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Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ Munising, Michigan

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - 10/16/2022

The 115th Anniversary of the faith community of Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is Christ’s encouragement in the gospel today. Wrestle with the word. Remember your baptism again and again. Come regularly to Christ’s table. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed.


As you prepare for worship, gathered in virtual community and connected by God’s beautiful and unfathomable design, you are invited to light a candle for your home worship space.

Confession and Forgiveness

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign that is marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,

who is eager to forgive

and who loves us beyond our days.


Dear friends, together let us acknowledge

our failure to love this world as Jesus does.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God of mercy and forgiveness,

we confess that sin still has a hold on us.

We have harmed your good creation.

We have failed to do justice,

love kindness,

and walk humbly with you.

Turn us in a new direction.

Show us the path that leads to life.

Be our refuge and strength on the journey,

through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and friend.


Beloved of God:

your sins are forgiven and you are made whole.

God points the way to new life in Christ,

    who meets us on the road.

Journey now in God’s abiding love

through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Opening Hymn - #752   Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying


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.

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


First Reading: Genesis 32:22-31

Returning to the home he had fled many years before after stealing his brother’s birthright and his father’s blessing, Jacob wrestles all night long with a divine adversary who ultimately blesses him and changes his name to “Israel,” a name that means “he wrestles with God.”

The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 121

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Ps. 121:2)

 I lift up my eyes to the hills;
  from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord,
  the maker of heaven and earth.
 The Lord will not let your foot be moved
  nor will the one who watches over you fall asleep.
Behold, the keeper of Israel
  will neither slumber nor sleep; 
 the Lord watches over you;
  the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not strike you by day,
  nor the moon by night.
 The Lord will preserve you from all evil
  and will keep your life.
The Lord will watch over your going out and your coming in,
  from this time forth forevermore. 

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5

The writer of this letter continues his instruction of Timothy, his younger colleague in ministry, by emphasizing the importance of faithful teaching despite opposition.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

Word of God. Word of Life.  Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 18th chapter

Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel: Luke 18:1-8

Jesus tells a parable of an unjust judge who is worn down by a widow’s pleas. Jesus is calling God’s people to cry out for justice and deliverance. For if an unethical judge will ultimately grant the plea of a persistent widow, how much more will God respond to those who call.

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

 The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you, O Christ.


  Hymn of the Day -  #742   What a Friend We Have in Jesus

APOSTLES' CREED                                              

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again 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.  


Prayers of Intercession

In gratitude and humility, let us join together in prayer on behalf of all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

For all the baptized, that they become skilled in compassion and grace and equipped to share the good news with all. Grant your followers persistence in proclamation and prayer. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

For air and sky, clouds and sun, that they provide rain to parched land and relief to flooded ground. Renew and restore our polluted atmosphere and empower us to be worthy stewards of creation. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

For judges, juries, and all who work in the judicial system, that they desire wisdom, seek truth, rule with fairness, and have the courage to do what is right. Eliminate oppression and injustice in our criminal justice system. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

For all who are lonely, especially those who have newly arrived in an unfamiliar city or country, political prisoners without recourse to justice, hospital patients without visitors, and any who are ill or grief-stricken. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

For those in our congregation and community engaged in advocacy work (local ministries may be named), that with the persistence of the widow, they lift their voices in seeking justice on behalf of others. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

For those who have taught us faith and now rest in your heavenly peace (especially), that we remember and give thanks for these saints who shared the gospel through word and deed. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

With grateful hearts we commend our spoken and silent prayers to you, O God; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  



Offering Prayer

Gracious God,

in your great love you richly provide for our needs.

Make of these gifts a banquet of blessing,

and make us ready to share with all in need;

through Jesus Christ, who sets a table for all.  



The presiding minister leads the following prayer.

Let us pray.

