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

11-25-2020 (Thanksgiving Eve)

**Today’s Thanksgiving Eve service is provided by the Staff of the Northwest Synod Of Wisconsin**

CALL TO WORSHIP

P: The world is filled with the glory of God, and we say,
C: Thank you!
P: The hills and valleys are filled with colour, and we say,
C: Thank you!
P: The vines and trees are filled with fruit, and we say,
C: Thank you!
P: Our tables are overflowing with food, and we say,
C: Thank you!
P: Our life is filled with love of family and friends, and we say,
C: Thank you!
P: We fill this house of God with our voices, saying,
C: Thank you!
P: May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, O God,
as enter into this service of thanksgiving and praise.
C: AMEN

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, in whose image we are made,
who claims us and calls us beloved.
C: Amen.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P: Holy One,

C: we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen. Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us. Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice!
Let us live in the promises prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Amen.

SONG – All Creatures Worship God Most High

All creatures, worship God most high!

Sound ev’ry voice in earth and sky: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Sing, brother sun, in splendor bright;

sing, sister moon and stars of night:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Sing, brother wind; with clouds and rain

you grow the gifts of fruit and grain: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Dear sister water, useful, clear,

make music for your Lord to hear:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Sing, brother fire, so mirthful, strong,

drive far the shadows, join the throng: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Dear mother earth, so rich in care,

praise God in colors bright and rare:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

All who for love of God forgive,

all who in pain and sorrow grieve: Alleluia! Alleluia!

Christ bears your burdens and your fears;

still make your song amid the tears:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P: God of all creation,
C: Thank you for the wonderful things you have made. Thank you for the universe full of stars and planets. Thank you for our world, full of life. Thank you for making each one of us. Thank you for loving each one of us. Take these gifts we now offer back to you. May they be used to the glory of your name. We offer you ourselves and all the gifts you have blessed us with. Take us and use us to share your love with the world. Amen.

FIRST READING – Job 38-40

HOLY GOSPEL – John 1:1-5, 14

SERMON – Pastor Greg Kaufmann

SONG – “Thanks A Lot”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Ever faithful Lord, Ever giving Son, Ever present Spirit,
For the many gifts you grant us and the opportunity to enjoy these things;
For your daily provision and for the constant signs of your healing love;
For the hope amidst despair and the light which always shines;
For all these things, ‘thank you’ is just so inadequate but it’s all we have:
… to show our gratitude in word, in thought and in action.
So thank you, Lord and may our thanks move beyond words to transform us into thankful folk, faithful folk, seeing folk, folk who see need and see the need to act, folk who love to live and live to love, folk who
serve you by serving others.
Help us to be amongst those who include the excluded and bring in those who are marginalized, that when
the opportunities come our way to be healers of division and hurt, to be peacemakers and restorers,
we won’t be found wanting.
Loving, personal Father, We bring before you those people and issues that are closest to us and that
occupy our minds at this time …
Mighty, wonderful Father, we bring before you people and issues from around our world, including those
we’ll never know personally but who remain our sisters and brothers in you …
Transforming, healing Father, help us to make the light shine in dark places,
to make peace known in violent places, and to bring hope to despondent places.
Our prayers, spoken and silent are brought to you now
in the name of your Son, Jesus, the healer, includer and redeemer, forever.
C: Amen.

OFFERING PRAYER

God of all goodness, we give you praise and thanks for all the blessings of this life.
We are grateful for the gift of food, and the opportunity we have to feed others in your name;
the blessing of shelter, and the challenge before us to care for the homeless; the love of friends and family,
and your call to love those who are lost and alone; the fellowship of the church, and the presence of Christ in the lives of our needy brothers and sisters. You have given us much, Holy Lord, and you expect much of us. Help us to accept your blessings and your challenges with gratitude, and may we find that, through your grace, blessings become challenges and challenges become blessings.
C: Amen.

HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: Lord Jesus, in this simple meal you have set a banquet. Sustain us on the journey, strengthen us to care for the least of your beloved children, and give us glad and generous hearts as we meet you on the way.
C: Amen.

SENDING FORTH AND BLESSING

P: Go into the world showing a gentle attitude toward everyone. Be joyful and thankful!
Fill your mind with those things that are good and deserve praise: things true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable. Put into practice what you have heard here. And may the God who gives peace be with each of you.
C: We go in the peace of Christ to love and serve all creation. AMEN

SONG – Let All Things Now Living

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving

to God the creator triumphantly raise, who fashioned and made us,

protected and stayed us, who still guides us on to the end of our days.

God’s banners are o’er us, God’s light goes before us,

a pillar of fire shining forth in the night, till shadows have vanished

and darkness is banished, as forward we travel from light into light.

 

God rules all the forces: the stars in their courses

and sun in its orbit obediently shine; the hills and the mountains,

the rivers and fountains, the deeps of the ocean proclaim God divine.

We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;

with glad adoration a song let us raise till all things now living

unite in thanksgiving: “To God in the highest, hosanna and praise!”