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9 am 11/1/2020 Worship Order

All Saints DayGathering Rite for All Saints

The festival of All Saints occurs just as the landscape in the Northern Hemisphere heralds the dying of plants and the quiet of winter rest. In like manner, the readings and liturgy of this day call us to rejoice in all the saints: those who have died and now rest in Christ, those who live now, and those yet to come.

As the church year draws to a close, we hear warnings about the end of time, stories of crisis and judgment, and parables of loss and death. The Christian community speaks honestly about human frailty and mortality. At the same time, we confess our faith in the risen Lord, in the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. While both life and death may bring us fear and uncertainty, the liturgy calls us to hear the Lord’s promise that he is with us in life and in death. Christ has claimed us in baptism and nourishes us in the communion of his body and blood. Christ leads us to the new Jerusalem. There we shall join all the saints in praise of God, who has turned our graves into the doorway to eternal life.

Welcome to Worship

Remembrance of All Saints
Let us remember all the saints before God.
We praise and bless you, O holy Trinity. You have taught your church that it is an ageless communion of saints. We thank you for gathering those who faithfully waited in hope for the redemption you promised, and now for adding us who celebrate the love of Christ for the redemption of the world. Prepare a place for us among those who are already with you. Help us remember them as an encouragement to saintly living, exciting us to love, in anticipation of an eternal reunion. With them we praise and bless you, O holy Trinity.
Amen.

Today we remember and light a candle for these members and non-members but friends of the congregation of Lord of Life who passed away this past year.

Jerry Bullford, Carolyn Devine, Karen Snow, Ginger Nordin, Elsie Melby, Nancy Larson, Cary Swanson

Jesus says, Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
And you will find rest for your souls.

Gathering Song   For All the Saints  ELW #422

1 For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

2 Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

3 Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine,
we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

4 And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

5 The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

6 But then there breaks a yet more glorious day:
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on his way.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

7 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: William W. How, 1823-1897

Greeting
Beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace, mercy, and peace be with you all.
And also with you.

Opening Prayer
God of the generations, when we set our hands to labor, thinking we work alone, remind us that we carry on our lips the words of the prophets, in the our veins the blood of the martyrs, in our eyes the mystics’ visions, in our hands the strength of thousands. Amen. (Jan Richardson)

First Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Song    Shall We Gather at the River    ELW #423

1 Shall we gather at the river,
where bright angel feet have trod,
with its crystal tide forever
flowing by the throne of God?

Refrain
Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
the beautiful, the beautiful river;
gather with the saints at the river
that flows by the throne of God.

2 On the margin of the river,
washing up its silver spray,
we will walk and worship ever,
all the happy golden day. Refrain

3 Ere we reach the shining river,
lay we ev’ry burden down;
grace our spirits will deliver,
and provide a robe and crown. Refrain

4 Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
soon our pilgrimage will cease;
soon our happy hearts will quiver
with the melody of peace. Refrain

Text: Robert Lowry, 1826-1899. Public Domain

Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1I will bless the Lord | at all times; the praise of God shall ever be | in my mouth.
2I will glory | in the Lord; let the lowly hear | and rejoice.
3Proclaim with me the greatness |of the Lord; let us exalt God’s | name together.
4I sought the Lord, who | answered me and delivered me from | all my terrors.
5Look upon the Lord | and be radiant, and let not your faces | be ashamed.
6I called in my affliction, and |the Lord heard me and saved me from | all my troubles.
7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who | fear the Lord and de-|livers them.
8Taste and see that the | Lord is good; happy are they who take ref -| uge in God!
9Fear the Lord, you saints | of the Lord, for those who fear the | Lord lack nothing.
10The lions are in want and | suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing | that is good.
22OLord, you redeem the life | of your servants, and those who put their trust in you will | not be punished.

Song    Blessed Are They          ELW #728

1 Blest are they, the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow;
they shall be consoled.

Refrain
Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you, holy are you.
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God!

