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Sunday Morning Worship 11 12 2023
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Sunday, November 12, 2023

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 12, 2023



Martin Luther's Morning Prayer
Martin Luther / Carl Schalk

I thank you, heav'nly Father,
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
You kept me safely through the night,
and brought me to the morning light.
Be with me through this day, I pray,
and keep me safe from Satan's sway
that all I think or do or say
please only you, my Strength and Stay.
Into your hands I now commend
my body and soul until life's end.
Your angel keep me safe from harm
until I rest in Jesus' arm.
Amen, amen.


All I Really Want
Lincoln Brewster


Come, Ye Disconsolate
ELW 607

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish;
come to the mercy-seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts,
here tell your anguish;
earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure;
here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heav'n cannot cure."

Here see the Bread of life; see waters flowing
forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
earth has no sorrow but heav'n can remove.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you. 


You Are Holy
ELW 525

You are holy, you are whole.
You are always ever more 
than we ever understand.
You are always at hand.
Blessed are you coming near.
Blessed are you coming here 
to your church in wine and bread,
raised from soil, raised from dead.

You are holy, 
you are wholeness, 
you are present.
Let the cosmos praise you, Lord!
Sing hosanna in the highest!  
Sing hosanna! 
Sing hosanna to our God!

Let us pray.
O God of justice and love, you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, and awaken us to the needs of others, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

+ WORD +  

First Reading:   Amos 5:18-24
In the days of Amos, people thought that the day of the LORD would be a time of great victory, but Amos announced that it would be a day of darkness, not light. He said liturgy is no substitute for obedience. The LORD demands justice and righteousness in the community.

 18Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD!
 Why do you want the day of the LORD?
 It is darkness, not light;
 19as if someone fled from a lion,
 and was met by a bear;
 or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
 and was bitten by a snake.
 20Is not the day of the LORD darkness, not light,
 and gloom with no brightness in it?
 21I hate, I despise your festivals,
 and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
 22Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
 I will not accept them;
 and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
 I will not look upon.
 23Take away from me the noise of your songs;
 I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
 24But let justice roll down like waters,
 and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Psalm: Psalm 70

   God, make speed to save me.
   Lord, make haste to help me.

1Be pleased, O God, to de- | liver me;
O Lord, make | haste to help me.
2Let those who seek my life be put to shame | and confounded;
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and | be disgraced. R
3Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat | over me
  turn back because | of their shame.
4Let all who seek you rejoice and be | glad in you;
  let those who love your salvation say forever, “Great | is the Lord!”
5But as for me, I am poor and needy; come to me quick- | ly, O God.
  You are my helper and my deliverer; O Lord, | do not tarry. R

SECOND READING:      1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Some of the Thessalonians are worried that dead Christians will be excluded from the resurrection to eternal life when Christ comes again. Paul reassures them with the word of hope that all Christians, living or dead, will be raised into everlasting life with Christ.

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION       (sing twice)  

Lord, to whom shall we go? 
You have the words of eteral life.

GOSPEL:   Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus tells a parable about his own second coming, emphasizing the need for readiness at all times.

The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said to his disciples:] 1Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, 'Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9But the wise replied, 'No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' 12But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I do not know you.' 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.



Let Streams of Living Justice
ELW 710

Let streams of living justice 
flow down upon the earth;
give freedom's light to captives, 
let all the poor have worth.
The hungry's hands are pleading, 
the workers claim their rights,
the mourners long for laughter, 
the blinded seek for sight.
Make liberty a beacon, 
strike down the iron pow'r;
abolish ancient vengeance: 
proclaim your people's hour.

For healing of the nations, 
for peace that will not end,
for love that makes us lovers,
God grant us grace to mend.
Weave our varied gifts together;
knit our lives as they are spun;
on your loom of time enroll us 
till our thread of life is run.
O great weaver of our fabric,
bind church and world in one;
dye our texture with your radiance,
light our colors with your sun.


