Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-723-6048
Office Hours: M-Th, 8a.m.-4p.m.

02-21-2021 (Lent 1)

**Today’s service was provided by the Staff of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin**

** The sermon is given by Bishop Medardo Gomez and Rev. Abelina of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.  This sermon is in Spanish, however, the English translation is printed below**

OPENING WORDS

Bishop Laurie Skow Anderson & Rev. Steve Meyer

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Lidixe Montoya – Mission Developer,  Mission to Mission Ministry

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

Rev. Paul Backstrom

SONG – Central Lutheran Church

“Spirit Of The Living God” By: Jacob Sooter

Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
We only want to hear Your voice We’re hanging on every word
Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
We want to know You more and more We’re hanging on every word
Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
We only want to hear Your voice We’re hanging on every word
Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
We want to know You more and more We’re hanging on every word

[Chorus]
‘Cause when You speak, when You move When You do what only You can do
It changes us It changes what we see and what we seek
When You come in the room When You do what only You can do
It changes us It changes what we see and what we seek
You’re changing everything

Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
We’re leaning in to all You are Everything else can wait
Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
Come now and breathe upon our hearts Come now and have Your way

‘Cause when You speak, when You move When You do what only You can do
It changes us It changes what we see and what we seek
When You come in the room When You do what only You can do
It changes us It changes what we see and what we seek
You’re changing everything

When You move, You move all our fears When You move, You move us to tears
When You move, You move all our fears When You move, You move us to tears
When You fall, we fall on our knees When You fall, we fall at Your feet
When You fall, we fall on our knees When You fall, we fall at Your feet

‘Cause when You speak, when You move When You do what only You can do
It changes us It changes what we see and what we seek
When You come in the room When You do what only You can do
It changes us It changes what we see and what we seek
You’re changing everything

Spirit of the living God Spirit of the living God
We only want to hear Your voice We’re hanging on every word

LITANY FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T READY FOR HEALING

Rev. Annie Ladnier

SERMON

Bishop Medardo Gomez and Rev. Abelina of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador.

We are sending fraternal greetings, burning wishes of a happy new year and a manifestation of God in your lives, especially in this epiphany season.

The Reverend and Bishop Abelina is going to read the text, with which I am going to reflect, sending you a message and word of God

It says in Luke 4:16-21

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”.

Dear brothers and sisters, grace and peace from God our father and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

We have heard the story of salvation: Jesus visits a jewish church and the over there, God’s spirit manifests. And it manifests reminding the word that accompanied the prophets and that’s why, in that jewish church where the Lord attends, he is giving the book to read. The book that contained Jesus’ project.

I want to tell you that this project is the one that all churches must develop, the church in the world. And we must develop it forever and ever. There is no change. We only have to talk to each place in every historical moment, and it must respond to the national reality.

Thus, the prophets, we should remember that the prophets made analysis of their national reality where they lived and they took out from there the message of God’s word. They brought up from what they could watch, see, from what happened, how the rulers and the peoples acted. How all the people lived. There the prophetic message arose.

The prophetic message is to make analysis, church must make analysis and to do that, it is necessary to study, to read, to learn about what is going on in the world, about all history of the world, about what happens in the place, in the town where we are, in the nation where we belong. So, we can have the message of God’s word incarnated in the reality. Otherwise, we are going to be talking about sublime, out of reality, messages. We must have a church’s message, but appropriate to what we are living.

Then, the analysis that prophets made was very important and that is why they suffered persecution, because that analysis was not tolerated. It was not tolerated by the powerful, the power of money, the political power. They did not tolerate when the principles of God’s kingdom were announced.

Then, they suffered persecution that transcended till Jesus’ times. That’s why Jesus said: “when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account, rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

That’s how the moment of prophet Isaiah became historic when Jesus was given the book to read and he had to read.

It is important to understand that when church analyses, it becomes conscious. When church realizes of lies, how the power and wealth act, how they exploit and make the people to suffer, it is then that church converts.

Here, in El Salvador, we have that reality, that’s why in El Salvador, we have a lot of martyrs. Even the nuns that came to help us, Maryknoll[1] nuns were assassinated, the Jesuits priests[2] were assassinated because they denounced sin, said the truth and announced God’s grace.

The, now called, Saint Romero, Monsignor Romero, a personal friend of mine: he was my pastor when I was a little boy, he was a priest in San Miguel[3], he taught my confirmation class. I was confirmed at catholic church, but when I met Lutheran church, then I did not re-confirmed, but confirmed my Lutheran faith.

