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Online Worship for Sunday, October 11, 2020
19th Sunday after Pentecost
Good evening (and morning), Ascension!

Here is your Sunday Service-- to enjoy either Saturday night or Sunday... or whenever you find a moment of peace during the week. Whenever that moment is, we encourage you to sign along with the hymns and light a candle as though we were all together. 

Don't forget... our Zoom Coffee Hour is Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.! CLICK HERE for the links to join. 

-Ascension Staff

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Gathering Hymn:
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

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

Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who creates, redeems, and sustains all of creation. Amen.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Faithful God,
have mercy on us.
We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We turn from your loving embrace and go our own ways.
We pass judgment on one another before examining ourselves.
We place our own needs before those of our neighbors.
We keep your gift of salvation to ourselves.
Make us humble, cast away our transgressions,
and turn us again to life in you through Jesus Christ,                                            
our Savior and Lord.

God hears the cries of those who call out in need, and through his death and resurrection, Christ has made us his own. Hear the truth that God proclaims: Your sins are forgiven in the name of + Jesus Christ.  Led by the Holy Spirit, live in freedom and newness to do God’s work in the world. Amen.
Prayer of the Day

Let us pray. A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.
First Reading: Isaiah 25:1-9

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah

O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. 3Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. 4For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, 5the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. 6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. 9It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Psalm 23
You prepare a table before me, and my cup is running over. (Ps. 23:5)
1The LORD | is my shepherd; I shall not | be in want.
2The LORD makes me lie down | in green pastures and leads me be- | side still waters.
3You restore my | soul, O LORD, and guide me along right pathways | for your name's sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me. R
5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the | LORD forever. R

Special Music:
Good Shepherd (Lead On)

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Second Reading: Philippians 4:1-9
A Reading from the letter to the Philippians

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. 

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Alleluia. This is the LORD for whom | we have waited;* let us be glad and rejoice in | God's salvation. Alleluia. (Isa. 25:9)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, 'Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.' 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.' 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14For many are called, but few are chosen."

The Gospel of our Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
Gratitude and Joy

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Hymn of the Day:
For the Fruit of All Creation

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Apostles Creed
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,
he 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 the life everlasting.
Prayers of Intercession

With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

A brief silence.

Gracious host, fill your church with a spirit of joyous hospitality. We pray for bishops, teachers, church leaders, and all children of God as they invite others to your table of boundless grace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious host, as creation waits with eager longing for redemption, help us protect your creatures that are mistreated. Restore valleys, mountains and pastures, and still and running waters. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious host, as you set a table in the presence of enemies so bless the efforts of diplomats, international peace workers, and world leaders who navigate conflict. May they proceed with dialogue and understanding, so that justice and peace prevails. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious host, let your gentleness be known among those who are weary or ill (especially). Strengthen doctors, medical care workers, and caretakers who see to their needs. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious host, when we are quick to judge outward appearance, remind us how you clothe all in your mercy. We pray for ministries that provide needed clothing and other personal care assistance in this community (local ministries may be named). Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered, such as those found in the We Pray For insert.
Gracious host, as we remember those who have died and are gathered at the heavenly banquet, comfort us with your presence. Assure us of your presence at all times. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us now pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

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The peace of Christ be with you always. 
And also with you.
Offering Prayer
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. You have set before us these gifts of your good creation. Prepare us for your heavenly banquet, nourish us with this rich food and drink, and send us forth to set tables in the midst of a suffering world, through the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Mothering God, Father, +Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth. Amen.
Sending Hymn:
Now Thank We All Our God

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Go in peace. Remember the poor.
Thanks be to God.
Trumpet Minuet

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Suggested Household Meal Celebration

Gather around your table at home and share bread and wine/grape juice in remembrance of Communion as happened at Emmaus. Then read from the Emmaus Story in Luke’s Gospel  (Luke 24:13-35) or 1 Corinthians 11:23-28, break bread and wine/grape juice, share it, and say words like "Jesus Loves You" or "The Grace of God be with you" or other words that echo Jesus’ ministry of being at table with people.”
A possible introduction to the meal:  “All are invited to the common table. At this table we come as brothers and sisters in the Holy Family of God. Taste and see that God is good.”
At the conclusion: “As we share this bread and drink, we thank you, God for our daily bread, for the food which delights and nourishes us, and for the companionship that sustains us as followers of Christ. We thank you, too, for drink to quench our thirst and for the Living Water with which you surprise and enrich and transform our lives.”
A blessing, “Giving God, bless all who have gathered round these tables. May we know the fullness of your presence at every meal and in all our sharing of food with the hungry and drink with the thirsty.” Amen.
Let us remind ourselves of the many times that Jesus shared meals. Jesus desires that no one be hungry. Let us know that we are heirs of that tradition of bounty and let us pray and work so that those who do not have food around the world may receive in abundance.
Blessings, Pr. Nancy
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Liturgy Reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006.

Used by permission of  Augsburg Fortress license # 1408- ELW

JS. Bach 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee  
ELW #836 
Text: Henry van Dyke, 1852–1933 
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770–1827, adapt. 
Sung by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wright 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 

Good Shepherd (Lead On) 
Words and Music by David Ruis 
Copyright 2013 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing 

For the Fruit of All Creation 
ELW #679 
Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903–2000 
Music: Welsh traditional; arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872–1958 
Text © 1970 Hope Publishing Company 
Arr. © Oxford University Press 
Sung by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wright 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 

Now Thank We All Our God 
ELW #840 
Text: Martin Rinkhart, 1586–1649; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827–1878 
Music: Johann Crüger, 1598–1662 
Sung by the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wright 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 

Trumpet Minuet 
Jeremiah Clarke 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 
Videography by Karen Grant 

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