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Worship Order – 10/18/2020 – Indoor

PRELUDE

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.

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

FIRST READING: Isaiah 45:1-7

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]

O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.” Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.” (Psalm 96:1–13, NRSV)

SECOND READING:

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 22:15-22

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

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

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

SERMON

SPECIAL MUSIC            I Surrender All

Verse 1
All to Jesus I surrender
All to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live

Chorus
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all

Verse 2
All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me Jesus take me now

Verse 3
All to Jesus I surrender
Make me Savior wholly Thine
Let me feel the Holy Spirit
Truly know that Thou art mine

Verse 4
All to Jesus I surrender
Lord I give myself to Thee
Fill me with Thy love and power
Let Thy blessing fall on me

Verse 5
All to Jesus I surrender
Now I feel the sacred flame
O the joy of full salvation
Glory glory to His name

CCLI Song # 23189 Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter | Winfield Scott Weeden © Words: Public Domain Music: Public Domain  For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 617337

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

Gracious God, you call us by name and invite us to share your good news. Send your Holy Spirit among preachers, missionaries, and evangelists. We give thanks for the witness of your servant Luke, the evangelist, whom the church commemorates today.

God of praise, the heavens and all creation declare your salvation. From the rising of the sun to its setting, may the whole universe show forth your goodness. Raise up devoted stewards of all that you have made.

God of all, may your word of justice sound forth in every place. Restore divided nations and communities with reconciling truth.

God of light, we pray for those living with pain, illness, isolation, grief, anger, or doubt. Join their voices in a new song, assuring them that you call them each by name.

God of truth, you show no partiality. May your spirit guide the work of justices, magistrates, court officials, and all vocations of the law, that your promise of restoration may be known.

Living God, as you raised Jesus from the dead, so raise up those who have died in you. We give thanks for their witness, confident of your rescuing welcome for all.

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all. 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, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, 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.

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

COMMUNION

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

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This Week’s Announcements

3rd Grade Bible Class
Bibles will be distributed to 3rd grade families starting the week of Sunday, October 25th. We’ll meet on ZOOM for 3 weeks unpacking with 3rd graders and parents the joy of God’s Word. Classes will be Thursday evenings from 6:30pm- 7:30pm – October 29, November 5, November 12.

Please Pray For

  • Jerry Kuehn
  • Deb Bergstrom’s sister Karen Sebek diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Deb Bergstrom for cataract surgery
  • Chris and Shelly Ford as they grieve of the deaths of their 1 month old grandson and Shelly’s mother.

HALLOWEEN “MASK-PARADE” – October 31st.
LOL members please come to church and help create a Halloween parade route for the kids of the congregation. The parade will go through the parking lot and the backyard of the church.  Have your masks on and a costume if you’d like and cheer on our LOL kids as they show off their costumes and have a little fun! Event starts at 2pm.  Parade will be begin shortly after 2!

Volunteer Needs

  • Need a gaffer or two (run wire, set up cameras, tape down wires
  • Continue to need head ushers
  • Tech support person to help coach people through small technical challenges (Accessing our YouTube channel, etc.)
  • Finance Team needs several more members
  • Mission Support Team needs several more members

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

Indoor Worship at Lord of Life
Our next indoor worship service is Sunday, October 18th and 25th at 10:30 a.m., following outdoor (and live-streamed) worship at 9:00 a.m. Click here to pre-register for the 10:30 a.m. service http://www.lolbaxter.org/ We plan to continue these indoor worship services until our Crow Wing County COVID-19 rate averages 18.5 new daily cases.

Teen’s Upstream Campfires!
High school youth group runs on Wednesday nights from 8pm-9pm! This group is open to 9th-12th graders. Registration is required to attend.  This Fall we will be enjoying the outdoors and campfires at church! Here is the link to register: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/124/responses/new

Club 56 October Session “The Bible Meal”
Open to 5th & 6th grade families on Wednesday nights throughout the school year. Brand new time and new format to this years program. Our program theme is “Conversations Around the Dinner Table”. Start with connecting with your faith family (Over Zoom) and then connect as a family at home around your dinner table! For more information and to register visit: https://lolbaxter.org/ministries/middle-school/

Fuel Up Forestview
We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview with items to help provide food, school supplies, and hygiene items for middle school students experiencing financial hardships at home. We’ll be collecting items through October. Drop off your items at church in the collection box near the main entrance anytime!

