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17th Sunday after Pentecost - 2020

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns (525)

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne;

Hark how the heavenly 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, Through all eternity.


Crown Him the Virgin's Son, The God incarnate born,

Whose arm those crimson trophies won

Which now His brow adorn;

Fruit of the mystic rose, Yet of that rose the stem;

The root whence mercy ever flows, The Babe of Bethlehem.


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 wondering eye At mysteries so bright!


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.


Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, Enthroned in worlds above,

Crown Him the King to whom is given,

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.



Pastor:            In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.


Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:            Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor:            Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

Pastor:            If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

People:          But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pastor:            Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:

People:          Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor:            Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:          Amen.


The Prayer of the Day

Faithful Lord, whose steadfast love never ceases and whose mercies never end: grant us the grace to trust you and to receive the gifts of your love, in Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God!


Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

1 The Lord spoke to me and said, “What is this proverb people keep repeating in the land of Israel? ‘The parents ate the sour grapes, But the children got the sour taste.’  3 “As surely as I am the living God,” says the Sovereign Lord, “you will not repeat this proverb in Israel any more. 4The life of every person belongs to me, the life of the parent as well as that of the child. The person who sins is the one who will die....  25 “But you say, ‘What the Lord does isn’t right.’ Listen to me, you Israelites. Do you think my way of doing things isn’t right? It is your way that isn’t right. 26When a righteous person stops doing good and starts doing evil and then dies, he dies because of the evil he has done. 27When someone evil stops sinning and does what is right and good, he saves his life. 28He realizes what he is doing and stops sinning, so he will certainly not die, but go on living. 29And you Israelites say, ‘What the Lord does isn’t right.’ You think my way isn’t right, do you? It is your way that isn’t right.  30 Now I, the Sovereign Lord, am telling you Israelites that I will judge each of you by what you have done. Turn away from all the evil you are doing, and don’t let your sin destroy you. 31Give up all the evil you have been doing, and get yourselves new minds and hearts. Why do you Israelites want to die? 32I do not want anyone to die,” says the Sovereign Lord. “Turn away from your sins and live.”


Philippians 2:1-11, 14-16

1 Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit, and you have kindness and compassion for one another. 2I urge you, then, to make me completely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind. 3Don’t do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble towards one another, always giving more honor to others than to yourselves. 4And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own. 5The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had: 6 He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God.  7 Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness.  8 He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death—his death on the cross.  9 For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.  10 And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, 11and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.... So, 14 do everything without complaining or arguing 15so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the middle of a crooked and twisted generation. You are to shine like stars in a dark world, 16as you offer the message of life.


Matthew 21:23-32

23 Jesus came back to the Temple; and as he taught, the chief priests and the elders came to him and asked, “What right have you to do these things? Who gave you this right?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I will ask you just one question, and if you give me an answer, I will tell you what right I have to do these things. 25 Where did John’s right to baptize come from: was it from God or from human beings?” They started to argue among themselves, “What shall we say? If we answer, ‘From God,’ he will say to us, ‘Why, then, did you not believe John?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From human beings,’ we are afraid of what the people might do, because they are all convinced that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you, then, by what right I do these things.28 “Now, what do you think? There was once a man who had two sons. He went to the older one and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29‘I don’t want to,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. ‘Yes, sir,’ he answered, but he did not go. 31Which one of the two did what his father wanted?”  “The older one,” they answered.  So Jesus said to them, “I tell you: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John the Baptist came to you showing you the right path to take, and you would not believe him; but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. Even when you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.


The Apostle’s Creed

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth.

    And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of  the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.


Kid Sermon

Sermon Hymn: Gods Own Child I Gladly Say It (594)

God’s own child, I gladly say it: I am baptized into Christ!

He, because I could not pay it, gave my full redemption price.

Do I need earth’s treasures many, I have 1 worth more than any

That brought me salvation free, Lasting to eternity!

Sin, disturb my soul no longer: I am baptized into Christ!

I have comfort even stronger: Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.

Should a guilty conscience seize me,

since my baptism did release me

In a dear forgiving flood, sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

Satan, hear this proclamation: I am baptized into Christ!

Drop your ugly accusation; I am not so soon enticed.

Now that to the font we traveled, all your might is now unraveled,

And, against your tyranny, God, my Lord, unites with me!

Death, you cannot end my gladness: I am baptized into Christ!

When I die, I leave all sadness to inherit paradise!

Though I lie in dust and ashes faith’s assurance brightly flashes:

Baptism has the strength divine to make life immortal mine.

There is nothing worth comparing to this lifelong comfort sure!

Open-eyed my grave is staring: Even there I’ll sleep secure.

Though my flesh awaits its raising, yet my soul continue praising:

I am baptized into Christ; I’m a child of paradise!


The Prayers



Service of the Sacrament

Pastor:             The Lord be with you.

People:           And also with you.

Pastor:             Lift up your hearts.

People:           We lift them to the Lord. 

Pastor:             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:          It is right to give Him thanks and praise.           

Pastor:             It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should   always sing of your glory, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. For you are the hope of the nations, the builder of the city that is to come. Your love made visible in Jesus Christ brings home the lost, restores the sinner and gives dignity to the despised. In his face your light shines out, flooding lives with goodness and truth, and making us all, a divided and broken humanity, forever one in your kingdom.

People:          Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen


Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;

grant us peace.

Consecration & Distribution

Post Communion Song        

Thank the Lord and sing His praise;

tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord,

rejoice and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises,

and leads His people forth in joy

with shouts of thanksgiving.  Alleluia, alleluia.

Post-Communion Prayer

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Closing Hymn: All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name (549)

All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall;

Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all.

Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God, Who from His altar call;

Extol the Stem of Jesse's rod, And crown Him Lord of all.

Extol the Stem of Jesse's rod, And crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him, ye heirs of David's line, Whom David Lord did call,

The God incarnate, man divine, And crown Him Lord of all.

The God incarnate, Man divine, And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne'er forgetThe wormwood and the gall,

Go, spread your trophies at His feet, And crown Him Lord of all.

Go, spread your trophies at His feet, And crown Him Lord of all.

Let ev'ry kindred, ev'ry tribe, On this terrestrial ball

To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all.

To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all.

Oh, that with yonder sacred throng, We at his feet may fall!

We'll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all.

We'll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all.


The Blessing


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