September 6, 2020 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Building Bridges

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.

Matthew 18:15

Matthew 18:15–35

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15"If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."

21Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" 22Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

23"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.' 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?' 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."

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

Sermon: The Gift of Forgiveness

Hymn

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (v. 1 & 2)

ELW #836

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

1Joyful, joyful we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love!
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before thee,
praising thee, their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
drive the gloom of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day.
2 All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heav'n reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird, and flowing fountain
call us to rejoice in thee.

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.

Communion

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.

Blessing


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Turn off your engine rather than idling when you are stopped for more than a minute—when dropping kids off at school, waiting for a train, or chatting with the neighbors. This limits the emissions that pollute our air and cause respiratory illnesses like asthma. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Church Offfice Closed

The church office will be cloosed on Monday, September 7 in observation of Labor Day.

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.

Charitable Trust

Are you celebrating a special event—birthday, anniversary, career success? Share your joy with a Thanks offering designated to the Charitable Trust, a way to give financial blessings to OSLC's future.

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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