Sunday, October 18

Continuing to Be the Church


Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.

Everything we have comes from God, and God’s abundance is meant for all people. As we celebrate Sloane’s baptism today, we remember that God loves and calls us each by name!

We will celebrate communion together. Gather the bread and wine, and join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am.

Sunday, October 18, 9:30am
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PRELUDE Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring- Johann Sebastian Bach, Mark Ruff, piano

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.

Amen

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

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.

Rejoice in this good news!

Amen.

GATHERING HYMN We’re Children of God (sung to the tune of 842, Oh, Worship the King All Glorious Above)

Introduction, Jon

v. 1 Diane

v. 2 Liz

v. 3 Mark

We’re children of God; we’re welcomed and claimed.
We’re given new birth, renewed and renamed.
The world may not know yet to whom we belong,
But we are God’s children and love is our song.

We’re children of God who takes away sin.
In Christ we abide; our life is in him.
We offer forgiveness, seek justice and peace,
And reach out to others, that love may increase.

We’re children of God and so our delight
Is living the life that’s good in God’s sight.
One day we’ll be like him, transformed from above
To sing for eternity God’s song of love.

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.

HYMN OF PRAISE Glory to God

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. Holy God, you have made us in your image and we belong to you. We claim the promise of your love and justice in the celebration of baptism. Therefore we offer ourselves to you, in service, love, and praise. Use us for your glory and the good of all creation, through Jesus your son. Amen.

THE WORD

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: Becca Jordan

FIRST LESSON:  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.

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

PSALM 96:1-9 [10-13]

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 among the nations and God’s wonders among 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 honor 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 beauty of holiness; tremble before the Lord, all the earth.
10Tell it out among the nations: “The Lord is king! The one who made the world so firm that it cannot be moved will judge the peoples with equity.”
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that is therein.
12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your coming, O Lord,
for you come to judge the earth.
13You will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with your truth. 

SECOND LESSON: 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.

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia (WOV)

GOSPEL: Matthew 22: 15-22

Reader: Kate Dopuch

A reading of the Gospel according to Matthew the 22nd chapter. 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.

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

SERMON

CHILDREN’S SERMON

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Presentation

God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word, God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the life of the world.

Presider: Parents and Sponsors, called by the Holy Spirit, trusting in the grace and love of God, do you desire to have Sloane Ann Bartek baptized into Christ?

Response: We do.

Presider: Annika and Joe, as you bring Sloane to receive the gift of baptism, you are entrusted with responsibilities. Will you, with God’s help, strive to share your love, faith, wisdom, and understanding with Sloane and make for her a home where she may learn the way of Christ and join in Christ’s work of love, peace, and justice? Will you live with her among God’s faithful people, bring her to the word of God and the holy supper, teach her the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in her hands the holy scriptures, and nurture her in faith and prayer, so that she may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace?

Response: We do.

Presider: Sponsors, Karsten and Karianne, do you promise to nurture Sloane in the Christian faith as guided by God’s Spirit, and to help her live in the covenant of baptism and in communion with the church?

Response: We do.

Presider: Siblings, Graham, Leon, and Reid, do you promise to teach Sloane about God by loving her and encouraging her as she grows and learns?

Response: We do.

Presider: People of God, who form the community of love in which Sloane will grow, do you promise to keep her and her caregivers in your hearts and in your prayers, and support them in the journey of life?

Response: We do.

Profession of Faith

I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we are baptized by God.

Presider: Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?

Response: I renounce them.

Presider: Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?

Response: I renounce them.

Presider: Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?

Response: I renounce them.

Presider:  Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

Congregation: 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.

Presider:  Do you believe in God the Holy Spirt?

Congregation: 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.

Blessing of the Water

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we gather together clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight. All of creation is yours. By the gift of water you nourish and sustain us. We give you glory for oceans and lakes, for the Mississippi River, for cloud and rain, for dew and snow. Your waters are below us, around us, and above us. Our life is born in you. You are the fountain of resurrection.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family, and through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. Hagar discovers your well, Naaman is cleansed of his leprosy, and the Samaritan woman will never be thirsty again. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.

Pour out your Holy Spirit into this water and into all who are gathered here this day. Illumine our days. Blanket us with your grace. Enfold us with your peace. Satisfy all our thirst with your eternal fountain, and bring to birth the body of Christ, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Congregation: Amen

Baptism

Presider: Sloane Bartek, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Response: Amen

Presider: You belong to Christ, in whom you have been baptized.

Presider: Let us pray:

We give you thanks, O God that through water and the Holy Spirit you give your children new birth, cleanse them from sin, and raise them to eternal life. Sustain Sloane with the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.

Congregation: Amen

Presider: Sloane, child of god, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.

Congregation: Amen

Presider: Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Congregation: We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share: join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world.

HYMN OF THE DAY 453 Baptized and Set Free

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

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: Sandy Hoyer

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 all of those who have shared your love and mercy with us, so that we are empowered to embody your love for others. We give you thanks for Sloane, who is baptized today, claiming the promise of your love and our commitment as a family of faith to share that love with her. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of healing, bring comfort to those who are weary or 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.

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. Bring healing and restoration to all impacted by natural disasters. 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. As we draw closer to decision about leadership in our own country, guide and inspire all our leaders to seek the well-being of all people, especially those most in need. Restore divided nations and communities with reconciling truth. 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.

Presider

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. 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.

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.

OFFERING 686 We Give Thee But Thine Own, v. 1, Diane Drollinger

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.

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray: All that we have is yours, God of all creation. Let these offerings be a sign of the gratitude we have for you, that your abundance may be available to all people. Through Jesus the Christ we pray. Amen.

THE MEAL

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, for you love justice and strengthen the upright, and you have shown us your goodness. You are the living and true God who created all things and whose voice sets the earth shaking. You rescued a people from slavery and promised your presence to go with them. In your child, Jesus, you have come to us in person, to show us that we are all your beloved children. We celebrate this promise in the waters of baptism, and we have learned to give to you all that is yours — the work of faith, the labor of love, and a steadfast hope. Though his enemies put him to death, you raised him from the dead and through the power of his gospel in the Holy Spirit you have given us mercy and rest.

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.

AGNUS DEI

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. Amen.

BENEDICTION 

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 peace of God go with you as you go from here. Thanks be to God!

Go forth to declare God’s love, and the promises of baptism, with all people! Amen.

CLOSING HYMN 732 Borning Cry

Introduction: Mark

v. 1 Liz

v. 2.Diane

v. 3 Liz

v. 4. Mark

POSTLUDE Short Prelude (on an Irish hymn) – Charles Villiers Stanford

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 (pastor@christwg.org or 612-388-5920) or the Church Office (office@christwg.org).  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 & diseasesLinda 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 CENTERSCletus 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.

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