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks   
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Skillet dinners or Hamburger Helpers
  • Individual boxes of cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Chef Boyardee canned pasta meals
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Tuna packets
  • Hot chocolate/flavored water packets
  • Individual Fruit cups
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape or strawberry Jelly
  • Microwaveable popcorn
  • Juice boxes  
  • Pancake Mix and/or Syrup
  • toothpaste/tooth brush
  • Shampoo
  • Boys and girls deodorant

Now Hiring – Communications Coordinator
Lord of Life is currently accepting applications for a full-time Communications Coordinator position. Primary duties include responsibility for running all aspects of the sound booth during services as well as coordinating and training sound booth volunteers, responsibility for online and offline communications including worship bulletin, announcements, newsletters, mailings and social media, and coordination of church volunteers. Visit our website www.lolbaxter.org for additional details. Submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@lolbaxter.org

Women’s Bible Study under Carol Rodseth’s leadership will continue to meet on Zoom this Fall. We meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am for an hour. We are currently in the midst of a study of the book of James through Nov. 18. We would welcome any additional women who would like to join us at this time. It is practical study aimed at applying God’s Word to our lives. Please contact Carol at 218-838-4396 or email Rodseth@charter.net.

Parking Lot Worship Services
Worship services will be held in our parking lot weekly at 9:00am on Sundays.   

Come for Communion After Online Worship
Communion available in the Lobby on Sundays beginning October 18 from 10:30-11:00 am. Also available by appointment by contacting the Pastors.

Sound/Video Booth Volunteers Urgently Needed
We urgently need additional volunteers to work in the Sound Booth.  Please contact Lolly Kalinoski at lollykadlec@hotmail.com if interested.

We invite you to share the joy of all that Bright Stars can continue to accomplish during the virtual “Celebration of Hope” on Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. CDT.  The celebration is an opportunity to learn more about programs in the occupied Palestinian territories and hear from young people there as well as from friends in the United States, including travel guru Rick Steves and author and theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber, among others.  We hope that you will share information about the Celebration of Hope with your family and friends.  Please register, free of charge, at http://brightstarsbethlehem.org/  You can also register and find more information on the Bright Stars Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/brightstarsbethlehem/

Dear Church – A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.
New Book Discussion Group Starting at Lord of Life
This old white guy, raised in the north woods, has had very little interaction with people of color other than Native Americans.  Our country and world are wrestling with questions of racism and injustice.  It is time for me to open my heart and mind to considering the prejudicial treatment people of color have experienced for centuries and to this very day in these United States of America.  How should I respond?  How might our church respond?
“Lenny Duncan is an unlikely pastor.  Formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless and formerly unchurched, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the headlines, but Duncan connects the church’s lack of diversity to its lack of vitality.  Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of the church.”
Lolly Kalinoski and Darrell Pedersen will be leading a Zoom discussion of this book on Sundays, 10:45 a.m., beginning October 11thThis will be a chance to consider and discuss our own reactions to the horrific acts of racism and ensuing protests in recent months.  And of our own denomination’s embrace of all the other folks with non-European roots who share this country with us.  Books are available online from fortresspress.com or Amazon.  To sign up for the class, please text or call Lolly at 218-829-8207. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89453155690 or call +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 894 5315 5690  Hope to see you there

Worship Order – 10/18/2020 – Outdoor

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.
Gracious God,
have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

GATHERING SONG   For the Fruit of All Creation ELW 679

For the fruit of all creation,
thanks be to God.
For these gifts to ev’ry nation,
thanks be to God.
For the plowing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safekeeping,
thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor,
God’s will is done.
In the help we give our neighbor,
God’s will is done.
In our worldwide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God’s will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit,
thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit,
thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all, that love has found us,
thanks be to God.

Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000 Text © 1970 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.

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.

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

WORD

FIRST READING: Isaiah 45:1-7

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 96:1-9

1Sing to the Lord | a new song; sing to the Lord, | all the earth.
2Sing to the Lord, bless the name | of the Lord; proclaim God’s salvation from | day to day.

3Declare God’s glory a- | mong the nations and God’s wonders a- | mong all peoples.
4For great is the Lord and greatly | to be praised, more to be feared | than all gods.

5As for all the gods of the nations, they | are but idols; but you, O Lord, have | made the heavens.
6Majesty and magnificence are | in your presence; power and splendor are in your | sanctuary.

7Ascribe to the Lord, you families | of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord hon- | or and power.
8Ascribe to the Lord the honor due the | holy name; bring offerings and enter the courts | of the Lord.

9Worship the Lord in the beau-|ty of holiness; tremble before the Lord, | all the earth.

SECOND READING:1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL: Matthew 22:15-22

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

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

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

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY       Be Glorified      ELW 744

In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in my life, Lord, be glorified today.
In our song, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in our song, Lord, be glorified today.

In your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in your church, Lord, be glorified today.
In your world, Lord, be glorified, be glorified.
In your world, Lord, be glorified today.

Text: Bob Kilpatrick, b. 1952 Text © 1978 Bob Kilpatrick Music, assigned 1998 to The Lorenz Corporation. All rights reserved. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.

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

With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
Gracious God, you call us by name and invite us to share your good news. Send your Holy Spirit among preachers, missionaries, and evangelists. We give thanks for the witness of your servant Luke, the evangelist, whom the church commemorates today. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of praise, the heavens and all creation declare your salvation. From the rising of the sun to its setting, may the whole universe show forth your goodness. Raise up devoted stewards of all that you have made. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of all, may your word of justice sound forth in every place. Restore divided nations and communities with reconciling truth. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of light, we pray for those living with pain, illness, isolation, grief, anger, or doubt. Join their voices in a new song, assuring them that you call them each by name. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of truth, you show no partiality. May your spirit guide the work of justices, magistrates, court officials, and all vocations of the law, that your promise of restoration may be known. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Living God, as you raised Jesus from the dead, so raise up those who have died in you. We give thanks for their witness, confident of your rescuing welcome for all. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

MEAL

OFFERING PRAYER
Let us pray.
Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth and nourish your whole creation. Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way, that all may know your care; and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

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
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
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
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.

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

COMMUNION SONG

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Let us pray.
God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

SENDING SONG

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his Son.
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his Son.

And now let the weak say, “I am strong,”
let the poor say, “I am rich,”
because of what the Lord has done for us.
And now let the weak say, “I am strong,”
let the poor say, “I am rich,”
because of what the Lord has done for us.

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his Son.
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
give thanks to the Holy One,
give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his Son.

And now let the weak say, “I am strong,”
let the poor say, “I am rich,”
because of what the Lord has done for us.
And now let the weak say, “I am strong,”
let the poor say, “I am rich,”
because of what the Lord has done for us.
Give thanks!

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

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Worship Order – 10/11/2020 – Indoor

Prelude

Welcome & Announcements

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.

Prayer
Let us pray.
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

First Reading: Exodus 32:1-14
A reading from Exodus.

1When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.” 6They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well- being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

7The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'” 9The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

11But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'” 14And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 23

1The Lord| is my shepherd; I shall not | be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures and leads me be- | side still waters.
3You restore my | soul, O Lord, and guide me along right pathways | for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever.

Second Reading: Philippians 4:1-9
A reading from Philippians.

1My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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

Sermon

Special Music The Blessing

Prayers of Intercession
With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

Gracious host, fill your church with a spirit of joyous hospitality. We pray for bishops, teachers, church leaders, and all children of God as they invite others to your table of boundless grace.

