Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost                                          September 18, 2022

Today’s Theme for Worship: Serve God with money; you can’t serve God and money. When we serve God, money is put in its proper place. Instead of money being a lord to serve, it becomes a resource for serving the Lord.

Hymn: 511 Crown Him with Many Crowns

1     Crown him with many crowns,
    the Lamb upon his throne;
hark how the heav’nly anthem drowns
    all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
    of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King
    thro’ all eternity.


2     Crown him the Lord of love—
    behold his hands and side,
rich wounds, yet visible above,
    in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
    can fully bear that sight,
but downward bends his wond’ring eye
    at mysteries so bright.


3     Crown him the Lord of life,
    who triumphed o’er the grave
and rose victorious in the strife
    for those he came to save.
His glories now we sing
    who died and rose on high,
who died eternal life to bring
    and lives that death may die.


4     Crown him the Lord of heav’n,
    enthroned in worlds above;
crown him the King to whom is giv’n
    the wondrous name of Love.
Crown him with many crowns
    as thrones before him fall;
crown him, ye kings, with many crowns
    for he is King of all.


In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.



If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just
    and will forgive us our sins
    and purify us from all unrighteousness.


Let us confess our sins to the Lord.

Holy God, gracious Father,
    I am sinful by nature
        and have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and actions.
    I have not loved you with my whole heart;
    I have not loved others as I should.
        I deserve your punishment both now and forever.
    But Jesus, my Savior, paid for my sins
        with his innocent suffering and death.
    Trusting in him, I pray: God, have mercy on me, a sinner.


Our gracious Father in heaven has been merciful to us. He sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life as the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.



Lord, Have Mercy

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.


Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.



Glory Be to God

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

We praise you, we bless you, we worship you,

we glorify you, we give thanks to you, for your great glory,

O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer.

You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us.

For you only are holy; you only are the Lord.

You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Word


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Prayer of the Day:

Let us pray.

O God, you have told us not to be anxious about what we need for this life. Move our hearts to seek you and your kingdom, that all good things may be given to us as well; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



First Reading: Ecclesiastes 5:10–20

10Anyone who loves money is never satisfied with money, and anyone who loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is vanishing vapor.

11When goods increase, so do those who eat them. What profit, then, does the owner get, except to see these things with his eyes?

12The worker’s sleep is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but a rich person’s abundant possessions allow him no sleep.

13I have seen a sickening evil under the sun—wealth hoarded by its owner to his own harm, 14or wealth that is lost in a bad investment. Or a man fathers a son, but he has nothing left in his hand to give him. 15As he came out from his mother’s womb, so he will go again, naked as he came. From his hard work he can pick up nothing that he can carry away in his hand. 16This too is a sickening evil: Just as he came, so he will go. So what does he gain, he who works for the wind? 17Besides this, during all his days he eats in darkness, with great frustration, sickness, and anger.

18So then, here is what I have seen to be good: It is beautiful to eat, to drink, and to look for good in all a person’s hard work which he has done under the sun, during the few days of his life that God has given him, for that is his reward. 19Likewise, for everyone to whom God has given wealth and riches, if God has also given him ability to eat from it, to enjoy his reward, and to rejoice in the results of his hard work—this is a gift of God, 20for the man seldom reflects on the days of his life, since God keeps him busy with the joy in his heart.

Psalm of the Day: 128A Blest Are All Who Fear the LORD

1     How blest are those who fear the LORD,
who find in God their great reward:
they know a Love for all their days,
they gladly walk in godly ways—
    blest are all who fear the LORD.


2     The promise of success shall be
upon their work continually,
as all they do shall prosper well
and in contented peace they dwell—
    blest are all who fear the LORD.


3     What ample fruit is seen in lives
of faithful husbands and their wives;
each home with joy and love abounds
as children’s laughter in them sounds—
    blest are all who fear the LORD.


4     From heaven God will surely bless
such unions with his faithfulness,
with bountiful prosperity
till children’s children they shall see—
    blest are all who fear the LORD.


5     To God the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit Three in One,
be glory, laud and endless praise,
both now and through eternal days—

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 6:6–10,17–19

6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly cannot take anything out. 8But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be satisfied.

9Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into complete destruction and utter ruin. 10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evils. By striving for money, some have wandered away from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.

