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Parking Lot Worship Services
Conditions permitting, worship services will be held in our parking lot weekly beginning on August 9th at 9:00am. Please check the Lord of Life website before heading out in case there is a last minute cancellation. Cancellations will be posted at least one hour in advance.

Come for Communion After Online Worship
Drive-up Communion following online worship will be provided from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on Sunday each week beginning August 2nd.  Cars should enter from the south (Fairview Rd) and approach the front of the building from the east – driving westerly (toward Knollwood Dr.)
Participants should bring a plate for each person (1). Pastors will be masked but not gloved – (with well-washed hands). Pastors will place wafers and cups onto the plates without touching them.  Communicants will place glasses in basket (w/ a towel) held by an assistant.  Please check lolbaxter.org before heading out.  Cancellations will be posted at least one hour in advance.

Kids Drive-up service – RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 12TH
Wednesday, August 5th at 6 pm on the lawn at LOL. Bring your family and lawn chairs and let’s worship together!!

Job Postings Coming Soon
The church council has delegated the work of drawing up job postings to the personnel committee to fill several roles on staff.  Though nothing is finalized yet, the staff has identified these immediate needs: Worship Support, Communications, Community/volunteerism, Administrative, Technology, and Children’s Education. At this time, it is anticipated that we will be filling these needs with two staff people. Please pray that God will lead us to the people with the right gifts.

Sound/Video Booth Volunteers Urgently Needed
We urgently need additional volunteers to work in the Sound Booth. Please contact Pastor Steve if you would be willing to discuss this.  No commitments required at this point, we would just like to give you a tour of the booth so that you can see how easy it is!

Head Ushers Needed
In order for us to begin worshipping in the sanctuary again, one critical need will be four persons who are each willing to take on one Sunday a month (and a fifth Sunday once per quarter) who will oversee a team of dedicated volunteers.  We thank Layne Danielson for his faithful service in lining up worship volunteers in the past. Layne has recently informed us that he is stepping down from this role as we transition back into the sanctuary. Because of additional procedures related to COVID, every Sunday we meet in the sanctuary we will need a trained group of worship volunteers. We will build four teams around the four head Ushers who also agree to serve once a month.

Changes Made to the Smart Plan
Currently, Lord of Life is in phase 1 of is SMART plan. At a recent meeting, our SMART team made the following allowances:  Meetings outside the building (normally on the patio) may be held under the following circumstances: (1) They are scheduled in Church Community Builder; (2) All participants agree to wear a mask; (3) Groups will not be greater than 10 in number; and (4) Members maintain social distancing from those not in their household at all time (EX: 2 persons per picnic table at opposite corners). The entire SMART plan in its current version can be found on the Lord of Life website.

We are understaffed at this time.
This may result in temporary interruptions of things that you have come to expect from us. Worship slides, Birthday/Anniversary lists and prayerLIFE@12:45 videos are three examples.  As time goes on, there may be more.  We regret when those interruptions occur and together we look forward to the day when the staff will be able to consistently provide them again.  In the meanwhile, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Worshiping on Wednesdays and Sundays
Worship services are available on Facebook (click here), and YouTube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer
Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

August 2, 2020 Bulletin

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LUTHERAN CHURCH

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

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  Come All Ye People

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

WORD

FIRST READING: Isaiah 55:1-5
A reading from Isaiah.
God invites Israel to a great feast at which both food and drink are free. God also promises to make an everlasting covenant with all peoples, with promises that previously had been limited to Israel. As David was a witness to the nations, these nations shall now acknowledge the ways in which God has glorified Israel.

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

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

PSALM: Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
8TheLordis gracious and full | of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in | steadfast love.

9Lord, you are | good to all,
and your compassion is over | all your works. R

14The Lord upholds all | those who fall
and lifts up those who | are bowed down.

15The eyes of all wait upon | you, O Lord,
and you give them their food | in due season.

16You open | wide your hand
and satisfy the desire of every | living thing.

17You are righteous in | all your ways
and loving in | all your works. R

18You are near to all who | call upon you,
to all who call up-|on you faithfully.

