September 20, 2020 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

You can follow the order of the service here or Download a PDF copy that you can print ahead of time.

Feel free to also check out the following:


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.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

A Worker's Daily Wage

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
(Matt. 20:1–16)

But he replied to one of them, Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go.

Matthew 20:13–14a

Matthew 19:27–20:16

27Then Peter said in reply [to Jesus], Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have? 28Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

20:1For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and he said to them, You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right. So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. 6And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, Why are you standing here idle all day? 7They said to him, Because no one has hired us. He said to them, You also go into the vineyard. 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first. 9When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat. 13But he replied to one of them, Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous? 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

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

Sermon: Just Deserts

Hymn

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

ELW #733

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

1Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.
Refrain
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.
2Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Refrain
3Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Refrain

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.

Blessing


Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Avoid using Styrofoam. Styrofoam can rarely be recycled, and it takes 500 years to decompose in landfills! If you can't use "real" dishes, opt instead for recyclable or biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Ministry Opportunity Booklets

All MOBs that were not picked up were mailed earlier this week. Sunday, September 27 is Stewardship Sunday; please return your completed packets back to the church by then.

Reminder: Special Congregational Meeting

A special congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, September 27 about fellowship hall renovation plans. The meeting will be held immediately after the indoor service (10:30–10:45) in the sanctuary. A forum to answer questions about the renovation is being held outdoors between the two services today.

Daily Texts for 2021

This is the last Sunday before OSLC places a group order for the 2021 edition of Daily Texts. With a group purchase, the cost for an individual copy is $9.50. If you have not already done so, please email or call the office before the 21st (that's tomorrow) to request that a copy be ordered for you. You can send or drop off a check later.

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.

Charitable Trust Donations

Did you know that memorials do not automatically go to the Charitable Trust? Only by designating the "Charitable Trust" as the recipient is the donation added to the fund for future OSLC needs.

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.

Back to All Sermons