2 Blest are they, the lowly ones;
they shall inherit the earth.
Blest are they who hunger and thirst;
they shall have their fill. Refrain

3 Blest are they who show mercy;
mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart;
they shall see God. Refrain

4 Blest are they who seek peace;
they are the children of God.
Blest are they who suffer in faith;
the glory of God is theirs. Refrain

5 Blest are you who suffer hate,
all because of me.
Rejoice, be glad, yours is the kingdom;
shine for all to see. Refrain

Text: David Haas, b. 1957 Text © 1985 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 reprint/podcast/ stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

Reflection         “I Will Always Remember”       Erika Nilsen

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM ~ AN ALL SAINTS LITANY
At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We’ll remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We’ll remember them.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We’ll remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We’ll remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We’ll remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We’ll remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live, for they are still a part of us.

When we are weary and in need of strength…
When we are lost and sick at heart…

When we have joys that we long to share…
When we have decisions that are difficult to make…

When we have achievements that are based on their inspiration…
As long as we live, they, too, will live, because they will always be a part of us.

Let us pray. O God of all generations, we are ever grateful for the gift of treasured memories. As we honor our loved ones who are now with you and with all your saints, we give you thanks for their abiding presence with us. Help us to remember that as we run the race of life, all who are dear to us stand by us, cheer us on, pray for us, and love us.

O Lord, in your compassion, comfort all those whose loss is still heavy – we especially remember the families of the over 230,000 dead from COVID-19 in this country alone as well as those all around the world who grieve the dire effects of this terrible pandemic. We remember the families who have lost a loved one to violence and injustice.  We remember the grieving hearts of those affected by natural disasters. Indeed, comfort all your sorrowing children, for the gift of your Holy Spirit binds us together with unity and love. Amen.

Special Music – Pie Jesu Requiem

“Pie Jesu”

Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus, merciful Jesus
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God, Lamb of God
Father, who takes away the sins of the world
Grant them rest, grant them rest
everlasting
everlasting
Rest

Offering Prayer
God of all goodness, generations have turned to you, gathered around your table, and shared your abundant blessings. Number us among them that, as we gather these gifts from your abundance, and give thanks for your rich blessings, we may feast upon your very self and care for all that you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign and Servant.
Amen.

Words of Institution and Lord’s Prayer
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all. In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

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

Prayer after Communion
Lord Jesus, in this simple meal you have set a banquet. Sustain us on the journey, strengthen us to care for the least of your beloved children, and give us glad and generous hearts as we meet you on the way.
Amen.

Announcements

Basin Talk – Darren Larson

Closing ReadingFor Those Who Walked With Us
For those who walked with us, this is prayer.
For those who have gone ahead, this is a blessing.
For those who touched and tended us,
who lingered with us while they lived, this is a thanksgiving.
For those who journey still with us in the shadows of awareness,
In the crevices of memory,
In the landscape of our dreams,
This is a benediction.
© Jan L. Richardson. janrichardson.com.

Song – Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In

1 Oh, when the saints go marching in,
oh, when the saints go marching in,
O Lord, I want to be in that number
when the saints go marching in.

2 Oh, when the Lord in glory comes,
oh, when the Lord in glory comes,
O Lord, I want to be in that number
when the Lord in glory comes.

3 Oh, when the new world is revealed,
oh, when the new world is revealed,
O Lord, I want to be in that number
when the new world is revealed.

4 Oh, when they gather round the throne,
oh, when they gather round the throne,
O Lord, I want to be in that number
when they gather round the throne.

5 Oh, when they crown him King of kings,
oh, when they crown him King of kings,
O Lord, I want to be in that number
when they crown him King of kings.

6 And on that hallelujah day,
and on that hallelujah day,
O Lord, I want to be in that number
on that hallelujah day.

Text: African American spiritual. Public Domain

Dismissal:
Beloved of God, water washed and wholly sinner and saint. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

This Week’s Announcements

Sunday, November 1st Worship Schedule

ALL SAINTS DAY – a Service of Song, Word, Prayer and Remembrance at 9:00 am
All Saints Day is a beautiful day in the life of the church when we stop to name and remember and give thanks to those of that faith that have gone on before us – who have journeyed from this life to the next with Jesus and whose faith has sustained us in our lives.
As you prepare to worship – we invite you to have a picture of your saint(s) available and a candle as well. We will be naming and lighting a candle for those from Lord of Life and friends of the congregation who died this past year. Please join us in this time of remembrance.

Affirmation of Baptism Service at 10:30am
This service will also be live streamed on Sunday, November 1st. Join in celebrating with 20 young people the affirmation of their faith!

