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

09-13-2020 (Pentecost 15)

**Today’s worship is provided by the staff of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin**

INVOCATION

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

L: Gracious God

C: We come before you, beloved but broken. We have not always treated others as we would want them to treat us. We have not always called out injustice and abuse. We have not always been kind to ourselves.  We have not always taken care of the world we share with other living creatures.  Remind us of who we are, beloved children bathed in your love. Renew us by your living spirit to live as your holy people, bringing healing to the brokenness around us.  Amen

GATHERING SONG – “Gather Us In”

Here in this place the new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away;

see in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day.

Gather us in, the lost and forsaken, gather us in, the blind and the lame;

call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.

 

We are the young, our lives are a myst’ry, we are the old who yearn for your face;

we have been sung throughout all of hist’ry, called to be light to the whole human race.

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty, gather us in, the proud and the strong;

give us a heart, so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.

 

Here we will take the wine and the water, here we will take the bread of new birth,

here you shall call your sons and your daughters, call us anew to be salt for the earth.

Give us to drink the wine of compassion, give us to eat the bread that is you;

nourish us well, and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

 

Not in the dark of buildings confining, not in some heaven, light years away—

here in this place the new light is shining, now is the kingdom, and now is the day.

Gather us in and hold us forever, gather us in and make us your own;

gather us in, all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

GREETING

L: 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

L: Grant, O God,

C: that your holy and life-giving Spirit may move every human heart; that the barriers dividing us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; and that with our divisions healed, we might live in justice and peace; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING – Galatians 3:23-29

23Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

GOSPEL – Mark 14:1-9

1It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”
3While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

SERMON – Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson

SONG OF THE DAY – Breaking Chains

“Come To The Table”

We all start on the outside The outside looking in
This is where grace begins We were hungry, we were thirsty
With nothing left to give Oh the shape that we were in
Just when all hope seemed lost Love opened the door for us

He said come to the table Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior Sit down and be set free
Come to the table

Come meet this motley crew of misfits These liars and these thiefs
There’s no one unwelcome here So that sin and shame that you brought with you
You can leave it at the door Let mercy draw you near

Come to the table Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior Sit down and be set free
Come to the table Come to the table

To the thief and to the doubter To the hero and the coward
To the prisoner and the soldier To the young and to the older
All who hunger, all who thirst All the last and all the first
All the paupers and the princes All who fail you’ve been forgiven
All who dream and all who suffer All who loved and lost another
All the chained and all the free All who follow, all who lead
Anyone who’s been let down All the lost you have been found
All who have been labeled right or wrong To everyone who hears this song

Ooh
Come to the table Come join the sinners you have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior Sit down and be set free
Oooh
Sit down and be set free Come to the table Come to the table
Sit down and be set free Come to the table

STATEMENT OF FAITH

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

L:Lord in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

PEACE

L: The peace of Christ be with you all.

C: And also with you.

OFFERING

OFFERING PRAYER

L: God, our Creator,

C: you open wide your hands and satisfy the needs of every living creature. We thank you and bless you for your tender nurture and care. Through the gifts we give to our congregations and others who serve their neighbors, help us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and bring justice to the oppressed in our world. Help us to boldly go where you send us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BLESSING

SENDING SONG

“FOR EVERYONE BORN A PLACE AT THE TABLE”

For everyone born, a place at the table, for everyone born, clean water and bread,
a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, for everyone born, a star over head.

Refrain:
And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy,

Yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice, and joy.

For woman and man, a place at the table, revising the roles, deciding to share,
with wisdom and grace, dividing the power, for woman and man, a system that’s fair. Refrain

For young and for old, a place at the table, a voice to be heard, a part in the song,
the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, for young and for old, the right to belong. Refrain

For just and unjust, a place at the table. abuser, abused, with need to forgive,
in anger, in hurt, a mind-set of mercy, for just and unjust, a new way to live. Refrain

For everyone born, a place at the table, to live without fear, and simply to be,
to work, to speak out, to witness and worship, for everyone born, the right to be free.

DISMISSAL

L: Go in peace.Build a bigger table.

C: Christ is with you.Amen.

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

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The scripture readings are reprinted from the NRSV Bible.