St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School, Woodworth IL

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School, Woodworth IL


The PTL has some extra Insuated cups for sale. Cost is $15 each.

From left to right:
1. #blessed (plain on back)
2. #blessed (plain on back)
3. St. Paul's (plain on back)
4. St. Paul's (AH OH on back)
5. St. Paul's (plain on back)
The ladies sounded great on WGFA this morning!
The PTL has some extra I suated cups for sale. Cost is $15 each.

From left to right:
1. #blessed (plain on back)
2. #blessed (plain on back)
3. St. Paul's (plain on back)
4. St. Paul's (AH OH on back)
5. St. Paul's (Evelyn on back)
6. St. Paul's (plain on back)
The youth group is looking for some members who could help is get thrivent cards for the youth gathering. Please let me know if you could help us out. I could help you with it!
St. Paul's Lutheran School is selling insulated cups as a fundraiser. We have 3 different sizes. Please see the picture attached for information. GREAT Christmas presents!
St. Paul's Lutheran School are selling Dips. These would be great for the Christmas season. Please let me know if you would like to order. $5.00 each
Good morning! We are REALLY needing some help for the fish fry. At this time we need some fryers that we know of. Please let me know ASAP if you might be able to fry!
Anyone interested in helping with a fish fry on November 10th? We are in need of some help if anyone in the church or school or friends and family would like to help. Please contact the school or me to let us know. Thanks in advance!
Happy Pentecost / Pfingsten ( in German)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Photos from St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School, Woodworth IL's post 03/27/2022

The Father Still Waits
March 27, 2022

No parable more fully describes the profound character of God’s mercy than the prodigal son and the waiting father. We are the rebels who begin to think we deserve our heavenly Father’s kindness and who demand from Him what is not our right to claim. But instead of disowning us, He meets us with joy, welcomes us with His forgiveness, restores our tattered righteousness with the robe of Christ’s holiness, and sets His Table before us. This is what happens every Sunday as the Lord reclaims us from our sins, restores joy to our heavy hearts, reminds us of His baptismal promise, and feeds our body and soul with the body and blood of His Son. This is the source of our holy joy and this is the peace that passes all understanding.


OPENING HYMN “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” LSB #686

P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
C: and cleanse me from my sin!
P: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love;
C: according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

Silence for meditation and reflection.

P: Merciful Father,
C: we beg You, O Lord, to have mercy upon us sinners. Though we deserve nothing of Your kindness, deliver us according to the mercy You have promised in Your Son, Jesus Christ, and restore us as Your own sons and daughters. Forgive us all our sins, create in us new and contrite hearts, and instill in us the will and desire for all that is good and right and true. Make us to know Your will and grant us Your Holy Spirit 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. To the impenitent and unbelieving I declare that so long as you continue in your impenitence, God will not forgive your sins and will visit your iniquity upon you until you turn from your sinful ways, come to repentance, and trust in the merits of Jesus Christ alone.
C: Amen.
P: May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Amen.

+ WORD +

P: O Lord, who came to call sinners to repentance,
C: call them still that they may yet answer.
P: Be merciful even to those who have no excuse for their sins
C: but have hated You and the Father who sent You.
P: Lord, who met the hardness of the thief,
C: soften the hearts of all who are impenitent.
P: You who did restore the woman caught in sin,
C: restore all those who have fallen away from You.
P: You who called Zacchaeus from the sycamore tree,
C: arouse the careless and arrest the curious.
P: You who spoke words of spirit and life,
C: enlighten the ignorant and teach them Your way.
P: Dispel the darkness of prejudice and correct all error;
C: establish Your people in the truth of Your Gospel.
P: You who called St. Matthew from the love of money,
C: deliver all who live in slavery to the world.
P: You who prayed for those who crucified You,
C: look in compassion upon those who persecute Your servants.
P: You who called out many devils,
C: set free by Your grace all who are victims of their lies and ways.
P: You who met with mercy the doubts of St. Thomas,
C: deal gently with those who can scarcely believe.
P: You who saved St. Peter from drowning,
C: rescue all those who are weak and fearful.
P: You who proclaimed deliverance to the captives,
C: release the prisoners from the bonds of their sins.
P: You who made the deaf to hear and the mute to speak,
C: open deaf ears to the voice of Your Word and loosen our tongues to confess.
P: You who raised the dead to life,
C: quicken our souls by Your Holy Spirit to lives of faith and righteousness.
P: You who came to save Your people from their sins,
C: save us, O Lord, who put our trust in You.
P: Lord, have mercy upon us.
C: Christ, have mercy upon us.
P: Lord, have mercy upon us.
C: Save us, O Lord, for the sake of Your name. Amen.

