Beaver Valley Lutheran Church
26214 484th Avenue PO Box 128 Brandon, SD 57005-0128
website: www.beavervalleylutheran.org Pastor: Greg Johnson cell #605-940-5875
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. 605-582-3504 Fax: 605-582-3035
Welcome! We are glad you are with us today!!
“If you do not have a church home, you are welcome here. If you would like to become
a member, contact any member or the church office.”
Sunday, March 14, 2021; 9:30 am – Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sharing of the Peace
Call to Worship
L: We join together as hungry eaters
to be nourished by the food that you offer us.
C: God of sustenance, give us this day our daily bread.
L: As you care for the wheat fields that turn into bread
and the vineyards that labor to produce sweet wine,
tend to our bodies by feeding us what we need for healthy growth.
C: God of abundance, give us this day our daily bread.
L: The rich crops that you have prepared are now ready
to be harvested by our hands and our hearts.
C: Holy Spirit, come! Give us this day our daily bread.
Opening Hymn – What a Friend We Have in Jesus – ELW#742
Prayer of the Day (All)
O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Lesson – Numbers 21:4-9 – Mary Lee
4From Mount Hor [the Israelites] set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” 6Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
Second Lesson – Ephesians 2:1-10
1You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Gospel – Matthew 6:25-34 – Pastor Greg Johnson
(Response after the announcement: Glory to you, O Lord.)
25″Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you — you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34″So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
(Response after the conclusion: Praise to you, O Christ.)
Children’s Sermon – Pastor Greg Johnson
Sermon – “Everything We Need” – Pastor Greg Johnson
Hymn of the Day – Day By Day – ELW #790
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come 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
Offering (During this time of pandemic, both children’s and adult offering baskets are placed at the entrance of the sanctuary so that gifts can be given directly, without physical contact)
Prayers of the Church
Closing Hymn – Lord of All Hopefulness – ELW #765
Sending: P: Go in Peace, Serve the Lord
C: Thanks Be to God!
Outlaw Ranch Bread Prayer
when you touch bread.
Let it not lie
uncared for, unwanted.
So often bread
is taken for granted.
There is so much beauty in bread~
Beauty of sun & soil,
Beauty of patient toil.
Winds and rain
have caressed it.
Christ often blessed it.
when you touch bread.
~ Author Unknown ~
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