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This Week’s Announcements

Living Lutheran now available
The August issue of the Living Lutheran is available for pickup in the black box outside of the main church entrance.

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

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

Confirmation Orientation Wednesday, September 16th!
Confirmation is right around the corner and registration will be opening soon. Mark your calendar today for our online orientation night Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30pm! This year orientation will happen via Zoom. Confirmation is open for students in grades 7th-9th!

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

Head Ushers Needed
In order for us to begin worshipping in the sanctuary again, one critical need will be four persons who are each willing to take on one Sunday a month (and a fifth Sunday once per quarter) who will  oversee a team of dedicated volunteers.  Because of additional procedures related to COVID, every Sunday we meet in the sanctuary we will need a trained group of worship volunteers. We will build four teams around the four head Ushers who also agree to serve once a month.

Smart Plan
Currently, Lord of Life is in phase 1 of is SMART plan. The entire SMART plan in its current version can be found on the Lord of Life website.

Teen’s Upstream Campfires in August
Wednesday nights throughout August our high school youth group will be gathering at Lord of Life for a campfire socially distanced. This group must remain under 10 people and each person must be registered prior to arriving. Enjoy the summer nights with some of your friends. Visit: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/113/responses/new to sign up for our weekly gatherings!

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

Stories for Change
Each Monday morning a children’s story is read out loud and will be posted on our Facebook page along with a discussion video led by Guy Kelm. The children’s book will focus on issues of discrimination and race.

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

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

Worship this Sunday

[August 23, 2020]

This Sunday we will be providing both a pre-recorded AND a live-streamed worship service online.  The Livestream worship will take place at 9 am on our YouTube channel, and the recorded service will premier at 9 am on both YouTube and Facebook.

For many weeks, we have been putting the pieces needed to live stream our worship service on a weekly basis from an outside location. Assuming this test goes well, it’s our plan to provide streamed worship services on a weekly basis.  Please be aware that we are waiting for a component that is on backorder that will allow us to more easily point and zoom the cameras.  In the meanwhile, the online images will be fixed. 

We continue to need technical assistants. While this may seem intimidating, after a brief setup procedure, the job requires simply choosing between camera angles. Once you receive the training you will operate the equipment with confidence.

Please like or share any services you are present at, it helps expand our reach into the social media community.

This Week’s Announcements

August 16, 2020

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

Living Lutheran now available
The August issue of the Living Lutheran is available for pickup in the black box outside of the main church entrance.

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

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

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

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

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

Teen’s Upstream Campfires in August
Wednesday nights throughout August our high school youth group will be gathering at Lord of Life for a campfire socially distanced. This group must remain under 10 people and each person must be registered prior to arriving. Enjoy the summer nights with some of your friends. Visit: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/113/responses/new   to sign up for our weekly gatherings!

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

Are you on Facebook?  Sign up for new private Facebook Group for Lord of Life members only: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lolbaxter/ It’s a place to connect with you fellow Lord of Life members.

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

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

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

August 16 Worship Order

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LUTHERAN CHURCH

August 16, 2020

Introduction to the day

In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

GATHERING

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

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

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

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

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

GATHERING SONG 

 All Are Welcome 

1 Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

Refrain
All are welcome, all are welcome,
all are welcome in this place.

2 Let us build a house where prophets speak, 
and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek
to dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
and as symbol of God’s grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:  Refrain

3 Let us build a house where love is found
in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:  Refrain

4 Let us build a house where hands will reach
beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach,
and live the Word they’ve known.
Here the outcast and the stranger
bear the image of God’s face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger:  Refrain

5 Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:  Refrain

Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950 Text © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. www.giamusic.com. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

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. 
God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

WORD

FIRST READING: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

A reading from Isaiah.
The prophet calls upon Israel to do justice in view of God’s imminent intervention to save. Righteousness and obedience define who belongs to the Israelite community—not race, nationality, or any other category.

1Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.

6And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
and to be his servants,
all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,
and hold fast my covenant—
7these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.
8Thus says the Lord God,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel,
I will gather others to them
besides those already gathered.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 67

Let all the peoples praise you, O God. (Ps. 67:3)

1May God be merciful to | us and bless us;
may the light of God’s face | shine upon us.

