THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY after PENTECOST
September 11, 2022
The Rev. Joshua Heimbuck, Pastor
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 How Can I Keep from Singing?
Today’s worship invites us to join in singing and dancing with the angels as they celebrate the return of that which was lost. After all, how can we keep from singing the good news that Jesus seeks out the lost with his love and forgiveness? It’s the good news everybody ought to know well and share as we too seek the lost in his Name.
PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP
O Lord, grant us the Spirit to clearly hear your Word and know the one thing needful, that by your Word we may live according to your will and seek the lost even as you have sought us; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen
+ THE ORDER of CELEBRATING +
PRELUDE Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word — By Zach Unke, Tatsiana Asheichyk, Piano
SONG Come, All You People
+ GATHERING +
[Remembering our baptism, we gather in the Name of the Triune God to confess
our sins and receive the assurance of our forgiveness as his people.]
INVOCATION & CONFESSION
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.
PASSING of PEACE
Refrain: Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison
Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of
You came in Word and Sacrament to strengthen us in holiness
You will come in glory with salvation for your people.
PRAYER of THE DAY
O God, judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression, and you
call us to share your zeal for truth. Give us courage to take our stand
with all your servants and prophets, looking to the pioneer and perfecter
of our faith, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
FIRST LESSON Exodus 32:7-14
[While Moses is on Mt. Sinai, the people grow restless and make a golden calf to worship. Today’s reading shows Moses as the mediator between an angry God and a sinful people. Moses reminds
God that the Israelites are God’s own people and boldly asks mercy for them.
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, who you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made for themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt’
“I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone, so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”
But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God: “O LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, who you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised to them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
SECOND LESSON 1 Timothy 1:12-17
[The letters to Timothy are called the Pastoral Epistles because they contain advice especially intended for leaders in The Church. Here the mercy shown to Paul, who once persecuted The Church, is cited as evidence that even the most unworthy may become witness to the grace of God.]
I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he has judged me faithful, appointing me to his service though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
SPECIAL MUSIC Blessed Hope — By David Foley, Tatsiana Asheichyk, Piano
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 15:1-10
[Jesus tells two stories that suggest a curious connection between the lost being found and sinners repenting. God takes the initiative to find sinners, each of whom is so precious to God that his or her recovery brings joy in heaven.]
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear [Jesus]. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So, he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found
it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin I lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to You, O Christ.
SONG How Can I Keep from Singing (My Life Flows On)
SERMON Every-One is Precious — Pastor Josh Text: The Gospel
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.
PRAYERS of THE CHURCH
OFFERINGS ARE BROUGHT FORWARD
Lord our God, all that we have are signs 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.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father, endless is your mercy and
eternal is your reign. You have filled all creation with light and life;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
When sin scarred the world, you sent your Son to heal our ills and
to form us again as one.
In the night in which he was betrayed,
our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;
broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying:
Take and eat; this is my + body which is given
for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
And gave it for all to drink, saying:
This cup is the new covenant in my + blood
shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness
of sin. Do this in remembrance of me.
Remembering his life and death, his resurrection and ascension, and his
command to love one another, we pray for his coming again.
Come, Lord Jesus, live in us that we may live in you.
Send now, we pray, your Spirit, that all of your promises may come to us
and your whole creation.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.
Through him all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father, with the Holy
Spirit, in your holy Church, both now and forever. Amen.
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.
DISTRIBUTION of THE LORD’S SUPPER
SONG Here is Bread (See back of worship folder)
PRAYER of THANKSGIVING
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 as we seek the lost; in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen
SONG Give Thanks
Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
+ The Worship is Over. Let the Service Begin! +
This Week at Grace
MONDAY the 12th: Lay Ministry Meeting — Fireside Room 1:00 pm
TUESDAY the 13th: Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am
Council Meeting — Fireside Room 1:00 pm
WEDNESDAY the 14th: Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm
SUNDAY the 18th: Mite Box Sunday
Bible Discussions — Racism 8:45 am
Sunday School for All Ages 9:00 am
Worship 10:00 am
Coffee Connection 11:00 am
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.
Happy Grandparent’s Day!
Today is a day set aside to celebrate the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. There are three main purposes: 1. To honor grandparents, 2. To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and 3. To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
TIME CHANGE — Starting next Sunday, September 18th, the start time of our Sunday morning Bible studies, Bible Discussions — Racism, will change to 8:45 am.
Lutheran Hour Ministries shares the love of Jesus around the world through mass media and holistic outreach in over 60 countries each week. On Saturday, September 24, Lutheran Hour Ministries is hosting an online event, Bringing Christ to the Nations™: An LHM Global Overview, to give you a glimpse into their global Gospel outreach and ways you can be involved.
Register today at lhm.org/LLL2022.
SOU “MEET ASHLAND” — For students starting a new year at SOU, the Meet Ashland Information Fair is an excellent opportunity to get to know local businesses and services. Pastor Josh will be hosting the Grace Lutheran booth on Wednesday, September 21st, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Stevenson Union Courtyard. Please feel free to stop by and visit, or sit a while and show students some Grace hospitality.
FALL 2022 LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRIES VIRTUAL EVENT — Lutheran Hour Ministries is a trusted resource in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 150 million people worldwide each week. Join us in learning and celebrating how the Gospel is proclaimed in over 60 countries at the Fall 2022 LLL Virtual Event Saturday, September 24th. Registration information is posted on the Administration Wing hallway bulletin board.