Worship Services

Online Worship for October 18, 2020

Easter Sunday … Every Sunday



Greeting – P: Christ is risen! C: HE is risen indeed.  Alleluia!



Hymn:Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!” (ELW 377) vss. 1-3 & 5


Alleluia! Jesus is risen!  Trumpets resounding in glorious light!

    Splendor, the Lamb, heaven forever!  Oh, what a miracle God has in sight!


{RefrainJesus is risen and we shall arise.  Give God the glory! Alleluia!


Walking the way, Christ in the center, telling the story to open our eyes;

    breaking our bread, giving us glory: Jesus our blessing, our constant surprise.  Refrain


Jesus the vine, we are the branches; life in the Spirit the fruit of the tree;

    heaven to earth, Christ to the people, gift of the future now flowing to me.  Refrain


City of God, Easter forever!  Golden Jerusalem, Jesus the Lamb,

    river of life, saints and archangels, sing with creation to God the I AM!  Refrain



Psalm 16:5-11  {adapted}

P:  The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my place and my future.

C:  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

P:  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel, for even in the night your Spirit guides me.

C:  I keep you Lord always before me; because you are at my side I shall not be moved.

P:  Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

C:  For you do not give me up to Sheol, nor let your faithful one see the Pit.

ALL:  You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore!


Words of Institution


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.


Distribution of Communion


Children’s Message


Easter Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, how grateful … how glad we are that you live again!  We ask forgiveness for our sins, which drove you to the cross on our behalf.  Fill us with the joy of your salvation, with the knowledge and comfort that you share your victory over death with us.  Savior, in your Word, you promise us that you have overcome the world, and all the powers of sin, evil and death.  By the Spirit’s power, and with God the Father’s blessing, grant us courage to face each day with renewed hope, joy and love.   Amen!


I Peter 1:3-12 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith – being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy!  For you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated, when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ, and his subsequent glory.  It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves, but you!  In regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit, sent from heaven – things into which the angels long to look!


Sermon:  “For Your Eyes Only” – Pastor John Riggle


Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness (ELW 765)


Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could 

    destroy:  be there at our waking, and give us, we pray …

    your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.


Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith, whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and  the lathe:  be there at our labors, and give us, we pray … your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.


Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, your hands swift to welcome, your arms to

    embrace:  be there at our homing, and give us, we pray …

    your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.


Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, whose voice is contentment, whose presence is

    balm:  be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray …

    your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.



Apostles’ Creed


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.


Prayers for All: 


P: We thank you, God our Father, for creating us in your good image.  We thank you Son of God, Jesus our Savior, for saving us from ourselves.  We thank you Holy Spirit of God for filling us with new life, and the will to serve and follow Jesus.  Christ is risen!  C: He is risen indeed!


P: We praise you, God, for your good creation, and for providing all our daily needs.  Teach us how to care for the earth and for one another.  Grant us courage, will, and guidance so that we may always care for the most vulnerable among us.  Christ is risen!  C: He is risen indeed!


{Silent Prayers}  P: Christ is risen!  C: He is risen indeed!

{Spoken Petitions}  P: Christ is risen!  C: He is risen indeed!


P: Lord Jesus, make us whole and complete within.  By your Spirit transform our hearts and our lives from the inside-out.  Draw us together with all sisters and brothers, here and around the world, and with the saints and the hosts of heaven.  So that we may join in the Great Chorus of praise and thanksgiving to you, O God … our Creator, Savior, and Redeemer.  C: Amen!



P:  Now may God the Father, who raised his Son, our Savior Jesus Christ from death …

C:  May God bless us and keep us.

P:  May the Lord make God’s face shine on us, and be gracious to us.

C:  May the Lord look upon us with favor, and grant us God’s own peace.  Amen.


Hymn: Lift High the Cross (ELW 660)


{Refrain}  Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim …

till all the world adore his sacred name!


Come, Christians, follow where our captain trod,

            our king victorious, Christ, the Son of God.  Refrain


All newborn servants of the Crucified

            bear on their brows the seal of him who died.  Refrain


O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,

            as thou hast promised, draw us all to thee.  Refrain



So shall our song of triumph ever be:

            praise to the Crucified for victory!  Refrain


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Lift High the Cross

Text: George W. Kitchin, 1827-1912; rev. Michael R. Newbolt, 1874-1956

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“Lord of All Hopefulness

Text: Jan Struther, 1901-1953 / Text © Oxford University Press 1931.

