 2013 Gabriel Wanous (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook)) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.comCCLI License # 617337

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

A reading from Jonah.1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.  10When God saw what they 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.Word of God, word of life.Thanks be to God.


PSALM: Psalm 62:5-12

5For God alone I | wait in silence;  truly, my hope | is in God. 6God alone is my rock and | my salvation,my stronghold, so that I shall nev- | er be shaken.7In God is my deliverance | and my honor;  God is my strong rock | and my refuge. 8Put your trust in God al- | ways, O people,pour out your hearts before the one who | is our refuge. R9Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath; those of low estate can- | not be trusted.  Placed on the scales together they weigh even less | than a breath. 10Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no | empty pride;though wealth increase, set not your | heart upon it.11God has spoken once, twice | have I heard it,  that power be- | longs to God. 12Steadfast love belongs to | you, O Lord,for you repay all according | to their deeds. R

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

A reading from 1 Corinthians.29Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Alleluia Alleluia AlleluiaAlleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Your words Lord are Spirit and Life You have the words of everlasting life

CCLI Song # 7149527Gabriel Wanous© 2013 Gabriel Wanous (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.comCCLI License # 617337

GOSPEL: Mark 1:14-20

The holy gospel according to Mark. Glory to you, O Lord.

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE


Hope Of The Nations

Verse

Jesus hope of the nationsJesus comfort for all who mournYou are the source of heaven’s hope on earthJesus light in the darknessJesus truth in each circumstanceYou are the source of heaven’s light on earth

In history You lived and died You broke the chains You rose to life

You are the hope living in usYou are the Rock in whom we trust You are the light shining for all the world to see You rose from the dead conquering fearOur Prince of Peace drawing us nearJesus our hope living for all who will receive

(Lord we believe)


Jesus hope of the nations Jesus comfort for all who mourn You are the source of heaven’s hope on earth Jesus light in the darkness Jesus truth in each circumstanceYou are the source of heaven’s light on earth

In history You lived and diedYou broke the chains You rose to life

You are the hope living in usYou are the Rock in whom we trustYou are the light shining for all the world to seeYou rose from the dead conquering fearOur Prince of Peace drawing us near Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Lord we believe Lord we believeLord we believe

In history You lived and died You broke the chains You rose to life

You are the hope living in usYou are the Rock in whom we trustYou are the light shining for all the world to seeYou rose from the dead conquering fearOur Prince of Peace drawing us nearJesus our hope living for all who will receive

You are the hope living in usYou are the Rock in whom we trustYou are the light shining for all the world to seeYou rose from the dead conquering fearOur Prince of Peace drawing us nearJesus our hope living for all who will receive

Lord we believe (Jesus hope of the nations) Lord we believe(Jesus hope of the nations)Lord we believe(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus)

Lord we believe

CCLI Song # 3540703Brian Doerksen© 2002 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.comCCLI License # 617337

CREED

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


*Or, “he descended into hell,” another translation of this text in widespread use.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.For the church throughout the world, for pastors and teachers, for deacons and deaconesses, and for musicians and servers, that all proclaim the good news of God’s reconciling love, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For skies and seas, for birds and fish, for favorable weather and clean water, and for the well-being of creation, that God raise up advocates and scientists to guide our care for all the earth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who provide leadership in our cities and around the world, for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, for planning commissions and homeless advocates, that God inspire all people in the just use of wealth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who are sick, distressed, or grieving; for the outcast and all who await relief (especially), that in the midst of suffering, God’s peace and mercy surround them, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For our congregation and community, for families big and small, and for the organizations that meet here during the week, that God’s steadfast love serve as a model for all relationships, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.In thanksgiving for our ancestors in the faith whose lives serve as an example of gospel living, that they point us to salvation through Christ, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.

Amen.
PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.And also with you.

MEAL

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

  • Normally during this part of the service – we would take an offering
  • We are grateful for those who continue to sustain our ministry financially and keep it vital during this time when we cannot meet.
  • Our ministry continues in many forms
  • We are grateful too for those who volunteer their time
  • In our offering, we gratefully gather gifts, including bread and wine… and offer them up to God… in response to the wonderful things that God has done and continues to do in our lives

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.And also with you.Lift up your hearts.We lift them to the Lord.Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.It is right to give our thanks and praise.


PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,that we should at all times and in all placesgive thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,through our Savior Jesus Christ;who on this day overcame death and the grave,and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.And so, with all the choirs of angels,with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Holy Holy Holy

Holy holy holy Lord God of hosts Heaven and earth are full of your glory Hosanna in the highest Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord Hosanna Hosanna Hosanna in the highest

CCLI Song # 7149549Gabriel Wanous © 2013 Gabriel Wanous (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook)) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.comCCLI License # 617337

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.The universe declares your praise:beyond the stars; beneath the sea;within each cell; with every breath. We praise you, O God.Generations bless your faithfulness:through the water; by night and day;across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future. We bless you, O God.We give you thanks for your dear Son:at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now. We thank you, O God.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 for the remembrance of me.Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end, we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died.Christ is risen.Christ will come again.We pray for the gift of your Spirit:in our gathering; within this meal; among your people; throughout the world.Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus,by your Spirit, in your church, without end. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

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 thosewho 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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.The blood of Christ, shed for you.Amen.

