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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 14th, 2024

Prayer

Lord God, Heavenly Father, in You, all things are new. Today, I begin a new week, a new opportunity to see Your work in my life. As I look forward to what lies ahead, let me rejoice in the blessings of the past week. Remind me of the mercies You showed me, the gifts You gave me, and the ways You used me in Your service. With gratitude, I take with me that which was good and leave behind the mistakes, the sins, the flaws, and the failings that Your Son erased on the cross. As I stride into the new week before me, strengthen my heart to share Your love and my hands to do Your work. In Jesus' name.  Amen. 

Collect

Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.  

Old Testament Reading     Amos 7: 7-15

Epistle Reading                   Ephesians 1: 3-14

Holy Gospel                         Mark 6: 14-29

Sermon    "The Unexpected Prophet, God's Unanticipated Word"

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 7th, 2024

Prayer

Dear Lord, in You, all things are new. Today we begin a new week, a new opportunity to see Your work in our lives. As we look forward to what lies ahead, let us rejoice in the blessings of the past week. Remind us of the mercies You showed us, the gifts You gave us, and the way You used us in Your service. With gratitude, we take with us that which was good and leave behind the mistakes, the sins, the flaws, and the failings that Your Son erased on the cross. Strengthen our hearts to share Your love and our hands to do Your work.  In Jesus' name,  Amen.

Collect

O God, Your almighty power is made known chiefly in showing mercy. Grant us the fullness of Your grace that we may be called to repentance and made partakers of your heavenly treasures; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen. 

Old Testament Reading     Ecclesiastes 4: 1-12

Epistle Reading                   Hebrews 4: 1-10

Holy Gospel                         Luke 10: 38-42

Sermon    "Mary & Martha"

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, June 30th, 2024

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have established Your church on earth to deliver Your gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation. Be with Your church this Pentecost season, that we may joyfully receive Your gifts and remember who You have made us. Help us support the work of evangelism both in our communities and throughout the world so that more may hear Your Word, be brought to repentance and faith and receive the gift of Your salvation, eternal life.   Amen. 

Collect

Heavenly Father, during His earthly ministry Your Son Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. By the healing medicine of the Word and Sacraments pour into our hearts such love toward You that we may live eternally; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.  

Old Testament Reading     Lamentations 3: 22-33

Epistle Reading                   2 Corinthians 8: 1-9, 13-15

Holy Gospel                         Mark 5: 21-43

Sermon    "Hope beyond Hope"

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 23rd, 2024

Prayer

O Lord, our Light and our Salvation, You are our strength. Work in us a worthy fear and constant trust in Your mercy, that we would fear nothing else in this passing world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

Collect

Almighty God, in Your mercy guide the course of this world so that Your Church may joyfully serve You in Godly peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Old Testament Reading     Job 38: 1-11

Epistle Reading                   2 Corinthians 6: 1-3

Holy Gospel                         Mark 4: 35-41

Sermon    "Mark 4"

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost, June 16th, 2024
Father's Day

Prayer

GOD'S WORD FOR TODAY

Ephesians 6:2-3 (NIV)

"Honor your father and mother" – which is the first commandment with a promise –

"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

 

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Psalm 100:3a, 4-5 (NIV)

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Galatians 2:19-21 (NIV)

St. Paul wrote: For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me

and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God,

for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

 

PRE-SERVICE PRAYER IDEAS

Ask God to open your heart, mind, will, and spirit to His word. Ask God to help

 you experience Him and our bonds of unity with Him in this time of worship.

 

Old Testament Reading     Genesis 4: 1-2, 5: 1-5

Epistle Reading                   2 Timothy 1: 3-7

Holy Gospel                         Luke 2: 41-52

Sermon    "Mothers and Fathers After God’s Own Heart"

The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 9th, 2024

Prayer

Father, You have children everywhere- in churches, and in the grocery store, in foreign lands and in our neighborhoods.  You love them all the same. Your love is just as fervent for those who don't know You and for those who have met You but rejected You.  Use me to show Your love wherever I go so that more may know that You choose them just as they are to be Your sons and daughters. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

Collect

Almighty and eternal God, Your Son Jesus triumphed over the prince of demons and freed us from bondage to sin. Help us to stand firm against every assault of satan, and enable us always to do Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.

Old Testament Reading     Genesis 33: 1-12

Epistle Reading                   2 Corinthians 4: 13 & 5: 1

Holy Gospel                         Mark 3: 20-35

Sermon    "Jacob and Esau: From Foes to Friends"

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, June 2nd, 2024

Prayer

May God's word and Spirit touch your heart, mind, will, spirit, and life this morning to give you renewal, peace, and joy. Let us pray that God would fill the spirit of all who worship, renewing us, enlightening us, and giving us zeal. Please pray also that anyone who does not yet trust God's promise of salvation through Jesus and trust Jesus as his or her Savior would do so today. 

Old Testament Reading    Genesis 1: 26-27

Epistle Reading                  Colossians 3: 1-10

Holy Gospel                         John 17: 11-19

Sermon    "O Lord, Restore Us in Your Image"

Holy Trinity Sunday, May 26th, 2024

Prayer

Blessed Trinity, You are the one and only God. In the great mystery of You being three persons in one Godhead, You reveal Your great love for me and all Your chosen people. You have created us and all things.  You have redeemed us through Your sacrifice on Sacrament. Help me rejoice in who You are and what You have done for me. In the name of Jesus,   Amen.

Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Old Testament Reading     1 Samuel 18: 1-5

Epistle Reading                   Romans 12: 9-21

Holy Gospel                         Luke 6: 27-36

Sermon    "Jonathan and David: Bracketed by Friendship"

Pentecost Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have established Your church on earth to deliver Your gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. Be with Your church this Pentecost, that we may joyfully receive Your gifts and remember who You have made us. Help us support the work of evangelism both in our communities and through the world so that more may hear Your Word, be brought to repentance and faith, and receive the gift of Your salvation.  Amen.

Collect

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit.  Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His Holy consolation; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen. 

Old Testament Reading     Ezekiel 37: 1-14

Epistle Reading                   Acts 2: 1-21

Holy Gospel                         John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15

Sermon    "Gifts of Spirit and Resurrection"

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