October 16, 2022
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is the encouragement of the Christ of the gospel today. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed. Wrestle with the word. Remember your baptism again and again. Come regularly to Christ’s table. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed.
Today the church commemorates Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, who was martyred early in the second century.
Welcome to All Our Guests and Visitors: The people of First Lutheran Church extend a very sincere welcome to you. For this morning’s worship we will be using the Red Book (Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW)).
P: Pastor A: Assisting Minister C: Congregation * Please stand as you are able
Per CDC Guidelines: facemasks are now optional indoors (this may change). It’s never inappropriate to wear a mask. Please do what makes you feel comfortable.
PRELUDE: "Guide Us Ever, Great Redeemer" ~ Pelz
*GATHERING SONG: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” ELW #773
+ GATHERING +
BRIEF ORDER FOR CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS:
P Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who is eager to forgive and who loves us beyond our days.
P Dear friends, together let us acknowledge our failure to love this world as Jesus does.
Silence is kept for reflection.
God of mercy and forgiveness,
C we confess that sin still has a hold on us. We have harmed your good creation. We have failed to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Turn us in a new direction. Show us the path that leads to life. Be our refuge and strength on the journey, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and friend. Amen.
P Beloved of God: your sins are forgiven + and you are made whole. God points the way to new life in Christ, who meets us on the road. Journey now in God’s abiding love through the power of the Holy Spirit.
A The grace given to us in Christ Jesus, the power of God who calls us with a holy calling, and the help of the Holy Spirit living in us be with you all.
C And also with you.
*HYMN OF PRAISE: “Beautiful Savior” ELW #838
Beautiful Savior, King of creation, Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love thee, truly I’d serve thee, light of my soul, my joy, my crown.
Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, he makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight, bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer than all the angels in the sky.
Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations, Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine!
PRAYER OF THE DAY:
A O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
CHOIR ANTHEM: “Be Thou My Vision" ~ arr. Mary Pooler
JUST FOR KIDS — Kids please meet up front with Pastor Dennis
Sunday School ~ all children age 3 on up may go with the teacher to the classroom.
+ WORD +
FIRST READING: Genesis 32:22–31
Returning to the home he had fled many years before after stealing his brother's birthright and his father's blessing, Jacob wrestles all night long with a divine adversary who ultimately blesses him and changes his name to "Israel," a name that means "he wrestles with God."
The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me." 27So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." 28Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed." 29Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him. 30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved." 31The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.
PSALM: Psalm 121, Read Responsively
My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth. (Ps. 121:2)
I lift up my eyes | to the hills;
from where is my | help to come?
2My help comes | from the LORD,
the maker of heav- | en and earth.
3The LORD will not let your | foot be moved
nor will the one who watches over you | fall asleep.
4Behold, the keep- | er of Israel
will neither slum- | ber nor sleep;
5the LORD watches | over you;
the LORD is your shade at | your right hand;
6the sun will not strike | you by day,
nor the | moon by night.
7The LORD will preserve you | from all evil
and will | keep your life.
8The LORD will watch over your going out and your | coming in,
from this time forth for- | evermore.
SECOND READING: 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5
Paul continues his instruction of Timothy, his younger colleague in ministry, by emphasizing the importance of faithful teaching despite opposition.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
4:1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: 2proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. 5As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
*HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 18:1–8
P The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the eighteenth chapter.
C Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus tells a parable of a hateful judge who is worn down by a widow's pleas. Jesus is calling God's people to cry out for justice and deliverance. For if an unethical judge will ultimately grant the plea of a persistent widow, how much more will God respond to those who call.
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.' 4For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'" 6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
P The Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to you, O Christ
SERMON: Pastor Dennis Hickman
HYMN OF THE DAY: “Rise Up, O Saints of God!” ELW #669
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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
* catholic means universal
SHARING OF THE PEACE:
P The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C And also with you.
(The congregation greets one another in the name of the Lord: “Peace be with you.”)