Well in the analysis. There is a problem that some people do not dare to make an analysis because it is dangerous, in the sense that they can learn, realize, all the evil’s tricks.

There was a bishop, that already died, rest in peace, a bishop from Brazil, his name was Helder Camara. He said “when I feed the poor, I am told that I am good, but when I make analysis and ask why do they suffer? Why are they hungry? Then I am told, I am ‘subversive’”.

That happens, that happens with church, when church takes the risk. But there must be Christians whose commitment is not with anyone else, but with God, that point, that make good to those who make plans of evil, to make them good because that are light and salt of the world. We illuminate so that sin does not continue to be committed, mistakes do not continue to hurt humanity.

When Jesus takes the book of the prophet, he announces there what I tell you, brothers and sisters, it is God’s project, it is the pastoral work we must do, all churches in the world, in every nation. What we do here in El Salvador, but of course, applied to this national reality, to our history, to all what we have lived and there to you, in the United States, to your national reality, applied to your history, to the moment you are living.

And so, to any part of the world, when we read this project that will stay forever and ever, it says to us that the freedom to prisoners of sin is announced. Human beings are all sinners, there is no one who can say he/she is not a sinner. We are sinners, it is on our own identity, that’s why God frees us of all type of sins that we can commit. That is why he announces freedom to prisoners of sin, he announces freedom to the oppressed, to those who are oppressed by so many evils. How wonderful is to feel the presence of God in life and to feel free from all evil. Only with the good new that we have been recovered now from the illness, if we were infected with COVID, and we are given the good news. How nice is to receive the good news that what used to oppress us has disappeared.

Sight is given to the blind, there are those who cannot see, or there are those who are used to see only for their own interests and are not able to see changes for God’s true, for justice, for true, for peace. It is in a transformation, in a true conversion, that the blinds receive the sight.

Also, we are told about rescuing the mistreated, there are many mistreated in the world. Our compassion must come, our mercy, our pastoral compassion, our attention. The migrants, migrants are mistreated, women in the world are mistreated, black people are mistreated, homosexuals in the world are mistreated, so many children of God are mistreated. This is not possible!

And, as church, we are having the commitment to announce hope to them. That’s why, the book of Isaiah ends, Jesus ends reading “I have been send to announce good news to everyone”, especially to those most in need. Yes, dear brothers, this is the reflection, the word, the message that with great pleasure and great delight, I have. I thank sister Lidixe, Dr Lidixe, because here she is a physician with us, that she invited me to share this message with you. May God bless you; may the Lord be and manifests himself, in the name of the father, son, and holy spirit. Amen

SONG – Central Lutheran Church

“Who You Say I Am” – By: Reuben Morgan

VERSE 1
Who am I that the highest King Would welcome me
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh His love for me Oh His love for me

CHORUS
Who the Son sets free Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God Yes I am

VERSE 2
Free at last He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me Yes He died for me

CHORUS 2
Who the Son sets free Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God Yes I am
In my Father’s house There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God Yes I am

BRIDGE
I am chosen Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me Not against me
I am who You say I am

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Rev. Erin Nelson

L: Lord in Your mercy.  C: Hear our prayer.

SOCIAL JUSTICE CREED AND CALL TO OFFERING

Rev. Mikayla Kopp

SONG – Central Lutheran Church

“Won’t Stop Now” – By: Christoper Joel Brown

I give You glory For all You’ve brought me through
And now I’m ready For whatever You wanna do

I’m moving forward To follow after You
And now I’m ready For whatever You wanna do

Your presence Is an open door
We want You Lord like never before

Your presence Is an open door
So come now Lord like never before

In every season Your grace has been enough
And I’m believing The best is yet to come

The cross before me My hope on things above
And in You Jesus The best is yet to come

Your presence Is an open door
We want You Lord like never before

Your presence Is an open door
So come now Lord like never before

I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now

Your presence Is an open door
We want You Lord like never before

Your presence Is an open door
So come now Lord like never before

I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now
I know breakthrough is coming By faith I see a miracle
My God made me a promise And it won’t stop now

BLESSING

Rev. Jamie Brieske

SONG – Central Lutheran Church

“See A Victory” – By: Jason Ingram

Hymns, songs and portions of the liturgy are reprinted under the following licenses:

CCLI #2339821, OneLicense #A-723565, Augsburg #SAS013411.

The scripture readings are reprinted from the NRSV Bible.