Sunday Service, November 15, 2020

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November 15, 2020                           Worship Service                                      10 a.m.

Welcome to worship today.

Welcome to this real live community of Faith, Christ Lutheran Church! 

We hope that your virtual presence among us this morning will enliven your spirit. 

We are glad and grateful to have you worshipping with us. 

Chance favors the prepared mind.  Louis Pasteur

Prelude                       Be Still” – Chapman   played/sung by Steve Wysocki 

                  “We Are An Offering  in recognition of Stewardship month, led by CLC Praise Band


Welcome                     No matter who you are or where you are on your journey,

you are welcome here!


We are gathered and ready and aware of God’s presence




Gathering Song                                     “Good Soil” – led by Brenda Tarulli 


Reading: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18                            Doraine Salmon

Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading) presents the day of the Lord as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the Lord.  Do you think about the end of the world as we know it?

7Be silent before the Lord God!
For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
he has consecrated his guests.

12At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
and I will punish the people
who rest complacently on their dregs,
those who say in their hearts,
“The Lord will not do good,
nor will he do harm.”
13Their wealth shall be plundered,
and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
they shall not drink wine from them.

14The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
the warrior cries aloud there.
15That day will be a day of wrath,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
16a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.

17I will bring such distress upon people
that they shall walk like the blind;
because they have sinned against the Lord,
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
and their flesh like dung.
18Neither their silver nor their gold
will be able to save them
on the day of the Lord’s wrath;
in the fire of his passion
the whole earth shall be consumed;
for a full, a terrible end
he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.


Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

Help us God, as we seek to interpret what this means for our lives.


Message Song                “Into the Sea (It’s Gonna Be Okay)” – by Tasha Layton,  led by Deb Wysocki

Prayers                                                                                             Anne Baum

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.  We begin with our silent personal prayers. A brief silence.

Lord of the church, ignite your people with the passion of your love. By the fire of your Holy Spirit, unify us across congregations and denominations, and inspire us as we seek to participate in your work throughout the world.

We are Children of the light, let our lights shine in the world.

Lord of creation, we stand in awe at the works of your hands and praise you for the beauty of nature –  the mountains, hills, meadows and fields, the trees whose beauty we admire as we walk by your streams and rivers, the colors of your flowers and the diversity of animals, birds, and insects. Bless the earth, and guide us in ways we can work to restore its integrity where exploitation and mismanagement has caused ruin.

We are Children of the light, let our lights shine in the world.

Lord of the nations, sound forth your justice in the ears of all leaders. Increase their concern for those who are most vulnerable, especially as international leaders forge trade agreements and cooperate to end human rights abuses. We will support those leaders who choose to work to do these things.

We are Children of the light, let our lights shine in the world.

Lord of all in need, search out all who cry to you in distress. Scatter the heavy clouds of depression, illness, unemployment, and loneliness with your radiant light. Send us as encouragement and signs of your healing. Today we pray especially for Jim, Mary Ann and Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Rod, Ruth, Linda, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Allison, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Dale Kichline, Lorane & Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Melissa, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Judy & Greg, Pearl, Mel, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, The Miliren  Family & Sue, Janet Mills, Ramona Daily, the Harley family and Ferd.

Hospitalized this week:  Bryan Gerhab 

Condolences to the family of The Rev. Howard Weidemoyer who passed away on November 12, 2020.

and those we name in our hearts. and those we name silently in our hearts.  A brief silence.

We are Children of the light, let our lights shine in the world.

Lord of love for all, be with our country and its inhabitants as we search for ways to bring healing to a fractured nation.  Lead us as we look for paths to mutual understanding and respect.  Give us the courage of acceptance to compromise.

We are Children of the light, let our lights shine in the world.

Lord of the stranger, stir us to extend love to those at the margins of society and those who may not look like us.  Release our desire for control and open us to learn from the perspectives of others. We want to see others as you see them.

We are Children of the light, let our lights shine in the world.

Lord of the living and the dead, we give you thanks for all the saints at rest from their labors. We will strive to live by their example, so that saints yet to come may also know your love.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn                                           This Little Light of Mine” – ELW Hymn 677     


Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.



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