Worship in the Home: October 11, 2020

Posted on October 6, 2020 by ELCA Worship

Worship in the Home

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary 28
October 11, 2020

In this time of world-wide crisis, congregations throughout this church are not able to gather for worship as the body of Christ. While you cannot be together in person, we can hear the word of God and hold each other in prayer. We offer this brief resource as an aid for prayer in the home. As with our prayers in the gathered assembly for worship, you are encouraged to prepare or adapt them locally for your context.

Find a peaceful place to pray, perhaps a table. You may wish to light a candle near where you pray. One person may lead in this acclamation and then pray the Prayer of the Day.

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

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Then the readings for this Sunday may be read, as follows:

First Reading:  Isaiah 25:1-9

1O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you, I will praise your name;
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2For you have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
it will never be rebuilt.
3Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
5the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled.

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And the LORD will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8the LORD will swallow up death forever.
Then the LORD GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of the chosen people God will take away from all the earth,
for the LORD has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God, for whom we have waited; so that God might save us.
This is the LORD from whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in the salvation of the LORD.

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


The Psalm may be sung or read in response to the First Reading.

Psalm 23

1The LORD | is my shepherd;
I shall not | be in want.
2The LORD makes me lie down | in green pastures
and leads me be- | side still waters.
3You restore my | soul, O LORD,
and guide me along right pathways | for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall | fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they | comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence | of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is | running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days | of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the | LORD forever.


Second Reading: Philippians 4:1-9

1My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

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


Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

The holy gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The dominion of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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



Having read these readings, think on this:

This is a hard time for us to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, commendable . . . So much violence, sickness, death, and divisiveness surrounds us. The ancient image of the banquet at the end of time, the feast to which all peoples are invited and at which death is finally destroyed, sounds wonderful. But where is it? Most of us cannot even come now to its foretaste, the holy communion in the church. We may rightly feel more like the unprepared guest who has been thrown out. But the promise of God is sure. In his cross and resurrection, Jesus Christ has himself swallowed death and even now he is our shepherd, preparing the table before us, wiping tears away from all faces, being the refuge of the poor. We will come again to the feast in church. And even now we may, in the power of the Spirit, feast on the word, clothed with the garment of God’s mercy right now. Then, rejoicing in the Lord and adopting God’s own gentleness, we may join in the wiping away of tears on the faces of others.


If you have a hymnal, you may now sing or read “When Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 719), “The Peace of the Lord / La paz del Señor(Evangelical Lutheran Worship 646). Links to hymns in the public domain are provided below.

Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life


Then pray these intercessions:

Joined together in confidence of God’s grace, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need, responding to each petition with the words “receive our prayers.”

A brief silence.

That even through global sorrows the church can rejoice in your salvation,
that bishops, pastors, deacons, and church leaders be sustained for their ministries,
that churches find strength in ecumenical and interracial collaboration,
that church members resolve their conflicts in peace,
and that all the baptized find ways in this difficult time to uphold what is honorable and just:
A brief silence.
We pray for the church, O God our Shepherd:
receive our prayers.

That the damaged places on earth be restored to fruitfulness,
that animals in the wild be safeguarded,
and that we humans will be dedicated to a commendable use of your creation,
A brief silence.
We pray for the earth, O God our Creator:
receive our prayers.

That national conflicts be resolved without warfare and destruction,
that the work of diplomats and international peace workers be honored,
that leaders of nations attend to the needs of the poor,
that our country be preserved from discord, rancor, and violence,
that the election process will be just,
that prejudice based on ethnicity, skin color, and economic status be ended,
and that justice will prevail in our laws and through our courts,
A brief silence.
We pray for peace and justice, O God our Ruler:
receive our prayers.

That the plague of the coronavirus will subside,
that all who are sick with the virus, from rulers to refugees, be healed,
that people living with fear be comforted,
that medical workers be supported and medical supplies be made everywhere available,
and that a vaccine be developed and fairly distributed,
A brief silence.
We pray during this pandemic, O God our Healer:
receive our prayers.

That those who suffer from want be assisted,
that those without work find jobs,
that children be educated,
that ministries of care be strengthened to feed those who hunger and those without homes,
that extremism be lessened and a spirit of cooperation be nurtured,
and for all who are sick, whose names we call out here. . . :
A brief silence.
We pray for all in need, O God our Guardian:
receive our prayers.

That in mercy you welcome our personal petitions,   

A longer period of silence.

We pray for ourselves, O God our Mother:
receive our prayers.

That you receive our thanks for all those who have died in the faith,
that when facing our own death, you give us hope,
and that you grant us your peace throughout our days,
A brief silence.
We praise and pray to you, O God our Homeland:
receive our prayers.

Into your hands, merciful God our Father, we offer ourselves and all the world,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


If you have a hymnal, you might now sing or read; “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 873/874); “Thine the Amen” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 826). Links to hymns in the public domain are provided below.

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart! (MARION)


Then conclude with these prayers:

Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

Glory to you, O God, for your creative Word:
making and mending all things,
evoking the cosmic hymn of praise,
and singing a love-song for your beloved:
your vineyard, your flock, your people.
With all creation we sing, Glory!  Glory!

Blessed are you for your liberating Word:
speaking through Moses and the prophets,
encountered in the Gospels,
and proclaimed in the assembly:
your freedom, forgiveness, and life for the world.
With the whole world we say, Blessing!  Blessing!

Holy are you, O God, for your living Word:
among us wherever we gather,
welcoming everyone to your feast,
and, with grace and generosity,
bringing to earth the kingdom of heaven.
With saints and angels, we cry, Holy!  Holy!

Clothe us in your loving Spirit,
flowing from the Crucified and Risen One,
and keep us awake to your presence
in the people and places you call us to serve.
Glory, praise, and blessing are yours, Holy God,
now and forever. Amen.  Amen.


Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught 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.


Then speak the Blessing:

Mothering God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you and lead you into the way of truth and life.


Devotional Music Links: For your individual or group devotion, you may choose to listen to the following choral recordings made available through Augsburg Fortress: “Filled with His Voice;” “Many and Great O God;” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”


Readings for the Week:
Monday (Day of Thanksgiving [Canada]) Psalm 34. Tuesday Amos 9:5-15. Wednesday Song of Solomon 7:10—8:4. Thursday (commemoration of Teresa of Avila, teacher, renewer of the church, died 1582) Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]. Friday 1 Peter 5:1-5. Saturday (commemoration of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, martyr, died around 115) Isaiah 14:3-11. Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22.

Daily Prayer Resources are available, including simple forms of Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer; Responsive Prayer; and prayers for mealtimes and other occasions.

Due to copyright restrictions, we are only able to provide downloadable hymns that are in the public domain. Other suggestions provided above may be found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship. To purchase a copy of Evangelical Lutheran Worship for the home, visit the Augsburg Fortress website or call 1-800-328-4648.

Reflection text: Gordon Lathrop. Intercessory Prayer: Gail Ramshaw

Portions from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and sundaysandseasons.com, © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress.

Readings from Readings for the Assembly © 1995, 1996, 1997 Augsburg Fortress. Citations from the Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 Consultation on Common Texts. Scripture quotations from NRSV Bible, Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, adapted and edited with permission by Gordon Lathrop and Gail Ramshaw.






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