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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - August 23, 2020

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (575)

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;

No merit of my own I claim,

But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

 

Refrain:


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

 

When darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging grace;

In ev'ry high and stormy gale,

My anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

 

His oath, His covenant and blood

Support me in the whelming flood;

When ev'ry earthly prop gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

 

When He shall come with trumpet sound,

Oh, may I then in Him be found,

Clothed in His righteousness alone,

Faultless to stand before His throne! [Refrain]

 

Invocation

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

God of mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us, that our gratitude may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 

Isaiah 51:1-6


1 The Lord says, “Listen to me, you that want to be saved, you that come to me for help. Think of the rock from which you came, the quarry from which you were dug. 2Think of your ancestor, Abraham, and of Sarah, from whom you are descended. When I called Abraham, he was childless, but I blessed him and gave him children; I made his descendants numerous. 3 I will show compassion to Jerusalem, to all who live in her ruins. Though her land is a desert, I will make it a garden, like the garden I planted in Eden. Joy and gladness will be there, and songs of praise and thanks to me. 4 Listen to me, my people, listen to what I say: I give my teaching to the nations; my laws will bring them light. 5 I will come quickly and save them; the time of my victory is near. I myself will rule over the nations. Distant lands wait for me to come; they wait with hope for me to save them. 6 Look up at the heavens; look at the earth! The heavens will disappear like smoke; the earth will wear out like old clothing, and all its people will die like flies. But the deliverance I bring will last for ever; my victory will be final.”

 

Romans 11:33 – 12:8

33 How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? 34 As the scripture says: “Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? 35 Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?” 36 For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory for ever! Amen. 1 So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. 2 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. 3 And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you. We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. So we are ineto use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.

 


Matthew 16:13-20

13 Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 “Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.” 15 “What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 “Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. 18And so I tell you, you are Peter, the Rock, and on this rock I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” 20 Then Jesus ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

 

13Cuando Jesús llegó a la región de Cesarea de Filipo, preguntó a sus discípulos: “¿Quién dice la gente que es el Hijo del hombre?”  14 Ellos contestaron:  “Algunos dicen que Juan el Bautista; otros dicen que Elías, y otros dicen que Jeremías o algún otro profeta.” 15 "Y ustedes, ¿quién dicen que soy?“  les preguntó.  16Simón Pedro le respondió: “Tú eres el Mesías, el Hijo del Dios viviente.”  17Entonces Jesús le dijo: “Dichoso tú, Simón, hijo de Jonás, porque esto no lo conociste por medios humanos, sino porque te lo reveló mi Padre que está en el cielo. 18Y yo te digo que tú eres Pedro, y sobre esta piedra voy a construir mi iglesia; y ni siquiera el poder de la muerte podrá vencerla. 19Te daré las llaves del reino de los cielos; lo que tú ates aquí en la tierra, también quedará atado en el cielo, y lo que tú desates aquí en la tierra, también quedará desatado en el cielo.”  20Luego Jesús ordenó a sus discípulos que no dijeran a nadie que él era el Mesías

 

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.

 

Sermon Hymn: Take My Life and Let It Be (783)

Take my life and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days, Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my hands and let them move, At the impulse of Thy love;

Take my feet and let them be, Swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

Take my voice and let me sing, Always, only for my King;

Take my lips and let them be, Filled with messages from Thee.

 

Take my silver and my gold, Not a mite would I withhold;

Take my intellect and use, Ev'ry pow'r as Thou shalt choose.

 

Take my will and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart, it is Thine own, It shall be Thy royal throne.

 

Take my love, my Lord, I pour, At Thy feet its treasure store;

Take myself, and I will be, Ever, only, all for Thee.

 

Sermon

The Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

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

 

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: IN Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;

       He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid ground,

       Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

       When fears are stilled, when strivings cease:

My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe;

This gift of love and righteousness,

       Scorned by the ones He came to save;

‘Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied,

For every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,

light of the world by darkness slain;

Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again.

And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His, and He is mine, bought by the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death: this is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny,

No power of hell, no scheme of man

can ever pluck me from His hand

‘Till He returns, or calls me home,

here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

 

The Blessing

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” (#803)

Joyful, joyful we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love!

Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,

praising thee, their sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the doom of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

All thy works with joy surround thee,

earth and heaven reflect thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing ever blest,

Well-spring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest!

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, fountainhead of love divine;

Joyful, we thy heaven inherit! Joyful, we by grace are Thine!

 

Invocation

Pastor: In the name of the Father, and of 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.

(Moment of 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:

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

Almighty God, through your Son you have revealed your mercy to a broken world. Enable us by your Spirit to live in your grace, to grow in our faith, and to be sharers of your merciful love to all who desperately need it, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

1 The Lord says to his people, “Do what is just and right, for soon I will save you.”... 6 And the Lord says to those foreigners who become part of his people, who love him and serve him, who observe the Sabbath and faithfully keep his covenant: 7 “I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.” 8 The Sovereign Lord, who has brought his people Israel home from exile, has promised that

he will bring still other people to join them.

