Sunday, August 6, 2017
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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 #848 Give to Our God Immortal Praise!
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 our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Children’s Message Paul Hemenway, Falcon Youth Director
EPISTLE READNG: Romans 9 1:15
1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit—2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 17: 1-7, 15 (Please read responsively)
1Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.
3If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
4As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge rom their adversaries at your right hand.
15As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14: 13-21
13Now when Jesus heard [about the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” 18And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
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: Genesis 32: 22-31
Pastor: Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them,
Right side: ‘Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, “I have lived with Laban as an alien, and stayed until now; and I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male and female slaves; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.”’
Pastor: The messengers returned to Jacob, saying,
Left side: ‘We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.’
Pastor: Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed… And Jacob said,
Right side: ‘O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, “Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good”, I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan… Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children. Yet you have said, “I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.”’
Pastor: So he spent that night there, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau… For he thought,
Right side: ‘I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterwards I shall see his face; perhaps he will accept me.’
Pastor: So the present passed on ahead of him; and he himself spent that night in the camp. The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said,
Left side: ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’
Pastor: But Jacob said,
Right Side: ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’
Pastor: So [the man] said to him,
Left side: ‘What is your name?’
Pastor: And he said,
Right side: ‘Jacob.’
Pastor: Then the man said,
Left side: ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’
Pastor: Then Jacob asked him,
Right side: ‘Please tell me your name.’
Pastor: But he said,
Left side: ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’
Pastor: And there [the man] blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying,
Right side: ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’
Pastor: Now Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel and the two maids. He put the maids with their children in front, then Leah with her children, and Rachel and Joseph last of all. 3He himself went on ahead of them, bowing himself to the ground seven times, until he came near his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” Word of God. Word of life.
All: Thanks be to God.
HYMN OF THE DAY #769 If You But Trust in God to Guide You
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 #774 What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Falcon Student Ministry News
Food, Fun, and a Flick for you and your friends! On Tuesday, August 8th, catch a FREE showing of Facing the Giants and see how faith in God gives us strength we didn’t know we had. The party starts at 5:30 with food and fun at Greenfield Lutheran and then a 7:30 flick, Facing the Giants, at the JEM. Can’t make the food and fun? Come catch the flick! Can’t make the flick? Come for food and fun
Gathering 2018 find 8th grade through graduated Senior falcons joining 20,000+ other students from around the country in Houston, Texas. What will we be doing? 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.
Follow Falcon Student Ministry on Facebook and Instagram for updates, daily Bible readings, and more. Email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements & Notices
THANK YOU!: To all the volunteers who assisted with VBS this week, with donations and assisting during the week long camp. It was a success with 34 joyful campers in attendance.
Fillmore Central Schools 10th Annual School Supply Fair as well as collecting funds for the Milk Break Assistance Fund. We are in need of your help! (see complete list and more information on the bulletin board on how you can help!)
Gospel Concert by Brad Boice: Sunday, August 6th, 3:00 pm at Highland Prairie Lutheran Church Amphitheater. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream served after. Free will offering.
Dad’s Belgian Waffles: Saturday, August 12th, 2017 8 am—11 am Lime Springs Community Center. See flyer on bulletin board.
During Pastor Rolf’s trip to Norway, please call Sandy Strozyk’s cell phone or the church office and she will contact the pastor on call.
Greenfield Lutheran Church
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 call. While Pastor Rolf is in Norway: Contact Sandy Strozyk 507-438-6110 or the Church Office: 507-886-3272
We will contact the pastor on call.
Office Hours Wednesday-Friday 8:00 am—11:30 am (August 9-11)
Prayer Concerns: Hospitalized: Josh Ommen, Cory Tammel. 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. 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.
Activities this Week at Greenfield: August 7-13
Tuesday: Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8 am Harmony House
Tuesday: Office Closed– call Sandy Strozyk’s cell if needed: 507-438-6110
Sunday: Worship 9 am
Adult Forum 10 am
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