Gracious host, as creation waits with eager longing for redemption, protect your creatures that are mistreated. Restore valleys, mountains and pastures, and still and running waters.

Gracious host, as you set a table in the presence of enemies, so bless the efforts of diplomats, international peace workers, and world leaders who navigate conflict. May they proceed with dialogue and understanding, so that justice and peace prevails.

Gracious host, let your gentleness be known among those who are weary or ill. Strengthen doctors, medical care workers, and caretakers who see to their needs.

Gracious host, when we are quick to judge outward appearance, remind us how you clothe all in your mercy. We pray for ministries that provide needed clothing and other personal care assistance in this community.

Gracious host, as we remember those who have died and are gathered at the heavenly banquet, comfort us with your presence. Assure us of your peace at all times.

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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.

Thanksgiving at the Table
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all. 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, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

Lord’s Prayer (Leader Only)

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

Dismissal

Communion

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Worship Order – 10/11/2020 – Outdoor

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.
Gracious God,
have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Gathering Song       We Are Called  (ELW 720)

1 Come! Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God.

We are called to act with justice,
we are called to love tenderly;
we are called to serve one another,
to walk humbly with God.

2 Come! Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those in fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
so hatred and blindness will be no more.

We are called to act with justice,
we are called to love tenderly;
we are called to serve one another,
to walk humbly with God.

3 Sing! Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other
as sisters and brothers united in love.

We are called to act with justice,
we are called to love tenderly;
we are called to serve one another,
to walk humbly with God.

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.

Prayer of the Day
Let us pray.
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Word

First Reading: Exodus 32:1-14
A reading from Exodus.

1When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” 2Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.” 6They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well- being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

7The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'” 9The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

11But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'” 14And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 23
1The Lord| is my shepherd; I shall not | be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down | in green pastures and leads me be- | side still waters.

3You restore my | soul, O Lord, and guide me along right pathways | for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the | Lord forever.

Second Reading: Philippians 4:1-9
A reading from Philippians.

1My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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

Sermon

Special Music The Blessing

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
With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

Gracious host, fill your church with a spirit of joyous hospitality. We pray for bishops, teachers, church leaders, and all children of God as they invite others to your table of boundless grace. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Gracious host, as creation waits with eager longing for redemption, protect your creatures that are mistreated. Restore valleys, mountains and pastures, and still and running waters. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Gracious host, as you set a table in the presence of enemies, so bless the efforts of diplomats, international peace workers, and world leaders who navigate conflict. May they proceed with dialogue and understanding, so that justice and peace prevails. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Gracious host, let your gentleness be known among those who are weary or ill. Strengthen doctors, medical care workers, and caretakers who see to their needs. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Gracious host, when we are quick to judge outward appearance, remind us how you clothe all in your mercy. We pray for ministries that provide needed clothing and other personal care assistance in this community. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Gracious host, as we remember those who have died and are gathered at the heavenly banquet, comfort us with your presence. Assure us of your peace at all times. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

Meal

Offering Prayer
Let us pray.
Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth and nourish your whole creation. Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way, that all may know your care; and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

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
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
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
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.

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

Communion Song

Prayer after Communion
Let us pray.
God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Sending

Announcements

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

Sending Song God Be with You Till We Meet Again

1 God be with you till we meet again;
by good counsels guide, uphold you,
with a shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, (till we meet,
till we meet, (till we meet again,)
till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet,)
till we meet, (till we meet,)
till we meet, (till we meet again.)
God be with you till we meet again.

2 God be with you till we meet again;
holy wings securely hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, (till we meet,
till we meet, (till we meet again,)
till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet,)
till we meet, (till we meet,)
till we meet, (till we meet again.)
God be with you till we meet again.

3 God be with you till we meet again;
when life’s perils thick confound you,
put unfailing arms around you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, (till we meet,
till we meet, (till we meet again,)
till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet,)
till we meet, (till we meet,)
till we meet, (till we meet again.)
God be with you till we meet again.