Romans 11:13-15, 28-32

13 I am speaking now to you Gentiles: as long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I will take pride in my work. 14 Perhaps I can make the people of my own race jealous, and so be able to save some of them. 15 For when they were rejected, the human race was reconciled to God. What will it be, then, when they are accepted? It will be life for the dead!.... 28 Because the Jews rejected the Good News, they are God’s enemies for the sake of you Gentiles. But because of God’s choice, they are loved because of their ancestors. 29 For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses. 30 As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God’s mercy because the Jews were disobedient. 31 In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God’s mercy. 32 For God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that he might show mercy

to them all.

Matthew (San Mateo) 15:21-28

21 Jesus left that place and went off to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. “Son of David!” she cried out. “Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition.” 23 But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, “Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!” 24 Then Jesus replied, “I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel.” 25 At this the woman came and fell at his feet. “Help me, sir!” she said. 26 Jesus answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 “That’s true, sir,” she answered; “but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 So Jesus answered her, “You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you.” And at that very

moment her daughter was healed.

21Jesús se dirigió de allí a la región de Tiro y Sidón. 22Y una mujer cananea, de aquella región, se le acercó, gritando: “¡Señor, Hijo de David, ten compasión de mí! ¡Mi hija tiene un demonio que la hace sufrir mucho!” 23Jesús no le contestó nada. Entonces sus discípulos se acercaron a él y le rogaron: “Dile a esa mujer que se vaya, porque viene gritando detrás de nosotros.” 24Jesús dijo: “Dios me ha enviado solamente a las ovejas perdidas del pueblo de Israel.” 25Pero la mujer fue a arrodillarse delante de él, diciendo: “¡Señor, ayúdame!” 26Jesús le contestó: “No está bien quitarles el pan a los hijos y dárselo a los perros.” 27Ella le dijo: “Sí, Señor; pero hasta los perros comen las migajas que caen de la mesa de sus amos.” 28Entonces le dijo Jesús:

¡Mujer, qué grande es tu fe! Hágase como quieres.” Y desde ese mismo momento su hija quedó sana.

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.

 

Hymn: “Praise the Lord, Sing Alleluia"

(sung to the tune of "Angels from the Realms of Glory", copyright 1974 E. Margaret Clarkson)

Praise the Lord, sing alleluia, children of God's gracious choice;

Let His praises rise as thunder, let the whole earth hear His voice

Till the song of His salvation makes His broken world rejoice!

Man's imprisoning night is shattered at the impact of His Word;

Light and life spring forth eternal where that mighty voice is heard;

Let the powers of death & darkness own the triumph of their Lord!

Praise the Lord until His glory floods the farthest realms of earth,

Till from every tribe and nation souls rise up in glad rebirth;

Haste the day of His appearing when all creatures own His worth.

Children’s Message

Sermon

The Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer

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

 

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: “¿Que Sería de Mi?” /“What Would Be of My Life?”

(by Jesús Adrián Romero, c. 1998, Vástago Music)

¿Que sería de mí si no me hubieras alcanzado?

¿Donde estaría hoy si no me hubieras perdonado?

Tendría un vacío en mi corazón.

Vagaría sin rumbo, sin dirección.

Si no fuera por tu gracia y por tu amor.

Si no fuera por tu gracia y por tu amor.

Sería como pájaro herido que se muere en el suelo.

Sería como ciervo que brama por agua en el desierto.

Si no fuera por tu gracia y por tu amor.

Si no fuera por tu gracia y por tu amor.

What would be of my life if you had never come to love me?

Where would I be right now if you had never forgiven me?

My heart would be filled with an empty space,

And my life with no aim and no hope would race....

If it wasn’t for your grace and your love for me!

If it wasn’t for your grace and your love for me!

I’d be like a wounded bird lying helpless on the ground.

I’d be like a deer seeking water where none can be found.

If it wasn’t for your grace and your love for me!

If it wasn’t for your grace and your love for me!

The Blessing

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - August 9, 2020

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (849)

Praise the One who break the darkness

with a liberating light.

Praise the One who frees the prisoners

turning blindness into sight.

Praise the One who preached the Gospel

healing every dread disease.

Calming storms and feeding thousands

with the very bread of peace.

 

Praise the One who blessed the children

with a strong yet gentle word.

Praise the One who drove out demons

with a piercing two-edged sword.

Praise the one who brings cool water

to the desert's burning sand.

From this well comes living water

quenching thirst in every land.

 

Praise the one true love incarnate:

Christ who suffered in our place.

