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Sunday Morning Worship 11 19 2023
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
November 19, 2023



Martin Luther's Morning Prayer
Martin Luther / Carl Schalk

I thank you, heav'nly Father,
through Je-sus 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.


Simple Gifts Hayes
Traditional Shaker Melody


Blessed be God, Father, + Son and Holy Spirit.

In the presence of God and of one another, let us make our confession.

O God of steadfast love and faithfulness.
Throughout time you have revealed your ways of justice, yet we fail to follow you.  We are overwhelmed by the world’s violence and suffering.  We cling to what we have, afraid to risk it for the sake of others.  For the harm we have caused, known and unknown, forgive us.  For the unjust demands that we place upon others and on your creation, forgive us.  For the ways we turn away from you and from our neighbor, forgive us.  Lead us back to you and set us on the right path for your name’s sake.  In the name of Jesus, our Savior.  Amen.

Beloved in Christ, God’s justice stretches beyond all that we can under-stand.  God’s compassion and mercy is beyond compare.  In Jesus, God shows us a new way and in him, we are forgiven +.  Amen.


Lord of Light
ELW 688

Lord of light, your name outshining
all the stars and suns of space,
use our talents in your kingdom
as the servants of your grace;
use us to fulfill your purpose
in the gift of Christ your Son:

   Father, as in highest heaven,
   so on earth your will be done.

By the toil of faithful workers
in some far outlying field,
by the courage where the radiance
of the cross is still revealed,
by the victories of meekness,
through reproach and suff'ring won:    Refrain

Grant that knowledge, still increasing,
at your feet may lowly kneel;
with your grace our triumphs hallow,
with your charity our zeal;
lift the nations from the shadows
to the gladness of the sun:    Refrain

By the prayers of faithful watchers,
never silent day or night;
by the cross of Jesus, bringing
peace to all and healing light;
by the love that passes knowledge,
making all your children one:    Refrain

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. 


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God's people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, 
we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: 
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, 
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, 
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Let us pray.
Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

+ WORD +  

FIRST READING:  Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading) presents the day of the LORD as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the LORD.

 7Be silent before the Lord GOD!
 For the day of the LORD is at hand;
 the LORD has prepared a sacrifice,
 he has consecrated his guests.
 12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
 and I will punish the people
 who rest complacently on their dregs,
 those who say in their hearts,
 "The LORD will not do good,
 nor will he do harm."
 13Their wealth shall be plundered,
 and their houses laid waste.
 Though they build houses,
 they shall not inhabit them;
 though they plant vineyards,
 they shall not drink wine from them.
 14The great day of the LORD is near,
 near and hastening fast;
 the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter,
 the warrior cries aloud there.
 15That day will be a day of wrath,
 a day of distress and anguish,
 a day of ruin and devastation,
 a day of darkness and gloom,
 a day of clouds and thick darkness,
 16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
 against the fortified cities
 and against the lofty battlements.
 17I will bring such distress upon people
 that they shall walk like the blind;
 because they have sinned against the LORD,
 their blood shall be poured out like dust,
 and their flesh like dung.
 18Neither their silver nor their gold
 will be able to save them
 on the day of the LORD's wrath;
 in the fire of his passion
 the whole earth shall be consumed;
 for a full, a terrible end
 he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 90:1-12    (read responively by full verse)

1LORD, you have been our dwelling place
 in all generations.
 2Before the mountains were brought forth,
 or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
 from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
 3You turn us back to dust,
 and say, "Turn back, you mortals."
 4For a thousand years in your sight
 are like yesterday when it is past,
 or like a watch in the night.
 5You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
 like grass that is renewed in the morning;
 6in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
 in the evening it fades and withers.
 7For we are consumed by your anger;
 by your wrath we are overwhelmed.
 8You have set our iniquities before you,
 our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
 9For all our days pass away under your wrath;
 our years come to an end like a sigh.
 10The days of our life are seventy years,
 or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
 even then their span is only toil and trouble;
 they are soon gone, and we fly away.
 11Who considers the power of your anger?
 Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
 12So teach us to count our days
 that we may gain a wise heart.

SECOND READING:   1 Thessalonians5:1-11
Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ’s return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

The word of the Lord.       
Thanks be to God.


Alleluia, Alleluia.
Alleluia, Alleluia.

GOSPEL:      Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.

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

[Jesus said to the disciples:]  14For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' 21His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' 23His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

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



As Saints of Old
ELW 695

As saints of old their firstfruits brought
of orchard, flock, and field
to God, the giver of all good,
the source of bounteous yield;
so we today firstfruits would bring,
the wealth of this good land,
of farm and market, shop and home,
of mind and heart and hand.

