Everything you need for October 16 online worship.
Preparations for Worship:
- Do your best to eliminate distractions like the phone, TV, etc.
- Worship actively! Whether you are by yourself or with others, try reading the parts of the service aloud (responses, lessons, and prayers).
- This service is for children too. Help them participate. Ask those who have that ability to read a prayer or lesson aloud. Take a moment to describe what’s happening. Ask questions. Encourage little ones to draw what they are hearing while you all listen. Unlike our more typical Sunday worship at church, you can pause at any time for questions and discussion.
- Before you begin, load each of the videos below. (You might first have to get past a distracting ad.)
- Pause for a moment of quiet meditation. Then pray:
“Heavenly Father, I have come to worship you. Draw near to me in your gracious Word, and assure me of your loving kindness. Curb my wandering thoughts, that with undivided attention I may hear your voice and speak your praise. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.”
CONFESSION OF SINS
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Let us confess our sins to the Lord.
Holy God, gracious Father, I am sinful by nature and have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved others as I should. I deserve your punishment both now and forever. But Jesus, my Savior, paid for my sins with his innocent suffering and death. Trusting in him, I pray: God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord have mercy.
For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
God, our refuge and strength, have mercy on your church as we come in prayer before you. Answer us not in judgment on our sins but in peace and forgiveness; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
LESSON – GENESIS 32:22-30
22He got up that night and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of the Jabbok. 23He took them and sent them across the stream, and he also sent his possessions across. 24Jacob was left alone, and he wrestled with a man there until daybreak. 25When the man saw that he could not defeat him, he touched the socket of his thigh, and the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated as he wrestled. 26The man said, “Let me go. It’s daybreak.”
Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27Then he said to him, “What is your name?”
He said, “Jacob.”
28Then he said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have fought with God and with men, and you have won.”
29Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.”
He said, “Why do you ask what my name is?” Then he blessed him there. 30Jacob named the place Peniel, because he said, “I have seen God face-to-face, and my life has been spared.”
GOSPEL – LUKE 18:1-8
Jesus told them a parable about the need to always pray and not lose heart: 2“There was a judge in a certain town who did not fear God and did not care about people. 3There was a widow in that town, and she kept going to him, saying, ‘Give me justice from my adversary!’ 4For some time he refused, but after a while he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God or care about people, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice so that she will not wear me out with her endless pleading.’ ”
6The Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7Will not God give justice to his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night? Will he put off helping them? 8I tell you that he will give them justice quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
DEVOTION – 1 JOHN 5:13-15
CONFESSION OF FAITH – NICENE CREED
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
Almighty God, the righteous call to You day and night, and You answer them speedily.
Grant us faith to rest securely in Your mercy and justice as we await the coming of the Son of Man.
O Lord, Timothy was charged to preach the Word in season and out. Grant us faithful pastors who will answer Your call and be faithful voices, speaking Your Word to those who have not heard it, those lost in error, to those who have fallen away and to those who are weary.
Bless all those in full-time service to Your Church, and raise up many who will serve the generations to come.
Heavenly Father, You have caused the sacred writings of Your Word to be proclaimed through all generations.
Encourage and strengthen parents to teach Your Word to their children, that Your people may be trained in righteousness and equipped for every good work.
Lord, bless the school year at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI. Lead the professors to faithfully proclaim, teach, and apply the Word of God in all courses of instruction and areas of campus life and to deal lovingly and evangelically with each student. Provide continuing spiritual growth among both the faculty and the students through your means of grace.
Enable all students who attend to grow in their Christian faith and to develop their God-given talents through a wide range of opportunities and move many of them to consider becoming pastors and teachers in our synod.
Merciful Father, because You neither slumber nor sleep, deliver us from evil.
Especially we beg You to keep the lives of those who face sickness, injuries and troubles, especially those impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Gracious Lord, You desire us to come to You in prayer and not lose heart in the midst of suffering. Have mercy on us. Guard us in Christ, who taught 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 LORD’S BLESSING
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace. Amen.