August 30, 2020 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Prayer of the Day

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.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Jesus Walks on Water

Jesus Walks on Water
(Matt. 14:22–33)

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 14:28–29

Matthew 16:21–28

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."

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: Following Jesus


Spirit of Gentleness

ELW #396

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Spirit of Gentleness" on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness calling and free;
Spirit, Spirit of restlesseness, stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.
1You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing:
"Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings."
2You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand,
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.
3You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;
and down in the city you called once again,
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.
4You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions your people arise.

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come 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 the Church

P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Honor the Season of Creation. Beginning with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 and ending with St. Francis Day on October 4, the Season of Creation is a time set apart to express gratitude for God's good creation, care for creation, and call for justice. Learn more at (Creation Justice Ministries)

Ministry Opportunity Booklets

The MOBs will be available for pick-up in the church Monday through Thursday this week and next (through September 10) in the narthex. If you are stopping by the church for something else, please take the time to pick yours up and save us a little postage. To promote social distancing, they will not be out on Sundays.

Our recent church conversations look to OSLC's past as a foundation for a God's will-based future. By designating a donation to the Charitable Trust Fund, we can support that future financially.

Daily Texts for 2021

Pre-order now! Have you enjoyed Daily Texts in the past, or in this year of social isolation, have you wished for an additional source for daily at-home spiritual devotions? OSLC will be placing a group order for the 2021 edition of Daily Texts on September 20. With a group purchase, the cost for an individual copy is $9.50. Copies are expected to be received in late October. Please mail or drop a check by the church with the notation "Daily Texts" no later than September 20. The church office will call you when they arrive.

Mission Opportunity at Midwest Food Bank

The Mission Committee will be volunteering at Midwest Food Bank again on Thursday, September 24 from 6–8 p.m. We need a group of up to 20–25 volunteers. Children 10 years or older are able to help as long as they are accompanied by their parent. Everyone also needs to have close-toed shoes. Please contact Rob and Shawna Mahnke if you are interested in helping.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

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