Will you be unable to be physically present with us in worship this week? Check out this page, where you will be able to explore the songs, Bible readings, and prayers that we will be using to worship God this coming Sunday morning. God bless your time of worship on the go!
Worship to Go is on sabbath rest for the next two weeks. We will return Thursday, October 18 with resources for Sunday, October 21. God's blessings!
19th Sunday after Pentecost: September 23, 2018
Before you begin to Worship on the Go, take a moment to truly arrive and be present wherever you are.
God of Growth, you have called us here to worship you. We bring with us our joys and our concerns, our worries and our cares, our hopes and our dreams. Draw us near to you. Give us a sense of your presence. Open our hearts, our ears, and our lungs during this time of worship, that all that we do may be well pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 4 The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6 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 families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased. 11 So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? 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 birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child, to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors’? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. 15 If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.” 16 So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.” 24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all 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 when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again. 26 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 son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, 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, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!”
James 5:13-20 13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, 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 the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. 19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Mark 9:38-50 38 John said to [Jesus,] “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 deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. 42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. 49 “For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
The case of the strange exorcist makes it seem that you don't have to be one of Jesus' followers to be doing his work. Would you agree with that?
The Greek word for "cause to stumble" is "scandalize." Drowning, amputating a hand or foot, gouging out an eyeball-obviously Jesus is exaggerating here. If so, what is the point?
Hellfire and salt -- do these verses make any sense to you?
How about the last line -- "Be at peace with one another"?
HYMN OF THE DAY
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Prayers of the People: September 30,2018
God of Growth, we pray for the church. We thank you for those who offer us cups of cool water in your name. Help us to be willing to love others as you first loved us. God of mercy, hold us in love.
God of Growth, we pray for the world. Bring peace where there is no peace. Bring justice where there is only oppression. Bring health and hope and healing to all the broken places. God of mercy, hold us in love.
God of Growth, we pray for our earth. We ask for safety during this time of harvest. Bless all those who care for the earth, the sea, the sky, the land, and the animals. God of mercy, hold us in love.
God of Growth, we pray for those who cannot be here with us today. We pray also for shut-in members Ilene, Ward, Norman, Hilda, Delvin, Irma, Luella, Floyd, Norma, Frances, Irene, Joe, and Audrey. Help us to answer the cries of those who are last, and least, and lonely. God of mercy, hold us in love.
God of Growth, we pray for those in need of prayer, Luella, Kenny, Kent, Ray, Sena, Gail, Edgar, Irvin, Kyle, Celine, Ilene, Ellie, Harold, Kellie, and those we now name, both silently or aloud (pause for prayer). You know what we need, this day and always, and we ask that you would give these dear ones everything that they need. God of mercy, hold us in love.
God of Growth, we pray for those who are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other joyful milestones this week, especially Ilene, Jaye, Marvin, Davin, Korbin, Rhen, and Jaylie. Give them a sign of your gracious presence in the midst of their celebrations. God of mercy, hold us in love.
God of Growth, we pray for ourselves, for the work of our Sunday School teachers for those things on our hearts and minds which are known only to you. God of mercy, hold us in love.
Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray…
THE LORD'S PRAYER
This month, our parish will complete the Walk for Water challenge on God’s Work Our Hands Sunday. If you would like to assist with providing safe water sources for those who need them, you can contribute here: https://community.elca.org/good-gifts-2017/water
SENDING FOR MISSION
Go in peace. The Spirit sends us forth to serve. Thanks be to God!