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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost - October 16, 2022 - "Beggars... All" by Pr. Jim

Nineteenth SUNDAY after PENTECOST

October 16, 2022

The Rev. James A. Kabel, Pastor Emeritus




A warm welcome to all who have gathered here for worship this morning. With God as our Father, we gather as a family in Christ to sing his praises and learn of faithfulness and obedience. We worship in the Name of our Lord by whose sacrifice we have been made saints. What a joy to be gathered around The Table of the Lord with the whole company of heaven and each other. Guests and visitors, if you have not already done so, please honor us by signing our Guest Book in the entrance hall of the church. If you have no church home of your own in the area, we invite you to make Grace Lutheran the center of your worship, learning, fellowship, and service. Please join us for a cup of coffee after this morning’s worship and let us become better acquainted with you as you get to know us better. Come to worship with us again and often!

AS WE GATHER Persistence     

The readings for today encourage us to persist in prayer, never growing weary of asking God for what we need, knowing that he will respond out of love in our best interest. In doing so we persist in our faith, preaching and proclaiming the Word at all times by our Christian example. This a challenging task which we can accomplish with the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit. Like Jacob we are bold to say to our Lord, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”


God our Father, you have made us a new company of priests to bear witness to the Gospel. Enable us to be faithful to our calling, to make known your promises to all people; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen


Jazz Mass Setting




PRELUDE God of Grace — Arr. by Keith Getty and Jonathan Rea

Tatsiana Asheichyk, Piano and Debra Harris, Flute

SONG Here in This Place (See back of worship folder)


In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside

every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance

the race that is set before us.

If we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just will forgive our sins

and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

God calls his children to be faithful, despite the hardship, despite the cost.

+ A Brief Silence for Reflection +

Most merciful God, we confess our weakness and our sinfulness, our inability to seek your will or follow in your ways. We follow our own dreams and are misled by tempting voices. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive and strengthen us. Set our feet upon the path that you would have us go, for your Name’s sake.

Look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. For his sake your sins are forgiven in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Forgiven and reconciled by God, let us be reconciled with one another as we share

the peace of our Lord and greet each other.


GLORY TO GOD     Refrain:   Glory to God, glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest

And peace to his people on earth

  1. Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, we worship

you we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.Refrain

  1. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.You are

seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.Refrain

  1. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy

Spirit in the glory of God the Father.

   Refrain:    Glory to God, glory to God,

Glory to God in the Highest

And peace to his people on earth.

Amen, Amen, Amen


O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have commanded us to pray

and have promised to hear us. Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may direct and govern our hearts in all things that we may persevere

with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus

Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy

Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

FIRST LESSON Genesis 32:22-30

[Returning to the home he had fled after stealing his brother’s birthright and his father’s blessing,

Jacob wrestles all night long with an adversary who ultimately blesses him and changes his name

to “Israel,” a name that means “wrestles with God.”]

The same night [Jacob] arose and took his two wives, his two female servants,

and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and

sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was

left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the

man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and

Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me

go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless

me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he

said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven

with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell

me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he

blessed him. So, Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God

face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

GRACE CHOIR Sing! Shout! Alleluia! — By Joseph Martin

Tatsiana Asheichyk, Piano and Debra Harris, Flute

SECOND LESSON 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5

[Paul continues his instruction of Timothy, his younger colleague in ministry, by emphasizing the importance of faithful teaching despite opposition.]

As for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing

from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with

the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in

Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living

and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA [Sung before the reading of the Gospel]

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Give the glory and the honor to the Lord!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Give the glory and the honor to the Lord!

GOSPEL Luke 18:1-8

[Jesus tells a parable of a hateful judge who is worn down by a widow’s pleas. He thereby reminds

his listeners to be persistent in prayer, unceasing in their appeals. For if an unethical judge will ultimately grant the plea of a persistent widow, how much more will our loving God hear those who call upon him.]

[Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not

lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God

or respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him

and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but

afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God or respect man, yet

because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will

not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what

the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect who cry

to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give

justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith

on earth?”

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to You, O Christ.

SONG Lead Me, Guide Me (See back of worship folder)

HOMILY Beggars… All — Pr. Jim Text: The Gospel Lesson


I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

And 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 thence 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. Amen




Lord our God, all that we have is a sign of your love, all that we are is a gift from

your hand. Receive these offerings along with our thanksgiving, that our lives

may proclaim your love for all who are redeemed by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Praise Leader: The Lord be with you.

Congregation: And also with you

Praise Leader: Lift up your hearts

Congregation: We will lift them up to Him

Praise Leader: Let us give thanks always to the Lord our God.

Congregation: It is right, it is just, it is well

Praise Leader: Father, it is our duty and our salvation, always

and everywhere to give you thanks through your

beloved Son, Jesus Christ

Congregation: Holy, holy, holy, Lord

Praise Leader: For our sake He opened His arms on the cross,

He put an end to death and revealed the resurrection

Congregation: Holy, holy, holy, Lord

Praise Leader: In this He fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people. And so, we join the angels and the saints in proclaiming your glory as we sing:

Congregation: Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest



Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:

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 peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.


O Lamb of God

You take away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God

You take away the sins of the world,

Have mercy on us, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God

You take away the sins of the world,

Grant us peace.


COMMUNION SONG Now in This Banquet (See back of worship folder)


We give thanks to you, faithful God, for feeding us with this one heavenly food. Transform us through this meal into the likeness of your Son, and unite us in love for one another, that we may be your body in the world; in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen


SONG The Trees of the Field (See back of worship folder)


+ The Worship is Over. Let the Service Begin! +

THE PRESENCE of CHRIST is celebrated in The Lord’s Supper. He comes to us in a real and present way with his life-giving body and blood in the bread and wine to assure us of our forgiveness and to strengthen our faith and service. All who trust and believe the words “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins” are welcome. Come, receive Christ’s presence in the meal prepared for you. Enjoy his presence.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Today’s music is used by permission, ccli 540181.

Grace Notes

TODAY is Mite Box Sunday — Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on" (Mark 12:41–43) Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite, the Mite Box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" — offerings above and beyond the support given to congregations and the LCMS. Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program.

JOB OPENING! — We are still looking for an Administrative Assistant to replace Margaret. Time is running out! The position is part time, 15 — 20 hours per week, Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm with a half hour lunch. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have them contact the church office ASAP at

Annual fundraising BanquetOn Friday, October 21st the Pregnancy Center will hold their Annual Fundraising Banquet at the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. More information is posted on the bulletin board in the Administration Wing hallway, or go to Please make your reservations by October 13th.

This Week at Grace

        MONDAY the 17th: Lay Ministry Meeting 12:30 pm

TUESDAY the 18th: Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am

No LWML meeting today

Council Budget Committee Meeting 1:00 pm

        WEDNESDAY the 19th: Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm

THURSDAY the 20th: Newsletter Deadline

SUNDAY, October 23rd: Bible Discussions — Racism 8:45 am

Sunday School for All Ages 9:00 am

Worship 10:00 am

Coffee Connection 11:00

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