19You fulfill the desire of | those who fear you;
you hear their | cry and save them.

20You watch over all | those who love you,
but all the wicked you | shall destroy.

21My mouth shall speak the praise | of the Lord;
let all flesh bless God’s holy name forev- | er and ever. R

SECOND READING: Romans 9:1-5
A reading from Romans.
This begins a new section in Paul’s letter in which he will deal with the place of Israel in God’s saving plan. He opens by highlighting how Israel’s heritage and legacy include being God’s children, having God’s covenants, being given God’s law, participating in worship of God, and receiving divine promises.

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

Word of God, word of life.
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 14:13-21
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

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

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

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

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY  Lord be Glorified
1 In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in my life, Lord, be glorified today.

2 In our song, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in our song, Lord, be glorified today.

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

4 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. “Permission to 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
Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
You take resources that appear to be meager, bless them, and there is enough. May your church trust that what you bless and ask us to share with the world is abundantly sufficient. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Your bountiful creation offers sustenance and life for all creatures. Protect this abundance for the well-being of all. Reverse the damage we have caused your creation (local needs may be named). Replenish ground water supplies, provide needed rains in places of drought, and protect forests from wildfires. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You offer yourself to all the nations and peoples of the earth, inviting everyone to abundant life. Bring the prophetic vision to fullness, that all nations will run to you and that nations who do not know you will find their joy in you. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Hear the anguish of tender hearts who cry to you in suffering and satisfy their deepest needs. Bring wholeness and healing to those who suffer in body, heart, soul, and mind (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You offer freely the fullness of salvation. Give our congregation (name) such a welcoming heart, that our words and actions may extend your free and abundant hospitality to all whom we encounter. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You gather your saints as one, united in the body of Jesus. Bring us with all your saints to the heavenly banquet. We remember with love and thanksgiving the saints we have known (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through 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 (ELW p. 191)

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   Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord, He is holy and just
By His power we trust in His love
Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves He is love
Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice
Great is the Lord, Great is the Lord

Great is the Lord, He is holy and just
By His power we trust in His love
Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves He is love
Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice
Great is the Lord, Great is the Lord

Great are You Lord and worthy of glory
Great are You Lord and worthy of praise
Great are You Lord, I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great are You Lord, Great are You Lord

CCLI Song # 1149 Deborah D. Smith | Michael W. Smith © 1982 Meadowgreen Music Company (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 617337

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

July 26, 2020 Bulletin

Welcome
Pastor: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All: And Also with you.

Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
Amen.

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

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

Song 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

CCLI Song No. 2430948 © 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Music Services) For use solely in accordance with the SongSelect Basic Terms of Agreement.  All rights Reserved. CCLI License No. 617337

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

(Online Service Only) – KIDS TIME – All God’s Critters
All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now
All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.”

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

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39

26The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

 31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

31[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

 33He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

 44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 51“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Sermon – Pastor Erika

Song – For the Beauty of the earth ELW
1 For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:

Refrain
Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise.

2 For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flow’r,
sun and moon and stars of light:  Refrain

3 For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight:  Refrain

4 For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above;
for all gentle thoughts and mild:  Refrain

5 For each perfect gift of thine,
peace on earth and joy in heav’n;
for thyself, best gift divine,
to our world so freely giv’n:  Refrain

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Prayers of Intercession

The prayers are prepared locally for each occasion. The following examples may be adapted or used as appropriate.

Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Merciful God, your reign is revealed to us in common things: a mustard shrub, a woman baking bread, a fishing net. Help your church witness to the surprising yet common ways you encounter us in daily life. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding. Increase our understanding and awe of your creation; guide the work of scientists and researchers. Treasuring the earth, may we live as grateful and healing caretakers of our home. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

As the birds of the air nest in branches of trees, gather the nations of the world into the welcoming shade of your merciful reign. Direct leaders of nations to build trust with each other and walk in the way of peace. (Here a particular world struggle may be named.) Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Your Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for the saints according to your will. Help us when we do not know how to pray. Give comfort to the dying, refuge to the weary, justice to those who are oppressed, and healing to the sick (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

You show steadfast love and direct us to ask of you what we need. Help this congregation ask boldly for what is most needed. Refresh us with new dreams of being your people in this place and time. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

In you our lives are never lost. Strengthen us by the inspiring witness of your people in all times and places. Embolden our witness now and one day gather us with all your saints in light (especially). Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Sharing the Peace of Christ

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you always.
All: And also with you.