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

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This Week’s Announcements

Thank You Council Members!
Thank you to our outgoing Council Members: Cindy Swenson, Pat Huhta, Layne Danielson, Sarah Nesheim; our incoming council members: Pam Caughey, Emerson Holcomb-Smith, Brian Orlowski & Steve Schaitberger; and continuing Council members: Chris Adamson, Laura Campbell, Darcy Dwyer, Lori Rehnblom and Dan Tupy

Volunteer Needs – Call 828-9374 or email office@lolbaxter.org to volunteer

  • Need a gaffer or two (run wire, set up cameras, tape down wires
  • Continue to need head ushers
  • Tech support person to help coach people through small technical challenges (Accessing our YouTube channel, etc.)
  • Finance Team needs several more members
  • Mission Support Team needs several more members

Online Coffee Time begins again October 11th
Online Coffee time starting again 10-10:30 am on Sundays. One of the Pastors will be in attendance each week. This is a good chance to again connect as family. Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89453155690 or call +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 894 5315 5690

Indoor Worship at Lord of Life
Our next indoor worship service is Sunday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m., following outdoor (and live-streamed) worship at 9:00 a.m. Click here to pre-register for the 10:30 a.m. service https://bit.ly/36lcpIw We plan to continue these indoor worship services until our Crow Wing County COVID-19 rate averages 18.5 new daily cases.

SAIL Classes Resume October 19th – ONLINE
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Classes will meet Monday, Wednesday & Friday (3 times per week) for 8 weeks, starting October 19th and ending December 11th. Register at https://yourjuniper.org/Classes/Register/2175
NOTE – This is an online class that will use ZOOM for each session. All participants must have audio and visual technology capabilities. To support participants using Zoom, we will offer a practice session on Wednesday, October 14th from 9-10 am. The practice session link will be mailed to registered participants.

Teen’s Upstream Campfires!
High school youth group runs on Wednesday nights from 8pm-9pm! This group is open to 9th-12th graders. Registration is required to attend.  This Fall we will be enjoying the outdoors and campfires at church! Here is the link to register: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/124/responses/new

Club 56 October Session “The Bible Meal”
Open to 5th & 6th grade families on Wednesday nights throughout the school year. Brand new time and new format to this years program. Our program theme is “Conversations Around the Dinner Table”. Start with connecting with your faith family (Over Zoom) and then connect as a family at home around your dinner table! For more information and to register visit: https://lolbaxter.org/ministries/middle-school/

Fuel Up Forestview
We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview with items to help provide food, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items for middle school students experiencing financial hardships at home. We’ll be collecting items through October. Drop off your items at church on Sunday mornings from 9 am-12 noon

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Skillet dinners or Hamburger Helpers
  • Individual boxes of cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Small bag of chips
  • Individual Fruit cups
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape or strawberry Jelly
  • Microwaveable popcorn
  • Juice boxes
  • Pancake Mix and/or Syrup
  • Toothpaste/tooth brush
  • Shampoo
  • Boys and girls deodorant

Brainerd Lakes Area Drug Education Coalition Event
26% of Crow Wing County students have or know someone who has experimented with a substance since the beginning of the pandemic. The Know the Truth ™ Prevention Program, has partnered with the BLADE Coalition to host, ‘A Night to Know the Truth’. This live webinar will focus on sharing real-time information about local substance use trends and how students are responding to current events. You will leave this event equipped with practical tools to support the young people in your community.
Date – Tuesday, October 20th 6:30pm-8:30pm
Registration – https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d-875ztfSouILIgYt_LMsQ
Agenda – 6:30pm-7:00pm – Local Resources Available; 7:00pm-8:00pm – Presentations; 8:00pm-8:30pm – Live Q/A Session
Presenters – Shiela Klemmetseng – BLADE Coalition; Crow Wing County Sheriff – Sheriff Goddard; Troy Nash – Drug Taskforce Member; School Resource Officer Panel; Personal Stories of Addiction and Recovery; Know the Truth Prevention Professionals; Andy Galles – BLADE Coalition

