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

02-28-2020 (Pentecost 4)

PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – By: Chris Tomlin

WELCOME

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

P: Reconciling God,

C: we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us; so that we may live and serve you in newness of life. Amen.

GATHERING SONG

“I Come To The Cross” – By: Bill Batstone

I come to the cross seeking mercy and grace, I come to the cross where You died in my place.
Out of my weakness and into Your strength, Jesus, I come to the cross.

Your arms are open, You call me by name, You welcome the child that was lost.
You paid the price for my guilt and my shame,

Jesus, I come, Jesus I come, Jesus, I come to the cross

I come to the cross seeking mercy and grace, I come to the cross where You died in my place.
Out of my weakness and into Your strength, Jesus, I come to the cross.

Your arms are open, You call me by name, You welcome the child that was lost.
You paid the price for my guilt and my shame,

Jesus, I come, Jesus I come, Jesus, I come to the cross

GREETING

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: O God,

C: you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING  – Jeremiah 28:5-9

The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 – Read Responsively

Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.

 

For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is established forever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.

 

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant:

 

‘I will establish your line forever, and preserve your throne for all generations.’ ”

 

Happy are the people who know the festal shout! They walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.

 

They rejoice daily in your name; they are jubilant in your righteousness.

 

For you are the glory of their strength, and by your favor our might is exalted.

 

Truly, our shield belongs to the Lord; our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23

Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42

P: The gospel according to Matthew, the 10th chapter

C: GLORY TO YOU, O LORD.

Jesus said to the twelve: “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

The gospel of the Lord.

PRAISE TO YOU, O CHRIST!

SERMON – PASTOR NATALIE LESKE

HYMN OF THE DAY – Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

 

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;

how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!

 

Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come;

’tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.

 

The Lord has promised good to me; his word my hope secures;

he will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.

 

When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,

we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

APOSTLE’S CREED

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.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

P: Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.

LORD’S PRAYER

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.

PEACE

P: The peace of Christ be with you always.

C: And also with you.

OFFERING

SPECIAL MUSIC – OSLC Peal of Praise

“The King Of Love, My Shepherd Is”

OFFERING PRAYER

P: God of goodness and growth,

C: all creation is yours, and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. All that we have are signs of your abundant grace. Nourish us through the gifts you have given us, that we might proclaim your steadfast love in our communities and in the world, through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song. Amen.

BLESSING

SENDING SONG

“We Are Called”

Come! Open your heart!  Show your mercy to all those in fear!

We are called to be hope for the hopeless so hatred and blindness will be no more. 

    

We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly;

we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

 

Come! Open your heart! Show your mercy to all those in fear!

We are called to be hope for the hopeless so hatred and blindness will be no more.

 

We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly;

we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

 

Sing! Sing a new song! Sing of that great day when all will be one!

God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love.

 

We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly;

we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.

DISMISSAL

P: Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Be Bold – Be Strong” – By: Morris Chapman