Fuel Up Forestview Update
First of all, THANK YOU to the LOL folks for the generous food donations. What a blessing! Bags were packed today in preparation to send them home with kids before they stay home for Distance Learning. The donations received from LOL helped make that happen. Forestview is making plans to continue to get bags of food to kids while they are at home. We don’t know what kind of time frame we are looking at, but we want kids to continue to have access to the pantry.
That being said, this big ‘packing of bags’ depleted the shelves and we would welcome continued donations for kids who will be home alone making their own lunches. Think kid-friendly, easy to prep meals & snacks. Right now, especially helpful items include:

* Chef Boyardee style pasta meals
*  any kind of noodles & pasta sauce
* individual packets of oatmeal
* crackers
* canned soups
* pouches of tuna
* peanut butter
* rice krispie treats
* hot cocoa mix/drink mixes
* canned vegetables
* stuffing mix
With thanks, Helene and Etta Danielson

Servant Hearts Need

  • A servant of Christ who would like to learn how our app works and would be willing to help with this communication tool.
  • A servant of Christ willing to reorganize and relabel the mailboxes
  • A servant of Christ willing to reorganize the attic storage areas
  • A servant of Christ willing to take on the redesign of our Lord of Life brochure.

Please pray for

  • Karen Erickson as she recovers from surgery
  • Mike and Colleen Bush and family as they grieve the death of Mike’s mother Generose.
  • Effects of Covid in this community – as the people we know and love are getting sick.
  • Howard and Terri Bahn and their family as they grieve the death of Howard’s mother Hazel. She was 105 years old!

Kid’s Time Online
On the website every week is a new Kids time Online Lesson – brought to you by Luther Crest bible Camp!  Check it out and spend some time learning a Bible story with your kids.

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

Volunteer Needs

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

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

3rd Grade Bible Class
If you missed the first 3rd Grade Bible class – it’s not too late to get a Bible and get connected. We’ll meet on ZOOM for 2 more weeks unpacking with 3rd graders and parents the joy of God’s Word.
Classes will be Thursday evenings from 6:30pm- 7:30pm – November 5, November 12.

Club 56 will resume again on Wednesday November 18th for our next 4 week session. We’ll be focusing on good Mental Health!

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

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

Scam Messages – 10/28/2020

A REMINDER: OUR CONGREGATION AND ITS PASTORS DO NOT SOLICIT DONATIONS BY DIRECT EMAIL OR TEXT MESSAGE We’ve received word that members in several local churches are being subjected to scamming.  This has happened in the past at Lord of Life, but this time the scammers are using very convincing text messages that appear as if they are coming from the pastor, requesting people to go and buy gift cards. If you receive a message, please alert the church office at 218-828-9374.

Indoor Worship Order – 10/25/2020

Prelude A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Welcome and Announcements

Basin Talk – Pam Caughey Video

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

Prayer
Let us pray. Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 46

1God is our ref- | uge and strength, a very present | help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the | earth be moved, and though the mountains shake in the depths | of the sea;
3though its waters | rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble | with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the cit- | y of God, the holy habitation of | the Most High.
5God is in the midst of the city; it shall | not be shaken; God shall help it at the | break of day.
6The nations rage, and the | kingdoms shake; God speaks, and the earth | melts away.
7The Lord of | hosts is with us; the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.
8Come now, regard the works | of the Lord, what desolations God has brought up- | on the earth;
9behold the one who makes war to cease in | all the world; who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the | shields with fire.
10“Be still, then, and know that | I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted | in the earth.”
11The Lord of | hosts is with us; the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.

Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.

27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel: John 8:31-36

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

31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

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

Sermon

Special Music The Canticle of the Turning

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

Renew and inspire the church in the freedom of the gospel, O God. Where the church is in error, reform it. Where the church speaks your truth, strengthen it. Where the church is divided, unify it. Ignite in us the working of the Holy Spirit.

As the earth changes, as mountains shake and the waters roar, may we care for this planet as a holy habitation for all living things. Sustain all peoples and lands recovering from natural disasters of any kind.

Guide areas of the world divided or traumatized by conflict, especially in our own land. Free all from slavery and human trafficking, and protect all in harm’s way.

Release those living in bondage to debts, chronic pain, or addiction. Grant healing touch to those who are ill.

