September 6, 2020


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14th Sunday after Pentecost
September 6, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic week 26
Led by:
11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551
Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Interim Pastor
Shannen Hemmel, Musician
Mike Johnson, Lector 
Terry Welsh, Videographer and Editor


In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While we cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this worship resource as an aid for prayer and worship in the home.



Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today's gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.



P: 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.
P: You are the treasured people of the Lord,
a people holy to the Lord our God.
P: Keep the words of the Lord in your heart; teach them to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.
P: One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.



P: The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
I: Great and wonderful are your deeds, O God of the universe;
just and true are your ways, O Ruler of all the nations.
Who can fail to honor you, Lord, and sing the glory of your name?
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.
II: For you alone are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and worship before you,
for your just and holy works have been revealed.
All: Salvation belongs to our God and to Christ the Lamb forever and ever.


FIRST READING: Ezekiel 33:7-11

God appointed Ezekiel as a sentinel for the house of Israel. Ezekiel must faithfully convey God’s warnings to the people. Remarkably, God—who is about to attack Jerusalem—gives a warning with the hope that repentance will make the attack unnecessary.

7So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. 9But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

10Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said: “Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?” 11Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?

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


PSALM: Psalm119

33Teach me, O Lord, the way | of your statutes,
  and I shall keep it | to the end.
34Give me understanding, and I shall | keep your teaching;
  I shall keep it with | all my heart.
35Lead me in the path of | your commandments,
  for that is | my desire.
36Incline my heart to | your decrees
  and not to | unjust gain. 
37Turn my eyes from be- | holding falsehood;
  give me life | in your way.
38Fulfill your promise | to your servant,
  which is for | those who fear you.
39Turn away the reproach | that I dread,
  because your judg- | ments are good.
40Behold, I long for | your commandments;
  by your righteousness en- | liven me. 



Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!
Our hearts burn within us while you open to us the Scriptures.
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all glory to you!
Word of life, Jesus Christ, all praise to you!


GOSPEL: Matthew18:15-20

Jesus offers practical advice to his disciples on how individuals—and the church as a whole—should go about restoring relationships when one member has sinned against another.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.





SING: HYMN: ELW 818 "Master Let Me Walk With You"

1              O Master, let me walk with you
                in lowly paths of service true;
                tell me your secret; help me bear
                the strain of toil, the fret of care.
2              Help me the slow of heart to move
                by some clear, winning word of love;
                teach me the wayward feet to stay,
                and guide them in the homeward way.
Text: Washington Gladden, 1836-1918, alt.




A: In Christ, you have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

We believe in him and are marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.


A: 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 to the dead.
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



P. Sisters and brothers in Christ, God has called us to a new time in our life as Living Waters Lutheran Church. It is a time for reflection and prayer, a time for self-examination and seeking, a time for expectation and hope. We need a shepherd to lead this flock, and God has promised that he will provide a shepherd for us.

The following persons have been appointed to serve as the Call Committee of our church. Kathy Wagner (Chair), Katie Bodmer, Bob Chilcoat, Wendy Crofts, Mike Johnson, Chris Kirsche and Sue Whitlock.

Sacred scripture guides your task, to seek a pastor who strives for righteousness and godliness, faith and love, endurance and gentleness -- a pastor who is a servant as Christ was a servant -- a pastor who is not domineering or quarrelsome, but who leads with care and concern for God's flock -- a pastor who is filled with the Holy Spirit and a trustworthy steward of the mysteries of God.

Yours is a spiritual endeavor on behalf of this congregation, therefore you must be open to the Spirit's leading, and, by prayer and holy conversation, undertake this calling to seek a shepherd for us.

You shall be diligent in your seeking, careful in your listening, purposeful in your questioning, and respectful in all that you do?

You shall seek the Lord's guidance through Holy Scripture and prayer and in your deliberations with your fellow committee members be brought to one mind and one will in Christ.


P: Let us pray our Call Committee and for our church as we seek the Lord's guidance during this special time.

Almighty God, you alone are the great Shepherd of the sheep, and we turn to you to lead and guide us in all things.   As you have raised up faithful servants of your holy word to tend your flock in each time and place, send us now, we pray, a faithful shepherd to lead our flock.

Send us a shepherd of goodness and grace, of strength and faith, of righteousness in your sight.