OFFERING: “Children of the Heavenly Father” ~ Chekwien
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*OFFERTORY: “Take My Life, That I May Be” ELW #685 vs. 1
Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord to thee;
take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
A Gracious God, in your great love you richly provide for our needs. Make of these gifts a banquet of blessing, and make us ready to share with all in need; through Jesus Christ, who sets a table for all.
+ PRAYERS +
A God hears the cry of the poor and is near to all in need. Let us pray for our neighbors, our world, and ourselves, trusting in God's mercy and love.
P All this we ask, gracious God, together with all that is known to you alone, in the name of your risen and anointed Son, through the power of your life-giving Spirit.
+ THE LORD’S SUPPER +
*THE GREAT THANKSGIVING:
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift them to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P It is indeed right, our duty and our joy... we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
THE WORDS of INSTITUTION
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
P Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
C Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen
The Lord invites to His table to receive his Body and Blood those who are baptized and believe the words, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sin.” Children who have not yet received their first Holy Communion are invited forward for a blessing. Children who do receive the bread and wine, please hold out your hands so we know to serve you. We are aware that alcohol is not a choice for some people; therefore, we offer white grape juice as an alternative choice. The white grape juice is in the center of each tray of glasses, the wine is red. Feel free to stand if kneeling is a hardship for you. Communion assistants please come forward also and kneel at the altar rail. Pre-sealed cups are still available on the little table in the center.
OTHER HYMNS DURING DISTRIBUTION: ELW #790
P The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
A God of the abundant table, you have refreshed our hearts in this meal with bread for the journey. Give us your grace on the road that we might serve our neighbors with joy; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
+ SENDING +
P God, who gives life to all things and frees us from despair, bless you with truth and peace. And may the holy Trinity, + one God, guide you always in faith, hope, and love.
*SENDING SONG: “What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine” ELW #774
A Go in peace. Remember the poor.
C Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE: "Come Thou, Almighty King" ~ Rotermund
+ ~Mission Statement of First Lutheran Church~ +
God’s love inspires us to unite in worship, grow in Word and Sacrament,
and serve the need of others as the Holy Spirit empowers us.
To this end, as members of First Lutheran Church,
we believe we are each called to proclaim, share,
and daily live Christ’s Gospel of Love.
WORSHIP ASSISTANTS TODAY
Assisting Minister: Michael Goerger
Reader: Diane Malinski ~ Ushers: Paul & Diane Malinski
Sound Operator: Kyle Hickman ~ Communion Assistants: Sheila & Estelle Johnson
Altar Guild: Estelle Johnson
Pastor - Dennis Hickman,
Youth & Family Director - JulieAnna Boss
Organist - Betty Kramlich
Office Administrator - Isabella Weidert
Min Meseck & Family at death of her mother Yang-Ae-Kim, Suzy (Tim Roth’s sister, cancer), Joe Riggs (broken hip), Dave Lundy, Jennifer Campbell, Doug Fessler’s mother Vanna, Jerry Grebb and family at the death of his wife Linda, Pastor Linda Easterling and husband Mike, Ashlynn Ottlinger and her family, Kari Rinke (battling cancer), Diane Sabol, Don Loetterle, Charlene and Fred Watterson, Geraldine Childress, Lani Maier, Ken Hunter, Erleen Beckley, Samuel Herron, Shane Williams, the people in Ukraine, for safety for all U.S. Service Men and Women and their families, especially Jake Ferris, Micah Barnhart, Erik Hurson, leaders of all nations, Immigrant families, and for peace in our world and in our families.
We pray also for our Companion Synod, the Ulanga Kilombero Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, Bread for the World, and FISH Food Bank.
~Please update Pastor Dennis about people on the prayer list~
If you have a prayer request, fill out the blue prayer request sheet located in the pew
in-between the pencils and hand it to an usher.
(Please remember that our Service is broadcast live on KXLE radio.)