In this family of faith we give thanks for courageous voices that have remained firm in their commitment to the one who frees us from sin and death. Centered in your grace, unify us in the hope of the gospel.

Even in death, you free us and give us a place in your house. We give thanks for our ancestors who have shown us truth and freedom, especially Martin Luther and those who work for the renewal of the church.

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

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

Thanksgiving at the Table
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all. In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

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

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

Communion

Welcome & Announcements

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

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Outdoor Worship Order – 10/25/2020

Prelude God Is Here

Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation.
Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Faithful God,
have mercy on us. We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways. We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves. We place our own needs before those of our neighbors. We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves. Make us humble, cast away our transgressions, and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

God hears the cries of all who call out in need, and through his death and resurrection, Christ has made us his own. Hear the truth that God proclaims: Your sins are forgiven in the name of ☩ Jesus Christ. Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness to do God’s work in the world.
Amen.

Opening Song A Mighty Fortress Is Our God #504

1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a sword and shield victorious;
he breaks the cruel oppressor’s rod
and wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe
has sworn to work us woe!
With craft and dreadful might
he arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

2 No strength of ours can match his might!
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
whom God himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of hosts is he!
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

3 Though hordes of devils fill the land
all threat’ning to devour us,
we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
they cannot overpow’r us.
Let this world’s tyrant rage;
in battle we’ll engage!
His might is doomed to fail;
God’s judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.

4 God’s Word forever shall abide,
no thanks to foes, who fear it;
for God himself fights by our side
with weapons of the Spirit.
Were they to take our house,
goods, honor, child, or spouse,
though life be wrenched away,
they cannot win the day.
The kingdom’s ours forever!

Text: Martin Luther, 1483-1546; tr. Lutheran Book of Worship Text © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator. Permission to reprint/podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Psalm: Psalm 46:1-11
1God is our ref- | uge and strength, a very present | help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the | earth be moved, and though the mountains shake in the depths | of the sea;

3though its waters | rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble | with its tumult.
4There is a river whose streams make glad the cit- | y of God, the holy habitation of | the Most High.

5God is in the midst of the city; it shall | not be shaken; God shall help it at the | break of day.
6The nations rage, and the | kingdoms shake; God speaks, and the earth | melts away.

7The Lord of | hosts is with us; the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.
8Come now, regard the works | of the Lord, what desolations God has brought up- | on the earth;

9behold the one who makes war to cease in | all the world; who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the | shields with fire.
10“Be still, then, and know that | I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted | in the earth.”

11The Lord of | hosts is with us; the God of Jacob | is our stronghold.

Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.

27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.

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

Gospel: John 8:31-36
31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

Sermon – Erika Nilsen

Song of the Day Canticle of the Turning #723

1 My soul cries out with a joyful shout
that the God of my heart is great,
and my spirit sings of the wondrous things
that you bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed your sight on your servant’s plight,
and my weakness you did not spurn,
so from east to west shall my name be blest.
Could the world be about to turn?

Refrain
My heart shall sing of the day you bring.
Let the fires of your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,
and the world is about to turn.

2 Though I am small, my God, my all,
you work great things in me,
and your mercy will last from the depths of the past
to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame,
and to those who would for you yearn,
you will show your might, put the strong to flight,
for the world is about to turn.  Refrain

3 From the halls of pow’r to the fortress tow’r,
not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for your justice tears
ev’ry tyrant from his throne.
The hungry poor shall weep no more,
for the food they can never earn;
there are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed,
for the world is about to turn.  Refrain

4 Though the nations rage from age to age,
we remember who holds us fast:
God’s mercy must deliver us
from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.
This saving word that our forebears heard
is the promise which holds us bound,
till the spear and rod can be crushed by God,
who is turning the world around.  Refrain

Text: Rory Cooney, b. 1952, based on the Magnificat Text © 1990 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 reprint/podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license # A-715139.

