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Online Worship for Sunday, October 4, 2020
18th Sunday after Pentecost
Good evening/morning, Ascension!

Here is the E-Service for this Sunday! In place of our Zoom Coffee Hour this week, we will join together for the Bi-Annual Congregational Meeting at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. You can find the full information for that HERE.

We hope to see you at 11:00 a.m.!

-Ascension Staff
Prelude
Interlude

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Gathering Hymn:
Wonder of Your Love

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Greeting

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.
Amen.

 
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.
Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah
 
Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. 2He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. 3And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? 5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!
 
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Psalm 80:7-15
Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine. (Ps. 80:14, 15)
 
7Restore us, O | God of hosts; let your face shine upon us, and we | shall be saved.
8You have brought a vine | out of Egypt; you cast out the nations and | planted it.
9You cleared the | ground for it; it took root and | filled the land.
10The mountains were covered | by its shadow and the towering cedar trees | by its boughs. R
11You stretched out its tendrils | to the sea and its branches | to the river.
12Why have you broken | down its wall, so that all who pass by pluck | off its grapes?
13The wild boar of the forest has | ravaged it, and the beasts of the field have | grazed upon it.
14Turn now, O | God of hosts, look | down from heaven;
15behold and | tend this vine; preserve what your right | hand has planted. R

Second Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14

A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Phiippians

[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of
Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
 
Alleluia. Jesus says, I chose you and ap- | pointed you* to go and bear fruit | that will last.  Alleluia. (John 15:16)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-46

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
 
[Jesus said to the people] 33"Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.' 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" 41They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time." 42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'? 43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls." 45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
 
The Gospel of our Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
Sermon:
Faithful Christianity: St. Francis Day

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Hymn of the Day:
God of Wonders

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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.
Amen.
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.

Holy God, you call us to work for peace and justice in your vineyard. Refresh the church with your life, that we may bear fruit through work and service. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Thank you for your abundant harvest of the earth. Bless and care for those whose hands bring the fruits of the earth to the tables of all who hunger. May we be inspired by your servants who cared deeply for your creation (especially Francis of Assisi, who we commemorate today). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Curb the impulses of greed and pride that lead us to take advantage of others. Grant that world leaders (especially) seek the fruits of the kingdom for the good and welfare of all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sustain all who suffer with the promise of new life. Assured of your presence, heal our pain and suffering, and equip us to embrace all bodies aching for wholeness of mind, body, and soul. We call to mind those who are struggling today (especially).  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for all managers in our community and for all who seek employment. Give hope and a future to those who lack meaningful work, those who have been marginalized, who are abused in the workplace, and those who desire new opportunities. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered, such as those found in the We Pray For insert.
 
Thank you for the saints who teach us to live faithfully in your vineyard. May our chorus join theirs until our labor is complete. 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.
Amen.


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Peace
 
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.

 
Blessing

Mothering God, Father, +Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you and lead you into the way of truth. Amen.
Sending Hymn:
All Creatures Worship God Most High

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Dismissal
 
Go in peace. Remember the poor.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude
Sostenuto

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And don't forget our Bi-Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. Information is at the top of this email!
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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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

Liturgy Reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, copyright 2006.

Used by permission of  Augsburg Fortress license # 1408- ELW
 

Interlude 
By G.J. Vogler 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 
Videography by Julie Valliere 

Wonder of Your Love 
Words and Music by Janice Ruth Tilley 
Copyright 2000, Janice Tilley 
Used by permission 

God of Wonders 
Words and Music by Marc Byrd and Steve Hindalong 
Copyright 2000, New Spring and Never Say Never Songs 
Used under CCLI License 20220421 Size A 

All Creatures Worship God Most High 
Words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi 
Music arranged by David Crowder 
Words in the Public Domain 
Arrangement copyright 2003, worshiptogether.com 

Sostenuto
By Fr. Kuhlau 
Played by Dr. Ann Gnagey 
Videography by Karen Grant 

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