Massie L. Kennard, renewer of the church, died 1996
Sunday, October 10, 2021
A native of Chicago, Kennard was a major figure in supporting and working toward ethnic and racial inclusiveness in the former Lutheran Church in America. Ordained in 1958, he served in positions including Director for Minority Concerns of the Division for Mission in North America.
Order of Worship for Sunday, October 10, 2021:
Prelude- “For Everyone Born,” -arr. Trenney. Senior Choir & Ann Balderson, cello.
For ev’ryone born, a place at the table, for ev’ryone born, clean water and bread, a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, for ev’ryone born, a star overhead.
And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy,
compassion and peace: yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy! For young and for old, a place at the table, a voice to be heard, a part in the song. The hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, for young and for old, the right to belong
For ev’ryone born, a place at the table, to live without fear, and simply to be, to work, to speak out, to witness and worship, for ev’ryone born, the right to be free!
The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.
Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.
God our comforter:
like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.
Opening Hymn: ELW 688- “Lord of Light,” verses 1, 2, & 4.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
First Reading: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Amos was a herdsman by profession and a prophet by God’s call. During a time of great prosperity in the northern kingdom of Israel, the prophet speaks to the wealthy upper class. He warns his listeners that fulfilling God’s demand for justice brings blessing, while corruption and oppression incur God’s wrath.
6Seek the Lord and live,
or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.
7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
and bring righteousness to the ground!
10They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor the one who speaks the truth.
11Therefore because you trample on the poor
and take from them levies of grain,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
but you shall not live in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine.
12For I know how many are your transgressions,
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
and push aside the needy in the gate.
13Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
for it is an evil time.
14Seek good and not evil,
that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
just as you have said.
15Hate evil and love good,
and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16
We cannot hide our thoughts, desires, and actions from God, to whom we are completely accountable. Nevertheless, Jesus understands our human weakness and temptations, because he also experienced them. Therefore we can approach the throne of grace to receive divine mercy from Christ.
12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
Jesus has been teaching his disciples about what is most valued in God’s eyes. Now, a conversation with a rich man brings his message home to the disciples in a way that is surprising but unforgettable.
17As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 685- “Take My Life, That I May Be,” verses 1 – 4.
Prayers of Intercession
Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.
Uniting God, you call forth different gifts in those who follow you. Encourage us to welcome the diverse benefits and blessings of the whole church in teaching, preaching, prophecy, healing, and more. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Nurturing God, you bring forth crops from the soil and bounty from the trees. Increase the produce of the land and bless all who toil in fields and orchards. Provide for good working conditions and keep them safe. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Empowering God, you offer compassion for those who are overlooked or forgotten. Open the hearts of local, national, and world leaders to show such compassion and love for their neighbors. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Sheltering God, in Jesus you travelled among us without a place to lay your head. Provide safe places to sleep and rest for those who have no place to live. Sustain ministries that offer food, clothing, and peace of mind. Bless also those with any illness or struggle especially Everett Noah; Richard Miklos; Wayne Esping; Libby Hofsas; Noah Stoutt; Bonnie Sellers; Shelley Collis; Barbara Witt; Barb Martin; Deb Schafer; Alivia DeWitt; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Renewing God, you bring life out of death. Help us part with those things that are no longer beneficial to us and open our hearts to see where new life is budding in this congregation. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Eternal God, we thank you for the lives of those who have died especially Massie Kennard, renewer of the church, and Kathryn Nelson. Make us confident in your promise of salvation and support us in our own journey of faith. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: Chorale and Bouree by J.S. Bach; Ann Balderson, cello.
Prayer after Communion
Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
People of God, you are Christ’s body, bringing new life to a suffering world. The holy Trinity, ☩ one God, bless you now and forever.
Sending Hymn: ELW 705- “God of Grace and God of Glory,” verses 1 – 4.
Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: “The Gift of Love,” by Hopson; Ann Balderson, cello .
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Image credits: Camel & Needle, ascensioncos.org and Eye of a Needle, ucg.org
Ann Balderson: cello.
Miriam Anderson: Song Leader
Pam Edwards: Music Director, Pianist, Organist
“For Everyone Born,” arr. Tom Trenney (One License #50-5011). Copyight (c) 2016 Birnamwood Publications (ASCAP), a division of MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Contributors: arr. Tom Trenney, Brian Mann. Tune: Copyright (c) 2006 Brian Mann, administered by General Board of Global Ministries t/a GBGMusick, firstname.lastname@example.org. Text: Shirley Erena Murray, copyright (c) 1998 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188, www.hopepublishing.com. All rights reserveAll rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Lord of Light.” Text: Howell E. Lewis, 1860 – 1953, alt.. Music: Cyril V. Taylor, 1907 – 1991. Text copyright Union of Welsh Independents. Music copyright 1942, ren. 1970 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Take My Life, That I May Be.” Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836 – 1879, alt.. Music: William H. Havergal, 1793 – 1870. Public domain.
Chorale and Bouree by J.S. Bach; Intermediate Bach for the Cello, transcribed by Charles Krane, 1962, Jack Spratt Publishing.
“God of Grace and God of Glory.” Text: Harry E. Fosdick, 1878 – 1969. Music: John Hughes, 1873 – 1932. Public domain.
“The Gift of Love,” © 1972, Hope Publishing Company. Contributors: Hal H. Hopson. (one License #95068). All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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