WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who is eager to forgive and who loves us beyond our days. Amen.
Dear friends, together let us acknowledge our failure to love this world as Jesus does.
Silence is kept for reflection.
God of mercy and forgiveness, we confess that sin still has a hold on us. We have harmed your good creation. We have failed to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Turn us in a new direction. Show us the path that leads to life. Be our refuge and strength on the journey, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and friend. Amen.
Beloved of God: your sins are forgiven ☩ and you are made whole. God points the way to new life in Christ, who meets us on the road. Journey now in God’s abiding love through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
OPENING HYMN: #732 Borning Cry
Baptism: Juana LaShaun Michael Walker Jr
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: Holy God, our righteous judge, daily your mercy surprises us with everlasting forgiveness. Strengthen our hope in you, and grant that all the peoples of the earth may find their glory in you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22
7Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, for your name’s sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you. 😯 hope of Israel,
its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler turning aside for the night? 9Why should you be like someone confused,
like a mighty warrior who cannot give help? Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us! 10Thus says the LORD concerning this people: Truly they have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them, now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins. 19Have you completely rejected Judah? Does your heart loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us? We look for peace, but find no good; for a time of healing, but there is terror instead. 20We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD, the iniquity of our ancestors, for we have sinned against you. 21Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us. 22Can any idols
of the nations bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Is it not you, O LORD
our God? We set our hope on you, for it is you who do all this. Word of God, Word
of Life. Thanks be to God.
PSALM 84:1-7 (please read responsively by whole verse)
1How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!
2My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest where she may lay
her young, by the side of your altars, O LORD of hosts, my king and my God.
4Happy are they who dwell in your house! They will always be praising you.
5Happy are the people whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on the
6Those who go through the balsam valley will find it a place of springs, for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
7They will climb from height to height, and the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
SECOND READING: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
6As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 16At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: LUKE 18:9-14
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke the 18th Chapter. Glory to you, O Lord. 9[Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
HYMN OF THE DAY: #629 Abide With Me (V. 1, 2 And 5)
(Remain Seated while the offering plates are passed at this time)
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (please answer “Hear Our Prayer”)
Let us pray, Gracious God, in your great love you richly provide for our needs.
Make of these gifts a banquet of blessing, and make us ready to share with all in need; through Jesus Christ, who sets a table for all. Amen.
HOLY COMMUNION / LORD’S PRAYER
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy… and join their unending hymn: (Please sing:)
Holy, holy, holy Lord, Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
In the night he was betrayed…. Do this for the remembrance of me. Our Father who art in heaven….
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Receive what you are, become what you receive.
(All who hunger for God’s grace are welcome at this meal. White grape juice and gluten free wafers are available for those who need them. Children who have not had first communion training are welcome to come for a blessing.)
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Let us pray: God of the abundant table, you have refreshed our hearts in this meal
with bread for the journey. Give us your grace on the road that we might serve our neighbors with joy; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
God, who gives life to all things and frees us from despair, bless you with truth and peace. And may the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, guide you always in faith, hope, and love. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN: #456 Baptized In Water
Go in peace. With Christ beside you. Thanks be to God.
Faith Factory on Wed. Oct. 26th at 5:30 pm
Confirmation on Wed. Oct 26th from 6 pm to 7:45 pm
Judy Peters Memorial Service on Sat. Oct 29th at 11 am
Haunted Harmony – Youth Group Fundraiser – Bingo with Walking Tacos on Oct 29th from 4 pm to 6 pm
Church Choir Sings during service Oct. 30
Faith Factory Halloween Party and Parade after Church Oct. 30
Coming in November Rachel-Rebecca Circle Mitten Tree all month
Special Congregational Meeting November 6th after Service
Thank You to Today’s Assistants: Whitehill and Ringer Families, and Steve Donney for video. Thank you to Joanne Burmeister for today’s music. And to Ross Kiehne for counter.
Please remember our homebound and senior care residents: Merle Roelofs, Carla Erickson, Paula Michel, Joyce Hanlon, Lee Fishbaugher, Walt Ward, Betty Storlie, Mel Mikkelson, Thelma Applen.
Please keep in prayers: Amy Timmerman Carrie Donney, David & Kim Wangen, Diane Bigalk, Bob Peters, Sandy & Bernie Hurley. Sandy Strozyk, Family of Phyllis Gregerson.
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