KOG SERICE FOR SEPTEMBER 4, 2022

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

JESUS, LIVING BREAD, RENEWING OUR HUNGRY WORLD

Pentecost begins with a rush–the rushing, life-giving wind of God’s Spirit. We also remember that Sunday is  a day of rest. Rest is not meant to emphasize relaxation as much as it does renewal. The Church year season of Pentecost recognizes that God’s Spirit breathes into us life-giving re-creation. The readings for these months of Summer worship focus on who we are in Christ, what is the nature of faith, what is  the living out of this faith, what the life of following Jesus is all  about.  The Bread of Life, like the manna in the wilderness, and like the bread on the Lord’s table, declares how near and involved our God actually is in our daily lives.  Through Christ’s word and Spirit we have refreshment and renewal.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

WE REMEMBER OUR BAPTISMS, CONFESS OUR FAITHLESSNESS, 

AND HEAR GOD’S FAITHFUL PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS

Pastor:  Blessed be the holy Trinity:

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

who forgives all our sin,

whose mercy endures forever.

People:  Amen. 

Pastor: God of all mercy and consolation,

come to the aid of your people,

turning us from sin

to live for you alone.

Give us the power of your Holy Spirit

that, attentive to your Word,

we may confess our sins,

receive your forgiveness,

bear with one another in love,

maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,

and grow into the fullness of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord. 

People: Amen. 

Pastor: Let us confess our sin in the

presence of God and of one another.  Reconciling God,                                                                                    People: you seek peace and unity among us,                                                           but too often we choose walls of isolation.                                     You seek to be one with your creation,                                             but we turn away your loving Spirit.                                                  In your forgiving love,                                                                         break down the barriers we create,                                                    that we might see more clearly your love for us,                                         be reconciled with our neighbour,                                                      and trust more deeply your promise of eternal life.  Amen.

Pastor: We who once were far off

have been brought near to God

through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May our all-loving God through the Holy Spirit

grant you grace to forgive one another

as God in Christ has forgiven you.  

People: Amen.

HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER

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Listen through the Magnificat.  It ends at 10:40

PRAYER OF THE DAY        

Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen. 

First Reading

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.            

Second Reading                                                                                              Philemon 1-21                                                                                                                                    Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,to Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith towards the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. 

For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love—and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 

So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 

Gospel Reading                                                                                         Luke 14:25-33                                                                                                                       Now large crowds were travelling with him; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions. 

SERMON

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HYMN OF THE DAY

“Oh, Praise the Gracious Power”

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Oh, praise the gracious power

that tumbles wall of fear

and gathers in one house of faith

all strangers far and near:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

Oh, praise persistent truth

that opens fisted minds

and eases from their anxious clutch

the prejudice that blinds:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

Oh, praise inclusive love,

encircling every race,

oblivious to gender, wealth,

to social rank or place:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

Oh, praise the word of faith

that claims us as God’s own,

a living temple built on Christ,

our rock and cornerstone:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

Oh, praise the tide of grace

that laps at every shore

with visions of a world at peace,

no longer bled by war:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

Oh, praise the power, the truth,

the love, the word, the tide.

Yet more than these, oh, praise their source,

praise Christ the crucified:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

Oh, praise the living Christ

with faith’s bright songful voice!

Announce the gospel to the world

and with these words rejoice:

We praise you, Christ!

Your cross has made us one!

TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS

Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, Audrey Hedlin,  Mona Neher, Oma Ywo, Joan Schock, Owen Peterson, Helga Halldorsdottir, Josie Freeborn, Russell and Oliver, the family of Norm Gregory,  the family of baby Mavrick Gallant (Bev Gregory’s great-grandson), the family of Katherine Meger (Joshua Bratvold’s great grandmother), the family of Lois Jenkins (Ann Salmon’s mother), the family of Helen Neher (Carol Sarich’s mother), the family of John Beaven (Bev Gregory’s brother), the family of Tony Matschke (Doreen and Bryan Matschke’s son), and the family of Carl Rausch.  Lakeland Lutheran Church in Coldlake, AB whose building was damaged by fire.

We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the children and people buried in unmarked graves at residential schools and First Nation lands, and all those who have suffered the trauma of residential schools, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the Palestinians and Israelis, Ethiopia, Myanmar and the Rohingya Muslim refugees, Lebanon, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the 100 million refugees and displaced persons, the people of Haiti suffering from earthquake, hurricane, and political disasters, Pakistan and southern China devastated by torrential rains and flooding, California battling wildfires, those throughout the world suffering the effects of enduring heatwaves, those in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community still threatened by the coronavirus and fearful of the omicron variant.

HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER

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Begin listening at 10:40, The Prayers

CLOSING HYMN

“Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace”

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Lord of all nations, grant me grace

To love all people, ev’ry race; 

And in each person may I see 

My kindred, loved, redeemed by Thee. 

Break down the wall that would divide 

Thy children, Lord, on ev’ry side. 

My neighbor’s good let me pursue; 

Let Christian love bind warm and true.

Forgive me, Lord, where I have erred 

By loveless act and thoughtless word. 

Make me to see the wrong I do 

Will crucify my Lord anew. 

Give me Thy courage, Lord, to speak 

Whenever strong oppress the weak. 

Should I myself the victim be, 

Help me forgive, rememb’ring Thee. 

With Thine own love may I be filled 

And by Thy Holy Spirit willed, 

That all I touch, where’er I be, 

May be divinely touched by Thee.

DISMISSAL

Pastor: Go in peace, renewed with Christ’s Spirit to love and to serve.

People: Thanks be to God.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY AT KOG                                                                                   

THIS WEEK AT KOG                                                                                                       

COMING UP AT KOG

July, August, and Year-to-Date Budget and Contribution Report for KOG

2022 Budget:  $48,854       Monthly Budget:  $4,071.17     Weekly Budget:  $939.50

2021 income/expenses: $8,108.01

July income/expenses: $9,664.71

Weekly contributions for September:

Canadian Lutheran World Relief and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are calling on all Canadians to pray for those suffering from the war in Ukraine and through the current hunger crisis, and to give generously in support of the needs of all those affected. You can donate at clwr.org/hungercrisis or by calling 1-800-661-2597 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:00pm CST) and with the 1:1 matching fund provided by the Canadian government, the impact of your gift will increase further still. 

Offerings.  

Even though we are not all meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them.  Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.

Send your contributions to:  King of Glory Lutheran Church

    3318 Merritt Street

    Saskatoon, SK  S7M 3P6

Thank you for your generosity.

Checklist and Guidelines for Worship Services

Disinfect/sanitize worship space and entrance etc before the service

Disinfect/sanitize washrooms if used

One person preps worship materials [pastor]

Six feet distancing recommended

No sharing of pencils, pens, etc.

Open doors and windows if possible

Use/wear face masks, optional, but recommended

Hand sanitizer available

No physical contact (e.g. sharing of the peace, no passing of offering plate)

Communion procedure: distribution in a way that maintains physical distancing

Disinfect/sanitize worship space and entrance etc after the service

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