Online Worship – Nov 15th, 2020


Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. Unfortunately we had some technical difficulties with the recording this week, so the first part of the service is without video – however, you should still be able to hear everything. The video kicks back in partway through the Sermon. We appreciate your patience with us as we continue to work on the online worship process.

When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

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Welcome and Invocation

L O Lord, You have been our refuge throughout every generation.
C Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, You were God.
L You are God from everlasting to everlasting.
C You turn mortals back into dust and say, “Return, descendants of Adam.”
L Indeed, in Your sight a thousand years are like a single day,
C like yesterday—already past— like an hour in the night.
L Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom.
C Return, Lord! How long . . . ?
L Have pity on us, Your servants.
C Satisfy us every morning with Your mercy
L so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days.
C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Opening Song: Here I am to Worship

SJ Kids Sunday School Hour

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Scripture Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11, Matthew 25:14–30

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14–30
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.

14[Jesus said:] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Prayer of the Day

L You have invested in us so richly, O God—
C pouring the wealth of Your love into our hearts, the riches of intellect into our minds, the treasure of readiness into our bodies.
L You have invested in us so many talents, O God.
C Help us to use them.
L Stir up in us Your Holy Spirit—
C a treasure You have given to us in grace.
L Stir up in us Your Holy Spirit, that we may have the will to serve,
C and the desire to give.
L You have invested in us so richly, O God.
C Make us fruitful investments—
L high risk …
C … high yield!
L Then we will be eager for Your return! Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now,
C and forever. Amen.

Song of the Day: Lift High the Name of Jesus

Sermon – “If You Don’t Use It… You Lose It.”

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence 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


L Merciful God,
C we offer with joy and thanksgiving what You have first given us – ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of Your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of Him who offered Himself for us,
Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

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Confession and Absolution

P God of all mercy and consolation, come to the aid of Your people, turning us from our selfish desires to live for You alone. Give us the power of Your Holy Spirit, that, attentive to Your Word, we may confess our trespasses, receive Your forgiveness, and then grow into the fullness of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C Amen.
P Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination
P Gracious Father, have mercy on us.
C In Your compassion, forgive us our sins,
known and unknown, bad things done and good left undone.
Fill us again with Your Spirit so that we may serve You
in newness of life, to the honor and glory of Your holy Name. Amen.

P Almighty God has been merciful, dealing with your sins Himself by giving His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for them. He grants full forgiveness to all who turn to Him with confession. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.

Closing Hymn: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Benediction and Announcements

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