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18th Sunday after Pentecost ~ October 9, 2022 ~ HARVEST HOME

Service of the Word ~ 9:30am



Harvest Home Confession and Blessing

L      In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.     Genesis 1:1

C     The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.    Psalm 19:1

L      The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

C     You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.    Psalm 145:15-16

L      Holy Father, through your Son Jesus you teach us to ask for and trust you for everything we need in this life.

C     Give us this day our daily bread.    Matthew 6:11

L      Yet, we do not trust, and so we hoard what you have given us, becoming poor stewards of all your good gifts.   Matthew 25:14-30

C     Before you, O Lord, we acknowledge that we are guilty of all manner of sins, that we need your forgiveness and the power of the Holy Spirit to have the faith and hope needed to do better.   SC V

L      Let us take a moment of silence to recall before God those sins that especially afflict our consciences.


A moment of silence is observed for personal reflection.


L      Lord of the Harvest,

C     We join the heavens in declaring your glory and thank you that even in our lack of faith, waste, and slothfulness, you so loved the world that you gave your only Son to redeem us and rescue creation from the bondage to corruption our sin has brought upon it.  For all our sins, we are sorry and pray for grace.  We want to do better.  For the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us.  Grant us the grace that, as we are your harvest of souls, so our lives might be a harvest of righteousness as we dedicate ourselves to the care and redemption of all that you have made. Amen.  

        Romans 8:21, SC V

 L     The Lord who goodly created the world was not willing that His creation should be forever subject to futility, and gave His Son to die for you that you might be forgiven all your sins.  Trusting in His promise as we trust that harvest follows seedtime, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

        Romans 8:20, Matthew 28:19

C     Amen

Blessing of the Harvest Home Collection

L      As we have been blessed with both the means to live in this life and assurance of an even more glorious life in the next, let us pray for God to bless these gifts that we as stewards give for the earthly care of others.

        The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

L      Let us pray:

        Blessed heavenly Father, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, that it might provide all that we and others need.  Send forth the food that we as stewards of your kingdom have gathered here with your blessing, that it might provide more than earthly sustenance but also the hope that you and those you have redeemed care for people in their need.  Bless those who harvested these gifts from the earth and those will shepherd them  to their final destination, that all may blessed in their labor and praise you for your goodness and our chance to participate in it.  We ask you this through He who is the Author of the greatest harvest, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C             Amen

Opening Hymn                  Come, You Thankful People, Come (LBW 407)

Apostolic Greeting           (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Kyrie                                                    p. 28 WOV

Hymn of Praise                  O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (LBW 559)                      

Prayer of the Day

O Lord, sustain your Church with your perpetual mercy. Without you, in our weakness we will surely fail. Therefore, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Children’s Sermon

1st Scripture Lesson:    Ruth 1:1-19a

1In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, 5and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. 6Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. 7So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. 19a So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.  

The Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 111

1Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
      in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

2Great are the deeds of the Lord!
      they are studied by all who delight in them.

3His work is full of majesty and splendor,
      and his righteousness endures forever.

4He makes his marvelous works to be remembered;
      the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

5He gives food to those who fear him;
      he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6He has shown his people the power of his works
      in giving them the lands of the nations.

7The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice;
      all his commandments are sure.

8They stand fast forever and ever,
      because they are done in truth and equity.

9He sent redemption to his people; he commanded his covenant forever;
      holy and awesome is his Name.

10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
      those who act accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures forever.

2nd Scripture Lesson:       2 Timothy 2:1-13

1You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 3Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself.

The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation        Speak, O Lord

Gospel   Luke 17:11-19

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 17th Chapter.
C: Glory to you, O Lord.

11On the way to Jerusalem {Jesus} was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
C:  Praise to you, O Christ.


Hymn of Day                      May the Lord Find Us Faithful

Apostle’s Creed                 p. 85 LBW


Offering of a Thought

Offertory                             The Doxology  (564)

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

Offertory Prayer               p. 87 LBW

Prayers of God’s People

The Lord’s Prayer

Benediction                        p. 95 LBW

Closing Hymn                     Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Dismissal                             p. 95 LBW


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