Announcements:

Offering –

Other ministries of the church

Words about communion drive up after online worship.

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

Invitation to Communion
Friends of Jesus, come to the table.
Receive nourishment for your journey.

Words of Institution

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.

Blessing

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

Closing Song He is Exalted Blue Book 116

He is exalted
The King is exalted on high I will praise Him
He is exalted forever exalted And I will praise His name
He is the Lord
Forever His truth shall reign Heaven and earth
Rejoice in His holy name He is exalted
The King is exalted on high    (Repeat All)

He is Exalted, The King is exalted on high

Twila Paris© 1985 Mountain Spring Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing); Straightway Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing; CCLI Song # 17827) Used by Permission CCLI Song # 17827; CCLI License # 617337; – Streaming license # 20160622

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

Parking Lot Worship This Sunday

On Sunday, July 26th we will be holding a worship service at 9:00am in the Lord of Life Lutheran Church parking lot. Drive through communion will also be provided from 10:30am – 11:30 am for those who worship at home but would like to receive communion.

Please observe these guidelines:
✦ (No pre-registration will be required)
✦ People with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness
of breath, etc.) should not attend
✦ Each household should be in a separate car; carpooling does not comply with social distancing
✦ Attendees must remain in the vehicles they arrived in
✦ Attendees may roll their windows down
✦ Cars should park at least 6 feet apart
✦ People may not walk to the service or participate outside of vehicles
✦ Vehicles should enter from the south entrance (Fairview Rd) and exit the event using the West exits (Knollwood Dr)
✦ There should not be passing of objects or physical contact between vehicles
✦ Communion elements will be given as you enter
✦ We will be collecting the offering after worship as you exit
in your vehicles
✦ Worship assistants will wear face masks when approaching vehicles before, during and after service

July 19 2020 Bulletin

Welcome 
Pastor: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All: And Also with you.

Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
whose steadfast love is everlasting,
whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
Amen.

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

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

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

SONG – Come All Ye People – ELW 819

1 Come, all you people, come and praise the Most High;
come, all you people, come and praise the Most High;
come, all you people, come and praise the Most High;
come now and worship the Lord.

2 Come, all you people, come and praise the Savior;
come, all you people, come and praise the Savior;
come, all you people, come and praise the Savior;
come now and worship the Lord.

3 Come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit;
come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit;
come, all you people, come and praise the Spirit;
come now and worship the Lord.

KIDS TIME – All God’s Critters

All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

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

First Reading: Isaiah 44:6-8
There are no other gods besides God: the word of the Lord does not fail to come to pass. We can trust in God, through whom Israel—and we—are redeemed.

6Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. 7Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me. Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be. 8Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

Psalm: Psalm 86:11-17
11Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk | in your truth; give me an undivided heart to re- | vere your name.
12I will thank you, O Lord my God, with | all my heart, and glorify your name for- | evermore. R
13For great is your | love toward me; you have delivered me from the | pit of death.
14The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent people | seeks my life; they have not set you be- | fore their eyes.
15But you, O Lord, are gracious and full | of compassion, slow to anger, and full of kind- | ness and truth.
16Turn to me and have mer- | cy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the child | of your handmaid.
17Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be | put to shame; because you, Lord, have helped me and com- | forted me. R

Second Reading: Romans 8:12-25
12So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

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

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

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

Song – Lord Be Glorified ELW 744

1 In my life, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in my life, Lord, be glorified today.

2 In our song, Lord, be glorified, be glorified;
in our song, Lord, be glorified today.

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

4 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. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

Apostles Creed
All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

All: 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. 