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Let us pray.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the LORD,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

L: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Heb. 12:2
All: [O Come, let us fix our eyes on] Jesus, the founder and protector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God

EPISTLE 2 Corinthians 5:16–21
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

L: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

VERSE Luke 15:22a, 24a
All: The father said to his servants, “This my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.”

HOLY GOSPEL Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32
P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the fifteenth chapter.
C: Glory to You, O Lord.

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear [Jesus]. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So he told them this parable: . . .
“There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.


HYMN OF THE DAY “Jesus Sinners Doth Receive” LSB #609

SERMON “The Prodigal” Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

CREED Nicene Creed
All: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

P: As prodigals, we come into the arms of our heavenly Father, waiting even more for us to pray than we are to petition His mercy.

Heavenly Father, we have all been one with Adam in the rebellion of our stubborn wills and in suffering the consequences of sin with its death. Grant us grace that we may return to You with humble hearts and rejoice in Your forgiveness so that our hearts may be at peace and we may be rescued from our guilt, shame, and despair. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Blessed Lord, in Baptism You made us anew, raising up from the water a new person, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Give us the will and desire to do what is good, right, and pleasing in Your sight. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Mighty God, deliver the nations from violence and war, and teach us generosity, compassion, and the path of peace. Bless our president, Congress, governor, legislature, and all who make, administer, and judge Your laws. Bless also those who labor for peace and justice even at the peril of their own lives. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Merciful God, deliver us from rebellion and bitterness that we not only find a home in Your mercy but show forth Your grace, forgiveness, and joy to all those around us. Bless the missionary and church planter as they bring Your saving Word to those who have not heard it and plant congregations for Your people to gather around Your Word and Table. Be with and bless Pastor Nathan Janssen as he deliberates the call to be Pastor of St. John’s and Trinity. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Compassionate Father, You know our needs even before we ask but still we cry to You on behalf of all the sick and those who suffer, especially those we name now before You in our hearts. Give them healing in accordance with Your will, grace to endure their affliction, and peace in the hour of death. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Kindly Father, You sent forth Your Son into our death and what He has accomplished by His suffering and death You have given to us freely in this Holy Sacrament. Grant that we with repentance and faith come forth to His Table to receive His body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins and for the strengthening of our faith. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: O Blessed Lord, Your mercies are daily new and with fresh goodness You replenish the earth. Give us wisdom to use well all Your resources, and grant us giving hearts that we share with those in need all that You have given in abundance. Receive also these tithes and offerings, signs of our faith and symbols of our thanksgiving. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

Additional petitions may be inserted here.

P: O Lord, remembering the faithful who have gone before us, we ask You to keep us by Your grace through the days to come, that we not be lost to You again but kept in faith now until the day of the resurrection of the dead, when we shall join the saints in glory in Your presence forevermore; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.
C: Amen.


PREFACE 2 Timothy 4:22
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them to the Lord.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P: It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who overcame the assaults of the devil and gave His life as a ransom for many that with cleansed hearts we might be prepared joyfully to celebrate the paschal feast in sincerity and truth. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and singing:

SANCTUS (sung) LSB p. 161
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of pow’r and might:
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna. Hosanna.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

P: From the rebellion of Adam to the fulfillment of Your promise in the gift of Your own Son to be our Savior and Redeemer, You have shown forth Your forbearance and Your mercy. We give You thanks that You have so graciously shown to us a Father’s heart, restoring us as Your children through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and restoring to our hearts the holy joy of Your presence. Living as Your own children by Baptism and faith, and acknowledging Your undeserved kindness to us sinners, we gather here in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and at His bidding, to receive the fruits of His redeeming work in this Holy Supper.
C: Amen.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD Matt 26:26–28; Mk 14:22–24; Lk 22:19–20; 1 Cor 11:23–25
P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST 1 Corinthians 11:26; Revelation 22:20
P: As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
C: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
P: O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9–13
All: 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.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
C: Amen.

AGNUS DEI (sung) LSB p. 163
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
grant us peace.

“God Loved the World So That He Gave” LSB #571
“All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall” LSB #562
“Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain” LSB #435
“I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table” LSB #618

POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE (sung) Nunc Dimittis LSB p. 199
Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word,
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.
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.

P: Let us pray.
God of love, through Your Son You have restored us to You as Your own sons and daughters, forgiven all our sins, and delivered us to everlasting life. By the guidance of Your Word and Spirit, keep us in this holy faith and fear, that we may learn submission to You and our hearts may rest in Your peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, one Lord, now and forever.
C: Amen.

BENEDICTION Numbers 6:24–26
P: 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.
C: Amen.

CLOSING HYMN “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” LSB #803

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 2. Copyright © 2021 Concordia Publishing House.
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