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

Lamb of God you take away The sins of the world Have mercy on us

Lamb of God you take away The sins of the world Grant us peace Grant us peace

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PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.Gracious God, in this meal you have drawn us to your heart, and nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and blood of Christ. Now send us forth to be your people in the world, and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.


SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.Amen.The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The God of all grace ☩ bless you now and forever.Amen.

Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be Your name In the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your nameWhen I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed be Your name

Ev’ry blessing You pour out I’ll Turn back to praise When the darkness closes in LordStill I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your name Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name When the sun’s shining down on meWhen the world’s all as it should beBlessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name On the road marked with suffering Though there’s pain in the offering Blessed be Your name

You give and take away You give and take away My heart will choose to say Lord blessed be Your name 

You give and take awayYou give and take away My heart will choose to say Lord blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your name Blessed be the name of the Lord Blessed be Your glorious name

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

From sundaysandseasons.com.Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

01/24/2021 – Worship Order

GATHERING

The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.

Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.

At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.

By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,

and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.

Shower us with your Spirit,

and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Amen.

SONG

Come Now Is The Time To Worship

Verse

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Come

Chorus

One day every tongue

Will confess You are God

One day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains

For those who gladly choose You now

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Come

Chorus

One day every tongue

Will confess You are God

One day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains

For those who gladly choose You now

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Ending

Come come just as you are come come

CCLI Song # 2430948

Brian Doerksen

  • © 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 617337

GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

KYRIE

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Kyrie

Chorus

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison

Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

CCLI Song # 7149536

Gabriel Wanous

  • © 2013 Gabriel Wanous (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 617337

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

WORD

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

FIRST READING: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

A reading from Jonah.

1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

10When God saw what they 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.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 62:5-12

5For God alone I | wait in silence;

  truly, my hope | is in God.

6God alone is my rock and | my salvation,

  my stronghold, so that I shall nev- | er be shaken.

7In God is my deliverance | and my honor;

  God is my strong rock | and my refuge.

8Put your trust in God al- | ways, O people,

  pour out your hearts before the one who | is our refuge. R

9Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath; those of low estate can- | not be trusted.

  Placed on the scales together they weigh even less | than a breath.

10Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no | empty pride;

  though wealth increase, set not your | heart upon it.

11God has spoken once, twice | have I heard it,

  that power be- | longs to God.

12Steadfast love belongs to | you, O Lord,

  for you repay all according | to their deeds. R

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

A reading from 1 Corinthians.

29Brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Chorus

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Verse

Your words Lord are Spirit and Life

You have the words of everlasting life

CCLI Song # 7149527

Gabriel Wanous

  • © 2013 Gabriel Wanous (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 617337

GOSPEL: Mark 1:14-20

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

SONG

Hope Of The Nations

Verse

Jesus hope of the nations

Jesus comfort for all who mourn

You are the source of heaven’s hope on earth

Jesus light in the darkness

Jesus truth in each circumstance

You are the source of heaven’s light on earth

Pre-Chorus

In history You lived and died

You broke the chains You rose to life

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

(Lord we believe)

Jesus hope of the nations

Jesus comfort for all who mourn

You are the source of heaven’s hope on earth

Jesus light in the darkness

Jesus truth in each circumstance

You are the source of heaven’s light on earth

Pre-Chorus

In history You lived and died

You broke the chains You rose to life

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Tag

Lord we believe

Lord we believe

Lord we believe

Pre-Chorus

In history You lived and died

You broke the chains You rose to life

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Ending

Lord we believe

(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus)

Lord we believe

CCLI Song # 3540703

Brian Doerksen

  • © 2002 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))

For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com

CCLI License # 617337

CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

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

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


*Or, “he descended into hell,” another translation of this text in widespread use.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For the church throughout the world, for pastors and teachers, for deacons and deaconesses, and for musicians and servers, that all proclaim the good news of God’s reconciling love, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For skies and seas, for birds and fish, for favorable weather and clean water, and for the well-being of creation, that God raise up advocates and scientists to guide our care for all the earth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who provide leadership in our cities and around the world, for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, for planning commissions and homeless advocates, that God inspire all people in the just use of wealth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who are sick, distressed, or grieving; for the outcast and all who await relief (especially), that in the midst of suffering, God’s peace and mercy surround them, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For our congregation and community, for families big and small, and for the organizations that meet here during the week, that God’s steadfast love serve as a model for all relationships, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for our ancestors in the faith whose lives serve as an example of gospel living, that they point us to salvation through Christ, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

  • Normally during this part of the service – we would take an offering
  • We are grateful for those who continue to sustain our ministry financially and keep it vital during this time when we cannot meet.
  • Our ministry continues in many forms
  • We are grateful too for those who volunteer their time
  • In our offering, we gratefully gather gifts, including bread and wine… and offer them up to God… in response to the wonderful things that God has done and continues to do in our lives

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Holy Holy Holy

Chorus

Holy holy holy Lord God of hosts

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna

Hosanna

Hosanna in the highest

CCLI Song # 7149549

Gabriel Wanous

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THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future.

