Worship Service: November 14, 2021, 25 Pentecost


Handbell Prelude

“Fanfare of Praise”
Louise Frier

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
George J. Elvey, arr. Barbara B. Kinyon

Opening Hymn #627 (blue hymnal)

“My Lord, What a Morning”

My Lord, what a morning;
my Lord, what a morning;
oh, my Lord, what a morning,
when the stars begin to fall.

1  You will hear the trumpet sound,
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God’s right hand,
when the stars begin to fall. Refrain

2  You will hear the sinner cry,
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God’s right hand,
when the stars begin to fall. Refrain

3  You will hear the Christian shout,
to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God’s right hand,
when the stars begin to fall. Refrain

Confession and Forgiveness

P: In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

P: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P: Most merciful God,

C: we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

Greeting and Prayer of the Day

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray. Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.

The Word

Blessing of the Lector

P: Let us pray. God Almighty, we ask your blessing upon Kathy as she reads to us the scriptures. May the words of her mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer.

C: Amen.

First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3

“At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

  The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Psalmody: Psalm 16

“Keep Me Safe, O God, I Pray”

1  Keep me safe, O God, I pray.
You are my refuge, now, alway.
Apart from You I’ve no good thing.
To You, my Lord, I sing.

   As for the saints now in this land,
they are Your glory, Your delight.
Help me become a better man.
Help me to do what’s right.

2  I praise the Lord who counsels me.
Even at night, God’s light I see.
With confidence how firm my stand—
with God at my right hand!

   Therefore my heart is glad in You.
Therefore my body rests secure.
O God, Your love is fast and true.
You are my life’s pleasure.

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25

11 Every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

  The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel: Mark 13:1-8

P: The holy gospel according to St. Mark, the 13th chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”

P: The gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Children’s Sermon


Silence for meditation

Hymn of the Day #365 (green hymnal)

“Built on a Rock” v. 1, 3-5

1  Built on a rock the church shall stand,
even when steeples are falling;
crumbled have spires in ev’ry land,
bells still are chiming and calling–
calling the young and old to rest,
calling the souls of those distressed,
longing for life everlasting.

3  We are God’s house of living stones,
built for his own habitation;
he fills our hearts, his humble thrones,
granting us life and salvation.
Were two or three to seek his face,
he in their midst would show his grace,
blessings upon them bestowing.

4  Yet in this house, an earthly frame,
Jesus the children is blessing;
hither we come to praise his name,
faith in our Savior confessing.
Jesus to us his Spirit sent,
making with us his covenant,
granting his children the kingdom.

5  Through all the passing years, O Lord,
grant that, when church bells are ringing,
many may come to hear God’s Word
where he this promise is bringing:
I know my own, my own know me;
you, not the world, my face shall see;
my peace I leave with you. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
 creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
 He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
  and born of the virgin Mary.
 He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
  was crucified, died, and was buried.
 He descended into hell.
 On the third day he rose again.
 He ascended into heaven,
  and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
 He will come again 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 Intercession

A: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

After each petition:

A: Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

After the last petition:

A: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.


P: The peace of Christ be with you always.

C: And also with you.

Gathering of Statement of Intent Cards

Special Music

“Simple Living (A Rich Young Man)”
Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, & Stuart Townend

Please place your Statement of Intent card in one of the baskets at the front or back of the sanctuary.

Offering Prayer and Dedication of Statement of Intent Cards

Please stand as you are able.

P: Lord of all creation, we know that all we have comes from your loving hand. We dedicate these Statement of Intent Cards, our offering today, and our offerings in the coming year to you. Set us free from the love of money and the fear of the future. Help us to be trustworthy and to trust that you will give us all that we need and work through all that we give.

C: Give us grace to honor you with all of our being: draw our hearts to you, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, and control our wills so that we may be wholly yours. Use us as you will, always to your glory and the welfare of all your people. Amen.

The Meal

Great Thanksgiving

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

P: 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, given for you. Do this for the 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 for the remembrance of me.

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

The Lord’s Prayer

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.

Invitation to Communion

P: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

  The Body of Christ, broken for you.

  The Blood of Christ, shed for you.

All eat bread and drink wine or juice at their seat.