2Let your way be known | upon earth,
your saving health a- | mong all nations.

3Let the peoples praise | you, O God;
let all the | peoples praise you.

4Let the nations be glad and | sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the na- | tions on earth. R

5Let the peoples praise | you, O God;
let all the | peoples praise you.

6The earth has brought | forth its increase;
God, our own | God, has blessed us.

7May God | give us blessing,
and may all the ends of the earth | stand in awe. R

SECOND READING: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

A reading from Romans.
God has not rejected Israel. Rather, the call and gifts of God are irrevocable so that, while all have been disobedient, God has mercy upon all.

[Paul writes:] 1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2aGod has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
29For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. 32For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

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

GOSPEL: Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

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

Jesus teaches his disciples that true purity is a matter of the heart rather than outward religious observances. Almost immediately, this teaching is tested when a woman considered to be a religious outsider approaches him for help.

[10[Jesus] called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” 13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” 15But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”] 

 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY

Healer of Our Every Ill

Refrain
Healer of our ev’ry ill,
light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

1 You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness;
Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.  Refrain

2 In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is still unfolding,
give us all your vision, God of love.  Refrain

3 Give us strength to love each other,
ev’ry sister, ev’ry brother;
Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.  Refrain

4 You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing;
Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.  Refrain

Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950 Text © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. www.giamusic.com. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.
Lord, you gather the church to be part of your mission as ambassadors of Jesus Christ. As Jesus acknowledged the great faith of a woman from outside his people, help your church discover and find blessing in the faith of people we might reject. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You have blessed us with the bounty of the earth. Grant your grace to all your creatures, that the earth will flourish. Relieve waters choked by garbage, renew soils stripped of nutrients, and refresh the air all creatures need to live. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You call the nations to be glad and sing for joy. Let your way be known among all the nations of the world, now divided by competing interests, contending alliances, and consumed by enormous worry. Bless us and make your face shine upon all. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

You show unexpected mercy, kindness, and generosity. We pray for those who do not have enough, for outcasts in our villages, cities, and town, and for those who need your healing (especially). Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

In you we live and move and have our being. Grant our congregation (name) grace to find our life refreshed in you. Accompany us in the rhythms of late summer. Give us rest and renewal, and strengthen us for mission in your name. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Your eternal promises are more than we could ever imagine. As you gather all the saints (especially), join us also with them on the great day of your salvation. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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

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

MEAL

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

GREAT THANKSGIVING

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

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

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

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

COMMUNION SONG

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

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

SENDING SONG

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

CCLI Song # 17827 Twila Paris © 1985 Mountain Spring Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Straightway Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 617337

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

From sundaysandseasons.com.
Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

This Week’s Announcements

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

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

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

Teen’s Upstream Campfires in August
Wednesday nights throughout August our high school youth group will be gathering at Lord of Life for a campfire socially distanced. This group must remain under 10 people and each person must be registered prior to arriving. Enjoy the summer nights with some of your friends. Visit: https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/113/responses/new to sign up for our weekly gatherings!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 9, 2020 Bulletin

Sunday, August 9, 2020
Lectionary 19, Year A

Introduction
Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.

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

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.
I invite you to take a few moments for silent confession

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

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

Gathering Song   Precious Lord, Take My hand   ELW 773

Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall.
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When the darkness appears And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand, Guide my feet, hold my hand.
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

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
O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

First Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-13
9At [Horeb, the mount of God,][Elijah] came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.”

11He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13
8I will listen to what the Lord| God is saying; for you speak peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their | hearts to you.
9Truly, your salvation is very near to | those who fear you, that your glory may dwell | in our land. R

10Steadfast love and faithfulness have | met together; righteousness and peace have | kissed each other.
11Faithfulness shall spring up | from the earth, and righteousness shall look | down from heaven.

12The Lord will indeed | grant prosperity, and our land will | yield its increase.
13Righteousness shall go be- | fore the Lord and shall prepare for | God a pathway. R

Second Reading: Romans 10:5-15
5Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7“or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
14But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

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

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
Matthew’s gospel typically portrays Jesus’ disciples as people of “little faith,” who fail despite their best intentions. In this story, Matthew shows how Jesus comes to the disciples when they are in trouble and sustains them in their time of fear and doubt.

