SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
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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 #413 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
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, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord Amen.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE-”Pharaoh, Pharaoh” (see insert)
EPISTLE READNG: Romans 12:9-21
9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM: Psalm 26:1-8 (please read responsively)
1Give judgment for me, O LORD, for I have lived with integrity; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered.
2Test me, O LORD, and try me; examine my heart and my mind.
3For your steadfast love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you.
4I have not sat with the worthless, nor do I consort with the deceitful.
5I have hated the company of evildoers; I will not sit down with the wicked.
6I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, that I may go in procession round your altar,
7singing aloud a song of thanksgiving and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
8LORD, I love the house in which you dwell and the place where your glory abides
GOSPEL: Matthew 16:21-28
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
21From that time on, [after Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah,] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? 27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” 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 3:1-15
Reader: Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said,
All: “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.”
Reader: When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush,
Pastor: “Moses, Moses!”
All: “Here I am.”
Pastor: “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
Reader: And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the LORD said,
Pastor: “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
All: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Pastor: “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”
All: “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
Pastor: “I AM WHO I AM…Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ The LORD, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.”
Reader: Word of God. Word of life.
All: Thanks be to God.
HYMN OF THE DAY #723 Canticle of the Turning
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
OFFERING-Special Music Here I am, Lord Pastor Rolf & Kimberly Svanoe
Chorus: Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.
(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 #863 My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
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 SERVINGS: 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00- Call to reserve your tickets & time: 507-886-3272
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 BEVERAGE
Activities this Week at Greenfield September 4-September 10:
Tuesday: Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8 am Harmony House
Quilters 1 pm—4 pm
Wednesday: Confirmation Meeting-Students & Parents 6:30 Library
Sr. Choir 7:15 pm
Worship & Music Committee 8 pm
Thursday: Bibles & Burgers– Estelle’s 6pm
Sunday: Worship 9 am Rally Sunday-Sr. Choir Sings
Adult Forum 10 am
Sunday School 10 am
Falcon Cook Out 4 pm
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 from 4-6 pm. Where? Trailhead Park in Preston.
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, mark your calendar for Greenfield’s City Group Kick-off and Gathering info. meeting during City Group on Sunday, September 17th.
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