Communion Hymn #801 (blue hymnal)

“Thine the Amen”

1  Thine the amen thine the praise
alleluias angels raise
thine the everlasting head
thine the breaking of the bread
thine the glory thine the story
thine the harvest then the cup
thine the vineyard then the cup
is lifted up lifted up.

2  Thine the life eternally
thine the promise let there be
thine the vision thine the tree
all the earth on bended knee
gone the nailing gone the railing
gone the pleading gone the cry
gone the sighing gone the dying
what was loss lifted high.

3  Thine the truly thine the yes
thine the table we the guest
thine the mercy all from thee
thine the glory yet to be
then the ringing and the singing
then the end of all the war
thine the living thine the loving
evermore evermore.

4  Thine the kingdom thine the prize
thine the wonder full surprise
thine the banquet then the praise
then the justice of thy ways
thine the glory thine the story
then the welcome to the least
then the wonder all increasing
at thy feast at thy feast.

5  Thine the glory in the night
no more dying only light
thine the river thine the tree
then the Lamb eternally
then the holy holy holy
celebration jubilee
thine the splendor thine the brightness
only thee only thee.

Table Blessing

P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C: Amen.

Prayer after Communion

A: Let us pray. God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C: Amen.


Announcements for God’s Mission in the World

Blessing of Operation Christmas Child Boxes

L: God of all nations, you open your hand in blessing and satisfy the needs of all. Bless these Operation Christmas Child boxes. Ensure that each box is sent to the child who needs its gifts. Send your Holy Spirit into this ministry that children around the world and their families may know Jesus Christ, the King. In his name we pray,

C: Amen.


P: Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.

C: Amen.

Closing Hymn #725 (blue hymnal)

“Blessed Be the God of Israel”

1  Blessed be the God of Israel
who comes to set us free
and raises up new hope for us:
a Branch from David’s tree.
So have the prophets long declared
that with a mighty arm
God would turn back our enemies
and all who wish us harm.

2  With promised mercy will God still
the covenant recall,
the oath once sworn to Abraham,
from foes to save us all;
that we might worship without fear
and offer lives of praise,
in holiness and righteousness
to serve God all our days.

3  My child, as prophet of the Lord
you will prepare the way,
to tell God’s people they are saved
from sin’s eternal sway.
Then shall God’s mercy from on high
shine forth and never cease
to drive away the gloom of death
and lead us into peace.


A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Handbell Postlude

“For the Beauty of the Earth”
Conrad Kocher, arr. by Barbara B. Kinyon

Worship Leaders

The Rev. Emily Beckering, Pastor
Kris Keith, Music Director
Kate Wollenburg, Organist
Nancy Erbeck, Assisting Minister
Kathy Hirt, Reader

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 14: 25 Pentecost

9 am Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:30 am Worship Service (in-person/livestreamed)
2 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

Monday, November 15

7 pm Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 16

5:30 pm Confirmation Class
6:30 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

Wednesday, November 17

7 pm Bell Choir

Thursday, November 18

10:30 am Bible Study (Sunday’s readings)
6:30 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

Sunday, November 21: Christ the King

Stewardship Celebration Sunday
9 am Sunday School / Adult Forum
10:30 am Worship Service (in-person/livestreamed)
2 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

Monday, November 22

**Epistle Articles Deadline**

7 pm Worship & Music Committee

Tuesday, November 23

6:30 pm “The Game’s Afoot” rehearsal

Thursday, November 25

**Thanksgiving Day – Office Closed**

Copyright Notices

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”: Arr. by Barbara Baltzer Kinyon © 1988 Agape, a div. of Hope Publishing Company.

“Psalm 16: Keep Me Safe, O God, I Pray”: Text and music by Stephen J. Pearson © 1997 Psalmistry Music.

“Built on a Rock”: Text by Service Book & Hymnal © 1958 Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

“Simple Living”: Text and music by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend © 2011 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) & Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)

“Thine the Amen”: Text and music © 1983 Augsburg Publishing House, admin. Augsburg Fortress

“Blessed Be the God of Israel”: Text © 1989 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

“For the Beauty of the Earth”: Arr. by Barbara Baltzer Kinyon © 1988 Agape, a div. of Hope Publishing Company.

Hymns/anthems: Music reprinted and streamed by permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726103 and CCLI Licenses #21045423 and #21045416. All rights reserved.

Liturgical texts and service music: From SundaysandSeasons.com. Copyright © 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS010308.