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

Renew and inspire the church in the freedom of the gospel, O God. Where the church is in error, reform it. Where the church speaks your truth, strengthen it. Where the church is divided, unify it. Ignite in us the working of the Holy Spirit. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

As the earth changes, as mountains shake and the waters roar, may we care for this planet as a holy habitation for all living things. Sustain all peoples and lands recovering from natural disasters of any kind. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Guide areas of the world divided or traumatized by conflict, especially in our own land. Free all from slavery and human trafficking, and protect all in harm’s way. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Release those living in bondage to debts, chronic pain, or addiction. Grant healing touch to those who are ill. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

In this family of faith we give thanks for courageous voices that have remained firm in their commitment to the one who frees us from sin and death. Centered in your grace, unify us in the hope of the gospel. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Even in death, you free us and give us a place in your house. We give thanks for our ancestors who have shown us truth and freedom, especially Martin Luther and those who work for the renewal of the church. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

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

Offering Prayer
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet, nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Thanksgiving at the Table
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all. In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

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

Invitation to Communion
Come to the banquet table where Christ gives himself as food and drink.

Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, gracious God, that you have once again fed us with food beyond compare, the body and blood of Christ. Lead us from this place, nourished and forgiven, into your beloved vineyard to wipe away the tears of all who hunger and thirst, guided by the example of the same Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen.

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Those who are live streaming – please stay tuned after the final dismissal for a short Basin Talk by Pam Caughey!

Blessing
Mothering God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life.
Amen.

Closing song I Love to Tell the Story ELW 661
1 I love to tell the story
of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory,
of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
because I know it’s true;
it satisfies my longings
as nothing else would do.

Refrain
I love to tell the story;
’twill be my theme in glory
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.

2 I love to tell the story:
how pleasant to repeat
what seems, each time I tell it,
more wonderfully sweet!
I love to tell the story,
for some have never heard
the message of salvation
from God’s own holy word.  Refrain

3 I love to tell the story,
for those who know it best
seem hungering and thirsting
to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
I’ll sing the old, old story
that I have loved so long.  Refrain

Text: Katherine Hankey, 1834-1911  Public Domain

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

This Week’s Announcements

3rd Grade Bible Class
Bibles will be distributed to 3rd grade families starting the week of Sunday, October 25th We’ll meet on ZOOM for 3 weeks unpacking with 3rd graders and parents the joy of God’s Word. Classes will be Thursday evenings from 6:30pm- 7:30pm – October 29, November 5, November 12. Pre-register at https://lolbaxter.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/126/responses/new

Please pray for

  • Chris and Shelly Ford as they grieve of the deaths of their 1 month old grandson and Shelly’s mother.

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

Worship Schedule for November 1st
We welcome you to join us for worship at 9 am on November 1st, live streamed at our YouTube channel. Affirmation of Baptism for our 10th Grade Confirmation students will take place during the 10:30 a.m. All in-building seating is reserved for Confirmand families, so we are at capacity for that service. We will also be live streaming that service on our YouTube channel, LordofLifeBaxter

Volunteer Needs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worship Order – 10/18/2020 – Indoor

PRELUDE

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

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

FIRST READING: Isaiah 45:1-7

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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

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

SECOND READING:

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL: Matthew 22:15-22

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

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

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

SERMON

SPECIAL MUSIC            I Surrender All

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THANKSGIVING AT THE TABLE
Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord, heaven and earth are full of your glory. In great love you sent to us Jesus, your Son, who reached out to heal the sick and suffering, who preached good news to the poor, and who, on the cross, opened his arms to all. In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me. Remembering, therefore, his death, resurrection, and ascension, we await his coming in glory. Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of all who share this heavenly food, the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord; to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever.
Amen.

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

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

COMMUNION

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

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This Week’s Announcements

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

Please Pray For

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

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

Volunteer Needs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worship Order – 10/18/2020 – Outdoor

GATHERING

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

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

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

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

GATHERING SONG   For the Fruit of All Creation ELW 679

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

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

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

Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903-2000 Text © 1970 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.

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

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

WORD

FIRST READING: Isaiah 45:1-7

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Psalm 96:1-9

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

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

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

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

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

SECOND READING:1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

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

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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

GOSPEL: Matthew 22:15-22

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

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

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

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY       Be Glorified      ELW 744

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

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

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

CREED

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

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MEAL

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

GREAT THANKSGIVING

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNION SONG

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

SENDING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

SENDING SONG

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

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

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

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

Text: Henry Smith © 1978 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. International © secured. Duplication in any form prohibited without permission or valid license from copyright administrator.

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

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