Sunday, November 22

Continuing to Be the Church


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

God sent Jesus to earth to be a new kind of king–one who serves with compassion, abundance, justice, and grace, and whose heart is with those on the margins. We as God’s people are called to turn from empire and power, and see Christ where we least expect.

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

Sunday, November 22, 9:30am
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Call in from any phone 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 278 217 453 Password: 971744

Today’s flowers are donated by Carolyn Lange in memory of Chuck Lange.

PRELUDE Beethoven Piano Sonata #27 in A Major, second movement 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, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved. Amen.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy One, we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.

Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us. Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice! Let us live in the promises prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

Amen.

GATHERING HYMN 432 The Head That Once Was Crowned, v. 1, 4-6

Introduction: Jonathan
v. 1 Liz
v. 4 Mark
v. 5-6 Liz

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 This is the Feast, Setting 4

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. God, you raised Christ from the dead to be a new kind of king–a guide and shepherd to all your people. Give us wisdom to know the presence of Christ in all people, especially those who are most vulnerable, and the understanding and trust to ensure that your abundance is available to all of creation. 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: Kevin Drollinger

FIRST LESSON:  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

11Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
  20Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
  23I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

PSALM 95:1-7a

1Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.
3For you, Lord, are a great God, and a great ruler above all gods.
4In your hand are the caverns of the earth; the heights of the hills are also yours. 
5The sea is yours,  for you made it, and your hands have molded the dry land.
6Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
7aFor the Lord is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand.

SECOND LESSON: Ephesians 1:15-23

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

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

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION Alleluia, Setting 4

GOSPEL: Matthew 25:31-46

Reader: Roger Rose

A reading of the Gospel according to Matthew the 25th chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to the disciples: 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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

CHILDREN’S SERMON

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY 431 O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us, v. 1, 3, 4

Introduction, Jonathan
v. 1 Liz
v. 3 Mark
v. 4 Liz

APOSTLE’S CREED

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.   

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: Mark Roock

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Sovereign of all, as Christ heard the voices of those on the margins, train our ears to hear your cry in the needs of those around us. Turn us outward, so that we as a church may seek to serve others as Christ did. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

You cause rain to fall on the just and unjust alike. Direct our use of creation to provide for the needs of all people in ways that are sustainable for the earth. Bring restoration and renewal to all the earth that has been scorched and flooded, and bring all people and wildlife that have been displaced to safe havens. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bring peace to all places wrought with violence and conflict, in this country and around the world. Heal the wounds of racism and injustice in our communities. Grant opportunities for ending divisions among us and usher in your reign of unity and reconciliation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Bring healing 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.  Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Pour out the gifts of your Spirit on children and youth throughout the church. Sustain those who work in children’s ministry, youth ministry, and campus ministry as they nurture the gifts of young people. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Presider

We pray for those named in Remembering One Another in Prayer, and especially those named by we who gather this morning . . . . . Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Thank you for saints now departed who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and tended to the sick. Inspire us by their example, that we may see your presence in those in need around us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever.

Amen.

OFFERING

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 HYMN

The King of Love My Shepherd Is Liz Drollinger

OFFERING PRAYER

Let us pray: Almighty God, we give you thanks and praise for the love you have revealed in Jesus. As you have given abundantly to us, we bring our offerings to you and share your abundance, knowing that that Christ is present in all people, especially those most in need. 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 your love is forever, faithful from age to age. You are our maker, to who we belong, for you created the earth and you shepherd all who live in it. When your people were scattered and oppressed, you promised through your prophets to gather them home and feed them on the rich pasture of their own land. In your child, Jesus, the promises have been fulfilled: a shepherd king who seeks the lost and binds up the wounded. When he was killed, you raised him from the dead
and seated him at your side in the heavenly places. Now your Spirit is at work in us who believe to clothe us in compassion and righteousness so that we might participate in your healing and abundant kin-dom here on earth.

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

We give you thanks, O God, Living Water, Breath of Life, for nourishing our roots and creating us anew in this meal. By the power of your Spirit, renew us to live as your body, alive for a future of praise, empowered for decades of witness and service, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. 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.

With your heart opened, receive the hope to which God called you in Jesus. Amen.

May God who seeks the lost keep you, may the God who brings back the wandering heart uphold you, may the God who binds up the injured heal you, and may the God who strengthens the weak empower you, now and forever. Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN 855 Crown Him with Many Crowns, v. 1. 3-5

Introduction, Jonathan
v. 1. Mark
v. 3-4 Liz
v. 5 Jonathan

POSTLUDE Beethoven Piano Sonata #27 in A major, fourth movement, Mark Ruff

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, Arielle Johnson (Friend of Becca Jordan), 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, Susan Hunt, 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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