September 27, 2020 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Dedication of the Stewardship Packets

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 St. Paul's Epistle to the Philippians

Jesus Walks on Water

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

Philippians 1:27–2:13

27Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God's doing. 29For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

2:1If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

12Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Gospel: A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Jesus Walks on Water

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 21:23–32

23When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 24Jesus said to them, I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? And they argued with one another, If we say, From heaven, he will say to us, Why then did you not believe him? 26But if we say, Of human origin, we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet. 27So they answered Jesus, We do not know. And he said to them, Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

28What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, Son, go and work in the vineyard today. 29He answered, I will not; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, I go, sir; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, The first. Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

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

Sermon: Living the Jesus Way

Hymn

Will You Come and Follow Me (The Summons) (v. 1, 2, & 4)

ELW #798
1"Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?"
2"Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare,
should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer pray'r in you and you in me?"
4"Will you love the you you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you've found
to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?"

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

Do a home or parish energy audit. You will be able to identify where you can patch air leaks, switch out light bulbs, or improve insulation. You'll conserve energy, reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, and save money! (Creation Justice Ministries)

Reminder: Special Congregational Meeting Today

A special congregational meeting will be held today about fellowship hall renovation plans. The meeting will be held immediately after the indoor service (10:30–10:45) in the sanctuary, observing social distancing requirements.

St. Francis Day Virtual Blessing of Animals

Next Sunday, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In honor of St. Francis and his love for all God's creatures, there will be a virtual blessing of pets and other animals in our lives at both the 9:00 and 10:00 services. Bring an image of your pet(s) with you to the service to receive a blessing on their behalf.

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.

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