All: 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
Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. A brief silence.

God of the harvest, you sow the good seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ into your field. Help your church throughout the world to be both diligent and patient, full of resolve and gentleness, that our witness may be faithful to your intentions. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of all space and time, your whole creation groans in labor pains, awaiting the gift of new birth. Renew the earth, sky, and sea, so that all your creation experiences freedom from the bondage of decay. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of the nations, teach us your ways, that we may walk in your truth. Mend the fabric of the human family, now torn apart by our fearful and warring ways (regions and nations in conflict may be named). Guide us by your mercy, grace, and steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of hope, you accompany those who suffer and are near to the brokenhearted. Open our hearts to your children who are lonely and abandoned, who feel trapped by despair, and all who suffer in any way (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of the seasons, in the midst of summer, give us refreshment, renewal, and new opportunities. We pray for the safety of those who travel. We pray for those who cannot take the rest they need. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

God of life, those who have died in you shine like the sun in your endless kingdom. We remember with thanksgiving the saints of all times and places and saints close to us (especially). Gather us with them on the day of salvation. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sharing the Peace of Christ
Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you always.
All: And also with you.

Offering Announcement

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

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.

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

Song – Great is the Lord
Great is the Lord, He is holy and just
By His power we trust in His love
Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves He is love 

Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice
Great is the Lord, Great is the Lord 

Great is the Lord, He is holy and just
By His power we trust in His love
Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true
By His mercy He proves He is love 

Great is the Lord and worthy of glory
Great is the Lord and worthy of praise
Great is the Lord, now lift up your voice
Now lift up your voice
Great is the Lord, Great is the Lord 

Great are You Lord and worthy of glory
Great are You Lord and worthy of praise
Great are You Lord, I lift up my voice
I lift up my voice
Great are You Lord, Great are You Lord

CCLI Song # 1149 Deborah D. Smith | Michael W. Smith © 1982 Meadowgreen Music Company (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 617337

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

This Week’s Announcements

Pastor Erika Nilsen 25th Ordination Reception – Join us in celebrating Pastor Erika’s 25th Anniversary on Zoom Sunday, July 19 at 10:30 am. Pastor Erika was ordained on July 16, 1995. Links to the reception will be found in our new members-only Facebook group or in the Good News Weekly email.

We are understaffed at this time: This may result in temporary interruptions of things that you have come to expect from us. Worship slides, prayerLIFE@12:45 videos are two examples. As time goes on, there may be more. We regret when those interruptions occur and together we look forward to the day when the staff will be able to consistently provide them again. In the meanwhile, we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Help us water the flowers at LOL – We could use some more volunteers to help water the flowers and pull weeds in the flower beds. Visit https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/needs/public to sign up for a spot on the Summer Watering Crew.

Are you receiving the Good News Weekly? Every week on Friday afternoons, Lord of Life sends an email with information about the upcoming week’s worship services, education schedule, and other church events. Sign up via email to anne@lolbaxter.org.

Need Prayer? – Please call the church office at 218-828-9374 or send an email to office@lolbaxter.org if you or a loved one is hospitalized or needs to be added to the Family Weekly Prayers or when changes need to be made to the prayers that you added.

VBS – family style! Get ready for Compassion Camp – an opportunity to explore the truth that you are loved, called to be kind, and created to be wonderfully YOU. You’ll be given everything you need to dig into this wonderful theme – along with some videos by Goldie, great ideas to serve your neighbors, and creating a large art project. Over the course of two weeks – beginning on Sunday, July 19th, you’ll have four wonderful lessons on compassion! A truly fitting theme for right now! You can do the lessons four days in a row – or spread them out. Visit https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/114/responses/new to sign up!

Stories for Change: Monday, July 6, launches a new ministry at LOL called Stories for Change. Each Monday morning a children’s story is read out loud and will be posted on our Facebook page along with a discussion video led by Guy Kelm. The children’s book will focus on issues of discrimination and race. We will learn more about our history and be invited to have courageous conversations about how we, as people of faith, can both live in and help create a better and more just world.

