Worship Orders

Worship Order for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Confession and Forgiveness

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

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

the keeper of the covenant,

the source of steadfast love,

our rock and our redeemer.

Amen.

God hears us when we cry, and draws us close in Jesus Christ. Let us return to the one who is full of compassion.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Fountain of living water,

pour out your mercy over us.

Our sin is heavy, and we long to be free.

Rebuild what we have ruined

and mend what we have torn.

Wash us in your cleansing flood.

Make us alive in the Spirit

to follow in the way of Jesus,

as healers and restorers of the world you so love.

Amen.

Beloved, God’s word never fails.

The promise rests on grace:

by the saving love of Jesus Christ,

the wisdom and power of God,

your sins are ☩ forgiven, and God remembers them no more.

Journey in the way of Jesus.

Amen.

SONG

God Loved the World

1        God loved the world so that he gave

his only Son the lost to save,

that all who would in him believe

should everlasting life receive.

2        Christ Jesus is the ground of faith,

who was made flesh and suffered death;

all who confide in Christ alone 

are built on this chief cornerstone.

3        If you are ill, if death draws near,

this truth your troubled heart can cheer:

Christ Jesus rescues us from death;

that is the firmest ground of faith.

4        Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son

forgives all sins that you have done,

and justified by Jesus’ blood,

your baptism grants the highest good.

5        All glory to the Father, Son, 

and Holy Spirit, Three in One!

To you, O blessed Trinity,

be praise now and eternally!

GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

KYRIE

Chorus

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison

Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

FIRST READING: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

A reading from Genesis.

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.”

15God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 22:23-31

23You who fear the Lord, give praise! All you of Jacob’s line, give glory.

  Stand in awe of the Lord, all you offspring of Israel.

24For the Lord does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither is the Lord‘s face hidden from them; but when they cry out, the Lord hears them.

25From you comes my praise in the great assembly;

  I will perform my vows in the sight of those who fear the Lord.

26The poor shall eat and be satisfied,

  Let those who seek the Lord give praise! May your hearts live forever!

27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;

  all the families of nations shall bow before God.

28For dominion belongs to the Lord,

  who rules over the nations.

29Indeed, all who sleep in the earth shall bow down in worship;

  all who go down to the dust, though they be dead, shall kneel before the Lord.

30Their descendants shall serve the Lord,

  whom they shall proclaim to generations to come.

31They shall proclaim God’s deliverance to a people yet unborn,

  saying to them, “The | Lord has acted!”

SECOND READING: Romans 4:13-25

A reading from Romans.

13The promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

16For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “So numerous shall your descendants be.” 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.” 23Now the words, “it was reckoned to him,” were written not for his sake alone, 24but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION 

Save us Savior of the world

For by your cross and resurrection

You have set us free.  (repeat)

GOSPEL: Mark 8:31-38

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

31[Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

34He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE by Pastor Steve

SONG

Special music 

Kyrie Eleison

Song by Chris Tomlin

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

Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.

Your gift of grace is for all people. Give confident faith to all the baptized, that they may follow you wholeheartedly. Give new believers joy in your promises; give hope and courage to those who suffer for their faith. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

All the ends of the earth worship you. From galaxies to microorganisms, preserve your creation. Teach humanity to wonder at your works and to join you in tending to creation’s well-being. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You rule over the nations. Raise up advocates for peace and justice within and between nations. Give life where hope seems dead; call into existence new realities we cannot even imagine. (Here specific places of need may be named.) Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In Jesus you joined humanity in suffering and death. Reveal to all the depth of your love shown on the cross. Accompany all who suffer in body, mind, and spirit. Restore all who are sick or grieving. Bring vindication for victims of injustice, exploitation, and oppression (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You made Abraham and Sarah the ancestors of a multitude of nations. Bless grandparents, parents, and foster parents, and the children who look to them for care and guidance. Console those who deal with infertility, parents who have entrusted their children to adoption, and children longing to be adopted. Equip ministries and services to families. (The congregation’s ministries and community services may be named.) Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

We await the day of Christ’s coming in glory. Lead us by the example of all the saints whom you have called to take up their cross and follow you, that together we may find our lives in you. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

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

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

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

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of pow’r and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

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

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

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

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

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

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

We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

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

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

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

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

COMMUNION

COMMUNION SONG

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace, Lamb of God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We are having in-person Wednesday Lenten Services at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join us.
  • There will be a Zoom meeting Sunday, Feb. 28 to discuss Summer programming for high school students at 6:30 p.m. 
  • First Communion Classes are beginning Thursday, March 4. A link to the Zoom session they will be at is listed on our website’s calendar.
  • If you, or someone you know, would like to receive portable communion cups please let us know.  You can use them during the streaming worship service, or a pastor can call you on the phone and celebrate communion with you that way.
  • Please consider participating in our Lenten Nail Art project. Pick up a kit at the Church, arrange the nails in a message proclaiming your faith and send a picture of it to Tyler at the Church office to be featured on our social media pages and/or be featured as the thumbnail for a worship service during Lent.
  • A huge thank you to all who donated to the video equipment fund. Thanks to this generous support, we will be installing monitors in the Sanctuary and Commons.
  • Our next class of potential Stephen Ministers is almost ready to begin, but there are more spots available. Please get in touch with Lolly Kalinoski or one of the pastors for more information.
  • If you are interested in becoming a member of Lord of Life, please New Members conversation at 7pm on March 16th, via our website: lolbaxter.org.
  • Newcomers are always welcome at Pastor Steve’s MASTER’S CLASS.  Go to the group’s page on Church Community Builder for more information and to join.  We meet at 7pm on Wednesdays on Zoom and the class normally lasts until 8:30pm.
  • We’ve changed the name of Church Community Builder to LOL Connect.  Look for the new menu item on our webpage: lolbaxter.org
  • We continue to need assistants in Worship.  With COVID we are starting over with a fresh volunteer list.  Please contact the church office to sign up to read, advance the slides, help with communion, work in the sound booth, or preach.
  • Our annual Premarital retreat will take place April 16-18.  It will be held in three two-hour sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The cost is $125 per couple. This retreat helps couples develop a firm foundation for their life together, with the help of local counselor Jen Ellie. You can sign up at lolbaxter.org.
  • We’re fast approaching the one year anniversary of COVID.  Plans are underway for a commemoration.  Please check back to our announcements for further information.
  • PRAYER CONCERNS: Prayers for Phyllis Campbell who is recovering at Good Samaritan-Bethany.
  • The Hall Family, as Les continues to battle cancer.
  • The family and friends of Paul Rud’s father, Don, who passed away recently.
  • Prayers for the students, teachers and staff as they return to in-person learning.
  • Prayers for Texas as they recover from winter storm damage.
  • Prayers for those who have been distributing the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Effects of Covid in this community – as the people we know and love are getting sick

