SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017
12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTACOST
Please sign the green friendship pad and pass to others in your row.
WELCOME / SHARING THE PEACE
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, full of compassion and mercy, abounding in steadfast love.
Trusting God’s promise of forgiveness, let us confess our sin against God and one another.
Silence for reflection and self examination.
Eternal God our creator,
in you we live and move and have our being. Look upon us, your children, the work of your hands. Forgive us all our offenses, and cleanse us from proud thoughts and empty desires. By your grace draw us near to you, our refuge and our strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit given to us. In the mercy of almighty God, Christ died for us while we still were sinners; and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins.
OPENING HYMN #522 As We Gather at Your Table
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.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray.
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
EPISTLE READNG: Romans 12:1-8
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM: Psalm 124 (please read responsively)
1If the LORD had not been on our side, let Israel now say;
2if the LORD had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us,
3then would they have swallowed us up alive in their fierce anger toward us;
4then would the waters have overwhelmed us and the torrent gone over us;
5then would the raging waters have gone right over us.
6Blessed be the LORD who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8Our help is in the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
GOSPEL: Matthew 16:13-20
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON HYMN-Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (repeat)
When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still you’re there right beside me.
Nothing will I fear, as long as you are near. Please be near me to the end.
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (repeat)
OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 1:8-2:10
Pastor: Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people,
All: “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”
Pastor: Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them. The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,
All: “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.”
Pastor: But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them,
All: “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?”
Pastor: The midwives said to Pharaoh,
All: “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.”
Pastor: So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people,
All: “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”
Pastor: Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him,
All: “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,”
Pastor: Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her,
All: “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.”
Pastor: So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses,
All: “because, …I drew him out of the water.”
HYMN OF THE DAY #713 O God of Every Nation
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again 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
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
(stand) OFFERTORY HYMN #686 We Give Thee but Thine Own (vs 1-2)
1. We give thee but thine own, whate’er the gift may be; all that we have is thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from thee.
2. May we thy bounties thus as stewards true receive, and gladly, as though blessest us, to thee our first-fruits give.
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER AND WORDS OF INSTITUTION
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Jesus is truly present in the gifts of bread and wine. All who hunger for God’s grace are welcome to this meal. Children who have not had First Communion instruction may come forward to receive a blessing. At the invitation of an usher come forward by the center aisle and return by the side aisles. White grape juice is available from the center of the tray. Gluten free wafers are available by request.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Let us pray.
We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life. In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May God who has brought us from death to life fill you with great joy. Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
CLOSING HYMN #712 Lord, Whose Love in humble Service
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
We are called to celebrate our life in Christ and share the joy with others!
If you are a visitor, you are our guest and are welcome again and again! Please Call if you have any pastoral needs, or if you know of someone who is hospitalized or would like a pastoral visit.
Pastor Rolf Svanoe Cell: 605-940-9702 Church Office: 507-886-3272
Office Hours Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am—11:30 am
During Office Hours– please enter through the West electronic door
Prayer Concerns: Hospitalized: Josh Ommen. Long Term Illness: Sondra Taubert, Carroll Armstrong, Joyce Jacobson, Craig Ehler, Jim Sikkink, Larry Scrabeck. Nursing Home: Carmen Bellingham, Colleen Fishbaugher, Charlotte Dahl, Marilyn Hovey, Merle Roelofs, Rachel Skaalen, Bill Utke, Judy Peters, Charles Burmeister. Please keep the family of LaMerne Iverson in your prayers, her funeral service was here on Friday.
Radio Broadcast: listen locally to today’s worship at 11 am over KFIL 103.1 F.M. This broadcast can be live streamed on the Internet at 11 am Central Time Sundays from ANY location around the world off of the KFIL FM web page http://kfilradio.com/listen-live.
Harmony Cable Broadcast: Harmony Cable TV Channel 9, Mondays at 6:30 pm.
Announcements & Notices
Rally Sunday: Mark your calendars for the start of Sunday School and Rally Sunday which will be Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Confirmation Important Dates: The confirmation orientation for parents and
students in grades 7-9 will be Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm.
Confirmation classes begin Wednesday, September 13th.
Sr. Choir: All are invited to participate in Sr. Choir, we encourage Sr. High School Students that have an interest in singing to join us too. Practice begins Wednesday, September 6th at 7:15 pm, and we will be singing for Rally Sunday on September 10th.
Cory Tammel Benefit: Saturday, September 16, 2017 4:00 pm @ Wheeler’s
Harmony’s Dementia Caregiver Support Series: Tuesdays, September 19-
November 7th 2:00 pm-3:00 pm at Clara House Community Room 8-week support series “Journey of the Heart”
Save the Date– Share with Friends & Family
GREENFIELD LUTHERAN CHURCH
AUTHENTIC NORWEGIAN DINNER
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017 SERVING: 11am-4 pm
Adults: $15 Children 6-12: $5
ALL HOMEMADE MENU:
NORWEGIAN MEATBALLS & MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY
LUTEFISK WITH DRAWN BUTTER SWEETSOP, ROMMEGROT, RUTABAGAS ,CRANBERRY RELISH, COLE SLAW, LEFSA & NORWEGIAN BAKED GOODS
Activities this Week at Greenfield August 28-September 3:
Nursing Home Service: August 29th 2 pm
(Dave & Pam Hoppe-workers, Vickey Tribon, Pam Hoppe-treats)
Tuesday: Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8 am Harmony House
Thursday: Bibles & Burgers– Estelle’s 6pm
Sunday: Worship 9 am
Adult Forum 10 am
Falcon Student Ministry News
Falcon Student Ministry
Are you in junior or senior high? Then join other students in having a blast doing significant things! Falcon Student Ministry works to see students living out an eternal, dynamic, and life changing relationship with God. Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly, serve joyfully, and enjoy God’s good gifts… and doughnuts. We would love to have you join us!
Kick-off Cookout in Preston If you are in 7-12th grade come on down for some food, fun, and hear about what Falcon Student Ministry is up to this year. When? Sunday, September 10th at 4 pm. Where in Preston? TBD, so keep an eye and ear out for more info.
Our first All Falcon Wednesday for high schoolers is on Wednesday September 13th @ Christ Lutheran. Dinner is served at 6 in the fellowship hall and All Falcon starts at 6:19 in the Falcon Room.
The first Christ Lutheran City Group for junior high and high schoolers will be September 17th in the Falcon Room after the worship service. Come for grub, games, and growth!
What is Gathering 2018? It’s 8th grade through graduating senior Falcons joining 20,000+ other students from around the country in Houston, Texas, having a blast and encountering God in powerful ways. Students and parents, keep an eye out for a letter coming out soon with more information. Follow ELCA Youth Gathering on Facebook and Instagram for updates directly from the ELCA Gathering
Peace, Paul Hemenway, Falcon Student Ministry Director 507.884.2866
Liturgy taken from sundaysandseasons.com. Copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License # SB134626. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible © 1989 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. “Thy Word” Text: Psalm 119:105, refrain; Michael W. Smith, stanzas. Music: Amy Grant @ 1984 Meadowgreen Music, admin. EMI Christian Music Publishing; and Bug and Bear Music, admin. Word Music, Inc. CCLI License #11330485