Online Worship – September 12th/13th, 2020

Welcome!

Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

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Welcome and Invocation

Call to Worship

L O Lord, open my lips,
C and my mouth shall declare Your praise.

L Give glory to God, our light and our life.
C O come, let us worship Him.
L O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
C Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise.
L For the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.
C In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also.
L The sea is His, for He made it; and His hand formed the dry land.
C O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.
L For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

L Give glory to God, our light and our life.
C O come, let us worship Him.

Opening Song: Here I Am to Worship

Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness.
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You.

[Chorus]
So here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that You’re my God,
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days, Oh so highly exalted, 
Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth You created.
All for love’s sake became poor.
[Chorus]

I’ll never know how much it cost 
To see my sin upon that cross  [Repeat]
[Chorus x 2]

Here I am to Worship – Tim Hughes
©2000 Thankyou Music
CCLI Song #: 3266032

Scripture Readings: Genesis 50:15-21, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

Old Testament Reading Genesis 50:15–21

15When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Romans 14:1–12

1As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

5One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”

12So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading Matthew 18:21-35

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighteenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.

21Peter came up and said to [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

23“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Prayer of the Day

L You demonstrate Your power in a different way, O God—
C not through treachery or tyranny … not by making impossible demands or requiring base servitude.
L You demonstrate Your power in a different way, O God—a way that goes against this world’s expectations:
C Mercy is the hallmark of Your reign, forgiveness Your kingdom’s catchword.
L Give us hearts of forgiveness, O God,
C even as You have washed our hearts clean with Your great forgiveness.
L Give us minds that forget wrongdoing,
C even as You have put our sins out of Your mind.
L Make us a people rich in forgiveness … generous in mercy.
C For mercy is the hallmark of Your reign.
L Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now,
C and forever. Amen.

Sermon Hymn: Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace

1 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.

2 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.

3 Forgive me, Lord, where I have erred
By loveless act and thoughtless word.
Make me to see the wrong I do
Will grieve my wounded Lord anew.

4 Give me Thy courage, Lord, to speak
Whenever strong oppress the weak.
Should I myself the victim be,
Help me forgive, rememb’ring Thee.

5 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.

Text: © 1969 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission: CPH Limited Promotional License no. 119000000

Sermon – Deacon Jim Lundgren

Apostle’s Creed

C 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 Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life + everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church

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Closing Hymn: You Are My King (Amazing Love)

VERSE

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

CHORUS

Amazing love how can it be
That You my King would die for me
Amazing love I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You
In all I do I honor You

(Repeat Verse and Chorus)

BRIDGE

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus You are my King
You are my King

Amazing love how can it be
That You my King would die for me
Amazing love I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You (Repeat)

In all I do I honor You

Song: You Are My King (Amazing Love)
Billy James Foote
@1999 worshiptogether.com
CCLI # 2456623
Used by permission: CCLI no. 11105072

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27 Comments

  1. Janelle Kildale

    Thank you for doing a sermon on government . All that is happening is very biblical , prophesied and guided by our Lord . So proud to hear “God” mentioned currently and how it must not be taken out of our society . He will rule and guide us.

  2. DORIS HOLMSTEDT

    Thank you Pastor for your inspiring sermon. I also was deeply touched by the Prayer of the Day, it spoke to Peter and I of our daily prayers for all our police forces. We get daily news here about problems in Seattle and Portland, God help those who serve. Thank you

  3. Bonnie Spiegel

    Perfect sermon,Pastor. We are in a battle against good and evil truly. Thanks be to God who is still in charge and thank you for continuing to remind us of this. As Isaiah said “The government is upon his shoulder”.

  4. Liz Wagner

    We could not hear anything today. The sound was just hardly there at all. Only the songs and singing came through. Please announce Outreach Ministry school supplies and children’s clothing collection for Lighthouse Mission throughout the month of August. Thank you.

  5. Doris Holmstedt

    Thank you Pastor for your sermon about God’s promises. I look forward to hearing your message each week.Far from STJL in body but never in spirit. Thank you again.

  6. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Neil, and all who participated in bringing us the Word of God today. Always, we need to remember what defines us. We are God’s child and we follow the Light of Christ. We pray for ourselves an each other, always.

  7. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Wackenhuth, for leading us and bringing us the message of The Seed. Now it’s up to us to plant Your Word, dear Lord, and share it with others as it grows. We are thankful to all who shared in the service today. We pray for ourselves and each other, always.

  8. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Wackenhuth, for the privilege of worshipping with you and our church friends. We will rest in the peace and comfort of the Lord until we meet again. Thank you, Melanie and Christine, for a beautiful musical beginning. We pray for ourselves and each other, always.

  9. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Wackenhuth, for your strong message of love. We are ready for another week. Singing was strong as were all instruments. We are so blessed to be able to join in with all watching today. We pray for ourselves and each other.

  10. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    We value you all as our Father values us. Blessings on all of our graduates as life may change for you but you will always have a place in our hearts. May our
    Father touch all of our dads, grandpas, and father figures with His love. We pray for ourselves and each other, always.

  11. Bonnie Spiegel

    Thank you to all who made this worship service so meaningful to each of us. It is good to have our worship band back with us. Sounded great. Congratulations to all of our graduates and may God be with each one of you. Happy Father’s Day to all of our Fathers.

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