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;

beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.

We thank you, O God.

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 for the remembrance of me.

Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end,

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus,

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.

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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

Chorus 1

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Have mercy on us

Chorus 2

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Grant us peace

Grant us peace

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Gabriel Wanous

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PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

Gracious God, in this meal you have drawn us to your heart, and nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and blood of Christ. Now send us forth to be your people in the world, and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

SENDING

God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The God of all grace ☩ bless you now and forever.

Amen.

SONG

Blessed Be Your Name

Verse 1

Blessed be Your name

In the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Verse 2

Blessed be Your name

When I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed be Your name

Pre-Chorus

Ev’ry blessing You pour out I’ll

Turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in Lord

Still I will say

Chorus

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

Verse 3

Blessed be Your name

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s all as it should be

Blessed be Your name

Verse 4

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Bridge

You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord blessed be Your name 

You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

CCLI Song # 3798438

Beth Redman | Matt Redman

  • © 2002 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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01/17/2021 – Worship Order

Second Sunday after Epiphany / Lectionary 2

GATHERING

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight. Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of your promise and servants of all. We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen.

GREETING
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

GATHERING SONG      How Great Is Our God

The splendor of the King
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice
He wraps Himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
And trembles at His voice

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see how great
How great is our God

And age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the End
Beginning and the End
The Godhead three in one
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see how great
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see how great
How great is our God

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PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray.
Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

WORD

FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 3:1-20]
1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [11Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. 12On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” 17Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” 18So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

19As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1Lord, you have | searched me out; O Lord, you | have known me.
2You know my sitting down and my | rising up; you discern my thoughts | from afar.

3You trace my journeys and my | resting-places and are acquainted with | all my ways.
4Indeed, there is not a word | on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it | altogether.

5You encompass me, behind | and before, and lay your | hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonder- | ful for me; it is so high that I cannot at- | tain to it.

13For you yourself created my | inmost parts; you knit me together in my | mother’s womb.
14I will thank you because I am mar- | velously made; your works are wonderful, and I | know it well.

15My body was not hid- | den from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths | of the earth.
16Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written | in your book; my days were fashioned before they | came to be.

17How deep I find your | thoughts, O God! How great is the | sum of them!
18If I were to count them, they would be more in number | than the sand; to count them all, my life span would need to | be like yours.

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION          Mass Of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Your words Lord are Spirit and Life
You have the words of everlasting life

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GOSPEL: John 1:43-51
The holy gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON – Pastor Erika Nilsen

HYMN OF THE DAY     I Saw The Light

I wandered so aimless life filled with sin
I wouldn’t let my dear Savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord I saw the light

I saw the light I saw the light
No more in darkness no more in night
(And) now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light

Just like a blind man I wandered along
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light

I saw the light I saw the light
No more in darkness no more in night
(And) now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light

I was a fool to wander and stray
Straight is the gate and narrow the way
Now I have traded the wrong for the right
Praise the Lord I saw the light

I saw the light I saw the light
No more in darkness no more in night
(And) now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light

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

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For the body of Christ gathered throughout the world and for all servants of the gospel, that following Jesus, the church lives out its calling every day, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For the well-being of creation, for plants and animals, and for all that God has marvelously made, that we serve as wise stewards of Earth, our home, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For police officers and firefighters, for attorneys and paralegals, for peacekeepers and military personnel, and for the leaders of governments, that they provide protection to all people, especially the most vulnerable, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For those lacking food or shelter, for those who are sick or grieving, and for those who are imprisoned or homebound (especially), that God console all who suffer, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For our neighborhood, for visitors joining us for the first time or returning, and for those absent from our assembly, that all who seek to know God are nourished by word and sacrament, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for the saints who have gone before us (especially Antony and Pachomius, renewers of the church), that their lives give us a vision of the gospel in action, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.

MEAL

OFFERING

OFFERING PRAYER
Let us pray.
God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.
Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy holy holy Lord God of hosts
Heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna
Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

CCLI Song # 7149549 Gabriel Wanous © 2013 Gabriel Wanous (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook)) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 617337 Streaming license # 20160622

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, you have brought us this far along the way. In times of bitterness you did not abandon us, but guided us into the path of love and light. In every age you sent prophets to make known your loving will for all humanity. The cry of the poor has become your own cry; our hunger and thirst for justice is your own desire. In the fullness of time, you sent your chosen servant to preach good news to the afflicted, to break bread with the outcast and despised, and to ransom those in bondage to prejudice and sin. 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 all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this 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.

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we await the day when Jesus shall return to free all the earth from the bonds of slavery and death. Come, Lord Jesus! And let the church say, Amen
Amen.

Send your Holy Spirit, our advocate, to fill the hearts of all who share this bread and cup with courage and wisdom to pursue love and justice in all the world. Come, Spirit of freedom! And let the church say, Amen
Amen.

Join our prayers and praise with your prophets and martyrs of every age, that, rejoicing in the hope of the resurrection, we might live in the freedom and hope of your Son. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.
Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

COMMUNION

COMMUNION SONG   Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

Lamb of God you take away
The sins of the world
Have mercy on us
Lamb of God you take away
The sins of the world
Grant us peace
Grant us peace

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PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Let us pray.
We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
Amen.

