Online Worship – October 24th/25th, 2020


Thank you for joining us for Online Worship this week. When you’re ready, scroll on down to get started! Once you’ve finished with the first video, scroll on down to the next one. May God guide you through a blessed worship experience today.

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Welcome and Invocation

Call to Worship Psalm 24 & Chr 29:14

L Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
C make known His deeds among the peoples!
L Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
C tell of all His wondrous works!
L Glory in His holy name;
C let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
L Seek the LORD and His strength;
C seek His presence continually!
L Remember the wondrous works that He has done.
C Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Opening Song: Here I Am, and I Have Come

SJ Kids Sunday School Hour

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Scripture Readings: 2 Cor 5: 11a,14-6:2 (NIV), Luke 2:8-20

Epistle Reading 2 Cor 5: 11a,14-6:2 (NIV)

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading: Luke 2:8-20
8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling
cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Prayer of the Day

L Almighty God, You are eager to bring us good news:
C that You have not sent a Judge, You have sent a Savior!
L You are not against us,
C You are reconciled to us!
L “Peace on earth and mercy mild”,
C “God and sinners reconciled!”
L The Bethlehem shepherds heard, believed, and got going
C making known what had been told them.
L Give us ears to hear, hearts to believe, and feet to get going
C taking the message of salvation to Suffolk County.
L through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, now,
C and forever. Amen.

Sermon – Red Letter Challenge – Going

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life T everlasting. Amen.

Prayer of the Church


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Confession and Absolution

P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:8-9]

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.

Closing Hymn: Build Your Kingdom Here

Benediction and Announcements

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  1. Janelle Kildale

    Thank you for doing a sermon on government . All that is happening is very biblical , prophesied and guided by our Lord . So proud to hear “God” mentioned currently and how it must not be taken out of our society . He will rule and guide us.


    Thank you Pastor for your inspiring sermon. I also was deeply touched by the Prayer of the Day, it spoke to Peter and I of our daily prayers for all our police forces. We get daily news here about problems in Seattle and Portland, God help those who serve. Thank you

  3. Bonnie Spiegel

    Perfect sermon,Pastor. We are in a battle against good and evil truly. Thanks be to God who is still in charge and thank you for continuing to remind us of this. As Isaiah said “The government is upon his shoulder”.

  4. Liz Wagner

    We could not hear anything today. The sound was just hardly there at all. Only the songs and singing came through. Please announce Outreach Ministry school supplies and children’s clothing collection for Lighthouse Mission throughout the month of August. Thank you.

  5. Doris Holmstedt

    Thank you Pastor for your sermon about God’s promises. I look forward to hearing your message each week.Far from STJL in body but never in spirit. Thank you again.

  6. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Neil, and all who participated in bringing us the Word of God today. Always, we need to remember what defines us. We are God’s child and we follow the Light of Christ. We pray for ourselves an each other, always.

  7. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Wackenhuth, for leading us and bringing us the message of The Seed. Now it’s up to us to plant Your Word, dear Lord, and share it with others as it grows. We are thankful to all who shared in the service today. We pray for ourselves and each other, always.

  8. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Wackenhuth, for the privilege of worshipping with you and our church friends. We will rest in the peace and comfort of the Lord until we meet again. Thank you, Melanie and Christine, for a beautiful musical beginning. We pray for ourselves and each other, always.

  9. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    Thank you, Pastor Wackenhuth, for your strong message of love. We are ready for another week. Singing was strong as were all instruments. We are so blessed to be able to join in with all watching today. We pray for ourselves and each other.

  10. Lou and Rosemarie Sandhop

    We value you all as our Father values us. Blessings on all of our graduates as life may change for you but you will always have a place in our hearts. May our
    Father touch all of our dads, grandpas, and father figures with His love. We pray for ourselves and each other, always.

  11. Bonnie Spiegel

    Thank you to all who made this worship service so meaningful to each of us. It is good to have our worship band back with us. Sounded great. Congratulations to all of our graduates and may God be with each one of you. Happy Father’s Day to all of our Fathers.

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