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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

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

Amen.

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

Amen.

SONG

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

1        I want Jesus to walk with me;

        I want Jesus to walk with me;

        all along my pilgrim journey,

        Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

2        In my trials, Lord, walk with me;

        in my trials, Lord, walk with me;

        when my heart is almost breaking,

        Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

3        When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;

        when I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;

        when my head is bowed in sorrow,

        Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.


PERMISSIONS

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God Loved the World: Text: Gesangbuch,Bollhagen, 1791; tr. August Crull, 1846-1923, alt.

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I Want Jesus to Walk with Me: Text: African American spiritual

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Worship Order for Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Welcome and Announcements

Thank you all for joining us this evening for worship as we continue our journey through Lent. We just have a couple housekeeping items to go over.

There will be a Zoom meeting this Sunday (February 28) to discuss summer activities for our high school members at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Please contact Tim Slinger if you would like more information.

As you saw on the first slide of our service, we are collecting pictures from people who are making an image representing their faith through nails we collected from members of our Congregation. If you would like a kit, please contact Tyler at the Church Office who will set you up with one. 

Gathering Song

Bless now, O God, the journey ELW 326

Prayer

Gracious Creator, you fashioned us in your image in the midst of a world beyond our knowledge and understanding. Continue to weave us together in community with all created things, and deepen our awareness of the ways you connect us to the earth. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

 The Wind Ran Out of Breath (Repeated Twice)

35–38Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”

39–40Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”

41They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”

Worship Reflection Video

Sung Response

…God of the sparrow ELW 740

Prayers

Blessing

The Creator who fashions us together with all things,

the Christ who leads us into a new beloved community,

the Spirit who holds us in the communion of saints,

one God, ☩ bless you now and always.

Amen.

Sending Song

The day you gave us, Lord, has ended ELW 569, LBW 274

 Dismissal

Go in peace, joined together in Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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Worship Order for Sunday, February 21, 2021

GATHERING

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

WELCOME TO WORSHIP 

Confession and Forgiveness

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

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,

the keeper of the covenant,

the source of steadfast love,

our rock and our redeemer.

Amen.

God hears us when we cry, and draws us close in Jesus Christ. Let us return to the one who is full of compassion.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Fountain of living water,

pour out your mercy over us.

Our sin is heavy, and we long to be free.

Rebuild what we have ruined

and mend what we have torn.

Wash us in your cleansing flood.

Make us alive in the Spirit

to follow in the way of Jesus,

as healers and restorers of the world you so love.

Amen.

Beloved, God’s word never fails.

The promise rests on grace:

by the saving love of Jesus Christ,

the wisdom and power of God,

your sins are ☩ forgiven, and God remembers them no more.

Journey in the way of Jesus.

Amen.

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Verse 1

A mighty fortress is our God

A bulwark never failing

Our helper He amid the flood

Of mortal ills prevailing

For still our ancient foe

Doth seek to work us woe

His craft and power are great

And armed with cruel hate

On earth is not his equal

Verse 2

Did we in our own strength confide

Our striving would be losing

Were not the right man on our side

The man of God’s own choosing

Dost ask who that may be

Christ Jesus it is He

Lord Sabaoth His name

From age to age the same

And He must win the battle

Verse 3

And though this world

With devils filled

Should threaten to undo us

We will not fear

For God hath willed

His truth to triumph through us

The prince of darkness grim

We tremble not for him

His rage we can endure

For lo his doom is sure

One little word shall fell him

Chorus

A mighty fortress

A mighty fortress is our God

A mighty fortress

A mighty fortress is our God

Verse 4

That word above all earthly pow’rs

No thanks to them abideth

The Spirit and the gifts are ours

Through Him who with us sideth

Let goods and kindred go

This mortal life also

The body they may kill

God’s truth abideth still

His kingdom is forever

Chorus

A mighty fortress

A mighty fortress is our God

A mighty fortress

A mighty fortress is our God

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GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

KYRIE

Chorus

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison

Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

WORD

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

FIRST READING: Genesis 9:8-17

A reading from Genesis.

8God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 25:1-10

1To you, O Lord,

  I lift up my soul.

2My God, I put my trust in you; let me not be put to shame,

  nor let my enemies triumph over me.

3Let none who look to you be put to shame;

  rather let those be put to shame who are treacherous.

4Show me your ways, O Lord,

  and teach me your paths.

5Lead me in your truth and teach me,

  for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.

6Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,

  for they are from everlasting.

7Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;

  remember me according to your steadfast love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

8You are gracious and upright, O Lord;

  therefore you teach sinner in your way.

9You lead the lowly in justice

  and teach the lowly your way.

10All your paths, O Lord, are steadfast love and faithfulness

  to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies. 

SECOND READING: 1 Peter 3:18-22

A reading from 1 Peter.

18Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION 

Save us Savior of the world

For by your cross and resurrection

You have set us free.  (repeat)

 [from Mass of Love and Mercy]

GOSPEL: Mark 1:9-15

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

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

  12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

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

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE – Pastor Erika Nilsen

Come Thou Fount (I Will Sing)

Verse 1

Come Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Streams of mercy never ceasing

Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet

Sung by flaming tongues above

Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it

Mount of Thy redeeming love

Verse 2

Here I raise my Ebenezer

Hither by Thy help I come

And I hope by Thy good pleasure

Safely to arrive at home

Jesus sought me when a stranger

Wand’ring from the fold of God

He to rescue me from danger

Interposed His precious blood

Chorus

How Your kindness yet pursues me

How Your mercy never fails me

‘Til the day that death shall loose me

I will sing oh I will sing

Verse 3

Oh to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be

Let Thy goodness like a fetter

Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee

Prone to wander Lord I feel it

Prone to leave the God I love

Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it

Seal it for Thy courts above

Chorus

How Your kindness yet pursues me

How Your mercy never fails me

‘Til the day that death shall loose me

I will sing oh I will sing

repeat 

Ending

Prone to wander Lord I feel it

Prone to leave the God I love

Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it

Seal it for Thy courts above

Here’s my heart Lord take and seal it

Seal it for Thy courts above

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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

Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.

In Jesus your realm has come near to us in every place and time. Give your church throughout the world a spirit of humility and repentance; teach us to trust always in the good news of your salvation. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

You have made a covenant of mercy with every living creature. Protect all the earth’s creatures from destruction(especially . . . here local environmental concerns may be named). Empower the work of biologists, conservationists, and science educators. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

All your paths are steadfast love and faithfulness. Direct the words and actions of leaders in our community and throughout the world, that they may maintain justice for the lowly. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Even in the wilderness you are with us. Walk alongside migrants and refugees crossing dangerous lands. Tend to those whose lives feel desolate. Give healing and strength to all who suffer (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the covenant of baptism you claim us as beloved children. Nurture us in our baptismal identity and teach us to live within it for the sake of others. Strengthen this congregation’s ministries of care and concern (especially). Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In baptism you join us to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We praise you for all those who have died trusting in your faithfulness. Bring us with them to the fullness of your reign. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

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

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

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

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of pow’r and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

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

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

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

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

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

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

We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

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

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

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

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace, Lamb of God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A virtual First Communion class will be starting up in this next month with classes on March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These classes give fifth graders an introduction to Holy Communion and feature topics like baking communion bread and how the sacrament is performed at Lord of Life and churches around the world.
  • We will be hosting a Zoom informational meeting next Sunday, February 28, to give people information about what summer activities we are planning to hold for our high school age members through and at Lord of Life this year. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and a link to it will be on the Church Calendar.
  • Please hold the Rud Family in your prayers. Paul’s father, Don, passed away February 17. 
  • Please hold Kim and Marilyn Macik in your prayers. Kim is currently in the hospital at St. Cloud recovering from severe health problems caused by sepsis.
  • Prayers for the students, teachers and staff as they return to in-person learning.
  • Please hold the Hall Family in your prayers as Les continues to battle cancer.

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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

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

Amen.

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

Amen.

SONG

Restore in Us, O God

1        Restore in us, O God,

        the splendor of your love;

        renew your image in our hearts,

        and all our sins remove.

2        O Spirit, wake in us

        the wonder of your pow’r;

        from fruitless fear unfurl our lives

        like springtime bud and flow’r.

3        Bring us, O Christ, to share

        the fullness of your joy;

        baptize us in the risen life

        that death cannot destroy.

4        Three-personed God, fulfill

        the promise of your grace,

        that we, when all our searching ends,

        may see you face to face.

Text: Carl P. Daw Jr., b. 1944

Text © 1989 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

From sundaysandseasons.com.

Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved

Worship Order for Wednesday, February 17, 2021

GATHERING

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

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY 

Let us pray. 

Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Song 

Be Thou My Vision

1        Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

        naught be all else to me, save that thou art:

        thou my best thought both by day and by night,

        waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2        Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

        I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.

        Thou my soul’s shelter, and thou my high tow’r,

        raise thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

3        Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise,

        thou mine inheritance, now and always:

        thou and thou only, the first in my heart,

        great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

4        Light of my soul, after victory won,

        may I reach heaven’s joys, O heaven’s Sun!

        Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

        still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Text: Irish, 8th cent.; vers. Eleanor H. Hull, 1860-1935, alt.; tr. Mary E. Byrne, 1880-1931

WORD

FIRST READING: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

The reading may be announced: 

A reading from Joel.

Because of the coming day of the Lord, the prophet Joel calls the people to a community lament. The repentant community declares that God is gracious and asks God to spare the people lest the nations doubt God’s power to save.

1Blow the trumpet in Zion;

  sound the alarm on my holy mountain!

 Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,

  for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near—

2a day of darkness and gloom,

  a day of clouds and thick darkness!

 Like blackness spread upon the mountains

  a great and powerful army comes;

 their like has never been from of old,

  nor will be again after them

  in ages to come.

12Yet even now, says the Lord,

  return to me with all your heart,

 with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;

  13rend your hearts and not your clothing.

