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

07-19-2020 (Pentecost 7)

PRELUDE – OSLC PRAISE TEAM

“Blessings”  By: Laura Story

WELCOME

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.

C: Amen.

P: Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.

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.

P: Beloved of God, by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

GATHERING SONG

“I Rejoiced” By: Trevor Thomson

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

 

I rejoiced when they said to me: “Let us go to the house of the Lord today.”

And now we stand within your gates; my heart is glad and I will sing with joy.

 

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

 

Strongly built is Jerusalem, Strongly built with unity and love.

And it is there that the tribes go up, go up to the mountain of our God.

 

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

 

For the love of friends and family, may the peace of God be with you always.

For the love of God’s house, I will pray for you, will pray for your good.

 

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

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: Faithful God, most merciful judge,

C: you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING – Isaiah 44:6-8

6Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:

I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.

7Who is like me? Let them proclaim it, let them declare and set it forth before me.

Who has announced from of old the things to come? Let them tell us what is yet to be.

8Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it?

You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

PSALM – Psalm 86:11-17

11Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

12I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and glorify your name forevermore.

13For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the pit of death.

14The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent people seeks my life; they have not set you before their eyes.

15But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.

16Turn to me and have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the child of your handmaid.

17Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame; because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

SECOND READING – Romans 8:12-25

12So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.  18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL – Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

36Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, 42and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!”

The gospel of the Lord.        PRAISE TO YOU, O CHRIST!

SERMON – PASTOR NATALIE LESKE

SONG OF THE DAY

“Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil”

Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word.

Lord, let my heart be good soil where love can grow and peace is understood.

When my heart is hard, break the stone away.

When my heart is cold, warm it with the day.

When my heart is lost, Lead me on your way.

Lord, let my heart, Lord, let my heart,

Lord, let my heart be good soil

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 INTERCESSION

P: Lord, in your mercy,

C: hear our prayer.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. 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 power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

PEACE

P: The peace of Christ be with you always.

C: And also with you.

OFFERING

SPECIAL MUSIC – Sue Johnson

“Nearer My God To Thee”

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

“The Church Song”

We are the church, the body of our Lord,
we are all God’s children and we have been restored.

 

The church is not a building where people go to pray;
it’s not made out of sticks and stones, it’s not made out of clay.     

 

We are the church, the body of our Lord,
we are all God’s children and we have been restored.

 

You can go to worship but you cannot go to church;
You can’t find a building that’s alive no matter how you search.

 

We are the church, the body of our Lord,
we are all God’s children and we have been restored.

 

The church is not a business,  a committee or a board;
It’s not a corporation for the business of the Lord.

 

We are the church, the body of our Lord,
we are all God’s children and we have been restored.

 

The church, it is the people  living out their lives,
called, enlightened, sanctified for the work of Jesus Christ.

 

We are the church, the body of our Lord,
we are all God’s children and we have been restored.

DISMISSAL

P: Go in peace. Christ is with you.

C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC PRAISE TEAM

“A New Hallelujah” By: Michael W. Smith

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.