August serveCAMP Update: Mark your calendars for the week of August 3rd! serveCAMP is available for students entering 5th-8th grade. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still working on what impact this might have on our camp week. More details will be coming throughout this month via email, social media, and through the mail.

July 12 2020 Bulletin

Welcome to Worship

Welcome 
Pastor: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All: And Also with you.

Confession & Forgiveness 
P: We confess our sins before God and one another.
Pause for silence and reflection.
P: Loving God,
C: When our path becomes difficult, we do not always turn to you. We look for an easy way out. We escape in avoidance and addiction. We forget your promises and seek what does not satisfy. Forgive us and bring us back into the strength of your Spirit.

P: God is generous and loving and forgiving. Hear and believe that your sins are washed away and that new life is yours through Christ our Lord. 
All: Amen.

Opening Song Amazing Grace in the ELW #779

1 Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

2 ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

3 Through many dangers, toils, and snares 
I have already come;
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

4 The Lord has promised good to me;
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

5 When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139,  Public Domain; Text: John Newton

Kid’s Time All God’s Critter’s

All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

All God’s critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher,
Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,
Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

Prayer of the Day

Scripture Reading 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

1 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; 2 for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 4 begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— 5 and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, 6 so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. 7 Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12 For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13 I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14 your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15 As it is written, “The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.”

Reader: Word of God, Word of Life.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon Pastor Steven J. Rye

Song of the Day All Creatures of our God and King ELW#835

All creatures, worship God most high!
Sound ev’ry voice in earth and sky: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sing, brother sun, in splendor bright;
sing, sister moon and stars of night:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Sing, brother wind; with clouds and rain
you grow the gifts of fruit and grain: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear sister water, useful, clear,
make music for your Lord to hear:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Sing, brother fire, so mirthful, strong,
drive far the shadows, join the throng: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear mother earth, so rich in care,
praise God in colors bright and rare:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

All who for love of God forgive,
all who in pain and sorrow grieve: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Christ bears your burdens and your fears;
still make your song amid the tears:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

And you, most gentle sister death,
waiting to hush our final breath: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Since Christ our light has pierced your gloom,
fair is the night that leads us home.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

O sisters, brothers, take your part,
and worship God with humble heart: Alleluia! Alleluia!
All creatures, bless the Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit, Three in One:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139

Apostles Creed
All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 
All: 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. 
All: 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
L: God of plenty,
C: Hear our prayer.

Sharing the Peace of Christ
Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you always.
All: And also with you. 

Offering Announcement

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.

Blessing/Sending

Closing Song Lord I Lift your Name on High

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad You’re in my life
I’m so glad You came to save us

You came from heaven to earth to show the way
From the earth to the cross my debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad You’re in my life
I’m so glad You came to save us

You came from heaven to earth to show the way
From the earth to the cross my debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I Lift Your Name on High; Rick Founds © 1989 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Used by Permission; CCLI Song # 117947; CCLI License # 617337– Streaming license # 20160622

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

This Week’s Announcements

Join us as we continue to read through 2 Corinthians together.

  • Monday, July 6 – 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
  •  Tuesday, July 7 – 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
  •  Wednesday, July 8 – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
  •  Thursday, July 9 – 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
  •  Friday, July 10 – 2 Corinthians 13

Help us water the flowers at LOL – We could use some more volunteers to help water the flowers and pull weeds in the flower beds. Visit https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/needs/public to sign up for a spot on the Summer Watering Crew.

Are you receiving the Good News Weekly? Every week on Friday afternoons, Lord of Life sends an email with information about the upcoming week’s worship services, education schedule, and other church events. Sign up via email to anne@lolbaxter.org.

Please call the church office – at 218-828-9374 or send an email to office@lolbaxter.org if you or a loved one needs to be added to the Family Weekly Prayers or when changes need to be made to the prayers that you added. Also, if you or a loved one are hospitalized, please call or email the church office to let us know.

