September 11, 2022
14th Sunday after Pentecost
The grumbling of the Pharisees and the scribes in today’s gospel is actually our holy hope: This Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. That our God wills to seek and to save the lost is not only a holy hope, it is our only hope. As Paul’s first letter to Timothy reminds us, "The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Thanks be to God.
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: "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name" ~ Thygerson
*GATHERING SONG: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” ELW #789
+ 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: “Now the Feast and Celebration” ELW # 167
Refrain: Now the feast and celebration, all of creation sings for joy to the God of life and love and freedom; praise and glory forever more!
Vs. 1 Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain, whose blood has freed and united us to be one great people of God.
Vs. 2 Power and riches, wisdom and might, all honor and glory to Christ forever.
Vs. 3 For God has come to dwell with us, to make us people of God; to make all things new.
PRAYER OF THE DAY:
A O God, overflowing with mercy and compassion, you lead back to yourself all those who go astray. Preserve your people in your loving care, that we may reject whatever is contrary to you and may follow all things that sustain our life in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
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: Exodus 32:7–14
While Moses is on Mount Sinai, the people grow restless and make a golden calf to worship. Today's reading shows Moses as the mediator between an angry God and a sinful people. Moses reminds God that the Israelites are God's own people and boldly asks mercy for them.
The LORD said to Moses, "Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'" 9The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation."
11But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, 'I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'" 14And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
PSALM: Psalm 51:1–10, Read Responsively
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. (Ps. 51:1)
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your | steadfast love;
in your great compassion blot out | my offenses.
2Wash me through and through | from my wickedness,
and cleanse me | from my sin.
3For I know | my offenses,
and my sin is ev- | er before me.
4Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil | in your sight;
so you are justified when you speak and right | in your judgment.
5Indeed, I was born | steeped in wickedness,
a sinner from my | mother's womb.
6Indeed, you delight in truth | deep within me,
and would have me know wisdom | deep within.
7Remove my sins with hyssop, and I | shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be pur- | er than snow.
8Let me hear | joy and gladness;
that the body you have broken | may rejoice.
9Hide your face | from my sins,
and blot out | all my wickedness.
10Create in me a clean | heart, O God,
and renew a right spir- | it within me.
SECOND READING: 1 Timothy 1:12–17
The letters to Timothy are called the Pastoral Epistles because they contain advice especially intended for leaders in the church. Here the mercy shown to Paul, who once persecuted the church, is cited as evidence that even the most unworthy may become witnesses to the grace of God.
I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION: ELW # 177
Glory to you, O Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ.
*HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 15:1–10
P The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the fifteenth chapter.
C Glory to you, O Lord
Jesus tells two stories that suggest a curious connection between the lost being found and sinners repenting. God takes the initiative to find sinners, each of whom is so precious to God that his or her recovery brings joy in heaven.
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
3So he told them this parable: 4Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
P The Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to you, O Christ
SERMON: Pastor Dennis Hickman
HYMN OF THE DAY: “The King of Love MY Shepherd Is” ELW #502
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: “Spirit of God, Descend Upon my Heart” ~ Hayes
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*OFFERTORY: “Create in Me a Clean Heart” ELW #188
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free Spirit.
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:
“Holy, Holy, Holy” ELW # 190 (first 6 lines)
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.
THE WORDS of INSTITUTION
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
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 #608
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: “Lord, Speak to Us, That We May Speak” ELW #676
A Go in peace. Remember the poor.
C Thanks be to God.
*POSTLUDE: "Gavotte" ~ Boyce
+ ~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: Warren Street
Reader: Rod Johnson ~ Ushers: Gordon & Lesley Swan
Sound Operator: Bruce Palmquist ~ Communion Assistants: Cathy Hickman & Bev Gruber
Altar Guild: Patty Akers
Pastor - Dennis Hickman,
Youth & Family Director - JulieAnna Boss
Organist - Betty Kramlich
Office Administrator - Isabella Weidert
Joe Riggs (broken hip), Dave Lundy, Dzintra Rieksts at the passing of her brother, the family of Jean Cutlip at her passing, 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, Yang-ae-Kim (Min’s mother, insomnia), 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.)