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Worship September 19, 2021:  17th Sunday after Pentecost
Areas highlighted in pink below will link you to the readings.

17th Sunday after Pentecost:  September 19th
St. Paul Lutheran Church

Prelude      “Fanfare on Now Thank We All Our God” arr. John A.  Behnke
P   Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and
     from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by
     the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you
     and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our
C   Amen.
P   Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
The assembly kneels or stands. Silence is kept for reflection.
P   Most merciful God,
C   We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
     We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what
      we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not
      loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our       
      neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
      have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we
      may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of
      your holy name. Amen.
P  In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us,
     and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and       
     ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I
     therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the
     name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C  Amen.
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.
P   O God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation,
     and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the
     sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross,
     and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
C  Amen.
Reading: James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a (Glory Reynolds)
13Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. 15Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. 16For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. 18And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.4:

  1Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8aDraw near to God, and he will draw near to 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 8:27-38
30[Jesus and the disciples went on] and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
  33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
Hymn  “Jesus Loves Me” #595
Prayers of Intercession  (Liz Mink)
Great Thanksgiving
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
Lords Prayer
You are welcome to pray your preferred version of the Lord’s Prayer during this time.
Invitation to the Meal
Post Communion Prayer
Postlude  Children’s Medley with “Jesus Loves Me” and
                “Jesus Loves the Little Children” arr. Mark Hayes
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Prayer Requests
—For Troy Bousman, Dan Herrig, Renee Herrig, Fern Schilling, Lois Schmidt, Jenn Heck, Diane Guntzel, Megan McQueeney, Matt Kreiter, Deb and Paul

—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.
Thank you.
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Pastor Stacy Christianson
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Address:   715 S. Third Street, Clinton, IA 52372

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