 Return to the Lord, your God,

  for he is gracious and merciful,

 slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,

  and relents from punishing.

14Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,

  and leave a blessing behind him,

 a grain offering and a drink offering

  for the Lord, your God?

15Blow the trumpet in Zion;

  sanctify a fast;

 call a solemn assembly;

  16gather the people.

 Sanctify the congregation;

  assemble the aged;

 gather the children,

  even infants at the breast.

 Let the bridegroom leave his room,

  and the bride her canopy.

17Between the vestibule and the altar

  let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.

 Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord,

  and do not make your heritage a mockery,

  a byword among the nations.

 Why should it be said among the peoples,

  ‘Where is their God?’ ”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm                                   Psalm 51:1-11

Sing: Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

   Reader: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

   All:         Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

   Reader:For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before  me.

   All:         Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.

   Reader: Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.

Song: Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

   Reader: You desire truth in the inward being; therefore, teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

   All:         Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

   Reader:  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

   All:         Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

   Reader:  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and  right spirit within me.

   All:         Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.

Song: Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,

and uphold me with your free Spirit.

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10

A reading from 2 Corinthians.

20bWe entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

6:1As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says, 

 “At an acceptable time I have listened to you,

  and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 GOSPEL: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

The holy gospel according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commends almsgiving, prayer, and fasting, but emphasizes that spiritual devotion must not be done for show.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

  2“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  5“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  16“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 SERMON Pastor Erika Nilsen

INVITATION TO LENT 

Friends in Christ, today with the whole church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’ passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed.

We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy. We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent—self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

CONFESSION OF SIN .

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination.

Most holy and merciful God,

we confess to you and to one another,

and before the whole company of heaven,

that we have sinned by our fault,

by our own fault,

by our own most grievous fault,

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.

Have mercy on us, O God.

We have shut our ears to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Our past unfaithfulness, the pride, envy, hypocrisy, and apathy that have infected our lives, we confess to you.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, we confess to you.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to share the faith that is in us, we confess to you.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Our neglect of human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, we confess to you.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Our false judgments, our uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, we confess to you.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us, we confess to you.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Restore us, O God, and let your anger depart from us.

Hear us, O God, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation,

that we may show forth your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son, our Savior,

bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.

Amen.

Song 

Ashes

Verse 1

You will make a way

Teach me now to trust

To lift my eyes again

When all I hold is dust

Chorus

From the ashes

From the ashes

You call my heart to life

Call my heart to life

From the silence

From the sadness

You call my heart to life

Call my heart to life

Verse 2

You will breathe again

Resurrect these bones

And all Your promises

I won’t forget

You won’t let me go

Chorus

From the ashes

From the ashes

You call my heart to life

Call my heart to life

From the silence

From the sadness

You call my heart to life

Call my heart to life

Bridge

And I have nothing but praise to give to offer

Nothing but praise to give

I have nothing but praise to lay at Your feet

Nothing but praise to give

Chorus

From the ashes

From the ashes

You call my heart to life

Call my heart to life

From the silence

From the sadness

You call my heart to life

Call my heart to life

repeat 

Ending

From the ashes from the ashes

From the silence from the sadness

You call my heart to life

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PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

O God, you call your church to be ministers of reconciliation throughout the world. Inspire your church in its proclamation of the gospel and guide its ministries to build up the body of Christ. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

O God, you created the earth and all its inhabitants and you declared that it is good. Protect mountains and valleys, animals and plants, and direct us to be good stewards of all you have made. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

O God, you desire peace. Direct governments and leaders to work for the well-being of all people and raise up advocates to speak and serve on behalf of the downtrodden. Lord, in your mercy.

hear our prayer.

O God, you are our hope in the midst of despair, our help in the midst of sorrow, and our consolation in the midst of affliction. Grant comfort to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit (especially) and support caregivers who attend to all in need. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

O God, you are love, and you call us to love one another. Accompany with your grace those journeying toward baptism and call us all to repentance as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

O God, you are our life and our salvation. We give you thanks for the righteous who have died in faith. Inspire us by their example to proclaim your steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

OFFERING

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

God our provider, you have not fed us with bread alone, but with words of grace and life. Bless us and these your gifts, which we receive from your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God.

You are most holy,

and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him may not perish

but have eternal life.

We give you thanks for his coming into the world

to fulfill for us your holy will

and to accomplish all things for our salvation.

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.

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

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Christ has died

Christ is risen

Christ will come again. 

Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

his life-giving passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and the promise of his coming again,

we give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty,

not as we ought but as we are able;

we ask you mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving

and with your Word and Holy Spirit to bless us, your servants,

and these your own gifts of bread and wine,

so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ

may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace,

and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be formed to live as your holy people

and be given our inheritance with all your saints.

To you, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

be all honor and glory in your holy church, now and forever.

LORD’S PRAYER 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace.

PRAYER

Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept.

Merciful God, accompany our journey through these forty days. Renew us in the gift of baptism, that we may provide for those who are poor, pray for those in need, fast from self-indulgence, and above all that we may find our treasure in the life of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

SENDING

BLESSING 

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

Amen.

DISMISSAL 

Go forth into the world to serve God with gladness;

be of good courage;

hold fast to that which is good;

render to no one evil for evil;

strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak;

help the afflicted; honor all people;

love and serve God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Thanks be to God.

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Worship Order for Sunday, February 14, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ash Wednesday Service, Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. Kits for at home worship can be picked up during the day.

Going along with that, we have a Lenten Nail Art Project produced by resident Lord of Life artist Kevin Olson. In the project you use the nails provided to spell out or form a message showing your faith, take a picture and send it to Tyler Jensen via email. We hope to get 40 photos, one for each day of Lent. Contact Tyler at the Church office for more information.