SENDING SONG          You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)

You are holy (You are holy)
You are mighty (You are mighty)
You are worthy (You are worthy)
Worthy of praise (worthy of praise)
I will follow (I will follow)
I will listen (I will listen)
I will love You (I will love You)
All of my days (all of my days)

You are Lord of lords You are King of kings
You are mighty God Lord of ev’rything
You’re Emmanuel You’re the Great I Am
You’re the Prince of Peace who is the Lamb
You’re the living God You’re my saving grace
You will reign forever You are Ancient of Days
You are Alpha Omega Beginning and End
You’re my Savior Messiah Redeemer and Friend
You’re my Prince of Peace
And I will live my life for You
You’re my Prince of Peace
And I will live my life for You

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

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This Week’s Announcements

IN-BUILDING GROUP FORMING
We are forming a group for people who are interested in developments regarding in-building worship at Lord of Life. As the pandemic progresses, we will be communicating and surveying this group regarding their current thoughts regarding in-building worship.  Members of the group do not need to be ready to participate in in-building worship right now – just interested in receiving invitations and RSVPs regarding future in-building worship. If that describes you, then please join the group now by sending an email to office@lolbaxter.org

Stephen Ministry Informational Meeting
Stephen Ministry has been in operation at Lord of Life for almost two years now. The ministry of our Stephen Ministers has been a blessing to individuals, to the lay ministers themselves, and to the whole congregation. In order to continue and expand this very needed ministry of care, we are beginning another Stephen Ministry training class in February. If you’d like to find out more about how Stephen Ministry works, please join us via Zoom on Monday, January 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm for an introductory presentation and question-answer meeting.  Please contact Lolly Kalinoski at 218-829-8207 (text or call) or lollykadlec@hotmail.com for the Zoom ID # and password.

Worship at Lord of Life
In order to live out our mission to deepen and enrich our connection to our community, and in support of our local healthcare providers, businesses and schools, Lord of Life has discontinued our Sunday 10:30 am In-Building Worship Service until further notice. We will continue to live stream our 9:00 a.m. worship service on Sundays at our 6:00 p.m. worship service on Wednesdays on YouTube and Facebook

Come for Communion After Online Worship
Communion is available in the parking lot at the main entrance on Sundays from 10:30-11:00 am. Also available by appointment by contacting the Pastors.

Online Coffee Time begins
Online Coffee time meets from 10-10:30 am on Sundays. This is a good chance to again connect as family. One of the Pastors will be in attendance each week.  Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89453155690 or call +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 894 5315 5690

01/10/2021 – Worship Order

GATHERING

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight. Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of your promise and servants of all. We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ. Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love. To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen.

SONG    This Little Light Of Mine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine let it shine let it shine

Hide it under a bushel no
I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel no
I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel no
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine let it shine let it shine

Don’t let Satan blow it out
I’m gonna let it shine
Don’t let Satan blow it out
I’m gonna let it shine
Don’t let Satan blow it out
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine let it shine let it shine

Let it shine till Jesus comes
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine tell Jesus comes
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine tell Jesus comes
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine let it shine let it shine

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GREETING
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

KYRIE
Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison
Lord have mercy
Christe eleison Christe eleison
Christ have mercy
Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison
Lord have mercy

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

WORD

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

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 29
1Ascribe to the | Lord, you gods, ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due God’s name; worship the Lord in the beau- | ty of holiness.

3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of | glory thunders; the Lord is upon the | mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a pow- | erful voice; the voice of the Lord is a | voice of splendor. R

5The voice of the Lord breaks the | cedar trees; the Lord breaks the ce- | dars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip | like a calf, and Mount Hermon like a | young wild ox.

7The voice | of the Lord bursts forth in | lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord| shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilder- | ness of Kadesh. R

9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the | forests bare. And in the temple of the Lord all are | crying, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned a- | bove the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king for- | evermore.

11O Lord, give strength | to your people; give them, O Lord, the bless- | ings of peace. R

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

Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Chorus
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Verse
Your words Lord are Spirit and Life
You have the words of everlasting life

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GOSPEL: Mark 1:4-11
The holy gospel according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

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

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

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

SONG    Eternal Father, Strong to Save ELW #756

Eternal Father, strong to save,
whose arm has bound the restless wave,
who bade the mighty ocean deep
its own appointed limits keep:
oh, hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Savior, whose almighty word
the winds and waves submissive heard,
who walked upon the foaming deep,
and calm amid the storm didst sleep:
oh, hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Holy Spirit, who didst brood
upon the chaos dark and rude,
and bid its angry tumult cease,
and give, for wild confusion, peace:
oh, hear us when we cry to thee
for those in peril on the sea.

O Trinity of love and pow’r,
all trav’lers guard in danger’s hour
from rock and tempest, fire and foe,
protect them wheresoe’er they go;
thus evermore shall rise to thee
glad hymns and praise from land and sea.

