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

04-18-2021 (Easter 3)

**In partnership with the Synod Assembly, today’s worship service is provided and led by the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin and the Synod Youth Board**

LITANY FOR CREATION

L: For the marvelous grace of your Creation, we pour out our thanks to You, our God.

C: We praise you, O Lordfor plants growing in earth and water,for life inhabiting lakes and seas,for life creeping in soils and land,for creatures living in wetlands and waters,for life flying above earth and sea,for animals dwelling in woods and fields.

L: How many and wonderful are your works, our God! In wisdom you have made them all!

C: But we confess, dear Lord,As creatures privileged with care and keeping of Your Creation that we have abused Your Creation gifts through arrogance, ignorance, and greed.We confess, Lord, that we often are unaware of how deeply we have hurt Your good earth and its marvelous gifts.We confess that we are often unaware of how our abuse of creation has also been an abuse of ourselves.For our wrongs, Lord, we ask forgiveness. We offer our repentance. We promise to reverence Your Creation as a gracious gift entrusted to us by You, our God. We promise anew to be stewards and not pillagers of what You have entrusted to us. We offer our covenant with creation to pledge our commitment to care for Your good Earth.

L: Creator God,You have given us every reason to learn and promote this wisdom of lives lived in harmony with Creation. May You daily be present with us, gracing our service, our loving, our striving, through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

C: Amen

GATHERING SONG

“God’s Work, Our Hands”

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: O God, you form all humanity to bear your divine image, and you intend for everyone to live together in harmonious dignity. Wepray for all people, whether ourselves or others, who suffer the cruelties of racial or ethnic prejudice. Grant your spirit of power to all who are oppressed. Give healing to victims, of violence, protection to the vulnerable and abused, better housing and worthy employment to the mistreated, courage to the fearful, a remedy for rage, strength to parents and caregivers, and hope to children and youth. Purge the privileged of their sense of superiority, and lead church and society to foster communities ofequity and diversity; through Jesus Christ, our loving Savior.

C: Amen.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Psalm 33:5,  Psalm 85:11, Proverbs 21:15, Isaiah 1:17, Zephaniah 2:3, Amos 5, Micah 6:8, Zephaniah 2:3, Habbakuk 2:4

GOSPEL READINGS

Matthew 22:3540, Luke 10:2537

MESSAGE – Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson

SONG OF THE DAY

“Build A Longer Table”

AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM

L: I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church. Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?

C: I renounce them.

L: Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?

C: I renounce them.

L: Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?

C: I renounce them.

L: Do you believe in God the Father?

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

L: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

C: I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under PontiusPilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.* On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

L: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

C: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

L: You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

C: I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.

L: People of God, do you promise to support each other and pray for each other in our life together in Christ?

C: We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.

PRAYER

APOSTLE’S CREED

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

OFFERING & SPECIAL MUSIC

HOLY COMMUNION

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

BLESSING

DISMISSAL

L: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

SPECIAL MUSIC

Zomba Youth Choir – Malawi, Africa

**Text, tune, and arrangements used by permissionof Augsburg Fortress License #12387S+Litany: https://lutheransrestoringcreation.org/litanyforourpersonalcovenantwithcreation/Hymns/Liturgy: All Creation Sings, Augsburg FortressApostles’ Creed: adapted from Victor Hoagland, C.P., A Joyful Story