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  • Advent Lutheran Church Pastor Anita R. Warner

    Vicar Brandon Peck Parish Associate Reverend Lee Tyler

    16870 Murphy Avenue, Morgan Hill (408) 779-3551 - Office

    WELCOME Thank you for worshiping with us today. If you are visiting, please fill out a guest card and place it in the offering plate or in the basket in the entry area to help us welcome you. Please introduce yourself to others near you and to the pastor. We hope you can join us again soon.

    COMMUNION Baptized persons who believe that through the bread and wine we receive Christ's body and blood for our forgiveness are invited to communion. The center ring of glasses contains white grape juice. Gluten free bread is available.

    PRAYER MINISTER Prayer ministers are available for individual prayer during communion and after the service at the front right corner area of the sanctuary.

    PRAYER CHAIN If you would like some of Advent’s people to join you in prayer you may contact Jane Osumi at You may also write a prayer request on the guest card and leave it in the offering plate or in the basket on the welcome table in the gathering area.

    HEARING ASSISTANCE UNITS Hearing enhancement equipment is available in the sound booth in the back corner of the sanctuary.

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    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    September 29, 2019

    9:30 AM We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome in this community celebrating God’s Spirit in the world.

    God’s grace meets us in the water and Word, and in the bread and wine. We are here to know the touch of God’s forgiveness and love and to hear God’s calling in our lives.

    Please introduce yourself to others here and to the pastor. We invite you to complete the Guest Card in the pew rack and place it in the offering plate as a reminder of your presence with us in worship today.


    Consideration of and care for those in need (especially those “at our gate,” visible to us, of whom we are aware) is an essential component of good stewardship. It is in the sharing of wealth that we avoid the snare of wealth. It is the one whom death could not hold—who comes to us risen from the dead—who can free us from the death grip of greed.

    Prelude and Welcome

    Hymn Gather Us In Gather 744


    The grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

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    Prayer of the Day

    Let us pray. O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. Please be seated.


    Reading Amos 6:1a, 4-7 printed on back The prophet Amos announces that Israel’s great wealth is a cause not for rejoicing but rather sorrow, because God’s people have forgotten how to share their wealth with the poor. The wealthy will be the first to go into exile when judgment comes.

    Word of God, Word of life. Thanks be to God.

    Psalm 140 Lord, Come and Save Us Gather 140 The Cantor sings the Refrain the first time alone; then, the congregation repeats the Refrain with the Cantor. The Cantor sings the verses alone.

    Reading 1 Timothy 6:6-19 printed on back Timothy is reminded of the confession he made at his baptism and of its implications for daily life. His priorities will be different from those of people who merely want to be rich.

    Word of God, Word of life. Thanks be to God. Please stand as you are able.

    Gospel Acclamation Gather 198 The Cantor sings the refrain the first time alone; then, the congregation repeats the refrain with the Cantor.

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    Gospel Announcement

    The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the sixteenth chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

    Gospel Luke 16:19-31 printed on back Jesus tells a parable in which the poor one is “lifted up” and the rich one is “sent away empty.” Jesus makes it clear that this ethic of merciful reversal is not new but is as old as Moses and the prophets. The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ. Please be seated

    Children’s Message Pastor Anita

    Faith Testimony Norm Osumi

    Sermon Who God Sees Pastor Anita Warner

    Silence for reflection follows the sermon. When the music begins, stand to sing the Hymn of the day.

    Hymn When Pain of the World Surrounds Us next page

    Prayers of the Church

    ….Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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    Offertory Magnificat in G, Op. 81 Charles Villiers Stanford Text from the Canticle of Mary from Luke 1:46-55 Mary Kohlmiller, Soprano Soloist My Soul doth magnify the Lord And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden, For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. He that is mighty hath magnified me: And Holy is His Name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him, Throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, He hath put down the mighty from their seat, And hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He hath sent empty away, He remembering His mercy, hath holpen His servant Israel. As He promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, And to the Holy Ghost As it was in the beginning, is now, And ever shall be, World without end. Amen.

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    As Saints of Old

    verse 1only

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    Offering Prayer

    Let us pray. God our provider, we bring nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of it. Accept the gifts you have first given us, which we bring to your table, and with them the offering of our lives. Nourish us now with the life that really is life, revealed to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

    Celebration of Ministry

    Today we celebrate the ministry of the Stewardship Committee.

    The Great Thanksgiving

    Preface Dialog Gather 199

    Sanctus Gather 201

    Eucharistic Prayer

    Lord’s Prayer

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.

    Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

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    Invitation to Communion

    Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with them. Come, take your place at the feast.

    Agnus Dei Gather 207


    We believe that in the bread and wine of communion we receive Christ’s body and blood for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. Come forward as the ushers direct to receive the bread and the wine. The center ring of cups in each tray contains white grape juice for those who prefer it. We invite those who do not yet receive communion to come forward for a blessing – please cross your arms over your chest as a sign.

    Songs during communion: All Who Hunger Gather 820 Bread of Life, Hope of the World Gather 821



    Prayer after Communion

    Let us pray. God of blessing, at this table we have seen you face to face, and in the gift of Christ’s body and blood, our hearts have been refreshed. Send us now to shine with your goodness and bear witness to the one we have received Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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    Live your lives in Christ, rooted and built up in him, and abound in thanksgiving;

    and the blessing of the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, be upon you and remain with you forever. Amen.

    Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Gather 527


    Go in peace. Christ is sending you. Thanks be to God.

    Closing Voluntary

    Verse 1 harmony, interlude, Verse 2 unison, Verse 3 harmony, interlude, Verse 4 harmony, Amen.

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    Did You Know?

    From Your Stewardship Committee “God’s Work. Our Hands. God’s Welcome. Our Hearts.”

    Fall Stewardship Program Team

    There are opportunities to share via Advent’s Fall Stewardship Program “God’s Work. Our Hands. God’s Welcome. Our Hearts.” The Program is being shared during Sept