Jesus died and rose for many

that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness

seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory,

praise the One who makes us one.

 

Invocation

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

God of mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us, that our gratitude may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Scripture Readings (After each reading:)

Reader:           This is the Word of the Lord.

People:           Thanks be to God.

 

Job 38:4-18


4 Were you there when I made the world? If you know so much, tell me about it. 5 Who decided how large it would be? Who stretched the measuring line over it? Do you know all the answers? 6 What holds up the pillars that support the earth? Who laid the cornerstone of the world? 7 In the dawn of that day the stars sang together, and the heavenly beings shouted for joy. 8 Who closed the gates to hold back the sea when it burst from the womb of the earth? 9 It was I who covered the sea with clouds and wrapped it in darkness. 10 I marked a boundary for the sea and kept it behind bolted gates. 11 I told it, “So far and no farther! Here your powerful waves must stop.” 12 Job, have you ever in all your life commanded a day to dawn? 13 Have you ordered the dawn to seize the earth and shake the wicked from their hiding places? 14 Daylight makes the hills and valleys stand out like the folds of a garment, clear as the imprint of a seal on clay. 15 The light of day is too bright for the wicked and restrains them from deeds of violence. 16 Have you been to the springs in the depths of the sea? Have you walked on the floor of the ocean? 17 Has anyone ever shown you the gates that guard the dark world of the dead? 18 Have you any idea how big the world is? Answer me if you know.

Romans 10:5-17

5 Moses wrote this about being put right with God by obeying the Law: “Whoever obeys the commands of the Law will live.” But what the scripture says about being put right with God through faith is this: “You are not to ask yourself, Who will go up into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down). “Nor are you to ask, Who will go down into the world below?” (that is, to bring Christ up from death). What it says is this: “God’s message is near you, on your lips and in your heart”—that is, the message of faith that we preach. 9If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. 10For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved. The scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.” 12This includes everyone, because there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles; God is the same Lord of all and richly blesses all who call to him. As the scripture says, “Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.” 14  But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!” Bu


t not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, “Lord, who believed our message?” 17So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.

Matthew 14:22-33

22 Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people away. 23After sending the people away, he went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone; 24and by this time the boat was far out in the lake, tossed about by the waves, because the wind was blowing against it. 25 Between three and six o’clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water. 26When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and screamed with fear. 27 Jesus spoke to them at once. “Courage!” he said. “It is I. Don’t be afraid!” 28 Then Peter spoke up. “Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you.” 29 “Come!” answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water to Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. “Save me, Lord!” he cried. 31 At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, “How little faith you have! Why did you doubt?” 32 They both got into the boat, and the wind died down. 33Then the disciples in the boat worshiped Jesus. “Truly you are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

 

22Después de esto, Jesús hizo que sus discípulos subieran a la barca, para que cruzaran el lago antes que él y llegaran al otro lado mientras él despedía a la gente. 23Cuando la hubo despedido, Jesús subió a un cerro, para orar a solas. Al llegar la noche, estaba allí él solo, 24mientras la barca ya iba bastante lejos de tierra firme. Las olas azotaban la barca, porque tenían el viento en contra. 25A la madrugada, Jesús fue hacia ellos caminando sobre el agua. 26Cuando los discípulos lo vieron andar sobre el agua, se asustaron, y gritaron llenos de miedo: “¡Es un fantasma!” 27Pero Jesús les habló, diciéndoles: “¡Calma! ¡Soy yo: no tengan miedo!”  28Entonces Pedro le respondió: “Señor, si eres tú, ordena que yo vaya hasta ti sobre el agua.” 29"Ven,” dijo Jesús. Pedro entonces bajó de la barca y comenzó a caminar sobre el agua en direcc


ión a Jesús. 30Pero al notar la fuerza del viento, tuvo miedo; y como comenzaba a hundirse, gritó: “¡Sálvame, Señor!”  31Al momento, Jesús lo tomó de la mano y le dijo: “¡Qué poca fe tienes! ¿Por qué dudaste?” 32En cuanto subieron a la barca, se calmó el viento. 33Entonces los que estaban en la barca se pusieron de rodillas delante de Jesús, y le dijeron: “¡En verdad tú eres el Hijo de Dios!”

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.

 

Sermon Hymn: Precious Lord, Take My Hand (739)

Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand

I'm tired, I’m weak, I am worn,

Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear, precious Lord linger near

When my life is almost gone

Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near

And the day is past and gone

At the river I stand, Guide my feet, hold my hand

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

 

Sermon

The Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

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


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: Cantad al Señor

Cantad al Señor un cantico nuevo.  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Porque el Señor ha hecho prodigios. (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Cantad al Señor alabadle con arpa.  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

Es él que nos da el Espíritu Santo.  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

¡Jesús es Señor, amén, aleluya!  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

 

The Blessing 

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