Finding Grace through discomfort

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables in which Jesus says that the reign of God is like that of a landowner who pays his workers the same wage no matter what time of day they began to work. When God changes God’s mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Martin Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.

Worship Liturgy

Order of Worship & lessons

WORSHIP VIDEO

Learning Resources

Watch the worship service for this week here.

Worship Liturgy

GATHERING 

Welcome 

Opening Song:  

 Apostolic Greeting 

 Prayer of the Day 

 WORD  

First Lesson     

Alleluia New, “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises,” 

 Children’s Message: 

Second Lesson  

Gospel           

Message    

Message Hymn –  

Prayer of the Faithful  

Lord’s Prayer 

Peace 

 SENDING

Final Blessing

Dismissal

Postlude  

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

Readings & Psalm

Exodus 16:2-15
Manna and quails feed the Israelites in the wilderness
Psalm 145:1-8
The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Ps. 145:8)
Philippians 1:21-30
Standing firm in the gospel
Matthew 20:1-16
The parable of the vineyard workers

Celebrate Holy Communion together “virtually”.

Please join with other worshipers and the pastors for this Sunday’s Communion service at 11:00 on ZOOM via computer, tablet or smart phone.

You simply need to have ready your own wine, grape juice, or apple juice as you choose, in a separate glass for each person.  And have a piece of bread of your choice, or wafer, or cracker as you choose.

If you didn’t receive an email to join us this Sunday, you may find the ZOOM login information to login by entering your name and email in the green form.

Learning Resources

Learn more with the additional resources in this post.  Click through this post to find the materials.

Adult Bible Study on Zoom – December 2020- February 2021

Adult Bible Study on Zoom – December 2020- February 2021

Adult Bible Study on ZOOM  - Starts December 6 Starting Wednesdays at 6:00 pm  We will continue to email to those that wish until we are able to meet together again. Stay well.Call in the New Testament During this quarter we will examine God’s call in stories found I the New Testament. Of course, the greatest call came to Jesus. The other calls in the New Testament led to the extension of Christian ministry into the known world. The call stories of the Old Testament are probably better known...

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Honoring All Souls

Honoring All Souls

Cross-cultural Celebrations The Mexican Dia dia de los Muertos was originally Aztecan where families celebrate the life of and legacies of  their ancestors and loved ones. This year, All Saints Sunday falls on the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos and we recognize all the Saints who passed this last year and before. Find a colorful explanation of this joyful multi-day celebrationFrom USA Today October 30, 2020 The trailer illustrates the place of Dia de Los Muertos in family culture and recognizing...

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Offerings of Thanksgiving

While we are keeping physical social distance, there are still options for you to continue bringing your offerings to God and support the ministries of Grace.

Giving Options:

  • Mail a check to church address below
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Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!

Acknowledgments:

 

We thank the following for today’s flowers:  

Pentecost 15, Lectionary 25, 9/13/2020 

Copyright texts may be a smaller font to fit more information on a slide. These copyright acknowledgments are in the approximate order they occur in the service.

Liturgy and Hymns, Arr. © 2020 Augsburg Publishing House, admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS000406.

“All Creatures Worship God” Tune: Public Domain, Text. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission, One License.Net # A-706744

New Revised Standard Version Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“Let Us Go Now  to the Banquet,” Text and music © 1994 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. www.giamusic.com. 800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission. One License.Net # A-706744

“Take My Life,” Text, Public Domain; Music, Music © 1999 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved, see above.