I pray this worship finds you well. As we approach November 1st and All Saints Day, please feel free to submit to the office email any names of loved ones, recently deceased (since last All Saints Day). We will in some way honor them at worship on November 1st: email@example.com Next week we will meet for worship outside at First, weather permitting.
Also, I feel I need to address last week’s prayers. It was brought to my attention that how I chose to word the petition in our prayers of intercession could be seen as connecting our president and the US Senate to the plea in the petition to steer them away from greed and selfishness. My intent was not to either advocate for or speak down on our president or Congress. Given the state of the world, It seems prudent and faithful to pray for our world leaders more than ever before. Especially as President Trump battles his own bout of Coronavirus, Congress pursues a Supreme Court nomination, and an election is in our near future, I encourage you to pray for our civil, political and religious leaders and the numerous people who support them behind the scenes. Wherever you fall in the political spectrum, we are called to pray for our leaders, that they make wise decisions, that they execute their office to the highest standards, and that in their decisions, they fall in line with what God would have them do. I apologize if my poor wording was offensive to anyone but will continue to pray for our leaders in my personal petitions and will find a better way to word our community prayers to honor both our prayer roll in supporting our leaders and especially honor our blessed diversity of opinion.
Below you will find our order of worship for this Sunday. God bless and keep you. Peace, Pastor Chris Lee
Order of Worship for October 11, 2020
Prelude: Handbell choir: ELW 770, “Give Me Jesus” and ELW 789, “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us.”
Handbell Choir: Tim Anderson; Mike and Rhonda McCalester; Janice Thorpe; Nena Myers; and Gary and Barb Asay. Handbell Choir Director: Robin Asay.
Confession and Forgiveness
Opening Hymn: ELW 521- “O Day of Rest and Gladness,” all verses. Brittany and Miriam Anderson, vocalists. Pam Edwards, piano.
Prayer of the Day:
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Psalm: Psalm 23
1The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
3You restore my soul, O Lord,
and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Second Reading: Philippians 4:1-9
Though writing from prison and facing an uncertain future, Paul calls on the Philippians to rejoice and give thanks to God no matter what the circumstance. God’s peace is with us and binds together our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ, especially when things around us do not seem peaceful.
1My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus tells a parable indicating that the blessings of God’s kingdom are available to all, but the invitation is not to be taken lightly.
1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 646- “The Peace of the Lord,” (La paz del Senor) all verses. Brittany & Miriam Anderson, vocalists. Pam Edwards, piano.
Prayers of Intercession and the Lord’s Prayer
Sending Hymn: ELW 547- “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing,” all verses. Brittany and Miriam Anderson, vocalists. Pam Edwards, piano.
Postlude: ELW 536- “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” Brittany, Miriam and Sharon Anderson; and Pam Edwards, vocalists.
Image credits: Parable of the Wedding Feast, vector-clip-art.com; White Lamb, Pexels; and Wedding Feast, YouTube.com
“Give Me Jesus.” Text: African American spiritual. Music: African American spiritual; arr. hymnal version. Arr. copyright 2006 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us.” Text: attr. Dorothy A. Thrupp, 1779 – 1847. Music: William B. Bradbury, 1816 – 1868. Public domain.
“O Day of Rest and Gladness.” Text: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807 – 1885, alt. Music: German melody, 18th cent.; adapt. X.L. Hartig, Melodien zum Mainzer Gesangbuche, 1833. Public domain.
“The Peace of the Lord” (La paz del Senor). Text: Anders Ruuth; tr. Gerhard M. Cartford, b. 1923. Music: Anders Ruuth. Spanish text and music copyright Anders Ruuth. English text copyright Lutheran World Federation. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Sent Forth by God’s Blessing.” Text: Omer Westendorf, 1916 – 1997, alt. Music: Welsh folk tune. Text copyright 1964 World Library Publications. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI with license #11114590.
“God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” Text: Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1828 – 1904. Music: William G. Tomer, 1833 – 1896. Public domain.
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