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“Alleluia, Jesus Is Risen”

Text: Herbert F. Brokering, b. 1926  Text © 1995 Augsburg Fortress.

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Prayer Concerns



Ernie & Elaine

Sandy & Rick









Pastor Jeremy



Kristi and Sharon



Family and friends of:

Patty Rud – sister-in-law of Monica Wesen

Genese Colberg


+ For stability, justice, and hope in our nation and world.

+ For an end to the pandemic and help for us all do our part.

+ For the emotional, social, physical, and spiritual well-being of all.

+ For all experiencing major life changes in this turbulent time.


Apologies for Any Confusion:  This past Sunday we held a Zoom Fellowship.  A few folks didn't realize the time had changed to 9:00 a.m.  Our apologies to anyone who missed joining because of that.  Our next online fellowship will be Sunday October 25th at 9:00 a.m.  The Zoom information will be sent out the week before.  {That will be Reformation Sunday ... so please wear some RED. ☺}

Mary Mother MagnificentMary Mother Magnificent Zoom Bible Study 10:00 AM
Time: Oct 22, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 833 5698 5122  Or call:  (301) 715 8592


Gentle Reminder:  Please mail in your offerings to church, now that the drive-in services are over:  Faith Lutheran, PO Box 123, Miltona, MN 56354.  Thanks ever so much!


Worship TeamsAs we move back toward pre-taped, online services only, with colder weather setting-in, we are looking for small teams of 1-3 persons to not only plan a Sunday's worship {to be taped on the previous Friday} but also to lead those worship experiences ... including reading lessons, leading singing, sharing prayers, and possibly even reading a sermon.  If you are interested, please contact Pastor John: (712) 449-0027; johnmriggle@gmail.com

Sunday SchoolOnline Sunday School, led by Luther Crest Bible Camp staff, in a Vacation Bible School, camp style happens every Sunday at 10:15 a.m.  To register your child or grandchild please contact Darla Crossley:  (320) 732-2290; darlakuras@hotmail.com


Secret Santa Is Coming! – Outreach Team is organizing a Secret Santa exchange for this coming Holiday Season, beginning just before Thanksgiving, and ending right after the New Year.  Everyone who participates will be assigned someone to be “Santa” for, and each will have a “Secret Santa” to brighten their holidays too.  Santas will send cards, drop off small gifts, and find other ways to reach out.  And, of course, they will pray for the person they are Secret-Santa-ing. J Vicki Dahl is organizing this effort.  If you want to participate please call or text Vicki at: (320) 493-0089.  Or, email her at: vicki.dahl@primelending.com


Care & Companionship:  Would you like to be a friend?  Do you need a friend?  Central Minnesota Elder Network provides companionship and respite services to persons fifty-five years of age and older.  We offer several programs which include:

Connections Program:  Volunteers phone clients once a week and have a friendly conversation.

Companion Program:  Volunteer visits once a week for approximately 1 hour.

Respite Program:  Volunteer visits once a week for one to four hours so the caregiver can have a break from caring for their loved one.


Elder Network services are provided by our trained, compassionate volunteers and coordinated by a staff of professionals.  We invite you to become part of our volunteer team at Elder Network.  Why?  Because volunteering is fun, rewarding and proven to maintain or improve overall health.  It's a great way to contribute to the community and to meet new friends.  {A training program will be starting soon.}

Also, if you know someone who could benefit from one of our programs, please tell them about Elder Network and refer them to us:  Jane Wohlforth, RN; Pamela Kamholz RN, at 320-763-9084.


Need Help With Your Heating Bills?  West Central Minnesota Communities Action can help with energy assistance. If you want to learn more about this program, please contact the church office and information will be mailed to you.  You can also contact WCMCA at (800) 492-4805.


The Outreach Food Shelf is hosting a special food distribution. Everyone is welcome and no preregistration is required. Anyone that would like to supplement their grocery budget is encouraged to come. Grocery items include Dairy, Meat and Fresh Produce.

Saturday October 24th, 2020 Approximately 10:30 AM UNTIL GONE