Sunday Worship Service: 29 August 2021

Thank you for the beautiful quilt, Pam King and all those who tied on a prayer for comfort and healing for the mother of Cindy Dixon, Barb Martin. (32:58 in the recording) Additionally we prayed for Shelley Collis and will add to our prayers Barbara Witt.

As mentioned in the sermon, if you have a passion for an idea for the ministry of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, a way that we can serve the people and kingdom of God, please reach out to me by phone, email, text, facebook or just stop in for a visit. Pastor Chris: office number- 309-788-9661,, cell phone- 405-248-0587, Facebook- Christopher M Lee

Beginning next Sunday, we will be once again requiring face masks when in the building in accordance with the State of IL mandate.

Peace be yours, Pastor Chris Lee

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Order of Worship for Sunday, August 29, 2021:

Prelude: “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” Innes.



Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We who were washed in the word when we were born in the font return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity,☩ one God, the God of manna, the God of miracles, the God of mercy.


Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.

God, our provider,

help us.

It is hard to believe there is enough to share. We question your ways when they differ from the ways of the world in which we live. We turn to our own understanding rather than trusting in you. We take offense at your teachings and your ways. Turn us again to you. Where else can we turn? Share with us the words of eternal life and feed us for life in the world.


Beloved people of God: in Jesus, the manna from heaven, you are fed and nourished. By Jesus, the worker of miracles, there is always more than enough. Through Jesus, ☩ the bread of life, you are shown God’s mercy: you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.


Opening Hymn: ELW 532- “Gather Us In,” verses 1, 3, & 4.

Prayer of the Day

O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

The Israelites believed the law was a divine gift that provided guidelines for living out the covenant. Moses commands the people to obey the law and to neither add to nor subtract from it. The Israelites are also to teach the law to their children and their children’s children.

1So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
6You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” 7For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? 8And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children.

Second Reading: James 1:17-27

The letter of James was intended to provide first-century Christians with instruction in godly behavior. Here Christians are encouraged to listen carefully and to act on what they hear, especially by caring for those least able to care for themselves.

17Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

19You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. 21Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
22But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; 24for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. 25But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.
26If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mark’s gospel depicts Jesus as challenging traditional ways in which religious people determine what is pure or impure. For Jesus, the observance of religious practices cannot become a substitute for godly words or deeds that spring from a faithful heart.

1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles. 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
 ‘This people honors me with their lips,
  but their hearts are far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
  teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 772- “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways,” all verses.

Prayers of Intercession

Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

We pray for the church, that it is a safe haven for all who seek your presence. Fill it with pastors, deacons, and leaders who echo your expansive and generous welcome. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for the whole of creation, that plants and animals have the habitat and resources to thrive and flourish. Inspire us to protect threatened habitats and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for individuals in positions of authority. Raise up wise and discerning leaders in federal, state, and local governments and guide them to seek the benefit of every person. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We pray for all who are in need. Support and encourage those who are unemployed, underemployed, or experiencing poverty. Bring food, shelter, clothes, and stability for daily life. Come quickly to help all who are sick and suffering especially Karl, Linda, and Creed Kasselman; Sarah, Jadyn, and P.J. Esping; Deb Schafer; Alivia DeWitt; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Shelley Collis; 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.

We pray for this congregation, especially those beginning a new school year. Empower teachers and school administrators. Guide students in their learning and development. Accompany parents, foster parents, and caregivers who provide encouragement and love. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the faithful departed who showed us how to honor God with our heart. Inspire us by their example and renew our faith, trusting that we will be united with them in glory. 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.



Blessing of the Quilt

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion Hymn: ELW 465- “As the Grains of Wheat.”

Communion Hymn: ELW 824- “This is My Father’s World.”

Prayer after Communion

Jesus, Bread of life, we receive from your table more than we could ever ask. As you nourish us in this meal we have received, strengthen us to love the world with your own life. In your name we pray.



The blessing of God, who provides for us, feeds us, and journeys with us, ☩ be upon you now and forever.


Sending Hymn: ELW 879- “For the Beauty of the Earth,” verses 1, 2, & 5.


Go in peace. Christ is with you.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude: WOV 783- “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God.”

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Image credits: James 1:17, Flickr Ellery L.; Prize-winning-Quilt on Pixabay, by pixel1; and The Parish House back view, Therese Guise

Music credits:

“When Morning Gilds the Skies.” Contributors: John Innes, Joseph Barnby. One License #993290. Tune copyright 1991 Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services). All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843

“Gather Us In.” Text: Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Music: Marty Haugen. Text and music copyright 1982 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843

“Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways.” Text: Isaac Watts, 1674 – 1748, alt.. Music: William H. Havergal, 1793 – 1870. Public domain.

“As the Grains of Wheat.” Text: Didache, 2nd cent.; Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Music: Marty Haugen. Text and music copyright 1990 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843

“This is My Father’s World.” Text: Maltbie D. Babcock, 1858 – 1901. Music: Franklin L. Sheppard, 1852 – 1930, adapt.. Public domain.

“For the Beauty of the Earth.” Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835 – 1917, alt.. Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786 – 1872. Public domain.

“Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God.” CCLI #1352. Music: Karen Lafferty, b. 1948. Copyright 1973 Maranatha! Music. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI with license #11114590.

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