How to Use this Service: This order of worship is intended to be a resource for people to worship in their own homes. The service can be led by an individual, or parts can be divided among those present. The message from Pastor Scott can be read and may also include a time for discussion. The suggested prayers may be used, but people are encouraged to include their own prayers as the Spirit guides them. This service will be live streamed on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Brief Order for Confession and Forgiveness
L: As we prepare to worship God, let us confess our sin and our trust in God’s forgiveness.
Kyrie Eleison vs 1 & Chorus
L: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit
L: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
L: If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
Kyrie Eleison vs 2
Most merciful God,
A: we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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
L: Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Kyrie Eleison Chorus
Songs: Hymn #772 – Oh, That the Lord
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
A: And also with you.
Announcements & Introduction to the Day
Prayer of the Day:
L: Let us pray,
A: O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
L: A reading from the prophet Ezekiel Ezekiel 33:7-11
L: The word of the Lord,
A: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 26:1-8 (Read Responsively by verse.)
1 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.
2 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your teaching; I shall keep it with all my heart.
3 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for that is my desire.
4 Incline my heart to your decrees and not to unjust gain.
5 Turn my eyes from beholding falsehood; give me life in your way.
6 Fulfill your promise to your servant, which is for those who fear you.
7 Turn away the reproach that I dread, because your judgments are good.
8 Behold, I long for your commandments; by your righteousness enliven me.
L: The holy gospel according to Matthew.
A: Glory to you, O Lord. Matthew 18:15-20
L: The gospel of the Lord.
A: Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon – Radical Reconciliation
Hymn of the Day #603 – God, When Human Bonds Are Broken
L: Praying in this place and in our own homes yet united in the Spirit, let us together intercede for all the needs
of the world.
L: Unite your church, O God. Give to all the baptized the gifts of repentance and reconciliation. Strengthen the relationships between congregations, synods, and denominations. Guide the work of the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
L: Bless the nations, O God. Frustrate the designs of dictators and tyrants. Give to the military a clear and moral purpose. Guide legislators, civil servants, judges, and police toward the well-being of all. Infuse the coming election season with honesty and integrity. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: We pray for those who are sick or injured. We pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for recovery for all those who have been infected. We pray for those among us who are sick and hurting, especially for Skip Meisner, Barb Curry, Doug Walker, Jim Mandicino, and Jim Sorvaag’s sister, Karen, as they face the ordeals of cancer. We also pray for Ken Cain, John Berg and Merle Hanslip, as they continue to face health issues. We lift up Jerry Frost, recovering from knee surgery, Libby Hatfield, recovering from a broken leg, Yvonne Church, recovering from hip surgery, and Scott Raasch recovering from heart surgery. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: Tend to all in need, O God. Assist all friends and family members who are seeking restored relationships. Give community to the lonely and welcome to the outcast. Shelter all who are vulnerable in body, mind or spirit. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: Receive once again, O God, our plea for the end of the coronavirus. Comfort those afflicted with COVID-19 and uphold our medical workers. Give youth a sense of responsibility for others and provide the world a vaccine. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
L: Lord, sustain and comfort all those who mourn and grieve loss and death. We pray especially for the families and friends of Irving F. Jensen, for Ron Heaton and his family at the death of Ron’s sister, Mary Luse, for Rosita Lemus and her family at the death of her grandmother, Alice Langer, and for Mike Feathers and his family at the death of his father, Pat. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
L: All these things and whatever else you see that we need, we entrust to your mercy; through Christ our Lord. Amen
L: The Lord be with you. A: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts. A: We lift them to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
A: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
L: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
A: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
L: 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
(At this time, the bread is distributed to the congregation.)
L: The body and blood of our Lord Jesus strengthen you and keep you in his grace.
Post Communion Canticle
Hymn #207 – Thankful Hearts and Voices Raise
Prayer for the Sending of Communion
(We pray together a prayer for the bread that is sent to those who are homebound.)
L: Gracious God, loving all your family with a mother’s tender care:
A: As you sent Elijah with heavenly bread, assist those who set forth to share your word and sacrament with those who are homebound. In your love and care, nourish and strengthen those who will receive this sacrament, and give us all the comfort of your abiding presence through the body and blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
(Before we go, announcements are made about events and work that we will be doing as part of God’s mission in the world.)
(Sung to The Blessing, by Carrie Jobe & Cody Carnes)
L: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord look upon you with favor, + and give you peace.
Hymn #864 – Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
L: Go in peace, serve the Lord.
A: Thanks be to God.