  • Public Prayer Concerns 
    • Prayers for the students, teachers and staff as they return to in-person learning.
    • Prayers for Mike & Carol Blowers great-niece as she recovers following a car accident.
    • Prayers for our country taking a faithful walk forward and a healing of the divisions.

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

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

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

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

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

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

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

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

Shower us with your Spirit,

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

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

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

Amen.

SONG

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—

        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.

GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

KYRIE

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Kyrie

Chorus

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison

Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

WORD

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

FIRST READING: 2 Kings 2:1-12

A reading from 2 Kings.

1Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”

  4Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. 5The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?” And he answered,“Yes, I know; be silent.”

  6Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. 7Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. 8Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

  9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 50:1-6

1The mighty one, God the Lord, has spoken;

  calling the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty,

  God shines forth in glory.

3Our God will come and will not keep silence;

  with a consuming flame before, and round about a raging storm.

4God calls the heavens and the earth from above

  to witness the judgment of the people.

5“Gather before me my loyal followers,

  those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.”

6The heavens declare the rightness of God’s cause,

  for it is God who is judge.

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

A reading from 2 Corinthians.

3Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4In 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. 5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For 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.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

GOSPEL: Mark 9:2-9

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

  9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

SONG

Beautiful Savior

1        Beautiful Savior,

        King of creation,

        Son of God and Son of Man!

        Truly I’d love thee,

        truly I’d serve thee,

        light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

2        Fair are the meadows,

        fair are the woodlands,

        robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;

        Jesus is fairer,

        Jesus is purer,

        he makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

3        Fair is the sunshine,

        fair is the moonlight,

        bright the sparkling stars on high;

        Jesus shines brighter,

        Jesus shines purer

        than all the angels in the sky.

4        Beautiful Savior,

        Lord of the nations,

        Son of God and Son of Man!

        Glory and honor,

        praise, adoration,

        now and forevermore be thine!

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

CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

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

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

For the gospel proclaimed in word and deed, for communities of faith far and near, and for all who show the face of Christ throughout the world, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For creation: sun, moon and stars; life forming in the dark earth and ocean deep; mountains, clouds and storms, and creatures seen and unseen, and for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our stewardship of God’s creation, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those responsible for safety and protection: for emergency responders and security guards, attorneys and advocates, civil servants and leaders of governments, that they witness to mercy and justice throughout the world, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all who suffer this day (especially), that Christ our healer transform sickness into health, loneliness into companionship, bereavement into consolation, and suffering into peace, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For companions on life’s journey in this worshiping community, for loved ones who cannot be with us this day, and for guidance during struggles we face, that God’s glory is revealed around and among us, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their earthly pilgrimage (especially missionaries Cyril and Methodius), that their lives of service and prayer inspire us in our living, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

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

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

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

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

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

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.

 Spoken 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of pow’r and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory, full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

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

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

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

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

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

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

We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

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

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

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

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

Chorus 1

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Have mercy on us 

Repeat 

Chorus 2

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Grant us peace

Grant us peace

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SENDING

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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

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

Amen.

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

Amen.

SONG

Shine Jesus Shine

Chorus

Shine Jesus shine

Fill this land

With the Father’s glory

Blaze Spirit blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow river flow

Flood the nations

With grace and mercy

Send forth Your word Lord

And let there be light

Verse 1

Lord the light of Your love is shining

In the midst of the darkness shining

Jesus Light of the world shine upon us

Set us free by the truth You now bring us

Shine on me shine on me

Chorus

Shine Jesus shine

Fill this land

With the Father’s glory

Blaze Spirit blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow river flow

Flood the nations

With grace and mercy

Send forth Your word Lord

And let there be light

Verse 2

Lord I come to Your awesome presence

From the shadows into Your radiance

By the blood I may enter Your brightness

Search me try me consume all my darkness

Shine on me shine on me

Verse 3

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness

So our faces display Your likeness

Ever changing from glory to glory

Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story

Shine on me shine on me

Chorus

Shine Jesus shine

Fill this land

With the Father’s glory

Blaze Spirit blaze

Set our hearts on fire

Flow river flow

Flood the nations

With grace and mercy

Send forth Your word Lord

And let there be light

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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Worship Order for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

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We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

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

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

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

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

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

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

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

Shower us with your Spirit,

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

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

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

Amen.

Open Our Eyes

Open our eyes Lord

We want to see Jesus

To reach out and touch Him

And say that we love Him

Open our ears Lord

And help us to listen

Open our eyes Lord

We want to see Jesus

Open our eyes Lord

We want to see Jesus

To reach out and touch Him

And say that we love Him

Open our ears Lord

And help us to listen

Open our eyes Lord

We want to see Jesus

Open our eyes Lord

We want to see Jesus

To reach out and touch Him

And say that we love Him

Open our ears Lord

And help us to listen

Open our eyes Lord

We want to see Jesus

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GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint. Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 40:21-31

A reading from Isaiah.

21Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; 23who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing. 24Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble. 25To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 26Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because he is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing. 27Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

1Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises to our God!

  How pleasant it is to honor God with praise!

2The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem,

  and gathers the exiles of Israel.

3The Lord heals the brokenhearted

  and binds up their wounds.

4The Lord counts the number of the stars

  and calls them all by their names. 

5Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

  there is no limit to God’s wisdom.

6The Lord lifts up the lowly,

  but casts the wicked to the ground.

7Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;

  make music upon the harp to our God,

8who covers the heavens with clouds and prepares rain for the earth, making grass to grow upon the mountains. 