Text: William Whiting, 1825-1878, alt. Public Domain

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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

For the church throughout the world and its leaders, that guided by the Holy Spirit they proclaim the forgiveness of sins, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For wilderness and water, wind and wild beasts, and all living things on earth, that God’s goodness is revealed through creation and faithful stewards care for all God has made, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For the nations of the world and their leaders, for laborers busy both day and night, and for peacemakers amid strife, that God inspire all people to use their strength wisely, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For the sick and those who provide medical care, for the imprisoned and those who show them mercy, for the lonely and those who provide companionship, for all who suffer (especially), that God shower compassion, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

For the congregation gathered here, for students returning to school, for those seeking renewal in their daily work, that all the beloved of God experience grace and peace, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their labors, that their witness inspire us in our baptismal vocations, let us pray.
Have mercy, O God.

Merciful God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.

MEAL

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

OFFERING PRAYER
Let us pray.
God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you, and you open your hand in blessing. Fill us with good things at your table, that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.
Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of pow’r and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God. The universe declares your praise: beyond the stars; beneath the sea; within each cell; with every breath.
We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness: through the water; by night and day; across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future.
We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son: at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer; beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now.
We thank you, O God.

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 for the remembrance of me. Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end, we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit: in our gathering; within this meal; among your people; throughout the world. Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus, by your Spirit, in your church, without end.
Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER
Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray.
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.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION
The body of Christ, given for you.
The blood of Christ, shed for you.
Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

Chorus 1
Lamb of God you take away
The sins of the world
Have mercy on us

Chorus 2
Lamb of God you take away
The sins of the world
Grant us peace
Grant us peace

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PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Let us pray. Gracious God, in this meal you have drawn us to your heart, and nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and blood of Christ. Now send us forth to be your people in the world, and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING
The God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.
Amen.

The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The God of all grace ☩ bless you now and forever.
Amen.

SONG    Here I Am To Worship

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Chorus
So here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
And You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

Bridge
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

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DISMISSAL
Go in peace. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God.

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01/03/2021 – Worship Order

Second Sunday of Christmas

Gathering

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

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

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

God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
Amen.

Greeting
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Gathering Song That Boy-Child of Mary ELW #293

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

1 What shall we call him, child of the manger?
What name is given in Bethlehem?

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

2 His name is Jesus, God ever with us,
God given for us in Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

3 How can he save us, how can he help us,
born here among us in Bethlehem?

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

4 Gift of the Father, to human mother,
makes him our brother in Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

5 One with the Father, he is our Savior,
heaven-sent helper in Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

6 Gladly we praise him, love and adore him,
give ourselves to him in Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.

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Prayer of the Day
Let us pray. Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word. By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14
7Thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. 9With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

10Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” 11For the Lord has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. 12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again. 13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. 14I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the Lord.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 147:12-20
12Worship the Lord, | O Jerusalem; praise your | God, O Zion,
13who has strengthened the bars | of your gates and has blessed your chil- | dren within you.

14God has established peace | on your borders and satisfies you with the | finest wheat.
15God sends out a command | to the earth, a word that runs | very swiftly.

16God gives | snow like wool, scattering | frost like ashes.
17God scatters | hail like bread crumbs. Who can stand a- | gainst God’s cold?

18The Lord sends forth the | word and melts them; the wind blows, and the | waters flow.
19God declares the | word to Jacob, statutes and judg- | ments to Israel.

20The Lord has not done so to any | other nation; they do not know God’s judgments. | Hallelujah!

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Mass of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Chorus
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Verse
Your words Lord are Spirit and Life
You have the words of everlasting life

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Gospel: John 1:1-18
The holy gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ ”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon – Pastor Erika Nilsen

Special Music  Mary, Did You Know?  
Preston Owen, Mike Owen, and Jennifer Person

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

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

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

Prayers of Intercession
Joining our voices with the song of the angels, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

Redeeming God, you gather together your people from the farthest parts of the earth. Protect your church from stumbling. Let it not be overcome by sorrow, division, or despair. Make us radiant with goodness, that we might live always to the praise of your glory. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You bring together heaven and earth. All creation testifies to your splendor. Hold the ecosystems of this earth in delicate balance, from coastlands to farmlands, forests to wetlands, deserts to rainforests. Show us new ways to live in harmony with the world around us. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You overflow with grace upon grace. Expand the imaginations of those who serve in positions of authority. Open their hearts to the needs of their nations and communities. Protect all those in harm’s way and those risking danger for the sake of others. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You bring consolation to those who weep. Embrace those who feel far-off, excluded, or defeated. Accompany those living with chronic and invisible illness. Sustain the weak and weary. Refresh those who labor under the weight of pain or sickness (especially). Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You come to us in the beauty of darkness and of light. Bring justice and reconciliation to communities divided by oppressions and misuse of power. Guide us to speak holy words of advocacy and truth. Help us to honor your image in one another. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You turn our mourning into joy. We give thanks for those who have died in faith (especially). With all the saints, give us our inheritance in Christ. In the fullness of time, gather us all together in your mercy. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of mercy, come quickly to us with grace upon grace as we lift these and all our prayers to you, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Passing of the Peace

Offering Prayer
Gracious God, you came to us as one unknown, bringing joy and salvation to the earth. Nourish us at your banquet table, that with all who welcome your birth we may proclaim your peace, revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

Holy Communion/Words of Institution
Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you for the birth of creation.
Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.
Blessed are you for your promise to your people.
Blessed are you in the prophets’ hopes and dreams.
Blessed are you for Mary’s openness to your will.
Blessed are you for your Son Jesus,
the Word made flesh.
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 for the remembrance of me.

