Continuing to Be the Church
Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.
Jesus tells his listeners that those that come last will be paid the same as those that started at the beginning. God’s justice does not look like ours, and we are invited to trust in God’s abundance.
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PRELUDE The Bells – William Byrd – Mark Ruff, Organ
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.
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.
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Every week, we start out by remembering that we are God’s children. Sometimes, we take time to ask for God’s forgiveness and help using a Confession and Forgiveness, because we all make mistakes! Other Sundays, we remember our baptisms, and celebrate God’s love and the gift of life.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,who creates, redeems, and sustains us and all of creation.
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.
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.
Rejoice in this good news!
GATHERING HYMN 693 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
v. 1 Mark
v. 2 Diane
v. 3 Diane
v. 4 Mark
SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You
We sing in Worship because it is a way to come together and pray to God as a family. And then, we offer one another peace, promising to love, forgive, and care for one another.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. Generous God, you come to us again and again, no matter how late it is in the day or in our lives. Calling to us, gathering us in, you give us your good work to do, your daily bread, and boundless grace. Increase in us a generous spirit, so that we may do your work with joy alongside others whom you love. We celebrate your salvation not only in our lives, but also in the lives of other people even those we would not have imagined would be included in the kingdom you are bringing. Align us with your ways, and help us receive your gifts of love and mercy as good news. In Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
We Lutherans call the Bible the “Living Word.” It was written a long time ago by people who were inspired by God to share about their faith. It is “living” because even today, reading the Bible helps us learn about God, and how to bring God’s love and mercy to the world. So, every week, we read from the Bible together at Worship. We call this part of the service “The Word” because we read the word of God!
Reader: Larry Hill
FIRST LESSON: Exodus 16:2-15
2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him —- what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.” 9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.'” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'” 13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.”
P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
I will exalt you, my God and king, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day will I bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised! There is no end to your greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power.
I will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty and all your marvelous works.
They shall tell of the might of your wondrous acts, and I will recount your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance of your great goodness; they shall sing joyfully of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
SECOND LESSON: Philippians 1:21-30
21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well—30since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia (WOV)
GOSPEL: Matthew 20:1-16
Reader: Kirsten Glascock
A reading of the Gospel according to Matthew the 20th chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus said to the disciples: 1“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
HYMN OF THE DAY A Man Owned a Vineyard (sung to the tune of To God be the Glory)
A man owned a vineyard and needed a crew
To tend to his land — there was plenty to do.
He called out to people downtown in the square,
“Come work hard all day and I’ll pay you what’s fair.”
God, you call and you send; there is work here to do.
There’s your whole world to tend; may we garden for you!
O Lord, in your vineyard may we seek to be
The workers who tend to your justice and peace.
He went back a number of times on that day;
He called to new workers and promised fair pay.
Can we but imagine those first workers’ rage
When all those who labored received the same wage?
God, the gift of your grace comes as quite a surprise.
For your mercies embrace even latecomers’ lives.
May all who have worked long and hard humbly learn:
Your grace is a gift and not something we earn.
He called the complainers and said, “This is true —
That I kept my word and I gave you your due.
I share with compassion; I’m loving and kind.
I care for all people and give what is mine!”
God you give what is yours, more than what we deserve;
May we reach out in love where you call us to serve.
May we who have witnessed your grace gladly share
Your justice and love with your world everywhere.
Each week, we say a creed, a statement of what we believe as Christians. We say it every week, because we are all still learning about our faith, and it helps to practice it together. We use different words sometimes, but we always say that we believe that God created all things, that God came in Jesus to show us how much he loves us, and that the Holy Spirit brings life, courage, and hope.
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
The Prayers of Intercession are when we pray together as God’s family. “Intercession” means we are praying for each other, and for the world, not only for ourselves.
Prayer Leader: Carolyn Crowe
Drawn together in the compassion of God, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
A brief silence.