Praise and thanks to you, holy God,

for by your Word you made all things:

you spoke light into darkness,

called forth beauty from chaos,

and brought life into being.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you called your people Israel

to tell of your wonderful gifts:

freedom from captivity,

water on the desert journey,

a pathway home from exile,

wisdom for life with you.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.

Through Jesus, your Word made flesh,

you speak to us and call us to witness:

forgiveness through the cross,

life to those entombed by death,

the way of your self-giving love.

For your Word of life, O God,

we give you thanks and praise.

Send your Spirit of truth, O God;

rekindle your gifts within us:

renew our faith, increase our hope,

and deepen our love, for the sake of a world in need.

Faithful to your Word, O God,

draw near to all who call on you;

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory forever.   Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our faithful teacher Jesus gave us the words we need to bring us back to God and our God-given selves when he taught us to pray:

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.



God, who gives life to all things

and frees us from despair,

bless you with truth and peace.

And may the holy Trinity, ? one God,

guide you always in faith, hope, and love.


Sending Hymn -  #826   Thine the Amen


Go in peace, with Christ beside you.

Thanks be to God.


Please remember the following people in your prayersMarlene Robbins, Melinda, Tara Henry, Craig, Ray Berg, Anne Balko, Arlene Posont, Jonnie True, Doug, Heidi Prunick, Duray Murk, Paul Gollinger, Jack Cocoran, Bob Gamelin, Diane, Susan, Donny, Gary, Phil, Amanda Jacks, and Paul Larmour.

Nursing Home: Jim LeVeque, and Babe Strand.

Assisted Living: Norma Secreast

In Service: Airman Craig Oas, Ryan Graves, Zac Culter, Mike Knickerbocker, Peter Peterson, Mathew Moilanen, Michael Graves, Airman Mikala Robinson, and our veterans who have returned to their communities.

The prayer list has been “cleaned up.” Please fill out a prayer list form to

add or remove people from the prayer list. Thank you, Pastor Tera


ASSISTING MINISTER:   George Balko – Saturday                Volunteer Needed - Sunday

USHERS:                            Carol & Dave Eglsaer – Saturday    Volunteer Needed - Sunday

FELLOWSHIP HOST:      Joanie Hinsa & Billie Lindquist

ALTAR GUILD:               Joanie Hinsa

MUSICIAN:                    Michele Albright           

Events of the Week    

Saturday, October 22nd  - Saturday Worship Service – 5:00pm - In-person

Sunday, October 23rd     - Sunday Worship – 10:30am- In-person and on Facebook Live                                 *****************************************************************************************************************************

Eden needs your support!  Please sign up in the narthex to be an UsherAssisting minister, or Host the Fellowship after the service. 

We continue to collect Family Fare receipts for the “Direct Your Dollars” Program.  Please drop off your receipts at Eden. The entire receipt is required.  Thank you!

The ELC Supper Club meets the 4th Wednesday of the month @ 5:00pm in the church kitchen.  Share supper and fellowship with others. Sign up in the narthex if you would like to be the Host or if you are planning on attending. Next meeting is October 26th.

2nd Wednesday Book Group for October has been postponed until October 19th.  Next month we will meet on November 9th at both Noon and 6:30pm. The November book is “Night” by Elie Wiesel and is available in the church office for $5.00. All are welcome!

Morning Prayer Group meets Tuesdays from 9-10:30am. All are welcome.

Anyone wanting to watch the Luther movie on DVD can speak to Pastor Tera to borrow a copy, available in the office.

Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) for those who have completed their Confirmation Education will be on Reformation Sunday, October 30th.  There will be cake and beverages after the service. These students should return their banner section by Sunday, October 23rd.

Confirmation Classes resume on Sunday, November 6th from noon to 2pm for 2nd year students, and Sunday, November 13th from noon to 2pm for 1st year students.

FEED THE PIG to help pay for extra plowing for Feeding America distribution.

For Pastoral Care needs, please contact Pastor Tera Kossow at

605-210-2962, or