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

10-04-2020 (Pentecost 18)

PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“Purify My Heart” – By: The Maranatha Singers

WELCOME

L: God is our refuge and strength,

C: a very present help in trouble.

L: Therefore we will not fear

C: God is with us.

L: God is our stronghold.

C: We will not live in fear.

L: We gather to live in LOVE in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

GATHERING SONG

“Open Our Lives To The Word”

May our words, may our songs, may our worship this day fill up our hearts and give us new sight.

May our prayers, may our praise give us light for our days, and open our lives to the Word.

Open our lives to the living Word. Open our hearts to the truth we have heard.

May our words, may our songs, may our worship this day open our lives to the Word.

 

May our griefs, may our woes, may the sorrows we share fill up our hearts and call forth our care.

May our tears, may our fears be accepted right here, and open our lives to the Word.

Open our lives to the living Word. Open our hearts to the truth we have heard.

May our griefs, may our woes, may the sorrows we share open our lives to the Word.

 

May our joys, may our smiles, may the gifts that we bring fill up our hearts and stir us to sing.

May we serve, may we dance, may we all take that chance; and open our lives to the Word.

Open our lives to the living Word. Open our hearts to the truth we have heard.

May our joys, may our smiles, may the gifts that we bring open our lives to the Word.

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: Beloved God,

C: from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

FIRST READING – Philippians 3:4b-14

[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

HOLY GOSPEL – Matthew 21:33-46

The gospel according to Matthew the 21st chapter.   GLORY TO YOU, O LORD.

[Jesus said to the people:] 33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”

42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?

43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

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

SERMON – Pastor Karen Behling

SONG OF THE DAY  – “Jesus Loves Me”

Jesus loves me! this I know, for the Bible tells me so;

little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong.

Refrain

Yes, Jesus loves me, yes, Jesus loves me,

yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.

 

Jesus loves me! he who died heaven’s gates to open wide;

he will wash away my sin, let his little child come in.  Refrain

 

Jesus loves me! he will stay close beside me all the way;

when at last I come to die, he will take me home on high.  Refrain

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

L: 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

L: The peace of Christ be with you always.  C: And also with you.

OFFERING

OFFERING PRAYER

L: Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.

C: Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.    

BLESSING

SENDING SONG

“The Church Song” – By: Jay Beech

Chorus: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.     Chorus

 

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.     Chorus

 

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

 

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

DISMISSAL

L: Go in peace. Live in love.  C: Thanks be to God.

POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team

“This Is Amazing Grace” – By: Phil Wickham

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.