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

11-15-2020 (Pentecost 24)

** In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ordination of Women, today’s service is provided by the NW Synod of Wisconsin**

INVOCATION AND OPENING PRAYER

LITANY OF THANKSGIVING

LITANY OF LAMENT

OPENING HYMN

“For All The Faithful Women” (Vs 1,3,11)

For all the faithful women who served in days of old,

to you shall thanks be given; to all, their story told.

They served with strength and gladness in tasks your wisdom gave.

To you their lives bore witness, proclaimed your pow’r to save.

 

We praise your name for Miriam, who sang triumphantly

while Pharaoh’s vaunted army lay drowned beneath the sea.

As Israel marched to freedom, her chains of bondage gone,

so may we reach the kingdom your mighty arm has won.

 

For Eunice and for Lois, we sing our thanks and praise.

Young Timothy they nurtured and led him in your ways.

Raise up in ev’ry household true teachers of your word

whose lives will bear clear witness to Christ, our risen Lord.

STORIES OF WOMEN OF FAITH

FIRST READING – Exodus 1:8-22 & 15:19-21

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite
people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they
will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”
Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities,
Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and
spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing
tasks on the Israelites, 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every
kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew MIDWIVES, one of whom was named SHIPHRAH AND THE
OTHER PUAH, 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if
it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the
king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the
midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” The midwives said
to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and
give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people
multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families.
Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews[a] you shall throw into
the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”
When the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his chariot drivers went into the sea, the LORD
brought back the waters of the sea upon them; but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground.
Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out
after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them:
‘Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’

The Word of the Lord. Thanks Be To God

SECOND READING – Galatians 3:26-29

For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ. There 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. And if you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks Be To God

GOSPEL READING – Luke 1:46-56

And MARY said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks Be To God

SERMON – Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson

HYMN OF THE DAY

“God Who Writes All People’s Story”

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

L: Lord, in Your mercy.  C: Hear our prayer

STORIES OF WOMEN OF FAITH

SENDING HYMN

“God of the Women”

BLESSING