LORD’S PRAYER
All: 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.

Invitation to Communion
The Word is revealed in a manger, in simple bread and wine.
Come meet Christ in this meal.

Mass of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

Chorus 1
Lamb of God you take away
The sins of the world
Have mercy on us

Chorus 2
Lamb of God you take away
The sins of the world
Grant us peace
Grant us peace

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Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, gracious God, that you have once again fed us from your very self with the body and blood of Christ. Through this mystery, send us forth to proclaim your promise to a world in need, through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen

Sending

Announcements

Blessing
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, and the everlasting peace of Jesus who is Savior, Christ, and Lord. Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and keep you now and forever.
Amen.

Sending Song   A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God
A bulwark never failing
Our Helper He amidst the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe
His craft and pow’r are great
And armed with cruel hate
On earth is not his equal

Did we in our own strength confide
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side
The Man of God’s own choosing
Dost ask who that may be
Christ Jesus it is He
The Lord of hosts His name
From age to age the same
And He must win the battle

And though this world with devils filled
Should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us
The prince of darkness grim
We tremble not for him
His rage we can endure
For lo his doom is sure
One little word shall fell Him

A mighty fortress a rock unfailing
The King of Glory forever amen
For endless ages enthroned in praises
The King of Glory forever amen

That word above all earthly pow’rs
No thanks to them abideth
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him Who with us sideth
Let goods and kindred go
This mortal life also
The body they may kill
God’s truth abideth still
His Kingdom is forever

A mighty fortress a rock unfailing
The King of Glory forever amen
For endless ages enthroned in praises
The King of Glory forever amen

A mighty fortress a rock unfailing
The King of Glory forever amen
For endless ages enthroned in praises
The King of Glory forever
Forever amen

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

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This Week’s Announcements

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Just a reminder that our Lord of Life Prayer Shawl Ministry is alive and well. We have continued to bless people with our shawls during COVID.  We are in need of additional shawls and Baptism blankets.  If you have already made some and would like to have them picked up, or if you would like someone to receive a shawl, please call Brenda Johnson (218-831-9725) or Jeannine zumBrunnen (218-343-0964).  Thanks for your thoughtfulness!

Year End Tax-Deductible Contributions Deadlines – 

  • In Person by appointment – 218-828-9374
  • Via USPS: Post-marked no later than December 31, 2020. 
  • Online: Must have an “approved” status by December 31, 2020.
  • Stock: If you wish to gift Stock to Lord of Life, please contact Anne Laechel for more information. Transfer of ownership must be completed by Thursday, December 31, 2020 to be considered a 2020 gift. As the process can take 1-2 weeks, requests should be initiated by Tuesday, December 15th.
  • Any gift received or post-marked on or after January 1, 2021 will be credited to 2021.

No live stream Worship on Wednesday, December 30th.
We invite you to view one of our Christmas worship services on YouTube (Family Christmas, Service of Grief and Hope, Christmas Eve, Impromptu Christmas Carols with Pastor Steve)

Worship at Lord of Life
In order to live out our mission to deepen and enrich our connection to our community, and in support of our local healthcare providers, businesses and schools, Lord of Life is ceasing our Sunday 10:30 am In-Building Worship Service until further notice. We will continue to live stream our 9:00 a.m. worship service on Sundays at our 6:00 p.m. worship service on Wednesdays on YouTube and Facebook

Come for Communion After Online Worship
Communion is available in the parking lot at the main entrance on Sundays from 10:30-11:00 am. Also available by appointment by contacting the Pastors.

Online Coffee Time begins
Online Coffee time meets from 10-10:30 am on Sundays. This is a good chance to again connect as family. One of the Pastors will be in attendance each week.  Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89453155690 or call +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 894 5315 5690

Thanks to Rick & Jeannine zumBrunnen and Darrell & Jennifer Pedersen for installing the lighted prayer labyrinth.

Servant Hearts Needed
A servant of Christ who is willing to…

  • Take a turn at shoveling snow
  • Technology coach for the technologically challenged
  • Create brochure
  • Help update app

To sign up for these and many other servant opportunities, https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/needs/public

12/27/2020 – Worship Order

December 27, 2020
First Sunday after Christmas

Welcome
The angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

As we gather we hear again the good news the angels proclaimed: God has come for all people through the birth of the one named Jesus. Through Bethlehem’s manger God comes into the chaos, messiness, and vulnerability of the world. In all things and at all times, we rejoice that God comes to save us and reigns in love. We come to adore Jesus who is Savior, Christ, and Lord.

Confession and Forgiveness
Amid the troubles and fears of this world, let us confess our sin and welcome God’s forgiveness, grace, and love. Silence is kept for reflection
Mary accepted your call to be the mother of Jesus.
Forgive our lack of faith and trust.
Your Son was born in the poverty of a stable.
Forgive our neglect of the poor.
The shepherds left their flocks and went to Bethlehem.
Forgive our selfishness and complacency.

