SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2017
TENTH 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 #842 Oh, Worship the King
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.
EPISTLE READNG: Romans 10: 5-15
5Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” 6But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” 7“or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ”. 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart”; 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 14But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14: 22-33
22[Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”28Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 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 37:1-4; 12-28
Pastor: Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan. This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock with his brothers; he was a helper to the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long robe with sleeves. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him. Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them,
Left side: ‘Listen to this dream that I dreamed. There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.’
Pastor: His brothers said to him,
Right side: ‘Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?’
Pastor: So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words. He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying,
Left side: ‘Look, I have had another dream: the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.’
Pastor: But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him, and said to him,
Right side: ‘What kind of dream is this that you have had? Shall we indeed come, I and your mother and your brothers, and bow to the ground before you?’
Pastor: So his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph,
Right side: ‘Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them…Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.’
Pastor: So he sent him from the valley of Hebron…So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another,
Right side: ‘Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.’
Pastor: But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying,
Left side: ‘Let us not take his life…Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him’
Pastor: [he said this] that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way to carry it down to Egypt. Then Judah said to his brothers,
Left side: ‘What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.’
Pastor: And his brothers agreed. When some Midianite traders passed by, they drew Joseph up, lifting him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.” Word of God. Word of life.
All: Thanks be to God.
HYMN OF THE DAY #796 How Firm a Foundation
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 #790 Day by Day
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Announcements & Notices
Today: The cancer support group will be meeting at Clara House at 4 pm today.
Next Sunday, August 20: Annual Blessings of the Backpacks: Students of all ages (preschool to College) are invited to bring their backpacks to worship for a blessing and a gift. Come learn the Ten Finger Prayer. Start the year off with God’s blessing. After worship we will have a church picnic outside. Hot dogs, brats, burgers and beverages will be provided. Bring a salad or dessert to share. After the meal outdoor family games will be organized. Come join the fun. Please bring chairs, weather permitting.
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!)
Thank you: A special thank you to Pastor Timmerman for leading our worship August 6th and 13th!
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.
Falcon Student Ministry News
With the school year right around the corner be thinking 1 & 3 and 2 & 4. Falcon Student Ministry is ready to have a blast, eat some food, and chew on who Jesus is and what that means for us.
All Falcon Wednesdays for all High School students kicks off September 13th @ Christ Lutheran Church beginning at 6pm with dinner in the fellowship hall and 6:20 in the Falcon Room. All Falcon Wednesdays will be at Greenfield Lutheran on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month and at Christ Lutheran on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.
All Junior High and High School students are invited to City Groups. Come on over to the Falcon Room after Sunday worship for food, faith, and fellowship. Greenfield City Groups are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month and Christ Lutheran City Groups are the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Follow Falcon Student Ministry on Facebook and Instagram for updates, daily Bible readings, and more. Email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Tuesday-Friday 8:00 am—11:30 am
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 14-20
Tuesday: Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8 am Harmony House
Wednesday: Council Meeting 7 pm
Sunday: Worship 9 am -Blessing of the Backpacks
Adult Forum 10 am (September Service Group Meets)
Happy 90th Birthday Harriett Harstad!
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