Now Hiring – Communications Coordinator
Lord of Life is currently accepting applications for a full-time Communications Coordinator position. Primary duties include responsibility for running all aspects of the sound booth during services as well as coordinating and training sound booth volunteers, responsibility for online and offline communications including worship bulletin, announcements, newsletters, mailings and social media, and coordination of church volunteers. Visit our website www.lolbaxter.org for additional details. Submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@lolbaxter.org

Women’s Bible Study under Carol Rodseth’s leadership will continue to meet on Zoom this Fall. We meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am for an hour. We are currently in the midst of a study of the book of James through Nov. 18. We would welcome any additional women who would like to join us at this time. It is practical study aimed at applying God’s Word to our lives. Please contact Carol at 218-838-4396 or email Rodseth@charter.net.

Parking Lot Worship Services
Worship services will be held in our parking lot weekly at 9:00am on Sundays.

Come for Communion After Online Worship
Drive-up Communion following online worship will be provided from 10:30am to 11:00am on Sunday’s each week.  Participants should bring a plate for each person (1).

Sound/Video Booth Volunteers Urgently Needed
We urgently need additional volunteers to work in the Sound Booth.  Please contact Pastor Steve at 454-8060 if interested.

Dear Church – A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S. — New Book Discussion Group Starting at Lord of Life
Our country and world are wrestling with questions of racism and injustice. It is time for us to open our heart and mind to considering the prejudicial treatment people of color have experienced for centuries and to this very day in these United States of America. How should we respond? How might our church respond?
Lolly Kalinoski and Darrell Pedersen will be leading a Zoom discussion of this book on Sundays, 10:45 a.m., beginning October 11th. This will be a chance to consider and discuss our own reactions to the horrific acts of racism and ensuing protests in recent months. And of our own denomination’s embrace of all the other folks with non-European roots who share this country with us. Books are available online from fortresspress.com or Amazon. To sign up for the class, please text or call Lolly at 218-829-8207. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89453155690 or call +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 894 5315 5690.  Hope to see you there

Worship Order – 10/4/2020

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Introduction to the day
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells a vineyard parable, which serves as an image of Israel, the prophets’ mission, and Christ’s death. For Christians, the vineyard also speaks of God’s love poured out in the blood of Christ, given to us for the forgiveness of sin. Grafted onto Christ the vine at baptism, we are nourished with wine and bread so that we may share Christ’s sufferings and know the power of his resurrection.

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.
Gracious God,
have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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

Gathering Song        The Church’s One Foundation    (ELW 654)
1 The church’s one foundation
is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation
by water and the word.
From heav’n he came and sought her
to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her,
and for her life he died.

2 Elect from ev’ry nation,
yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation
one Lord, one faith, one birth:
one holy name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with ev’ry grace endued.

3 Though with a scornful wonder
this world sees her oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping;
their cry goes up: “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song.

4 Through toil and tribulation
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest.

5 Yet she on earth has union
with God, the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
Oh, blessed heav’nly chorus!
Lord, save us by your grace,
that we, like saints before us,
may see you face to face.

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.

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

Word

First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
1Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

3And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

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

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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

Second Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia. Alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said to the people:] 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”

42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? 43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

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

Sermon

Hymn of the Day       Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
1 Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

2 Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope;
where there is darkness, only light;
and where there’s sadness, ever joy.

3 O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love with all my soul.

4 Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we receive,
and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Text: Sebastian Temple © 1967 OCP Publications Permission to reprint/podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

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
With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

Holy God, you call us to work for peace and justice in your vineyard. Refresh the church with your life, that we may bear fruit through work and service. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Thank you for the abundant harvest of the earth. Bless and care for those whose hands bring the fruits of the earth to the tables of all who hunger. May we be inspired by your servants who cared deeply for your creation. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Curb the impulses of greed and pride that lead us to take advantage of others. Grant that world leaders seek the fruits of the kingdom for the good and welfare of all people. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Sustain all who suffer with the promise of new life. Assured of your presence, heal our pain and suffering, and equip us to embrace all bodies aching for wholeness of mind, body, and soul. We call to mind those who are struggling today. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray for all managers in our community and for all who seek employment. Give hope and a future to those who lack meaningful work, those who have been marginalized or abused in the workplace, and those who desire new opportunities. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Thank you for the saints who teach us to live faithfully in your vineyard. May our chorus join theirs until our labor is complete. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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

Meal

Offering Prayer
Let us pray.
Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth and nourish your whole creation. Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way, that all may know your care; and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

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
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
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
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.

