October 4, 2020 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

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

Blessing of the Animals

Prayer of the Day

Most high, almighty, and good Lord, you have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses. Grant that, encourage by the example of your servant Francis, may joyfully persevere in the course that is set before us, to be living signs of the Gospel and at last, with all the saints, to share in your eternal joy; through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 2:3–8

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.

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 10:5–15

5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, The kingdom of heaven has come near. 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. 11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

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

Sermon: Remembering St. Francis


All Creatures, Worship God Most High! (v. 1–3)

ELW #835

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "All Creatures, Worship God Most High!" on the piano. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

1All creatures, worship God most high!
Sound ev'ry voice in earth and sky:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sing, brother sun, in splendor bright;
sing, sister moon and stars of night:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
2Sing, brother wind; with clouds and rain
you grow the gifts of fruit and grain:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear sister water, useful, clear,
make music for your Lord to hear:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
3Sing, brother fire, so mirthful, strong;
drive far the shadows, join the throng:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Dear mother earth, so rich in care,
praise God in colors bright and rare:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

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

Recycling the emotion of Anger: When anger arises, it is helpful to ask the question: What do I feel I have lost? and if angry at another person, also ask What does this person feel they have lost? The loss usually entails love, respect, and/or security. Anger can also result from a triggered memory of a time when loss has occurred in the past and has been traumatic or unresolved. Ask God for help filling the loss with God's love and compassion so you can forgive yourself and/or another person. (Creation Justice Ministries)

St. Francis Day Virtual Blessing of Animals

Today 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. A prayer sheet of animal blessings is available in the narthex or from the parking-lot ushers.

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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