With great joy the angels proclaimed, “Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy. Today is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” In ☩ Jesus, who is Savior, Christ, and Lord, our sins are forgiven. May you know the peace which the angels sang from the heavens. Indeed, God’s forgiveness is good news of great joy!
Amen.

Gathering Carol           Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!           ELW #288

Good Christian friends, rejoice and sing!
Now is the triumph of our king!
To all the world glad news we bring:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The Lord of life is ris’n this day;
death’s mighty stone is rolled away;
let all the world rejoice and say:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Praise we in songs of victory
that love, that life, which cannot die,
and sing with hearts uplifted high:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Your name we bless, O risen Lord,
and sing today with one accord,
the life laid down, the life restored:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: Cyril A. Alington, 1872-1955, alt. | Text © 1952, ren. 1986 Hymns Ancient & Modern, admin. Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator. Permission to reprint/podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

Greeting
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who is Savior and Lord, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Canticle of Praise        Angels We Have Heard on High            ELW #289

Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply,
echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain
Gloria in excelsis Deo;
gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heav’nly song?  Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
him whose birth the angels sing;
come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn king.  Refrain

Text: French carol; tr. H. F. Hemy, The Crown of Jesus Music, 1864

Prayer of the Day
Eternal Father, you gave your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be a sign of our salvation. Plant in every heart the love of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Psalm 8
1OLord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
4what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

5Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour.
6You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9OLord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

“For unto you is born a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord”

Lesson: Isaiah 12:2-6

Response:        Beautiful Savior           ELW #838

Beautiful Savior,
King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love thee,
truly I’d serve thee,
light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

Fair are the meadows,
fair are the woodlands,
robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer,
he makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
fair is the moonlight,
bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine!

Text: Gesangbuch, Münster, 1677; tr. Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904

Lesson: Matthew 1:18-21

Carol:   Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming ELW 272

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
as seers of old have sung,
it came, a flow’r so bright,
amid the cold of winter,
when half-spent was the night.

Isaiah had foretold it,
the rose I have in mind;
with Mary we behold it,
the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright,
she bore to us a Savior,
when half-spent was the night.

This flow’r, whose fragrance tender
with sweetness fill the air,
dispels with glorious splendor
the darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
from sin and death he saves us
and lightens ev’ry load.

O Savior, child of Mary,
who felt our human woe;
O Savior, king of glory,
who dost our weakness know:
bring us at length, we pray,
to the bright courts of heaven
and into endless day.

Text: German carol, 15th cent.; tr. Theodore Baker, 1851-1934, sts. 1-2; Harriet R. Krauth, 1845-1925, st. 3; John C. Mattes, 1876-1948, st. 4

“For unto you is born a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord”

Lesson: Isaiah 61:1-3, 11

Response:        O Come, All Ye Faithful (refrain only)    ELW #283

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord!

Lesson: John 1:19-23, 29-34

Carol:   In The Bleak Midwinter ELW #294

In the bleak midwinter,
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter,
long ago.

Heaven cannot hold him,
nor earth sustain;
heav’n and earth shall flee away
when he comes to reign;
in the bleak midwinter
a stable place sufficed
the Lord God almighty,
Jesus Christ.

What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him—
give my heart.

Text: Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1830-1894

“For unto you is born a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord

Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8

Response:        Once in Royal David’s City        ELW #269

Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for his bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall;
with the poor and meek and lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.

And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heav’n above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing by,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
set at God’s right hand on high;
there his children gather round,
bright like stars, with glory crowned.

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895

Lesson: Luke 1:26-35

Carol:   Infant Holy, Infant Lowly          ELW #276

Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ the child is Lord of all.
Swiftly winging, angels singing,
bells are ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the child is Lord of all!
Christ the child is Lord of all!

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping
vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story,
tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the child was born for you!
Christ the child was born for you!

Text: Polish carol; tr. Edith M. G. Reed, 1885-1933, alt.

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

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

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

Prayers of Intercession
Joining our voices with the song of the angels, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Night and day, all creation praises you, O God. Strengthen your church across nations, denominations, and traditions. Fill us with wisdom and unify our proclamation of your forgiveness and mercy. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

All creation is holy to you, O God. You cause the earth to bring forth its shoots and gardens to spring up. Protect hibernating animals and frozen lands that wait earnestly for longer days of awakening and growth. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

The nations are upheld by your hand, O God. Cause righteousness and praise to spring forth, inspiring leaders to serve with compassion and integrity. Send your spirit of discernment upon legislators grappling with complex decisions for the sake of the common good. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Send the spirit of your Son into our hearts, O God. Come quickly to hearts that race with fear, hearts that break with grief, and hearts that long for wholeness (especially). Reveal your power to heal and to save. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Adopt us into your family, O God. Bless our elders with the peace and joy of Simeon and Anna. Strengthen those who have retired, those who work in older age, and those in need of income, food, company, or health care. Connect young and old across generations. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

Let us depart in peace, O God, according to your word. For (John, apostle and evangelist, and) all your saints, we give you thanks. Prepare our salvation in the sight of all your witnesses of every time and place. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

God of mercy, come quickly to us with grace upon grace as we lift these and all our prayers to you, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.

