PRELUDE – OSLC Praise Team
“Bow The Knee” – By:Chris Machen
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.
“God Is Here”
God is here! As we your people meet to offer praise and prayer,
may we find in fuller measure what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us, all our varied skills and arts
wait the coming of the Spirit into open minds and hearts.
Here are symbols to remind us of our lifelong need of grace;
here are table, font, and pulpit; here the cross has central place.
Here in honesty of preaching, here in silence, as in speech,
here, in newness and renewal, God the Spirit comes to each.
Here our children find a welcome in the Shepherd’s flock and fold;
here as bread and wine are taken, Christ sustains us as of old.
Here the servants of the Servant seek in worship to explore
what it means in daily living to believe and to adore.
Lord of all, of church and kingdom, in an age of change and doubt,
keep us faithful to the gospel; help us work your purpose out.
Here, in this day’s dedication, all we have to give, receive;
we, who cannot live without you, we adore you! We believe!
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: Sovereign God,
C: raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
FIRST READING – I Thessalonians 1:1-10
1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
2We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL READING – Matthew 22:15-22
15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
The gospel of the Lord. PRAISE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
SERMON – Pr. Natalie Leske
SONG OF THE DAY
“Jesus, Name Above All Names” – By: Naida Hearn
Jesus, name above all names, Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord,
Emmanuel, God is with us, Blessed Redeemer, living Word. Repeat
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
L: Lord, in your mercy, C: hear our 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.
L: The peace of Christ be with you always. P: And also with you.
MISSION MOMENT – Toni Eckardt
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.
“A New Hallelujah” – By: Michael W. Smith
Can you hear, there’s a new song Breaking out from the children of freedom
Every race and every nation Sing it out sing a new Hallelujah
Let us sing love to the nations Bringing hope of the grace that has freed us
Make Him known and make Him famous Sing it out sing the new Hallelujah
Chorus: Arise! Let the church arise Let love reach to the other side
Alive come alive, Let the song arise
All the world sings a new song Reaching out with the new Hallelujah
Every son and every daughter Everyone sing a new Hallelujah. Chorus
Everyone sing a new Hallelujah Everyone sing a new Hallelujah
L: Go in peace. Live in love.
C: Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE – OSLC Praise Team
“Be Bold, Be Strong” – By: Morris Chapman
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The scripture readings are reprinted from the NRSV Bible.