VBS – family style!  Get ready for Compassion Camp – an opportunity to explore the truth that you are loved, called to be kind, and created to be wonderfully YOU. You’ll be given everything you need to dig into this wonderful theme – along with some videos by Goldie, great ideas to serve your neighbors, and creating a large art project. Over the course of two weeks – beginning on Sunday, July 19th, you’ll have four wonderful lessons on compassion!  A truly fitting theme for right now!  You can do the lessons four days in a row – or spread them out.

Stories for Change: Monday, July 6, launches a new ministry at LOL called Stories for Change. Each Monday morning a children’s story is read out loud and will be posted on our Facebook page along with a discussion video led by Guy Kelm. The children’s book will focus on issues of discrimination and race. We will learn more about our history and be invited to have courageous conversations about how we, as people of faith, can both live in and help create a better and more just world.

August serveCAMP Update: Mark your calendars for the week of August 3rd! serveCAMP is available for students entering 5th-8th grade.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still working on what impact this might have on our camp week. More details will be coming throughout this month via email, social media, and through the mail.

Lord of Life will be hosting a blood drive – Friday, July 10, from 12 pm to 4 pm. Thank you to everyone that signed up – we have a full Blood Drive.

Worshiping on Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are available on Facebook (click here), and YouTube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

Birthdays and Prayers for the week – Click here to see this Week’s Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Prayers.

Outdoor Worship Bulletin

Welcome to our Outdoor Worship

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Prelude                                                      Gather Us In

1 Here in this place the new light is streaming,

now is the darkness vanished away;

see in this space our fears and our dreamings

brought here to you in the light of this day.

Gather us in, the lost and forsaken,

gather us in, the blind and the lame;

call to us now, and we shall awaken,

we shall arise at the sound of our name.

2 We are the young, our lives are a myst’ry,

we are the old who yearn for your face;

we have been sung throughout all of hist’ry,

called to be light to the whole human race.

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty,

gather us in, the proud and the strong;

give us a heart, so meek and so lowly,

give us the courage to enter the song.

3 Here we will take the wine and the water,

here we will take the bread of new birth,

here you shall call your sons and your daughters,

call us anew to be salt for the earth.

Give us to drink the wine of compassion,

give us to eat the bread that is you;

nourish us well, and teach us to fashion

lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

4 Not in the dark of buildings confining,

not in some heaven, light years away—

but here in this place the new light is shining,

now is the kingdom, and now is the day.

Gather us in and hold us forever,

gather us in and make us your own;

gather us in, all peoples together,

fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950

Text © 1982 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. 

Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.

Welcome

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

All: And Also with you.

Confession & Forgiveness 

P:     Loving God,

C:    When our path becomes difficult, we do not always turn to you. We look for an easy way out. We escape in avoidance and addiction. We forget your promises and seek what does not satisfy. Forgive us and bring us back into the strength of your Spirit.

P:    God is generous and loving and forgiving. Hear and believe that your sins are washed away and that new life is yours through Christ our Lord. 

All:    Amen.

Gathering Song                                     Kyrie setting 8 

Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way.

Kyrie Eleison every day.

For peace in the world, for the health of the church,

For the unity of all;

For this Holy house, for all who worship and praise,

Let us pray to the Lord! Let us pray to the Lord!

Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way.

Kyrie Eleison every day.

That we may live out your impassioned response 

To the hungry and the poor;

That we may live out truth and justice and grace,

Let us pray to the Lord! Let us pray to the Lord!

Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way.

Kyrie Eleison every day.

For peace in our hearts, for peace in our homes,

For friends and family;

For life and for love, for our work and our play,

Let us pray to the Lord! Let us pray to the Lord!

Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way.

Kyrie Eleison every day.

For your spirit to guide, that you center our lives

In the water and the Word;

That you nourish our souls with your body and blood,

Let us pray to the Lord! Let us pray to the Lord!

Kyrie Eleison on our world and on our way.

Kyrie Eleison every day.