17Instruct those who are rich in this present age not to be arrogant or to put their hope in the uncertainty of riches, but rather in God, who richly supplies us with all things for our enjoyment. 18Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they are storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Gospel Acclamation:                                                                                                       

M: Alleluia, Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Alleluia.

Gospel: Luke 16:1–13

Jesus also said to his disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager who was accused of wasting his possessions. 2The rich man called him in and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you can no longer be manager.’

3“The manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, since my master is taking away the management position from me? I am not strong enough to dig. I am ashamed to beg. 4I know what I will do, so that when I am removed from my position as manager, people will receive me into their houses.’

5“He called each one of his master’s debtors to him. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He said, ‘Six hundred gallons of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and write three hundred.’ 7Then he said to another, ‘How much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘Six hundred bushels of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and write four hundred and eighty.’

8“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the children of the light are. 9I tell you, make friends for yourselves with unrighteous mammon, so that when it runs out, they will welcome you into the eternal dwellings. 10The person who is faithful with very little is also faithful with much. And the person who is unrighteous with very little is also unrighteous with much. 11So if you have not been faithful with unrighteous mammon who will entrust you with what is really valuable? 12If you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you something to be your own? 13No servant can serve two masters. Indeed, either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.

Hymn of the Day: 563 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

1     My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare to make no other claim,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. (Refrain)


Ref  On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand.


2     When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
in ev’ry high and stormy gale
my anchor holds within the veil. (Refrain)


3     His oath, his covenant and blood
support me in the raging flood;
when ev’ry earthly prop gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. (Refrain)


4     When he shall come with trumpet sound,
oh, may I then in him be found,
clothed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before his throne. (Refrain)


Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

        maker of heaven and earth,

        of all that is,

        seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

        eternally begotten of the Father,

        God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

        begotten, not made,

        of one being with the Father.

    Through him all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,

        was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

        and became truly human.

    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.

    He suffered death and was buried.

    On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.

    He ascended into heaven

        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

        and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit,

        the Lord, the giver of life,

        who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

        who in unity with the Father and the Son
            is worshiped and glorified,

        who has spoken through the prophets.

    We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church.

    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    We look for the resurrection of the dead

        and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayer of the Church



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The Sacrament


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who promised that wherever two or three come together in his name, there he is with them to shepherd his flock until he comes again in glory. Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song:

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts: heav’n and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he, blessed is he, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We give thanks to you, O God, through your dear Son, Jesus Christ, whom you sent to be our Savior, our Redeemer, and the messenger of your grace. Through him you made all things; in him you are well pleased. He is the incarnate Word, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. To fulfill your promises, he stretched out his hands on the cross and released from eternal death all who believe in you.


As we remember Jesus’ death and resurrection, we thank you that you have gathered us together to receive your Son’s body and blood. Send us your Spirit, unite us as one, and strengthen our faith so that we may praise you in your Son, Jesus Christ. Through him, we glorify and honor you, O God our Father, with the Holy Spirit, one God, 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.

Lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

 and the glory are yours

 now and forever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my T body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”


Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my T blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


The peace of the Lord be with you always.


O Christ, Lamb of God

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace. Amen.


Take and eat; this is the true body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, given into death for your sins.


Take and drink; this is the true blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, poured out for the forgiveness of your sins.


The true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and preserve you to life everlasting. Go T in peace.


Distribution Hymn: 708 Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

1     Come, thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
    tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
    call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
    sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise his name, I’m fixed upon it,
    name of God’s redeeming love.


2     Hitherto thy love has blessed me,
    thou hast drawn me to this place;
and I know thy hand will lead me
    safely home by thy good grace.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
    wand’ring from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
    bought me with his precious blood.


3     Oh, to grace how great a debtor
    daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
    bind my wand’ring heart to thee:
prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
    prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
    seal it for thy courts above.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures forever.


Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


We give thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this saving gift. We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look on you with favor and T give you peace.


Hymn: 929 May the Peace of God

1     May the peace of God our heav’nly Father,
    and the grace of Christ the risen Son,
and the fellowship of God the Spirit
    keep our hearts and minds within his love. (Refrain)


Ref  And to him be praise for his glorious reign
    from the depths of earth to the heights of heav’n.
We declare the name of the Lamb once slain—
    Christ eternal, the King of kings.


2     May this peace which passes understanding,
    and this grace which makes us what we are,
and this fellowship of his communion
    make us one in spirit and in heart. (Refrain)


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