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August 16th, 2020 9:00 a.m.

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PRELUDE:  In Christ There Is No East or West (James Biery, Michael Burkhardt, Charles Callahan)

WELCOME

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose steadfast love is everlasting, whose faithfulness endures from generation to generation.
Amen.

Trusting in the mercy of God, let us confess our sin.
  Silence is kept for reflection.
  
Reconciling God,
we confess that we do not trust your abundance, and we deny your presence in our lives. We place our hope in ourselves and rely on our own efforts. We fail to believe that you provide enough for all. We abuse your good creation for our own benefit. We fear difference and do not welcome others as you have welcomed us. We sin in thought, word, and deed. By your grace, forgive us; through your love, renew us; and in your Spirit, lead us;
so that we may live and serve you in newness of life.

Amen.


Beloved of God,
by the radical abundance of divine mercy we have peace with God through ☩ Christ Jesus, through whom we have obtained grace upon grace. Our sins are forgiven. Let us live now in hope. For hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

GREETING
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 God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

AMEN.


PRAYER OF THE DAY

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

PSALM 67

Read Responsively

     1 May God be merciful to | us and bless us;
  may the light of God’s face | shine upon us.
  2 Let your way be known | upon earth,
  your saving health a- | mong all nations.

  3 Let the peoples praise | you, O God;
  let all the | peoples praise you.
  4 Let the nations be glad and | sing for joy,
  for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the na- | tions on earth. 

  5 Let the peoples praise | you, O God;
  let all the | peoples praise you.
  6 The earth has brought | forth its increase;
  God, our own | God, has blessed us.

 7 May God | give us blessing,
  and may all the ends of the earth | stand in awe.

SECOND LESSON:   Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

[Paul writes:]  1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2a God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,  31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.  32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to
all.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

GOSPEL:   Matthew 14:22-33 (taken from The Message)

The Holy Gospel for today comes from the fourteenth chapter of Matthew:

   Glory to you O Lord.

15 1-2 After that, Pharisees and religion scholars came to Jesus all the way from Jerusalem, criticizing, “Why do your disciples play fast and loose with the rules?”

3-9 But Jesus put it right back on them. “Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with God’s commands? God clearly says, ‘Respect your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone denouncing father or mother should be killed.’ But you weasel around that by saying, ‘Whoever wants to, can say to father and mother, What I owed to you I’ve given to God.’ That can hardly be called respecting a parent. You cancel God’s command by your rules. Frauds! Isaiah’s prophecy of you hit the bull’s-eye:

  These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it.

  They act like they’re worshiping me, but they don’t mean it.

  They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy.” 

10-11 He then called the crowd together and said, “Listen, and take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up.” 

12 Later his disciples came and told him, “Did you know how upset the Pharisees were when they heard what you said?”

13-14 Jesus shrugged it off. “Every tree that wasn’t planted by my Father in heaven will be pulled up by its roots. Forget them. They are blind men leading blind men. When a blind man leads a blind man, they both end up in the ditch.”

15 Peter said, “I don’t get it. Put it in plain language.”
16-20 Jesus replied, “You, too? Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands—that’s neither here nor there.”
21-22 From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.”
23-28 Jesus ignored her. The disciples came and complained, “Now she’s bothering us. Would you please take care of her? She’s driving us crazy.” Jesus refused, telling them, “I’ve got my hands full dealing with the lost sheep of Israel.” Then the woman came back to Jesus, went to her knees, and begged. “Master, help me.” He said, “It’s not right to take
bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.” She was quick: “You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.” Jesus gave in. “Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!” Right then her daughter became well.

     The gospel of our Lord,

      Praise to you O Christ.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE / SERMON   Pastor Tim Hansen

HYMN OF THE DAY: In Christ, There is no East or West   (ELW #650 (st. 1 & 2))

1)

In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one community of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

 

2)

In Christ shall true hearts ev'rywhere
their high communion find;
his service is the golden cord
close binding humankind.

3)

Join hands, disciples of the faith,
whate'er your race may be.
All children of the living God
are surely kin to me.

4)

In Christ now meet both east and west,
in him meet south and north;
all Christly souls are one in him
throughout the whole wide earth.

 

Text: John Oxenham, 1852-1941, alt.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Confident of your care and helped by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

A brief silence.

Lord, you gather the church to be part of your mission as ambassadors of Jesus Christ. As Jesus acknowledged the great faith of a woman from outside his people, help your church discover and find blessing in the faith of people we might reject. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

You have blessed us with the bounty of the earth. Grant your grace to all your creatures, that the earth will flourish. Relieve waters choked by garbage, renew soils stripped of nutrients, and refresh the air all creatures need to live. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

You call the nations to be glad and sing for joy. Let your way be known among all the nations of the world, now divided by competing interests, contending alliances, and consumed by enormous worry. Bless us and make your face shine upon all. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

You show unexpected mercy, kindness, and generosity. We pray for those who do not have enough, for outcasts in our villages, cities, and town, and for those who need your healing, especially, Jane Barnes, Linda Dobbe, Mary Abitz, Dale Moschea, and Ron Koski. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

In you we live and move and have our being. Grant our congregation grace to find our life refreshed in you. Accompany us in the rhythms of late summer. Give us rest and renewal, and strengthen us for mission in your name. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

Your eternal promises are more than we could ever imagine. As you gather all the saints, join us also with them on the great day of your salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

SHARING THE PEACE

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, 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.

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:


THE 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

Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Come to the table of mercy and joy.

 

SHARING THE MEAL

 

TABLE BLESSING

May the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.   Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of the welcome table, in this meal we have feasted on your goodness and have been united by your presence among us. Empower us to go forth sustained by these gifts so that we may share your neighborly love with all,

through Jesus Christ, the giver of abundant life.

Amen.


ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

BENEDICTION
Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God, the creator, ☩ Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter, bless you and keep you in eternal love.

Amen.


DISMISSAL
Go in peace. If you are not going to bless, bite your tongue!
Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE: In Christ There Is No East or West  (Robert W. Jones)

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