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Bulletin, Prayers, and Announcements for Feb. 20


PRESERVICE MUSIC

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who creates us, redeems us,

and calls us by name.

C: Amen.

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

Most merciful God,

C: we confess that we have sinned against you and your beloved children. We have turned our faces away from your glory when it did not appear as we expected. We have rejected your word when it made us confront ourselves. We have failed to show hospitality to those you called us to welcome. Accept our repentance for the things we have done and the things we have left undone. For the sake of Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us and lead us, that we may bathe

in the glory of your Son born among us, and reflect your love for all creation. Amen.

P: Rejoice in this good news: In ☩ Christ Jesus, your sins are forgiven.

You are descendants of the Most High, adopted into the household of Christ, and inheritors of eternal life. Live as freed and forgiven children of God.

C: Amen.


GATHERING HYMN: 835 All Creatures, Worship God Most High!

GREETING

P: The grace and 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.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

O Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your peace, that where there is hatred, we may sow love, where there is injury, pardon, and where there is despair, hope. Grant, O divine master, that we may seek to console, to understand, and to love in your name, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


READINGS

Genesis 45:3-11, 15

3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come closer to me.” And they came closer. He said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there—since there are five more years of famine to come—so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.’ ” 15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 (Read responsively)

1Do not be provoked by evildoers;   do not be jealous of those who do wrong. 2For they shall soon wither like the grass, and like the green grass fade away. 3Put your trust in the Lord and do good;   dwell in the land and find safe pasture. 4Take delight in the Lord, who shall give you your heart’s desire. 5Commit your way to the Lord; put your trust in the Lord,   and see what God will do. 6The Lord will make your vindication as clear as the light and the justice of your case like the noonday sun. 7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently.   Do not be provoked by the one who prospers, the one who succeeds in evil schemes. 8Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; do not be provoked; it leads only to evil. 9For evildoers shall be cut off,   but those who hope in the Lord shall possess the land. 10In a little while the wicked shall be no more; even if you search out their place, they will not be there. 11But the lowly shall possess the land;   they will delight in abundance of peace. 39But the deliverance of the righteous comes from you, O Lord; you are their stronghold in time of trouble. 40You, O Lord, will help them and rescue them;   you will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, because in you they seek refuge.

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36Fool! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And as for what you sow, you do not sow the body that is to be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so are those who are of the dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we will also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

Holy Gospel: Luke 6:27-38

P: The Holy Gospel according to Luke.

C: Glory to you O Lord.

[Jesus said:] 27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to You, O Christ.


CHILDREN SINGING

SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY: 650 In Christ There Is No East or West

WELCOMING OF NEW MEMBERS (at Grace: see insert.)

BAPTISM OF BRIDGER LEO BENSON (at Grace: see insert)

STATEMENT OF FAITH: THE APOSTLES’ CREED (at Fountain)

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come 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 life everlasting. Amen.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

P: God of grace,

C: hear our prayer.


PEACE

Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


OFFERING

We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

FIRST COMMUNION AT GRACE See insert.

HOLY COMMUNION

P: All who hunger and thirst, come. The table is ready.

C: We are here because Jesus Christ has died; Jesus Christ has risen; and Jesus Christ will come again.

P: The risen Christ is present in bread and wine.

C: We are the body of Christ who wish to celebrate his resurrection presence among us. Holy God, we thank you for your perfect plan to save all humankind from death and sin. We praise you for the saving action of Jesus Christ and his gift of forgiveness.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION (In the night in which he was betrayed . . . )

P: Come, Holy Spirit, and gather us together as your forgiven people who feast together in resurrection celebration of the One who has come among us and the One who will come again.

C: Amen!

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

Come to God’s table.

There is a place for you and enough for all.


SHARING THE MEAL

COMMUNION HYMN: 597 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: We give you thanks, gracious God, for we have feasted on the abundance of your house. Send us to bring good news and to proclaim your favor to all, strengthened with the richness of your grace in your Son, Jesus Christ.

C: Amen.

BLESSING

L: God, who leads you in pathways of righteousness, who rejoices over you, and who calls you by name, ☩ bless your going out and your coming in, today and forever.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN: 720 We Are Called

BENEDICTION

L: Go with Christ into a weary world. Share the good news.

C: Thanks be to God.

Flowers at Grace are given in memory of Bob Brooks by the Brooks family.

WE PRAY FOR: Andy Helmann, Lola Frye, Holly and Harry Hinzpeter, Shirley Hyer, Calvin Nelson, Kandy Hagen, Mariam Burdick, Kathy Haske, Suzanne Soltvedt, Lola St. Clair, John Thompson, Clarence Johnson, Carol Leopold, Alan Leopold, Pete Nelson, Pat Nelson, Donnie Benson, Barney Johnson, Everett Burdick, Bob Brod, LouAnn Bever, Sue Ann Preuss, Norm Hyer, Barb Nofsinger

We are going bowling on Sunday, February 27 from noon to 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to join for fun, fellowship, pizza, and bowling—shoe rental included. RSVP to Kelly Green at 608-547-9025 or at eachdayisagift@hotmail.com.

Annual meetings for all congregations in the parish will be March 6 at Grace Lutheran Church beginning at 11:30 am. Plan to attend and see what has been happening and how you can contribute your talents to your congregation and parish.


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