22[Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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

Song of the Day You Are Mine  ELW 581

“I will come to you in the silence,
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice,
I claim you as my choice.
Be still and know I am here.”

“I am hope for all who are hopeless,
I am eyes for all who long to see.
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light.
Come and rest in me.”

Refrain
“Do not be afraid, I am with you.
I have called you each by name.
Come and follow me,
I will bring you home;
I love you and you are mine.”

“I am strength for all the despairing,
healing for the ones who dwell in shame.
All the blind will see,
the lame will all run free
and all will know my name.”  Refrain

“I am the Word that leads all to freedom,
I am the peace the world cannot give.
I will call your name,
embracing all your pain.
Stand up, now walk and live!”  Refrain

Text: David Haas, b. 1958 – Text © 1991 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. www.giamusic.com. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139

Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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

For your whole church throughout the world. Give courage in the midst of storms, so that we see and hear Jesus calling: “Take heart, it is I: do not be afraid.” May we follow Christ wherever he leads. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For the well-being of your creation. Protect waterways, forests, lands, and wildlife from exploitation and abuse. Help the human family endeavor to sustain and be sustained by the resources of your hand. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For the nations and their leaders. In you, steadfast love and faithfulness meet, and righteousness and peace kiss. May nations in conflict know the peace that is the fruit of justice, and the justice that is the path to peace. We pray today for our own nation as we continue to struggle with conflict in cities and communities across the country, Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For those in need. Everyone who calls upon your name will be saved. Accompany all who are lonely, hear the voices of those who cry out in anguish, and support those who are frustrated in their search for an affordable place to live. We pray for those suffering this day – especially remember the city of Beruit as they reel from the terrible explosion in their city that took so many lives, injured thousands and laid to waste parts of their city.  Bring relief and hope and healing in any way possible… Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

For our congregation. You have gathered us here today as your people and we thank you for this gift. We pray for those who are new to this community, for students and teachers preparing for a new school year – with all of the uncertainty and fear and change that may be involved, and for those struggling with unexpected hardship. Supply us generously with your grace for our life together. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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

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

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

GREAT THANKSGIVING

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

Invitation to Communion
Friends of Jesus, we invite you to receive these gifts of God. This is the Body of Christ, given for you. This is the Blood of Christ, shed for you. Receive nourishment for your journey.

Prayer after Communion
God of the welcome table, in this meal we have feasted on your goodness and have been united by your presence among us. Empower us to go forth sustained by these gifts so that we may share your neighborly love with all, through Jesus Christ, the giver of abundant life.
Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Sending Song My Life Flows On in Endless Song ELW 763

1 My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Refrain
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

2 Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?  Refrain

3 What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.  Refrain

4 The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?  Refrain

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

This Week’s Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 2, 2020 Bulletin

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LUTHERAN CHURCH

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

GATHERING

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

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

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

GATHERING SONG  Come All Ye People

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

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

WORD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOSPEL: Matthew 14:13-21
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

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

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

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

SERMON

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

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

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

4 In your world, Lord, be glorified, be glorified.
In your world, Lord, be glorified today.

Text: Bob Kilpatrick, b. 1952 Text © 1978 Bob Kilpatrick Music, assigned 1998 to The Lorenz Corporation. All rights reserved. “Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEAL

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

GREAT THANKSGIVING

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

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

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

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

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

COMMUNION SONG (ELW p. 191)

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

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 26, 2020 Bulletin

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

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

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

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

Song Come now is the time to worship

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

One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose You now

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

One day every tongue will confess You are God
One day every knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those
Who gladly choose You now

Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come

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

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

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12

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

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

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

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39

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

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

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

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

Gospel Acclamation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sermon – Pastor Erika

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prayers of Intercession

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

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

A brief silence.

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

hear our prayer.

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

hear our prayer.

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

hear our prayer.

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

hear our prayer.

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

hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

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

hear our prayer.

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

Amen.

Sharing the Peace of Christ

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

Announcements:

Offering –

Other ministries of the church

Words about communion drive up after online worship.

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

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

Words of Institution

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

Blessing

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

Closing Song He is Exalted Blue Book 116

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

He is Exalted, The King is exalted on high

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

Parking Lot Worship This Sunday

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

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