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Worship October 3, 2021: 19th Sunday after Pentecost Areas highlighted in pink below will link you to the readings.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
19th Sunday after Pentecost: October 3rd
Prelude “Your Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We”
arr. David M. Cherwien
*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
P Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community
with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and
teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of
your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 (Glory Reynolds) 1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.2:5Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere,
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them? 7You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honor, 8subjecting all things under their feet.”
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them,9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying,
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
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 10:2-16 2Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall
become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
Hymn “Children of the Heavenly Father” ELW #781
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 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Hymn tune: “Forest Green” arr. Paul Manz
—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.