We believe in one God,
   the Father, the Almighty,
   maker of heaven and earth,
   of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
   the only Son of God,
   eternally begotten of the Father,
   God from God, Light from Light,
   true God from true God,
   begotten, not made,
   of one Being with the Father;
   through him all things were made. 
   For us and for our salvation
      he came down from heaven,
      was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
      and became truly human.
      For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
      he suffered death and was buried.
      On the third day he rose again
      in accordance with the scriptures;
      he ascended into heaven
      and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
      He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
      and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
   who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
   who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
   who has spoken through the prophets.
   We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
   We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
   We look for the resurrection of the dead,
      and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Let us turn our hearts to God, our breath and life, as we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

Let My Prayers Rise Up
Marty Haugen

Let my prayers rise up
like incense before you,
the lifting up of my hands
as an offering to you.

O God for whom we wait, come quickly to your people, bring your salvation, and center us in hope found only in you. Deepen our faith through meaningful worship and send us out with your justice and truth. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

O God for whom we watch, we glimpse your power in rushing water and your beauty in the darkening night. Restore this creation, and provide clean water to all people and animals. Save us from foolish, wasteful living. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

O God for whom we long, let justice roll down like waters on all nations. Bless citizens with wise leaders; save your children from war. We pray for the veterans of this community, that they are supported and loved. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

O God, in whom we hope, we pray for all who are in need. Provide for those who experience homelessness or hunger, support the under- or unemployed, and comfort any who are suffering this day, particularly Arlene, Mabel, Mike, Anna Mae, Doris, Kaden, Michael, Donna, Julie, Carol, Anne, Lydia, Brian, Paul, Wil, Amy, Betty, Bob, Jane, Marian L., Scott, Ron, Flo, Monica, Doris, Dottie, Marian, John, Tim, Betty, Henry, Mary, Greg, Ann Joyce, Jim, Yolanda, and Max. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

O God for whom we listen, inspire the music ministry of our congregation. Fill our worship with songs to proclaim your greatness. Help us to sing and dance with joy and tell boldly of your salvation. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

     Other petitions may be offered.

O God, in whom we remain, we remember our loved ones who have died and now live in you. Bring comfort and the assurance of new life to all who grieve. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

We offer our spoken prayers and those held in our hearts trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.


Peace of Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

  + MEAL +  

You may place your offerings in the offering plate as it is passed during the service.  Alternatively, some are using for online giving or are using their bank’s online banking option.  Whichever way you choose to give, we are grateful for your stewardship and generosity.


Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
African American Spiritual


As the Grains of Wheat
ELW 465

  As the grains of wheat once scattered on the hill
  were gathered into one to become our bread; 
  so may all your people from all the ends of earth 
  be gathered into one in you.

As this cup of blessing is shared within our midst,
may we share the presence of your love.    Refrain 

Let this be a foretaste of all that is to come
when all creation shares this feast with you.    Refrain 


Let us pray.
God of power, God of plenty, God of abundance, all things are yours.  We bring to you that which you have entrusted to us.  Use them so that all may be fed.  Shape us into the very body of Christ and use us for the sake of the world.  In the name of Jesus.  



The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
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 to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, Holy, Holy
ELW 192      

Holy, holy, holy Lord, 
Lord God of pow'r and might, 
Heav'n and earth are full of your glory.  
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God. You are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.
You so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.
We give you thanks for his coming into the world to fulfill for us your holy will and to accomplish all things for our salvation.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Christ has died.
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again. 

Remembering, therefore, his salutary command, his life-giving passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension, and the promise of his coming again, we give thanks to you, O Lord God Almighty, not as we ought but as we are able; we ask you mercifully to accept our praise and thanksgiving and with your Word and Holy Spirit to bless us, your servants, and these your own gifts of bread and wine, so that we and all who share in the body and blood of Christ may be filled with heavenly blessing and grace, and, receiving the forgiveness of sin, may be formed to live as your holy people and be given our inheritance with all your saints.
To you, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory in your holy church, now and forever.                       Amen.           

LORD'S PRAYER   (sung)

Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be Your name,
  Your kingdom come,
  Your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our sins,
  as we forgive those
    who sin against us;
Save us from the time of trial,
  and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the pow'r,
  and the glory are yours

  now and forever.

