September 13, 2020 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Stewardship Prayer

Almighty all merciful God. We give you thanks and praise for your promise to walk with us and show us your way. Forgive us when our trust in you is blurred by worldly distractions. Help us, Father, to see with fresh eyes the vision you have for us here at our church. You have given each of us special gifts to be used to grow your Kingdom. We are here to be a part in bonding these gifts and be a voice in spreading the Good News of the Gospel. We pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

First Lesson: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Luke

The Prodigal and His Brother

The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother
(Luke 15:11–32)

Then the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.

Luke 15:31–32

Luke 15:11–32

11Then Jesus said, There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me. So he divided his property between them. 13A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17But when he came to himself he said, How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands. 20So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22But the father said to his slaves, Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to celebrate.

25Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound. 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him! 31Then the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.

Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. John

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

John 2:1–12

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine. 4And Jesus said to her, Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come. 5His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you. 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, Fill the jars with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward. So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now. 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.

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

Sermon: Turning Life into Celebration


Earth and All Stars! (v. 1 & 4)

ELW #731

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Earth and All Stars!" on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

1Earth and all stars! Loud rushing planets!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Hail, wind, and rain! Loud blowing snowtorm!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
I too sing praises with a new song!
4Classrooms and labs! Loud boiling test tubes!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Athlete and band! Loud cheering people!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things.
I too sing praises with a new song!

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

Use Fair Trade products. These products support local artisans and farmers and protect the environment. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Upcoming Congregational Meeting

Mark your calendars for a special congregational meeting Sunday, September 27 on the renovation of the Fellowship Hall. The meeting will be held immediately after the indoor service (10:30–10:45) in the sanctuary. There will be a forum outdoors between the two services on Sunday, September 20 to review information and answer questions about the renovation.

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.

And School Supplies Too

In addition to collecting food for local food banks, the Mission committee is collecting school supplies for Fairview School. They indicated the following as the most needed:

We are also collecting

Anyone wishing to donate can put in the church narthex in the same baskets as donated food. Any questions call Kay DeFrees or Pam Schwartzkopf.

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