October 18, 2020 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

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Gathering, Greeting, and Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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 22:15–22

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax. And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, Whose head is this, and whose title? 21They answered, The emperor's. Then he said to them, Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's. 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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

Sermon

Hymn

I Offer My Life

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn I Offer My Life on the piano. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Refrain
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life
1All that I am, all that I have
I lay them down before you, oh Lord
All my regrets, all my acclaims
The joy and the pain, I'm making them yours
Refrain
2Things in the past, things yet unseen
Wishes and dreams that are yet to come true
All of my hopes, all of my plans
My heart and my hands are lifted to you
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.

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

Recycling the emotion of Hate: Being stuck in hate is an indicator that we are stuck in the state of disempowerment. When people use the word "hate," it is like a sharp knife that cuts them every time they say it. We hate when we don't take the time to consider the other person's story and stance. Pray for the ability to learn to agree or disagree without a childish tantrum and/or a verbally sharp knife. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Behavioral Health Help

The McLean County Triage Center is a walk-in option for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis that is not life threatening. It is a comfortable, safe space that offers an alternative to hospital emergency rooms that strives to help individuals resolve crises without more intensive intervention. The center is open 7 days per week, 365 days per year from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Services are offered and available regardless of income or insurance status to any individual 18 or older. Triage is located just inside the vestibule of the south entrance to the 200 W. Front Street building in downtown Bloomington. As all services are in-person only, Triage does not have a publicly available phone number. More information can be found at

Need a Mask?

Our Faith Community Nurse, Marilyn Nelson, has generously donated 175 masks of various sizes (men, women, children) and placed them in the narthex. They are tightly woven cotton fabric masks with soft elastic ear cords and also include a non-woven interfacing for extra protection and wire nose bridge for a better fit. They are freely offered to all members, just restricted to 1 to 2 per family member.

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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