Words & Music: Larry Olson @ 1989 Dakota Road Music. All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net #A-715139

Kid’s Time All God’s Critters have place in the choir

All God’s critters got a place in the choir

Some sing low and some sing higher,

Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,

Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

All God’s critters got a place in the choir

Some sing low and some sing higher,

Some sing out loud on a telephone wire,

Some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now

Prayer of the Day

Scripture Reading 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11 For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Reader: Word of God, Word of Life.

All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon Pastor Erika R. Nilsen

Song of the Day 

Apostles Creed

All: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

All: 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. 

All: 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

L:    …God of Power,

C:    Hear our prayer. 

Sharing the Peace of Christ

Pastor: The peace of Christ be with you always.

All: And also with you. 

Institution of the Sacrament 

Pastor: Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth.  In mercy for our fallen world you gave your only Son, that all those who believe in him should not perish but have eternal life.  We give thanks to you for the salvation you have prepared for us through Jesus Christ.  Send now your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may receive our Lord with a living faith as he comes to us in his holy supper.

All: Amen.  Come Lord Jesus.

Communion

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.

Special Music During Communion Shelter Me

Prayer after Communion

Blessing/Sending

Announcements

Closing Song                          God Be With You Til We Meet Again

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.

Refrain

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.  Refrain

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.  Refrain

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Dismissal

Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Offering will be collected as you exit Lord of Life today.

Online offering can be made at: https://pushpay.com/g/lolbaxter 

If you would like to mail in your offering: 

6190 Fairview Road, Baxter MN 56425 

Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Thank you to everyone that helped with the worship service today!

Karen & Paul Erickson, Bob Nelson, Tim Slinger, Danielson family

Musicians/Song Leaders: Jennifer Person, Andrea Anderson, Teresa Kingsley

Audio Technicians: Bob Nelson

Pastors: Erika R. Nilsen, Steven J. Rye

This Week’s Announcements

Join us as we continue to read through 2 Corinthians together.

Monday, June 29 – 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Tuesday, June 30 – 2 Corinthians 8:16-24

Wednesday, July 1 – 2 Corinthians 9

Thursday, July 2 – 2 Corinthians 10:1-7

Friday, July 3 – 2 Corinthians 10:8-18

Habitat Build – The Habitat build could still use some volunteers. If you are interested in helping contact Stan Kalinoski atlollykadlec@hotmail.com. Thank you to all our volunteers that have helped with the build: Stan Kalinoski, Jack and Irene Christofferson, Rick and Jeannine zumBrunnen, Chuck Nelson, Joe VanDenBoom, and John Mackner.

Pastor Erika Nilsen was Ordained on July 16, 1995 – This July, Lord of Life will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of that great day. You are encouraged to participate in a card & letter shower for her. Send cards and letters to her c/o Colleen at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN 56425. Mail-in your cards before July 3rd. We will be holding a Zoom reception on Sunday, July 19, more details to follow soon.

Stories for Change: Monday, July 6th launches a new ministry at LOL called Stories for Change. Each Monday morning a children’s story is read out loud and will be posted on our Facebook page along with a discussion video led by Guy Kelm. The children’s book will focus on issues of discrimination and race. We will learn more about our history and be invited to have courageous conversations about how we, as people of faith, can both live in and help create a better and more just world.

Postcards were mailed to middle schoolers for a Virtual Luther Crest Camp which will include:

  • Worship Led by Amazing Camp Staff
  • Devotions & Bible Study
  • Virtual Cabin Time with Friends
  • Crafts & Weekly Challenges

This program is free for you, and there are two program tracks! Meeting once a week throughout July, or Day camp options in August. For more information and to register visit: Registration Deadline: July 3rd! https://www.luthercrest.org/register-for-bold-transformational-faith.html

Worshiping on Wednesdays and Sundays – Worship services are available on Facebook (click here), and YouTube (click LordofLifeBaxter), and can also be accessed by visiting lolBaxter.org.

Daily Devotions and prayer – Join us each weekday for prayerLIFE@12:45 on Facebook and at our YouTube Channel, LordofLifeBaxter.

Birthdays and Prayers for the week – Click here to see this Week’s Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Prayers.