Communion

Communion Song

Prayer after Communion
Let us pray. God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Sending

Announcements

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

Sending Song            The Lord Now Sends Us Forth    (ELW 538)
The Lord now sends us forth
with hands to serve and give,
to make of all the earth
a better place to live. Repeat

The angels are not sent
into our world of pain
to do what we were meant
to do in Jesus’ name;
that falls to you and me
and all who are made free.
Help us, O Lord, we pray,
to do your will today. Repeat

Text: Anonymous, Central America; tr. Gerhard M. Cartford, b. 1923 English text © 1998 Augsburg Fortress. Permission to reprint/podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

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

From sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to reprint/podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

This Week’s Announcements

Lord of Life Congregational Meeting
Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 11:00-11:45 am
Join the Lord of Life family as we meet to:

  • Celebrate 2019-2020 milestones.
  • Review 2019-2020 Activity Reports from Pastors, Officers and Teams.
  • Review 2019-2020 Financial Reports.
  • Elect 2020-2021 Officers, Council and Committee Members.
  • Adopt the 2020-2021 budget.

All confirmed members in good standing are eligible to attend, participate and vote. The Annual Report will be available on our website on Wed, September 23rd. Due to the current gathering restrictions from the COVID-19 coronavirus, our October 4, 2020 11:00 a.m. Congregational Meeting will be held via Zoom, and the link was sent to all eligible voters.

October 11, 2020 Worship Schedule
Our next indoor worship service is Sunday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m., following outdoor (and live-streamed) worship at 9:00 a.m. Click here to pre-register for the 10:30 a.m. service https://bit.ly/36lcpIw

Teen’s Upstream Resumes
High school youth group runs on Wednesday nights from 8pm-9pm! This group is open to 9th-12th graders. Registration is required to attend.  This Fall we will be enjoying the outdoors and campfires at church! Here is the link to register: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/124/responses/new

Club 56 Launches Wednesday, October 7th!
Open to 5th & 6th grade families on Wednesday nights throughout the school year. Brand new time and new format to this years program. Our program theme is “Conversations Around the Dinner Table”. Start with connecting with your faith family (Over Zoom) and then connect as a family at home around your dinner table! For more information and to register visit: https://lolbaxter.org/ministries/middle-school/

Now Hiring – Communications Coordinator
Lord of Life is currently accepting applications for a full-time Communications Coordinator position. Primary duties include responsibility for running all aspects of the sound booth during services as well as coordinating and training sound booth volunteers, responsibility for online and offline communications including worship bulletin, announcements, newsletters, mailings and social media, and coordination of church volunteers. Visit our website www.lolbaxter.org for additional details. Submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@lolbaxter.org

Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study under Carol Rodseth’s leadership will continue to meet on Zoom this Fall. We meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 am for an hour. We are currently in the midst of a study of the book of James through Nov. 18. We would welcome any additional women who would like to join us at this time. It is a practical study aimed at applying God’s Word to our lives. Please contact Carol at 218-838-4396 or email Rodseth@charter.net.

Fuel Up Forestview
We are helping to stock the pantry at Forestview with items to help provide food, clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items for middle school students experiencing financial hardships at home. We’ll be collecting items through October.

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks  
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Skillet dinners or Hamburger Helpers
  • Individual boxes of cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Small bag of chips  
  • Individual Fruit cups
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape or strawberry Jelly
  • Microwaveable popcorn
  • Juice boxes 
  • Pancake Mix Syrup
  • toothpaste/tooth brush
  • Shampoo
  • Boys and girls deodorant