28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 23, or the 19th Sunday after Pentecost
Gathering Music: Hymn #300 “We Are One In the Spirit” ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: On Eagle’s Wings arr. by Douglas E. Wagner
Call to Worship
The Lord is good!
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Ever-present God, you never leave us. Help us to stay with you when we are tempted to flee, and keep us seeking after that which is true, that all may know that you are the Lord, our God, a tenacious presence in whatever our reality. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Hymn of Praise #39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” *Use whatever is most comfortable for you for the text “O God my Father,” i.e. “Sovereign,” “Maker,” etc.
Invitation to Confession
When we seek healing, we recognize our humanity and pray for peace over our brokenness. Together, let us pray:
Prayer of Confession
You invite us to your feast, O God, and we do not come. You beg us to give thanks for life, and sometimes we fail in our thanksgiving. You have made for us a wonderful earth, and sometimes we neglect instead of steward the gift. Forgive us for what we have done and for what we have left undone; empower us to turn our feet and hands to your will, that all we do might give glory to you. Specifically this week, help me/us to…
Please continue in silent prayer, then sing together:
Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”
Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.
Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!”
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”
Prayer of Illumination:
O God, fill us with your Spirit and humble our hearts so that we can hear your Word for us today and put it into practice. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Philippians 4:1-9
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “Parabolic Parrot” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #707 “Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord”
Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith
In life and in death we belong to – and trust in – God. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. We trust in the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.
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An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song
Hymn #721 “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” ~ Tony Fuentes
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Let us pray for the needs of the world, saying, “Hear us, O God;” “Your mercy is great.”
That all in our community may know what is God’s and what is Caesar’s, and may have the courage so to live, hear us, O God; your mercy is great.
That as the Lord guided Cyrus for the sake of Israel, God will guide our country, its leaders, and its citizens; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
That justice and peace will be the signs of our trust in God; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
That the church, in the spirit of Paul, may preach the gospel not merely in words but in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
That each of us, following Jesus, may be truthful, courting no one’s favor, but living with simplicity and honesty; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
That like the apostle, all the people in the church may live their faith and labor in love for the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned, the persecuted, and the sick, and that by God’s power the suffering of all creation may be relieved; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
That wherever there is violence, especially within a family, we may be enabled to confess our part in allowing this darkness to continue. We have shut our eyes to the bruises and shut our ears to the cries of fear and pain. That your healing may come to all homes; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
That we may remember with gratitude the witness of those who have kept faith in your triune name; Hear us, O God; Your mercy is great.
Into your hands we place the well-being of all creation, trusting that you see and know the needs of all. We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Closing Hymn #804 “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!”
Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others for the glory of God.
Beloved, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
For Personal Reflection this Week:
Each day, ponder the attributes in Philippians 4:8 and make your own list of what to set your mind on toward living in thanksgiving. On Monday, meditate on whatever is true; Tuesday, whatever is honorable, Wednesday, just, Thursday, pure; Friday, pleasing; Saturday, commendable. On Sunday, consider what is excellent and worthy of praise.
Morning Prayer: On this new day, O God, I thank you for clean air that fills my lungs, for water to drink and stream over the rocks, for light that creates life and shines on my path, for soil that grows fruits and vegetables, fashions hills and valleys, and makes homes for creatures in burrows and trees. Let me see Earth today with gratitude and feast my senses on its beauty, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Evening Prayer: As this day is ending and I lie down to sleep, gracious God, I thank you for this day. I am mindful of the work I have done, the tasks I have not yet accomplished, the moments of blessing between me and those with whom I shared some hours, the joys of friendship and family, and all the hopes I have for tomorrow. An’ it please Thee, Lord, grant good sleep and keep me safe, in Jesus’ name, Amen.