Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Service of the Word - Day of Thanksgiving

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Service of the Word

Day of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.


OPENING MUSIC                            For the Fruit of All Creation – Paul Manz

                                                           Now Thank We All Our God-  I. G.F. Kauffman

                                                                                                                       II. Piet Post

                                                                                                                   III. Paul Manz



X HYMN                                             For the Fruit of All Creation


1              For the fruit of all creation,

                thanks be to God.

                For his gifts to ev’ry nation,

                thanks be to God.

                For the plowing, sowing, reaping,

                silent growth while we are sleeping,

                future needs in earth’s safekeeping,

                thanks be to God.


2              In the just reward of labor,

                God’s will is done.

                In the help we give our neighbor,

                God’s will is done.

                In our worldwide task of caring

                for the hungry and despairing,

                in the harvests we are sharing,

                God’s will is done.


3              For the harvests of the Spirit,

                thanks be to God.

                For the good we all inherit,

                thanks be to God.

                For the wonders that astound us,

                for the truths that still confound us,

                most of all, that love has found us,

                thanks be to God.


Text: F. Pratt Green, 1903-2000

© 1970 Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe,

  for in your wisdom you have formed us.


You feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

  We bless you and praise your name forever.


You set free those who are bound.

  We bless you and praise your name forever.


You raise up those whose courage falters.

  We bless you and praise your name forever.


You provide for our every need.

  Accept our grateful praises.


You have called us from all peoples.

  We rejoice and bless your name forever.


You bless your people with peace.

  We bless you and praise your loving grace.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe,

  for in your wisdom you have formed us.


God has made us his people through our Baptism into Christ.

Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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


CANTICLE                                                       I Will Sing the Story of Your Love


Leader: I will sing the story of your love, O Lord,

             and proclaim your faithfulness forever.


People:  I will sing the story of your love, O Lord,

             and proclaim your faithfulness forever.               


L     In this place shall be heard again the sounds of joy and gladness,

        the voice of the bridegroom and the bride.


 People:  I will sing the story of your love, O Lord,

             and proclaim your faithfulness forever.               

L     Here they offer praise and thanksgiving in the house of the Lord,

        and we hear their voices shouting,

        “Praise the Lord of hosts, for he is good, for his love endures forever.”


People:  I will sing the story of your love, O Lord,

             and proclaim your faithfulness forever.               

L     Give thanks to him and bless his name;

        the Lord is good, his love is everlasting,

        and his faithfulness endures to all generations,

        and his faithfulness endures to all generations.


People:  I will sing the story of your love, O Lord,

             and proclaim your faithfulness forever.               


The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Almighty God, our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day.  By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




READING                                                                                          Joel 2:21-27


21Do not fear, O soil;
  be glad and rejoice,
  for the Lord has done great things!
22Do not fear, you animals of the field,
  for the pastures of the wilderness are green;

 the tree bears its fruit,
  the fig tree and vine give their full yield.
23O children of Zion, be glad
  and rejoice in the Lord your God;
 for he has given the early rain for your vindication,
  he has poured down for you abundant rain,
  the early and the later rain, as before.
24The threshing floors shall be full of grain,
  the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25I will repay you for the years
  that the swarming locust has eaten,
 the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
  my great army, which I sent against you.
26You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
  and praise the name of the Lord your God,
  who has dealt wondrously with you.
 And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
  and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other.
 And my people shall never again be put to shame.


The Word of the Lord.                                  

  Thanks be to God.


READING                                                                          Matthew 6:25-33


[Jesus said,] 25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

31Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”


The Word of the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.


SERMON           ‘Gift Or Entitlement?’                  The Rev. Robert W. Strobel



XHYMN                                                                             We Praise You, O God


 1      We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator;

        in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.

        We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;

        we bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.


2      We worship you, God of our fathers, we bless you;

        through trial and tempest our guide you have been.

        When perils o’ertake us, you will not forsake us,

        and with your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.


3      With voices united our praises we offer

        and gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.

        With you, Lord, beside us, your strong arm will guide us.

        To you, our great redeemer, forever be praise!

Text: Julia C. Cory, 1882-1963, alt.   Tune: KREMSER, A. Valerius, 1626



Let us pray.


Almighty and everlasting God, you are worthy to be held in reverence by all the mortal race. We give you thanks for the innumerable blessings which, despite our unworthiness, you have showered upon us. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We praise you especially that you have preserved for us in their purity your saving Word and the sacred ordinances of your house. Grant and preserve to your Church throughout the world purity of doctrine and faithful pastors who shall preach your Word with power, and help all who hear rightly to understand and firmly to believe your Word of truth. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Protect and defend your people in time of tribulation and danger, that we, in communion with your Church and in unity with all Christian people, may fight the good fight of faith and in the end receive the fullness of salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Upon all the nations of the earth bestow your grace. Especially we ask you to bless our land and all its inhabitants and all who are in authority. Cause your glory to dwell among us, and let mercy and truth, justice and peace everywhere prevail. We commend to your care all our schools, that virtue and useful knowledge may be nourished and the wholesome fruits of life may abound. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


In your mercy defend us from all calamities by fire and water, from war and pestilence, from scarcity and famine. Protect and prosper all who labor, and cause all useful arts to flourish among us. Show yourself to be the helper of the sick and needy, the comforter of the forsaken and distressed. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Accept, we pray, our bodies and souls, our hearts and minds, our talents and powers, together with our gifts, as our offering of praise. We name now, aloud and in silence, those who need our prayers.


Special supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


And as we are strangers and pilgrims on earth, help us to prepare for the world to come, doing the work which you have given us to do while it is day, before that night comes when no one can work. And, when our last hour shall come, support us by your power and receive us into your everlasting kingdom, where, with your Son our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign, God forever.



As our Savior has taught us, we are bold to say:

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


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.



XHYMN                                                                      Now Thank We All Our God

 1      Now thank we all our God

        with hearts and hands and voices,

        who wondrous things has done,

        in whom his world rejoices;

        who, from our mothers’ arms,

        has blest us on our way

        with countless gifts of love,

        and still is ours today.


2      Oh, may this bounteous God

        through all our life be near us,

        with ever joyful hearts

        and blessed peace to cheer us,

        and keep us in his grace,

        and guide us when perplexed,

        and free us from all harm

        in this world and the next.


3      All praise and thanks to God

        the Father now be given,

        the Son, and him who reigns

        with them in highest heaven,

        the one eternal God,

        whom earth and heav’n adore;

        for thus it was, is now,

        and shall be evermore.


Text: Martin Rinkhart, 1586-1649; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878



Please put your Thanksgiving offering envelopes in the plate at the rear of the church.