9God provides food for the cattle

  and for the young ravens when they cry.

10God is not impressed by the might of a horse,

  and has no pleasure in the speed of a runner,

11but finds pleasure in those who fear the Lord,

  in those who await God’s steadfast love. 20c Hallelujah!

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

A reading from 1 Corinthians.

16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

19For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law(though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

[Acapella-led by Pastor Steve]: Alleluia….  

GOSPEL: Mark 1:29-39

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

29As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

The Heart Of Worship

Verse 1

When the music fades all is stripped away

And I simply come

Longing just to bring something that’s of worth

That will bless Your heart

Pre-Chorus

I’ll bring You more than a song

For a song in itself is not what You have required

You search much deeper within

Through the way things appear

You’re looking into my heart

Chorus

I’m coming back to the heart of worship

And it’s all about You all about You Jesus

I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it

When it’s all about You all about You Jesus

Verse 2

King of endless worth no one could express

How much You deserve

Though I’m weak and poor all I have is Yours

Ev’ry single breath

Pre-Chorus

I’ll bring You more than a song

For a song in itself is not what You have required

You search much deeper within

Through the way things appear

You’re looking into my heart

Chorus

I’m coming back to the heart of worship

And it’s all about You all about You Jesus

I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it

When it’s all about You all about You Jesus

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CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

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

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

For the church: for ministries of healing and wholeness, for hospital, hospice, and military chaplains, for those serving in prison ministry, for all who proclaim freedom and release in the name of Christ, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For creation: for insects in the grass, clouds on the mountaintops, for cattle and the rainwater they drink, for the humility to take our place among all creatures of the earth, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For the nations: for all who lead in cities and towns, states and countries; for community organizers, school officials, and CEOs; for international health organizations, that in times of trial, fear, or hopelessness, they find freedom in service to those most in need, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all wearied by life’s burdens: for those who are poor, for those lacking supportive relationships, for those crushed by debt, for those struggling with chronic pain or other sickness, for those exhausted from overwork or stress, and for all who cry out to you (especially), let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For this congregation: for outreach and social ministries centered here (especially); for parish nurses and visitors; for ministries of companionship and support, for the young people in this place who open us to new understandings, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

In thanksgiving for the faithful departed, who were called by name and now rest from their labors, that their lives serve as witnesses to the goodness of God, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

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

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

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.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

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

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

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

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

Lamb of God

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Have mercy on us

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Have mercy on us

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Grant us peace

Grant us peace

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Along with in-building worship, confirmation is now being held again at the Church. Our first class back was Wednesday. 
  • Ash Wednesday service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. We will also livestream the service and kits for a home service can be picked up that day.
  • Please pray for Dorothy Schmidt, who had a medical issue and is in St. Joseph’s Hospital.
  • Please pray for Pam Cook and her family as Pam’s brother-in-law Norm recently passed away.
  • Please pray for Les, Kathy and the rest of the Hall family, as Les continues to battle cancer.
  • Prayers for students returning to the classroom and teachers and staff in those buildings.
  • Prayers for those who have been distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Effects of Covid in this community – as the people we know and love are getting sick.

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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

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

Amen.

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

Amen.

I Saw The Light

Verse 1

I wandered so aimless life filled with sin

I wouldn’t let my dear Savior in

Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night

Praise the Lord I saw the light

Chorus

I saw the light I saw the light

No more in darkness no more in night

(And) now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight

Praise the Lord I saw the light

Verse 2

Just like a blind man I wandered along

Worries and fears I claimed for my own

Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight

Praise the Lord I saw the light

Chorus

I saw the light I saw the light

No more in darkness no more in night

(And) now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight

Praise the Lord I saw the light

Verse 3

I was a fool to wander and stray

Straight is the gate and narrow the way

Now I have traded the wrong for the right

Praise the Lord I saw the light

Chorus

I saw the light I saw the light

No more in darkness no more in night

(And) now I’m so happy no sorrow in sight

Praise the Lord I saw the light

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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Worship Order for Sunday, January 31

GATHERING

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

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

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

Introduction to the day

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

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

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

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

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

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

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

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

Shower us with your Spirit,

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

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

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

Amen.

SONG

He Is Exalted

Verse

He is exalted

The King is exalted on high

I will praise Him

He is exalted forever exalted

And I will praise His name

Chorus

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

Verse

He is exalted

The King is exalted on high

I will praise Him

He is exalted forever exalted

And I will praise His name

Chorus

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

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GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

KYRIE

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

WORD

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

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

A reading from Deuteronomy.

[Moses said:] 15The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. 16This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “IfI hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” 17Then the Lord replied to me:“They are right in what they have said. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command. 19Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.”

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 111

1Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with | my whole heart,

  in the assembly of the upright, in the | congregation.

2Great are your | works, O Lord,

  pondered by all who de- | light in them.

3Majesty and splendor | mark your deeds,

  and your righteousness en- | dures forever.

4You cause your wonders to | be remembered;

  you are gracious and full | of compassion. R

5You give food to | those who fear you,

  remembering forev- | er your covenant.

6You have shown your people the power | of your works

  in giving them the lands | of the nations.

7The works of your hands are faithful- | ness and justice;

  all of your pre- | cepts are sure.

8They stand fast forev- | er and ever,

  because they are done in | truth and equity. R

9You sent redemption to your people and commanded your cove- | nant forever;

  holy and awesome | is your name.

10The fear of the Lord is the begin- | ning of wisdom;

  all who practice this have a good understanding. God’s praise en- | dures forever. R

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

A reading from 1 Corinthians.

1Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; 2Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords—6yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

  7It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8“Food will not bring us close to God.” We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? 11So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. 12But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

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: Mark 1:21-28

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

21[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

SONG

Show Us Christ

Verse 1

Prepare our hearts O God

Help us to receive

Break the hard and stony ground

Help our unbelief

Plant Your Word down deep in us

‘Cause it to bear fruit

Open up our ears to hear

Lead us in Your truth

Chorus

Show us Christ show us Christ

O God reveal Your glory

Through the preaching of Your Word

Until every heart confesses Christ is Lord

Verse 2

Your Word is living light

Upon our darkened eyes

Guards us through temptations

Makes the simple wise

Your Word is food for famished ones

Freedom for the slave

Riches for the needy soul

Come speak to us today

Bridge

Where else can we go Lord

Where else can we go

You have the words of eternal life

(REPEAT)

Show us Christ show us Christ

O God reveal Your glory

Through the preaching of Your Word

Until every heart confesses Christ is Lord

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CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

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

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

For all who share the gospel and proclaim freedom in Christ throughout the world: prophets, teachers, pastors, deacons, and lay leaders; for the church and its ministries, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For all God’s works in creation: plants and animals, water and soil, forests and farms; and for those tasked with protecting our natural resources and all that exists, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For government and leaders: cities and nations, rescue professionals and legal aid attorneys, elected officials and grassroots organizers; for all responsible for the well-being of civil society, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit: those who are sick and hospitalized, those living with HIV/AIDS, those struggling with mental illness, those who are hungry or homeless, and all in any need (especially); for caregivers, hospice workers, and home health aides, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For the concerns of this congregation: those who travel, those absent from worship, those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries; for the people of God in this place and for other needs in our community (especially), let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

For the covenant God made with us in the waters of baptism, in thanksgiving for the baptized who have died in the Lord, let us pray.

Have mercy, O God.

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

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

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

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

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

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

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

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

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

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

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

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

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

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

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

We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

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

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

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

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace, Lamb of God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

SENDING

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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

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

Amen.

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

Amen.

SONG

Go Light Your World

Verse 1

There is a candle in ev’ry soul

Some brightly burning some dark and cold

There is a Spirit who brings a fire

Ignites a candle and makes His home

Chorus 1

So carry your candle run to the darkness

Seek out the hopeless confused and torn

Hold out your candle for all to see it

Take your candle and go light your world

Take your candle and go light your world

Verse 2

Frustrated brother see how he’s tried to

Light his own candle some other way

See now your sister she’s been robbed and lied to

Still holds a candle without a flame

Chorus 2

So carry your candle run to the darkness

Seek out the lonely the tired and worn

Hold out your candle for all to see it

Take your candle and go light your world

Take your candle and go light your world

Verse 3

We are a fam’ly whose hearts are blazing

So let’s raise our candles and light up the sky

Praying to our Father in the name of Jesus

Make us a beacon in darkest times

Chorus 3

So carry your candle run to the darkness

Seek out the helpless deceived and poor

Hold out your candle for all to see it

Take your candle and go light your world

Carry your candle run to the darkness

Seek out the hopeless confused and torn

Hold out your candle for all to see it

Take your candle and go light your world

Take your candle and go light your world

Ending

Mmm mmm

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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

Worship – Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

GATHERING

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

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

Introduction to the day

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

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

Amen.

Come Now Is The Time To Worship

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

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

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

Come just as you are before your God Come

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

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

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

Come come just as you are come come

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GREETING

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

And also with you.

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Kyrie

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison Lord have mercy

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PRAYER OF THE DAY

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

FIRST READING: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

A reading from Jonah.1The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2“Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.  10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.Word of God, word of life.Thanks be to God.


PSALM: Psalm 62:5-12

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

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

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

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Alleluia Alleluia AlleluiaAlleluia Alleluia Alleluia

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

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

GOSPEL: Mark 1:14-20

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

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

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE


Hope Of The Nations

Verse

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

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

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

(Lord we believe)


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

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

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

Lord we believe Lord we believeLord we believe

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

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

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

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

Lord we believe

(Jesus)

Lord we believe

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

CREED

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


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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Amen.
PEACE

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

MEAL

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

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

OFFERING PRAYER

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

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

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


PREFACE

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

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Holy Holy Holy

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

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

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

Holy God, you alone are holy, you alone are God.The universe declares your praise:beyond the stars; beneath the sea;within each cell; with every breath. We praise you, O God.Generations bless your faithfulness:through the water; by night and day;across the wilderness; out of exile; into the future. We bless you, O God.We give you thanks for your dear Son:at the heart of human life; near to those who suffer;beside the sinner; among the poor; with us now. We thank you, O God.In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.Do this for the remembrance of me.Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.Do this for the remembrance of me.Remembering his love for us on the way, at the table, and to the end, we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died.Christ is risen.Christ will come again.We pray for the gift of your Spirit:in our gathering; within this meal; among your people; throughout the world.Blessing, praise, and thanks to you, holy God, through Christ Jesus,by your Spirit, in your church, without end. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

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

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

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

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

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

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

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PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

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

Amen.


SENDING

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

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

Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be Your name In the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

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

Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed be Your name

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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

01/24/2021 – Worship Order

GATHERING

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

WELCOME TO WORSHIP

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

In the name of the Father,

and of the ☩ Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,

we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,

for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters

and by your Word you created the world,

calling forth life in which you took delight.

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

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

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

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

making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

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

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

Shower us with your Spirit,

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

To you be given honor and praise

through Jesus Christ our Lord

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

Amen.

