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Worship October 10, 2021: 20th Sunday after Pentecost Areas highlighted in pink below will link you to the readings.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
20th Sunday after Pentecost: October 10th
Prelude “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” arr. Thomas Keesecker
*CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
P Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life,
whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.
P Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open
Silence is kept for reflection.
P God our comforter:
C like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance
and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and
oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed.
Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to
you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as
P All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of
grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with
glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.
P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the
communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all
C And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that,
forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we
may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown
of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
P C Amen.
Reading: Hebrews4:12-16 (Glory Reynolds) 12Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. 14Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
R The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark
C Glory to you, O Lord.
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31 17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. 23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” 28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
Hymn “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” ELW #775
Prayers of Intercession (Jean Grager)
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift them to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise . . . . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Words of Institution
You are welcome to pray your preferred version of the Lord’s Prayer during this time.
Invitation to the Meal
Post Communion Prayer
Postlude “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
arr. Pamela M. Robertson
Prayer Requests —For Dan Herrig, Renee Herrig, Fern Schilling, Lois Schmidt, Donna Jean Holste
—For the homebound: Jean Luckritz, Sherry Walling
—For those in care facilities: Edith Beferd, Barb Echelbarger, Marian Edwards, Bob Farwell, Joan Guidebeck, Evelyn Hubbart, Gene Otten, Marge Marlowe, Janet Ketelsen, Dorothy Pietscher and Ron Pietscher
Please be advised that we are updating our prayer list. Please note that prayers will be spoken for 3 weeks and then removed unless specified otherwise. Please contact the church office to add or remove any names from the prayer list.