Trinity Lutheran Church - Canton, IL
August 11, 2019 - 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Welcome to Trinity!

We’re glad you’re here! 

  • If you are attending via Facebook Live, please fill out the contact card at the end of today's bulletin to request a pastoral visit, join our mailing list, or update your contact information.
  • If you are attending in person, we invite you to sign in when the ushers pass around the clipboards, and to include your contact information so that we can send you a card (and Pastor can call you if you’d like).


We celebrate Holy Communion in worship each Sunday at 9:00 AM. Visitors are welcome for Communion—read the "Invitation to Holy Communion section  to learn more.


We have weekly education programs for all ages after worship, including Sunday School (age 3+), Confirmation (7th & 8th grade), Youth Group (middle/high school), and Adult Forum.


 

"Need to Know" Information

Restrooms (all handicapped-accessible):

  • Located down the hall from the church office (women’s first, then men’s).


Child and Family Needs—in Fireside Room (entry area):

  • Children are welcome in worship! The small table has crayons and coloring books if your little ones need to keep their hands busy!
  • Our Family Room (next to the TV) offers a baby changing table and space for nursing or other family needs during the service!


Hearing Assistance:

  • You can your set hearing aid to “T” to use our T-coil hearing loop.
  • Other hearing assistance devices are available as well—please ask an usher if you would like to use one.

 

God’s Mission for Trinity: Welcome. Nurture. Serve.

  • In order to put Christ first, we WELCOME people into the church, inviting them to receive the love and grace of Jesus so they may know themselves as children of God.
  • We NURTURE people in faith to support their learning and growth as followers of Jesus.
  • We send people out to SERVE people in emotional, spiritual, and physical need in the congregation, the community, and the world.
Welcoming & Gathering

Prelude                            

 


Welcome & Announcements

  • Click/tap here for this week's announcements!
  • For Kids: Learn about the Bible with interactive games, word searches, and puzzles you can play on a phone through Bible Activities Zone! (Please be polite and turn off the sound if you are sitting in church, though!)



Today’s Favorite Hymns Summer selections were requested by:

  • “O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us” - Pastor Micah
  • "Beautiful Savior" - Gloria Krunnfusz
  • Most of today's other hymns were written by the fine American hymnwriter of recent decades, Sister Delores Dufner, OSB.

 


Please stand as you are able.



Gathering Hymn*       “O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us”        #431

 


Confession and Forgiveness (1 John 1:8-10; John 20:23)

P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever. 

C: Amen.


P: Seeking reconciliation with God and neighbor, let us remember the gift of baptism and confess our sin. (A brief silence.) O God of mercy,

C: we confess that we have sinned against you, against one another, and against the earth entrusted to our care. We are worried and distracted by many things, and we fail to love you above all else. We store up treasures for ourselves and turn away from our neighbors in need. Forgive us, that we may live in the freedom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


P: Though we are captive to sin and unable to free ourselves, God made us alive in Christ, forgiving us all our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

 

 

Apostolic Greeting (2 Corinthians 13:13)

P: The grace 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.



Hymn of Praise (Luke 2:14) "Glory Be to God"

Prayer of the Day

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray together. Almighty God,

C: you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen



Please sit.        

Nurtured By God's Word

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

Summary: God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendants will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God's promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous.

 

A: After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir." But the word of the LORD came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir." He brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.

 

A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



Psalm 33:12-22 (sung to the tone below)

L: Happy is the nation whose God | is the LORD!

Happy the people chosen to | be God's heritage!

C: The LORD looks | down from heaven,

and sees all | humankind.

L: God sits firmly en- | throned and watches

 all who dwell | on the earth.

C: God fashions | all their hearts

and observes | all their deeds.  

L: A king is not saved by the size | of the army,

nor are warriors rescued by | their great strength.

C: The horse gives vain | hope for victory;

despite its great strength it | cannot save.

L: Truly, your eye is upon those who fear | you, O LORD,

upon those who wait for your | steadfast love,

C: to deliver their | lives from death,

and to keep them alive in | time of famine. 

L: Our innermost being waits for | you, O LORD,

our helper | and our shield.

C: Surely, our heart rejoic- | es in you,

 for in your holy name we | put our trust.

