7th Sunday after Pentecost

The Greeting and Welcome
The congregation stands and faces the entrance of the sanctuary. We begin with a procession – the cross leading the way – an image of our new life in Jesus Christ and our journey to Paradise. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (803)
Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love!
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, Praising Thee, their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, Drive the gloom of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day.
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flow’ry 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 heav’n inherit! Joyful, we by grace are Thine!

En el nombre del Padre, y del X Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.
All Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us
All But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse
us from all unrighteousness.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Silence is Kept

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:
All 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.

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 forgive you all
your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.
The Kyrie

Scripture Readings
Isaiah 55:10-13
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering
the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the
eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will
accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and
instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

Romans 8:12-17
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live
according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to
death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are
the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear
again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we
cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now
if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we
share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

The Gospel Procession The Holy Gospel is read in the midst of the people as a reminder of God coming to us in Jesus Christ. As the Gospel is announced some
make a small cross on their forehead, lips, and chest – a prayer that the Word would dwell in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.

Thy Strong Word (578)
Thy strong word did cleave the darkness; At thy speaking it was done.
For created light we thank thee While thine ordered seasons run.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise to thee who light dost send!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia without end!
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
All Glory to You, O Lord.

Matthew 13:1-23
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at
length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and
birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the
soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell
among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a
hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” The disciples approached him and said,
“Why do you speak to them in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of
the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has,
more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or
understand. Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but not understand, you
shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they
have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts
and be converted, and I heal them. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because
they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not
see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. “Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on
the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and
steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and
receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution
comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears
the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed
sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a
hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.

Thy Strong Word (578)
God the Father, light-creator, To thee laud and honor be.
To thee, Light from Light begotten, Praise be sung eternally.
Holy Spirit, light-revealer, Glory, glory be to thee.
Mortals, angels, now and ever Praise the holy Trinity!

The Apostle’s Creed
All 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 X of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

Children’s Sermon

Ancient Words
Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world,
They resound with God’s own heart Oh, let the Ancient words impart.
Words of Life, words of Hope Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam Ancient words will guide us Home.

Ancient words ever true Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart.

Holy words of our Faith Handed down to this age.
Came to us through sacrifice Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.
Holy words long preserved For our walk in this world.
They resound with God’s own heart Oh let the ancient words impart.

Ancient words ever true Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart.
Ancient words ever true Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart.
We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart.


The Prayer of the Church
After the pastor says Lord in Your Mercy, all respond with – Hear our Prayer.

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (805)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer Before Reception of Holy Communion
O Lord, I believe and profess that you are truly Christ,
The Son of the living God, who came into the world
To save sinners of whom I am the first.
Accept me as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Lord,
For I will not reveal your mystery to your enemies,
Nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, But like the thief I profess to you:
Remember me, O Lord, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when you come in your kingdom.
May the partaking of your Holy mysteries, O Lord,
Be not for my judgment or condemnation,
But for the healing of my soul and body.
O Lord, I believe and profess, that this,
Which I am about to receive,
Is truly your most precious Body, and your life-giving Blood,
Given for me for remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen

Service of the Sacrament
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks,
holy Father, almighty and eternal God. From sunrise to sunset this day is holy, for Christ has
risen from the tomb and scattered the darkness of death with light that will not fade. This day
the risen Lord walks with us, unfolds for us His word, and makes himself known in the breaking
of the bread. And though the night will overtake this day you summon us to live in endless
light, the unending sabbath of the Lord. Therefore, with angels and archangels and with all
the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You
and saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth adored;
Heaven and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.
Sing hosana in the highest, sing hosana to the Lord;
Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

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.
All Amen.
The Consecration

The Acclamation and Invitation
As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are
those called to the supper of the Lamb.
All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.
La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.
All Y Tambien contigo

Sharing of the Peace
Greet each other in the name of Christ by saying ‘the Peace of the Lord be with you’ as a sign of forgiveness and reconciliation in preparation for reception of the Blessed Sacrament.

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.


Eucharistic Dismissal

Thank The Lord
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.


The Blessing

Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng (813)
Rejoice, O pilgrim throng! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your festal banner wave on high, The cross of Christ, your king.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

With voice as full and strong As ocean’s surging praise,
Send forth the sturdy hymns of old, The psalms of ancient days.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

With all the angel choirs, With all the saints on earth
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss, True rapture, noblest mirth.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

Yet on and onward still, With hymn and chant and song,
Through gate and porch and columned aisle The hallowed pathways throng.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!

Praise Him who reigns on high, The Lord whom we adore;
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, One God forevermore.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!