Prelude: Audrey Pickering, organ
Thanksgiving for Baptism
Pastor: Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the God of manna, the God of miracles, the God of mercy.
P: Drawn to Christ and seeking God’s abundance, let us confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P: God, Our Provider,
C: help us. We are reluctant to believe there is enough to share. We question your ways when they differ from the ways of the world in which we live. We turn to our own understanding rather than trusting in you. We take offense at your teachings and your ways. Turn us again to you. Share with us the words of eternal life and feed us for life in the world. Amen.
P: Beloved people of God: in Jesus, the manna from heaven, you are fed and nourished. By Jesus, the worker of miracles, there is always more than enough. Through Jesus, + the bread of life, you are shown God’s mercy: you are forgiven and loved into abundant life.
P: 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
P: Let us pray. All-powerful God,
C: in Jesus Christ you turned death into life and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil in the strength of the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
First Reading: Genesis 3:8-15
[Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Psalm: Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
O LORD, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If you were to keep watch over sins, O LORD, who could stand?
Yet with you is forgiveness, in order that you may be feared.
I wait for you, O LORD; my soul waits; in your word is my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who keep watch for the morning, more than those who keep watch for the morning.
O Israel, wait for the LORD, for with the LORD there is steadfast love; with the LORD there is plenteous redemption.
For the LORD shall redeem Israel from all their sins.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
P: The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the third chapter.
[Jesus went home;] and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
C: Glory to you, Oh Lord.
P: This concludes the Gospel of Our Lord.
C: Praise to you, Oh Christ.
Sermon by Rev. Dave Whetter
Hymn of the Day: "Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen" ELW #548
P: With the whole church, let us confess what we believe.
C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
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 Pontius Pilate, 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.
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.
Prayers of the People
P: Lord, in your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
Prayer requests: Viona Schmidt, Judy Lundberg, Kathleen Elser, Tara Truitt, Mike Hoover, Leon Spaeth, Steve Short, Peggy Dial, Rick Swango, Alan and Dina Luptak, Gerald Stucky, Beverly Fink, Jace Richardson, Nancy Westling, Sherrie Russell, Suzanne Barnes
Prayers of comfort and consolation for the family of Greg Knittel and Susan James on the passing of Greg's father, and for the Nelson family on the passing of Grace Ayre.
Passing of the Peace
P: The Peace of Christ be with you always.
C: And also with you.
All people share a verbal sign of peace.
P: Let us pray.
C: God of love, you call us beloved children and welcome us to your table. Receive our lives and the gifts we offer. Abide with us and send us in service to a suffering world; for the sake of your beloved Child, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving
P: It is indeed right... we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Words of Institution
The Lord's Prayer
C: 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. 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.
Explanation of Holy Communion
All are welcome to God’s table. During this time when we are especially aware of safety, communion will be served as a dismissal. At the conclusion of the service, you are invited to receive Holy Communion in the narthex. Communion servers will offer you a tray, where you will pick up a cup of bread (gluten-free available), and a cup of wine or grape juice. Holy Communion elements have been prepared with attention to health and safety.
For any who do not feel comfortable receiving communion in person at the church, Pastor Liz is happy to do porch communion visits! Email her at email@example.com.
Communion Hymns: "I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me" ELW #860
"Come Ye Disconsolate" ELW #607
Blessing & Dismissal
P: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine on you with grace and with mercy. May the Lord look upon you with favor, and + give you peace.
P: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
C: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
P: God nourishes us at the table to live as disciples. Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God!