L: Let your loving kindness, O LORD, | be upon us,

even as we place our | hope in you.  

 

 

Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Summary: Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God's promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.

 

A: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.


By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore."


All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


A: The word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



Please stand as you are able.



Gospel Acclamation

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-40

Summary: Jesus encourages disciples to invest their hearts and live fully into God's reign. Instead of facing life with fear, those who know God's generosity are always ready to receive from God and to give to others.

 

P:  This is the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 12th chapter.

C: Glory to you, O Lord.

 

P: [Jesus said:] "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.


But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."

 

P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

Please sit.



Children's Time



Sermon

 

 

Please stand as you are able. 



Hymn of the Day          “Wake, Awake for Night Is Flying”           #436

Profession of Faith (Apostles’ Creed)

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again 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 the Church (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Each section of the prayers ends:

A: Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

     

When we get to this part, please join in reading the names in bold:

A: Today, we pray especially...and for these friends on our Prayer list:

C: JoAnne, Marilyn, Cecil, Rebecca, Tom, Ron, Eleanor, Jim, Karen, Ian, Kirk, Pr. Paul, Rosalie, Dawn, Lois, Lynette, Carole, Paul, Becky, Brian, Brenda, John, Marvin, Jerry, Diane, Bob, Gene, Brittany, Paul, and Pete.

 

At the conclusion of the prayers:

P: Into your hands…through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen.

 


Sharing of the Peace (John 14:27, 20:19-21; Matthew 5:23-24)

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

C: And also with you.

 


Please sit.

Nurtured By Christ's Meal

Offering                  “Open Our Eyes, Lord”                  Piano & Chimes

      


Please stand as you are able.



Sung Offertory       “Take My Life, that I May Be” (v. 1 & 4)        #685

 

Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee;

take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I with-hold;

take my intellect, and use ev’ry pow’r as thou shalt choose.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

A: Let us pray. Blessed are you, O God, for the greening earth given for all, for the talents we are given to share, and for this bread and wine. Transform us to be the body of Christ, that, feasting on this food and drink, our lives may reflect your generosity; through Christ our Lord.

 C: Amen.

 



Great Thanksgiving

P:   The Lord be with you.

C:   And also with you.

P:   Lift up your hearts.

C:   We lift them to the Lord.

P:   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C:   It is right to give God thanks and praise.

P: It is indeed right…we praise your name and join their unending hymn:



Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 118:26, Mark 11:9-10)

Eucharistic Prayer (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

P: Holy, mighty, and merciful Lord...

      In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread...

      Again, after supper, he took the cup...

      Pour out upon us...now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

 

Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)

C: 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 today our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For  thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Please sit.



Lamb of God (John 1:29)

Invitation to Holy Communion

If you are visiting today, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion.


Please come forward when the usher comes to your row. (If you are unable to come forward, please tell the usher, and the servers will come to you.)


Pastor will give you the bread, and then you can choose to either drink wine from the first (silver) cup or to dip your bread in the second (blue) cup, which has both red wine and white grape juice.


If you prefer not to receive Holy Communion, you are invited to come forward with your arms folded across your chest to receive a blessing.


All are invited to sing the following hymns while Communion is distributed:

  •  *#838 “Beautiful Savior”
  •   #487 “What Feast of Love”   
  •    #777 “Come to Me, All Pilgrims Thirsty”    
  •    #471 “Let Us Break Bread Together”




Please stand as you are able.



Blessing

P: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.

C: Amen.

 



Prayer after Communion

A:   Let us pray. O God, in this holy communion you have welcomed us into your presence, nourished us with words of mercy, and fed us at your table. Amid the cares of this life, strengthen us to love you with all our heart, serve our neighbors with a willing spirit, and honor the earth you have made; through Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen.

Sending Us Out to Serve

Benediction (Numbers 6:24-25, sung)

P: The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace,

in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: (sung response below)

Sending Hymn                      To Be Your Presence”                     #546   

 

Dismissal

A: Go in peace. Serve the Lord!

C: Thanks be to God!

 


Postlude


Copyright Notices

Service words & music reproduced and streamed under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies License #SBL-14744.


Other hymns streamed under OneLicense #A-715015.


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