SONG

Come Now Is The Time To Worship

Verse

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Come

Chorus

One day every tongue

Will confess You are God

One day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains

For those who gladly choose You now

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Come

Chorus

One day every tongue

Will confess You are God

One day every knee will bow

Still the greatest treasure remains

For those who gladly choose You now

Come now is the time to worship

Come now is the time to give your heart

Come just as you are to worship

Come just as you are before your God

Ending

Come come just as you are come come

CCLI Song # 2430948

Brian Doerksen

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

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

CCLI License # 617337

GREETING

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

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

And also with you.

KYRIE

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Kyrie

Chorus

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

Christe eleison Christe eleison

Christ have mercy

Kyrie eleison Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy

CCLI Song # 7149536

Gabriel Wanous

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

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

CCLI License # 617337

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. 

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

Amen.

WORD

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

FIRST READING: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

A reading from Jonah.

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

10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 62:5-12

5For God alone I | wait in silence;

  truly, my hope | is in God.

6God alone is my rock and | my salvation,

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

7In God is my deliverance | and my honor;

  God is my strong rock | and my refuge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  that power be- | longs to God.

12Steadfast love belongs to | you, O Lord,

  for you repay all according | to their deeds. R

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

A reading from 1 Corinthians.

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

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Chorus

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

Verse

Your words Lord are Spirit and Life

You have the words of everlasting life

CCLI Song # 7149527

Gabriel Wanous

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

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

CCLI License # 617337

GOSPEL: Mark 1:14-20

The holy gospel according to Mark.

Glory to you, O Lord.

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

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

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

MESSAGE

SONG

Hope Of The Nations

Verse

Jesus hope of the nations

Jesus comfort for all who mourn

You are the source of heaven’s hope on earth

Jesus light in the darkness

Jesus truth in each circumstance

You are the source of heaven’s light on earth

Pre-Chorus

In history You lived and died

You broke the chains You rose to life

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

(Lord we believe)

Jesus hope of the nations

Jesus comfort for all who mourn

You are the source of heaven’s hope on earth

Jesus light in the darkness

Jesus truth in each circumstance

You are the source of heaven’s light on earth

Pre-Chorus

In history You lived and died

You broke the chains You rose to life

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Tag

Lord we believe

Lord we believe

Lord we believe

Pre-Chorus

In history You lived and died

You broke the chains You rose to life

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Chorus

You are the hope living in us

You are the Rock in whom we trust

You are the light shining for all the world to see

You rose from the dead conquering fear

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near

Jesus our hope living for all who will receive

Ending

Lord we believe

(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus hope of the nations)

Lord we believe

(Jesus)

Lord we believe

CCLI Song # 3540703

Brian Doerksen

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

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

CCLI License # 617337

CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.*

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

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

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Have mercy, O God.

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

Amen.

PEACE

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

MEAL

God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION

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

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

DIALOGUE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

PREFACE

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

that we should at all times and in all places

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

through our Savior Jesus Christ;

who on this day overcame death and the grave,

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

And so, with all the choirs of angels,

with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Holy Holy Holy

Chorus

Holy holy holy Lord God of hosts

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna

Hosanna

Hosanna in the highest

CCLI Song # 7149549

Gabriel Wanous

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

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

CCLI License # 617337

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE

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

The universe declares your praise:

beyond the stars; beneath the sea;

within each cell; with every breath.

We praise you, O God.

Generations bless your faithfulness:

through the water; by night and day;

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

We bless you, O God.

We give you thanks for your dear Son:

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

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

We thank you, O God.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

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

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

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

Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We pray for the gift of your Spirit:

in our gathering; within this meal;

among your people; throughout the world.

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

by your Spirit, in your church, without end.

Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Come to the banquet, for all is now ready.

COMMUNION

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Amen.

COMMUNION SONG

Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

Chorus 1

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Have mercy on us

Chorus 2

Lamb of God you take away

The sins of the world

Grant us peace

Grant us peace

CCLI Song # 7149560

Gabriel Wanous

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PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray.

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

Amen.

SENDING

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BLESSING

The God of steadfastness and encouragement

grant you to live in harmony with one another,

in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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

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

Amen.

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

Amen.

SONG

Blessed Be Your Name

Verse 1

Blessed be Your name

In the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Verse 2

Blessed be Your name

When I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed be Your name

Pre-Chorus

Ev’ry blessing You pour out I’ll

Turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in Lord

Still I will say

Chorus

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

Verse 3

Blessed be Your name

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s all as it should be

Blessed be Your name

Verse 4

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Bridge

You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord blessed be Your name 

You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

CCLI Song # 3798438

Beth Redman | Matt Redman

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DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Share the good news.

Thanks be to God.

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01/17/2021 – Worship Order

Second Sunday after Epiphany / Lectionary 2

GATHERING

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

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

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

GATHERING SONG      How Great Is Our God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORD

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

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

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

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

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION          Mass Of Love And Mercy – Alleluia

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia
Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

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

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

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

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

SERMON – Pastor Erika Nilsen

HYMN OF THE DAY     I Saw The Light

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEAL

OFFERING

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

GREAT THANKSGIVING

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

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

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

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

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

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THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, you have brought us this far along the way. In times of bitterness you did not abandon us, but guided us into the path of love and light. In every age you sent prophets to make known your loving will for all humanity. The cry of the poor has become your own cry; our hunger and thirst for justice is your own desire. In the fullness of time, you sent your chosen servant to preach good news to the afflicted, to break bread with the outcast and despised, and to ransom those in bondage to prejudice and sin. In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

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

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

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

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

LORD’S PRAYER
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

COMMUNION

COMMUNION SONG   Mass Of Love And Mercy – Lamb Of God

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

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

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

SENDING SONG          You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)

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

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

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

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