A world in need now summons us
to labor, love, and give;
to make our life an offering
to God, that all may live.
The church of Christ is calling us
to make the dream come true:
a world redeemed by Christ-like love;
all life in Christ made new.

In gratitude and humble trust
we bring our best today
to serve your cause and share your love
with all along life's way.
O God, who gave yourself to us
in Jesus Christ your Son,
teach us to give ourselves each day
until life's work is done.


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.


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.

O Lord, Hear My Prayer
ELW 751

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my Prayer:
when I call, answer me. 

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer:
come and listen to me.

Gracious God, you give talents and gifts to all your people, and you equip the church to serve. Turn us from fear and self-serving ways, that we use our talents to glorify you and encourage our neighbor. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You have been our dwelling place from one generation to another. Sustain the life of the planet; protect farmlands and harvests. Direct all people in wise stewardship of all the earth’s resources. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You call us to honesty and integrity. Instill these values in the hearts of all nations and their leaders. Free any who are oppressed, expose all corruption, and bring redemption to victims of injustice. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

You teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Where there is sickness or sorrow, bring healing, particularly for Arlene, Anne, Mabel, Mike, Anna Mae, Doris, Kaden, Michael, Julie, Carol, Anne, Lydia, Paul, Wil, Amy, Betty, Bob, Jane, Marian L., Monica, Scott, Ron, Flo, Doris, Dottie, Ruth, Marian, Tim, Betty, Henry, Mary, Greg, Ann Joyce, Jim, Yolanda, and Max, and where there is loneliness, reveal your love in community. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

We pray for the faith formation ministries of our church. Give to all children, youth, and adults who study your word the breastplate of faith and love. Shape us by your love and show us how to encourage one another. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.

     Other petitions may be offered.

Gracious God, you are faithful in all generations. For the promise of life and rest and for the witness of those who have died in faith (especially) we praise your goodness. 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.


Eternal Light
words by Beth Rice Luttrell
Early American Melody
arranged by Benjamin Harlan


Let The VIneyards Be Fruitful
ELW 182

Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord,
and fill to the brim our cup of blessing.
Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown,
that be  may be fed with the bread of life.
Gather the hopes and the dreams of all;
unite them with the prayers we offer now.
Grace our table with your presence,
and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.

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:

SANCTUS     (page 130)

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power 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.           

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.

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 Pastor’s side  is first, a chalice for intinction and second, a common cup for drinking, and a third chalice of juice. 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.

AGNUS DEI     (page 135)

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.


One Bread, One Body
ELW 496

   One bread, one body, one Lord of all;
   one cup of blessing which we bless,
   and we, though many throughout the earth,
   we are one body in this one Lord.

Gentile or Jew, servant or free,
woman or man, no more   Refrain

Many the gifts, many the works,
one in the Lord of all.    Refrain

Grain for the fields, scattered and grown,
gathered to one for all.  Refrain


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


Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared
in the sight of ev’ry people:
a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

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.



I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
ELW 815

I want to walk as a child of the light.
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world.
The star of my life is Jesus.

   In him there is no darkness at all.
   The night and the day are both alike.
   The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
   Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God.
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of righteousness, shine on my path,
and show me the way to the Father.    Refrain

I'm looking for the coming of Christ.
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
we shall know the joy of Jesus.    Refrain


Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It
by Kirkpatrick, arr. by Mary McDonald

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.

Lord of Light, Text: Howell E. Lewis, 1860-1953, alt.  Music: Cyril V. Taylor, 1907-1991.  Text and music © 1942, ren. 1970 Hope Publishing Company. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

As Saints of Old, Text: Frank von Christierson, 1900-1996, alt. Text © 1961, ren. 1989 The Hymn Society, admin. Hope Publishing Company, Music: English folk tune, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958.  Arr. © Oxford University Press.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

O Lord, Hear My Prayer, Text: Taizé Community, adapt.  Music Jacques Berthier, 1923-1994.  Text and music © 1982, 1991 Les Presses de Taizé, admin. GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful, Music: Richard W. Hillert, 1923-2010.  Text and music © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin Augsburg Fortress.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

One Bread, One Body. Text: John Foley, Sl, b. 1939. Music: John Foley, Sl.  Text and music ©  1978 John B. Foley, S1, and OCP Publications.  Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, Text and music: Kathleen Thomerson, b. 1934. Text © 1970, 1975 Celebration..Reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense #A-722274.  All rights reserved.