Sunday & Wednesday Worship Service

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September 18 & 21, 2022

Service Theme

There are more than 2300 Bible passages that speak about money. Why? Jesus knows that serving money makes it impossible to serve God. The human heart is not big enough for both. As a result, Jesus does all he can to expose the futility of serving money. He also helps us see that the only one truly worth serving is our gracious, loving God. When we serve God, money is put in its proper place. Instead of money being a lord to serve, it becomes a resource for serving the Lord. Today we worship under the theme: Serve God with money. 


Pastor Westendorf’s Welcome

Sunday only

Where Your Treasure Is – CW 828

Grades 2-3
Refrain
Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be.
    All that you possess will never set you free.
Seek the things that last; come and learn from me.
    Where your treasure is, your heart shall be.

1 What do you gain from all your worry,
    what you should eat or what to wear?
There is no peace in stress or hurry.
    Do you not know that you are held within God’s care? (Refrain)

2 Look at the ravens high above you.
    They do not work their whole life through,
and yet God feeds them and protects them.
    So how much more will God protect and care for you? (Refrain)

3 Behold the lilies in their splendor.
    In grace and beauty are they dressed,
and yet so soon their bloom is faded.
    So how much more will those who look to God be blessed?  (Refrain)

Congregation joins
4 O little flock, do not be frightened;
    yours is the kingdom of the Lord.
Give your possessions to the needy;
    obtain a treasure in God’s heaven safely stored. (Refrain)

Refrain
Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be.
    All that you possess will never set you free.
Seek the things that last; come and learn from me.
    Where your treasure is, your heart shall be.

Invocation

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Confession

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Blessed are they whose sin the Lord does not count against them.

Let us confess our sins to the Lord.
Almighty and merciful Father,
        we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

    We have followed what we have devised and desired in our hearts.
    We have offended you and sinned against your holy law.
    We have done those things that we should not have done,
        and we have not done those things that we should have done.
    Have mercy on us, Lord!
        Spare us, forgive us, and restore us,
        according to your promises in Christ Jesus.

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.
Amen.

Lord, Have Mercy

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. 
Amen.

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say – CW 703 (st. 2-3)

2 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “Behold, I freely give
the living water, thirsty one;
    stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
    of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
    and now I live in him.

3 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
    “I am this dark world’s light.
Look unto me; your morn shall rise
    and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
    in him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
    till trav’ling days are done.

The Word

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

Let us pray.

O God, you have told us not to be anxious about what we need for this life. Move our hearts to seek you and your kingdom, that all good things may be given to us as well; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

First Reading – Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

Whoever loves money never has enough;
  whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
  This too is meaningless.
As goods increase,
  so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owners
  except to feast their eyes on them?
The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
  whether they eat little or much,
but as for the rich, their abundance
  permits them no sleep.
  I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:
wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners,
  or wealth lost through some misfortune,
so that when they have children
  there is nothing left for them to inherit.
Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb,
  and as everyone comes, so they depart.
They take nothing from their toil
  that they can carry in their hands.
  This too is a grievous evil:
As everyone comes, so they depart,
  and what do they gain,
  since they toil for the wind?
All their days they eat in darkness,
  with great frustration, affliction and anger.

  This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them – for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil – this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Second Reading – 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19

  But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation – Matthew 6:33

Alleluia.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, 
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Alleluia.

Gospel – Luke 16:1-13

  Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
  “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg – I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
  “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
  “ ‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.
  “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
  “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
  “ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.
  “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
  “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ!

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken – CW 694

1 Jesus, I my cross have taken,
    all to leave and follow you;
destitute, despised, forsaken,
    you on earth once suffered, too.
Perish ev’ry fond ambition,
    all I’ve ever hoped or known;
yet how rich is my condition,
    God and heav’n are still my own!

2 Let the world despise and leave me;
    they have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me;
    you are not, like them, untrue.
And, since you have smiled upon me,
    God of wisdom, love, and might,
foes may hate and friends may shun me;
    show your face, and all is bright.

3 Go, then, earthly fame and treasure!
    Come, disaster, scorn, and pain!
In your service pain is pleasure,
    with your favor loss is gain.
I have called you Abba, Father;
    you my all in all shall be.
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather,
    all must work for good to me.

4 Haste, my soul, from grace to glory,
    armed by faith and winged by prayer;
all but heav’n is transitory,
    God’s own hand shall guide you there.
Soon shall end this earthly story,
    swift shall pass the pilgrim days,
hope soon change to heav’nly glory,
    faith to sight and prayer to praise.

Sermon – Luke 14:25-33

  Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 
  “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 
  “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. 

The Cost of Being Jesus’ Disciples

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
        maker of heaven and earth.


I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there 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

Lord, give us prosperity and goodness as gifts from your grace. Keep our hearts and minds focused on you, the giver of all things, for you are good. Your mercy endures forever.
We put our hope in you, O God, 
you richly provide us with everything.

Teach us the value of worldly wealth and goods as gifts to serve our needs, to help our neighbors and to spread your Word abroad. Fill our hearts with a love that imitates your love that seeks to help those in need: the homeless, the unemployed, the lonely, and those in every hardship. 

We praise and thank you for those who write and those who preach the gift of your gospel. Keep the good news of your forgiving love before your people that they may be renewed in your holy image through the righteousness of Christ.

We know there are problems that money can never solve, so we turn to you, gracious Father and giver of all. Strengthen faith, comfort and heal all who suffer pains of mind or body. Turn their thoughts from earthly struggles to the heavenly wealth of faith and hope which is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We put our hope in you, O God, 
you richly provide us with everything.

O Lord God almighty, do not deprive us of your many gifts and talents, but give us wisdom to make a right use of them that we may give a good account of our stewardship when the great Judge will appear; the Lord Jesus Christ, who reigns with you and the eternal Spirit, one God, blessed forever.
Amen.

Offering

Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me – CW 831

1 Why should cross and trial grieve me?
    Christ is near
    with his cheer;
never will he leave me.
Who can rob me of the heaven
    that God’s Son
    for me won
when his life was given?

2 When life’s troubles rise to meet me,
    though their weight
    may be great,
they will not defeat me.
God, my loving Savior, sees them;
    he who knows
    all my woes
knows how best to end them.

3 God gives me my days of gladness,
    and I will
    trust him still
when he sends me sadness.
God is good; his love attends me
    day by day,
    come what may,
guides me and defends me.

4 From God’s joy can nothing sever,
    for I am
    his dear lamb,
he, my Shepherd ever.
I am his because he gave me
    his own blood
    for my good,
by his death to save me.

5 Since I know God never fails me,
    in his voice
    I’ll rejoice
when grim death assails me.
Trusting in my Savior’s merit,
    safe at last,
    troubles past,
I shall heav’n inherit.

Prayer

Blessed Lord, you have given us your Holy Scriptures for our learning. May we so hear them, read, learn, and take them to heart, that being strengthened and comforted by your Holy Word, we may cling to the blessed hope of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen. 

Lord’s Prayer

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.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours
    now and forever. Amen.

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.

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow – CW 617

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heav’nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.