Offering Prayer
Gracious God, you came to us as one unknown, bringing joy and salvation to the earth. Nourish us at your banquet table, that with all who welcome your birth we may proclaim your peace, revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Amen.

Holy Communion/Words of Institution
Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you for the birth of creation.
Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.
Blessed are you for your promise to your people.
Blessed are you in the prophets’ hopes and dreams.
Blessed are you for Mary’s openness to your will.
Blessed are you for your Son Jesus,
the Word made flesh.
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 for the remembrance of me.

Lord’s Prayer
All: 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.

Invitation to Communion
The Word is revealed in a manger, in simple bread and wine. Come meet Christ in this meal.

Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, gracious God,
that you have once again fed us from your very self
with the body and blood of Christ.
Through this mystery, send us forth
to proclaim your promise to a world in need,
through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior,
Amen

Blessing
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, and the everlasting peace of Jesus who is Savior, Christ, and Lord. Almighty God, Father,☩Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and keep you now and forever.
Amen.

Sending Carol Go Tell It On The Mountain       ELW #290

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and ev’rywhere;
go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching
o’er silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens
there shone a holy light. 

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and ev’rywhere;
go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born!

The shepherds feared and trembled
when, lo, above the earth
rang out the angel chorus
that hailed our Savior’s birth. 

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and ev’rywhere;
go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born!

Down in a lonely manger
the humble Christ was born;
and God sent us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn. 

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and ev’rywhere;
go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born!

Text: African American spiritual, refrain; John W. Work Jr., 1872-1925, stanzas, alt.

Dismissal
Go in peace. Serve our Savior, Christ, and Lord.
Thanks be to God.

12/24/2020 – Worship Order

Christmas Eve at Lord of Life
December 24, 2020

Christmas CarolO Come, All Ye Faithful

Lighting the Christ Candle
Hope in the midst of trouble. Peace in the presence of chaos. Joy in the company of sorrow. Love in the face of hatred. These are the gifts of the Christ Child. This is the wonder he brings – the mystery he embodies – the heart he shares for the world. We light the Christ candle this night – and give thanks for light that scatters the darkness and life that envelopes the world with love.

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

Scripture Reading: Micah 5:2-5a

Christmas Message – Pastor Steven J. Rye

Special Music: Hallelujah – Jacob Borgstrom

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7

Christmas CarolHark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Gospel: Luke 2:1-7

Christmas CarolAway in a Manger

Gospel: Luke 2:8-20

Christmas CarolAngels We have Heard on High

Christmas Message – Pastor Erika Nilsen

Christmas CarolLove has Come

Each year, Lord of Life’s Christmas offering is designated toward a special purpose. In 2020, we have designated that our Christmas Eve offering will go toward Operation Sandwich. Contributions may be submitted online at https://ppay.co/RPiwBRpEcDc or mailed to us at 6190 Fairview Rd, Baxter, MN 56425. Please put Christmas Offering in the memo line.

Offering Prayer:
Gracious God, you came to us as one unknown, bringing joy and salvation to the earth. Nourish us at your banquet table, that with all who welcome your birth we may proclaim your peace, revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Nicene Creed/Prayers of Intercession/Peace

Special MusicChild of our Dreams

Holy Communion/Words of Institution

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

Special MusicStill, Still, Still – Preston Owen

Prayer after Communion

Christmas CarolSilent Night, Holy Night

Christmas Prayer
Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake, Amen!
By Robert Louis Stevenson

Blessing
Almighty God, who sent the Holy Spirit to Mary, proclaimed joy through the angels, sent the shepherds with good news, and led the magi by a star, bless you this day ☩ through the Word made flesh. Amen.

Christmas CarolJoy to the World

Go in peace. And share the good news of Jesus.
Thanks be to God.

Tyler Jensen hired as Lord of Life’s Communications & Coordination Specialist

            Lord of Life Lutheran Church is pleased to announce the hiring of Tyler Jensen as the congregation’s new communications specialist. 

            Tyler is no stranger to Lord of Life, having been confirmed in the church. He was a member of the Men’s Breakfast group, volunteered in the nursery and participated in a number of the church’s activities and service projects as a teenager.

            After graduating from Brainerd High School in 2013, Tyler attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During his studies, he wrote for MSUM’s student newspaper and helped produce its award-winning television news program.

            After college, Tyler worked as a staff writer at the Morrison County Record in Little Falls for almost four years. During this time, he honed his skills in writing, social media, videography and photography. In 2019, the Minnesota Newspaper Association awarded one of Tyler’s photos first place for news photos in non-daily papers with more than 7,000 readers.

            At the end of 2019, Tyler moved to Austin, Minn., to work for the Austin Daily Herald, where he helped produce the paper’s 2020 Progress magazine.

            Coming home to Lord of Life is a humbling and amazing experience for Tyler. He plans to do everything he can to help spread the Word of God and make the church the best it can be. He is deeply touched by the trust shown to him by the congregation and its leadership and promises not to let them down.

            As a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scouts, Tyler enjoys spending time helping others and hopes to contribute to the success of the many community service projects Lord of Life and its congregants perform around the community.