Send us a shepherd to comfort and care for us, to preach your word, to teach our children, to baptize and commune, to marry and counsel, to visit the sick and lay to rest, to guide us and pray for us.

Give us a holy patience in this time of our seeking, a patience that trusts in you for our present care, knowing that you will bring our good work to fulfillment in your time.

Fill us all with your Holy Spirit and magnify our gifts of discernment, that we might follow your will and leading into a future yet unknown.

Bless those who are especially called to serve on the Call Committee. Give them the gifts they need to seek and find the pastor of your own nurturing, the shepherd of your own choosing, that we might be fed by your holy word and sacraments and grow in faith and love and ministry.

All these things we ask, O God, with whatever else we need, in the name of him who is the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.

C. Amen


P: Children of God, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.



P: In the abundance of God’s steadfast love, God calls us from death to life, from silence to speech, from idleness to action. In Proverbs 3:9 Solomon writes: “Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your produce.” Giving is an act of honor. Living Waters is a generous people honoring our neighbor, our community, our God, by sharing and serving.

We offer ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages we give thanks for the saving love in Jesus.


Glory to you, God, for yours is the earth;
yours the anointing, the radiant worth.
Ours the rejoicing for spirits aflame.
ours the thanksgiving to your holy name.
Ours be the telling of deeds greatly done.
yours be the glory, O God, yours alone.




A: Let us pray. God of goodness and growth,
all creation is yours,
and your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Water and word, wine and bread:
these are signs of your abundant grace.
Nourish us through these gifts,
that we might proclaim your steadfast love
in our communities and in the world,
through Jesus Christ, our strength and our song.



A: Drawn together by the compassion of God, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need, responding to each petition with the words “Hear us and help us.”

A: Unite your church, O God. Give to all the baptized the gifts of repentance and reconciliation. Strengthen ecumenical partnerships and interracial cooperation among the churches. Guide the work of the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.
O God, Leader of the church, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

A: Protect your creation, O God. Teach us ways to live that do not harm what you have entrusted to our care. Give to the animals the habitat they need for life. Renew and enliven places suffering from drought, flood, storms, or pollution.
O God, Creator of the earth, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

A: Bless the nations, O God. Frustrate the designs of dictators. Give to the military a clear and moral purpose. Guide legislators, civil servants, judges, and police toward the well-being of all. Infuse the coming election season with honesty and integrity.
O God, Governor of the world, in your mercy,
hear us and help us..

A: Sustain us in our work, O God, and give employment to those who need it. Shape societies to ensure fair treatment for all who labor. Help us to love our neighbors in and through our work.
O God, Guardian of all peoples, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

A: Guide our civil discourse, O God. Alert us to social evils and show our nation how to end the patterns of racial injustice. Accompany all are endeavoring to bring about a renewed society. Curb the violence in our cities.
O God, Haven of righteousness, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

A: Tend to all in need, O God. Assist all friends and family members who are seeking restored relationships. Give community to the lonely and welcome to the outcast. Shelter all who are vulnerable in body, mind, or spirit, especially those we name here before you.

Cecelia Albrecht
Dick Thorpe
Becky M.
Debbie Hoffman
Teachers, students and all those returning to work/class in school
Bill and Mary Ann Reiter
Phyllis Gardner
Brand Kahler Jr.
Jesse Galinkin
Betty Fink

O God, Physician of the sick, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

A: Receive once again, O God, our plea for the end of the coronavirus. Comfort those afflicted with COVID-19 and uphold our medical workers. Give youth a sense of responsibility for others and provide the world a vaccine.
O God, Healer in times of plague, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

A: We remember with thanksgiving those who have died in faith. As you equipped them, equip us with your protection and power, until with them we see your salvation.
O God, Eternal One, in your mercy,
hear us and help us.

P: All these things and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
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.
P: May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ fill you with every spiritual blessing.
P: May the God of faithfulness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.
P: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SENDING SONG: # ELW 543 "Go, My Children"
1          “Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone.
            Waking, sleeping, I am with you, you are my own.
            In my love’s baptismal river
            I have made you mine forever.
            Go, my children, with my blessing, you are my own.”
2          “Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.
            Here you learned how much I love you, what I can cure.
            Here you heard my dear Son’s story,
            here you touched him, saw his glory.
            Go, my children, sins forgiven, at peace and pure.”
Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919, alt.
Text © 1983 Concordia Publishing House
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