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Sunday, September 26, 2021   9:00 AM

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
HOLY COMMUNION

Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ!  Welcome, one and all, to worship and fellowship in His name.

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PRELUDE               Celeste Lundblom

WELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTS

*OPENING HYMN

            “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”           HFG 319

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish – but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

*INVOCATION
P:         In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C:        Amen.

*CONFESSION OF SINS                                                   
P:         Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, the Creator of wind and rain, field and ocean, the Bread of Life coming down from above, the power at work within us and this world.
C:        Amen.
P:         Before God and in the company of our sisters and brothers let us take a moment to silently confess our sins. 

Time for reflection

P:         God and Father of all,
C:        We confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed.  We have thought better of ourselves than others.  We have told lies, said hurtful things, acted in ways we wish we could take back, and looked
the other way when action was needed.  In Your mercy, O God, forgive us, cleanse us, and heal us, for the sake of Jesus, our Savior.  Amen.

*ABSOLUTION
P:         If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; everything has become new!  In Christ, you are a new creation: your sins are taken away
and you are made new.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. 
C:        Amen.

*INTROIT     from Psalm 104
P:         These all look to You, to give them their food in due season.  When You give it to them, they gather it up;
C:        when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.
P:         When You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
C:        when You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
P:         When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created,
C:        and You renew the face of the ground.
P:         May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
C:        may the Lord rejoice in His works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!
P:         I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
C:        I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
P:         May my meditation be pleasing to Him,
C:        for I rejoice in the Lord.
P:         Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
C:        and let the wicked be no more!
P:         Bless the Lord, O my soul!
C:        Praise the Lord!

*GLORIA PATRI (sung by the congregation)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.

*PRAYER OF THE DAY
(in unison)
God of love, You know our frailties and failings.  Give us Your grace to overcome them; keep us from those things that harm us; and guide us in the way of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

HYMN
           
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”              HFG 608

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty –
Hold me with Thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me ‘til I want no more,
Feed me ’til I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield,
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I reach the river Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear me through the swelling current,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side:
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee,
I will ever give to Thee.

THE WORD OF GOD

FIRST LESSON       
Numbers 11:4-6. 10-16, 24-29          
Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”

10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. 11 Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12 Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ 14 I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”
16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.

24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.
26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”


SECOND LESSON
              James 5:13-20
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

HYMN
           
“Above All”

Above all powers, above all kings,
Above all nature and all created things;
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man,
You were here before the world began.

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones,
Above all wonders the world has ever known;
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth,
There's no way to measure what You're worth.

Chorus:
Crucified, laid behind a stone;
You lived to die, rejected and alone;
Like a rose, trampled on the ground,
You took the fall, and thought of me,
Above all.

*HOLY GOSPEL                 Mark 9:38-50    
38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,7 it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell,8 to the unquenchable fire.9 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire.10 50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

MESSAGE
                Pastor Steve Lundblom

*APOSTLES' CREED
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell, the third day He rose again
from the dead; He ascended into heaven; And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; The holy Christian Church; The Communion of Saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.  Amen.
OFFERTORY HYMN
           
“Be Thou My Vision”                                     HFG 468

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            “Be Thou My Vision”                                     HFG 468

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art -
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

*DOXOLOGY
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all
creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

*PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

*THE LORD’S PRAYER
(in unison)
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.
*THE benediction

*THREE-FOLD AMEN

CLOSING HYMN
            “Lead On, O King Eternal”                            HFG 595

Lead on, O King Eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now O King Eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King Eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords’ loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums –
With deeds of love and mercy,
The heavenly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King Eternal,
We follow not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er Thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest:
Lead on O God of might.

POSTLUDE

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TODAY’S RADIO BROADCAST is given in memory of Carol Ann Trogstad Hannegrefs, Linda Selby, Kay Stepanek and Edith Larson from John Adams; in memory of Carol Ann Trogstad Hannegrefs from Robert Evans; in memory of husband and father, Warren Ritter from Laura and Jordan Ritter and in honor of our wedding anniversary from Harold Lunds.