The baptized children of God are invited by the Lord to the Lord’s Table where we receive Jesus’ very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. We commune at the head of the aisle where we receive the host. Then to either side of the pastor is first, a chalice for intinction and second, a common cup for drinking. Please indicate to Pastor if you prefer grape juice as a chalice for intinction is available as well. Gluten free bread is available. If you wish to commune, but cannot come forward, let an usher know and Pastor will come to you. If you do not wish to commune, you are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. You may wish to remain at the rail for a time of personal prayer following which you may return to your pew down the side aisle.  


Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;
grant us peace, grant us peace.


When Peace Like a River
ELW 785

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll,
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
it is well, it is well with my soul.

   It is well (it is well)
   with my soul, (with my soul,)
   it is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control,
that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
and has shed his own blood for my soul.    Refrain

He lives--oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;
my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to his cross and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!    Refrain

Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
the trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
even so it is well with my soul.    Refrain



Thankful Hearts and Voices Raise
ELW 206

Thankful hearts and voices raise:
tell ev'ryone what God has done.
Let all who seek the Lord rejoice
and bear Christ's holy name.
Send us with your promises, O God,
and lead us forth in joy 
with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia.

And now may the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ preserve us on to life everlasting.  

O God, we give you thanks that you have set before us this feast, the body and blood of your Son. By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Blessed Assurance
ELW 638

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

   This is my story, this is my song,
   praising my Savior, all the day long:
   this is my story, this is my song,
   praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
angels descending bring from above
echoes of mercy, whispers of love.    Refrain

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
watching and waiting, looking above,
filled with his goodness, lost in his love.    Refrain


Go in peace.  Follow the way of Jesus.
Thanks be to God.


Your Grace Is Enough
Matt Maher

Liturgical Text and Music from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, © 2006, 2020, 2022 Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SAS016761.  All rights reserved.

Martin Luther's Morning Prayer, Text: Martin Luther, 1483-1546, Public domain, paraphrase by Carl Schalk © 2011 Carl Schalk, Music: Carl Schalk, 1929-2021, Music © 2011 Carl Schalk, Text and music admin Birnamwood Publications, div. MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

All I Really Want, Words and music: Lincoln Brewster, Words and music © 2002 Integrity's Praise! Music.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under CCLI License # 2241477.  All rights reserved.

Come, Ye Disconsolate, Text: Thomas Moore, 1779-1852, sts. 1-2; Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872, st. 3. Music: Samuel Webbe, Sr., 1740-1816.  Public domain.

You Are Holy, Text and music: Per Harling, b. 1945. Text and music © 1990 Ton Vis Produktion AB, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

Psalm Refrain 70B: Words and Music: David Lee, Psalms for All Seasons, Words and music © 1996, 1999 David Lee.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

Psalm Tone 70B, Psalms for All Seasons, © 2011 Faith Alive Christian Resources,  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

Let Streams of Living Justice,: Text: William Whitla, 1989; © 1998 Selah Publishing Co., Inc. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.  Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934.  Public domain.

Let My Prayers Rise Up, Text and music: Marty Haugen, b. 1950. Text and music © 1990 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.  

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Words & Music:  Aftrican American spiritual, Public domain.

As The Grains of Wheat, Text: Didache, 2nd cent.; Marty Haugen, b. 1950, Music:  Marty Haugen, Text and music © 1990 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

The Lord's Prayer, Music: Jack S. Upton, Jr.  Used by permission.

When Peace Like a River, Text: Horatio G. Spafford, 1828-1888, Music: Philip P. Bliss, 1838-1876.  Public domain. 

Thankful Hearts and Voices Raise,  Text: John W. Arthur, 1922-1980, Text © 1978, 1995 Augsburg Fortress. Music: Bread of Life, Jeremy Young, b. 1948. Music © 1995 Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.  

Blessed Assurance, Text: Fanny Crosby, 1820-1915. Music: Phoebe P. Knapp, 1930-1908. Public domain.

Lord I Lift Your Name on High, Words and Music by Rick Founds, Word and music © 1980 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing.  Text and music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under CCLI License # 2241477.  All rights reserved.