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21st sunday after pentecost october 25, 2020
 
GATHERING
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
 
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS 
The assembly stands. All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, â˜© one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. Amen.
 
Let us pray.
 
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. You are invited to meditate on the words of confession or profess them as you feel comfortable.
 
Silence is kept for reflection.
Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
 
God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of â˜© Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith. Amen.
 
GREETING 
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
 
PRAYER OF THE DAY 
Let us pray.
 
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.
 
The assembly is seated.
WORD
 
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34
A reading from Jeremiah.
The renewed covenant will not be breakable, but like the old covenant it will expect the people to live upright lives. To know the LORD means that one will defend the cause of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:16). The renewed covenant is possible only because the LORD will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. Our hope lies in a God who forgets.
31The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
 
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
SECOND READING:  Romans 3:19-28
A reading from Romans.
Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ.
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

  21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
  27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.
 
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL:   Matthew 28:18-20
The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
 
18And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
 
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
 
The assembly is seated.
SERMON                                                                                                                                 Faith Statements
 
HYMN OF THE DAY                                               Borning Cry                                                       ELW 732
 
AFFIRMATION OF BAPTISM                                                                                                        ELW p. 234
 
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
Renew and inspire the church in the freedom of the gospel, O God. Where the church is in error, reform it. Where the church speaks your truth, strengthen it. Where the church is divided, unify it. Ignite in us the working of the Holy Spirit.
 
Grant healing touch to those who are ill especially Martin, Arlys, Odell, Jim and Diane, Michael, Marlys, Jen, Laurie, Crystal, Kathy, LouAnn, Lon, Erv, Carson, Darlene, all who are shut off and closed in, the residents and staff at Renville Health Services and those we name in our hearts.
 
In this family of faith we give thanks for courageous voices that have remained firm in their commitment to the one who frees us from sin and death. Centered in your grace, unify us in the hope of the gospel, and bless those who have publicly affirmed their baptism this day. We give thanks for our ancestors who have shown us truth and freedom, especially Martin Luther and those who work for the renewal of the church.
 
Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
PEACE 
The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.
 
THANKSGIVING
 
OFFERING 
Please place your envelopes in the basket in the narthex.
 
Lord let our hearts be good soil.
 
THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD 
Let us pray.
O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory forever. Amen.
 
LORD’S PRAYER 
Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
You may meditate on the words of the Lord’s Prayer, or pray aloud, as you feel comfortable.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
 
SENDING
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Today we celebrate our confirmands: 
  • Quilting has resumed on Thursdays from 9:00-11:30 am.
  • The Back-the-Pack program will begin on Wednesday, October 28th.
  • Please let Pastor Jane know if you or a loved one are in the hospital so that you/they can be added to our prayers. 612-306-5349 or flcrenvillepastor@gmail.com
  • If you or a loved one would like to receive communion at home, please contact Pastor Jane.
  • If you would like to read the lessons or provide special music for worship, please let Pastor Jane know.
 
BLESSING 
 
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and â˜© give you peace.
Amen.
 
DISMISSAL 
Go forth into the world to serve God with gladness; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people; love and serve God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
SENDING SONG                                         A Mighty Fortress                                                        ELW 504
 
Please dismiss yourselves from the back of the sanctuary to the front and exit through the side doors and immediately outside the building. Please respect others’ need for social distance.
 
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