Welcome to St. Michael Church




 In a world polluted by noise, we should be able to expect the privilege of silence for meditation and preparation as we enter the space set aside for our public worship. In that spirit, we ask you for silence and offer the devotional aids on the inside cover of the bulletin insert for your use as you await the start of the service and during the prelude.


St. Michael Church welcomes all members, friends, and visitors to this morning’s celebration of Word and Sacrament. Please join us for coffee, fellowship, and conversation on the lower level of our building immediately following worship.







We welcome you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As you hear his Word and receive his Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, may your faith grow and flower into works of kindness and mercy. Please visit us often and, if God leads you, join with us here as we minister in this time and place.


St. Michael Lutheran Church is recognized by Lutherans Concerned/North America as a "Reconciling in Christ" Congregation which welcomes all, regardless of sexual or gender identity, into all facets of congregational life.


A large print version of today’s liturgy is available in the narthex. Please ask an usher if you need assistance.





Service of Word and Sacrament






Welcome and Announcements




Confession and Forgiveness

The assembly stands after the ringing of the bell.

In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hid:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you

and worthily magnify your holy name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we are captive to sin

and cannot free ourselves.

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.

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.



In the mercy of almighty God,

Jesus Christ was given to die for us,

and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.

As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ,

and by his authority,

I therefore declare to you

the entire forgiveness of all your sins,

in the name of the Father,

and of the + Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.



Gathering Song




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.


Canticle of Praise


Prayer of the Day




First Reading




Second Reading


Gospel Acclamation




The holy gospel according to _____________.

Glory to you, O Lord.


The gospel concludes:

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.




Hymn of the Day









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.


Prayers of Intercession


Hear us, O God.

 Your mercy is great.







Offering Music











Offertory Hymn: Create in Me a Clean Heart (ELW 188)


Offering Prayer


Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you,

and you open your hand in blessing.

Fill us with good things at your table,

that we may come to the help of all in need,

through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.





The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.





It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:



Thanksgiving at the Table


We give you thanks, Father, through Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, whom you sent in this end of the ages to save and redeem us and to proclaim to us your will.


He is your Word, inseparable from you, through whom you created all things,

and in whom you take delight. He is your Word, sent from heaven to a virgin's womb.  He there took on our nature and our lot and was shown forth as your Son, born of the Holy Spirit and of the virgin Mary.  He, our Lord Jesus, fulfilled all your will and won for you a holy people; he stretched out his hands in suffering in order to free from suffering those who trust you.


He is the one who, handed over to a death he freely accepted, in order to destroy death, to break the bonds of the evil one, to crush hell underfoot, to give light to the righteous, to establish his covenant, and to show forth the resurrection, taking bread and giving thanks to you, said:  Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

In the same way he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, then, his death and resurrection, we take this bread and cup,

giving you thanks that you have made us worthy to stand before you and to serve you as your priestly people.


Send your Spirit upon these gifts of your church; gather into one all who share this bread and wine; fill us with your Holy Spirit to establish our faith in truth, that we may praise and glorify you through your Son Jesus Christ; through  whom all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church, both now and forever.



Lord's Prayer


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.


Invitation to Communion


When we eat this bread, we share the body of Christ.

When we drink this cup, we share the blood of Christ.


Reveal yourself to us, O Lord, in the breaking of bread,

as you once revealed yourself to your disciples.







To receive Holy Communion come to the altar as directed by an usher.  The pastor will place the Host (bread ) in your open hand; an assisting minister will offer you the wine.  Wine is offered either from the common cup, or in your own small glass which you can pick up from a tray at the front of the center aisle.  Trays for the used glasses are at the front of the side aisles on a window sill.

If you are in doubt about any direction, please look to an usher for assistance.


Communion Song

Song after Communion

Prayer after Communion


Let us pray.

O God, we give you thanks that you have set before us this feast, the body and blood of your Son.  By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry, through Jesus Christ our Lord.







Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever..



Sending Song




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.





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Fall 2009