Generous God, you make the last first, and the first last. Where this gospel challenges the church, equip it for its works of service. Strengthen those who suffer for Christ as they seek to bring your kingdom to this world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Sun and wind, bushes and worms, cattle and great cities—nothing in creation is outside your concern, mighty God. In your mercy, tend to it all. As wildfires rage, bring restoration and healing to the earth, and to all of the people, animals, birds, and plant life that life on it. Give us a spirit of generosity toward all you have made. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Where we find envy and create enemies, you provide enough for all. Bring peace to places of conflict and violence those places where people are crying out against the injustice of racism and oppression. Inspire leaders with creativity and wisdom that they may seek the good of all people. Bless the work of negotiators, peacekeepers, and development workers. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bring healing those who are ill, especially with Covid-19. Strengthen and protect the medical professionals and staff who provide healing, cleaning, food, and care for those who are ill, and for all providing essential services so we can be safe at home. Bring comfort to those who wait for news about loved ones from a distance, and those who grieve without being present. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Reveal yourself to all in need as you are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, ready to relent from punishing. Accompany judges and lawyers, victims of crime and those serving sentences. Give fruitful labor and a livelihood to those seeking work. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Even beyond our expectations, you choose to give generously. Grant life, health, and courage to all who are in need. We pray for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and especially those named by we who gather this morning . . . . . Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We praise you for the generations that have declared your power to us. Give us faithfulness to follow them, living for Christ, until you call us to join them in the joyful song around his throne. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
All these things and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your mercy; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We invite you to support the ministries of this community of faith, as we re-imagine how we can be church, for one another and for our community. It takes all of us, our time, our vision, our gifts. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office.
Let us pray: God of the harvest, we are privileged to be counted among those whom you have called, graced to have been given your work to do, blessed to receive more than we will ever earn. Accept we pray our thanksgivings and offerings, and do what you choose with what already belongs to you. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
When Jesus was here on earth, he had meals with all different people, everywhere he went. Sometimes he even got into trouble because people didn’t like who he ate with! At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples they should eat with one another, so they would remember that no matter what, Jesus is right here with us, not just in our imaginations, but in the bread and wine we share together. We have Communion every week so we remember Jesus is with us, and invites us to care for each other as he did.
The Lord be with you! And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God. You created the earth in its extravagant abundance, heard the cries of your people in the desert and gave them food from heaven, and sent Jesus to nourish us and strengthen us in the faith. Jesus gives himself with scandalous extravagance to all, the early comers and late comers alike.
And so, with the earth and all of its creatures, with all of your children of all corners of the earth, and with all of the angels and saints, we join your joyful hymn of praise.
SANCTUS Holy Holy Holy
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again after supper, Jesus 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.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
We say the Lord’s Prayer together every week, because when the disciples wanted to know how to pray, this is how Jesus taught them. We are reminded that God loves us like a parent. We ask God to provide what we need, help us to follow God, and to forgive us when we make mistakes. And we remember that everything belongs to God.
Our Creator, Our Mother, 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 THE TABLE
Gathered together, separated by space, but not by time, let us, people of all ages and genders and histories, eat the bread, and drink the wine. God’s table has no boundaries or limits. This is Christ’s body and blood, given for us all, and we do this in his memory.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Mighty and compassionate God, you have brought us over from death to life through your Child, our risen Savior, and you have fed us with the food of life in the sacrament. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
We come to Worship every week so we can go out and bring God’s love to the world, so we always end Worship with a Benediction–a blessing–to help us do that.
May the generous grace of Christ attend you, the astounding love of God find you, and the surprising movement of the Holy Spirit guide you, everywhere and always. Amen.
Live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, and stand firm in the Spirit. Go out this day, practicing God’s strange generosity towards others, sharing the good news with them, rejoicing in their well-being that you too may be well. Thanks be to God!
CLOSING HYMN 535 Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises?
POSTLUDE Presto – from Sonata in F Major – Ludwig van Beethoven
REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER
Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform Pastor Meagan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (email@example.com). Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.
ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseases, Linda Armstrong, Jason & Nick (Linda Armstrong’s cousins), Christine Austin, Larry Baugher (David Cramer’s cousin), Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Darlene (friend of Sandy Hoyer), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, Craig Lawrence, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt) Jim MacLellan & Mary Stough (Sis Hessler’s brother & sister), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), Fr. Bryan O’Rourke, Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (friend of Mark Roock), Flo Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Sherri Swanson, Linnea Uggla (Keith Lissant’s niece), Shirley Wolf, Debra Schroeder, Linda Schroeder, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), Richard Yeast, Janelle, Jeff Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s father, sister, and brother); and Melissa Allen’s brother Jim Phillips, who is recovering from Covid-19 at home.
IN CARE CENTERS: Cletus Romay.
IN BLESSED MEMORY: For all of those who have died, especially Vic Saeger, Gwen Hickman, Gloria Richardson, Dolly Hoyer, David Notley, Sr. (Roger Rose’s brother-in-law), and all of those who grieve at a distance in this time.
IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.